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A standard forward, especially one who has never seriously played as a defender, requires a whole different conception of what his play should be like compared to a defender. His marking and tackling in particular should be a lot worse and awareness and anticipation are different than those when playing defense. At least that is the theory. In practice, every player has played in every position throughout their career and have a basic understanding of what is required, but it's the little things that cause a huge impact in important games and players used to different positions lack those.
But having thought about it, Japan already has at least one forward who is a lot better than Sorimachi in both defense and offense - Matsuyama. Similarly, I think Misugi has all it takes to cover those positions, but I don't think he's ever played as a dedicated forward. Nevertheless, given his talent, I believe he'll be at least a class above Sorimachi as a defensive forward or a defender ... or in any other area of the pitch for that matter
The tiger tackle is impressive but it's not a mid-air defense (think of Schester getting past Hyuga's tackle).
Anyone can defend, the trick is to be good at it.
EDIT: I think that Matsuyama just don't have what it takes to be a forward, no acrobatic shot (overhead, jumping volley) or ability to get free from markers (he's not depicted as fast, doesn't have feints, and mostly keep the ball without getting past his opponents, to send it to someone).
I guess that Misugi could do it though. But wouldn't it be a waste of his wide range of abilities?
Last edited by Shinji; September 07, 2009 at 10:54 AM.
Matsuyama never did an overhead? he has it in the games right?
He also has the heel lift on mega cd. Games add and miss so much stuff.