This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Birmingham City are interested in bringing former Liverpool and Swansea City forward Fabio Borini back to England this summer, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.
The 30-year-old also spent time with Chelsea and Sunderland during his time in the country and currently plays in the Turkish top division with Fatih Karagumruk, a side he has spent seven months with after his release from Hellas Verona.
Borini was part of a Swansea squad that achieved promotion to the Premier League in their 2010/11 play-off final win against Reading – and after impressing at Roma on loan the following season – he earned a move to Liverpool where he was unable to make a real impact.
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He has spent time at Sunderland, AC Milan, Verona and his current side since – but could now be set for another move with Birmingham’s current assistant boss Craig Gardner playing with the Italian at the Stadium of Light during the 2013/14 season.
Ahead of this potential move, we asked three our of writers at FLW whether he would be a guaranteed starter for the Blues next season or not.
Let’s see what they’ve had to say.
The potential arrival of Fabio Borini at Birmingham City should excite fans.
Part of me understands that he has struggled to settle down at a particular destination, but his work rate and desire to run in behind makes him a very valuable asset to have at Championship level. He is still only 30 too and those energy levels will still be there for the next couple of years.
It seems that he has now added goals and assists to his game, with his latest spell in Turkey proving that. He is a player that is perhaps not as direct as Birmingham’s current attacking options, but his attacking intelligence is something that would go a long way in this division.
Birmingham seriously struggled to score goals last season, and the reason for that was a. combination of wasting opportunities and not creating enough to win football matches. Borini is a player who can help out with both of last season’s issues.
I certainly don’t see why he wouldn’t be a regular starter.
Fabio Borini is an excellent player for a Championship level club and I think that Birmingham City would really benefit from signing a player of his ilk.
During his time with Sunderland in particular he showed great work rate, quality in front of goal and was capable of being someone who thrived in big moments. That’s something that Lee Bowyer will love.
If he does move to the Blues then I think that Bowyer will love what he brings to the team and while he might not be the most prolific forward in the division, there’s no doubt that he’ll set the tone for the entire team.
Supporters need players who will give their all and Borini certainly fits into that category.
I don’t think he would necessarily be guaranteed to start no, although I do think he could become one of the first names on the team sheet as time goes on.
He’s not exactly prolific but you cannot fault his work rate and drive to win.
I like the fact that he can operate wide and centrally – I think that’s something that Bowyer will really love.
Obviously he already has experience of playing in England and that can only be a positive moving forwards.
Overall, I think this would be a very smart but surprising addition by the Blues.