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Central midfielder roles include all player roles in central midfielder playing positions*, which are:

  • Defensive midfielder (DM)
  • Centre midfielder (CM)

The information provided for each role is explained in the Player Roles and Duties guide and the associated tactical theory* guides that it links to.

1. Defensive Midfielder

1.1. Variations

Positions:

  • Defensive midfielder

Duties:

  • Defend
  • Support

1.2. Game Description

The Defensive Midfielder's main duties are to protect the defensive line from breaking attackers by closing them down quickly and to support the creative midfielders when in possession.

A key job of the Defensive Midfielder is to keep hold of the ball while the defence and attack are reorganising themselves after a period of opposition pressure.

With a Defend duty the Defensive Midfielder will hold his position between the midfield and defensive lines and recycle possession from a deep position.

With a Support duty the Defensive Midfielder will step into the midfield line and support attacking moves.

1.3. Default Player Instructions

Defend only:

  • Hold Position
  • Dribble Less

1.4. Analysis

Defensive Midfielder (DM Defend)

Description:

  • Holding and restricted-dribbling defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.75

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover.
  • Supported responsibilities - providing defensive cover; applying defensive pressure.
    • Atypical - taking chances (holding and restricted-dribbling player).
  • Supplementary responsibilities - playing safe.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - creating chances.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - stretching play.

Focus level: 2.0

Role categories:

  • Central midfield anchor
    • Covering central midfielder
      • Designated - restrained central midfielder
      • Number-six central midfielder
        • Designated - withdrawn central midfielder => pivot
      • Supported - protecting central midfielder
    • Supplementary - central midfield water-carrier
  • Ball-winning central midfielder
    • Withdrawn central midfielder => pivot
    • Supported - pressing central midfielder
    • Central midfield water-carrier
  • Central midfield destroyer
    • Number-six central midfielder
    • Pressing central midfielder
  • Supported - central midfield goal-scorer (atypical - holding and restricted-dribbling player)

Defensive Midfielder (DM Support)

Description:

  • Supporting and fairly aggressive defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

  • Supported responsibilities - providing attacking cover; stretching play; playing safe; creating chances; taking chances.
  • Supplementary responsibilities - applying defensive pressure.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - providing cover; providing defensive cover.

Focus level: 0.5

Role categories:

  • Ball-winning central midfielder
    • Supported - withdrawn central midfielder => pivot
    • Supplementary - pressing central midfielder
    • Supported - central midfield water-carrier
  • Central midfield dynamo
    • Pressing central midfielder
    • Supported - number-eight central midfielder
  • Free-role central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Supported - central midfield creator
  • Versatile central midfielder
    • Central midfield water-carrier
    • Central midfield creator
  • Supported - central midfield goal-scorer

2. Deep Lying Playmaker

2.1. Variations

Positions:

  • Defensive midfielder
  • Centre midfielder

Duties:

  • Defend
  • Support

2.2. Game Description

The Deep Lying Playmaker operates in the space between the defence and the midfield and aims to initiate attacking moves via pinpoint passes to players positioned higher up the pitch.

Although primarily a creative player, the Deep Lying Playmaker also has to be competent in the art of defence.

With a Defend duty the Deep Lying Playmaker will fulfil extra defensive responsibilities by holding position in front of the defence and will rarely look to support attacks.

With a Support duty the Deep Lying Playmaker will bring the ball out of defence and look for long shot opportunities as well as supplying through balls.

2.3. Default Player Instructions

  • Hold Position
  • Shoot Less Often

2.4. Analysis

Deep Lying Playmaker (DM Defend)

Description:

  • Holding, restricted-shooting, creative and fairly cautious defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.75

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities - providing attacking cover.
  • Specialist responsibilities - providing cover.
  • Supported responsibilities
  • Supplementary responsibilities - providing defensive cover; creating chances.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; playing safe.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - stretching play; taking chances.

Focus level: 3.5

Role categories:

  • Covering central midfielder
    • Specialist - restrained central midfielder
    • Number-six central midfielder
      • Designated - withdrawn central midfielder => pivot
    • Supplementary - protecting central midfielder
  • Supplementary - central midfield creator

Role category implementations:

Deep Lying Playmaker (DM Support)

Description:

  • Holding, restricted-shooting, creative and fairly cautious defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.75

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities - providing attacking cover.
  • Specialist responsibilities - providing cover.
  • Supported responsibilities
  • Supplementary responsibilities - providing defensive cover; creating chances.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; playing safe.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - stretching play; taking chances.

Focus level: 3.5

Role categories:

  • Covering central midfielder
    • Specialist - restrained central midfielder
    • Number-six central midfielder
      • Designated - withdrawn central midfielder => pivot
    • Supplementary - protecting central midfielder
  • Supplementary - central midfield creator

Role category implementations:

Deep Lying Playmaker (CM Defend)

Description:

  • Holding, restricted-shooting and creative centre midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover.
  • Supported responsibilities - providing defensive cover; applying defensive pressure.
  • Supplementary responsibilities - creating chances.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - playing safe.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - stretching play; taking chances.

Focus level: 3.0

Role categories:

  • Covering central midfielder
    • Designated - restrained central midfielder
    • Number-six central midfielder
      • Designated - withdrawn central midfielder
    • Supported - protecting central midfielder
  • Central midfield destroyer
    • Number-six central midfielder
    • Supported - pressing central midfielder
  • Supplementary - central midfield creator

Role category implementations:

Deep Lying Playmaker (CM Support)

Description:

  • Holding, restricted-shooting and creative centre midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover.
  • Supported responsibilities - providing defensive cover; applying defensive pressure.
  • Supplementary responsibilities - creating chances.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - playing safe.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - stretching play; taking chances.

Focus level: 3.0

Role categories:

  • Covering central midfielder
    • Designated - restrained central midfielder
    • Number-six central midfielder
      • Designated - withdrawn central midfielder
    • Supported - protecting central midfielder
  • Central midfield destroyer
    • Number-six central midfielder
    • Supported - pressing central midfielder
  • Supplementary - central midfield creator

Role category implementations:

3. Ball Winning Midfielder

3.1. Variations

Positions:

  • Defensive midfielder
  • Centre midfielder

Duties:

  • Defend
  • Support

3.2. Game Description

Playing in central midfield the Ball Winning Midfielder's main function is to close down the opposition and win the ball.

However, he also needs the technical skills to help the team keep possession and fashion out chances for players with attacking roles.

With a Defend duty the Ball Winning Midfielder looks to win the ball in the centre of midfield and quickly lay it off to a more creative player.

With a Support duty the Ball Winning Midfielder aims to win the ball back high up the pitch and support resulting counter attacking opportunities.

3.3. Default Player Instructions

  • Tackle Harder

Defend only:

  • Hold Position
  • Dribble Less
  • Fewer Risky Passes

3.4. Analysis

Ball Winning Midfielder (DM Defend)

Description:

  • Holding, restricted-dribbling, restricted-passing, safe-passing, disciplined and hard-tackling defensive midfield aggressor
  • Defensive midfielder aggressor (if off-centre) => defensive phase auxiliary narrow and hard-tackling wing back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.75

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities - providing attacking cover.
  • Specialist responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; playing safe.
  • Supported responsibilities
    • Atypical - taking chances (holding and restricted-dribbling player).
  • Supplementary responsibilities
    • On the flank (if off-centre) - applying defensive pressure.
  • Weak-designated responsibilities - providing cover.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing defensive cover; stretching play; creating chances.

Focus level: 5.5

Role categories:

  • Number-six central midfielder
    • Designated - withdrawn central midfielder => pivot
  • Ball-winning central midfielder
    • Withdrawn central midfielder => pivot
    • Specialist - pressing central midfielder
    • Specialist - central midfield water-carrier
  • Central midfield destroyer
    • Number-six central midfielder
    • Pressing central midfielder
  • Supported - central midfield goal-scorer (atypical - holding and restricted-dribbling player)
  • Auxiliary pressuring wide player (if off-centre; atypical)
    • Supplementary - auxiliary pressing wide player (if off-centre; atypical - deep wide player)

Ball Winning Midfielder (DM Support)

Description:

  • Supporting, restricted-passing, disciplined and hard-tackling defensive midfield aggressor
  • Defensive midfield aggressor (if off-centre) => defensive phase auxiliary narrow and hard-tackling wing back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities
  • Specialist responsibilities - applying defensive pressure.
  • Supported responsibilities - providing attacking cover; stretching play; taking chances.
  • Supplementary responsibilities - playing safe.
    • On the flank (if off-centre) - applying defensive pressure.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - providing cover; creating chances.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing defensive cover.

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Ball-winning central midfielder
    • Supported - withdrawn central midfielder => pivot
    • Specialist - pressing central midfielder
    • Supplementary - central midfield water-carrier
  • Central midfield dynamo
    • Pressing central midfielder
    • Supported - number-eight central midfielder
  • Supported - central midfield goal-scorer
  • Auxiliary pressuring wide player (if off-centre; atypical)
    • Supplementary - auxiliary pressing wide player (if off-centre; atypical - deep wide player)

Ball Winning Midfielder (CM Defend)

Description:

  • Holding, restricted-dribbling, restricted-passing, safe-passing, disciplined and hard-tackling centre midfield aggressor
  • Centre midfield aggressor (if off-centre) => defensive phase auxiliary narrow and hard-tackling wing midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities - providing attacking cover.
  • Specialist responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; playing safe.
  • Supported responsibilities
    • Atypical - taking chances (holding and restricted-dribbling player).
  • Supplementary responsibilities
    • On the flank (if off-centre) - applying defensive pressure.
  • Weak-designated responsibilities - providing cover.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing defensive cover; stretching play; creating chances.

Focus level: 5.5

Role categories:

  • Number-six central midfielder
    • Designated - withdrawn central midfielder
  • Ball-winning central midfielder
    • Withdrawn central midfielder
    • Specialist - pressing central midfielder
    • Specialist - central midfield water-carrier
  • Central midfield destroyer
    • Number-six central midfielder
    • Pressing central midfielder
  • Supported - central midfield goal-scorer (atypical - holding and restricted-dribbling player)
  • Auxiliary pressuring wide player (if off-centre; atypical)
    • Supplementary - auxiliary pressing wide player (if off-centre)

Ball Winning Midfielder (CM Support)

Description:

  • Supporting, restricted-passing, disciplined and hard-tackling centre midfield aggressor
  • Supporting centre midfielder => attacking phase auxiliary sitting, restricted-passing and disciplined attacking midfielder
  • Centre midfield aggressor (if off-centre) => defensive phase auxiliary narrow and hard-tackling wing midfielder

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities
  • Specialist responsibilities - applying defensive pressure.
  • Supported responsibilities - providing attacking cover; stretching play; taking chances.
    • Atypical in central attack - taking chances (sitting player).
  • Supplementary responsibilities - playing safe.
    • On the flank (if off-centre) - applying defensive pressure.
    • In central attack - providing attacking cover; playing safe.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - providing cover; creating chances.
    • In central attack - creating chances.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing defensive cover.

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Ball-winning central midfielder
    • Supported - withdrawn central midfielder
    • Specialist - pressing central midfielder
    • Supplementary - central midfield water-carrier
  • Central midfield dynamo
    • Pressing central midfielder
    • Supported - number-eight central midfielder
  • Supported - central midfield goal-scorer
  • Auxiliary pressuring wide player (if off-centre; atypical)
    • Supplementary - auxiliary pressing wide player (if off-centre)
  • Supplementary - auxiliary withdrawn central attacker
  • Supplementary - auxiliary restricted central attacker
  • Supported - auxiliary central attack goal-scorer (atypical - sitting player)

4. Anchor Man

4.1. Variations

Positions:

  • Defensive midfielder

Duties:

  • Defend

4.2. Game Description

Sometimes referred to as the 'Water Carrier', the Anchor Man's main duty is to sit in the hole between the defence and the midfield, intercepting moves, winning the ball and laying off simple passes to his more creative teammates.

Since his key job is to anchor the defence he doesn't venture too far from his position either to close down the opposition or to support the more advanced players.

4.3. Default Player Instructions

  • Hold Position
  • Dribble Less
  • Shoot Less Often
  • Fewer Risky Passes

4.4. Analysis

Anchor Man (DM Defend)

Description:

  • Holding, restricted-dribbling, safe-passing, restricted-shooting and cautious defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.75

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities - providing attacking cover; providing defensive cover.
  • Specialist responsibilities - providing cover; playing safe.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; stretching play; creating chances; taking chances.

Focus level: 5.0

Role categories:

  • Central midfield anchor
    • Covering central midfielder
      • Specialist - restrained central midfielder
      • Number-six central midfielder
        • Designated - withdrawn central midfielder => pivot
      • Designated - protecting central midfielder
    • Specialist - central midfield water-carrier

5. Half Back

5.1. Variations

Positions:

  • Defensive midfielder

Duties:

  • Defend

5.2. Game Description

The Half Back looks to serve a role somewhere between that of an aggressive sweeper and a defensive midfielder. With a Half Back, the central defenders themselves will push higher up the pitch while the Half Back drops deeper than a standard defensive midfielder and, in addition to his defensive duties, looks to offer an outlet for quickly recycling possession when the team's attacking play breaks down.

5.3. Default Player Instructions

  • Hold Position
  • Dribble Less

5.4. Analysis

Half Back (DM Defend)

Description:

  • Holding, deep-dropping, restricted-dribbling and cautious defensive midfielder
  • Deep-dropping defensive midfielder => attacking phase auxiliary holding and restricted-dribbling centre back

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 1.00

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities - providing defensive cover.
    • In central defence - providing attacking cover.
  • Specialist responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover.
  • Supported responsibilities
    • Atypical - taking chances (holding, deep-dropping and restricted-dribbling player).
  • Supplementary responsibilities - playing safe.
    • In central defence - playing safe.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - creating chances.
    • In central defence - creating chances.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; stretching play.

Focus level: 3.5

Role categories:

  • Central midfield anchor
    • Covering central midfielder
      • Specialist - restrained central midfielder
      • Number-six central midfielder
        • Specialist - withdrawn central midfielder => pivot
      • Designated - protecting central midfielder
    • Supplementary - central midfield water-carrier
  • Supported - central midfield goal-scorer (atypical - holding, deep-dropping and restricted-dribbling player)
  • Auxiliary orthodox central defender
    • Designated - auxiliary withdrawn central defender
  • Auxiliary safe-playing central defender
    • Supplementary - auxiliary restricted central defender

Role category implementations:

  • Half-back* (deep-dropping defensive midfield anchor)

6. Regista

6.1. Variations

Positions:

  • Defensive midfielder

Duties:

  • Support

6.2. Game Description

The Regista is a more aggressive version of the Deep Lying Playmaker suitable for possession-oriented systems that press high up the pitch. Given complete freedom to dictate play from deep positions, the Regista offers a dynamic and unpredictable creative outlet from behind the attack who seeks to maintain intense pressure by constantly looking for new chances as his more advanced teammates get into goalscoring positions.

6.3. Default Player Instructions

  • Roam From Position

6.4. Analysis

Regista (DM Support)

Description:

  • Supporting, roaming, creative and fairly cautious defensive midfield passer

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

  • Supported responsibilities - taking chances.
  • Supplementary responsibilities - providing defensive cover; stretching play; creating chances.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; playing safe.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover.

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Luxury central midfielder
    • Supplementary - protecting central midfielder
    • Supplementary - number-eight central midfielder
    • Supplementary - central midfield creator
  • Free-role central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Central midfield creator
  • Supported - central midfield goal-scorer

Role category implementations:

7. Roaming Playmaker

7.1. Variations

Positions:

  • Defensive midfielder
  • Centre midfielder

Duties:

  • Support

7.2. Game Description

The Roaming Playmaker is the heartbeat of his team, driving forward with the ball to spearhead attacks as well as tracking back to cover defensively. Always offering a passing option to teammates, the Roaming Playmaker must have the physical attributes to maintain a high intensity as well as the technical attributes to stamp his authority on the game.

He will look to pick the ball up in deep positions and work the ball forwards with urgency, all the while keeping up with play. The Roaming Playmaker will often camp on the edge of the penalty area looking for room to shoot or to try that killer ball which creates a goalscoring opportunity.

7.3. Default Player Instructions

  • Roam From Position
  • Dribble More

7.4. Analysis

Roaming Playmaker (DM Support)

Description:

  • Supporting, roaming, dribbling and creative defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

  • Supported responsibilities - providing defensive cover; applying defensive pressure; taking chances.
  • Supplementary responsibilities - stretching play; creating chances.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - playing safe.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover.

Focus level: 2.0

Role categories:

  • Luxury central midfielder
    • Supported - protecting central midfielder
    • Supplementary - number-eight central midfielder
    • Supplementary - central midfield creator
  • Central midfield dynamo
    • Supported - pressing central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
  • Free-role central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Central midfield creator
  • Supported - central midfield goal-scorer

Role category implementations:

Roaming Playmaker (CM Support)

Description:

  • Supporting, roaming, dribbling, creative and fairly aggressive centre midfielder
  • Supporting centre midfielder => attacking phase auxiliary sitting, roaming, dribbling and creative attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

  • Supported responsibilities - taking chances.
    • Atypical in central attack - taking chances (sitting player).
  • Supplementary responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; stretching play; creating chances.
    • In central attack - creating chances.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - providing defensive cover; playing safe.
    • In central attack - playing safe.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover.
    • In central attack - providing attacking cover.

Focus level: 2.5

Role categories:

  • Central midfield dynamo
    • Supplementary - pressing central midfielder
    • Supplementary - number-eight central midfielder
  • Free-role central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Supplementary - central midfield creator
  • Supported - central midfield goal-scorer
  • Supplementary - auxiliary central attack creator
  • Supported - auxiliary central attack goal-scorer (atypical - sitting player)

Role category implementations:

8. Segundo Volante

8.1. Variations

Positions:

  • Off-centre defensive midfielder

Duties:

  • Support
  • Attack

8.2. Game Description

The Segundo Volante is different from the Deep Lying Playmaker in that their role is primarily a defensive one best suited to being paired with an Anchor Man, and is also different from the Ball Winning Midfielder, in that they often run with the ball, or arrive with a late run, into the opposition area in much the same way a Box To Box Central Midfielder does.

With a Support duty the Segundo Volante will look to support the attack whilst picking and choosing his opportunities to arrive late in the opposition's penalty area.

With an Attack duty the Segundo Volante will get further forward and frequently look to arrive late in the opposition's penalty area as well as attempting more shots on goal.

8.3. Default Player Instructions

Attack only:

  • Get Further Forward
  • Shoot More Often

8.4. Analysis

Segundo Volante (Off-Centre DM Support)

Description:

  • Supporting and fairly cautious off-centre defensive midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

  • Supported responsibilities - providing attacking cover; stretching play; playing safe; creating chances; taking chances.
  • Supplementary responsibilities - providing cover; providing defensive cover.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - applying defensive pressure.

Focus level: 0.5

Role categories:

  • Supplementary - restrained central midfielder
    • Supported - withdrawn central midfielder
    • Supplementary - protecting central midfielder
  • Luxury central midfielder
    • Protecting central midfielder
    • Supported - number-eight central midfielder
    • Supported - central midfield creator
  • Free role central midfielder
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Central midfield creator
  • Versatile central midfielder
    • Supported - central midfield water-carrier
    • Central midfield creator
  • Supported - central midfield goal-scorer

Segundo Volante (Off-Centre DM Attack)

Description:

  • Offensive, shot-taking and fairly cautious off-centre defensive midfielder
  • Offensive defensive midfielder => attacking phase auxiliary sitting, dribbling and shot-taking off-centre attacking midfielder

Penetration score: 0.25

Solidity score: 0.25

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities - stretching play; taking chances.
    • Atypical in central attack - taking chances (sitting player).
  • Supported responsibilities
    • Atypical - creating chances (shot-taking player).
    • Atypical in central attack - creating chances (shot-taking player)
  • Supplementary responsibilities - providing defensive cover.
  • Weak-supported responsibilities - applying defensive pressure; playing safe.
    • In central attack - playing safe.
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover.

Focus level: 2.0

Role categories:

  • Luxury central midfielder (atypical)
    • Supplementary - protecting central midfielder
    • Designated - number-eight central midfielder
    • Supported - central midfield creator (atypical - shot-taking player)
  • Free role central midfielder (atypical)
    • Number-eight central midfielder
    • Central midfield creator (atypical)
  • Designated - central midfield goal-scorer
  • Supported - auxiliary central attack creator (atypical - shot-taking player)
  • Designated - auxiliary central attack goal-scorer (atypical - sitting player)

9. Central Midfielder

9.1. Variations

Positions:

  • Centre midfielder

Duties:

  • Defend
  • Support
  • Attack
  • Automatic

9.2. Game Description

The Central Midfielder is responsible for providing an industrious and versatile link between the defence and the attack. Expected to perform a variety of tasks across the centre of the pitch, the Central Midfielder benefits from having the tactical awareness and technical ability to support both defensive and attacking play as needed.

With a Defend duty the Central Midfielder will focus more on sitting deep, curtailing opposition counter attacks and controlling the tempo of the game from the centre of the pitch.

With a Support duty the Central Midfielder will look to judiciously balance his attacking and defensive responsibilities. He will get forward when necessary but he will mainly keep to the centre of the pitch and attempt to thread passes to players in the final third.

With an Attack duty the Central Midfielder will more readily surge into the final third to support the forwards in and around the box.

With an Automatic duty the Central Midfielder will switch automatically between defend, support and attack duties according to your team mentality.

9.3. Default Player Instructions

Defend only:

  • Hold Position

Attack only:

  • Get Further Forward

9.4. Analysis

Central Midfielder (CM Defend)

Description:

  • Holding centre midfielder

Penetration score: 0.00

Solidity score: 0.50

Role specialisation:

  • Designated responsibilities - providing cover; providing attacking cover.
  • Supported responsibilities - providing defensive cover; applying defensive pressure; playing safe; creating chances.
    • Atypical - taking chances (holding player).
  • Non-contributive responsibilities - stretching play.

Focus level: 1.5

Role categories:

  • Central midfield anchor
    • Covering central midfielder
      • Designated - restrained central midfielder
      • Number-six central midfielder
        • Designated - withdrawn central midfielder