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Thursday, March 12, 2009

James Milner wants to play central midfield

James Milner had expressed his desire for a position in central midfield. He says,

“I’ve played there before. I played there a few times for England Under-21s, Newcastle and Leeds,”

“When we might have had injuries I’ve filled in there. I don’t see that as too much of a problem. I grew up playing there quite a lot, so I enjoy the centre midfield role. You seem to be able to get involved in games more sometimes, whereas playing wide you might not be able to get yourself into the game.”

“It’s very tough [playing wide], you have to keep your discipline and stay wide, keep your shape and give the team an outlet when you might not be getting the ball, and you’ve got to wait for people to bring you in, in the middle you can get it yourself and really take the game by the scruff of the neck.”

Central midfield is not for everyone. David Beckham had tried but had little success in the centre. But he is just one person who tried the central position and failed. Being able to perform largely depends whether the individual have a good footballing brain and good ball skills. But some people are just better sprinting down the flanks and sending in the balls to centre forwards...

Good luck James. At least you show your passion for football and Villa