Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Michael Cox's Tactics & Analysis: Role of the new No. 10 in the Premier League

In Italy, they refer to him as the trequartista. In Argentina, he's the enganche. In England … we don't really have a name for him. 

English football terminology has never quite come up with a definitive word for the player who occupies space between the opposition lines of defence and midfield – not quite a forward, not quite a midfielder. He's "the man in the hole," perhaps, but it's not an appropriately glamorous term for the side's star creator. Sometimes he's even referred to as playing "the Teddy Sheringham role" -- so unaccustomed we were to players who looked for space rather than basing their game around an individual battle with an opponent.

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