Fabio Borini has paid tribute to reported West Ham United target Ivan Juric, explaining to TMW how the Hellas Verona coach has allowed the journeyman Italian to ‘express’ himself at long last.
In an era obsessed with the collective over the individual, the former Liverpool and Chelsea forward has been forced to sacrifice his goal-scoring instincts in recent times.
After sealing a shock move from Sunderland to AC Milan in the summer of 2017, Borini was quickly transformed from a penalty-box poacher into a hard-running wide player. He even made a number of appearances in a wing-back role at the San Siro giants.
While the 29-year-old was never likely to kick up a fuss, that is just not in his nature after all, he is understandably thrilled to be afforded a return to where he is most comfortable under Hellas Verona boss Juric.
“Right now, yes (I’m playing my best football in years). Because I’m playing in in my role, using my characteristics,” says a clearly thrilled Borini, who recently scored a famous winner against Juventus.
“If you play in your role you can express yourself for who you are. The coach told me that at Milan it was not clear what I really was, despite my best efforts, because it is part of my character to be generous.
“(Juric) manages to give you the right spirit.”
With Moyes hardly setting the world alight since being handed the reigns at the London Stadium once again in December, Juric has emerged as a potential successor with L’Arena claiming that the Croatian has an admirer in the shape of West Ham co-owner David Sullivan.
Juric has done an incredible job at Verona, taking a newly promoted side into contention for the European places in a manner not too dissimilar to Sheffield United icon Chris Wilder.