Re: General Football Debates!
If you were to look back in the history of football you'd see most of the legends come from midfield/winger positions (Pele/Cruyff/Maradona/Platini). At least 50% if not more come from these positions, even Puskas/Di Stefano played as forward, but you'd hardly think they were strikers, as they played like wingers/midfielders. It's like Messi he's actually an attacking midfielder, but plays as a striker for Barcelona, or at least a false "9". It's always been like that even with Pele who was an attacking midfielder and had over 1000 goals, Cruyff/Maradona/Platini also had over 300 goals as attacking midfielders (more goals than 75% of strikers to ever play) and are among the top scorers for their countries. These guys have already shown football world, you don't need strikers in order to score or win.
Originally Posted by Escorpiius
Most strikers have been known to be lazy and lack defence. Even at times they aren't in box when they should be when the balls far out on the wing (in other words aren't in positions even offensively). If we look today Benzema/Ibra/Falcao/Cavani/Dezko/Higuain/Torres/RVP are all fantastic, but they are lazy when you see them on the pitch they don't attempt to get the ball as much or drop back deep to help. Even CR if he played as a striker, he wouldn't be dropping back to defence as much as he is as a winger.
As you can see most the youngsters today, want to be the next Pele/Cruyff/Maradona/Platini/Zidane/Dinho, and tomorrow they'll want to be the next Xavi/Iniesta/Messi/CR. All who play the positions you mentioned, which is why we see most players as midfielders/wingers.
Is it due to the importance of midfield in today's football?
Yes, but the importance of midfield has always been there, as I've listed above more than 50% of legends in the past came from these positions. Even if we look back most successful teams have had their midfield be key.
Why are most players evolving as attacking mid. or wingers in the academies?
If we look at it in todays view, its due to Barcelona influence, or should I say Johan Cruyff. He told the world you don't need physical strength, or height to play/win football games, and today we are blessed with the likes of Messi/Iniesta/Xavi proving to the world. Other players like Silva/Aguero/Mata/Suarez/Pirlo/etc. This has influenced other teams/academy to lean into this depending on what they have to work with.
Even when you look at it in 2012 the top five players are Messi, CR, Iniesta, Xavi, and Pirlo. 1 winger and 4 midfielders. It's been like that for the past 4-5 years.
Are all the top teams doomed to play with only one or 'false' striker in the upcoming future?
This won't last for long and isn't a thing every club can do. In the past 4 years we seen Barcelona/Spain do it with strikers, Torres/Henry/E'too/Ibra, we seen them do it with false "9" Dinho/Messi and we seen Spain claim the 2012 Euro with midfielder/wingers. ATM this is why most teams are in attempt for this, but as I said its not something all teams can do. Once we see this Barcelona/Spain team fall, or we see key players missing and no one else to cover the void, teams themselves will change.
In a stereotypical football world where goals are viewed as key, can the new legion of midfielders create a revolution? Or are the numbers of promising strikers as great, or greater?
Strikers itself are harder to find today. We have the likes of Ibra/Benzema/Higuain/Torres/Falcao/Cavani/Dezko/Gomez/RVP/etc and all these strikers cost at least 40 mil and up, which most teams don't want to risk on buying unless they'll settle for a key midfield/winger for less of the price. Also we need to remember most strikers are done at the age of 30, were as midfielder/wingers can still go on longer time with the same influence to their teams.
I'll ask you a question, if you were to make a team of your own from ground up and had almost every spot/position was taken care of except for a midfielder and striker, but you could only bring in one, what would be your number one priority, a midfield or striker? Which would benefit the team more? And why?
Most the players listed here lack a few things in order to be a striker, either pace, strength, or height, if not all.
Some of the future promising midfielders/wingers (and some are already pretty much known) include: Ozil, Hazard, Kagawa, Wilshere, Coquelin, Ganso, Oscar, Lucas Moura, Thiago Alcantara, Isco, Sahin, Ericksen, Gotze, Reus, Cleverley, Morrisson, Pogba, Kroos, Shaqiri, Weiss, Savic, Powell, Tunnicliffe, Tabanou, Dzagoev, Sterling, Saso, Tello, El Shaarawy, Lamella, Coutinho, Henderson, McEachran, Lukaku, Miyachi, Kovačić, Giuliano, Halilovic, Gündoğan, Holtby, Wijnaldum, Ananidze, Leitner, Krhin, Gyau, Ninis, Kantarovski, Toral, Lanzini, Brahimi, Bruno César ect..