Dick Advocaat will give a vote of confidence to both Sunderland’s personnel and system as he goes in search of a first Premier League win.
Advocaat is yet to name an unchanged starting XI during his 15 games at the helm, but he is expected to break that habit for Sunderland’s trip to newly-promoted Bournemouth tomorrow after the positive display against Spurs last weekend.
I’m not the kind of coach who will change the system every weekDick Advocaat
Neither is Advocaat likely to tinker with his favoured 4-2-3-1 set-up after the capture of Ola Toivonen has allowed the Sunderland boss to use that formation for the last one-and-a-half games.
The head coach will not alter his principles just because Sunderland are away from home – believing opposition sides should be compensating to face the Black Cats, rather than the other way around.
Advocaat said: “Yes, I will play the same system.
“I’m not the kind of coach who will change the system every week.
“You know what you want, know what kind of players you have and know how you want to play.
“The other team has their own system, but who adapts? Them or us?
“I would like to think they have to adapt to how we want to play.”
He added: “I can’t say that last weekend’s starting XI is necessarily my best XI.
“In my opinion, every player that starts then becomes one of the strongest.
“But there’s not really a reason to change at Bournemouth – continuity and momentum is the most important thing, although everyone else knows that we also need a win.
“The other players who are not starting, must know that they have to work really hard and then wait until the other ones are not doing what they have to do.
“But that’s a good thing, because you can’t only do it with only 11 players. You really need 20 players.”
With Toivonen operating in the hole behind Jermain Defoe, and Jeremain Lens and Fabio Borini offering support from out wide, Sunderland’s set-up is a far more attack-minded than the one under Advocaat’s predecessor, Gus Poyet.
But Advocaat believes that if Borini, Toivonen and Lens can lend a sufficient helping hand defensively, then it won’t prove to be too gung-ho.
“We didn’t really have two attacking midfielders last season, but now we have one (Toivonen) and the other two (Lens and Borini) play a little bit differently,” added Advocaat.
“Normally in top football, playing with four strikers is too much. I have always learned that.
“But as long as the wide players do their jobs, then you can do it.”