Ricky Sbragia will call upon the experience of former boss Sam Allardyce as he attempts to revitalise his misfiring strikers.
The Sunderland manager has spent the last few weeks attempting to establish an on-field relationship between loan signing Djibril Cisse and Kenwyne Jones ahead of Sunday's trip to Manchester City. Cisse and Jones have managed 19 goals between them this season but have struggled to gel as a pair.
"Sam had bought Anelka to work with Kevin and they found it difficult to work with each other." said the Sunderland boss. "They were both used to playing just on their own. Eventually what happened was that Kevin Davies went to outside right and he played Anelka up on his own."
He added: But I couldn't do that with Kenwyne so we have to work at it and hope they gel.
"Up to Saturday's game (a 2-1 defeat to Wigan), they hadn't been doing too badly. They had been scoring goals. I know the goals have dried up but that happens with all strikers.
"All of a sudden there's a big crisis about Kenwyne and Djibril and they are not playing together, they are not getting on together and all that sort of rubbish.
"But we have got to rectify that. We do work on it and we hope on the day it is going to work. But on Saturday it just didn't work at all for us."
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