5 Things to Look For When Watching Professional Midfielders
Midfielders often seem to get overlooked because they aren’t always the ones scoring or preventing goals.
However, they are often where the games are won or lost. With their foot skills and perfect passes they have the ability to make it appear as if the game is flowing smoothly. A lot of the work they do is often when others aren’t watching them.
Here are five things to look for when watching pro midfielders:
Midfielders are the ones pulling the strings and orchestrating what is happening on the rest of the field.
Their spacing forces the opposing defenders to make decisions about who to mark and gives their teammates the opportunity to get into better attacking positions.
2. Work ethic
These players are constantly doing the difficult work behind the scenes.
They get into the tough battles and come out with the ball. They win the ball back after it gets stolen, they win the ball out of the air, and they always play tough.
These players are constantly communicating both verbally and non-verbally. In order for a group of midfielders to be successful, they need to be constantly communicating with each other in one way or another.
Whether it means screaming for the ball or pointing into the open space where they want to be played, they are communicating all the time.
When one midfielder gets beat, there is almost always going to be another one there for back up. They help each other out of bad situations and make the most out of every opportunity.
If they can double-team an opponent they will do anything to help their teammate.
Midfielders are always moving to help out their forwards and defenders. They find open spaces so that they can receive the ball and keep the game moving.
When a defender is being pressed by an opposing forward there is usually a midfielder working really hard to get open for the pass out of danger. When a forward is having a hard time beating a defender, a midfielder is making a run to assist the forward and get the team an attacking opportunity.
They are constantly moving when they don’t have the ball to get into positions where they are better able to assist their teammates.