Wickham explains why he wants same Sunderland setup after heavy defeat

Sunderland forward Connor Wickham has revealed he hopes Dick Advocaat will stick with a three up front system.

Sunderland forward Connor Wickham has told the Northern Echo he hopes Dick Advocaat sticks with a system based around playing three strikers.

There will be pressure on the boss to change things around following the heavy defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace, but Wickham feels he can get more game time if Advocaat sticks with three men up front.

“I hope three up front is the formula now. I want to play as much football as I can, and if I can stay in the team then that’ll be great,” he said.

“The games that are left are very important, and we need everyone to play a part. For me, I want to play football, and I’ve got two great players alongside me in Fletch and Jermain.”

Sunderland do have plenty of talent and pace in attack, but the result last weekend leaves Advocaat under pressure ahead of their next game against Stoke.

The natural reaction from the boss would be to drop a man off from the front to play five across the middle, but only if he’s happy with keeping two up front and three at the back.

A traditional 4-4-2 is also an option, with Wickham capable of playing a wider role although he’s arguably more effective at the top of the attack.

There are options for the manager, but it’s encouraging that one of his key players is showing an eagerness to get involved at a very difficult point in the club’s season.

The gap from the bottom three is currently three points and the Black Cats do have a game in hand over QPR who occupy the final relegation place as things stand.

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