Poyet speaks out on his new loan signing.
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has left the door open for a potential January move for forward Fabio Borini from Liverpool, with the Express having reported that January loan signing Ricky Alvarez is not a replacement for the Italian who the Black Cats had spent much of the summer window trying, and eventually failing, to lure back to the club.
Alvarez arrived at the Stadium of Light during the dying embers of the summer window, putting pen-to-paper on a season-long loan deal to bring him to the club from Serie A giants Inter Milan, despite having been a relatively regular feature on Walter Mazzarri’s teamsheets last season.
The tricky winger also made Alejandro Sabella’s squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, representing his native Argentina as they made it all the way to the final before being beaten by Germany, although Alvarez’s performances in the world footballing jamboree came largely as an impact substitute.
“With both being most comfortably operating from the left, the clear conclusion to draw was that Alavrez was a direct replacement for Borini, but Poyet has insisted that this is not the case.”
Ricky is a player who is exciting on the ball and who will create things on his own but he is not a proper scorer.”
This could yet leave the door open to a future move for Borini, with the Italian seemingly a long way from the Liverpool first team, although injury to Daniel Sturridge could let him in, with Poyet having dedicated much of his summer to trying to persuade the former AS Roma man to arrive on a permanent deal.