WARNING, CA/PA SPOILERS
Reading through another forum, i found this gem of a thread: http://www.sockformation.com/forum/i...we-experiment/ where a guy takes charge of crewe and manages them whilst not being able to sign any players, relying solely on the youth academy for new recruits ( im aware there's a similar challenge thread, but this will be more an experiment than a challenge ). I wanted to see what progress a big club would make following a similar path ( in his game, he got relegated a few times, then went on an upward trajectory that led to crewe being one of the best teams in the world )
I chose to be Valencia for a few reasons, Chief amongst them being I follow them irl, which will help keep my interest in the experiment, they have a decent, if not stellar youth setup ( i will post the numbers in a bit ) and have a few good youth products at the club. As this will ( hopefully ) be a long term experiment, one of the first things i decided was that i wouldn't sell off my non-youth academy products immediately, given Valencias financial situation and the freefall this would inevitably lead too, i decided instead to keep all current players, but not be able to sign any non-youth academy players currently at the club to new contracts, so i could sell them off at my leisure and have a slightly better transitional period easing in the ( hopefully! ) first wave of young talent. I would however play as many academy products as possible, favouring them ( provided they werent awful ) over better players as long as they were home gown and should a good offer come in for a non-academy player, I would sell him at the first oppurtunity.
I will use FMRTE to look at the CA and PA of the players my academy produces, to see how the facilities are rated and to see how the reputation of the club suffers throughout the experiment,
I wont actually be managing the side as such, I will hire some good staff, set the tactics and holiday the games ( this is for two reasons, one, i anticipate getting sacked a lot, especially at the start and two, to progress quicker in this experiment, i may play a few key games, should we reach the CL final ), coming out of hibernation in the two transfer windows to make sure none of my youth players get picked off by bigger clubs ( though still holidaying the actual matches in those periods )
I will post a seasonal update, with updates on each youth players progression, along with a review of that seasons youth intake, I hope to have an all Youth Academy produced side by 2 seasons maximum and would try to have one by the start of the second season.
Im not sure what to expect in season 1, as mentioned, i will still be using a few of the non-academy players to transition over, so relegation might be avoidable, but i could see an early CL exit as pretty inevitable and would be hard pushed to even qualify for the europa league, so there be at least one sacking this season, maybe more! The long term goal, after ive stabilised the club and sold/released all the non-academy players, will be to build up the clubs facilities and make Valencia Spain's no.1 club ( which will be no mean feat with Barca and Real ruling the roost! )
Current Valencia Attributes:
Current Academy Products in the First Team:Code:Training Facilities 15 Youth Facilities 11 Youth Academy 14 Youth Recruitment 16 Reputation 8000
as you can see, thats a decent start, with some good prospects in most positions, I would hope for some good central midfielders and defenders in my first youth intakeCode:Name Pos Age CA PA David Albelda DM 33 140 159 Pablo Hernandez AMR 26 147 156 Vicente Guaita GK 24 144 155 Juan Bernat AML 18 102 156 Joel DR 18 84 130 Paco Alcacer ST 17 105 177 Rubén DC 17 73 167 Salva Ruiz DL 16 68 160