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the role of midfield controller

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    There was a strange and strangely protracted period in the modern history of the England football team Ben Roethlisberger Jersey when coaches, spectators and pundits became collectively convinced that something called “the left-sided problem” existed.
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    With some justification. The left-sided problem was undeniably a problem, but not perhaps the problem it thought it was. It rested on a series of inviolable assumptions. First, that football can only be played in rigid lines, like an artillery-backed three-day advance on the western front. Second, that only the left-sided peg in that flat midfield line can “provide width”. Third, that providing width effectively always means going outside rather than inside.
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    And finally if this set of orthodoxies cannot be satisfied – for example, if there is no adequate left winger – the only conceivable response is to keep on doggedly banging your head against it, like a bunch of deluded medieval navigators staring furiously at their flat‑earth map, wrestling hopelessly over their ongoing “lack of an upside-down sailing ship” problem.

    Eventually the left-sided problem just disappeared, submerged by the unavoidable evidence of European club football that midfield positions were fluid, Aaron Colvin Jersey that players could interchange, that “inverted” wide players could be more effective anyway. There is an echo of this now in attitudes to the Premier League’s most interesting current problem position, the strangely ill-defined matter of central midfield. And in particular in the hysterical, always punitive way the performances of Paul Pogba and others have been critiqued in recent weeks. Welcome, Paul, to the Central Midfield Problem, source right now of a fair amount of head scratching, of managerial make-do-and-mend, and of its own share of rage from the sidelines.

    There is something brilliantly reassuring in the fact even central midfield can become a source of such confusion, another sign of football’s limitless complexity, that unresolvable struggle to stretch 10 outfield players across an endlessly shifting theatre where the smallest gap, the smallest overload of strength, can unstitch every other piece of planning.

    But this is the case now in the Premier League, where central midfield is the new frontier. In the past 10 days there have been four notable performances in that role, drawing wildly contrasting reviews. First Pogba ambled all round Wembley, jitterbugging past his man on the wing, surging out at every break and drawing the ire of his own manager for failing to interpret the role in sufficiently rigid terms.

    Opposite him Moussa Dembélé, who also has an all-round dribbling and passing game, was positionally conservative and physically fierce, operating as something more closely linked to his partner, shoulder to shoulder with Eric Dier.

    A week later Aaron Ramsey also rampaged, Pogba-style, but against weaker opponents and with better execution, scoring a hat‑trick and getting away with rarely supporting Granit Xhaka as Everton only had a brief spell where they swamped Arsenal’s midfield.

    Finally on Monday Tiémoué Bakayoko, whose confidence looks utterly shot, played central midfield for Chelsea as though the position was still in the process of being invented, without an instruction booklet, and with half a million people yelling in its ear.

    Which in Authentic Joe Thomas Jersey a sense it is. The central midfielder who isn’t a defensive specialist. The guy who stands near N’Golo Womens Willie Snead Jersey Kanté but isn’t N’Golo Kanté. The one we expect to provide a bit more, but not too much more, and some of the same. What exactly do we call him now? And what do we want him to do now?

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