Gus Poyet has refused to write off Charis Mavrias's future at Sunderland in the Shields Gazette today.
Mavrias was sent out on loan to Panathinaikos in the January transfer window, with his first-team chances at the Stadium of Light limited, but Poyet believes that he could still force his way back into the Black Cats side.
The Uruguayan manager says that if Mavrias can impress during his time in Greece, he will be offered the chance to impress with his side again next term.
“It depends on him (whether he has a future at Sunderland)," Poyet said. "He needs to play. Playing means performing well and seeing him improving.
“The only way to judge him is after five or six games of him playing regularly. At the moment, it’s been difficult.”
Mavrias is still only 20-years-old so has time to turn things around on Wearside, but it seems that the next five months will be decisive for his Sunderland career.
If he can impress in the Greek league, where he has shown himself to be a threat before, it appears that Poyet will offer him a reprieve, but if his struggles continue it is almost certain that he will leave in the summer.
Panathinaikos are reportedly already interested in extending the winger's stay when his current loan deal expires and the Shields Gazette say that even though Poyet has offered him hope, this move is likely to go through.
Mavrias was signed by Sunderland back in 2013, but has only made six appearances for the club to date.