Sunderland legend Kevin Phillips explains the 'only issue' with Advocaat re-signing Borini

Fabio Borini

Kevin Phillips is glad to see Fabio Borini return to Sunderland - but highlighted one major concern.

Sunderland hero Kevin Phillips has told The Chronicle that he's 'pleased' to see Fabio Borini re-join the Black Cats, but has concerns move the move too.

Manager Dick Advocaat has endured a torrid start to the season, and even after landing Ola Toivonen from Rennes, he chose to add another forward earlier this week.

Italian striker Borini, 24, struggled to make an impact with Liverpool having scored just three goals in 38 games, but his best spell in recent years came during a loan spell with Sunderland.

Borini struck ten goals in 40 games for Sunderland during the 2013-14 season, but the Black Cats couldn't secure a permanent move last summer, with Borini's agent telling Goal that he wanted to stay at Anfield instead.

Now though, Borini has completed his permanent move to the Stadium of Light, and will be heavily relied upon to turn Sunderland's fortunes around following a dismal opening to the campaign.

Having enjoyed so much success on Wearside during his first spell at the club, there is plenty of optimism that Borini can replicate that form again - but one of the greatest Sunderland strikers in recent years, Kevin Phillips, has told The Chronicle that he is concerned whether Borini really wants to be at the Stadium of Light.

"I’m pleased he’s back, he’s a goalscorer, a fans’ favourite and he’s proved he can do it in the past," said Phillips. "My only issue is does he really want to be there? This has been going on for a while, why hasn’t it happened sooner?"

"But there’s no questioning his ability, and if his mind’s right, if he knuckles down and puts in the performances, I’ve no doubt he can be a big success and score the goals like he did the last time," he added.

Fans will simply have to wait and see whether Borini's heart is really in it at Sunderland, but they are right to be excited about his arrival having seen him impress so much in his first stint with the Black Cats.

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