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The fact is that there are between 10 and 15 percent of left-handed/footed people in the world.
Good left-footed players are a very wanted merchandise!
For example, as you probably now, the Croatian national football team has deficit problems on the left side, especially left backs.
There are a lot of teams which have only two or three left-footed players in the team. And most of the football teams consist with over 20 players!
Because of that, you will see in a lot of occasions a right-footed player playing the left back.
What are the most important attributes for left backs?
Note: these are the attributes I prefer when I choose wing backs or fullbacks for my team!
|14 or more
|14 or more
|8 or more
|10 or more
|11 or more
|9 or more
|12 or more
|12 or more
|10 or more
|10 or more
For left backs, certain attributes are particularly important due to the nature of their role in the team, which often involves a mix of defensive duties and attacking support.
Bear in mind that these also depend on the football style you prefer, the tactic you choose, the strength of your team etc…
Here’s why each of these attributes is important for left backs:
Acceleration (14 or more)
Acceleration is crucial for left backs as it allows them to quickly close down opponents, react to changes in play, and provide rapid support in both defensive and offensive situations. High acceleration is especially important for dealing with fast wingers.
Pace (14 or more)
Pace is the ability to maintain speed over distance. For left backs, this is important for overlapping runs in attack, tracking back to defend against counter-attacks, and generally keeping up with fast-paced gameplay.
Jumping reach (8 or more)
While not as critical for left backs as for central defenders, a decent jumping reach is still beneficial. It helps in aerial duels, which can be important during set pieces or when dealing with long balls.
Stamina (10 or more)
Wingers typically cover a lot of ground during a match, as they are involved in both defense and attack. Good stamina ensures that they can maintain their performance levels throughout the entire game without succumbing to fatigue.
Crossing (11 or more)
As left backs often find themselves in positions to deliver the ball into the opponent’s penalty area, especially when they overlap wingers, good crossing ability is key to creating scoring opportunities for the team.
Dribbling (9 or more)
Dribbling skills are important for left backs for several reasons. They need to be able to carry the ball out of defense, navigate tight spaces, and contribute to building up attacks, especially when overlapping or cutting inside.
Marking (12 or more)
Effective marking is essential for any defensive role. For left backs, being able to mark opponents tightly prevents wingers and attacking midfielders from finding space and reduces the threat they pose.
Tackling (12 or more)
Good tackling skills are fundamental for a left back to dispossess opponents and prevent them from advancing, especially in one-on-one situations on the flanks.
Determination (10 or more) p.s. this is the most important mental attribute in the game
Determination reflects a player’s mental fortitude to succeed. For left backs, a high determination score means they are more likely to improve over time, perform well in crucial moments, and recover from setbacks during a game.
Work rate (10 or more)
A high work rate indicates a player’s willingness to exert a high level of effort during a game. For left backs, this is vital as they need to consistently contribute in both defensive and offensive phases, often over large distances on the pitch.
So, these are the most important attributes for me when I chose my wingbacks/fullbacks…
Each of these attributes contributes to the overall effectiveness of a left back in fulfilling their role on the team, balancing defensive responsibilities with the ability to support and contribute to attacks.
Also, these attributes are suited for my tactic shape and style of play.
You need to pay attention to player age, as players over 30 tend to lose speed quickly, so it is much more advisable to chose a younger player with a bit lower speed attributes.
Below you can find the biggest list of the best left backs in football manager according to my preferences.
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