There is an anecdote that states that if you are a football player who wants a long career, be a left back. Indeed, at the time the striker, midfielder, winger or gain a lot of praise for individual action, a fullback can rarely spotlight.
However, lack of players capable of filling this post makes more fullback provide opportunities for footballers who want to play certainty.
Although only anecdotal, stories about the scarcity of players with a dominant left foot that can last not new anymore. Let’s see Brendan Rodgers who prefer to put Glen Johnson (right defender) or Daniel Agger (center back) when Jose Enrique could not compete. Or, how Philipp Lahm is often used as a left back before David Alaba pulled from midfield by Jupp Heynckes.
So if it is almost 10 years the name Ashley Cole remains so answers to the question who the best left back in the world today, in fact it is not unusual anymore.
So what exactly is causing the scarcity of players left back in the world of football? The answer is simple. Number of left-footed players are much less dominant, so capable, or choose to be left, it would be much more minimal again.
Unmitigated, the comparison between the number of dominant players left leg with the player “legged” right can reach 1 to 4. This is evident from a study of 236 players who competed in the 1998 World Cup. This study states that 79% of footballers in the tournament often using the right foot in receiving and giving feedback. Meanwhile, only 21% are fluent in the left leg.
Similar studies give different figures. However, the average stated that the number of left-footed players less than 30% of the overall total footballers.
The small number of left-footed players, according to Gianluca Vialli, so one of the causes of the paradigm that the right-back will be the worst player on the team is filled.
This analogy: if a footballer has a good ability to survive and height above the average, so it will be positioned as a central defender. While those who have qualified technical control of the ball will be placed as a midfielder.
Then the remaining players, skill players survive and attack him mediocre, often installed as a right-back. Left footed players certainly different. He will be given special treatment because their numbers are small.
Fullback and Modern Football
Regardless of the number of players is minimal problems, left-back role in the evolution of modern football itself can not be separated from nature as a fullback. Also can not drop out of relation to other positions in the team, as well as the development of today’s tactical.
For example, on a game that gets narrowed to the middle of the field along with the popularity of the use of a 4-2-3-1 formation. With this trend, the fullback position so most get room to run, while the other players piled in the middle of the field. Being a fullback duties for “down-up” and so outlets assault, as well as widen the space game.
It mainly occurs in teams using inverted-winger role as one of the strategies in the attack. Moving winger cut into the penalty area he will be more effective when combined with a fullback to create a 2 against 1 situation with fullback opponent.
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