Mavrias has bright future at Sunderland, says Di Canio

GREECE LIGHTNING: Panathinaikos winger Charis Mavrias

GREECE LIGHTNING: Panathinaikos winger Charis Mavrias

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PAOLO Di Canio has hailed today’s £2.5million capture of Charis Mavrias as an important part of his squad rebuilding.

Mavrias becomes the Black Cats’ 11th close season signing and is expected to be part of the squad which travels to the south coast for Sunderland’s game against Southampton this Saturday.

And Di Canio has predicted a bright future for the 19-year-old left-winger who has finally completed a protracted move from Greek side Panathanaikos after originally agreeing terms last month.

Di Canio said: “I like him, I think he is an exciting young talent and I think he has a bright future.

“He is someone who is fast, is full of energy and is also quite technically gifted too.

“I’m glad to have him here and he now gives us other options.”

Mavrias will slot in as understudy to Emanuele Giaccherini on the left-wing, in the same way as 19-year-old David Moberg Karlsson has to Adam Johnson on the right.

And it’s that growing strength in depth which is also pleasing to Di Canio.

“We need to be able to rotate our players over the course of a long season,” added the head coach.

“And Mavrias is another player added to the squad who can increase our options.

“We have a cup game coming up soon and when you are competing in cup competitions also, you need to have that facility to change the team, to rest players and give others opportunity.

“So I’m very pleased with the signing - we have increased the squad but also signed a potentially very exciting young player.”