Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday that he feels Sam Allardyce needs to change the tactical approach at Sunderland in order to ensure that they don’t fall into the same trap as they normally do.
The Black Cats have found themselves battling against the drop on a regular basis in recent years, and it seems that they are set for another survival scrap this time around.
Sunderland are currently languishing inside the relegation zone, and Nicholas feels that nothing is likely to change unless they adopt a more attacking style at home.
“I think Sunderland have to change their style, I really do,” he said. “Sam has to change the inner work that this team does.
“He needs to get wide-players, he needs to get two up-front and make sure [Steven] Fletcher and [Jermain] Defoe have support.
“And not every week, but in the home games that will give them a life from the supporters. They need to change something here, otherwise the same thing will happen every time, every season.”
Sunderland’s attacking work could not have been criticised at the weekend, when they took on Everton at Goodison Park.
The Black Cats were dangerous going forward against the Toffees, but their defensive issues were once again highlighted in the fixture.
Sunderland have conceded far too many goals this term, and their 6-2 defeat against Everton exposed all of the problems that exist in their current squad.
It leaves Allardyce with a tough job to keep them safe, but the 60-year-old manager has never been relegated before, and he will be hoping to preserve that proud record this season.