Footballers who managed to change their playing positions successfully

  1. James Milner

The Englishman is now a veteran of the Premier League courtesy his vast experience in the league. Liverpool struggled a lot last season especially when goals were leaking through the left-back position. Alberto Moreno struggled badly, and it was then when Jurgen Klopp opted to play James Milner in Moreno’s position. The move worked greatly as Milner made 38 appearances in that position and spite of his lack of pace, he performed well and proved a great make-shift left-back for the Scousers.

 

  1. Victor Moses

When Antonio Conte arrived, it looked almost certain that Victor Moses had no future at Chelsea until the Italian decided to shift with three defenders at the back. The formation required strong wingbacks, and Conte found Moses suitable as his right wingback. We all know Moses is quick and strong and a wingback requires high work-rate. That is what Moses provided as he transited from his winger position to a wingback position and is still an important member of the Chelsea team right now.

 

  1. Roberto Firmino

The Brazilian didn’t look that impressive when he arrived at Liverpool, and Jurgen Klopp needed to do something about it. Firmino is a talented attacker with his pace, dribbling and ability to run into channels but somehow it wasn’t clicking for him. Only when Klopp decided to play him in a False-nine position, things started to click. With Mane and Salah around him, Firmino looks sharp and effective on the pitch and can go on to become Liverpool’s one of most important players by the end of this season.

 

  1. Antonio Valencia

The Ecuadorian joined Manchester United as a winger under Sir Alex Ferguson but as the Scottish manager retired things didn’t look well for Valencia. He was struggling on the wings until Louis Van Gaal arrived and turned him into a right back. As Jose Mourinho arrived, Valencia only got better in that position with his relentless work-rate and solidity at the back. He has offered a great deal in the attack too, and that is why he is one of the best right backs in the Premier League right now.

 

  1. Christian Eriksen

Eriksen is a quality creative player, but the gameplay in the Premier League is too defensive and sometimes even the best need to improvise. Pochettino realised that Eriksen is closely marked in the no.10 position and that is why he handed Dele Alli over to that position and Eriksen out on the wings. That has not made Eriksen a winger but given him the freedom to float around, in and out as per the demands of the attack which has surely brought the best out of him. Eriksen has become a very vital player for Spurs and is an important key to achieve success in the near future.