The Dutchman is pleased with his options in attack after a busy summer.
The summer transfer window saw the arrivals of attackers Jeremain Lens, Fabio Borini and Ola Toivonen – all of whom started against Tottenham Hotspur last Sunday – and Advocaat feels they are more suited to the system he wants to implement at the Stadium of Light.
“We didn’t really have two attacking midfielders last season, but now we have one (Toivonen) and the other two (Lens and Borini) play a little bit differently,” said Advocaat, in quotes published by the Sunderland Echo.
“Normally in top football, playing with four strikers is too much. I have always learned that… But as long as the wide players do their jobs, then you can do it.”
In Borini and Lens, Advocaat now has two hard-working wide-men willing to track back and put in the required defensive shift.
The performance against Spurs, however, was a promising defensive display from the team as a whole and the winning goal came only as a Sunderland side lacking in match sharpness tired.
The Black Cats’s next opponents come in the shape of Premier League new boys Bournemouth, and Advocaat will be desperate for all three points with his side currently languishing in 19th place.