Whilst Sunderland may be in a battle for Premier League survival a player they felt they could live without this season is having a great time out on loan. The player in question is Italian international Emanuele Giaccherini.
This summer he was loaned out to recently promoted Bologna for the season after being informed his long-term future was not with the club.
He has scored six goals in 21 appearances for the club this season and his impressive form has now seen him called up to the Italy national team once again.
He is in Antonio Conte’s squad to face Spain and Germany this month as he looks to secure a place in the Euro 2016 squad.
Speaking to Tutto Mercato Web about the call-up this week Giaccherini stated:
"National team? I am very happy for the call, now think of the next two games with Spain and Germany."
The Italian, who has 21 caps for the Azzurri, played 32 times in his first season at Sunderland, scoring five goals.
He was a shock coup in 2013, arriving from Juventus for a fee reported by The Mirror to be in the £6.5 million region.
His 2014-15 season with the Black Cats was spent mainly on the physio table. He played just 11 games, and scored no goals, in a disappointing campaign which led to him being loaned out.
But judging by his current form Sunderland are probably wishing they kept hold of the winger.