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3 Defenders Who Later Became Lethal Attackers In Football

3 Defenders Who Later Became Lethal Attackers In Football 3 Defenders Who Later Became Lethal Attackers In Football

1. Didier Drogba (From Right Back To Center Forward)

Didier Yves Drogba is a former footballer who was dubbed “the man for the big moments” by Chelsea fans. During his two spells at Chelsea, Drogba scored a stunning 164 goals including 10 goals in 10 finals thus establishing himself as one of the finest strikers in the world. However, it may interest you to know that this one-time prolific striker used to be a defender.

In 1993, Drogba’s uncle, Michael Goba a France-based footballer with his connections was able to get Drogba enrolled in Levallois SP.C. a youth football club in France. At Levallois, Drogba played right-back, a position that annoyed his uncle who wanted Drogba to be a striker

When Drogba later moved to Le Mans, he took his uncle’s advice and decided to work on his ability to play attacking roles. His transitioning from defense to attack wasn’t an easy one because he struggled to score goals at Le Mans during his first two seasons, but in the end, that decision paid off. Playing with his back towards the goal, Drogba became a nightmare for opposing teams. His sharp turn, strength, shot accuracy, and aerial prowess made him a striker which defenders could not contain

2. Gareth Bale (Left Back to Left Winger)

Gareth Bale who established himself as a vital piece of Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid team that won the champions league for a record 3 times in a row, is no doubt a phenomenal attacker. Due to how lethal he is in front of goal, it is hard to imagine him not playing as a forward, however, the Welshman at the beginning of his career was not an attacker

In 2006, Gareth Bale began his professional football career as a left-back with Southampton. In his debut season, he established himself as a proficient free-kick taker and a solid left-back. Despite being a left-back, Bale created a lot of goal-scoring chances for his team and his overall performance earned him 2007 Football League Young Player Of The Year. In the same year, Bale moved to Tottenham Hotspur where he continued to play as a left-back but lost his place in the starting lineup to Assou-Ekotto.

However, his manager Harry Redknapp later saw his attacking potentials and opted to play him as a left-winger in other to accommodate him in the team. This position undoubtedly brought out the best in Bale who is now widely hailed for his lightning pace, powerful left foot(that has been likened to a canon), and eyesight for goal

3. Dion Dublin (Centre-Back to Centre-Forward)

Dion Dublin was a clinical striker whose performance saw him play for 9 EPL clubs including Manchester United. However, during the early stage of his career, his task was more about stopping the ball from going into the net rather than putting them in

Dion began his professional football career in 1985 with Norwich City as a center-back but failed to impress, thus not making it into the first team. The club arrived at the decision to release him 3 years later and Cambridge United signed him for free. At Cambridge, Dion’s potential as a striker was discovered. He made a huge impact in his position as center-forward scoring a lot of goals that helped the club achieve successive promotions from the fourth division to third division to the second division of the English Football League.

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