Connor Wickham: Sunderland need to stick with attacking system

Sunderland played a formation which included three strikers during the second-half of their game against Stoke City at the weekend.

Sunderland striker Connor Wickham has told the Northern Echo of the tactical approach that he hopes Dick Advocaat adopts between now and the end of the season.

Advocaat has used a number of different systems to try and get the best out of his Black Cats squad, but none have worked as well as he would have liked.

However, Wickham feels that Advocaat's use of a formation which included three strikers is the best for his personal game.

Sunderland played the second-half of their weekend game against Stoke City, which they drew 1-1, with three forwards on the pitch and Wickham feels that this is the tactic which best suits the team.

“We carved out some really good chances and it was only a shame that we couldn’t take one of them. I like that system. I think it suits me," Wickham said.

“It makes us more attacking generally and it’s always nice to be attacking. From my own point of view, it seems to allow me the chance to get behind defences, and that’s where you can get the chance to do damage.”

Sunderland do need to enhance their attacking play, due to their goalscoring issues, so Advocaat is sure to be pleased to hear positive feedback on his tactical changes.

Wickham is a player who the Black Cats have failed to get the best out of, so any changes that can benefit the 22-year-old are also to be encouraged.

The powerful forward can be a match-winner on his day, but he has found it tough hitting the back of the net with any regularity this term and needs to rediscover his shooting boots.

Sunderland are in severe danger of slipping out of the Premier League and unless Advocaat can find a successful formula soon, then they could be a Championship club in 2015/16.

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