Sam Allardyce urges improvement in this area of Fabio Borini's game; suggests role he could have

Fabio Borini

Borini was key to Sunderland's survival two years ago and could be again.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has suggested that Fabio Borini could have the same kind of impact on the side's survival campaign as he did two years ago.

The Italian was a crucial part of Gus Poyet's squad that pulled off a great escape to retain their status when the forward was on loan from Liverpool - as he scored a number of crucial goals.

Although the focus is very much on Jermain Defoe to deliver the crucial strikes, Allardyce would like Borini to chip in with a few goals and improve his conversion rate, and more displays like against Norwich City nearly two weeks ago - where Borini and Defoe gave the Canaries a torrid time during a 3-0 win - seems to be exactly what the manager is after.

Allardyce is quoted in the Chronicle, saying: “He doesn’t convert as many opportunities as I’d like him to. But the pleasing thing is how many chances he gets for himself.

“I thought at Norwich he crossed some really good balls - not just the one Jermain scored off. There were a few in the first half that he whipped in which caused Norwich a lot of problems.”

With a strike rate of six goals from 24 appearances this season - averaging one goal for every six games - it goes without saying that his goal return needs to improve, and he needs to chip in with goals in order to relieve the burden on Defoe.

There are four games remaining in their season, and with the side just outside the relegation zone on goal difference there is still enough time for Borini to get a crucial goal or two to become Sunderland's hero again.

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