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Why Positions and Roles Matter More Than Specific Tactics

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Go have your player perform at their best you need to pay closer attention to which positions and roles they are most accomplished in.


Tinkering with tactics is a huge part of what we enjoy whenever diving into our Football Manager saves, tweaking things to our heart’s content, hoping to squeeze every ounce of ability from our players. It’s not always easy to understand why things don’t sometimes work, even though each edition of the game strives to help us.

Many of us look for tactical advice at the official Football Manager forums, while “it’s your tactics” is the most commonplace reply, whenever we question why certain positions and roles don’t seem to work well. Truth be told, it actually has very little to do with the overall tactics, which are usually just a minor part of the problem, whenever players might seem to be underperforming.

Built-in assistance


For well over a decade since it was first introduced, one particularly useful feature in Football Manager has often been overlooked. When assigning players to a specific role or position, the best attributes for those roles and positions are highlighted. Essentially, the game itself is actually showing us the key attributes which ideally suit any given role and position.

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See which attributes are needed for each role and plan accordingly.

Instead, many of us continue to ignore the assistance which is provided by the game. Sometimes we can get away with doing this, depending on the whole structure of a given tactic or style of play we might have adopted, although most of the time, players will underperform.

Think about it for a moment. We are asking them to do something that mostly doesn’t suit their skills or attributes. This is what makes the highlighted attributes feature one of the most important features in FM, whenever we are trying to build any tactics, then deciding which players to deploy in each position and role.

By putting more faith in the highlighted attributes, then assigning players to positions and roles that match those attributes, practically any tactic approach and style variant can be successful. Furthermore, the game itself appears to reward player and role suitability when calculating outcomes, arguably more so than weighting for current ability and form.

Double figures, always


Now that you are going to pay more attention to those highlighted key attributes, it’s time to lay down some ground rules for squad building and management. Obviously, these will also be shaped by the kind of tactics and styles you wish to deploy in FM, although the basic approach will always remain the same.

Essentially, whatever positions and roles you utilise within your tactics, players must always have double figures in each of the key highlighted attributes. Obviously, if you’re starting a lower league save this will be difficult, although not entirely impossible. Time spent carefully scouting for desirable attributes is always worthwhile, no matter the level your team is playing.

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Use the Compare feature to determine which player has better attributes for the role.

Passion4FM offers a more comprehensive look at the basics of player attributes, split into the three main areas of technical, mental, and physical.

The opportunity to overachieve


Paying more attention to player attributes is essential towards achieving any success in Football Manager, whether aiming to guide a non-league side to the Premier League and beyond, or taking an already established giant and leading them to utter dominance. Basically, instead of putting square pegs in round holes, we are connecting attributes with ideal positions and roles.

How often have we watched real football matches, then lamented the role and positional choices used by a given manager? It happens more often than we might think, therefore it’s only fair to assume we will regularly do the same in our FM saves. This is why looking at the details of our choices is always time well spent.

Whenever wagering on real football matches, it’s the same if we hope to get more successful returns on our bets. Doing some research is always worthwhile, such as reading through the latest guide to the best betting sites for 2022 by SBO, looking into which offer the best array of options and odds, They present information in a way that helps us choose those most ideally suit our preferences, based around various different criteria we seek, such as whether we’re looking for bet builders or mobile betting and much more.

Applying the same approach in Football Manager will usually always garner better outcomes, certainly insofar as matching players with suitable positions and roles. If we want to deploy specific strategies and tactics, we need the right player attributes to underpin the instructions we give. Instead of putting square pegs into round holes, embrace those key position and role attributes highlighted by the game, then watch as results begin to improve significantly.

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