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9 hours ago, Bigpole said:

and of course the polish wonderkid :D

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I've always wondered what view/game mode in the game you are using to search for players as shown in your print screens? I see a "Add manager" button at the upper right corner but I never been able to do this on my own. Stupid question maybe :D

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Few that i've noticed look good signings for mid-range in bigger leagues below (most were good in FM20 but seem to have had bumps):

Leonidas Stergiou - great pace for a centre back and very well-rounded for his age, though not the most dominant aerially:

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Compatriot Omeragic looks similarly well-developed for his age:

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Unsurprisingly, runaway Norwegian champions Bodo/Glimt look good - Bjorkan and Berg were both great value in FM20 and seem better now, even if their talents to see them both widely sought-after by big clubs at the start of the game:

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Zaper too was decent previously and looks better, fairly solid creative midfielder who shouldn't cost too much:

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Lastly, a couple of very promising looking South Americans - Ugarte again was a prospect in FM20 and Palavecino looks class:

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Now for a few teenagers who look like they've got potential for top clubs:

Yusuf Demir is one of the best teenagers footballers in world football IRL, something that looks to be reflected here:

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The ever-reliable Dinamo academy seems to have a left-footed gem on the verge of breakthrough in Saranic:

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Ali Akman is scoring goals in Turkey's second tier and looks a prospect in-game too:

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Danish/Nigerian Chukwuani looks a talent:

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Maybe not with the same potential as others but Peruvian playmaker Celi has quality technical attributes but needs to develop some pretty raw mental ones:

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As mentioned, Bodø/Glimt look great! In addition to Berg and Bjørkan check out Philip Zinckernagel on an expiring contract and ball playing defender Marius Lode.

Seems to be a number of good talents in Norway this year - in my first save (as Bodø/Glimt) I went for Osame Sahraoui as a JP Hauge replacement to compliment their excellent squad - exciting but unpolished dribbler who plays for Vålerenga. Very excited to see how good he can become. Also trying to sign Sivert Mannsverk from Sogndal, who is one of the most sought after talents in the country irl.

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6 minutes ago, michalgottwald said:

As mentioned, Bodø/Glimt look great! In addition to Berg and Bjørkan check out Philip Zinckernagel on an expiring contract and ball playing defender Marius Lode.

Seems to be a number of good talents in Norway this year - in my first save (as Bodø/Glimt) I went for Osame Sahraoui as a JP Hauge replacement to compliment their excellent squad - exciting but unpolished dribbler who plays for Vålerenga. Very excited to see how good he can become. Also trying to sign Sivert Mannsverk from Sogndal, who is one of the most sought after talents in the country irl.

Yeah, real golden generation coming through in Norway! Mannsverk on my list to check - teenage captain with interest from Ajax; thought he may have been 'Kristoffer Ajer in FM15' level good! Alas, not quite but does look a prospect. Really like the look of Tromso's Runar Norheim too.

Oh and this lad. Outstanding for 17!

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15 minutes ago, fidelitywars said:

Oh and this lad. Outstanding for 17!

I saw that! The Odd researcher has gone a little bit bananas in my opinion - their squad looks great too. Josh Kitolano excellent for an 18 year old and with huge potential - and the little bit older but still young players Selvik, Bjørtuft and Kaasa also really strong for the level they're playing at. This on top of their older, established players, who certainly hasn't been UNDER-rated, and you have a team that looks like it should be challenging for the title in Norway every save. But I guess it's all been tested...

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9 minutes ago, michalgottwald said:

I saw that! The Odd researcher has gone a little bit bananas in my opinion - their squad looks great too. Josh Kitolano excellent for an 18 year old and with huge potential - and the little bit older but still young players Selvik, Bjørtuft and Kaasa also really strong for the level they're playing at. This on top of their older, established players, who certainly hasn't been UNDER-rated, and you have a team that looks like it should be challenging for the title in Norway every save. But I guess it's all been tested...

Yeah, Kitolano and Bjørtuft look very decent - let's not flag anything to the researchers and enjoy the bargains, though! :)

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Rough list so far, many familiar, some new names.

Dario Tadic
Mido
Dario Vizinger
Maxi Ullmann
Dani Ramirez
Luquinhas
Valeriane Gvilia
Wojciech Golla
Dino Stiglec
Jesus Jimenez
Alasana Manneh
Taras Romanczuk
Bogdan Tiru
Martin Milec
Ante Vukusic
Mohamed Kadfi
Vladimir Weiss
Zsolt Kalmar
Andrija Balic
Marko Divkovic
Kristijan Lovric
Kristijan Kahlina
Jairo de Macedo da Silva
Stjepan Loncar
Ivan Lepinjica
Robert Muric
Martin Vukorepa
Denis Kolinger
Igor Carioca
Ante Majstorovic
Petar Bockaj
Mile Skoric
Mihael Zaper
Marin Pilj
Anders Christiansen
Jo Inge Berget
Anel Ahmedhodzic
Erdal Rakip
Jonas Knudsen
Eric Larsson
Franz Brorsson
Adi Nalic
Bonke Innocent
Thomas Isherwood
Astrit Selmani
Ebenezer Ofori
Enoch Adu
Daleho Irandust
Gustav Berggren
Godswill Ekpolo
Ahmed Yasin
Jesper Karlstrom
Aslak Witry
Jonathan Augustinsson
Curtis Edwards
Emmanuel Banda
Jonathan Ring
Alexander Kacaniklic
Max Svensson
Simon Olsson
Per Frick
Giorgi Kharaishvili
Alhassan Yusuf
Sead Haksabanovic
Christoffer Nyman
Simon Thern
Matt O'Riley
Mirko Ivanic
Guelor Kanga
Milos Degenek
Ben Moha
Milan Rodic
Milan Gajic
Marko Docic
Seydouba Soumah
Sasa Zdjelar
Bibars Natcho
Jovan Nisic
Dani Pacheco
Duvan Vergara
Lucas Fernandes
Pedro Nuno
Jonas Wind
Aldin Turkes
Stjepan Kukuruzovic
Elton Monteiro
Victor Ruiz
Jordi Quintilla
Tigran Barseghyan
Aderinsola Eseola
Oleg Reabciuk
Tokmac Nguen
Olexandr Zubkov
Lyes Houri
Agustin Palavecino
Deiber Caicedo
Jaminton Campaz
Edwuin Cetre
Alejandro Artunduaga
Damjan Dokovic
Alexandru Paun
Andrei Burca
Cristian Manea
Mateo Susic
Billel Omrani
Florinel Coman
Olimpiu Morutan
Ionut Vina
Iulian Cristea
Alexandru Cicaldau
Elvir Koljic
Dan Nistor
Aleix Garcia
Jakub Povazanec
Ali Mohamed
Diogo Verdasca
Josue Filipe Soares Pesqueira
Neta Lavi
Tjaronn Chery
Ofri Arad
Dolev Haziza
Nikita Rukavytsya
Lawrence Shankland
Martin Boyle
Stevie Mallan
Lewis Ferguson
Ghayas Zahid
Tornike Okriashvilli
Eric Bautheac
Ivan Trickovski
Jose Fernandez
Hctor Yuste
Bart Schenkeveld
Manu Garcia
Amine Bassi
Filipe Soares
Alex Soares
Abdu Conte
Brayan Riascos
Joao Camacho
Douglas Tanque
Adriano Castanheira
Mohamed Diaby
Willyan Rocha
Lucas Possignolo
Matheus Reis
Nikola Jambor
Pedro Amaral
Thiago Santana
Fabio Cardoso
Andre Almeida
Rochinha
Nicolas Janvier
Ryan Gauld
Todor Nedelev
Tiago Rodrigues
Cauly

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Focusing mainly on free transfers/very cheap players, I'm Kaiserslautern in Bundesliga 2, sorry that I didn't take the screenshots straight away with their base attributes:

 

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Goalkeeper I've just picked up from Esbjerg in 2022 for £79k

 

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left back I picked up on a free at the start of the game, played in 3 Liga for me and is still good for Bundesliga 2

 

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Free transfer I got in 2021, scored 23 goals for his old team in Liga 3 and 18 goals in Bundesliga 2 for me last season

 

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Picked him up on a free from Juventus in 2021 and he played well

 

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Free transfer from Real Madrid in 2021, lots of potential and I already start him in the first team last season

 

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about to sign this bloke in 2022, looks like a really solid CD despite his poor acceleration. Looks like he could really grow into something special.

 

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this time a couple of players in my St Etienne save

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Signed him this year (2024) from Austria Wien for £14 million. He is currently carrying my very average team playing as AF in a 4-4-2. In fact it isn't even a great tactic for him as we play cautious too so he has to be very clinical with his chances.

 

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£8 million from Banik Ostrava, "very consistent" and is still young enough to maybe improve a bit. is comfortable playing many of the MC positions.

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3 hours ago, Mackem742 said:

Are any of these players willing to sign for clubs as low as league 1 or 2 in England?

I managed to get Simen Alexander Santos Lyngbø to Sunderland

Donis Avdijaj, Tiago Castro and Josh Vickers are decent players on decent wages to consider signing as well 

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1 minute ago, Sabine said:

I managed to get Simen Alexander Santos Lyngbø to Sunderland

Donis Avdijaj, Tiago Castro and Josh Vickers are decent players on decent wages to consider signing as well 

Excellent, exactly the club Im going to manage too, cheers :thup:

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5 minutes ago, Sabine said:

I managed to get Simen Alexander Santos Lyngbø to Sunderland

Donis Avdijaj, Tiago Castro and Josh Vickers are decent players on decent wages to consider signing as well 

Did you have a mass clear out too? Because of the wage cap limit. Ive got a fair few Id like to get rid of but Im judging them on real life performances :lol:

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2 minutes ago, Mackem742 said:

Did you have a mass clear out too? Because of the wage cap limit. Ive got a fair few Id like to get rid of but Im judging them on real life performances :lol:

You kinda have to it seems.  Managed to offload the big earners like Leadbitter, McGeady and Wyke and brought in players for half/a third of their wages. 

I wanted to get rid of Dobson and Grigg because they're rubbish but Dobson is actually really solid in this game! :lol:

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12 minutes ago, Sabine said:

You kinda have to it seems.  Managed to offload the big earners like Leadbitter, McGeady and Wyke and brought in players for half/a third of their wages. 

I wanted to get rid of Dobson and Grigg because they're rubbish but Dobson is actually really solid in this game! :lol:

Yeah Dobson was the only player that stayed with me on my rise to the Premier last year, he was worth 14mil at one point :eek:Once I started to bring in some better quality players he dropped down the pecking order though and had to let him go for 6mil.

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43 minutes ago, Mackem742 said:

Did you have a mass clear out too? Because of the wage cap limit. Ive got a fair few Id like to get rid of but Im judging them on real life performances :lol:

If you judge on real life performances you'll get rid of almost everyone!  Although individual performances aren't helped by how dull we are under Parkinson.  What are we like as a squad and how are the youngsters?  In particular Hume, Neil and Diamond

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4 hours ago, Mackem742 said:

Yeah Dobson was the only player that stayed with me on my rise to the Premier last year, he was worth 14mil at one point :eek:Once I started to bring in some better quality players he dropped down the pecking order though and had to let him go for 6mil.

Dobson lasted 9 seasons for me where I was an established Champions League winning team.  Ended up retraining him as a libero and stayed there until I decided not to renew his contract :D

3 hours ago, Nozzer said:

If you judge on real life performances you'll get rid of almost everyone!  Although individual performances aren't helped by how dull we are under Parkinson.  What are we like as a squad and how are the youngsters?  In particular Hume, Neil and Diamond

Neil Diamond ( :D ) both look great prospects and so does Jack Hackett and Brandon Taylor.  It's worth giving them some game time in the cup games at the very least. 

Hume hasn't changed all that much from last year but seems to be at least decent in this league.. 

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Two players I've managed to pick up on free transfers in the first window as League Two side Salford. 

 

Stephen Ireland needs no introduction, former Man City midfielder. Great playmaker at this level.

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Corentin Fiore, versatile Belgian left back, capped at Under 21 level, 25 years old. Hopeful he can do a job as we move through the leagues. Looks a real solid full back. 

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In the past years i always tried to get some African guys. Ivory coast or south Africa were goldmines.
This year i will try to have a better overview at the German market.

Lets start with: (3rd league)
Patrick Finger - 01/01/2001 (Central Midfielder)
Tom Gaal - 03/03/2001 (Central Defense) 
Benjika Caciel - 11/06/2001 (Forward)

They need to improve a bit, but with a little bit of patience, maybe they will survive the next "cut".
 

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DL - N Varela - plays for Beleneses SAD in Portugal - can be had for 700k, with 7k pw wages772878566_20201116192306_1(2).thumb.jpg.9897c5123518436354bb95659db07dab.jpgST

 

AMRL - D Vergara - a Colombian playing for America Cali - a bid was accepted of 1.6m, but I played hard-ball on the contract and he turned it down - looks a solid option though
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ST - Alex Pato - is unattached at the start of the game, and can be had for approx 30k pw wages
Gets a WP playing in England too - wouldn't rely on him to lead your line, but probably a capable backup

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DL - M Pereira - plays for CEC in Brazil (I think it might be Cruzeiro based on wikipedia), and can be had for 2.5m with 2.5k pw wages - another solid option for a rotation Prem level option - gets the WP on appeal
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