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Fabio Borini goals boost Swansea City promotion bid

Fabio Borini scores
Fabio Borini scores his second on a memorable Swansea City debut

By David Dulin
BBC Sport Wales

If Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers wanted to send a message to his promotion rivals ahead of the final push, he may have just done it.

The arrival of Fabio Borini on loan from Chelsea has given the Premier League hopefuls a new spark up front, judging by his debut.

Italian under-21 international Borini scored twice as the Swans beat Nottingham Forest 3-2 to go within a point of Norwich City in the second automatic promotion spot.

Those goals were the 19-year-old's first in first team football - despite making eight appearances for Chelsea - although he has been scoring for fun in Blues' reserves.

Brendan Rodgers
Hopefully people will see why I've brought him in and put trust in such a young player

Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers on Fabio Borini

Likened to Italian World Cup winner Filippo Inzaghi, Borini appears to be the missing piece of Rodgers' jigsaw.

Not that scoring goals has been a problem for the Swans this season.

Winger Scott Sinclair has notched up 22 and midfielder Darren Pratley has the second highest amount with 10.

But up front, no-one has managed to hold on to the lone striker's shirt or come close to looking prolific.

Stephen Dobbie has six goals, but has played a key role as provider in a new role as an attacking midfielder.

Craig Beattie has scored four times in 20 appearances while January recruit Luke Moore has two from 13 appearances.

Loanee Marvin Emnes scored two during his stint, while Jermaine Easter and Frank Nouble each scored once during their stays.

The difference with Borini though is that he is a poacher and showed a real hunger to score goals, and that is what has been lacking.

"Everyone can see his qualities and his talent," said Rodgers.

"I tried to get him in earlier in the season but wasn't able to, but hopefully people will see why I've brought him in and put trust in such a young player.

"He's a natural finisher and his two finishes today were fantastic."

It is the second time former Chelsea youth and reserve coach Rodgers has raided his old club following the signing of Sinclair for a cool £500,000 in August 2010.

Sinclair and Nathan Dyer have posed a threat on the wings all season, but the way they combined with Borini in the middle took Forest apart and would leave most defences shaken.

Fabio Borini celebrates
Italian striker Fabio Borini celebrates his first goal in professional football

Borini just wants to keep scoring after vowing to do that when he was unveiled last Thursday.

"I kept my word," said Borini, who is on loan until the end of the season.

"I played eight times for Chelsea but didn't score. Today though I made my full debut and had chances to score and I've taken them.

"But my goals and performance come afterwards.

"The most important thing was that the team picked up the three points to keep us in the play-offs and pushing for the top two.

"It's like eight finals left but we are up there and we can fight for every game like the team has all season."

Borini, signed by Rodgers at Chelsea as a 16-year-old from Italian side Bologna, said teaming up with his former boss was the reason he chose Swansea for his loan spell.

And he appears to have settled in like a duck - or should that be swan - to water.

"The lads have taken to me very quickly,'' said Borini, who has only had two training sessions with his new team-mates.

"I didn't know what to expect when I arrived because it's the first time I've been out on loan.

'Terrific' win delights Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers

"But the way the players welcomed me in really impressed me.''

And if Borini helps the Swans reach the Premier League, there will be calls to sign him permanently.

"We had high hopes for him at the time at Chelsea and for such a young player to play the number of games he has in the Premier League is no mean feat," said Rodgers.

"He's a boy who's worked really hard.

"If he's going to be available come the end of the season, then we'll take a look at it."



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see also
Swansea 3-2 Nottm Forest
19 Mar 11 |  Championship
Swansea sign Borini from Chelsea
17 Mar 11 |  Swansea
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales


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