I know this could be thrown into the "what do you want to see in FM11" thread, but i wanted to start a new one to focus solely on this idea.
I've been doing a bit of thinking and I believe currently, FM really limits a lot of the player growth by putting a fixed PA on everyone who is fairly well established and has passed their youth years.
This takes in no consideration for late bloomers though and will never allow an average player to one day become world class unless he sets the world alight before he hits his 20's.
The best case of a average player turning into a world class player would no doubt be Didier Drogba. An average player (if not even under average) during his time before Marseille. Even then, and when he first joined Chelsea, he was possibly just a 'good' player at best. But his coming to form in his third season really shot him up and his name was thrown around as one of the best strikers in the world. Once again this season he has done the same. But if we were playing an early version of FM/CM, before he had established himself at Marseille or moved to Chelsea, he would be, no doubt, a crap footballer to have in your team. I know this for a fact, i tried to recreate the Chelsea 2006/07 squad back in CM3 and Drogba was rubbish. Which is fine, as it was a true representation of how he was playing at the time, but in all my 6 seasons in that game he never got better. He wasnt even good enough to score more than 10 goals in all competitions for Chelsea. Thats fair enough as well, as at the time there was no indication that Drogba would be any good anyway. But they never left the chance of 'what if'...
With a fixed PA, there was no way he could get better stats, even though he was actually rapidly improving IRL. His great season for Marseille brought the interest of Chelsea. In the game, yes, if a player has a exceptional season he does attract interest of higher/similar clubs to the one he is in. What usually doesn't change though is his stats and many a times the player will move, not be able to perform the same way in this new team and will rarely get a game, drop down into the reserves and be sold at a cut price 1/2 seasons later.
So i began to think of how FM could fix this. How could FM reward you for creating a tactic that would get the best out of your average striker, allowing him to score those 20+ goals that season and actually seeing his stats improve past what their 'limit' was.
I thought about scrapping that fixed PA's and just sticking with the -10, -9, -8 etc. Although that would lead to more of a range of stats, and say a player turning world class in one game and average in another, it would still limit them as to how high their stats could go.
I came up with a potential idea. It's a bit tricky to explain i guess, but it has a simple basis to it. Reward the player by increasing his PA for achieving a number of tasks. If the player becomes the top goalscorer of his league, increase his PA. The amount it would be increased would depend on how many goals he has scored and the league he is playing in. Reward them the same if they achieve a high amount of assists. Same for passing completion, shooting accuracy etc. It doesnt even have to be a general increase in their PA, it could just be raising the players potential passing ability by 1 or 2 points for coming in the top 5 passing completions in the league at the end of the season. Same for their finishing if they achieve similar in shooting accuracy.
If a player wins player of the month, increase his general PA by 1 point. Nothing major, just little things here and there. Player of the season could obviously see something slightly higher, say 5 points. Top goalscorer of the season would be something similar. This could then allow you to keep improving your players, even past what their original PA's were. The only thing sort of preventing this is the rule that you wont see major growth in players generally after the age of 23. That should be completely scrapped too! If a player suddenly becomes the top goalscorer in the world, breaking records and whatnot, why should we not see rapid growth in his stats, even if he is say 27 years old? I would definitely love to see stats being raised by 2, 3 even 4 points in these cases.
Obviously, it wouldn't happen to players who are already in the world class stage at the moment. These player would only receive minor boosts here and there, my idea is mainly for breaking that mould of having an average player and turning him into a superstar. It would provide so much more variety in the teams people would be fielding too and increase the realism the game offers. No more would we be discarding all the average players we've had at the club once we break into the top 4. It will be those average players who got us there, who have now improved as a result, forming the core of the team and improving as well.
It's hard to know if i explained that correctly. Throw your opinions at me guys. Sorry if its a long read, but i wanted to make sure i got it all out and explained it well enough