MIDFIELDER Yaser Kasim has admitted he still feels a little lost in Town’s formation but is confident the team can make it work for them as the new season draws near.
Swindon get their League One campaign under way against Scunthorpe on Saturday and will be doing so with three centre halves flanked by two attacking wing backs.
Kasim’s role in manager Mark Cooper’s strategy is as part of the three-man central midfield, with the Iraqi admitting it is not a formation he or his teammates are particularly familiar with.
The 23-year-old is confident the squad will quickly get to grips with their new way of playing but insisted it will only come through hard work and every member of the team buying into the club’s philosophy.
“We need to do more, on the training ground, everywhere,” he said.
“We need to understand our roles a lot more and for me personally there are certain times I don’t understand what’s going on and I don’t like to be in that position on a football pitch.
“If it’s like that I don’t know how to solve the problem and in my position I have to make the play for long periods of time so we have to do a bit more.
“We have two players who maybe haven’t played in this sort of system and haven’t played with these players before, so they need to get a lot of work in and we have to look after them.
“For sure it’s not inbred for us to play this way from a young age. Some clubs play 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 but not this system.
“The most important thing is the football philosophy and no matter what system you’re playing you must have a certain philosophy about your play and your passing.”
Despite his concerns, Kasim insisted he is comfortable with Town’s formation going into the Scunthorpe clash and insisted it is perhaps performances, rather than results, on which the tactics should be judged.
“I’m comfortable in any formation but we have to get it down and sorted,” he said.
“It’s all about performance because even if you have a bad performance and you win then you won’t feel as great as you should do.
“If you have a bad performance, win 2-1 and everybody’s happy, then the cracks will soon appear.
“We have to work on it, even after the first game, because footballers know that even after you take two steps forward you can take one back with a mistake.
“Everyone in the changing room wants to do it because we want to have a good season for ourselves as a group and everyone at the club.”