This part is an overview of possible role in midfield and forward areas. Midfield is consists by 16 roles, when Forward divide by 9 roles.

Contents:

  1. Midfielder

3.1. Defensive Midfielder

3.2. Deep-Lying Playmaker

3.3. Ball-Winning Midfielder

3.4. Anchor Man

3.5. Half Back

3.6. Regista

3.7. Roaming Playmaker

3.8. Central Midfielder

3.9. Box-to-Box Midfielder

3.10. Advanced Playmaker

3.11. Attacking Midfielder

3.12. Trequartista

3.13. Enganche

3.14. Shadow Striker

3.15. Wide Midfielder

3.16. Winger

  1. Forward

4.1. Deep-Lying Forward

4.2. Advanced Forward

4.3. Target Man

4.4. Poacher

4.5. Defensive Forward

4.6. False Nine

4.7. Wide Target Man

4.8. Raumdeuter

4.9. Inside Forward

 

3.Midfielder Roles – DM/CM/RM/LM/AM

Below is an overview of each central midfielder role.

3.1. Defensive Midfielder(DM)

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.

Main Stats:

  • Ball Winning,
  • Defensive Prowess,
  • Low Pass,
  • Loft Pass
  • Explosive Power,
  • Stamina,
  • Physical Contact.

Best:

Matic           BW 85 Defen 81 Low 84 Loft 81 Stam 89 Phy 87

Krychowiak BW 92 Defen 86 Low 80 Loft 82 STam 84 Phy 88

 

3.2. Deep-Lying Playmaker(DM)

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.

Main Stats:

  • Ball Control,
  • Low Pass,
  • Body Control,
  • Loft Pass

Player Styles:

  • Build Up

Player Skills:

  • Weighted Pass,
  • One Touch Pass

Best:

Marchisio    BC 86 Low 84 Loft 86 Body Con 80

Verratti        BC 89 Low 91 Loft 80 Body co 87

Allen            BC 808 Low 86 Loft 79 Body con 87

 

3.3. Ball-Winning Midfielder(DM)

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.

Main Stats:

  • Ball Winning,
  • Defensive Prowess,
  • Explosive Power,
  • Stamina,
  • Physical Contact

Player Styles:

  • The Destroyer

Player Skills:

  • Man Marking,
  • Fighting Spirit

Best:

Mascherano                   BW 96 Defen 91 Explo 81 Stam 96 Phy 90

Medel                   Bw 87 Defen 85 Explo 80 Stam 91 Phy 88

Pepe                      BW 90 Defen 90 Explo 82 Stam 86 Phy 89

 

3.4. Anchor Man(DM)

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.

Main Stats:

  • Heading
  • Ball Winning
  • Defensive Prowess
  • Low Pass
  • Loft Pass
  • Physical Contact

Player Styles

  • Anchorman

Player Skills

  • Fighting Spirit,
  • Man Marking

Best:

Busquet      Hea 79 BW 87 Defen 92 Low 90 Loft 86 Phy 86

Krychowiak Hea 84 BW 92 Defen 86 Low 80 Loft 82 Phy 88

Gonalons     Hea 80 BW 84 Defen 85 Low 81 Loft 79 Phy 82

 

3.5. Half Back(DM)

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.

Main Stats:

  • Ball Control,
  • Header,
  • Defensive Prowess
  • Low Pass
  • Loft Pass
  • Ball Winning,
  • Explosive Power
  • Body Control
  • Physical Contact
  • Stamina

Best:

Matic           BC 81 Header 84 Defen 81 Low 84 Loft 81 BW 85 Explos 78 Body Con 80 Phys 87 Stam 89

 

3.6. Regista(CM)

The Regista is a more aggressive version of the deep-lying playmaker suitable for possession-orientated 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.

Main Stats:

  • Ball Control
  • Low Pass
  • Loft Pass
  • Body Control

Player Styles:

  • Build Up

Player Skills:

  • Weighted Pass
  • Low Lofted Pass
  • Outside Curler

Best:

Gundogan   BC 89 Low 88 Loft 80 Body Con 85

 

3.7. Roaming Playmaker(CM)

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.

Main Stats:

  • Dribble,
  • Finishing
  • Ball Control
  • Kicking Power,
  • Low Pass
  • Loft Pass,
  • Explosive Power,
  • Body Control
  • Speed,
  • Stamina
  • Physical Contact

Player Skills:

  • Low Loft Pass,
  • One Touch Pass

Best:

Pogba         Drib 86, Fin 80 BC 92 Kicking 85 Low 83 Loft 84 Explo 78 Body con 70 Speed 82 Stam 88 Phy 86

 

3.8. Central Midfielder(CM)

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.

Main Stats:

  • Ball control.
  • Low Pass
  • Loft Pass
  • Header,
  • Finishing,
  • Kicking Power
  • Explosive Power,
  • Ball Winning

Best:

  1. Vidal BC 84 Low 85 Loft 83 Stam 93 Header 77 Fin 77 Kick 83 Explo 78 Ball win 88

 

3.9. Box-to-Box Midfielder(CM)

The non-stop dynamism of the Box-to-Box Midfielder enables him to contribute greatly to both defending and attacking.

In attack, he pushes up to support the forwards, often surging late into the box to get on the end of crosses and pullbacks as well as providing a threat from distance.

In defence, he harries attacking midfielders and helps protect the defensive line

Main Stats:

  • Finishing,
  • Ball Control,
  • Kicking,
  • Low Pass
  • Loft Pass
  • Ball Winning
  • Explosive Power
  • Body Control
  • Physical Contact
  • Stamina

Player Styles:

  • Box to Box

Best:

Nainggolan           Fin 77 BC 82 Low 83 Loft 81 BW 86 Explo 82 Body con 82 Phy 80 Stam 94

Kante                    Fin 68 BC 80 Low 82 loft 79 BW 87 Explo 84 Body Con 90 Phy 78 Stam 92

 

3.10. Advanced Playmaker(AM)

The Advanced Playmaker can operate in the central midfield, attacking midfield or wide forward positions.

The Advanced Playmaker aims to drop into holes between the opposition’s midfield and defence, making himself available for his teammates’ passes and aiming to turn defence into attack in an instant.

Main Stats:

  • Ball Control
  • Low Pass
  • Loft Pass
  • Dribble

Player Styles:

  • Creative Playmaker

Player Skills:

  • Low Lofted Pass,
  • One touch Pass

Best:

Messi           BC 96 Low 88 Loft 80 Drib 96

Ozil             BC 93 Low 95 Loft 88 Drib 86

Santi           BC 88 Low 87 Loft 86 Drib 87

 

3.11. Attacking Midfielder(AM)

The Attacking Midfielder operates higher up the pitch than the standard midfielder, so he cannot drive into space from deep in the manner of an attacking Central Midfielder.

Requiring excellent technical and mental skills, his role is to fashion chances for himself and others in the final third before the opposition defenders reduce the time and space he has to make the play.

Main Stats:

  • Ball Control,
  • Kicking Power,
  • Low Pass,
  • Loft Pass

Player Skills

  • One Touch Pass.
  • Low Loft Pass,
  • Weighted Pass,
  • Pinpoint Crossing

COM Player Styles:

  • Long Ball Expert

Best:

Kroos          BC 89 Kick 87 Low 93 Loft 89

James         BC 85 Kick 86 Low 84 Loft 88

Pjanic          BC 89 Kick 84 Low 89 Loft 89

 

3.12. Trequartista(AM)

The Trequartista can operate in the attacking midfield or centre forward positions.

While similar to the Advanced Playmaker in that he aims to drop into holes between the opposition’s midfield and defence, the Trequartista does far less defensively and simply drifts around looking for space when the team is not in possession.

As such the rest of the team needs to carry him when defending, but use him as the main outlet when attacking.

Main Stats:

  • Finishing,
  • Ball Control,
  • Low Pass
  • Loft Pass
  • Explosive Power
  • Body Control
  • Attacking Prowess

Player Styles:

  • Hole Player

Player Skills:

  • Outside Curler,
  • Weighted Pass,
  • Low Lofted Pass

Best:

Coutinho     Fin 76 BC 88 Low 85 Loft 78 Explo 88 Body 79 Attac 81

James         Fin 85 BC 85 Low 84 Loft 88 Explo 81 Body 74 Attac 83

 

3.13. Enganche(AM)

The Enganche is the side’s prime creator, a hook that joins midfield and attack and operates behind the strikers and a playmaker who sticks to his position and becomes a pivot to his team as they move around him.

It differs to Trequartista, who likes to roam from his position, drifting around and looking for space between the lines.

Main Stats:

  • Ball Control,
  • Low Pass,
  • Loft Pass

Player Styles

  • Classic 10

Player Skills

  • Weighted Pass
  • One Touch Pass,

Best:

Totti            BC 89 Low 90 Loft 86

Modric        BC 92 Low 87 Loft 84

Ganso          BC 88 Low 86 Loft 89

 

3.14. Shadow Striker(AM/SS)

The Shadow Striker operates as the team’s main goalscoring threat. Usually coupled with a deep-lying forward, the shadow striker aggressively pushes forward into goalscoring positions as the ball moves into the final third and looks to close down opposing defenders when out of possession.

Main Stats:

  • Finishing,
  • Ball Control,
  • Low Pass
  • Loft Pass
  • Kicking Power,
  • Explosive Power,
  • Body Control
  • Speed,
  • Stamina,
  • Physical Contact

Player Styles:

  • Hole Player

Player Skills:

  • Dribbling/Feint Card

COM Player Skills:

  • Incisive Run

Best:

Vela             Fin 83 BC 83 Low 80 Loft 75 Kick 79 Explo 81 Body co 80 Phy 75 Stam 80 Spee 80

Hazard        Fin 80 BC 91 Low 83 Lof 79 Kick 81 Explo 92 Body 86 Phy 79 Stam 80 Spee 89

 

3.15. Wide Midfielder(RM/LM)

The Wide Midfielder performs defensive and attacking duties on the flanks, supporting the forwards, midfield and defence when required.

Generally lacking either the explosive pace or exciting dribbling skills of an out and out Winger, the Wide Midfielder relies on Teamwork and Work Rate to get into dangerous attacking positions without compromising defensive responsibilities.

Main Stats:

  • Lofted Pass
  • Low Pass
  • Ball Control
  • Defensive Prowess
  • Stamina

Player Styles:

  • Creative Playmaker

Best:

W Rooney             Loft 84 Stam 86 Low Pass 80 loft 84 Bc 85 Defensi 62

 

3.16. Winger(RM/LM/LWF/RWF)

The Winger aims to beat his man on the outside and needs to be technically proficient as well as quick in order to do so.

The Winger hugs the touchline when the team is going forward, ready to surge into space and attack the byline.

Main Stats:

  • Dribble
  • Lofted Pass
  • Ball Control
  • Low Pass
  • Explosive Power
  • Speed
  • Stamina

Player Styles:

  • Prolific Winger

Player Skills:

  • Feint Card

Best:

Bale             Drib 84, Lof 83, ball con 83, explo 94, speed 93, stam 84

Ivan Perisic Dri 80 Lof 81 Ball con 80 Explo 83 Speed 84 Stam 81

Nani            Dri 85 lof 80 ball con 83 explo 85 speed 84 stam 80

 

4.Forward Roles – SS/LWF/RWF/CF

Below is an overview of each striker role.

4.1. Deep-Lying Forward(SS)

The Deep-Lying Forward’s main function is to link the attack to midfield.

He aims to drop deep into space and hold up the ball before supplying linking passes to teammates, moving the ball back to midfield support, spreading it wide to the flanks, and if he has time to turn, playing in his strike partner.

Main Stats:

  • Ball Control
  • Dribling
  • Low Pass
  • Lofted Pass
  • Physical contact
  • Body Control

Player Skill:

  • Low Lofted Pass
  • One touch pass
  • Pinpoint Crossing

Best:

L Messi        BC 96 Dri 96 Low 88 Loft 80 Phy 81 Body Con 96

Bale             BC 83 Dri 84 Low 81 Loft 83 Phy 84 Body Con 81

 

4.2. Advanced Forward(CF)

The Advanced Forward’s main role is to lead the line and look to spearhead attacking moves.

His primary duty is to be the focal point of attacking moves and he is required to both score and create goals.

His secondary role is to chase down misplaced through balls or clearances from deep, win possession and lay off passes or crosses to his teammates.

Main Stats:

  • Dribble
  • Low Pass
  • Loft Pass
  • Ball Control
  • Heading
  • Body Control
  • Explosive Power

Playing Styles:

  • Creative Playmaker

Player Skills:

  • First Time Shot
  • Low Lofted Pass
  • Track Back

Best:

W.Rooney    Ball Con 85, Drib 77, LP 80, Loft 84, Fin 85, Head 78, Body Con 75, 96, Explo 76

 

4.3. Target Man(CF)

A Target Man can transform an average team into a good one by using his sheer physicality to disrupt the opposition’s defence and open space for his striker partner and supporting midfielders.

The Target Man uses his strength and aerial presence to bring teammates into play rather than relying on technical ability.

Added Stats:

  • Height more than 180 cm

Main Stats:

  • Header
  • Physical Contact
  • Finishing
  • Low Pass
  • Jump
  • Ball Control

Player Skills

  • Heading
  • Acrobatic Finishing
  • First Time-Shot

Playing Styles

  • Target Man/Fox in the Box

Best

Aduriz                   Head 94, Phy 83, Jump 92, Fin 87, Low Pass 74, Ball Co 80

Giroud                   Head 88, Phy 88, Jump 85, Fin 83, Low Pass 81, Ball Co 85

Lewandowski        Head 85, Phy 84, Jump 84, Fin 92, Low Pass 79. Ball Co 89

 

4.4. Poacher(CF)

The Poacher sits on the shoulder of the last defender looking to break the defensive line and run onto through balls from midfield.

Although the Poacher is always ready to run at his marker and is happy to cross the ball when required, his main aim is trying to put the ball in the back of the net.

His focus on scoring goals is so extreme that he rarely offers much help in constructing moves, preferring instead to remain central and sniff out opportunities in and around the box.

Main Stats:

  • Attacking Prowess
  • Ball Control
  • Finishing
  • Speed
  • Explosive Power
  • Physical Contact

Playing Style

  • Goal Poacher

Playing Skill

  • First-time shot

Best

Higuain                 Attack 90. BC 86, Fin 93, Speed 82, Explo 84, Phy 80

Aubameyang        Attack 85, BC 82, Fin 88, Speed 97, Explo 96, Phy 78

 

4.5. Defensive Forward(CF/SS)

The Defensive Forward is becoming more and more important in the game.

His main duty is to put pressure on the defensive line, chase down the man in possession and loose balls and generally stop the opposing defence having any time on the ball.

In an attacking sense he keeps things as simple as possible, preferring to bring other players into the game than create his own chances.

Main Stats:

  • Low Pass
  • Lofted Pass
  • Defensive Prowess
  • Ball Winning
  • Explosive Power
  • Stamina

Playing Skills

  • Track Back

Best:

Griezmann Low 80, Lofted 77, Defen 69, Ball Win 68, Explo 88, Stam 89

Kuyt Low 79, Lofted 76, Defen 69, Ball Win 55, Explo 68, Stam 89

 

4.6. False Nine(SS)

The False Nine, in some ways similar to a more advanced attacking midfielder/playmaker role, is an unconventional lone striker or centre-forward who drops deep into midfield.

The purpose of this is that it creates a problem for opposing central defenders who can either follow him – leaving space behind them for onrushing midfielders, forwards or wingers to exploit – or leave him to have time and space to dribble or pick out a pass.

Main Stats:

  • Ball Control
  • Kicking Power
  • Low Pass
  • Lofted Pass

Playing Styles

  • Dummy Runner

Playing Skills:

  • One-touch Pass

Best:

Muller Ball Con 87, Low 86. Loft 82, Explo 78, Kick 79, Body Con 78

Di Maria      Ball Con 86, Low 81, Loft 90, Explo 88, Kick 86, Body Con 74

 

4.7. Wide Target Man(CF)

The Wide Target Man will be the main outlet for clearances and long balls from the back. Ideally positioned against a smaller and weaker full-back, he will be asked to get hold of the ball and keep it before recycling it to a teammate.

Main Stats

  • Ball Control
  • Low Pass
  • Header
  • Explosive Power
  • Body Control
  • Jump
  • Physical Contact

Playing Style

  • Target Man

Best:

A Carrol       BC 77, Low 72, Head 93, Body Cont 87, jump 86, phy 89,

Batshuayi    BC 79, Low 73, Head 73, Body Cont 84, jump 81, phy 78

 

4.8. Raumdeuter(SS)

The Raumdeuter literally translated from German means ‘space investigator’. His main role is to find pockets of space in which to operate. Essentially a wide poacher, the Raumdeuter takes up seemingly harmless positions out wide, waiting for the opportune moment to burst through the defensive line for that telling shot or cross.

He is difficult for defenders to pick up as he will often drift from his assigned position looking for any opportunity to exploit. This can result in quiet periods during which the Raumdeuter may neglect his defensive duties, therefore adequate cover and a strong team shape are key in order to fully utilise his attacking prowess in the final third.

Main Stats:

  • Attacking Prowess
  • Finishing
  • Ball control
  • Stamina
  • Explosive
  • Body Control

Playing Styles

  • Dummy Runner

Best:

Muller          Attack 95 Fin 90 BC 87 Stam 94 Explo 78 Body con 78

Tevez           Attack 87, Fin 86 BC 84 Stam 87, Explo 84 Body con 70

 

4.9. Inside Forward(LWF/RWF)

The Inside Forward aims to cut inside from the flanks and run directly at the centre of the opposition’s defence and works best when the player’s strongest foot is opposite to the flank he is playing on.

This movement can open up space for overlapping Full Backs as well as overloading a retreating defender, although it can also end up with the player running into cul-de-sacs.

Main Stats:

  • Dribble,
  • Finishing
  • Ball Control,
  • Kicking Power
  • Low Pass
  • Lofted Pass,
  • Speed,
  • Explosive Power

Playing Style

  • Prolific Winger

Player Skill :

  • Feint skill card
  • Malicia

COM Playing Styles

  • Incisive Run

Best:

Neymar       Drib 97, Fin 87, BC 95, Kic 78, Low 77, loft 75, explo 92, speed 90

Mahrez        Drib 87, Fin 80, BC 82, kic 75, low 80 loft 80 explo 88 speed 82

Ronaldo      Drib 86 Fin 92 BC 86 Kick 97 Low 82 Loft 74 Explo 90 Speed 91

 

Back to Part I (Goalkeeper and Defender)

 

 

Bibliography

www.guidetofootballmanager.com

www.implyingrigged.info/wiki/Pro_Evolution_Soccer_2016/Tactical

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