Why Sunderland's high-profile star could've played his last game for the club

Emanuele Giaccherini has failed to make an impact at Sunderland during a disappointing spell at the club.

Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini is likely to have played his last game for the club after picking up a season-ending injury this week.

Giaccherini has suffered an ankle problem which is due to keep him sidelined for the remainder of the campaign, as reported by the BBC, and it looks set to bring his time at the Stadium of Light to a close. 

The Italian international was brought to Sunderland back in 2013, but he has failed to live up to expectations, with his performances far short of the quality required to make him a success. 

The 29-year-old has struggled to cope with the physicality of English football and his addition has failed to push the side on. 

When Giaccherini arrived it was expected that he would become Sunderland's creative fulcrum, but he has simply never looked able to show his top form in the Premier League

It means that a summer move is on the cards, with Sunderland likely to try and cash-in on the Italian. 

Giaccherini is one of the highest profile players in Sunderland's squad and his departure would free up wages to allow Gus Poyet to bring in some much needed additions.

It was reported in January by Sky Sports that he could have left the club and his lack of impact since then has surely sealed his transfer away from Wearside. 

Giaccherini has made just 10 appearances for the Black Cats this season and a move back to his homeland looks most likely in the summer. 

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