Ball said: “He’s very good at making sure he works back and he understands his role within the team. He works tremendously hard off the ball for his team and tracks back to keep the shape of the team and help out where needed.”
Ball managed Borini for a short spell in the 2013/14 season, when he was appointed caretaker boss whilst the Italian forward was on loan at the Stadium of Light.
Borini returned to Wearside this summer, agreeing a permanent transfer back to the Black Cats, and he will be looking to establish himself in Advocaat’s side when the Premier League returns after the international break.
Ball believes Borini is well set to fit into the Dutch coach’s set-up, with one of the striker’s main strengths his defensive work rate and willingness to track back.
Advocaat showed last term that he likes his attacking players to drop deep and defend when needed, and Borini certainly looks the most willing to do that out of all options available.
He is able to play in a deeper midfield role if needed anyway, and unlike the Jermain Defoe, Borini’s play is focused around picking the ball up rather than waiting for it to find him in the penalty area.
Borini may have to wait a while to break into Advocaat’s first-team set-up, but when he does, it is hard to see why the Dutch boss would look elsewhere for an attacker considering all the abilities the Italian forward possesses.