By Paolo Camedda
Fabio Borini's agent believes the youngster’s thrilling exploits for Roma in Sunday’s 4-0 demolition of Inter in Serie A are a credit to his client’s work ethic and mental strength.
The Bologna youth team product was snapped up by Chelsea in 2007 but he managed just four Premier League appearances for the Blues during a four-year stay at Stamford Bridge before agreeing to join Parma last summer.
However, less than a month after returning to Emilio-Romagna, Borini was on his way to Roma just in time for the start of the new season, having failed to make a single Serie A appearance for the Gialloblu.
In light of such upheaval, Borini would have been forgiven for taking his time to settle in the Italian capital, but Sunday’s brace against the Nerazzurri means that the 20-year-old has now netted five goals in 11 Serie A games for Luis Enrique’s side, much to the delight of his representative Marco Antonio De Marchi.
"I'm happy and proud for him,” the agent told Goal.com. “He deserves it. I have known Fabio since he was 13, so I can say that the results we are getting now are the result of his hard work.
“He knows that working hard can build something important because this is a guy who never gives up, who always gives everything when he goes on the pitch.
“I think what Fabio is doing at Roma, beyond his own personal satisfaction, constitutes an important message for all young Italian players: hard work pays off."
Indeed, De Marchi acknowledges that while Borini has been blessed with certain innate qualities, it is his attitude that sets him apart.
"Mother Nature has given him a gift of special features: Fabio combines the muscles of a sprinter with the heart of a marathon runner,” he explained.
“He has certainly improved a lot technically and wants to grow further. He is a smart guy, with a great head on his shoulders.
“He is ambitious and that ensures that he never rests on his laurels: he studies the opposition and after a game is already thinking about the next one.
“The clearest demonstration of what I’m talking about was when he was with Chelsea and he was sent to play with the reserves.
“He has not demoralised. He remained fully committed whenever they played and he scored 14 goals in eight games.”
De Marchi believes that after leading a rather peripatetic existence for the past couple of years, Borini is now set for a lengthy stay in ‘The Eternal City’.
"Personally, I was very happy already in the summer when the Giallorossi were interested in him and decided to take him,” he revealed.
“I think that in Italy, Roma represents the best team for him to play. His determined character, the desire to always get over every obstacle and to always give everything, marries perfectly with the passion of the Giallorossi and their fans.
“I'm sure Fabio will always give the maximum for this shirt.”
Borini will be hoping to maintain his good form when Roma face Catania on Wednesday night knowing that a victory will propel them above Inter into fifth place in the standings.