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Newcastle United Eyeing A Shock Premier League Return For Ex-Sunderland Star: Does It Make Sense?

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Anas Molla
An ageing teenager who apparently still likes Twenty One Pilots and HIMYM. Also fascinated by Greek and Egyptian mythology and history. Still waiting for my man Milos Raonic to win a Grand Slam.

According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, as cited by Football Italia, Newcastle United are interested in the services of Fabio Borini this summer. The former Sunderland star is not wanted by newly appointed AC Milan coach Marco Giampaolo, and a move away from San Siro could be on the horizon. And this has put the Magpies on red alert, although they could face stiff competition from Ligue 1 outfit Bordeaux.

Borini’s disastrous spell at Milan

Borini was considered as a cult hero at Sunderland before he chose to make a shock move to Milan in 2017 on a season-long loan deal. And after a half-decent debut campaign at San Siro, his contract was made permanent by Milan last summer for a fee of €5.5 million.

However, the Italian has since struggled to make himself a first-team regular at the club, with only ten of his twenty appearances last season coming as a start. He scored only one goal and provided two assists, falling behind the likes of Hakan Calhanoglu and Suso in the pecking order. Hence, leaving Milan seems like a logical decision for Borini as he aims to revive his career next season.

What can Borini bring to the table?

A left winger by trade, Borini is a utility player, who can feature on either side of the flanks as well as central midfield and even in the fullback slots, if needed. Unlike any traditional winger, who relies on technical and dribbling prowess, the 28-year-old is a physically astute attacker.

And this is coupled with his urgency and willingness to win back possession for his team that makes Borini such a hard-working and effective winger. He also has a vast experience in top-flight football, having made over 110 appearances in the Premier League and 73 appearances in Serie A.

Should Newcastle make a move for Borini?

Borini seems like a tailor-made fit for a club like Newcastle United, given their hard-working style of play. However, a lot will depend on the tactical philosophy of their next manager, meaning making a move for this Italian attacker could be a step too early for the Premier League outfit.

But in hindsight, the 28-year-old could be a handy player to have considering his versatility coupled with his past exposure in the English top flight – making him a viable target for the Magpies.

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