The Development of a Football Winger

Currently in football there is a trend towards the narrow style of Barcelona, where the vast majority of attacks are passing moves, executed through the centre of the opposition’s defence. Therefore one could be forgiven for suggesting that the winger is as outdated as the traditional tall centre forward. This view could be justified by Spain’s much talked about adoption of the 4-6-0 formation during the recent European Championships.
The ‘wingers’ in that formation were actually creative midfielders, Andres Iniesta and David Silva, who were stationed on the flanks merely to avoid central congestion. Certainly they didn’t play as traditional wide-men either, attacking their full-backs with the aim of delivering a cross for the striker. This approach would have been pointless, seeing as Spain used Cesc Fabregas, yet another creative midfielder, as a false number nine. As ...

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