While pace is a useful trait in a wide-player, it's not to say that a lack of it should deter anyone from trying their hand on the wing.
As satisfying as it is to show a defender a clean set of heels, there are other ways to fool and flummox him.
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Through developing an understanding with your full-back, clever movement and picking the right options, you too can be just as effective as your lightning-quick counterparts - just look at the success of one David Beckham.
Here is Peter Taylor, former winger and England under-20 head coach, with his 3-step guide to making up for that lack of speed.
Moving up a level
Wingers & fullbacks working together
Getting the best out of wingers
Defending for wingers
Selecting a captain
Three top tips for young players
Retaining momentum after scoring a goal