Sunderland go into their crucial relegation clash against Hull City tomorrow having failed to secure any new signings since the defeat to Cardiff.
A crushing 4-0 defeat in Wales has kept the Black Cats bottom of the Championship, but they have a chance to make up some crucial ground with a win against the Tigers tomorrow.
Even though Hull are 20th in the table, Sunderland can move level on points with them with a victory, making it a pivotal encounter for Chris Coleman’s men.
However, they have had a tough week leading up to the game.
Firstly, Didier Ndong lost the appeal against his suspension following a red card against Cardiff and then the club failed to bring in a striker despite chasing several targets.
Having adopted a 5-4-1 formation last week, Coleman will surely have to show more attacking intent tomorrow and should go with a 5-3-2.
In goal, Robbin Ruiter is expected to keep his place despite a poor showing last week and the back three will remain the same, with John O’Shea in the centre with loan duo Jake Clarke-Salter and Tyias Browning either side of him.
Similarly, Bryan Oviedo and Billy Jones will continue as wing-back but must show a lot more ambition going forward at the Stadium of Light.
In midfield however, Coleman will have to make changes. Marc Wilson went off injured in Wales last week, so Lee Cattermole will occupy the deepest midfield role.
Young pair Lynden Gooch and George Honeyman will keep their places, although they will both have to shift across to play in more central roles in comparison to last week.
Up top, Sunderland have major issues, but given the importance of the game, Coleman will have to go with a front two.
That means Joshua Maja will continue to play, but Joel Asoro will come in as Ndong’s replacement and push forward to join him, making it a 5-3-2 instead of 5-4-1.
Even though that will leave Sunderland with no natural attacking options from the bench, it’s vital they play with a high intensity and on the front foot which is better achieved with two forwards.
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