Fabio Borini has told the Chronicle that he has found things tough since signing for Sunderland on a permanent basis over the summer.
Borini moved to Sunderland from Liverpool, but he has not made the impact that he would have been hoping for on Wearside.
The Italian striker was a consistent scorer during a loan spell at Sunderland back in 2013/14, but he has not found the back of the net so far this season.
And Borini said: “I just want to get that first goal.
“I’m not saying it would make a big difference, but I certainly want it. It has been harder this season than the previous spell I had here because of everything that happened before I came.
“I wasn’t really playing last season, and then there was the frustration of the transfer window and wondering what was going to happen. As a striker, you know that the goal will always come eventually. I’ll continue to create chances – one of them just needs to go in.”
Borini was brought to Sunderland to increase their goal threat, so his struggles have been a source of frustration.
The 24-year-old has played seven times, but has never looked fully match-sharp and has been well short of his best.
Borini will be hoping that regular exposure to first-team football can get him firing again, though, as there is no question he is a weapon when on his game.
Borini played a crucial part in keeping Sunderland up the last time he was at the club, and the pressure is on for him to be similarly influential this time around.