Monday, 15 October 2012

Brendan Rodgers Says He Was Right To Sign Fabio Borini

Fabio BoriniBrendan Rodgers is defending his decision to splash out £10m on flop striker Fabio Borini.

The Italian frontman, 21, was one of the Liverpool boss' first signings when he took over at Anfield.

He worked with the youngster during his time at Chelsea's Academy and then took him on loan to Swansea where he managed six goals in nine league games.

That convinced Rodgers the forward could be a success at Liverpool and he agreed to pay Roma £10.5m for the 5ft 8in star.

But since pitching up in front of the Kop, Borini has looked out of his depth.

His tally of a solitary goal in the Europa League win over minnows Gomel is doing little to quell the groundswell of opinion that he looks a bad investment.

And now Borini is out for six weeks with a broken foot, picked up whilst away with the Italian under-21 squad,Rodgers could be forgiven for kicking himself for splashing out the huge sum on the Italian and then discovering the pot was empty when he wanted to bid for Clint Dempsey.

But Rodgers is still happy about bringing Borini on board his Liverpool project so early into his time at Anfield.

He explained: "He's played a lot out of position, more on the left side and that has not helped.
"Also Fabio's story was to come in and grow, he's been forced into that lead role at times because of the lack of depth in the group.

"But I'm sure he just needs to keep working hard. I've seen enough of him at Chelsea and Swansea to know he is good enough. 

"It's not always a smooth transition. Joe Allen has come in and you think he's been here ten years, for some players it can be a wee bit more difficult but I'm sure over time he'll be fine."

But what about that fee? Could it have been used more wisely at a time when the owners were looking to rein in spending?

"No," Brendon answered. "Because I've felt we wanted support at the top end, that was the reality. 

"Fabio was a young talent, not only for now but for the future. I've absolutely no regrets about taking him in because I feel that over time he will prove to be a very good signing for the club."

See Fabio Borini score his only goal for Liverpool:

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