DeAndre Yedlin will make his Sunderland debut against Manchester City tomorrow night, as Dick Advocaat tries to unearth a winning combination.
Only the late withdrawal of captain John O’Shea through illness prevented head coach Advocaat naming an unchanged starting XI for the first time during his Sunderland tenure, in Saturday’s defeat at Bournemouth.
I will certainly try some positions with different playersDick Advocaat
But the manner of Sunderland’s first half performance at Dean Court has prompted Advocaat to continue the search for his strongest side and he will make changes in tomorrow’s Capital One Cup third round clash with Premier League leaders Man City.
Centre-half Younes Kaboul will miss out through suspension after he was sent off at Bournemouth, but that will not be the only change in defence, with on-loan Spurs right-back Yedlin poised to make his Black Cats bow.
“I was already expecting to let DeAndre play,” said Advocaat.
“But I will certainly try some positions with different players.
“Maybe we have to start with totally different type of players because we’re playing in quite an attacking way.
“They need wins. The new players have to win a game, otherwise other people start moaning and I can understand that. On Saturday, they did not show me that they wanted to play. Not just the new ones, everyone.”
Advocaat does not subscribe to the theory that Sunderland’s squad lacks sufficient quality to remain in the Premier League after the capture of eight summer signings.
But he is deeply concerned by the lack of cohesion in Sunderland’s ranks, with the winless Black Cats registering just two points from the opening six games.
“For our level, these are good players,” he added.
“But the combination is still not there. I can’t make it clearer than that.
“How can I make it better? That’s a good question.
“I’m there to do that and we have to think about that with the staff.
“But it’s also the players, if they think they can go on this way, then we have no chance in this league.”