Date: 13th January 2017 at 1:19pm
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When Diego Fabbrini returned to Blues almost one year after a successful loan spell, it was meant to be the start of a special relationship between a player and an adoring fan base.

A technically gifted player with unfinished business returning to the place where the fans overwhelmingly wanted him back. It appeared to be a win-win scenario.

But fast forward twelve months, the only feeling is one of frustration. Fabbrini’s second spell at St. Andrews has been an almighty anti-climax.

What was meant to be a marquee signing has turned out to be nothing more than a 21 appearance cameo.

Looking from the outside in, it seemed as if Fabbrini didn’t fit in with Gary Rowett’s style of play (which begs the question why Rowett paid  £1m for him). After all, the Italian is hardly renowned for his defensive ability, such a key attribute in Rowett’s team. Step forward Gianfranco Zola. A forward thinking manager who likes his team to play on the deck in an attacking manner. Surely, his appointment would kick start Fabbrini’s season. But again, he’s been kicking his heels with such a lack of game time.

No one can blame Fabbrini for wanting to leave. He hasn’t moaned at his lack of action (at least not publicly anyway) and he’s been the model professional. He is a talented footballer that will find his ideal home. Unfortunately for him – and Blues – it’s unlikely to be at St. Andrews.

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