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What do midfielders bring to the party?

DavidClarke1When you pick midfielders for your team you need them to be able to tackle well, hit accurate long balls and shoot at goal.

It’s a hard position to fill which is why players like Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard are so important to their team.

You need someone who is more than just a link up player. They must be able to break up attacks and provide some level of defence for the players behind them. Youth teams are vulnerable to attacks through the midfield and must tackle to force play away and give defenders more space, and time, to see where the danger is coming from.

Watch these two clips of good midfield play, they play at different levels but both can do what you want to see in a midfielder.

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