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Fabio Borini has transformed into the Italian John O’Shea at AC Milan

The former Chelsea and Liverpool man is the ultimate utility man... but still isn't scoring goals

Fabio Borni had a Premier League record to forget.

The Italian played 111 games in the English top flight, scoring nine goals and registering just five assists.

Hardly the stats required for European giants to show any interest.


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A familiar sight for Liverpool fans

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A familiar sight for Liverpool fans

So when AC Milan came knocking last summer, Borini and his agent must have been counting their lucky stars.

Primarily a striker or winger in England, Borini has found himself to be something of a Jack of all trades for the San Siro giants.

Signed on loan for AC from Sunderland in 2017, the move was made permanent at the beginning of this season.

Iconic celebration

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Iconic celebration

In 46 games for AC, Borini has played in a staggering seven positions, scoring just five goals.

He has played all positions bar centre back and striker. With his goal record, that’s hardly surprising.

The goal shy ex-Sunderland man has played four games at right-back and even had a run out at left-back for one game.

Rinse and repeat at Milan

ALBERTO LINGRIA
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Rinse and repeat at Milan

If his changing of positions is to the fill voids in the squad, or whether the manager is trying to work out where Borini can best justify the £24 million that has been spent on him over his career remains to be seen.

He has tolled up 13 games as a left winger and a further nine on the right flank.

Borini has also been used in a deeper position out wide, with four games at left mid and a further nine on the right side of midfield.

He has even been used as a centre midfielder for one game.

A rare goal

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A rare goal

So what does this tell us about Borini?

Is he extremely capable and versatile and a manager’s dream player (Think Delph/Milner/Blind) or are we just yet to see the Italian in the correct position?

How has Borini performed throughout his time at Milan?

Well, WhoScored have averaged his performances over his career. His overall average is 6.65/10.

Do you ever look at something and think… how did it get there?

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Do you ever look at something and think… how did it get there?

Since he moved to Milan, that average is pushing on seven. So the mixing up of positions appears to be improving his overall gameplay.

Is it fair to call Borini the Italian Milner? Or is the AC Milan manager just trying to find their summer signings best position?

We suppose variety is the spice of life…

How long until we get to see you in goal Fabio?


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