GUS Poyet says Emanuele Giaccherini remains very much part of his plans – despite dropping the Italian attacker in last week’s derby game against Newcastle United.
The club’s big summer signing was left languishing on the bench as Sunderland won their first Premier League game of the season in thrilling fashion with a late 2-1 win over the Magpies.
But while Poyet admits Giaccherini was left frustrated by the team selection – along with several other team-mates – he says the £6.8m ex-Juventus man still has a big part to play for the Black Cats.
And the new head coach has revealed he has been up front with all the players who didn’t make last week’s starting XI.
“All the players they know where they are standing,” he said.
“The derby was a special game in a special moment
“I always pick the team for particular reasons – it’s not often that anyone outside the coaching staff gets to know what those reasons are – but there are always specific reasons.
“And even though Giaccherini did not start, he had to be ready to play and he was.
“I thought he would play some part in the game,
“I expected him to be one of the substitutes who might come on and affect the game – especially with the game 1-1 – I thought he might be someone who came on and won it for us.
“But then we had a few cramps among the players that we were not expecting – that’s something you can’t prevent – and it meant the changes were perhaps different from what they might have been in a different scenario.
“I felt really bad because I wanted to push us on further with the option of Giaccherini but then Borini came on and it worked for us anyway.
“Sometimes it’s not how you think it might work out on the pitch that counts, it’s actually what happens on the pitch that counts!”
He added: “Management is about making difficult decisions.
“I have to pick the team that I think is right for each particular game and the players know that.
“They understand it.
“They don’t like it – of course they don’t – but they will accept it I think if they know there are genuine reasons.
“I have to do this because if the team loses, I have to take more responsibility than anyone so it is important that I do what I think is best – even if that means upsetting someone.”
Giaccherini’s omission from the side last Sunday has sparked rumours in his homeland that the Italian international could be on his way back to Serie A in January.
Inter Milan are said to be interested in a loan deal in the New Year but Poyet said yesterday that he will not make his mind up on ins and outs at the club until mid-November at the earliest.