Two seasons ago, the then Chelsea manager Antonio Conte made a startling change to his side in the hope to improve his failing side’s defence after back to back defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal.
The Italian ditched the 4 man defence and reverted to a 3-5-2 formation, with wing back in Victor Moses and Marcus Alonso brought in. Chelsea went on to win their next 13 Premier League games and the league title by seven points.
At Bury, Ryan Lowe may hope to channel his inner Conte and follow a similar pattern to that of the Italian.
The Shakers already deploy a 3-5-2 formation, Lowe pinning his hopes on his tactical switch in the hope of a promotion push.
Wing backs Nicky Adams and Callum McFadzean have enjoyed successful runs so far this season, McFadzean, in particular, has impressed fans and experts alike over the past few weeks.
The deploying extra wide men has lead to an improved defensive performance overall. The Shakers are conceding fewer goals than ever this season and, certainly look capable of a winning run.
A lot depends on the performances of Adams and McFadzean, mainly because they provide the team with a different outlet altogether down the flanks. Despite the creativity of Danny Mayor and the lightning-quick start of Nicky Maynard, neither are that good to solely carry the can.
Lowe will be looking at more players to step up as the FA Cup games are re-introduced, yet the consistency of Adams and McFadzean will be more than crucial to the levels of success.
Conte himself would admit as to how crucial Moses and Alonso were to his very own title victory. Adams and McFadzean should mirror the work of said players to help take Bury to promotion.