Fabio Borini outlines which position he wants to play for Sunderland

Borini has been earmarked for the central striking role at Sunderland, the position he wants to play.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Fabio Borini has admitted that he prefers to play as the central striker, and as part of a strike partnership rather than by himself.

The Italian striker said: “I always prefer to play up front. I prefer to play with two [strikers] because it’s most natural for me. Obviously the physicality there is better but I have played on the left in England, and they see me more as a winger than a striker, probably because of the physical impact. But I played as a striker in Italy, no problem.”

Borini spent much of his last spell at the Stadium of Light playing on the wing, with Jozy Altidore playing the central striking role.

The Italian forward was acceptable in that position, as he possess a strong delivery from wide areas, as well as an impressive work rate which means he provides the defensive work from the wing that is so needed.

However, playing out wide reduces his impact in front of goal, and Borini has shown himself to be a potent goalscorer when given the chance.

Having now signed a permanent deal with the Wearside club, it is expected that Dick Advocaat will utilise Borini as a central forward, allowing him to compete with Jermain Defoe as the first-choice striker.

Considering both are more effective when playing in the centre, and Borini wants to play with a strike partner, if results do not improve for the Black Cats soon, Advocaat should consider ditching his 4-3-3 system for one which includes two forward alongside one another.

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