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'Frustrated' Giaccherini faces uncertain future at Stadium of Light
GUSTAVO POYET has admitted Emanuele Giaccherini was a frustrated figure after he was dropped from Sunderland’s starting line-up for last weekend’s Wear-Tyne derby, and the Black Cats boss will discuss the Italian’s future with Ellis Short and Roberto De Fanti during the forthcoming international break.
Despite having been the most impressive of Sunderland’s summer signings during a number of games at the start of the campaign, Giaccherini was axed ahead of the visit of Newcastle with Poyet restoring Jack Colback and Jozy Altidore to the starting side.
The former Juventus winger is expected to remain on the bench when Sunderland travel to Hull tomorrow, casting his long-term future into doubt despite the Black Cats having shelled out £6.8m to sign him in July.
Inter Milan have already raised the possibility of signing Giaccherini on loan when the transfer window reopens in January, and Poyet will discuss the 28-year-old’s position when he meets with the Sunderland hierarchy later this month.
“We will wait for them (Inter),” said the Sunderland boss, when asked about his reaction to mounting interest from Milan. “We don’t make any moves, any comments before it happens because there are too many rumours in football.
“We will see. It’s too early. During the international week, I’m going to sit down with the people from the club, give my opinion on the whole squad and every single player, and we’ll analyse and then we’re going to move forward. So give me time.”
This month’s meeting represents Poyet’s first opportunity to discuss his January plans with Short and De Fanti, and while there is unlikely to be a significant transfer outlay at the turn of the year given the extent of Sunderland’s dealings under Paolo Di Canio, there is an acceptance that the Uruguayan will want the chance to make alterations to the squad he inherited.
David Vaughan became the first player to leave on loan under Poyet when he joined Championship side Nottingham Forest until the end of January yesterday, but the Welshman is unlikely to be the last person moving in or out of the Stadium of Light in the next few months.
Connor Wickham would have joined Burnley earlier this week had the Championship leaders been able to guarantee first-team football, but it is the uncertainty surrounding Giaccherini that is the most unexpected development given the Italian’s successful start to his Black Cats career.
Goals against Southampton, Peterborough and Liverpool underlined the winger’s attacking threat, but Poyet clearly harbours reservations about his suitability for the Premier League, hence his demotion to the substitutes’ bench at the weekend.
“He is frustrated, he is not happy,” admitted Poyet. “But he is a very good professional. It’s difficult for him to take being out of the team, but I’m sure that when the results go against you, the problem is even bigger, and we won the game.
“I’m expecting Giacci to be ready – he will play a lot. I can’t give him everything he wants because he wants to play every game for 90 minutes, but he will play a big part for us.
“We’re trying to make sure that every single player who came here in the summer really, really adapts to the football club, to what’s needed, to the way we want to play, and to make sure they know each other and that they socialise together.
“The purpose of that is that we become one football team and not 25 individuals. Some things are up to the manager, but part of it is up to the players as well and we’re looking at positions where we can play him, where he can hurt the opposition and get the best out of him. He will play.”
Whether Fabio Borini starts at the KC Stadium remains to be seen, but the Liverpool loanee’s stunning derby winner has undoubtedly enhanced his chances of forcing his way into the team that faces Hull.
“I think he gives you plenty of options, the problem is how we use him,” said Poyet. “I think that Fabio has gone from playing up front, really in the middle, and then for different reasons started playing wide.
“He’s played on the left in England, then back in Italy last year, on the right. If you use him well and give him the opportunity to have shots, he’s going to score goals.
“He was very, very close to starting the Newcastle game, and I mean close. Sometimes, you have one or two doubts about possibilities, and he was one of them. Now, it’s up to him. He needs to play, and he needs to score.”
Borini will remain on Wearside until the end of the season, but having invested £10.5m in his services less than 18 months ago, Brendan Rodgers has no intention of allowing him to leave Anfield permanently.
“Fabio is a young player who has been unfortunate really,” said the Liverpool boss. “He’s come in and got injured very early on and was out for a period of time. It was difficult.
“I just felt he needed games. He’s got talent – you can see that in the goal (against Newcastle) with his touch and strike. It was brilliant.
“I’ve got young players who aren’t playing so much, and I need to plan forward. That means going out and getting games. He definitely has a future here, and one that will develop well over the next couple of years.”
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