Di Canio will stick with that system, insisting that using a deep-lying forward is the best way to link midfield and attack.
“Since I came in, this is the best way I’ve found to link the lines together,” he said. “I prefer two different players and that might mean a No 10 like Stephane – someone who can receive the ball between the two lines.
“Once they turn, they can go one-v-one and beat their opponents with their ability or pick a pass.
“This is the football I want to see because as much as we can, I want to see the ball on the ground.
“With two centre-forwards, you can do that still, but you are more predictable because they don’t have 40 yards in their legs to beat their opponent.
“That’s not being negative about them, they just have different characteristics.”