Never before has the term ‘caged lion’ been used more loosely, in our opinion!
Fabio Borini’s agent Marco De Marchi has confirmed that his client will leave Liverpool this summer, and has spoken of the frustrations at the lack of first-team opportunities.
“Fabio wants a new experience. There are teams from all over Europe interested in him,” he told Corriere dello Sport, reported in the Mirror.
“Top clubs in Europe are keen on him, from the Premier League to the Bundesliga and there also clubs in Italy, but many clubs in Italy have had coaching changes and that has slowed things down.
“He has no preference, he just wants a team that gives him a clear chance to prove himself.
“Right now he feels like a lion in a cage.”
Since his arrival in 2012, Italian international Borini has scored the grand total of two Premier League goals – one in each of his full Premier League seasons at the club…
The stats are paltry, but his overall performances haven’t exactly been much better either.
We’d have a little more sympathy for the 24-year-old had he not turned down moves to either Sunderland or QPR, who both had bids accepted for his services before the start of this season (via Daily Mail).
The fact we accepted the offers immediately should have suggested to Borini that he wasn’t going to get many chances, but he stayed to fight for his place, and bluntly, he failed.
Sadly, Borini’s work-rate and feisty attitude cannot make up for a distinct lack of quality.
We should sell to the club who offers the most money, whether that’s in the Premier League or abroad. Hopefully Danny Ings, who is arriving for a feee set by a tribunal, will prove an upgrade on the striker.