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Why a simple through ball is better than a long pass

dave clarkeCharlie Adam’s name was among an elite set of players at the PFA player of the year award. Samir Nasri, Scott Parker, Carlos Tevez, Rafael van der Vaart, Nemanja Vidic and the winner Gareth Bale. Adam has had a fantastic season but has felt the pressure of being one of the main reasons Blackpool did so well in the early games.

Adam is central to the way Blackpool play with his passing that sets his attackers free and as he struggled to find his form so too have Blackpool.In the recent loss to Wigan Athletic Adam lost the ball in a move that resulted in a Wigan goal for Charles N’Zogbia.

Adam needs to look at his game and whereas early on in the season he was setting Blackpool’s attackers free with long raking passes now the passes are getting sloppy. He needs to pass shorter to get his accuracy back and go for more simple moves to set attackers free.

The simple through ball to his attackers would work just as well as one of his long passes – and they are a much easier route to goal. This is how young players should be aiming to build their attacks, using short accurate passes with the occassional long one into space behind the defence.

Defenders won’t be happy if your creative midfielder keeps giving the ball away… and neither will you.
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