Rowell Report: Fabio has been just fab for Sunderland

Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell
Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell
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I WAS very interested in Gus Poyet’s comments last week regarding Sunderland’s loan signing from Liverpool, Fabio Borini.

Poyet was full of praise for the young Italian, complimenting his attitude and special character and I think the fans have also taken to him, having watched him improve as the season has gone on.

As Poyet’s words were said a few days after Sunderland’s Hull defeat, maybe he was regretting his decision to sacrifice Borini following Wes Brown’s red card.

And if he had the chance to choose again, I think he would choose differently.

When Borini first arrived at the Stadium of Light he struggled to make the first 11, often being used from the bench in the later stages of games.

But he always worked hard, never gave up and is now a regular in Gus Poyet’s starting line-up.

His link-up play with Marcus Alonso is developing well and is becoming a key part of the team.

And against Newcastle at St James’s, I thought there partnership down the left-hand side was outstanding.

Borini didn’t do a bad job in the first derby either!

Back in October he scored that dramatic late winner, which must his personal highlight of the season so far.

Borini’s appetite for hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed by the fans and I’m sure is appreciated by his team-mates, as even when things are not going so well, his head never drops and he always works unselfishly for the team.

It will be interesting to see what happens at the end of the season when his loan deal with Sunderland comes to an end.

But as he is a player at the right age, who can still improve and develop, I hope a permanent deal with Liverpool can be arranged.