After struggling with form and injuries in his first season back in English football, Fabio Borini had little choice but to move to Sunderland on loan in an attempt to find the playing time that never seemed likely to materialise at Liverpool behind the on-form Daniel Sturridge and with Luis Suarez waiting in the wings.
To hear Borini's agent speak, though, the player would have been better off never even leaving Roma in the first place. Given the £10.5M fee Liverpool paid for him, the club might be starting to think the exact same thing, even if all involved will be hoping Borini can use his time with Paolo Di Canio to rediscover his scoring touch.
"I think Fabio would have been the ideal player for Zeman last year," said Marco De Marchi in an interview with Radio Mana Mana. "But the decision to leave Roma was made on both sides. Everything was concluded very quickly, without a chance for us to talk to the [new] coach. Having said that I still believe Roma was the best team possible for Fabio."
At the time of his sale, Zdenek Zeman had just arrived at Roma, though the Czech manager has since been replaced by Rudi Garcia after a controversial series of benchings—including of vice captain Daniele De Rossi—led to slumping form and fan unrest. One does have to wonder, in those circumstances, if Borini's career really would have best served by sticking around.