GUS POYET says any Premier League manager would be happy to have Fabio Borini in their starting XI.
Poyet decided to sacrifice Borini in Saturday’s defeat to Hull City after Wes Brown’s fourth minute dismissal prompted the Sunderland boss to remove the Italian to bring on centre-half Santiago Vergini.
But the Uruguayan has been hugely impressed by Borini since finding a regular place in the starting XI for the on-loan Liverpool forward last November.
And Poyet believes that Borini, who is expected to return to Anfield in the summer, would catch the eye of any top flight manager, given the 22-year-old’s attitude and work-rate.
Poyet told the Echo: “What a good character Fabio is.
“He’s a character that any manager would like to have in his team.
“At the beginning, I remember when I played him and then I couldn’t play him.
“I didn’t have words to explain why he wasn’t playing.
“But he’s a very special character that would be in any XI in any team.”
Borini was sent out on loan by Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers in the summer after being hampered by injuries at Liverpool following a £10.5million move from Roma.
But gradually the Italian international has rediscovered his form at the Stadium of Light and become a firm favourite on the terraces.
He will hope for a longer opportunity to impress in tomorrow’s trip to Manchester City after being limited to just 12 minutes against Hull.
That prevented Borini building on a superb performance in the Tyne-Wear derby when he netted his fifth of the season from the penalty spot.
“Mama-mia, he had an unbelievable game the other day in the derby,” added Poyet.
“He fights to take penalties and the runs he was making on (Mathieu) Debuchy (Newcastle right-back) were amazing.
“He was really a top performer and he’s always ready to play, ready to train.
“If he’s got some pain, he doesn’t care, he just wants to play and score goals.”