In one of the summer's most surprising coups, Juventus star Emanuele Giaccherini has signed a four-year deal with Premier League outfit Sunderland. The versatile midfielder—who performed impressively for Italy during the 2013 Confederations Cup—has completed a deal that will see him link up with Italian manager Paolo Di Canio, according to the Black Cats' official website.
Di Canio has worked tirelessly across the summer transfer window and has already raided Serie A for fresh talent. The newly installed boss—who recently saved Sunderland from the brink of relegation—brought in Modibo Diakite on a free from Lazio prior to Giaccherini's arrival.
Sunderland are pleased to confirm the signing of Italian international Emanuele Giaccherini.— Sunderland AFC (@SAFCofficial) July 16, 2013
The 28-year-old is Di Canio's ninth summer signing and signals a message of real intent from the charismatic manager. Giaccherini remained a bit-part player during his three-year spell with the Turin giants and only appeared in 26 games across all competitions last season.
According to Whoscored?, the attack-minded player made just 13 starts and 13 substitute appearances during the 2012/13 campaign. He managed to net four goals and provide three assists in this time, the most important strike giving Juventus a 1-0 win over Catania back in March.
Giaccherini will bring a tricky and direct style of play to the Stadium of Light. He possesses decent pace, excellent agility and a willingness to recycle possession when under pressure. The pint-sized player stands at 5'5" and is intelligent enough to move the ball on when facing a physical battle against the opposition's defence. He often looks for key passes, completing an average of 1.9 per appearance last season.
Most vitally, Giaccherini will join Adam Johnson behind Jozy Altidore in a Sunderland attack that is beginning to take shape. The USA international completed his return to the Premier League on July 9, as reported by BBC Sport.
Di Canio's capture of Giaccherini should have Sunderland fans excited. The former Swindon manager always promises fireworks, but with this signing, he may have ignited the fuse for future success.