Perhaps the most important quality of a playmaker is the ability to read the game, and get into good positions making for effective receipt and distribution. Intuition is another key element of a playmaker's game, as they need to know where different players are at different times, without taking too long to dwell. The ostensible role of the playmaker is to then provide or facilitate the ulitmae goal.
The Playmaker Playmakers are not often renowned for their tackling or defensive capabilities, hence commentators often see them as a luxury in a football team, but they retain their places due to their ability to change games. In a 4-4-2 formation a playmaker will usually play alongside a defensive midfield player to ensure that the team is not vulnerable to attack. However with different formations a team may play with multiple playmakers. Most teams usually use only one playmaker to minimise defensive frailties and also because using more than one may inhibit each playmaker's playing style.