Sunderland defender Patrick van Aanholt has commented on what he sees as one of Dick Advocaat’s main strengths, as quoted by the Northern Echo.
The paper claims that the Sunderland manager is considering the introduction of a three at the back defensive system for the game against Stoke this weekend and van Aanholt has suggested that the Dutchman should be trusted.
“One of the big strengths of the manager is that he’s been at lots of different clubs playing lots of different systems,” he said.
“I think it’s good for us to try a new system and see what happens, but it’s up to the manager if he wants to do it. If he does it and we perform on the pitch, fine.”
“He’s changed some stuff around and he’s an experienced man.”
Sunderland are under real pressure at the moment, just one point above the bottom three and staring down the barrel.
Advocaat deserves credit for coming in and trying to change things, but he’s struggled and needs to try and find a system, which leaves the Black Cats solid at the back, utilising their strengths moving forward.
They have to be careful this weekend because a three at the back system would leave them under pressure against Stoke, who are a team that like to play direct football.
If there are gaps in Sunderland’s backline, Stoke have the players who can find them and a clean sheet is very important, as it will also help to take some of the pressure away from the attack of the team.