Its the later, his tactics have always been defend the launch it up to a target man, won't work here
I dont think he is actually too dissimilar to Koeman. Koeman used to like to play it into the channels and then get it in the box, I dont see Sam being that different, which for me is why it kind of makes sense to go down this route over Silva who would expect a more expansive game from his players, and a big squad overhaul. Its a basic brand of no nonsense, risk adverse football, which if were being honest is about the limits of our squad, theyve been asked to do other things and just fail .
Sam will bring the best out of Keane and Sigurdsson for sure, plus with Bolasie coming back I can see us doing okay, it will mean we get a target man in January, but I dont see that as being a bad thing.
And you say it wont work here, but id argue we are probably more synonymous with direct football, in my lifetime, than we are with anything else