Sunderland take on Leicester City this weekend, and Yann M’Vila has to play.
M’Vila is in line to make his Sunderland debut this weekend following his loan deal from Rubin Kazan, but Dick Advocaat is faced with a tactical issue.
He has to opt to change his team around from the one that lost 4-2 to Sunderland on the opening weekend, and the question is who should be dropped to change the system so M’Vila can play.
The obvious answer is Lee Cattermole who was dragged off after half an hour during the loss to Leicester, having been overrun in midfield and conceded a penalty.
However, that performance was a one off for Cattermole, and the midfielder is sure to remain in the starting XI due to his passion, work rate and underrated technical aptitude.
If Advocaat continues with his 4-3-3 system, he will need another holding player next to Cattermole, as well as a more attacking midfielder to provide the flair and creativity.
Jack Rodwell started against Leicester in this role, and he looks the most likely player to drop out this week. He has never truly impressed for the Black Cats, and M’Vila is more technically gifted than the Englishman, as well as possessing a better reading of the game.
Seb Larsson will likely remain in the lone creative role, as Advocaat is surely not set to line up with three defensive midfielders in a home game against newly promoted Norwich City.
M’Vila looks to be a perfect player for Sunderland, and his brand of midfield play could be the factor that revitalises the Black Cats.
However, it will come at the expense of one of his teammates, and it is likely that Rodwell will be the player to drop out this weekend for the French international.