10 One-Trick Footballing Ponies Who Made It At The Top Level

He's fast, he's quick, and he's got pace.

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The modern football player is supposed to be, all at once, technically sound, tactically switched-on, multi-functional (but not in a James Milner way), and physically robust (but not in a Joey Barton way).

Coaches these days - of which Manchester City's Pep Guardiola is the leading example - demand that their players are not only accomplished with the ball at their feet, but also tireless in their efforts to win it back.

Even out-and-out strikers, who were formerly allowed to wander around the penalty box until an errant ball came their way, are now expected to become an extra man in midfield when not in possession, helping to shut down opposition moves and launch attacks of their own on the break.

And yet, despite all of that, there is still a place in football for one-trick ponies; players whose skill in a particular area is such that even the most dogmatic coaches (Pep, perhaps, excepted) have to compromise on their team ethos in the interest of finding them a spot in the side.

And this, apart from anything else, gives hope that you too can one day make it at the top-level - provided you aren't too old (which you probably are).