Emanuele Giaccherini made right move by coming to Sunderland

IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Emanuele Giaccherini (right)
IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION: Emanuele Giaccherini (right)

PAOLO Di Canio says Emanuele Giaccherini’s performances in a Sunderland shirt this season can cement the winger’s place in Italy’s World Cup plans.

Eyebrows were raised in some quarters this summer when the 28-year-old chose to swap northern Italy and a title-winning Juventus side for the north of England and a Premier League team which just avoided relegation last season.

But Di Canio believes the wideman now has the perfect platform to show his true worth and guarantee his place on the plane to Brazil and the World Cup finals next year.

At the weekend Giaccherini scored his first goal in English football -opening the scoring in the 1-1 draw at Southampton - and Di Canio believes this is only the start of an eye-catching journey for the quicksilver winger.

Giaccherini gave an interview in the run-up to the game in which he revealed that Italy coach Cesare Prandelli had said the move to Sunderland would be a good one in terms of the player’s international prospects.

And Di Canio is equally as convinced he made the right decision in joining the Black Cats.

“It’s a positive thing for Giaccherini to have come here,” he said. “Positive for him and positive for us.

“And I think it is good advice that he has received from Prandelli because he will get a platform here to play in the best league in the world.

“He can develop his football at Sunderland and we will help him work hard to be the best player he can be.”

Di Canio has been full of praise for his countryman’s great technical ability but he reckons that the best is still very much to comer.

“He’s not 100 per cent fit yet,” said the Sunderland boss.

“ He’s maybe a little more than 65 per cent of what he can be, but that will come.

“And when he does get fully fit he will be very important for us and I think he will enjoy playing in our side in this league.

“It is a chance for him to shine and that will certainly help him when it comes to international recognition.”