7 footballers whose careers have been affected due to being played out of position

Liam Newman
Modified 29 Jan 2015
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The ever-evolving game of football means that flexibility can be a key attribute for the world’s top stars and those players can often become key assets for their respective teams. However, in some cases, that positional adaptability can be to the detriment of the player’s development and has prevented a number of talented individuals from reaching the peak of their powers.It might not necessarily stop them from achieving great things in the game, but could still prove to be a real stumbling block for them unleashing their real talent. This is arguably a bigger problem for the current generation now more than ever.Here are seven fantastic players currently victimised by their own versatility:

#7 Allesandro Florenzi (AS Roma)

Utility man Allesandro Florenzi has amassed an impressive 19 appearances as AS Roma look to end Juventus’ stranglehold on the Serie A, but the 23-year-old must tie down a regular position if he wants to remain in contention for the Italy national side.

Ideally a box-to-box midfielder, Florenzi has started just one game in a central position this term. He has more commonly been seen on the wings while he has also turned out at right-back on more than one occasion for Rudi Garcia’s men.

Those constant changes have really hurt the Italian’s flow in 2014/15 and is becoming a real problem for him.  A move away from the capital could be the best solution for him and could help him relaunch his career as a proper midfielder.

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Published 29 Jan 2015
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