Sunderland initially signed Fabio Borini on a season-long loan from Liverpool in 2013.

The Italian international made a relatively slow start on Wearside, but he soon announced himself to Black Cats’ fans when he scored the winner in the Wear-Tyne derby.   

Following that, his goals on the road to the League Cup final in 2014 were pivotal, and his strike against Manchester City at Wembley cemented his name in Sunderland folklore.

The forward continued his fine form towards the end of the season when goals against Chelsea, Cardiff and West Brom helped Gus Poyet’s side complete the great escape.  

He was subsequently voted the club’s 2013-14 Young Player of the Year.

Borini spent the following season back at Liverpool, but returned to Wearside in 2015 after signing a four-year deal.

One again, the Italian grabbed some vital goals, most notably against Crystal Palace, Norwich City and Chelsea as Sunderland avoided the drop.

Following an injury-hit 2016-17 season, Borini joined Italian giant’s AC Milan after more than 80 appearances for the Black Cats.

Click play on the panel above to watch some of his best moments.

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