According to the O/S:
"My position is left-sided but not as a winger, I come inside then go outside. Last year I played on the right — I prefer the left but it's not a problem, from the right I can cut in and shoot more than from the left."
Thank god he knows the difference between a wide midfielder and a winger...
Dan Brierley, Posted 04/09/2009 at 07:12:59
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1 Posted 04/09/2009 at 17:43:06
2 Posted 04/09/2009 at 17:53:32
3 Posted 04/09/2009 at 18:41:13
Have to admit I expected more then two comments from a ’controversy’.
4 Posted 04/09/2009 at 18:55:51
5 Posted 04/09/2009 at 20:07:13
6 Posted 04/09/2009 at 20:15:44
Let's take the classic and probably the first 4-5-1, Joe Royle played up front ahead of
Morrissey - Harvey - Ball - Kendall - Husband
Normally when you play 5 midfield you have two wingers either side and in the center one player will be designated to play on the left (Harvey), one on the right (Kendall), and one in the center (Ball)... although a negative team may have the guy central protecting the defence.
Bily is saying he is not a winger (Morrissey), he is a left-sided player (Harvey)
What's not to understand?
7 Posted 04/09/2009 at 20:21:03
8 Posted 04/09/2009 at 20:44:48
Sometimes it is best not to act like a smart arse. What you say was correct about thirty or forty years ago, but the game has changed a bit since then.
A Winger is purely an attacking player, and as such very few teams actually use them any more. What they use instead are wide midfielders, these players are expected to attack, but also to track back and cover the fullbacks.
They are, however, positioned on the touchline just like a winger, I guess the most simplistic way of looking at it is that a Left Midfielder is a winger that can tackle, although not quite as good at attacking.
9 Posted 04/09/2009 at 21:08:30
10 Posted 04/09/2009 at 21:15:02
11 Posted 04/09/2009 at 20:55:18
I’m guessing you're a lot younger than me Steve — no offence intended if I’m wrong about that — go and ask one of your older friends or relatives if the fella who played on our left wing in the ORIGINAL 4-5-1 formation could tackle. There is not a player around today in any position who could tackle like Morrissey.
The formation you regard as obsolete is still incredibly effective today, so much so, that 95% of today's managers — including our current one — copy it. Only the power and athletism of the player changes. Their functions within a system, be it 4-4-2, 4-5-1, 4-3-3 or whatever other system a manager uses, will not.
12 Posted 04/09/2009 at 21:14:02
What exactly are we talking about here? 10 yards difference? Does Harvey become a "winger," if he runs down the line, with Morrissey dropping back?
13 Posted 04/09/2009 at 21:16:33
It's funny how people dont mention that Lescott’s ’square peg in a round hole’ year at left back was the most successful of his career to date. When this ’square peg’ went to his ’square hole’ he got overshadowed by Phil Jagielka. But again, let's not mention that eh? Let's talk about the money that ’Black Bill’ is stealing from the club. And let's discuss the lack of ambition shown, by operating the club within its financial means.
14 Posted 04/09/2009 at 22:02:54
15 Posted 04/09/2009 at 22:01:43
We will see soon enough. Hope the positive outweighs the negative.
16 Posted 04/09/2009 at 22:02:20
So do you think Ossie is a square peg in a square hole?
17 Posted 04/09/2009 at 22:14:06
18 Posted 04/09/2009 at 22:20:30
Moyes stops just short of playing 4-5-1 doesn’t he? He tends to narrow things up, playing 4-2-3-1 using two defensive midfielders and asking Ossie and Pienaar to do both inside and outside left/right jobs, Ossie has skill, but doesn’t have the power or the pace for it.
It's a cautious set up, he gets two men to do a defensive midfield job that once didn’t exist, whilst asking Pienaar and Ossie to both perform two roles each. Pienaar manages it; Ossie falls between two stools.
19 Posted 04/09/2009 at 23:35:29
(Left sided inside / outside forward, NOT a winger. Simples!)
20 Posted 04/09/2009 at 23:57:23
21 Posted 05/09/2009 at 00:31:28
The trend is decisively against out-and-out wingers and out-and-out centre-forwards (certainly not two of them)... too limited and ineffective against the skill and atheleticism of modern defences.
Moyes I think even understands the increasing importance of the modern full-back (but unfortunately we can’t afford the best). The reason Ashley Cole just signed (I think) the most lucrative full back contract in the world (and the RS paid so much for Johnson), is that the importance of the full back is increasing enormously. In a real sense, they are now fulfilling the role of the previous winger. So a player who is defensively solid AND attackingly adept is now worth their weight in gold. As is a wide player who can cut insider and also provide defensive midfield cover.
Wingers in their pure form are vanishing from the earth, just like old-style centre-forwards. RIP!
22 Posted 05/09/2009 at 01:29:19
Neil Pearse, more good points from you on this subject, the modern full back is effectively replacing the old style winger as ’wide midfielders’ play narrower and give the full back space to attack on the outside adding an extra dimension to a team. This is why you can get ’defenders’ like Dani Alves who cost £20M but can’t really defend, because if you play for a good enough team, right back is just another position to attack from.
Steve Mink, I know what you’re talking about but I’m not sure Bily is this type of player, I think he’s more similar to Arteta and Pienaar than the players you mention. Here’s hoping I’m wrong though as we could do with the something different that would provide. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
The most compelling comparison for Bilyaletdinov is to Sheedy, surely Dave and Ben can appreciate that? — I was born in 1980 so can’t really claim much contemporary footballing knowledge about Sheedy except what I’ve learnt in retrospect, but he wasn’t a ’winger’ was he?
Dave, I know we were arguing on the other thread but your knowledge obviously goes back further than mine, so can you explain why you set out a five man midfield as:
Morrissey - Harvey - Ball - Kendal - Husband
but said Harvey and Kendall were left and right? Are they ’inside left’ and ’inside right’ and were they referred to as this at the time? Are Morrissey and Husband even further wide as ’wingers’ or in a different position altogether?
Contrary to your accusations on the other thread, I’m quite knowledgeable about the modern game and its terminology, but have to admit to never having quite understood the way things were talked about in the 1960s. I would genuinely appreciate your comments on this.
23 Posted 05/09/2009 at 02:14:45
From my own experience of playing, if the ball is over on the left, the player who goes over with it isn’t the one who is ’playing on the left of centre’ or ’inside left’, but whoever’s got the most energy, usually whoever didn’t just make two 50-yard runs in different directions. Is this the way Kendall and Harvey operated?
While I’m at it Dave, if Harvey was ’the white Pele’, did they actually play the same position? My impression has always been that Harvey was kind of a midfielder and Pele was pretty much a forward. Am I wrong about that?
24 Posted 05/09/2009 at 03:50:46
Sheedy could close his eyes, count to ten, spin round twice and still put the ball on your head. That left foot... geez... Lazy bastard tho!
But that left foot... the shite (two fingers), Ipswich (twice)... there are lots of episodes. But a winger he wasn’t. A sixpence was too big, he could hit a sewing needle. Those were the days...
Who remembers that hushed rush as a free kick within striking distance was given, almost like a whisper.... Sheedy, Sheedy, Sheedy, Sheedy....
If that’s replaced with a Bily, Bily, Bily, Bily over the next few months, we’ll be doing okay.
25 Posted 05/09/2009 at 06:46:36
I was born in 1964 so can’t really comment on whether Morrissey and Husband were part of a 4-3-3 or a 4-5-1.
I can confirm that neither Sheedy or Steven in the 1980s were wingers. They were classic wide midfielders in the 4-4-2 formation that was de rigour at the time.
But just because we have five across the midfield does not make the two wide men wingers. 4-5-1 is an oversimplification. In reality we play more like a 4-2-2-1-1. There are two central midfielders that play further behind the wide men. The attacking midfielder plays further forward. You will never see all 5 of them across the pitch in a line — not even at kick off.
Traditionally the winger was a forward or outside-right in the 2-3-5 formation. And survived up until the late 1950s in the W-M formation — so named as these points of these letters shows their position on the pitch. This was a 3-2-2-3 formation. Up front was the centre-forward and two wingers. The old inside rights (from the 2-3-5 formation) dropped back into an attacking midfield role. The two outside halves played defensive midfield. The old centre-half moved back into defence between the two full-backs. This is why the central defenders are still call centre-halves rather than centre-backs.
The W-M came undone when Hungary thrashed England twice in 6 months in the 1950s and put 13 goals past the inventors of the game. The Hungarians used a 1-4-1-4 formation — but was so fluid and flexible their wide forwards could not really be described as wingers.
In England, the W-M was eventually replaced by a 4-2-4 and then a 4-3-3 (of 1966 fame) before settling on the 4-4-2 of the 1970s
Some teams used lop-sided formations with a winger on one side of the pitch only. This included Dave Thomas of Everton in 1977-78. Chris Waddle was used this way by Newcastle and England in the 1980s.
Sometimes England played with Waddle and Barnes in the 1980s and early 1990s — two wingers. But more often would just use one of them.
26 Posted 05/09/2009 at 07:20:41
At the risk of sounding like an old fart, the beautiful game was more beautiful back then. The "you play/we play" approach adopted only by Arsenal or Barca today was widespread.
The inside rights and lefts have become almost extinct, they have been sacrificed in favor of the Lee Carsleys and Phil Nevilles of this world — players whose function it is to protect the back four.
Football is cyclical; when Alf Ramsey introduced his "wingless wonders", he was treated with a contempt by many of the purists. But within a year of England winning the World Cup, nearly every team in the Europe had introduced a Nobby Styles protecting their back four and had adopted Ramsey’s narrower 4-4-2... Thank God the Dutch came along with their total football!
Pele? Don't get me started... you haven’t got the time!
27 Posted 05/09/2009 at 08:15:18
Morrissey, he was an out-and-out winger, a hug the touchline winger, he could go down the left and cross it or pull it back with the right and send it in or shoot; much under-rated, though not by me. Think nearly Sheedy or Steven on steroids and harder than Tommy Smith... magic.
Husband was the Ronaldo of his day; yes he was that good: 20 goals scored from out wide, until Dave McKay done him over. So Dave Masters, you are drawing a somewhat long bow with those comments.
28 Posted 05/09/2009 at 08:42:55
29 Posted 05/09/2009 at 09:36:55
I concur on Johnny Morrissey; I first saw him play for St Sylvester’s in a Liverpool Schools final — don’t ask me the date — and he was light years ahead of everyone else on the pitch; quick, strong, goals in his boots and a good tackler who made Tommy Smith look like the fairy godmother.
I ducked off school to watch England v Hungary in 1953 and how chuffed I was. I saw arguably one of the greatest teams ever to grace a football field. As a youngster I did’nt appreciate tactical details and I have a memory of 5 in the forward line, from right to left: Budai, Kocsis, Hidegkuti, Puskas and Czibor and the fact that everbody was on the move with or without the ball + they were all exceptionally talented. The shame is that Hungary have never produced anything like that golden era.
Frankly I wonder why we have to put labels on players these days, when they are all expected to be super fit athletes capable of playing virtually anywhere — especially full-backs. Can’t we simply settle for defender, midfielder and forward? Let’s have more topics like this.
30 Posted 05/09/2009 at 09:45:14
31 Posted 05/09/2009 at 11:24:28
I though Kevin McLeod might turn about to be a decent left winger but he never really broke through and went to QPR (now at Brighton I think).
The most recent "old fashioned" left winger here was probably Dave Thomas although Ginola might have fitted the bill if 5 years younger when he joined us.
32 Posted 05/09/2009 at 11:47:00
33 Posted 05/09/2009 at 06:29:34
34 Posted 05/09/2009 at 12:29:32
35 Posted 05/09/2009 at 13:28:30
I don’t think you were alone in not being too aware of tactics at the time. The Engish didn’t learn and were beaten 7-1 in Hungary 6 months later. They still hadn’t worked out who to mark!
But I have only read about this stuff. Must have been great to watch it.
36 Posted 05/09/2009 at 16:56:49
Morrissey hugged the left touchline and he was the outlet for the ball from the defence to ease pressure and link up with Harvey and Ball primarily to advance the ball.
Jimmy Husband during this period was fast and exciting to watch. He played more of an "inside" winger who made the forward runs to support Royle. If you have seen the footage of the ’68 cup tie against Colchester you will see examples of this. Pity, as mentioned earlier, Dave Mackay effectively finished his career although we were fortunate that Alan Whittle stepped in and went on his goal splurge that took us to the title.
37 Posted 05/09/2009 at 17:30:06
The 62-63 team was more traditional with Alex Scott as an out-and-out right-winger. Gabriel (4) and Harris (6) as half backs in the old sense. I guess it changed when Harry Catterick shoved John Hurst in his number 10 jersey at the back with Brian Labone, when Norman Hunter, Bobby Moore, Peter Simpson all wore the more traditional 6.
The 63 and 70 teams were both great at their time, we can all agree I think. The 84-85 team with a terrific four-man midfield and strong two up front were energy personified.
On attacking full-backs, Keith Newton, though at the end of his career in the late 60s when he joined us, was way ahead of his time.
38 Posted 05/09/2009 at 18:26:07
One last point on what you said about lop-sided formations, we did exactly that with Kanchelskis and teams still do it regularly now. In fact I’m writing this at half time in England vs Slovenia and Wright-Phillips is pretty much doing it, as Gerrard is the ’left midfielder’ but doesn’t fancy staying out there much.
Dave Wilson, go on, get started on Pele... Please! You could talk about Harvey as well thus making it a legitimate Everton topic.
Paul, I was brought up in the 1980s and with a few exceptions you could tell who was playing where by their number even by then. 1 in goal, 3-5-4-2 along the back, 11-6-8-7 in the midfield and 9-10 up front. This is certainly what our team did in the 80s and most others seemed to as well, with 4 and 6 being interchangeable.
39 Posted 06/09/2009 at 17:35:54
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