Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson has discussed how he intends to utilise new signing Aiden O’Brien in his starting eleven.
Speaking about the forward’s involvement in training and start to life at the Stadium of Light, Parkinson revealed some of his plans on how to integrate O’Brien in to his starting eleven.
Speaking to the club’s official podcast, #SAFCUnfiltered, the Black Cats boss said: “Aiden is a player who can play up top or in behind the striker.
“The system we played last season, the 3-4-3, he can play in one of those number ten roles where Lynden Gooch and Chris Maguire played.
“He gives us a lot of options, he’s a versatile attacking player.
“At Millwall he played quite often on the left of a 4-4-2, but sees himself more as a striker.
“Even from that position, he always chipped in with goals and in the year they won promotion from League One he got a good tally, all from open play.
“I think he’s a player who is ready for another challenge, he’s eager for a fresh start and we’ve been really pleased with him so far in the first days [of training].”
Parkinson has plenty of ideas then for O’Brien but one thing he needs to ensure, is that his attacking players are red hot throughout the 2020/21 campaign.
Whether or not Grigg and Wyke will remain at the club remains to be seen but very little movement to sign other attacking options seems to be emerging.
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