Simon Grayson’s constant tactical tinkering isn’t helping Sunderland

Sunderland boss Simon Grayson.
Sunderland boss Simon Grayson.
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Sunderland make the long trip to Brentford for their next game and with their well documented problems at home, I don’t think the players will be too disappointed with that.

It is a long journey for the fans too, but remarkably – and despite everything – they will go down in large numbers having sold out their allocation again.

I will be interested to see what team Simon Grayson selects, as Callum McManaman, Lewis Grabban and Jonny Williams were all on the bench in the last game, but it wouldn’t surprise me if all three start on Saturday against Brentford and maybe Lamine Kone and Marc Wilson too, if fit.

That does beg the question, though, what is Sunderland’s best team and formation?

As there has been so many different starting XIs and systems lately nobody seems to know what the right fit for Sunderland actually is.

Even in individual games there has been so many changes tactically it is getting confusing and while it is great to have a Plan B and be flexible, Sunderland need to find what their Plan A is and stick with it.

Brentford go into Saturday’s game on the back of a home win over Millwall so you would expect their confidence to be high, whereas Sunderland just cannot get any momentum going at all, although they did perform well in the last away game at Preston.

So there is hope and they are better on the road at the moment away from the Stadium of Light, where they are just not handling the mounting pressure.