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  1. Not really, no. You're making out like he's some sort of English Xavi. He falls considerably short of that mark.
  2. Carrick really isn't as good as you're making out.
  3. I'm not going to do a list. If you can't see that there are a bunch of better options than Carrick, me naming them isn't going to make you think "Oh, I hadn't thought of him". Clearly, you will already be aware of whomever I might mention and for whatever reason you've decided Carrick is better than them. Probably backed up by Opta stats.
  4. You might not think so, but I'm confident you're wrong. I am at the very least certain that Carrick is not in any way so far ahead of the other options that he should be in a position himself to say "I should definitively be first choice or I'm not playing".
  5. Carrick isn't involved because he said he wanted to be in the first team or not play at all. He's not involved in the first team because there are multiple central midfielders in the country who are better than him. Insisting upon being given a role that is beyond your ability because you think you're better than you are then throwing a tantrum when you don't get your own way, as he did when he refused to play... It's pretty much the definition of what being a prima donna is.
  6. The man's 33 and he's been dealing with the media for a considerable portion of his life. He knows the sort of fuss the press will kick up over him saying stuff on twitter, his agent and friends aren't releasing statements without him giving it the ok. He's manipulating a situation to cause a problem because he's having a tantrum, then he sticks in a bit about how he'll still be supporting them and loves the lads to maintain his nice guy image. I mean, honestly, you think Rio Ferdinand doesn't have PR people who'll have been letting him know exactly what will happen as a result of doing all this? Everyone in football has PR people. Apart from maybe Roy Hodgson, given how much of a massive tit he makes of himself every time he does an interview.
  7. Yeah, the role distribution got messed up because of Rooney getting himself suspended. If you can't have two specialists available for every position, having a dude who can cover central defence and full back is probably the best option. The thing is - and this isn't a defence of Hodgson's abilities because I think he's useless as a manager - between the star player getting himself suspended for kicking a bloke over nothing, players who feel it's their divine right to walk into the first team refusing to play if they aren't guaranteed that spot, injuries and all this business with Ferdinand - who, as someone who's played as a professional footballer for fifteen years and, I'd assume, followed the sport for his entire life, should have been aware of the need for someone to provide cover for right back - kicking up this shitstorm to rev up a media that was ALREADY slaughtering the manager, well, what chance does Hodgson have to do anything? The squad is the way it is because the players have forced his hand through their own childish actions.
  8. I don't understand where the confusion over the possible footballing reasons for calling up Kelly ahead of Ferdinand comes from. Initially you had Gareth Barry to play as a defensively minded midfielder and Phil Jones to be cover at right back or center back. When Barry gets injured - and bearing in mind the doubts over Scott Parker's fitness - Jones' role becomes to cover the defensive midfield position as well. Jagielka is called up to take his place covering center back. I dare say Carrick would have probably been called up as a straight replacement if he hadn't specifically asked not to be considered. The swap of Barry for Jagielka - which was probably a bit of a silly one, if we're honest - left a gaping hole in the squad because if, as seems not together unlikely, Parker does pick up an injury and Jones becomes first choice defensive midfielder than an injury to Johnson would leave absolutely noone to cover right back, a problem that calling up Rio Ferdinand to the squad does not solve but that calling up Martin Kelly does. Again, we're looking at a situation where someone else - in this case Micah Richards - would have probably been called up if it wasn't for the fact that he specifically asked not to be considered. Of course, that doesn't change the fact that Ferdinand probably has been snubbed due to the whole issue between he and Terry, but it was at the point when he was left out of the initial squad, then again when Jagielka - another player who could only play center back and isn't as good as him - was called up that it happened, not when a right back was called up to a squad which had previously only included one right back.
  9. Xabi's nice if you can get him, especially because I found him tutoring Espericueta helped turn him into a really good player, but really he's going to decline pretty quickly so it's unlikely he'd be in your first team for very long, so he's probably not that much of a loss. I just wouldn't bother with Arteta, again he's going to decline and he isn't that much better than someone like Benat or Itturaspe to validate letting them go/not playing them and them dropping in stats when they're more likely to be around for a few years.
  10. Griezmann is one of the best players with Basque nationality on the game. Why wouldn't you want to sign him with a team that can only sign players of Basque nationality?
  11. This is something that's a lot easier to do if you make sure to concentrate on doing it. I managed to sign Griezmann in my first season because Sociedad went through a spell of not playing him and he became unhappy at a lack of playing time. I imagine that he'd have been back in the team eventually and would've become unwilling to discuss a contract at that point, but I made sure to put the bid in straight away and got it all wrapped up before that could happen. I also managed to sign Xabi Alonso, who I don't think would normally have been willing to negotiate from Real Madrid, by waiting until he had a brief spell of unhappiness. So yeah, just check the transfer center and see if they've stopped being "unrealistic transfers" as often as you can and be sure to put in a bid for them the second they become available if they do.
  12. Incidentally, giving Aviron Bayonnais that 5 million seems to have been a waste. They didn't spend a single penny of it during the transfer window, had more players leaving than coming in, and have had a terrible start to their season, being right down near the bottom of the table, albeit only after 5 games.
  13. I scout B2. It's pretty rare that my scout there turns up any player worth considering at all and, even when he does, they're usually not that good. Just doing a search for Basque under 16's based in Spain when you get your new youth recruits through should allow you to scout and sign any who are any good, so you're not missing much if you decide not to scout the division. It's worth making sure you scout them though, I did get a couple of fantastic young prospects from Sestao in my first season.
  14. Yeah, I think you'd need to either load up Mexico or do a custom database that loads all basque players.
  15. Yeah, I know about that. I just didn't want to go into undue detail to explain that, essentially, I'm only signing players who are already classified as Basque on the game.