As part of a 'Build A Nation' save, this strikerless tactic took Brann in Norway into the top 10 ranked teams in Europe and a Champions League final.
Created by my friend Mats, who loves his strikerless formations playing with two Inverted Wing Backs. Down the left you have the aggressive and marauding runs from the Segundo Volate as well as the Inverted Winger creating movement with the Shadow Striker. On the right you have more width from the Winger, but movement is created through the combination of the Shadow Striker and the Mezzala.
Having back full backs playing inverted gives you the support in midfield and creates a four in the middle, but the SV gives you that extra dynamism through the middle. But the defence isn't overrun as they go back to a flat four defensively.
Out of possession the IWBs, SV and Mez can show as a flat four and with Counter Press selected, they are very good at chasing down the ball and winning it back quickly. Having the Shadow Strikers dropping back gives another layer of protection too and they will chase and harry the defence too.
This is so key to your team understanding this tactic. Weekly Match prep, including teamwork and match tactics are needed to help the players understand what's going on, as well as Match Review after each fixture. Do this early and throughout the season and you will see the benefits.
For the individual players, train them for the position they are going to play and the tactic will benefit.
For the testing, only corners aimed to the near post were set up.