Fabio Borini, a man who was supposedly destined for the exit door at Anfield this summer now has a huge opportunity to push himself right up the pecking order, and give Brendan Rodgers a bit more thinking to do.
Borini no doubt has the passion and work rate that Brendan requests from all of his players, and you can see when he plays he always gives 100%. Also when working in tandem with Mario Balotelli he really seemed to flourish because the defenders were so occupied with his compatriot.
Borini has immense movement and always finds himself in some great pockets of space that a lot of great strikers seem to pick up. Once he came onto the pitch on Tuesday he was immediately picking up positions that Balotelli was not, and it confused the Ludogorets defense.
That is what Borini does with his runs, cause uncertainty for defenders. Do they stay with Balotelli or track the run of Borini? He nearly scored a header, more importantly a free header. He knows how to escape a marker.
So with West Ham coming up on Saturday, Borini has a real chance to impress from the start and maybe grab himself a goal to open his account for the season. Because lets face it – if he is going to get a run in the team this year, now is the time. Apart from the Merseyside derby on September 27, Borini has a set of games where you would expect him to maybe make an impact whilst Sturridge returns to fitness.
The West Ham back four is quite prone to problems with players with pace and any sort of movement in behind, so I think Borini really has a massive chance to cause all sorts of problems with Sterling and Balotelli.
For me, Borini possesses all of the attributes to be a top striker but just lacks that finishing touch. He is agile, quick, has a good touch, but as I said his finishing is quite poor.
He reminds me of Danny Welbeck in a way, he works hard but he fails to take some really good chances. Now is the time to take any opportunity more than ever, or face being an outcast once more.
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