Emanuele Giaccherini heads up the list of new Black Cats players, and the former Juventus man has the potential to standout in the Premier League.
Sunderland fans will be wondering what to expect from their team this season, after an influx of new players by boss Paolo Di Canio. There is a risk that the Black Cats could start slowly due to the new additions taking time to find their feet, and each new face will be scrutinised by the Stadium of Light faithful.
However, despite some of the players being lesser lights of European football and potentially unknown to the majority of Sunderland fans, Di Canio has potentially pulled off the signing of the summer. In Emanuele Giaccherini, Sunderland have a player of considerable quality, who will be a driving force in the side’s midfield this term.
Giaccherini has been a consistent performer in Serie A for Juventus over the last two seasons, playing a part in the Bianconeri’s back-to-back Serie A successes. He has duly been rewarded with international recognition, and to date has amassed 14 caps for the Azzurri, scoring twice.
New team-mate Adam Johnson has spoken out regarding Giaccherini’s quality, and feels the former Cesena man will play a big role for Sunderland.
"He's everything you'd expect from that type of player, that's what he's like," Johnson said.
"His technique is good, he can see a pass, he is clever like most Italian attackers.
"I think he is only going to get stronger as well when he plays a few games."
With no disrespect to Sunderland intended, had Giaccherini moved to a top six or eight side it would have come as no major shock. It is not everyday that Sunderland sign first-team players from Juventus, but that is what they have just done – Giaccherini played 40 times for Juve in Serie A over the last two seasons.
Giaccherini’s addition will give Sunderland more attacking impetus, as the forward-thinking midfielder will look to get into the space between opposition defence and midfield. He will look to link up with the likes of Stephane Sessegnon, and boosts the squad’s creativity and guile going forward.
Given the amount of new faces that the Bantams have brought in over the summer, the fans will be looking for someone to step up and take the team by the scruff of the neck. Giaccherini has the ability to be that man, and the Stadium of Light faithful could well have a new favourite after they see what he is capable of.
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