31 Aug 2015

Done Deal: Liverpool officially 'confirm' transfer for £10m attacker who earns £10k-a-minute at Anfield

It's official: After (what seems like) years of trying to get him off the books, Fabio Borini has finally left Liverpool today to sign for Sunderland, with the transfer fee reported to be £10m.

LFC confirmation:

"Liverpool FC can today confirm that Fabio Borini has completed a permanent move to fellow Barclays Premier League outfit Sunderland".

Sunderland confirmation:

"Sunderland are delighted to announce the signing of Fabio Borini from Liverpool. The 24-year-old has signed a four-year deal at the Stadium of Light".

Dick Advocaat's reaction:

“Fabio is a great addition..and will make our front line stronger. He can play in a number of attacking positions which is a huge benefit to the team".

Lee Congerton's reaction (Sunderland Sporting Director):

“Fabio is a player who I’ve known since he was 15 years old and I was fortunate enough to help recruit him to Chelsea...and we are delighted to have him here on a permanent basis.”

Borini's reaction:

"I am delighted to be back at Sunderland. It is a club I know really well from my time here previously. It will be emotional for me to play at the Stadium of Light again and I can’t wait to get back on the pitch as a Sunderland player.”

£10m for Borini is great business, and means that Liverpool will recoup most of the Italian's initial transfer fee.

Borini in Numbers

* 110 weeks as a Liverpool player (One year at Sunderland)

* £11m Transfer fee.

* £55k-a-week salary (£6m over 110 weeks)

* £17m total cost to Liverpool(£11m transfer fee + £6m salary)

* 163 days out injured (31 games missed)

* 38 appearances overall.

* 6 goals/assists in 38 appearances (3 goals/3 assists).

* 1678 minutes played for LFC (Average 839 per LFC seasons).

* £5.6m cost-per-goal (£2.8 per goal/assist).

* £10K earned for every per minute of pitch time.

What a fiasco.

By all accounts, Borini worked hard in training (and on the pitch), and Rodgers basically sabotaged the player by constantly playing him out position and/or failing to give him a consistent chance.

However, even with those things in mind, It's fair to say that Borini is one of Brendan Rodgers' biggest transfer flops.

The moral of this lamentable story? Signing Italian players is a mistake...and, in most cases, trusting Rodgers with transfer funds will almost certainly lead to irreversible catastrophe.

Author: Jaimie K


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