Sunderland’s Fabio Borini has said that he has the nickname ‘Pirate’ due to his goal reactions and admits that he plans on using a surprise celebration if he scores against Newcastle United, Gianluca di Marzio report.
He said: “I love my nickname! It's because of how I celebrate goals, biting my hand as though it were a dagger held between my teeth. But if I score in the derby against Newcastle, I'm planning a surprise celebration!"
The Black Cats travel to Newcastle the following weekend in what is widely regarded as one of the biggest Tyne-Wear derbies in recent history, considering the position of the two clubs.
Sunderland currently sit just outside the relegation zone, one point ahead of both their North East rivals and Norwich City as it’s looking increasingly like being two from three to join Aston Villa in relegation.
The Black Cats’ next two away matches are trips to Newcastle and Norwich, with Borini explaining how his side are under no illusion of the importance of at least avoiding defeat to their direct rivals.
He added: “Escaping relegation is down to us. The next two games against Newcastle and Norwich will be essential.”
The former Liverpool striker has spent much of the season on the peripherals of the first-team, but his last-gasp equaliser at home to Crystal Palace illustrates the talent in which he possesses.
If Sam Allardyce can get Borini, Jermain Defoe and Jeremain Lens firing on all cylinders, then the Wearside club will have more than enough about them to stay up.
With Norwich desperately struggling for form, Newcastle appear to be Sunderland’s main rival in terms of staying up and their recent appointment of Rafa Benitez will certainly aid their cause.