Liverpool’s Lazar Markovic (below) and Sunderland’s Emanuele Giaccherini (above) battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

We’re getting so close to Christmas Day and all the preparations are being done. Santa’s nipped down to the petrol station to fill up the sleigh: “£50?!? Ha’way man you’re having a laugh,” he says. The elves are putting the last little touches on the gifts and you know what that’s a coincidence as today we look at a small man who produced some big gifts in red and white.

Emanuele Giaccherini

Duration at SAFC: 2013-2016

Signed From: Juventus (£6.75 million)

Sold to: Napoli (£1.35 million)

Appearances: 43

Goals: 5

Key Moment: The Italian came off the bench at the Etihad with Sunderland behind to Manchester City and expertly assisted Connor Wickham on two occasions to secure a 2-2 draw for the Black Cats.

Interesting Fact: Giaccherini was named man of the match in a Euro 2016 fixture as Italy saw off Belgium 2-0 and the little winger proved to be a threat throughout the tournament.

Where is he now? Giaccherini now finds himself back in the first tier of Italian football with Chievo Virona.