However, basically, what is fullback? Gianluca Vialli thought that "…right defender is the worst player of the team. Strong ones are moved to center, skilled players work in the midfield and left-legged footballers are too rare not to appreciate them". In addition, Simon Cooper, the author of contradictory «Footballnomics» believes, that no one is paying attention to the left defenders.
Vladimir Poluyakhtov being right-legged plays left fullback, and proved to them that he is better than they think, showing off great stats of 3,8 tackles and 2,2 interceptions per game. He is a leader of the league in tackles outracing Andrey Eshchenko (Spartak Moscow, 3 tackles), Mario Fernandes (CSKA, 2,9) and Domenico Criscito (Zenit, 2,8). So we do have an important question: why Vladimir is not in a top-club right now, organizing its defense.
Poluyakhtov began his career as a player of Saturn Ramenskoe, a little town of Moscow region, in 2005, but he played his first official match of RFPL only on 30 June 2016, this season, at the age of 27 years. He gave his best last year, being one of the most decisive players of Orenburg in their champion's run throughout Football National League (Tier-2 league in Russia). However, to my mind, Orenburg was not ready for such progress, despite coaching genius of Orenburg's GM Robert Evdokimov.
Vladimir can play in defense. He can tackle with both legs, battles for each rebound, fouls when he needs to and when situation dictates. He forces wingers to make mistakes, in spite of their technical abilities. His own skills are undisputed, but his desire…