Liverpool striker Fabio Borini needs to take his chance or become an outcast
Liverpool's Fabio Borini has attributes to become a top striker but needs to take his chances, writes Liverpool blogger We Go Again
Fabio Borini looked to be destined for the exit door at Anfield this summer.
But the Italian now has a huge opportunity to push himself right up the pecking order and give Brendan Rodgers a bit more thinking to do.
Borini, no doubt, has the passion and work rate that Rodgers requests from all of his players and you can see when he plays he always gives 100 per cent.
When working in tandem with Mario Balotelli against Ludogorets, he really seemed to flourish as the defenders were so occupied with his compatriot.
Borini has brilliant movement and always finds himself in some great pockets of space that a lot of great strikers seem to pick up.
Once he came onto the pitch on Tuesday night, he was immediately picking up positions that Balotelli was not, and it confused the Ludogorets defence.
That is what Borini does with his runs, cause uncertainty for defenders. Do they stay with Balotelli or track the run of Borini? He nearly scored a header, more importantly a free header – he knows how to escape a marker.
So with West Ham United coming up on Saturday, Borini has a real chance to impress from the start and maybe grab himself a goal to open his account for the season.
Let’s face it, if he is going to get a run in the team this year, now is the time. Apart from the Merseyside derby, Borini has a set of games where you would expect him to maybe make an impact whilst Daniel Sturridge returns to fitness.
The West Ham back four is quite prone to players with pace and any sort of movement in behind so I think Borini really has a massive chance to cause all sorts of problems with Raheem Sterling and Balotelli.
For me, Borini possesses all of the attributes to be a top striker but just lacks that finishing touch.
He is agile, quick, good touch but his finishing is quite poor. He reminds me of Danny Welbeck in some ways; he works hard but he fails to take some really good chances.
Now he has to learn to take them or be an outcast once more.
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