White Hart Lane

Next Game

Tottenham v Liverpool

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Etihad Stadium

Last Game

Man City 3 - 1 Liverpool

Monday, 25 August 2014, 20:00

Barclays Prem

Borini in Poyet's plans

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says he wants to keep Fabio Borini beyond January.

Last Updated: 29/11/13 at 09:31 Post Comment

Fabio Borini: Wanted at Sunderland

Fabio Borini: Wanted at Sunderland

Borini is on a season-long loan from Liverpool, but he has started just two league games in that time, although he did score the winner in the local derby with Newcastle last month.

Borini's agent has claimed that the forward would look at returning to Liverpool in January in order to try and salvage his World Cup ambitions with Italy.

But Poyet insists that they are not thinking about letting him leave and said: 'I would like to talk to him, not agents.

"He is a very important player for us and he has been unlucky because, if there is one player who should have got a bit more from the manager, it is Fabio.

"I've only been here a month and a half so not everything needs to be decided now.

"If I was him I'd be moaning, but he has got great character and we have got a very good relationship.

"Every player wants to play all the time and I'm sure his family are thinking, 'why doesn't the manager play him?' He has done well and is probably the one who has been really unlucky with the situation in games."

Sunderland's Zola

One Italian who is enjoying playing time for Sunderland is Emanuele Giaccherini and Poyet believes he could be their version of Gianfranco Zola, who the Black Cats chief played with during his time at Chelsea.

"The most difficult part of football nowadays is the final third, there are plenty of teams who have an idea and can play the right kind of football," he said.

"But you hear managers say many times that the last pass, the last decision or delivery has let them down. That's where you spend your money.

"You need someone to stand up and give you something special. It's not new. It was always like that.

"When we got close to the box at Chelsea, we gave it to Gianfranco Zola. He would always do something with it.

"That's why he was so good because he would find the final pass, the shot or the runner. That's quality. We're trying to get Giaccherini to do that for us.

"We've seen him play for Italy and the position he played (in last week's 2-2 draw against Nigeria) where he linked things.

"We can improve as a team to use the characteristics of the players. It's a possibility to play him in the middle, depending how we play."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Premier League round-up: Swansea go top as Stoke stun Manchester City

Swansea move to the top of the Premier League, Stoke stun poor Manchester City and still no win for Louis van Gaal.

Scottish Premiership: Aberdeen ease to 2-0 win over Partick

Second-half goals from Nicky Low and Niall McGinn earned Aberdeen a 2-0 win over Partick Thistle at Pittodrie.

Scottish Championship: Alloa fight back to beat struggling Hibs 2-1

Hibernian continued their stumbling start to the season as they were beaten 2-1 by Alloa at Recreation Park.

Mail Box

Surely A Spurs Fan Should Remember...

...what happened to the fourth Champions League place the last time an English team won the thing. Plus, who would want to pay £60 to watch the current England team?

Ginger Pirlo? Don't Make Me Laugh...

A Sunderland fan in the mailbox is surprised by Jack Colback's call up to the England squad. Plus, thoughts on Welbeck and Liverpool's Champions League draw...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property