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Speaking after the Reading game Martin O'Neill was quizzed on his newest striking addition Danny Graham, and has suggested we should get used to seeing both him and Steven Fletcher on the pitch together.

Scott Heavey

With many of us expecting Danny Graham to have been brought to the club as competition for Steven Fletcher (I'm reluctant to say cover here), some of us wondered why. Equally some thought if we're going to start with both of them, how will it work? Well Martin O'Neill has provided us some insight.

Speaking with The Journal post-match at the weekend he told them he very much envisages Graham and Fletcher playing together;

Steven Fletcher, although he's been brilliant as a centre-forward, I think he can drop in and easily play in another position. We'll see what develops with the two of them playing together.

It's an interesting idea. Some have suggested that Fletcher could drop back with Graham being the target man, and it would appear that O'Neill thinks along the same lines since he's not suggesting that Graham will be the one to drop back.

Perhaps this is reading between the lines too much but with Fletcher more of a deep-lying forward, you wonder what this means for Stephane Sessegnon. Could his time in the hole be coming to an end? With Adam Johnson, James McClean and even Seb Larsson all being more viable options on the wing it could be a likely outcome that Sess is no longer a permanent fixture in the side.

We'll wait and see what happens, but a variation of 4-4-2 seems very much on the horizon.