EMANUELE Giaccherini is dedicating himself to learning the lingo as he looks to fulfil the promise from his summer arrival.
Giaccherini was hailed as one of the coups in Sunderland’s shopping spree after the Black Cats prised the Italian international away from Serie A champions Juventus in a £6.8million deal.
But the 28-year-old has only begun to shine in the last two outings, with the attacking midfielder netting in each of caretaker boss Kevin Ball’s two games in charge.
Ball has revealed Giaccherini is determined to be a success on these shores though and is taking every opportunity to improve his grasp of English.
“Giaccy has really worked hard in training and he’s one of the fittest guys at the club,” said Ball.
“He’s very eager and wanting to settle into the way we do things.
“He’s learning English all the time. Sometimes I say to him ‘do you understand?’ and I have that look from him as if to say ‘I really don’t!’.
“Then one of the other boys is brilliant and they’ll help to translate and get him to understand.
“He’s carries a little book with him because he wants to learn English and wants to fit in.”
Giaccherini is one of two big money summer imports at the Stadium of Light, who have taken their time to make an impact for the Premier League’s basement boys.
Strike partner Jozy Altidore remains without a top flight goal, albeit the £6million American international saw an effort controversially ruled out in last month’s defeat to Arsenal.
But Ball says it is important that Altidore, whose only goal in red and white came in the Capital One Cup second round victory over MK Dons, is not mentally distracted by his barren run.
“I think from Jozy’s point of view he wants to score goals,” added Ball.
“What’s important is that we don’t allow him to get frustrated like that. I think it’s important he understands his role within the team is to predominantly score us goals, but also to help others score goals.
“There’s parts of his game that I looked at on Sunday and thought ‘yeah I’d have liked to have seen him turn and shoot himself there’.
“I think at times he could do that. We’re not asking him to be more selfish or anything, but pick times when he can do that.
“That’s something we’ll sit down and talk to him about.”