Sunderland have certainly had their fair share of talent over the years.
During their time in the Premier League the Black Cats boasted some genuine quality in their ranks which had all of the potential to grow and help the club to push on.
One player who enjoyed a brief spell at the Stadium Of Light was Ricky Alvarez.
The attacking midfielder completed a move to Wearside in September 2014 on a season-long loan deal from Inter Milan.
Alvarez was tipped for big things in England but it’s safe to say that his time at the club brought more in the way of headaches than it did moments of quality.
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After making two appearances after joining the club the Argentine suffered a knee injury that would prove to be troublesome during his time at the club.
Alvarez started just five games for the club during that season as fitness issues proved troublesome, however a clause in the loan agreement meant that Sunderland were obliged to purchase the player due to them avoiding relegation.
What followed was a lengthy dispute with both Inter Milan and the Court of Arbitration for Sport – with the Black Cats spending years battling the agreement and the ongoing cost of the deal.
Since leaving Sunderland Alvarez has played for Sampdoria and Mexican side Atlas, before joining boyhood club Velez Sarsfield for a second spell.
The midfielder is still with the Argentine club where he’s looking to enjoy the final years of his playing career.