Top five: Players playing out of position

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When we see a player line up in a position that is foreign to him, the result can be both exciting and stressful.

Often when we were kids, we played football matches where the star centre-back or the star striker was absent. In these situations, it was always 'the best player' who filled in for the missing player, regardless of what position he himself played.

A right-winger would be playing as a central-defender chiefly due to the fact that he was a star. This happens in the world of professional football as well, so GMS counts down the top five.

5 - Michael Carrick

An out-and-out central midfielder, the defensive injury crisis at Manchester United has often called upon Carrick’s abilities.

Used as a makeshift central defender, Carrick has put in some good performances, and was even considered to be used as a defender in the latest England Squad.

4 - Antonio Valencia

A classic right-winger, he is known for his powerful bursting runs down the right flank. However, he is often used as a right-back because of his unmatched speed and agility.

On international duty for Ecuador, he is used primarily in the middle of the park, as an attacking midfielder or just in front of the back four.

3 - Atiba Hutchinson

A versatile player who can play virtually anywhere, he has been deployed as a consistent left-winger and central-midfielder for FC Copenhagen. Upon moving to Dutch club PSV, he’s been the starting right-back ever since.

Internationally with Canada, Hutchinson can be found anywhere, from supporting Olivier Occean in attack, to partnering Kevin McKenna at the back.

2 - Emmerson Boyce

A strong and pacey player, the Barbadian international captain has adopted the 'I’ll play anywhere coach' attitude. Used mostly as a right-back for Wigan, he has been used in the centre of defence, up the right and left flanks, and even as a striker.

Internationally, he usually wears the captain’s armband as a center-back, leading his poorly ranked team from the back line.

1 - Javier Zanetti

What else can be said about Il Capitano? We have seen him play every position possible. Since he began his Inter career in 1995, he has played in every defensive and midfield position.

The same can be said about his Argentina career, where he plays a variety of positions. Considering Zanetti's versatility on the pitch, it would not be surprising to see him throw on the goalkeeper's mitts in the near future.


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