His winning goal for Sunderland against Newcastle showed that Borini does have some effective qualities
Fabio Borini hasn’t had the best of times since returning to English football. Having had a spells football with Swansea and Chelsea beforehand, Borini had an idea of the demands of the English game.
His small spell at Swansea in the Championship showed signs of what he could do, along with his impressive scoring record in the Reserve leagues for Chelsea (17 in 21 for those interested). There was enough about the Italian that indicated he could develop into a useful goalscorer.
He scored six goals in a total of 12 appearances for the Swans and then moved onto Roma where he had a pretty good season in his homeland scoring 10 goals in 26 appearances which led to him getting some recognition for his national side, and it prompted Brendan Rodgers to make the striker his first signing for Liverpool.
But last season wasn’t plain sailing for him at Liverpool. Having had a broken metatarsal, then followed by a shoulder injury he didn’t really find his feet in the Liverpool side, hence his return of only two goals in 20 appearances for the Reds. The staunchest defenders of the Italian cited his movement and his ability to get into goalscoring positions, and felt that all that was missing was a couple of goals for his confidence before he showcased the best of his abilities.
Yesterday’s goal for Sunderland at the Stadium of Light against Newcastle could be the springboard to him getting his career back on track.
Borini was sent out on loan to Sunderland with Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez the obvious preferred options at Anfield, and the arrival of Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo made it look as if Borini was the fourth choice option at Liverpool if he were to stay.
Despite their derby win Sunderland are still in a struggling position but Borini has provided a springboard for the Mackems this season to build on. But not only that, it could be a springboard for him to get his career back on track, and demonstrate why there are people in the game who rate him highly.
The nature of his strike will probably give Gus Poyet food for thought and he may be inclined to give him more opportunities in the near future.
If Borini can start stringing a good scoring record together, is there potential for him to head back to Merseyside and challenge Suarez and Sturridge next season?
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