Poyet: Borini was always going to start
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet insists on-loan Liverpool striker Fabio Borini has always been an important part of his plans.
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Italy international Borini, 22, made the temporary switch in the summer after struggling for first-team opportunities at Anfield as he wanted to bolster his chances of playing at the World Cup, but he has yet to establish himself at the Stadium of Light.
At the end of last month, the player’s agent, Marco De Marchi, said that the two Premier League starts he had made this season had been “insufficient” and that he planned to speak to Liverpool about his options in January.
However, Borini started the following game against Aston Villa and Poyet has now revealed he always intended to give the player his chance.
“I was surprised that he didn’t talk to his agent because, when his agent sent out that message, Fabio knew already he was playing,” he told the Sunderland Echo. “They are obviously not in contact very much! But it’s been a matter of keeping him ready. He was probably the player who was not playing here who deserved to play.
“We need to find the right balance and Villa was the perfect game for him to play in. He was not happy when I changed it, but I like that -- I absolutely love that. But we needed a bit more freshness in the legs to go the other way because we were going backwards.”