Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has praised Liverpool loanee Fabio Borini, but may have inadvertently suggested there is little chance of the Black Cats keeping the striker beyond the summer.
Borini has played an integral role in Sunderland’s Premier League survival and impressive cup-runs, scoring 10 goals in all competitions. But while he faces a struggle to usurp Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge at Anfield next season and beyond, his talent and demeanour are such that he may just get that chance.
Speaking to Sunderland’s official website, Poyet said, “Fabio has been a key player for us; he’s been outstanding. He’s a terrific character and a very good professional.
“I’m not sure what’s going to happen, but he is very much a player any manager would like in their squad.”
And it is that last sentence that suggests he will only be heading back to the Stadium of Light in the red of Liverpool; because while he may not be a certain starter under Brendan Rodgers, he will be a vital squad player in a campaign when strength in depth is vital.
The Reds will be competing on four fronts next season, and it is unrealistic to expect Suarez and Sturridge to start and finish every game. And while Rodgers is likely to strengthen in a number of key areas, Borini could also play a vital part.
As Poyet said, any manager would want him. And Rodgers – having watched the diminutive Italian’s progress this season and knowing him well from the past – will surely welcome him back into a squad for which the sky may just be the limit next season.