Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has told the Sunderland Echo that his team can’t lose their balance and rely on Jermain Defoe up front.
Defoe recently joined on a long term deal from Canadian club Toronto but Poyet has suggested he won’t allow his team to simply funnel the ball up front to Defoe and expect him to score.
“We just need to make sure we don’t lose it completely now and think we don’t need to run any more, without any shape, just get it forward and Jermain will score four. No,” said Poyet.
The temptation for Sunderland to go all-out attack is quite obvious because with Defoe right at the top of the side, there is plenty of pace to get on the end of chances created by players in midfield.
Adam Johnson is a good example of one such player whether he’s playing off of the wing or is used in a more central position, as has been the case recently.
However, the obvious danger for any side that attacks too much is that they leave themselves exposed at the back.
Sunderland could leave themselves exposed in terms of space and a disciplined opponent will sit back, take the pressure and then hit the team on the counter attack at the first opportunity.
That’s dangerous for the team, who have conceded three more goals than Hull City already this season, one of the teams in the relegation places.
Fortunately for the Black Cats, Poyet seems to be on top of the issue and determined to deal with things to prevent his side from defensively falling apart when they press forward.