Speaking in the Chronicle, Emanuele Giaccherini has given a surprising assessment of his time with Sunderland, having left the club to join Serie A side Bologna on a season-long loan deal.
Giaccherini said: “The experience in England was wonderful and I would do it again. I grew as a player because it is a completely different type of football compared to our own and with a model football system, in my opinion. I am back in Italy with great enthusiasm and happiness, [and] also with a lot of desire to get back into the game and do everything for Bologna.”
It is a surprise to see the Italian winger call his time at Sunderland ‘wonderful’, and is even more strange for him to claim he would do it all over again.
Giaccherini spent a very unsuccessful stay with the Black Cats, having originally moved to the club in the summer of 2013 from Juventus - in what was a highly regarded signing.
He was an international winger, and was expected to be the player to lift Sunderland out of their mire of relegation struggles, but the 21-capped Italian managed just 43 games in two seasons due to injury, and saw the Wearside team continue to fight for their Premier League safety.
His stay at the Stadium of Light is not one to shout about, and his decision to leave this summer came as no surprise, as he needs to bene playing consistent football to ensure he can be selected for the 2016 European Championships.
He had failed to make a single appearance under Dick Advocaat this term, and following his exit on a season-long loan deal, it would be no surprise to see Giaccherini leave Sunderland permanently when next summer comes around.