One To Watch #16: Fabio Borini

Last updated : 15 October 2009 By Dan Buxton


: Fabio Borini

Date of Birth: 29th March 1991

Position: Striker

Club: Chelsea

Previous Clubs: Bologna

International apps(goals)
                                          Italy U17 12(6)
                                          Italy U18  4(1)

                                          Italy U19 3(1)

Started off his career at Bologna, the club he watched with his father, joining aged 10 and would progress through the ranks there before leaving for Chelsea at 16.

After a prolific year for the academy, he isn't thought of as a free scoring striker, he was made chief reserve striker last season and scored 4 goals in 6 games, whilst also netting ten times in eleven games for the Blues U18 side. He scored a memorable goal in the epic FA Youth Cup clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Borini made his first team debut this season when he stepped off the bench in the 89th minute of Chelsea's Premier League game with Tottenham and started his first professional game a few days later when he helped the Blues to a 1-0 League Cup win over Queens Park Rangers.

The Italian sneaked into his sides Champions League squad after Gael Kakuta, the man behind the tapping up storm, was banned for four months leaving the London side with a free spot in their squad but Borini has been merely an unused sub in european action so far.

The Italian has been likened to legendary Italy striker Fillipo Inzaghi as a player whose main attributes are not the goals they score but the build up play and strength with more than a few tricks.

When speaking on the academy at the Stamford Bridge club, first team manager Carlo Ancelotti made the following comments, refering to Borini 'there’s a young Italian who’s very good though I don’t want to say the name' whilst Chelsea first team coach Paul Clement had this to say just two weeks ago 'Since Fabio has come here he has spent a lot of time working at his game and he is an intelligent player so you will see him making good runs, playing on the shoulder of defenders, he has been really working on the timing of those movements, trying to get in behind defences, that is his strength and he has a good eye for a goal. He is bright tactically and he has merited his chance and we may see a little bit more of him tomorrow. Fabio is in a rich vein of form and is scoring regularly. That is the first thing you look for in a striker with everything else after that.'