GUS Poyet says he is trying to find ways to get on-loan Liverpool striker Fabio Borini into his team - but it isn’t easy!
The Italian striker’s agent this week hinted at Borini’s unhappiness that he has not played more games for Sunderland this season.
And there was also the suggestion that the 22-year-old could return to Liverpool in January to be loaned out again, this time to a Serie A club.
That is unlikely to happen, but Poyet himself admits he has every sympathy for a player who the head coach freely admits continues to impress him on the training pitch.
“The most unlucky player at this club is Fabio,” he said.
“I know that Fabio Borini should be playing more than he has done and the only person that can be blamed for that is me.
“And yet that is not because I don’t want him to play….
“The problem is that when I create a team to play against the opposition, I think of the system, I make decisions, I pick a team I think is the best for that particular challenge and then I find Fabio is not one of them.
“It is not done on purpose - he’s just unlucky.
“Normally that happens to one player every now and again - that they deserve more than they are getting.
“But it has happened to Fabio a lot and he is the one player who can come and say to me: ‘Why am I not playing,’ and I would have a problem answering.”
Poyet though has reiterated the fact that he still rates the Italian, who wrote his name into Sunderland folklore this season and will look to give him as much time as he can.
“Fabio is fit and available to play and we have to look to use him in the best way possible,” he said.
“He’s a quality player and he is someone who can be important to us in what is a very busy time coming up.”