Rowell Report: Borini hunger’s just what Sunderland need

Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell

Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell

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FABIO Borini probably made the most important contribution to the season when he scored the winner against Newcastle.

But the jury has still been out on him to some degree.

Due to a lack of action or a consistent run of games, he hasn’t really been able to show what he can do.

Even though he signed on loan in the summer, a lot of people have still not been sure about him in December. But I thought his performance against Chelsea on Tuesday night was his best in a red and white shirt.

His appetite for work was incredible and he came on with that hunger which we desperately needed.

He just gave the team that energy when it was needed and contributed more than just a goal.

He’s a completely different player to the man he replaced, Adam Johnson, and I still think Gus Poyet is shuffling his pack to a degree to find that winning combination.

But Borini is always looking to get on the end of things, rather than just delivering into the box.

He’s got that striker’s instinct of getting in there and looking for goals, and that’s what Sunderland need at the moment.

Borini has put himself in line to be back in the side against Norwich and although Poyet will have a few tired legs, I don’t think his selection will be a big problem.

You want to get out there again when you win a game of football and hopefully we’ll go out against Norwich and relish the challenge.