Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini has told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport the club’s fans are like an ‘inferno’.
The 29-year-old was pressed on his motives for moving to the North East club and manager Gus Poyet and the club’s fans will be delighted with his response.
“An offer like that you could not refuse. I live in Durham. During the week I go for a walk with my family and no one tells me anything. Privacy is respected,” he said.
“Then comes Saturday and the stadium is an inferno. Sunderland has one of the hottest supports.”
Sunderland fans are certainly one of the most passionate sets of supporters in the Premier League and they are vital for the club now, more so than previously this season.
The Black Cats were poor in the defeat against QPR earlier this week and will be under pressure to react positively when the league action returns for the team with a home game against West Brom.
Giaccherini is currently out of the side with a shin problem and he has struggled for game time at the club this season; two starts and five sub appearances.
It’s encouraging that he’s been so complimentary about the club when he could have stuck the knife in and been critical.
His challenge when he’s back to full fitness and in the squad is to show Poyet why he should be in the team and why he can be the man to power the side up the table over the club’s remaining games.