Sunderland are set to host Leicester City at the weekend.
Sunderland host the league leaders Leicester at the Stadium of Light, and given the Foxes’ form, it would be understandable if they adopted a counter-attacking approach.
However, Adam believes that sitting back will only encourage Leicester to seize the initiative in the contest and he has urged Sam Allardyce to make sure his Sunderland side play on the front foot.
“I think they have to attack them,” he said. “It’s a home game in the Premier League - you’ve got to attack. Yeah, they could pick you off, but if you have the right foundation and have two midfielders there, you hope the quality in front of them will win the game.”
Leicester could extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table to 10 points if they do manage to beat Sunderland.
The Black Cats, though, need the three points themselves as they aim to aim to ensure they avoid the drop.
Sunderland are currently sitting four points adrift of safety, and the North East side are in danger of being cut adrift of they do not start picking up victories.
Sunderland go into the match on the back of a 0-0 draw against West Bromwich Albion, while Leicester beat Southampton 1-0 in their most recent outing.