The summer transfer window is a time of optimism and hope for fans that can all too often turn to despair once the season actually comes around when big-money transfers fail to live up to their billing.
This year will undoubtedly reap the same consequences for some overpriced stars with hundreds of millions having been spent on imports to the Premier League yet again. But for some, the money invested will prove well-spent and there will be considerable return to enjoy.
Sunderland have seen vast changes in personnel in recent months, with Paulo Di Canio showing the door to the deadwood and bringing in no fewer than 10 new signings already.
Whilst the Black Cats will be hoping Jozy Altidore replicates the form he showed for AZ Alkmaar rather than that in his time at Hull, their hopes are likely to rest for the most part with Emanuele Giaccherini.
The Italian, who joined this summer from Serie A champions Juventus, gave up on his time in Turin, unable to displace the likes of Arturo Vidal, Andrea Pirlo or Claudio Marchisio in the team. But for a player to be unable to oust players of their quality should not dishearten Sunderland fans. Far from it, in fact.
The 28-year old was not an outcast in Italy. He made 44 appearances in Juve's consecutive title winning seasons and featured with regularity in the Champions League.
He also played in all five of Italy's matches at the 2013 Confederations Cup this summer, scoring against Brazil and proving a constant threat throughout. His best performance came in the semi-final penalty shootout loss to Spain, when he played on the left and came closest to breaking the deadlock when he hit the post at the beginning of extra time.
He is a versatile player, and whilst he was used on the left for his country, he was most often deployed by Juve manager Antonio Conte in central midfield. Able and busy in attack, Giaccherini had a shot at goal, on average, every 24 minutes in league games last season, attempted to dribble past an opponent every 25 minutes and laid on a chance for a teammate every 29 minutes.
The latter of those ranked him as not only the most frequent creator in Juve's ranks but the fifth best in the whole of Serie A.
Surely given more playing time than the 10 starts and seven substitute appearances he made that season, Giaccherini would have grown into the role and prospered yet further.
At Sunderland he should get just that. As one of the more talented members of the squad, the team will likely be built around him.
Whereas last season the team had to make do with the underwhelming (and hence discarded James McClean) Di Canio can now select an Italy international, or even opt to play Adam Johnson and Stéphane Sessegnon in the wide positions and let the Giaccherini showcase his abilities from a more involved central position behind a lone striker.
In terms of money spent in relation to have much improvement he makes to his squad, it is hard to claim anyone else to be a better summer signing than Emanuele Giaccherini.
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