Oatway's comments suggest Poyet has taken a big risk at Sunderland this week

Gus Poyet

Sunderland coach Charlie Oatway says the side have failed to settle on a system in training this week.

Sunderland coach Charlie Oatway has told the Sunderland Echo, Gus Poyet has been working on a number of systems in training this week.

Sunderland take on Fulham in the FA Cup this weekend and Oatway’s comments will be a cause for concern to some fans, because they carry the obvious implication of confusion.

“We have looked at a few systems during training this week – both the four and the three, with wing-backs and full-backs,” said Oatway.

“We’ve looked at everything. Gus is open-minded and flexible depending on how we’re playing and whose fit.”

The comments suggest a bit of a risk on the part of Poyet because it’s difficult for any player to get settled and learn a system when nothing appears settled or decided upon.

It’s difficult for Poyet due to the availability of first team players, but he’d be well advised to find a system and stick to it for the sake of the team.

It will be interesting to see the system the team uses against Fulham especially as they have home advantage.

Fulham could adopt a cautious approach to the game and look to soak up pressure before trying to steal a win on the counter attack.

If that’s their game plan then it places Sunderland under pressure to get forward, press effectively and build pressure to avoid a highly negative game.

The Sunderland boss needs to select a system and stick with it because if there are confused players in the squad ranks, the team could be on the receiving end of a bad result this weekend if the Londoners take advantage.

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