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Improving the Squad

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In addition to the Lorenzo Lucca's transfer which was completed last March, 7 new signings were brought in to plug the gaps left behind by the departing players in the summer.

Goalkeepers

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We failed to extend Jeroen Zoet's work permit to keep him at the club on another loan deal and Dominik Greif was brought in by Rory for 500k pounds to provide some much needed competition for Joe Buršík. The Slovak is an absolute giant in goal and we are all hoping that he can win a couple of penalty shootouts for us in the cup competitions in the upcoming campaign. 

Defenders

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Rene did well for us as the back-up left-back but when a player of Enzo Díaz's quality emerges on the market, you can't turn the opportunity down. The Argentinian was unfortunately relegated from the Prem with Southampton last season and was desperate for another shot in world's top league competition. That was exactly what we were able to offer and the naturally fit and aggressive left-back will push Josh Tymon very hard for the starting left-back spot.

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We managed to convert Peter Etebo into a right-back but he failed to establish himself as a Prem-level defender. Man United was looking to offload Diogo Dalot and we were all pleasantly surprised by the low asking price of 6.25 million pounds. It was an easy deal to do as the Portuguese is an obvious upgrade in our right-back position and Rory now has two pairs of wing-backs with similar levels of abilities to choose from.

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Reece Oxford was brought in as our third-choice center-back as we were unable to extend the loan deal of Óscar Mingueza following his decision to join Burnley permanently. The ex-West Ham United academy graduate was once tipped to be the next starting center-back for England and we are all hoping that he can finally fulfil his potential at the bet365 Stadium.

Midfielders

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Praxedes was another decent find by our scouting department and Rory wasted little time to approve the 6.5 million pounds transfer. With the departure of the injury-prone Felipe Carballo, the all-rounded Brazilian will get lots of game time in both the holding midfield and left-sided no. 8 positions in the upcoming campaign.

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The arrival of Răzvan Marin was due to the broken ankle suffered by Clinton Mola close to the start of the season and Rory didn't want to go into the season with a hole in our midfield for 4 months. The Romanian is like a right-footed Praxedes and we are all expecting him to play a crucial role in our journey to progress further up the table. 

Attackers

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Benjamin Nygren is our final addition of the summer and Rory felt that he will be well worth the 9.5 million pounds spent by the end of the season. Following the arrival of Lorenzo Lucca, Rory is looking to convert Adam Hložek into a right-sided inside forward and the Swedish forward will push him hard for the starting role.

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  Three of the new signings will begin the campaign in our starting eleven and we are now all set and ready to go!

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On 20/07/2022 at 03:08, TheGoodRebel said:

First XI is looking rather tasty now. It's a shame what happened with Oxford IRL. Hopefully you can fulfil his potential! 

Cheers mate! The starting lineup has definitely improved from last campaign but we are facing more injuries this time round! As for Oxford, it hasn't really worked out as he hasn't managed to break apart our 1st choice central defence, and he's already moaning for more 1st team football :(

On 20/07/2022 at 15:08, karanhsingh said:

Nice team, looks like you strengthened the squad well in the summer.

Thanks mate! We keep moving and progressing :D

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Nice work. Lots of money, but all prudent, excellent value signings. And that’s the Premier League!  Both wingbacks are especially nice signings.

Like how you’ve filled out depth as well, think that’s a smart move. Rather than overpaying for a top player or two, you’ve improved across the squad.

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On 21/07/2022 at 23:07, 13th Man said:

Nice work. Lots of money, but all prudent, excellent value signings. And that’s the Premier League!  Both wingbacks are especially nice signings.

Like how you’ve filled out depth as well, think that’s a smart move. Rather than overpaying for a top player or two, you’ve improved across the squad.

Thanks mate! We had to spread out the money as the squad required strengthening in lots of positions! Furthermore, the big money moves aren't of the right quality too! The really top players aren't willing to join us at the moment :)

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Flying High for now

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We've all been enjoying the season a bit too much so far!

Premier League

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Unbelievably, we are sitting 4th at the mid-way mark, but we are all aware that we will fall out of the Champions League places at some point in the second half of the campaign. Things have gone really smoothly and we have not had that typical blip of every season. There have been more injuries so far but our key players have largely remained available throughout the 19 games so far. All these point to the fact that good times won't last, but we are all enjoying the dizzy heights for now!

Carabao Cup

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We have had good luck with the Carabao Cup draws too, and our second stringers have performed admirably to help us progress all the way to the semis. Cash-rich Chelsea awaits us at the next hurdle and Rory will continue to trust the backup players so this is likely to be the end of the adventure for us. 

Star Performer

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After one and a half seasons in England's top league competition, Josh has established himself as a Premier League level wing-back and he has been by far our player of the "half-season". His best work came at the attacking end of the field, creating 7 for his team-mates in just 18 starts. If he can keep up his assists' ratio, you will struggle to find a better performing left-back in the Premier League this season. 

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We have already begun work in the new year and there are just 8 more games to go :eek:

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Great work in this first half of the season although it looks so tight amongst the European places. Hopefully you can keep it up this form for the rest of the season!

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9 hours ago, BoxToBoxFM said:

Great work in this first half of the season although it looks so tight amongst the European places. Hopefully you can keep it up this form for the rest of the season!

Cheers mate! We will definitely need everything to go our way if we want to stay in the European places!

7 hours ago, deltablue said:

Hopefully Europe beckons.

We will definitely do our best mate! :D

6 hours ago, karanhsingh said:

Great form! Josh is a bona fide FM legend that's for sure. 

I feel that he has actually gotten slightly worse on FM22 attributes-wise! However, the level of performances remained high! Long may it continue!  

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Brilliant performance! Here’s hoping you can maintain your form and cement a place in the Champions League! 

Will you be strengthening in January to maintain the push?

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22 hours ago, TheGoodRebel said:

Brilliant performance! Here’s hoping you can maintain your form and cement a place in the Champions League! 

Will you be strengthening in January to maintain the push?

Thanks mate! We decided against strengthening the squad in January eventually as we wanted to keep some money in the bank for another Lucca-style signing! ;)

10 hours ago, 13th Man said:

Great work in the first half. Especially if you’ve had injuries! Shows the wisdom of making all those depth signings!

Cheers mate! Our squad is definitely deeper now and we were able to cope with numerous injuries in midfield as we have a versatile pool! :D

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Rory loves doing these big deals in February-March. It allows us to get the best bargains as we do not have teams bidding for them at the same time. Lorenzo Lucca was also brought in around the same time last year. We can't wait to see them battle it out for the lone Pressing Forward spot!

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Just catching up! Great promotion. and boy that squad overhaul for the first year in prem, worked wonders tho. Some big signings second season as well and now Sesko. Stoke are going places!!

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21 hours ago, SixPointer said:

Just catching up! Great promotion. and boy that squad overhaul for the first year in prem, worked wonders tho. Some big signings second season as well and now Sesko. Stoke are going places!!

Thanks mate! We had no choice but to strengthen the squad year on year as we didn't have enough Prem-quality players/players with enough potential in the original squad! The squad building aspect of the game also makes the save fun for me to be honest! And Sesko! I absolutely can't wait to see how he does for us!

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Season Review 2023-24

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The Potters are back in Europe! 

Premier League

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Rory managed to lead the boys to a 5th-place finish in the end, and it was no mean feat as we had the second lowest wage budget in the league, and we weren't expected to finish anywhere near the European places. Onwards and upwards!

Carabao Cup

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What a run we've had in the Carabao Cup! The backup players were unbelievable in the journey, and no one expected that semi-final win against Chelsea. Liverpool were far too good in the final though and despite us falling at the final hurdle, the boys deserved full credit for taking us there. We go again!

FA Cup

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We were also beaten by another much better side in the FA Cup quarter-finals, but we managed to push Man United all the way at Old Trafford and were extremely unlucky to lose on penalties :(

Best Eleven

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The heroes who brought European football back to the bet365 Stadium!

Top 3 Players 

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The biggest surprise of our season! Billy Gilmour was also with us on a loan deal last campaign but he didn't really manage to break into the 1st team. He took his time and finally managed to establish himself in the 1st 11 in a very productive second half of the season. He had 24 goal contributions in just 26 starts and we are absolutely delighted that Chelsea has allowed him to stay for another campaign :D

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Anel Ahmedhodžić has come a long way since joining us in our maiden season in the Premier League. He signed for a mere 2 million pounds and his consistent performances have now attracted the attention of the big boys. Thankfully, we managed to convince him to extend his contract with us and remove that irritating 39 million pounds release clause!

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He's one of our own, He's one of our own, Josh Tymon, He's one of our own! Our first-choice left-back is also the first choice in the Team of the Season and Rory was so proud to see him improve his level of performances considerably this campaign. Being Stoke's sole entry in the Premier League's Team of the Season, the Englishman is by far our player of the season! \o/

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With around 50 million pounds to spend, we face another busy summer deepening the squad for our first season back in Europe! Exciting times lie ahead!

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European football :applause: as a Scotsman always nice to see Billy Gilmour doing well.

Surprised that  ronnigen Jorgensen never blew up for you. I managed Odd in fm21 and he was outstanding, with me working in Norway I’ve tracked him and he seems the real deal in real life. Would expect him to move to a bigger European club soon.

he actually signed for Feyenoord from Juventus in my Happel save. 

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On 31/07/2022 at 10:07, TheGoodRebel said:

Well done on qualifying for Europe! Some impressive statistics there for Gilmour, Tymon and Ahmedhodzic!

Thanks mate! All three have had stellar campaigns for us! :D

On 31/07/2022 at 15:28, SixPointer said:

European football :applause: as a Scotsman always nice to see Billy Gilmour doing well.

Surprised that  ronnigen Jorgensen never blew up for you. I managed Odd in fm21 and he was outstanding, with me working in Norway I’ve tracked him and he seems the real deal in real life. Would expect him to move to a bigger European club soon.

he actually signed for Feyenoord from Juventus in my Happel save. 

Billy has performed way above everyone's expectations and he just has the knack of laying the final passes for the goal-scorers. What an absolute bargain he has been for us! 

Filip Rønningen Jørgensen was excellent for us last season but he had just been outdone by Billy in that Mezzala role this campaign! It's a pity that Juventus wants considerable money for his loan deal now and we may not even extend his loan deal in the upcoming campaign :(

On 31/07/2022 at 17:44, deltablue said:

I hope you have fun in Europe.

We definitely will! Hope to have you around for the fun! :) 

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Quality > Quantity

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Rory decided to go quality rather than quantity in the summer transfer window.

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The 1st signing was made really early, even before the transfer window opened and it was a big one. Yes, we already have Lucca but he is the only European-level striker in the squad and Rory wanted more options and competition for the lone Pressing Forward role. When a player of Benjamin Šeško's quality is available for just 14.25 million pounds, you can't turn the opportunity down and we are just thankful that we had enough left in the bank to complete the deal. Rory now faces a tough task giving enough game time to Benjamin and Lorenzo to keep them both happy in the squad.

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Rory tasked his recruitment team to look at all the players in the NxGn list, scout the ones who were interested to play for us, and this gem of a player pop up. Roony Bardghji was available for just 9.75 million pounds and the Swede reminded us so much of a young Salah. If Rory can get his development right, we have got a player on our books :D

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Our midfield looked light-weight at times last campaign and it was clear we needed to add muscle in that area. Conor Gallagher was Rory's choice and the Englishman was brought in for 16 million pounds after he failed to establish himself at Stamford Bridge. His aggression, work rate and fitness will hopefully take our midfield to the level which is required in European football. 

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Rory always wanted a left-footed center-back to play alongside Anel but we struggled to find one in the last few windows. Pascal Struijk was the only decent option on the market and we overpaid for him a little, splashing 22.5 million pounds to complete our summer transfer business. 

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  The four signings will start the campaign in the main eleven. Can they be our 'Fantastic Four'? Or will they be four flops? Bring on the new season! \o/

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On 06/08/2022 at 14:04, 13th Man said:

Those all look great signings. Last campaign you needed depth, this one added quality. Think you did well on both. The young Swede looks very exciting - not just good, but nicely intelligent too!

Thanks mate! We could've spread out the cash on more signings but decided on bringing in the players we really want eventually! Roony has fantastic ability for someone so young and we are very excited on what he can become!

16 hours ago, karanhsingh said:

Gallagher is an absolute beast as BBM, was captain for my Napoli side.

Cheers mate! That's so true! Gallagher has been the pick of the signings so far and 16 million pounds is an absolute snip!

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Fighting for Europe

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We face a very tough fight for European football in the rest of the campaign..

Premier League

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Looking at the league table in January, we are in the mix but the boys need to improve on our league form if Rory wants to secure European football for a second consecutive campaign.. 

Carabao Cup

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The backup players will not have a deep cup run this time round as we were eliminated in the quarter-finals by a very decent Chelsea outfit.

Europa League

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They did really well in their maiden European campaign though, topping our group impressively ahead of Dutch giants PSV on 13 points. Our European journey continues!

FA Cup

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We also managed to progress in the FA Cup, beating Watford 3-0 at home to progress into the 4th round where fellow Premier League side Wolves awaits us.

Star Performer

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Following the arrival of Sesko, Lorenzo has been given game time mostly in Europe and the cup competitions. He is doing his best to prove Rory's decision wrong, bagging 16 goals and creating a further 3 in just 14 starts. The Italian is very close to getting his place back in the league starting 11, and Rory is enjoying this selection headache a bit too much ;)

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