There’s an interesting piece of article over at FIFA which talks about ambidextrous players, players who could play equally well with both feet. It is an interesting read, for there are so many in the current game which relies heavily on only one leg which tends to minimize options during a game.
It is rare to find two-legged player in today’s game. Those that were mentioned in the article like Zidane, Zambrotta and Ginola are of rare breed in the modern game. Those players were equally comfortable on either side of the flanks and does not purposely turn the ball just to use their stronger foot.
It is a double-edged sword this. For a player to train both feet to reach a high level of competency is not easy. Once that fails, then that particular player could suffer by not focussing on one feet and risk not being exceptional. On the other hand, when faced with situation on the pitch, having the capacity to use both legs is a valuable advantage. Too many times, we’ve seen strikers squandered good goal-scoring chance on the pitch just because they need to switch the ball back on their stronger foot.
I don’t think that Arsenal had that many players who are truly comfortable with their left and right leg. Those that I’ve seen from my time of watching Arsenal would be Marc Overmars. The Dutch winger would normally play on the left side of Arsenal’s attack and could run the outside and cross with his left leg. Equally, he is also adapt in cutting in-field and producing shots or crosses with his right leg.
However, strikers like Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp, though predominantly right-legged, can score with the leg with equal impact. An example can be taken from the current squad, where Bergkamps’s successor, Robin Van Persie have struck a couple of beauties with his right chocolate leg, as he likes to call it. In seasons previous, Adebayor has missed his fair share of chances by opting to curled the ball when facing an oppourtunity on the left rather than shooting with his left leg.
If you have the chance, take a very good look at Everton’s Jack Rodwell. He plays in midfield and sometimes in centre of defence. He does not shift the ball to adjust to any particular feet. Wherever it is placed, he can use either feet to produce the pass, whether it is short or a long one. If the rumours are true and we are going for him, he will be a very exciting prospect.
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