PAOLO DI CANIO insists fellow Italian Fabio Borini is an astute capture by Sunderland, given the demands on the club’s budget by the end of the transfer window.
Borini made his Black Cats debut as a second half substitute in last weekend’s defeat to Arsenal after arriving on a season-long loan from Liverpool on transfer deadline day.
Despite the £6million sale of Stephane Sessegnon, Sunderland had little left in their budget by the end of the window, as the club continue their efforts to balance the books.
A loan for Borini offered a cut-price replacement for Sessegnon in Di Canio’s attacking ranks, with Sunderland understood to have reached an agreement with Liverpool over the 22-year-old’s wages.
But although the £10.5m frontman has only arrived on loan, Di Canio believes the Italian international will prove a success during his campaign on Wearside.
Di Canio told the Echo: “Borini is a player that I have no worries about.
“We have to be honest, at the end of the transfer market we couldn’t spend anymore money and in Borini we were able to loan a player with the characteristics I had asked for.
“He was available and we knew he could do a job because he’s a good player and we knew our regime would be able to help him.
“We knew that we would be able to reduce the risk of the injuries that have held him back and also that we would be able to get him fitter than he has been previously.
“We know that we can help him develop as a player and for us, he provides us with another option.”
Borini started just five times for Liverpool last season, yet his formative years have been spent in English football.
The striker came through the ranks at Chelsea and spent two months on loan at then Championship side Swansea before spending a solitary season at Italian giants Roma.
“He was excellent at Swansea, scored regularly and we should remember that even though he is only 22 he is already in his fourth season as a professional,” added Di Canio.
“Despite all the injuries, he is already a senior Italian striker at the age of 22.
“So he has a great deal of experience for a young man but he is a strong attacker with a British quality and he loves to play in England.
“He has real quality too.
“He has to prove himself, he has to convince me, but he is young, a very good prospect with a proper English attitude and this could be a very exciting time for him here.”