Del Bosque: “Bolt can flourish at full-back”

Del Bosque: “Bolt can flourish at full-back”

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Former Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque has given his verdict on Usain Bolt’s attempted career as a professional footballer – and believes the Jamaican is playing in the wrong position.

Del Bosque certainly knows a thing or two about the game, having guided his country to glory at the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 in successive major tournaments, as well as twice winning the Champions League with Real Madrid.

Bolt’s attempt to earn himself a professional contract has taken him all the way to Australia, where he is currently on trial with bottom A-League club Central Coast Mariners. However, Del Bosque believes he isn’t being used to his full potential.

“With space, he could be a very good footballer,” the former Spain coach told the Olympic Channel.

“He could be a full-back that covers a lot of space, but it depends, because it’s not just about covering 100, or 60 or 70 metres of the pitch.

“It’s about doing it many times over and that requires stamina which I don’t know whether he has or not – although I’m sure he has prepared.

“Without a doubt as a full-back, with his back towards the crowd and the touchline, that’s where he would be most useful.”

In his attempts to make it as a professional, Bolt has spent time training with Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund and Stromsgodset in Norway, though both were initially seen as stunts by Puma who sponsor both clubs and the eight-time Olympic champion.

However, his commitment to football has seen him scatter the globe looking for a club and at the age of 32, he stands a chance at securing a contract with Central Coast Mariners. One would assume Bolt has all of the physical attributes to make it as a professional, but the technical side of the game is still a work in progress, as the video below highlights…

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