Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson has told the Sunderland Echo that his side have not taken enough risks this season.
The Black Cats appeared happy to avoid defeat, rather than chase victory, during the early stages of the season and Larsson feels that this approach has damaged the side.
Sunderland have drawn more games than any Premier League side this term (15) and Larsson says that is a major reason why the club are in the relegation zone with time running out.
“Yeah, probably we need to take more risks, at least in the latter part of games if we’re not winning,” he said. “At times, we maybe haven’t taken enough risks this season. But that’s gone. It’s in the past.
“Earlier on in the season, you might say we’re not going to lose it. But now you’ve got to say we’ve got to go for it. We’ll have to look back on the (amount of) draws at the end of the season. Of course, that’s a major factor. If you lose seven of those and win the other eight, you’re far better off.”
Larsson's comments suggest that a large portion of the blame for Sunderland's current struggles lie with former boss Gus Poyet.
Poyet had a tendency to be happy to collect a point from fixtures, rather than go all out for the win, and it has put their position as a top-flight club in jeopardy.
The Black Cats are currently in the relegation zone and they have just five games remaining to pick up enough points to see them to safety.
It will, therefore, be vital that they start to find the winning habit soon and Larsson will be hoping that Dick Advocaat shows greater ambition than his predecessor.