Photos: Sunderland's Emanuele Giaccherini back in training

Sunderland winger Emanuele Giaccherini will be hoping for a more meaningful 2015/16.

Sunderland winger Emanuele Giaccherini was present and correct for the club's first pre-season training session, as he bids for a substantially improved third season at the club.

His 2014/15 campaign was effectively written off through injury, making only eight appearances and playing 304 minutes of football.

A £6.5 million signing from Juventus in 2013, while he completed 89 per cent of his passes, he did not impact the games he did play, with no goals or assists.

In his debut campaign he made 24 Premier League appearances, with four goals and four assists, a contribution of a goal for his team one in every three matches played.

Now 30, the coming season is make or break for his Sunderland career, for if he does not flourish under Dick Advocaat this season, a return to Italy will surely beckon.

Fortunately in the Dutchman the club have one of the most knowledgeable and experienced bosses in the Premier League, who will stand an excellent chance of getting the best out of him.

What happens next depends on Giaccherini himself, and largely on his ability to stay fit. 

Being healthy and participating fully on the first day of pre-season is the first step, and a promising sign after last year's disappointment.

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