Fabio Borini was a main talking point during the summer 2014 transfer window and recieved some, perhaps, unfair criticism after a £14M price tag was slapped on his head.
It looked almost certain that Liverpool and his former loan club Sunderland would come to an agreement for the Italian Forward, but somehow, nothing came of it and he remains at Liverpool, almost destined not to get much game time and leave sooner rather than later.
However, after Luis Suarez’s departure to Barcelona, Liverpool evidently look like they’re lacking that finishing touch that Suarez provided on so many occasions. Their game against Ludogorets in the Champions League midweek made that clear.
However, could Borini play a part?
Now, I’m not suggesting he could replicate what Suarez brought to the table in terms of goals – he was arguably the best player in the world in the 2013/14 season and it’s clear to see the red half of Merseyside are missing him dearly – but when, surprisingly, Borini came on midweek in the final 15 minutes he looked like he had a lot of unfinished business with Liverpool and clearly wanted to impress.
The runs he makes, playing up top, drifiting out wide and playing in deep shows that he’s not a player who likes to sit around expecting the service, which is exactly how Suarez was.
Despite bringing in Rickie Lambert and more recently Mario Ballotelli, Liverpool, particularly up front, no longer have the pace that Suarez provided and tend to play more the role of target men rather than a nuisance forward.
Borini probably won’t score 30+ goals a season, but he can play like Suarez and terrorise defences, potentially helping to create more space for the likes of Balotelli, Lambert and/or Sturridge.
Change of formation
Brendan Rodgers was very much used to and happy to be playing 4-3-3 last season with Suarez, Sturridge and Sterling leading the trident but seems forced to change that after Suarez’s transfer out of the club.
However, Borini could rectify that and while also providing an option in a variety of roles, which is arguably one of his better traits.
Fabio Borini’s transfer collapse could be a blessing in disguise for Liverpool, if Borini decides to pull his socks up and Rodgers gives him the chance, he could give them the cutting edge they seemingly need at the moment.
Or it could all go wrong and he’ll be off come January… we’ll see.