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    looking at revamping my midfield. i play a 3 man midfield. i am happy with my attacking midfielder, rooney. dont use wingers at all just wing backs in a 532 formation.

    want to know who you would ideally have in a partnership.

    currently favouring schweinsteiger and alaba as targets. got everything pace, passing, mental.

    do like a quick midfield, however have to have passing ability.

    been using scholes and giggs for a year and they are immense however they are old and starting to lose it!

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    Fletcher , Erikson , Ayew? Fletcher as a BMW, and Erikson and Ayew as AP, wouldnt break the bank either

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    I'm quite happy with Steven Schumacher & Sean Thornton...

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    yeah thing is ayew is at arsenal. cant prise him away and tbh fletcher is great but i prefer playing him as a ball playing centre half. very clever player tactically and allows me to add a man to midfield when needed.

    and erikson is not a centre mid. i would have to play him as an attacking midfielder.

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    My personal list of good performing midfielders that were cheap


    Gylfi Sigurdsson - Hoffenheim
    Muhammed Demirci - Besiktas
    Mateo Kovacic - Dinamo
    Alan Dzagoev - CSKA Moscow
    Nicolas Lodeiro - Ajax
    Sammir - Dinamo
    Willian - Shakhtar
    Alex Teixeira - Shakhtar
    Yacine Brahimi - Rennais
    John Fleck - Rangers
    Georginio Wijnaldum - PSV
    Erick Torres - Chivas
    Carlos Villanueva - Al-Shabab
    Marko Marin - Werder Bremen
    Siphiwe Tshabalala - Kaizer Chiefs
    Eugene Konoplyanka - Dnipro
    Gabriel Torje - Udinese
    Joel Valencia - Zaragoza
    Douglas Costa - Shakhtar
    Lenny Nangis - Stade Caen
    Nicolas Gaitan - Benfica
    Kevin Strootman - PSV
    Andrea Poli - Sampdoria
    Joe Allen - Swansea
    Ruben Yttergard Jenssen - Tromso
    Felipe Anderson - Santos
    Bressan BATE
    Mehmet Ekici - Werder Bremen
    Albin Ekdal - Cagliari/Juve
    Sergi Roberto - Barcelona
    Milan Badelj - Dinamo
    Radja Nainggolan - Cagliari
    Vincent Pajot - Stade Rennais
    Andrea Bertolacci - Roma

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    Quote Originally Posted by mufctimmyg View Post
    yeah thing is ayew is at arsenal. cant prise him away and tbh fletcher is great but i prefer playing him as a ball playing centre half. very clever player tactically and allows me to add a man to midfield when needed.

    and erikson is not a centre mid. i would have to play him as an attacking midfielder.
    Retrain him - he's young and will take to it quickly - that's what I did.

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    Ganso from Santos is very good.

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    yeah ganso is. might look at him. got everything bar pace i suppose.

    and yeah retrain erikson however i just think for premier league his physique is that of an attacking midfielder

    price isnt really an issue. however strootman is one worth looking at. thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by mufctimmyg View Post
    yeah thing is ayew is at arsenal. cant prise him away and tbh fletcher is great but i prefer playing him as a ball playing centre half. very clever player tactically and allows me to add a man to midfield when needed.

    and erikson is not a centre mid. i would have to play him as an attacking midfielder.
    Erikson when playing at CM is amazing for me

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    fair enough. may try it.

    my midfield has a lot of demands on it but i always try things. no real harm as long as i am happy that the player can play elsewhere.

    valencia is the one who i am trying in cm atm. doing well atm.

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    who is the most similar to antonio valencia? ideally a left footed player!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mufctimmyg View Post
    fair enough. may try it.

    my midfield has a lot of demands on it but i always try things. no real harm as long as i am happy that the player can play elsewhere.

    valencia is the one who i am trying in cm atm. doing well atm.
    Erikson is amazing as an AP for me , and had the bonus of playing AMC, AML, AMR with good results if i need to change his position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mufctimmyg View Post
    who is the most similar to antonio valencia? ideally a left footed player!
    Douglas Costa can play MLRC, and AMLRC - he's both footed.

    Also can slot in as striker if need be.

    Very versatile and cheap.


    Think the same with Willian and Marko Marin

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    marko marin is useless. had him at bayern in this formation couldnt play anywhere.

    douglas costa yeah is a good player. always done well.

    willian never tried but always goes chelsea for big money.

    and yeah i know i like versatile players. difficult to get right balance in squad.

    is kevin prince boateng any good from your experiences?

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    I've never bought him, he's not my list of players. I don't think I would buy him really.

    Wijnaldum is good and cheap.

    Brahimi off Rennes


    They're the only left footers I can think of. Besides the ones I mentioned.

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    Griezmann off Real Sociedad

    If you trained him a CM - he'd be great I think.

    Versatile too. Had him in one save - he was complete savage.

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    yeah i kinda agree. just know he is a good player.

    my problem is having gone from 4231 to 532. the style of midfielder i need has changed. used to be pretty happy with DLP and AP then a trequartista. now looking more towards the B2B midfielders. fletcher is one. may end up having to play him there.

    just been thinking that there must be quite a lot of players who are similar to giggs(in peak) and valencia, who i could turn into a central midfielder. getting tempted to train bale but cmon there isnt a better lwb in the world than bale so i dont think its the best idea. may do it though if fabio comes back a better player following his loan spell!

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    wijnaldum is quality, bit expensive on mine.

    other two i have scouted and look decent. if you say they have done well for you i may buy as gambles if less than about 10million

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    Absolutely worth the gamble, I gave up paying €80m for players a long time ago.

    I just bargain hunt. Brahimi is quality - I bought him and 6 months later teams were bidding €25m for him.


    Warning though, because they are young they might have random PAs.

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    yeah. buying the massive name players isnt as satisfying as winning buying unknowns or bargains

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blidly View Post
    Fletcher , Erikson , Ayew? Fletcher as a BMW, and Erikson and Ayew as AP, wouldnt break the bank either
    Flectcher is not really a dm ball winner hjes a box to box player.

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    Xherdan Shaquiri

    Swiss youngster. Top, top signing.

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    shaqiri is a top signing if you play wingers. i dont.

    and fletcher yes is box to box player but on the game he has all the attributes for a top defensive midfielder, however i play his a ball playing centre back. gives flexibility in the squad and formation. isnt an issue since i play 3 centre backs

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    Quote Originally Posted by toon army 06 View Post
    Flectcher is not really a dm ball winner hjes a box to box player.
    The two are very similar in FM.

    Tom Cleverley?

    I used Valencia as an AMC once, he was excellent.

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    tom cleverley yes is quality.

    valencia growing into the cm role excellently tbh. would love a left footed version of him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toon army 06 View Post
    Flectcher is not really a dm ball winner hjes a box to box player.
    I was thinking of having 2 roaming attacking players with fletcher winning the ball back, otherwise you would leave your defence exposed if they counter

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    Quote Originally Posted by mufctimmyg View Post
    shaqiri is a top signing if you play wingers. i dont.

    and fletcher yes is box to box player but on the game he has all the attributes for a top defensive midfielder, however i play his a ball playing centre back. gives flexibility in the squad and formation. isnt an issue since i play 3 centre backs
    Shaquiri is an all-round excellent player. You'd be wise to consider that one type of player doesn't specialise in working with others. Depends how good you are tactically.

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    yeah that would work with flecther. doesnt fit my formation. however is kinda what i am doing just playing fletcher naturally deeper and having two willing runners in midfield.

    yes i know how good shaqiri is. i have never seen him fulfill his potential on football manager since the update. goes to bayern after first season and rots in the reserves. shame really. the reason i dont want him is his position

    yeah i know some players cant play together in certain formations. kinda why i started a thread on partnerships. want to know the best pairings/trios in midfield that have worked successfully!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eugene Tyson View Post
    Andrea Poli - Sampdoria
    Milan Badelj - Dinamo
    I would go with one of those two as a balance to Rooney and Valencia. Three very attacking midfielders will leave your defence exposed.

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    yeah i agree. balance is key to any partnerships. will have a look and try them

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    Who have you gone for? Made a decision yet?

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    no not exactly.

    i have bought quite a few. none seem to be working in the way i want. going to go big in next transfer window and go for vidal and marchisio. that has everything i want

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    Quote Originally Posted by mufctimmyg View Post
    no not exactly.

    i have bought quite a few. none seem to be working in the way i want. going to go big in next transfer window and go for vidal and marchisio. that has everything i want
    Who did you buy who was rubbish?

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    I play Asamoah and Hazard. As my two CM's have Alex Song tucking in behind them. They provide a great mix of stability in Asamoah and pure genius in Hazard.

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    I got Andrea Bertolacci for free after one season, he's a good all round midfielder and he's left footed.

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    i will have a look at him.

    yeah that sounds like a balanced midfield. will have a go at getting song and asamoah.

    it was cristeg and douglas costa. not defensive enough. both good players. dont work together in my formation though

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    Hitzlsperger im his prime now so might be worth a shot.

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    maybe. bit old and past it. but that kind off player. asamoah similar on game and does a good job.

    got holland national job and wow what a pairing strootman and sneijder are

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