Football Manager 2022 sees the introduction of a new player role: the Wide Centre-Back
FM Fans will be able to utilise a new player role in FM22 and that is the Wide Centre-Back or WCB. This new role is only available for positions that aren't directly in the middle, for example DCR and DCL. The role comes with the standard player instruction Stay Wider.
The five or three-man defense systems have become a lot more popular over the past couple of years and Football Manager players have been very creative with how they have used the wide central defenders. Nic Madden, Match producer at SI, says that they have now added realism to the game by giving the Wide Centre-Back different duties to suit whatever tactical style you want to perform.
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Wide Centre-Back player role
The main job of the Wide Centre-Back is to stop the opposing attackers from playing and to clear the ball from danger when required. However, unlike standard central defenders, the Wide Centre-Back is encouraged to stay wide in possession and support the midfield more like a fullback.
Wide Centre-Back Duties
The WCB has three different duty options: defend, support and attack.
With Defend Duty the Wide Centre-back is more like a traditional centre-back in a back five. They will provide support in wide areas at times, but from deep. Less likely to overlap or underlap and more likely to provide a diagonal backwards passing option.
With a Support Duty, a Wide Centre-Back is willing to make overlapping and underlapping runs to create 2 vs 1 situations.
With an Attack Duty, the Wide Centre-Back is willing to make regular overlapping and underlapping runs to create 2 vs 1 situations, and also has a higher tendency to dribble with the ball.