Mark Robins may look to follow the England example this coming season and deploy a three-man central defence with his Coventry City side having tried out the formation against Aston Villa in a closed-doors match in midweek and then again in Saturday’s friendly at Stevenage.
The Sky Blues were beaten 2-0 by their League Two opponents at the Lamex Stadium and Robins admitted that the system ‘didn’t work’ in terms of both its set-up and the players deployed to it.
One of the players who may suit the system but who is currently unavailable to Robins is Chelsea loanee Dujon Sterling.
The England Under-19 international is away on Three Lions duty at the European Championships and comes to the Ricoh Arena with a reputation for being able to play as an attacking right wing-back.
City get the chance to fine tune their preparations this week with friendly matches against two Championship clubs in the shape of Derby County and West Bromwich Albion.
Full marks to the club, meanwhile, for sending an XI to Coventry Copsewood on Friday evening for the Corey and Casper Memorial Cup with a number of first-team players also attending the match.