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Full-backs important or not?

Discussion in 'Molineux Mix Archive' started by jabbawolf, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. jabbawolf

    jabbawolf Guest

    Given that most posters seem to feel that we should have recruited a specialist left-back and also a couple of dodgy performances from Zubar, do you feel that the full-back position in football is often overlooked?

    I have heard the pundits on Soccer Saturday often pass comment that you can get away without good full-backs and that they are the least important positions on the pitch but, to me, the back four operates as a single entity, and Berra's and Stearman's performances are often affected from having to worry/cover for Zubes and George.

    I thought this article was interesting - http://www.helium.com/items/1940791-the-importance-of-specialist-fullbacks-in-modern-football - and maybe the profile of the much-maligned full-back is now being raised.

    Give me a solid, positionally-sound full back over a roving, maverick any day of the week.
     
  2. OCD Wolf

    OCD Wolf Guest

    IMO, full back is probably the most important position on the pitch. They can be the last line of defense and a good one is a huge asset going forward.
    Overlapping full backs are a huge and potent weapon in attack.
    They need to read the game well and bust their gut getting forward and back as the game dictates, a massively undervalued position by many.
    They can win (or lose) you games like few others.
     
  3. waveney wolf

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    OCD,,,well said....look at all the top teams, Arsenal Chelsea Man City Man Utd Inter Brazil Spurs....etc they all have fullbacks bombing forward.....fullbacks who are comfortable on the ball and wont panic into trying to find the keeper, or giving it away!!
    Who was our last good defending and overlaping fullbacks??? Muscatt?? Camara???
     
  4. FLEET WOLF

    FLEET WOLF Just doesn't shut up

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    If you think about it, most of those pundits, with the exception of Phil Thompson, were attackers.
     
  5. Dewsburywolf

    Dewsburywolf Just doesn't shut up

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    Errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrm Kevin Foley :confused:
     
  6. waveney wolf

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    YES,,,i like him,,,composed on the ball....but he hasnt been playing at fullback!!
     
  7. Jameswwfc

    Jameswwfc Just doesn't shut up

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    Full backs are an important part of the game. We're not playing under 10's football now although we do set up as one.
     
  8. Dewsburywolf

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    But he has played full back more recently for us than Muscat & Camara :confused: :confused:
     
  9. andy-in-seat-190

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    Now that's really unfair... I help manage my lad's under 10 team and there is NO WAY that we would set up and defend like this lot! Take that back!:mad:
     
  10. Lee Dixon said on Match of The Day 2 a few weeks back that in his day, the full backs were paid the smallest wages out of everyone in the squad because it was the 'least important position' - whether this is the case now I'm not so sure.

    On last night, having a 'new left back' in our team wouldn't have stopped Zubar from having a completely braindead moment.
     
  11. dazmanwolf

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    Fullback is the most important position for us. Without them we'd be a lot worse off. Stearman and Berra are a fine duo.
     
  12. Jameswwfc

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    Lol i'm pretty sure your full backs wouldn't make the same mistake, if in doubt kick it out was always the way full backs should be played. When i watch wolves though they do always remind me of a kids team.
     
  13. andy-in-seat-190

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    And you're still being unfair to kids teams up and down the country!!!:D
     
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    Funny I used to play Full Back at school. I remember a pass back of mine similiar to Zubar's last night in a Cup Final. I still get reminded of it to this day and that was 38 years ago :eek:
     

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