McClaren admits it's possible Newcastle could adapt to new attacking system

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren is hopeful his side can adapt and play with two strikers up front.

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren has been quoted by the Chronicle explaining that he will look for his side to adapt around a two striker system if possible.

McClaren seemed hopeful when quizzed over the possibility of new signing Aleksandar Mitrovic playing alongside current forward Papiss Cisse ahead of a very important season for the football club.

“If we can adapt to two strikers we will certainly try to do that. At the present moment we have just had Papiss,” he’s quoted by the Chronicle.

“He has played on his own up there with support around. We will look at other things when Mitrovic comes in.”

Should Newcastle play with two strikers?

There is merit in Newcastle using a system based around two strikers, with one of the players drifting into a slightly wider position.

It allows Newcastle to be more direct, relying on a duo up front to hold the ball up effectively and bring others into play.

It’s also a system which would allow Newcastle to keep more defenders in the opposition occupied, which could potentially create more space and opportunity for other players coming forward from midfield.

Should Newcastle play with one striker?

Playing with one striker allows Newcastle to put an extra man in midfield when they are playing against teams that like to dominate the ball.

It’s a system which arguably gives the side a chance of doing the same and controlling games, but in matches where the Magpies are under pressure, an extra man in the middle is important for helping to take some of the pressure away from the four already in place.

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