Newcastle take on Liverpool at St James’ Park this weekend.
Mike Williamson was recalled from Wolves this week, and the report claims that the centre-back could be placed immediately in the starting XI, as McClaren utilises a three-at-the-back formation.
The head coach is trying to ease the defensive issues that have plagued the club this season, and is ready to use Williamson as part of a back-three, alongside Fabricio Coloccini and Chancel Mbemba.
This would be a bold move for McClaren, seeing as his recent career has been based around the 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 hybrid system that he has used in the opening weeks of this season.
Whilst playing with three at the back can improve the defensive solidity, few Newcastle fans will be pleased with Williamson starting as part of that defensive unit.
The 32-year-old is far from the required quality needed for a Premier League club, and he does not appear to have the tactic understanding to play in a three-at-the-back formation.
Liverpool possess an incredible threat in the final third, and Newcastle even picking up a lone point should be considered a good result.
Clearly McClaren believes changing formation and recalling Williamson is the route to picking up a result against the Reds, and it remains to be seen whether the head coach is proven correct this weekend.