Emanuele Giaccherini is wanted by Internazionale but Gus Poyet sees a future for the Italy winger at Sunderland.
Poyet made a big call in dropping Giaccherini – signed from Juventus for £8.5m in the summer by Paolo Di Canio – for the 2-1 home win against Newcastle United yet still hopes he will play a big part in the fight against relegation.
"Giacchi is frustrated, he is not happy but he is a very good professional," Poyet said. "It's difficult for him to take being out of the team, but we won the game. I'm expecting Giacci to be ready. He will play, a lot. I can't give him everything he wants because he wants to play every game for 90 minutes but he will play a big part for us."
The Sunderland manager added: "We're looking at positions where we can play him, where he can hurt the opposition and we can get the best out of him.
"We will wait for Inter Milan [to make a move]. We don't make any moves, any comments before it happens because there are too many rumours in football. We will see. It's too early. During the international week I'm going to sit down with the people from the club, give my opinion on the whole squad and every single player and we'll analyse and then we're going to move forward. So give me time."
Although he is not quite sure where to play him either, Poyet is delighted to have Fabiio Borini, the Italian forward or wide player on loan from Liverpool, who came off the bench to score Sunday's winning goal in his squad. "I think he gives you plenty of options, the problem is how we use him," said Sunderland's manager.
"If you use him well and give him the opportunity to have shots he's going to score goals. He was very, very close to starting the Newcastle game and I mean close. Sometimes you have one or two doubts about possibilities, he was one of them. Now, it's up to him. He needs to play and he needs to score."
Poyet expects Borini to put pressure on Jozy Altidore, currently Steven Fletcher's preferred strike partner. "As a manager you cannot maintain a player up front if he doesn't score too many goals, unless you don't have anyone else," he said.
"The only one I remember is Emile Heskey and England and he needed to play because of Michael Owen. OK, fine. Michael Owen was doing well and England were winning, but if you don't win and your top scorer doesn't score then he's not going to play, you're going to have to play somebody else."