Jermain Defoe suggests tactical change Poyet could make to help Sunderland score more often

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe wants to see more players in forward positions.

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has highlighted a tactical deficiency in their current squad with his comments in the Chronicle.

Defoe has had a slow start to his Black Cats' career, with his goalscoring record not as impressive as many hoped when he first arrived, but he doesn't feel his own performances are the sole reason for this.

The experienced England international has only scored twice in nine games, but he wants the team to offer him more support.

Defoe has cut an isolated figure at times in a Sunderland shirt and the 32-year-old feels that the team would be well served by getting more bodies forward.

“We need to attack where everyone is closer together," he said. "Just lock teams in from the beginning, and to come out and play and get a rhythm.

"We have to start fast and create chances and try and play a little higher up."

Sunderland's defensive mentality has been a problem for them all season and their goalscoring problems are one of the major reasons why they have struggled so badly.

Aston Villa are the only team in the Premier League with a lower goals tally than Sunderland and unless Gus Poyet's men find a way to increase their potency, it is hard to see them climbing away from danger.

Sunderland are currently stationed just above the drop-zone, but a nervy end to the season is looking likely - with the side struggling to find any consistency in their performances.

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