Experienced Italian Forward Now On Crystal Palace’s Radar: Smart Choice By Hodgson?

Roy Hodgson may have an exciting squad to work with at Selhurst Park but he needs a few additions in January, to make sure that his side can compete for a place in the top half of the table this season.

This could see Crystal Palace active in the January transfer window and Italian news outfit Corriere dello Sport (cited by Sportwitness) claim that the manager is interested in the services of the versatile Fabio Borini.

One of the many players AC Milan are ready to sell, Borini has struggled for game time this season and will be cheap, given that his deal with the Italian side comes to an end in the summer.

But is Borini a decent option for the Eagles?

Fabio Borini’s Last Few Years

Having started his senior career with Chelsea back in 2009, Borini spent eight seasons in England, scoring 22 goals in his time in the country.

His most productive season in the Premier League came with Sunderland in the 2013-14 season, where he registered seven goals and two assists.

However, he struggled after his move to Liverpool which forced him back to Sunderland just a season later.

He spent two more years with the Black Cats before moving back to Italy with AC Milan, where he has struggled to cement a place in the starting XI.

Primarily an attacker who can play across the front line, Borini has been used in a midfield role in the last couple of seasons in Italy and has hardly shown enough promise to be a regular in the first team this season.

He has seen just 70 minutes of league action this season at San Siro and is not considered by the national side either.

However, at just 28, Borini has heaps of experience which could be useful for quite a few teams in England.

Fabio Borini: Good Fit For Palace?

Jordan Ayew has been the preferred striker for Roy Hodgson this season but the Ghana international has just four goals in 16 league games.

Goal-shy Christian Benteke remains the only backup for Ayew in the first team with Wilfried Zaha also used in a false-9 role.

Borini will not only give them an extra option in this position, but he can also play as a support striker, giving Hodgson a chance to use a different system in certain games.

The former Liverpool star is a hard-working forward, who will certainly add some stability to the Palace side.

He may not be able to add too many goals straight away but for a cheap price, he is an able attacker, who does have what it takes to make a difference in crunch games for Palace.

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