Dick Advocaat will give his favoured 4-3-3 formation a final chance to come good against West Ham today.
Advocaat admitted after last weekend’s defeat at Manchester United that he had to give serious consideration over whether to change Sunderland’s set-up in a bid to reverse the fortunes of the Premier League’s basement boys.
We’re still going to play 4-3-3 and then we have the time to think if 4-3-3 is the right systemDick Advocaat
But the Dutchman has opted to keep faith with the system against West Ham today, although another failure will prompt him to work on change during the two-week international break.
Advocaat said: “We’re still going to play 4-3-3 and then we have the time to think if 4-3-3 is the right system, or do we have to go 4-4-2 or 5-3-2? Maybe that will help us gel better defensively and play on the break.
“We played 4-3-3 last season, but the way we’re giving goals away is a shame.
“We looked really well organised in the first half against United, we didn’t give a chance away.
“But if you see the first goal, and particularly the second goal, what can you do about that?
“Maybe we have to change the system to suit the other players, like (Jermain) Defoe.
“I’ve given some of the other players three games to show it. But so far they haven’t done it.”
Advocaat is under no illusions about the magnitude of the visit of a West Ham side, who have triumphed at Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City in their three away games so far this season.
But while winless Sunderland’s predicament at the bottom of the table looks more and more ominous, Advocaat is far from reaching for the white flag.
“Leicester had a terrible record in the first half of the season and then they did a great job in the second half,” he said.
“Everything is possible.
“I can understand that if you see the table, then it’s not very positive.
“It is a very negative thing that everyone is thinking already.
“I agree it’s a concern.
“But we can do as Leicester did, and maybe a bit differently.
“You get to January, you get a break and then you can maybe do something.
“There is a reason to be concerned, but not as negative as everyone is thinking now.”