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Fabio Borini is a 26 year old Italian striker and he signed for Liverpool on this day, the 13th July 2012. Despite being Italian, Borini started out as a Chelsea youth player and excelled, he was eventually given a chance in the first team in 2009, when he was 18. However after only a handful of appearances he was loaned out to Swansea in 2011, where Brendan Rogers was manager. He never returned to Chelsea and at the end of his loan spell with Swansea (played 9 scored 6) he signed for Parma. However before the end of that window he was sent on loan to Roma. After playing 24 games and 9 goals during the 2011/ 12 season, Borini became Rogers first signing at Liverpool. I’ll now take a look through his time at Liverpool, but brace yourself, it wasn’t great. Borini signed from AS Roma for £10.5 million, it later came out that Balotelli had urged Borini to join the reds, telling him that they have the ???most exciting’ fans, high praise from a man such as Mario??? At the age of 21 Borini had played for 5 teams, 3 of which where in the Premier League, and 2 of which were managed by Brendan Rogers, Rogers is quoted as saying this about Borini not long after he arrived, “Fabio fits the model of what we’re trying to do in building not only for now, but also for the future. He’s a big talent, 21 years of age, he scores goals, and his passion, focus and concentration is a very important part of his game. I think the supporters will love him. He’s a multi-functional player who can play in a number of positions and someone I believe has got great growth. He is arguably the best physical player I’ve worked with in terms of his pace, power and fitness. Mentally, he’s very strong.”. Borini made his Premier League debut in a 3-0 loss to West Brom on the 18th August 2012. Soon after he broke his foot in a game vs Manchester United, in his first game back on the 9th January 2013, he again played against United. His first Premier League goal was the fifth as Liverpool demolished Newcastle 6-0 at the end of April. By the end of his first season with Liverpool, Borini had played 20 games, and scored twice (Only 18 more appearances and 1 goal left then???). The next season Borini went to Sunderland, so I’ll move on from that, however he did win young player of the season at the Stadium of Light. Although in the summer of 2014 Liverpool accepted an offer from Sunderland, Borini decided to remain a Liverpool player. Got to rate his determination. He made 5 starts for the reds last season and the only thing of note was an impressive sending off vs Arsenal, receiving 2 yellows in 16 minutes of game time, impressive Fabio. He did also score a goal on the 17th January 2015 in a 2-0 win vs Aston Villa, but who really cares. Thankfully for Liverpool, borini left Liverpool on deadline day in August 2015, he played 38 games for the reds and scored 3 goals, he’s also managed to get a game for the Italian national team, only 1 though, and I reckon it’ll stay that way for the foreseeable future. Somehow, despite Borini being pretty poor for Sunderland this last season as they got relegated, he’s managed to blag a move to AC Milan. Whoever his agent is, he’s incredible. Good luck at Milan Borini, although I highly doubt he’ll be doing much apart from warming the bench for the majority of his stay.
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