Football Manager Inverted Winger Traits: Complete Guide

The inverted winger was introduced on Football Manager 20 for the first time and has been a popular attacking role since then. 

While it shares similarities with the inside forward, there are distinct differences setting them apart.

Inverted wingers are deployed on either the left or right side of the pitch, depending on their dominant foot. Left-footed wingers occupy the right flank, while their right-footed counterparts operate on the left. Inverted wingers look to cut inside onto their stronger foot instead of moving to the wide areas outside. 

This strategic positioning enables inverted wingers to unleash more accurate and powerful shots, adding a dynamic edge to their attacking prowess.

Today, we’re going to talk about the traits of an Inverted winger in FM23. Inverted winger traits help them get the most out of their abilities, while also being highly effective in certain scenarios. 

The best Inverted Winger traits in Football Manager 23 are: 

  1. Comes Deep to Get Ball
  2. Cuts Inside From Right/Left/Both Wings
  3. Get Forward Whenever Possible
  4. Runs with ball often
  5. Likes Ball Played into Feet
  6. Likes to Switch Ball to Wide Areas

The Inverted Winger Role in Football Manager 23

How does inverted winger work?

Typically positioned wide like a traditional winger, the inverted winger cleverly cuts inside into the midfield when in possession. 

To be more clear, the Football Manager inverted winger is a left-footed wide player playing on the right wing, or a right-footed player playing on the left wing.

An image of how inverted wingers operate on the pitch.

Their focus lies in seeking opportunities to deliver precise crosses or dangerous through balls to the strikers.

In contrast, the inside forward prefers to make their move without the ball, aiming to receive it near the 18-yard box. 

This strategic positioning allows them more chances to take shots at the opposition keeper compared to the inverted winger.

Their inclination to drift inwards even without the ball is evident, and once in possession, they skillfully take on their opponents before unleashing shots towards the goal.

In Football Manager, an inverted winger occasionally looks to find teammates with through balls and crosses, though not as frequently as an inside forward. 

Nevertheless, they don’t shy away from taking shots at goal when the opportunity arises.

The Inverted winger role comes with two duties on Football Manager:

  1. Support duty
  2. Attack duty. 

An inverted winger on support duty mainly plays as a creative winger, while on attack duty, the inverted winger is used for a more focused attacking approach. 

Football Manager info about Inverted winger on Support Duty
FM23 Inverted winger(Support) information panel.
INverted winger on Attack duty info.
FM23 Inverted winger(Attack) information panel.

Attributes of an Inverted Winger

Most top-flight inverted wingers possess well-rounded attributes that gives them the edge over the defenders in certain phases of the game.

Football Manager highlights the following attributes for the Inverted Winger role:

Technical Attributes

  • Crossing
  • Dribbling
  • First Touch
  • Long Shots
  • Passing 
  • Technique

Mental Attributes

  • Anticipation
  • Composure
  • Decisions
  • Flair
  • Off the Ball
  • Vision
  • Work Rate

Physical Attributes

  • Acceleration
  • Agility
  • Pace
  • Stamina
FM23 Inverted winger attributes
Attributes of an Inverted Winger in FM23

Best Inverted Winger Traits in Football Manager

Let’s explore the best Football Manager inverted winger traits.

1. Comes Deep to Get Ball

The “Comes Deep to Get Ball” trait in Football Manager 23 is an attribute that defines a player’s tendency to drop deeper into the midfield or defensive areas to receive the ball. 

Inverted wingers with this trait have a natural inclination to drop deep from their regular position, often positioning themselves between the lines of the opposition’s defence and midfield.

Doing so helps him receive the ball in a deeper position, building up from thereon.

This trait is particularly useful for inverted wingers on support duty. 

By coming deep to collect the ball, these players can become the link between the defence and the attacking third, allowing them to orchestrate attacks and dictate the team’s tempo.

Moreover, the “Comes Deep to Get Ball” trait can be beneficial in breaking down stubborn defences. 

When the opposition sits deep and compact, players with this trait can create additional passing options in wide midfield, helping to unlock defensive lines and exploit spaces.

A player who tends to frequently drop deep for the ball requires high teamwork, work rate, and off-the-ball attributes.

Lionel messi development profile on FM23

However, consistently dropping deep to get the ball might impact the attacking positioning of Inverted wingers on Attack duty. So players with this trait should never be the main goalscoring target. 

Additionally, coming deep to get the ball can disconnect the player from attacking play, affecting his contribution in the final third.

Required AttributesTeamwork, Work Rate, Off the Ball
Complementary AttributesFirst Touch, Composure, Agility
Complementary TraitsLikes Ball Played into Feet
Contrasting traitsGet Forward Whenever Possible
Effective AgainstLow-block, compact defence
Complementary Tactical InstructionsNarrow attacking width
Contrasting Tactical InstructionsGet Further Forward

2. Cuts Inside From Right/Left/Both Wings

The “Cuts Inside From Right/Left/Both Wings” trait in Football Manager complements the Inverted winger and inside forward role as it increases the tendency of a player to move from the flanks towards the center of the pitch while attacking. 

Inverted wingers with the “Cuts Inside” trait tend to be more one-footed, preferring to use their stronger foot to dribble, pass, or shoot.

For instance, a right-footed player with the “Cuts Inside From Right Wing” trait will be more likely to drift towards the center of the pitch from the right-wing position to utilize their stronger right foot.

However, two-footed players are more likely to cut inside from both wings, making them a versatile option for any team. 

Cutting inside opens up space for overlapping full-backs to exploit on the wing, providing an alternative attacking avenue for the team.

For those lacking enough flair, the trait can make movements predictable for defenders. This could potentially lead to the player being closed down more quickly or facing tighter defensive attention.

Required AttributesDribbling, Agility, Pace, Acceleration
Complementary AttributesFlair
Complementary TraitsRuns with ball often, Moves ball to left/right foot before dribble attempt
Contrasting traitsHugs line, Runs with the ball down right/ left
Effective AgainstWide defence, 4-man defensive formation.
Complementary Tactical InstructionsNarrow Attacking Width
Contrasting Tactical InstructionsRun wide with ball

3. Get Forward Whenever Possible

This trait is for the Inverted Wingers on Attack duty. 

The “Get Forward Whenever Possible” trait increases the Inverted winger’s natural inclination to push forward aggressively and join the attack whenever possible. It’s also considered an effective winger trait for supporting the attack.

Unlike the “Comes Deep to Get Ball” trait, players with the “Get Forward Whenever Possible” trait constantly pushes forward to contribute to their team’s attacking play. 

They have a high level of offensive awareness and are quick to recognize moments when they can make runs to exploit spaces in the opposition’s defensive line.:

Players with this trait provide excellent offensive support to their team’s attacking teammates.

They can make runs into the channels or even contribute with well-timed runs into scoring positions.

Making frequent runs forward, however, can tire out your winger quickly, as they need to cover significant distances throughout the match, both defensively and in attack.

It also leaves the team wide open in defensive transition. If your Inverted Winger lacks the required Work Rate and Stamina to track back during that phase, it can end up being a disadvantage to the team. 

Be sure to have players who possess good Stamina, Work Rate, and Natural Fitness to execute the Get Forward Whenever Possible trait. 

Required AttributesPace, Acceleration, Off the Ball, Anticipation
Complementary AttributesWork Rate, Stamina, Natural Fitness
Complementary TraitsLikes to beat offside trap
Contrasting traitsComes deep to get ball
Effective AgainstHigh Defensive Line, Slow Defenders
Complementary Tactical InstructionsGet Further Forward
Contrasting Tactical InstructionsHold Position

4. Runs with Ball Often

The “Runs with Ball Often” trait works best with players who have a strong ability to retain possession under pressure. They should be comfortable keeping the ball even when facing multiple challenges from opponents.

Inverted wingers with Runs with Ball Often traits will look to hold and progress the ball on their own instead of passing to a teammate.

Players with exceptional dribbling prowess will look to carry the ball forward and embark on dribbling runs, taking on opponents one-on-one and breaking through defensive lines by themselves.

Picture Neymar. 

Yep, that’s right. One of the best wingers in the game carries the ball forward by running with it often. You can take Bukayo Saka as a similar example!

Neymar development profile on fm23

Players with this trait have to possess excellent Dribbling, Flair, and Agility, allowing them to maneuver through tight spaces, beat defenders, and retain possession effectively while advancing up the field.

The “Run with Ball Often” trait enables players to open up spaces for themselves and their teammates. They can create scoring chances and disrupt the opposition’s defensive shape.

Sounds great. But there’s still an element of risk that comes with it. 

Dribbling frequently means potentially losing possession in dangerous areas, so players must have good decision-making skills to know when to take on defenders and when to pass.

Required AttributesDribbling, Technique, Flair, Agility, Pace, Acceleration
Complementary AttributesComposure, Decisions
Complementary TraitsBeat Opposition Repeatedly, Tries Tricks
Effective AgainstStubborn-narrow Defenses
Complementary Tactical InstructionsRun at Defense, Me more expressive
Contrasting Tactical InstructionsDribble Less, Me more disciplined

5. Likes Ball Played into Feet

Inverted wingers who’re not fast enough, but possess exceptional ball control can massively benefit from this trait. 

The “Likes Ball Played into Feet” trait in Football Manager characterizes a player’s preference and proficiency in receiving the ball at their feet rather than making runs behind the defense. 

Players with this trait exhibit a strong tendency to drop deeper and position themselves in a way that encourages their teammates to play short, accurate passes to them.

Lionel Messi in his latter years in Barcelona can be a great example. 

Slowly losing his pace over the years, Messi prefers the ball played to his feet rather than running for through balls. 

Inverted Wingers with this trait typically boast exceptional First Touch, Technique, and close control skills. 

Their ability to receive the ball smoothly at their feet allows them to maintain possession and initiate attacks from deeper positions. 

The “Likes Ball Played into Feet” trait complements players who excel at combination play, making them well-suited for playing in a support or creative role within the team. It’s a great trait for a Deep Lying Forward who might not have the best space but can operate in tight spaces.

They can act as a focal point in the buildup play, helping to link the midfield and attack by providing passing options for their teammates.

The trait also helps inverted wingers find pockets of space in the opposition’s defensive lines. 

By favoring balls played into their feet, players aim to retain possession in tight areas. 

This can be crucial in congested midfield battles, as they can shield the ball from opponents and initiate attacks with minimal risk.

They can receive short passes, quickly exchange the ball with teammates, and create passing triangles to progress the ball up the field.

Required AttributesBall Control, Technique, Agility, Off the Ball
Complementary AttributesDribbling, Composure, Decisions, Teamwork
Complementary TraitsComes Deep to Get Ball
Contrasting traitsLikes to beat offside trap
Effective AgainstTight, congested midfield, Low-block defense
Complementary Tactical InstructionsShort Passing
Contrasting Tactical InstructionsPass into Space, Direct Passing

6. Likes to Switch Ball to Wide Areas

The “Likes to Switch Ball to Wide Areas” is a highly effective counter-attacking trait for Inverted wingers with good passing range and vision. 

Developing this trait increases the tendency of the player to seek out wide areas of the pitch when distributing the ball. 

Players with this trait display a preference for making long, accurate passes to the flanks, either to exploit space or to switch the play quickly from one side of the field to the other.

For that, the winger must possess a good level of Passing, Technique, Vision, Anticipation, and Decisions.

Creative Inverted wingers will mostly look to play precise long balls to the opposition flank, allowing their teammates on the wings to receive the ball in advantageous positions.

This trait is particularly beneficial for teams that employ a wide playing style, focusing on utilizing the full width of the pitch. 

Players with this trait can help stretch the opposition’s defense by quickly switching the ball to the unmarked wide players.

It can help to open up space in the central areas of the pitch. Drawing defenders toward the wide areas creates gaps in the middle, providing opportunities for attacking midfielders or forwards to exploit and make dangerous runs.

Required AttributesPassing, Technique, Vision
Complementary AttributesDecisions, Anticipation
Complementary TraitsTries Long Range Passing
Contrasting traitsPlay short simple passes
Effective AgainstCompact and Narrow Defense
Complementary Tactical InstructionsFairly Wide Attacking Width, Focus play down the left/right
Contrasting Tactical InstructionsNarrow Attacking width, Very short passing

Football Manager Inverted Winger Traits: Complementary Traits

In addition to the above-mentioned traits, here’re some more traits that can really help the inverted winger to be more efficient:

  • Plays one-twos
  • Likes to Beat Opponent Repeatedly
  • Tries tricks
  • Tries Killer Balls Often
  • Shoot from Distance

While these traits can help against certain teams, they are not exclusively necessary for an inverted winger to possess.

Hope you enjoyed the read.

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