Sunderland have started this season in dreadful form, picking up just two points from six games, and with a goal difference that leaves them in bottom place of the Premier League table.
Few players are turning out at the peak of their abilities, and the formation does not seem to be suiting the team selected by Dick Advocaat every game.
The Dutch boss has been using a 4-3-3 formation, with one holding midfielder flanked by two more forward thinking central players, who often provide the attacking impetus.
However, playing with only one holding midfield offers little defensive security, and the back-line has suffered because of this tactical choice.
Younes Kaboul has looked especially weak playing as a centre-half, and there is a positional change he could make which could not only improve his play, but help out the entire Black Cats’ set-up.
The Frenchman’s best strengths are his physical abilities, and if he was to move into defensive midfield, Kaboul would provide the kind of back-line cover that Sunderland currently lack.
He offers the ability to cover as much ground as needed without tiring out, and alongside one of the current defensive midfielders - such as Yann M’Vila - there would be added cover.
This positional change would mean that Kaboul is not left as exposed as he has been, and it would show off his own strengths better, meaning that the two centre-backs selected instead would also have better cover in front of them as well.
Kaboul’s career at Sunderland has not started particularly well, and if he moved to a defensive midfield role - a position he has played perviously - it could be the switch that serves both him and the Black Cats perfectly.