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As the 4-2-3-1 continues its tactical takeover, the players who fit into the system become more adept in their roles and can do more things on the pitch.
That is exactly what is going on at the defensive midfield position, especially at Manchester City with Fernandinho and Yaya Toure.
The defensive partnership of the 4-2-3-1 is usually tasked with being the backbone of team and setting up the attack with passes, not surging forward and scoring goals.
However, with Toure, and now, Fernandinho, City have been able to make their lineup more flexible and turn those two players into playmakers in different formations like the 4-3-3.
Another player who has turned into a goalscoring specialist this season in England has been Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey, who has scored nine goals from the defensive midfield position.
With players like Ramsey, Toure and Fernandinho having success in this role, do not be surprised if other managers across the globe figure this out too and more so-called defensive players turn into strong attackers because of their versatility.
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