Speaking to the Northern Echo, Dick Adovcaat has questioned his ailing 4-3-3 system due to the inability of either Jermain Defoe or Fabio Borini to play as a lone striker, and has hinted that he could change system.
The Dutch boss said: “What we have to think about is do we need to change things? Borini and Defoe have struggled as lone strikers. We definitely have to look at a change of formation. Now we have to ask do we go on with 4-3-3 or do we have to find another solution?”
Since bringing Borini back to the Stadium of Light towards the end of the transfer window, Advocaat has continued with his 4-3-3 system utilising either one of his strikers on the wing.
Considering both are good finishers, their main talents are wasted if pushed out wide, and neither have the defensive aptitude to fulfil a wide role either.
Changing formation should have come to Advocaat sooner, despite his insistence to play the 4-3-3 system which he has used throughout his entire career, and the only real way the coach can utilise his two best goalscorers is to name both alongside each other.
Strike partnerships are out of vogue right now, but they can be deadly with the correct players working together, and Borini and Defoe seem to have that ability.
Defoe is nothing more than a poacher, whilst Borini has the ability to sit deeper and run the channels to create space for his partner.
Changing to a partnership makes all the sense in the world for Advocaat, and with that first victory eluding Sunderland still, he should be making the change this week.