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5 current Premier League players who have shifted positions successfully

Gareth Bale's shift from left back to left winger saw him tear Premier League defences apart while at Spurs
Shambhu Ajith
Modified 16 Sep 2017, 16:41 IST
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Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Part of being a professional footballer is to be so darn good that even adversity shows up at your doorstep expecting to get knocked into the middle of next week. You have to understand that we are talking about elite athletes who have been groomed from impressionable ages. The vision of their coaches are looked at through rose-tinted glasses and it's the same far-sightedness that is relied on when they are designated positions across the pitch.

And they get it spot on more often than not. Even with mishaps, they don't fall too far off the mark. But every once in a while, an anomaly will pop up. The central defender with an eye for picking out the perfect pass or the fullback who just can't stop taking opposition defenders for a spin. When the signs are wicked good, they'll get a sit down with the bossman who will tell them something along the lines of Alright lad, we have a fresh new plan for ya.

Here are 5 players who have shifted from their original positions and flourished like palm trees.

#5 James Milner

Swansea City v Liverpool - Premier League
James Milner gives it his all for his team every single time

The constant failings of Alberto Moreno at left-back posed quite a problem for Jurgen Klopp. But those woes were dumped in the bin, thanks to the hardened professional that is James Milner.

Originally a central midfielder, Milner went ahead and made the left back position his own. He made 40 appearances for the Scousers and only 2 of those were as a midfielder. An unrelenting workhorse, the former Manchester City veteran was unfazed by the perennial shuttling that he was expected to do. Mind you, he's 31 years old.

Milner has been a versatile bulwark his entire career. He has, on his best days, also been deployed as a winger, and he uses that experience to good effect. It's a demanding job and it's admirable how Milner went on to become one of the first names on Klopp's team sheet in the 2016/17 campaign.

Though Alberto Moreno seems to be coming back to his strengths and Andrew Robertson has been brought in from Hull for lack of a specialist alternative, Milner could yet be running up and down the left flank unless his age catches up with him.

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Published 16 Sep 2017, 16:41 IST
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