Dick Advocaat is considering changing Sunderland’s formation in a desperate bid to haul the Black Cats off the bottom of the Premier League table.
Sunderland now have one of only two remaining winless records in the top flight after Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Manchester United, with Advocaat’s side facing an increasingly uphill task to stave off the threat of relegation, even at this tender stage of the campaign.
Now we have to ask do we go on with 4-3-3 or do we have to find another solution?Dick Advocaat
Advocaat has religiously stuck to his favoured 4-3-3 system throughout this season, yet Sunderland have shipped an alarming 23 goals in nine games in all competitions and put a paltry two points on the board in seven league matches.
The Sunderland boss has grown pig-sick of having to look for positives from games, rather than enjoying any concrete spoils, and is ready to adopt a fresh set-up to give the Black Cats’ season an emergency jolt in the arm.
Advocaat said: “(Fabio) Borini and (Jermain) Defoe have struggled as lone strikers, that’s correct.
“We definitely have to look at a change of formation.
“Now we have to ask do we go on with 4-3-3 or do we have to find another solution?
“Yes, we have to think about the way we are playing to find a way to be more successful than we have so far.
“If we have an idea about how to do that, you have to change it.
“The next seven games until the end of November are very important.”
Advocaat has favoured the 4-3-3 in his recent managerial career and was always planning to deploy Sunderland in that set-up during his first season in charge.
But he denied that Sunderland’s summer signings were made to purely fit into that system.
“No, we just signed players who were available,” he said.
If Sunderland are going to change their formation for next weekend’s visit of West Ham, then it will be with a view to shoring up the Black Cats defence.
Sunderland looked far more solid for 45 minutes at Old Trafford, yet managed to concede in first-half stoppage time, and then again 40 seconds after the re-start.
“Do we have to play more tight, and play that way?” added Advocaat.
“We have to really think what we have to do.
“Maybe we have to change the system to a more defensive way of playing, just to stop the goals.
“And then hope on the break you do something.
“What we have to think about is do we need to change things? Last year we had working workers, I think. That also didn’t bring results.”