Des Tiny's Elgin
Defeating the Old Firm: Leg II
Second Division 2011/12
Well I made five signings of free agents in the summer, basically aiming to fill the weak areas of DC, DR, ML & ST. These spots had been a real worry for me, the starting strikers were old and slowing down, at DC I was playing a player who was not even of that level as my second. On the Left Wing I had to AMLC's but both were old and slow.
So the new signings are:
Connor Fairley GK (SCO) - He was signed as a back-up, Soutar will still start, but I need a second GK for the Cup (Squad rules), and in case of injury. My three youngsters were just not good enough.
Davide Grassi DC (ITA) - Signed as my new starting Centre-Back, he will line-up with Andy Parker who was signed as a DM, but is better at the back.
Jon Fraser DR (ENG) - He will be starting on the Right of the defense, he may not quite be the goods yet, but he has room to improve. I really like the look of him.
Jamie Thorpe ML (ENG) - He replaces Jaime & Palomino on the Left wing, he looks like the left side version of Parkinson, so hopefully with this pair in the team we will look brilliant on the flanks.
Ryan Grant MC (SCO) - I signed a third MC, and he will most likely play rotation with Doyle & Machaj, but I am not 100% sure on him yet, he is also injured for 4 months.
Pedro ST (ESP) - I needed someone a little younger upfront to pair with Thaer, he will probably replace Sibierski & Yordi in the team from the beginning as he looks the goods already. And their pace is down to 1 & 4 respectively at 36.
So after these signings here is my brand new starting XI:
GK - Soutar (SCO)
DR - Fraser (ENG)
DL - Phelan (ENG)
DC - Parker (ENG)
DC - Grassi (ITA)
MR - Parkinson (ENG)
ML - Thorpe (ENG)
MC - Doyle (IRE)
MC - Machaj (POL)
ST - Thaer (JOR)
ST - Pedro (ESP)
Of course that line-up means some of the stars of last season are missing, Captain Zubizaretta has been surpassed in both DL & DC, Vice-Captain Yordi is slowing sooo much he just may not be the goods anymore, he will get a run or two. Rondo, Forrest, Jamie, Palomino & Hinshelwood just appear to have been beaten into the team by younger faster versions of themselves. And also as a treat here is my first youth product, average I must say, but see what he can do anyway.
Des Tiny's Elgin Youth Project 2010
Youth Product 1
John MacKenzie (SCO)
Right Foot: VStrong
Left Foot: Strong
He looks fairly good with Natural Fitness of 17, Pace 11 & his strong Dribbling, I am seriously worried about his crossing though which looks poor. I think for the first season he will only feature for my reserves & Youth side, he may get a run if we have injuries though.