Fabio Borini’s arrival at Sunderland adds an extra attacking threat to a side who need a strong lone striker.
The Italian forward has shown he has the abilities to lead a line by himself, and with Black Cats head coach Dick Advocaat favouring a 4-3-3 system, it is no surprise that Borini has been earmarked for the central striking role.
However, this places Jermain Defoe in limbo, despite scoring five goals in five games so far this season.
Defoe is a classic poaching style forward who does little work outside of the box, but he has shown this season that he can still hit the back of the net with regularity.
However, he is not suited to playing in a system with no other striker, as the lack of support means he is often cut off from the rest of the team.
This is where Borini wins out, and should be selected ahead of Defoe.
Yet this places a threat upon Defoe’s place in the team, as if he is not selected upfront, where he does he fit into Advocaat’s system.
He is not suited to one of the wide positions due to a lack of defensive work rate and poor delivery, whilst playing as an attacking midfielder is not in his game either.
Defoe was a big-money signing when he arrived at the Stadium of Light last season, but it appears as if his place with the Black Cats is under threat now that Advocaat has got ahold of his priority target Borini.