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  1. If Lopez is your main man stick with him. I’ve had my star players annoyed because I’ve rejected crap bids from big teams. Couple of games out has been a good shout. Get him back in, and once he’s played a few games and other windows have closed he should be fine based on my experience. Depends on his professionalism hidden stat though. Nubel / Sepe might be OK with few cup games. Obviously one needs to go, maybe Sepe is more likely to get an international loan move by end August. Fielding can waste time for your reserves. If they’re far below the right quality for your level, it usually takes them at least a season to become unhappy. Then sell him for a fiver next summer.
  2. He’s definitely short enough. Hope his injury absences aren’t for same reasons as Diego’s though 😂
  3. Great work @JaytheGreat. You’re picking up some amazing regents. Caspari looks to have world class stats already. Better than Andreas Pereira in my game already and only 20. I play him as AM(A) in similar formation to you, so I reckon Caspari could be the new Maradona in that role for you.
  4. @Stuniverse been rather hectic with work lately but just enjoyed a long read catching up. Brilliant work in finishing 7th. Your physios also should get a medal keeping Smalling & Wisdom fit all season. Looks like you’ve got a decent squad to cope with European football too. A good run in that and another top half finish should give Igor chance to buy you lots more RBs next summer too!
  5. How frustrating is that! 2 players you don’t need and no CB. There must be a few transfer listed or loan CBs he could’ve picked up. You’ve done amazingly well with what you have this season. Fingers crossed Smalling and Wisdom stay fit for the run in, and hopefully a decent defensive prospect is in your youth intake.
  6. And I’m still not in the top 10 English managers of all time. Won more trophies for England than all the other managers put together after my Nations League triumph. Now for the Euros to complete the set.
  7. Angus Gunn was my keeper, Harry Winks was in the squad and played a couple of games. Andrew Parkinson (regen) was backup to Kane and scored his first international goal against Iran. I dropped Callum Chambers from the squad, as didn’t think 4x CBs were needed. He wasn’t happy but is Ok with Derby. Antonio Marin was Player of the World Cup and Young Player of the World Cup, so now I’ve had to give him a 150k a week contract at Pride Park to ward off the suitors.
  8. Err, I won the bloody World Cup! Form was a bit dicey losing to Venezuela and USA in the run up. Did as expected in the groups, comfortably beating Iran & Ghana, though threw away a 3-1 lead to draw 3-3 with Portugal. Kinda did me a favour and put me in the easier half of the draw. Edged past Senegal 3-2 in 2nd round, Uruguay 2-1 in QF, and 2-1 over Croatia in SF. Was praying for Japan to beat France in semis, though saying that Japan knocked out Brazil. 3-0 win over France in the final courtesy of a rare Luke Shaw goal, and 2 from Harry Kane. Now where’s my knighthood..... ”It’s coming home”
  9. Yeah you want something near 100k in your wage budget. I’m sure there will be a CB somewhere who is on the transfer list for cheap that Igor can snap up - though he’ll probably spend it on an unneeded attacking midfielder to replace Mount.
  10. He looks a beast with those physical stats. Pace and acceleration of Usain Bolt! Looking forward to seeing how I go defending the title and how we perform in Champions League. It’s usually after 3-4 seasons I start getting bored, so hopefully this save keeps my interest to keep going as long as you.
  11. So the 2021/22 target was to secure Champions League football at the newly expanded 50,000 seater Pride Park, after two 6th place finishes in previous seasons. This was even more important as many of my new signings were asking for promises of CL qualification when negotiating contracts, and the likes of Andreas Pereira, Munir and Callum Chambers we’re becoming unsettled as I rejected bids from big clubs. Had a terrible start to the season, losing 2 of first 3 games. While it was Man Utd and Chelsea, the worry was that they completely smashed us. We were in 15th. Form improved but still a couple of dodgy results, but we got to Christmas just inside the top 6. Man City wanted Munir in January. 53m for a player I got for free was too good to refuse, especially as the ground expansion hadn’t put our finances in a good place. Plus Anthony Martial had established himself as first choice striker after a dodgy start, and our homegrown wonderkid Andrew Parkinson had 4 months of PL football under his belt at West Ham. Once January came there was no stopping us. Going forward we were on fire, scoring 3+ in nearly every game. Lomg story short, WE WON THE PREMIER LEAGUE! By 9 points from Chelsea. We scored 105 goals. Europe League was easy in the group stages, and gave plenty of fringe players a chance, as well as an opportunity for Martial to find his shooting boots. However we’d done the same last season before Udinese easily dumped us out in 1st KO round. However we gained revenge over them this time in the QFs, before comfortably beating our bogey team Chelsea in both legs in the semis. Monaco in the final was looking a tough one, with our former superstar loanee Pietro Pellegri now probably rivalling Mbappe as the world’s best striker. WE WON 5-1! Lost out in semis of both domestic cups, so something else to aim for next year. Harry Wilson was insane, averaging 7.65 (beating Kevin de Bruyne’s PL record), and winning both Player of the Year awards after scoring 23 goals and 16 assists. Other key players were: Antonio Marin: 38(8), 18 goals, 16 assists, 7.48 Anthony Martial 35(17), 39 goals, 7 assists, 7.36 Andreas Pereira 36(13), 16 goals, 16 assists, 7.37 Honourable mentions to some of our home grown lads too (though stats somewhat inflated by playing the easier games, especially in Europa League). Andrew Parkinson 13(6), 15 goals, 2 assists, 7.59 Jayden Bogle 25(3), 4 assists, 7.47 Mason Bennett 19(11), 15 goals, 9 assists, 7.53 In fact, my worst player was Loftus-Cheek who still averaged 6.99 despite being injured for 3 months and coming off the bench a lot to replace the tiring Pereira who consistently is in the top 3 players for distance covered per game. I’m glad I snubbed Man Utd now and took the 4yr contract on offer from Mel who now has 99% confidence in me. Would probably be 100% if he didn’t bizarrely think I didn’t sign enough young players for first team, despite having the youngest team in the division! Actually made a profit in the transfer market with the big sales of John Souttar and Munir. Don’t need radical changes this year, and have a 70m budget. Will need to either retain Renato Sanches who I had on loan or find a top class BBM to replace him. A wonderkid CB to have as backup to Uduokhai / Zouma / Chambers, and a wonderkid keeper to replace the retiring Scott Carson as backup to the superb Angus Gunn. Next up is 2022 World Cup with England in Australia....
  12. Well lads, that was an eventful 21/22 season!
  13. Who was the superstar left back you bought in January?
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