Sunderland defender Billy Jones has told the Sunderland Echo the responsibility over the club’s 3-5-2 formation falls with the manager Gus Poyet.
Jones believes he’s well suited to excelling in a three at the back system, but has played down the idea it’s something the players are pushing for and are happy with.
“I think I played wing-back maybe once away at Man City away, maybe two years ago,” said Jones.
“That’s down to the gaffer and the coaching staff to analyse these last two games and see whether it’s worth sticking with this system to progress as a team.”
“At times, maybe, we’ve looked a bit vulnerable on the break, but that’s down to the gaffer and the coaching staff to decide what they feel is best for the group.”
The benefit of a three at the back system is that it allows teams to pack midfield centrally, with the full backs pushed further forward to create extra width.
The danger is that space is left behind the full backs when they get forward, which sides can counter attack, dragging central defenders out of position, which creates holes in a backline.
Jones seems to have one or two doubts over whether it’s suitable for Sunderland’s current squad of players and it will be interesting to see if Poyet changes things over the next couple of weeks.
It’s important for Sunderland’s key players to step up and make their feelings clear if they don’t feel it’s the right system because they have to play within it and quite often get the criticism for poor results.
Sunderland could play some entertaining and effective football in a 3-5-2 system, but it’s important the side gets a couple of positive results so the players feel more suited to it.