Quite often we receive emails from players looking to find out what the most suitable boot to wear is if they play multiple positions on the field. The Utility Player is usually the player that knows and can play multiple positions effectively when needed. They are the players that coaches love to have in their team as they can fill the void at any given time, whether it be because of a suspension, an injury or even as a result of a player failing to show up! Alternatively, there is also the player that has an extreme “love of the game” and doesn’t always make the starting 11. They are willing to play any role the coach wants them to play and they do so with a positive attitude – this post is also for you.
Obviously, this type of player needs more of an all-around boot that won’t leave them falling short at key moments. Rather than having a boot specific to one position, they need one that is up to the job of multi-tasking, whether that be tackling, crossing, shooting, playing a cross field pass or even trying to stop themselves from getting dizzy/keep their balance as Messi runs by them!
With that, here is our top 5 list of boots that will only help the Utility Player make the most of their time on the field! (Please note that these boots are suggestions based on our experience of playing and testing these boots. There are sure to bo other options, and we encourage you to share your thoughts on what other boots could be added below)
#1 – Adidas adiPower Predator (read review)
Honestly, there hasn’t ever been a better option on the market for the Utility player than the Adidas adiPower Predator! Rather than being specific to one position on the field, Adidas has incorporated several key criteria that match multiple player needs. The are lightweight (7.8oz), offer a clean strike zone that is effective for both strikers and defenders, the Taurus upper adds extra durability and padding to make them an ideal choice for tough tackles and the stud configuration gives you plenty of reliability/stability.
Check out the current available selection of adiPower Predator – original retail of $200.
#2 – Nike CTR360 Maestri (read review)
Built to be a control boot, the Nike CTR360 Maestri is one of the most popular boots on the field – as worn by players in all positions. Pass and control pods become useful tools in-game, whether you are passing the ball across the back line or whipping a cross into the box. Dampening pods on the front of the boot allow you to keep the ball closer to your feet as you dribble. You also get the benefit of great designs, with each colorway offering a mix of eccentric looks. The only negative is their above average 10.8oz weight!
Check out the current available selection of CTR360 Maestri – original retail of $190.
#3 – Umbro Speciali 3 (read review)
The Umbro Speciali 3 offers one of the best boot upgrades we have seen from any company in a while, with Umbro choosing to upgrade and modernize the ever classic boot. Weighing in at the perfect mid-weight number, 9.2oz, the Speciali gives you a comfortable feel in-game. And the Utility Player will benefit from a new and very efficient control pad that sits on the insole. It is not very prominent, but it adds an extra dynamic to the boot. A mix of conical studs and blades also offers a nice balance of traction for different player roles.
Check out the Speciali 3 – original retail of $130.
#4 – Diadora Maracana (read review)
One of the top value for money options you will find on the market comes in at #4 – the Diadora Maracana. The one thing that is evident about this boot is that looks are not the key focus, which is not necessarily a bad thing! Where Diadora fall short on looks, they make up for in comfort and performance. From goalkeepers to strikers, they sit as a consistent and dependable choice. There is an air of confidence that goes along with wearing a pair. There is not much technology to brag about, so they are definitely not a boot tailored to any specific position. The Speciali weighs in at 9.4oz.
Check out the current available selection of Maracana RTX 12 – original retail of $105.
#5 – Adidas adiPure 11Pro (read review)
For Utility Players that want the opportunity to track their performance in game while wearing a modern boot, the Adidas adiPure 11Pro sits as the top choice. Adidas has dramatically changed the new adiPure to keep up with the demands of modern players. A new conical stud configuration combines with a new flex zone and a miCoach cavity to produce a very advanced soleplate. The upper has also been changed to a Taurus leather giving players additional durability. This also means you loose out in terms of natural feel – the main reason this boot drops down our list. Weighs in at an astonishing 8.2oz.
Check out the current available selection of adiPure 11Pro – original retail of $150.