Wise Men Say: Borini’s second coming at Sunderland will be magic

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Sentimentality versus practicality; as football fans, more often than not, we let our hearts rule our heads. Well, I certainly do anyway.

I always try and be sensible post match or in the run up to the game.

We try and discuss things rationally and sensibly, taking a practical view of Sunderland’s approach on and off the pitch. Sometimes I ask myself why?

The pain of incompetent defeats and humiliation drives me towards venting frustration and thoughts around how to fix the offending issues.

The euphoria of a cup final goal scored by Fabio Borini, or that semi-final at Old Trafford, will stay with me forever.

The misery is explainable. The joy isn’t.

When Borini pulls on our ‘famous no9’ shirt at the weekend I’ll firmly believe that come the end of the game, we’ll be jubilant in victory after a stunning hat-trick from the Italian maestro.

At the moment, I’m contemplating the practicalities.

In the same way that some questioned the acquisition of Jermain Defoe, a good forward at the wrong time, some similar questions are being asked of Borini.

He spent his last spell here playing from wide positions, although many wanted to see him deployed through the middle.

Now he’s returned, many see him as that wide player. Is he the right man for the job this time, the right man for Advocaat’s system?

Either way, he’s back. And it’s quite exciting.

We’ll debate tactics and systems and all that goes with it on the podcast, but sometimes it is easy to forget why we do it on the face of things; we’re fans.

We love Sunderland, and we fell in love with them through joy and despair. Lots of despair.

When Fabio Borini held that scarf above his head for the second time I think every Sunderland fan was delighted.

The memories made by Fabio during his time on Wearside were special, and hopefully see a few more magic moments starting this Sunday.

Where we might sometimes think ‘let’s take a step back and think about this logically’, sometimes it’s best just to think ‘forget the system and everything else’ and get excited.

The cold hard reality of supporting Sunderland is often too much, so you can’t really blame people for losing it from time to time.

I’d like to see Fabio deployed through the middle. One of the reasons for this is Ola Toivonen.

On initial inspection, the Swede looks the kind of player that’s cute enough to capitalise on Borini’s clever movement.

The final ball from central midfield has been a massive problem for years, but movement off the ball plays a part too.

Borini’s movement is superb, and I’m really hopeful that they can link up well together.

Whatever happens, I can’t wait until Sunday because Fabio Borini will make his second Sunderland debut.

H The Wise Men Say podcast is available every Monday, with SAFC debate from a variety of guests and post-match reaction. You can stream it direct from wisemensay.co.uk or subscribe to it on iTunes.