The common usage by most managers is for the central midfield player to drive forward and the remaining two midfield players (central) to step inside ten yards off their normal positions to create a mini defensive line in front of the back four, in anticipation of the opposition’s counter attack. In the suggested modes, systems, tactics formations, all come under the same umbrella, but it is down to the players once they have crossed the white line, to implement the managers instructions, to make any system a success in the mode of the tactic board.
Today’s footballers are paid vast amounts of money, but are all players technically of a high efficiency, do they possess the technical skills required or are they over valued, over paid and over indulged? As Manero highlights the failing art of consistently crossing the ball into the forward’s domain, the penalty area with accuracy.
To assess the number of crosses which are made during a Premiership match reveals the lack of the pin point cross come pass to the in rushing forwards inside the penalty area, the need to move the head upwards before aiming at the intended forward come target is amiss with many footballers. The crossing of the ball into an empty space or directly into a defender’s line is the norm during a match, so do the players practice crossing the ball during training on a regular basis? Perhaps not as much as they should do.
As the stats reveal, the number of quality crosses as opposed to poor crosses to open up a defence and close in on the blind side of the opposition is imperative for teams to succeed, but how many times do we see wasted crosses? A pinpointed cross is just as important as a good shot on goal, hitting the intended target has to be the main priority, it has to be suggested that players need to show more consistency with their technique in the crossing of one’s balls!
The Final Curtain Call
The end of a footballer’s career can for many former professionals be the long road to despair and recklessness, once the plaudits have left and the blades of grass are no longer part of daily life, the adjustment to life without football can for some be too much to bear.
The Paul Gascoigne story is well documented in the public domain, but many former players do not hit the headlines with the same intensity. The former Manchester United and Newcastle winger Keith Gillespie squandered a mind boggling 7 million pounds on gambling and was declared bankrupt alongside the former Aston Villa player, Lee Hendry who hit the bankruptcy note with a 10 million loss due to a property crash. The facts and stats are startling, statistically speaking once players stop being professional footballer, follows with 3 out of 5 being declared bankrupt within five years of retiring with 1 out of 3 ex-players filing for divorce within three years of retiring. Many footballers do not anticipate the end, while many endeavour to stay within football, as coaches in the main, but football is a precarious profession and for many former pro’s it can be just as precarious outside of football, once the final whistle has blown!