Meet the Family – Part 3 – Full BacksBy: Tom B | April 13th, 2010
So, having looked at my centre backs – now to my full backs. This is probably the most important position for me, as they will provide width and put early balls in the box to hit the head of big Jan. I’m also realising that I’m going to need a target man to act as an understudy.
My options, as well as Leoni (see previous post) who will provide cover as a defensive full back (can’t offer anything going forwards), start with young, promising right back – Romuald Marie. He’s only 21 year old, but is very strong aerobically (stamina and natural fitness 15), is quick enough (pace, acceleration of 13) can deliver a cross (12) and is OK going back the other way (tackling 8, marking 10). He’s also strong mentally, with positioning, teamwork and concentration of 12 and workrate 14. He’s from Longjumeau, a suburb very close to Orly airport in Paris, on the RER C line.
At left back, I’m intending to start the less promising and older Sébastien Giminez. He’s from La Seyne-sur-Mer which is across the bay from Toulon in the South, incidentally close to Hyères. He can cross the ball (12), has good stamina (15) and decent acceleration (11). He’s OK going back (tackling 11, marking 13, positioning 12), and is solid mentally (concentration 14, workrate 15, teamwork 13).
The reason why I’m so sure I’ll be starting these two is there are no other options at the club who are aged over 16 and don’t have a disturbing number of 1s in their skills. Leoni as cover all the way across the back four is looking more and more of an asset – must buy shiny new full back.