Is Danny Graham the most to benefit from Dick Advocaat’s appointment at Sunderland?

Danny Graham And Nathan Dyer

Graham should rediscover his goalscoring touch with the arrival of Advocaat at Sunderland.

The 29-year-old has never kickstarted his career at the Stadium of Light, with 26 appearances still failing to bring a goal for Graham.

The former Watford and Swansea man has a good goal record in the top two divisions of English football, but his time in the North East has been a disappointment.

Under Gus Poyet, it even looked like his time as a Black Cat would be over, with a poor loan spell at Wolves the only real action he had received this term prior to January.

After the turn into 2015, he was afforded more frequent playing time under Poyet, but never truly looked like impressing in a system with him playing as a lone striker.

However, Dick Advocaat has arrived at the Stadium of Light, and after affording Graham just two minutes of action across his first three fixtures, now could be the time to see the forward become Sunderland’s most improved player of the season.

Graham has never excelled in a system with just one striker, having played in a duo with Watford and Swansea, and Adovcaat has lost the 4-5-1 favoured by Poyet to change to a much more attacking 4-3-3.

Graham is the focal point of that strike force, with Jermain Defoe and Connor Wickham doing the running off the ball for him, and the space this creates should allow Graham to excel. His finishing has never been questioned, but his lack of movement is what lets him down.

Playing as a lone striker, movement is most important, but Graham will have Defoe and Wickham to create the space for him, and that means he can focus upon what he is good at - goalscoring.

Graham has never played well for Sunderland, but his lack of talent has been shown up in a system which failed to utilise him correctly, as Poyet looked to favour defensive solidity over attacking flair.

With Advocaat at the helm, this philosophy has been changed around completely, and that should see Graham hit top form - at just the right time for the Wearside club, as they look to fight off relegation.

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