Sunderland great Niall Quinn has called for Gus Poyet to re-think the tactics he uses in the Sunderland Echo, with the signing of Jermain Defore moving closer to completion.
The North East outfit are expecting to announce Defoe's arrival today, according to a report in the Guardian, and Quinn believes that it should see them become more attacking in their approach.
Sunderland have utilised a system which plays with a lone forward so far this campaign, but Quinn would like to see them operate with a formation which sees two strikers working in tandem now.
“Defoe can’t do it all on his own and I’d like to see either Steven Fletcher or Connor Wickham alongside," he said.
“Fletcher had a great start but due to injuries and one thing or another, it’s been a bit of a struggle recently but this could be just what the club’s current forwards need to get going again."
Defoe's arrival is expected to bring the goals to the Stadium of Light that they have been so desperately lacking so far.
Poyet's men have managed to score just 18 times in their first 21 matches and unless this tally improves they look set for an almighty struggle against the drop.
At the moment Fletcher is their top scoring striker, with four goals to his name, while Wickham has just three. Defoe will be looking to surpass those totals between now and the end of the season.