Date: 24th January 2017 at 11:55am
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Diego Fabbrini heads for the St. Andrews exit door leaving behind a feeling of regret and frustration.

During his loan spell in 2015, he left Blues fans wanting more. His ability was never called into question, nor was his demeanour. Yet something didn’t quite work out for a player of such ability.

Firstly, he was the victim of a change of system under Gary Rowett. Having waited patiently in the wings for Jon Toral’s departure, the system was scrapped as Rowett opted for a slightly different approach. This left Fabbrini kicking his heels.

After Rowett’s controversial exit, Gianfranco Zola was seen as the man to get the best out of Fabbrini. But after being used as a wide player in a front three, the chemistry hasn’t been quite right. Zola, and Rowett before him, tried to accommodate Fabbrini but it never seemed to make an impact.

For a player of such quality, Fabbrini’s exit from the club is a crying shame. Perhaps the football in England wasn’t suited to his style, or maybe it just wasn’t meant to be.

So it’s a case of what could have been. Diego leaves St. Andrews with our best wishes.

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