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Positions guide: Wide midfield
Graphic showing the wide midfield positions

Wingers, wide midfielders, call them what you like, they are some of the most exciting players around.

Ryan Giggs at Manchester United, Shaun Wright-Phillips or Damien Duff at Chelsea.

It is a varied and hardworking job, though - it's not just about showing off a few tricks and letting the defenders clean up behind you.

Positions guide: wide midfield
Wright-Phillips is a true wide man
Energy and stamina are needed to give defensive cover to the full-backs playing behind you.

And then when you've got your breath back, you'll be expected to fly down the wing to create the chances for your strikers.

Playing right out on the touchline when your team are in possession gives greater space and options.

Then when your team lose possession you should tuck infield.

This gets you closer to your central midfield colleagues and helps provide a greater barrier to the opposition.



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