- Jan 27, 2009
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Cancelo, Cuadrado are flank players, wide midfielders or wingers by trade. Thuram is a forward, essentially a striker on the left. Their characteristics and the way they play is completely different. Thuram has also played half his career as an outright centre forward. How many of of Perisic, Cuadrado, Kostic or Cancelo played half their careers as a striker?Not really. Cancelo, Cuadrado and Kostic switched from winger to wingback, or even fullback, and be excellent with it.
They might occupy similar zones at times but that does not translate to similar functions on the pitch.
Of the names you've mentioned, only Cuadrado has spent significant time playing "all 3 roles", as an attacking winger, wide midfielder / wing back, and outright fullback. But Cuadrado made his name at Udinese and Lecce as a RWB in a 352 before ever being known as a winger at Fiorentina. He had that experience prior. Cancelo was always an RB and was occasionally experimented with further up the pitch. Perisic, for all his defending, has never, ever played as left back. Kostic likewise. It's not like these guys were all wide forwards like Mahrez or Insigne and all seamlessly transitioned into fullbacks.