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  1. Apologies. Deduct 1 year from the dates shown in my post earlier today. I am getting ahead of myself and blame the hot weather today and my age!!
  2. I managed to keep Kenneh at Leeds in my latest save based on latest database I tried to offer him a new contract on day 1. He is very highly rated in my game and he refused to discuss terms. I immediately put him into the first team squad On day 2 or 3, Newcastle came in with a transfer offer for him of about £1.5m with add ons. I negotiated this upwards a lot to about £10m plus big add ons totalling about £17m and 50% of future price. Newcastle promptly pulled out of the deal which was my intention all along. NB they did not just offer him a contract but made a proper transfer offer. I am wondering whether this was because I had put him in the first team squad and not left him in the U18s. At the time there were approx 12 EPL teams appearing in his wanted list. Following the Newcastle pull out I have had no other offers from any other team. After the transfer deadline in early August 2020 he was willing to discuss terms and I managed to get him to agree to a contract of some £5k per week rising with appearances etc. This contract to kick in in Jan 2021 when he is 17. I am now in Sept 2020 and I am putting him in U18 and U21 teams to get games. He has not yet played for the first team. The list of teams wanting him is now 18 of the 20 EPL teams!!! I am waiting with interest to see what happens in the Jan 2021 transfer window I would be interested to hear if this works for anyone else
  3. Welcome to all Leeds fans playing FM20 and facing the annual challenge of getting them out of the Championship. Welcome also to fans of other clubs looking to experience the thrills and spills of a Leeds save This thread is intended to be for the exchange of information, views and issues involved in managing Leeds to glory. Here are a few thoughts to kick things off:- Squad at game commencement Best rated players - Casilla, Dallas (Mr versatile), Phillips (Star player), Hernandez and Costa. Most other players rated good Main worries - GK backup as Meslier not that good. Central Defence needs strengthening somewhat to cover for Cooper and White. Fairly long term injuries to Ayling and Roberts Players that could have good breakthrough season in 1st team - Shackleton, Bogusz. both have good ratings and stats Players on loan - Harrison very expensive (£20k pw plus £91k per month fee), cancelled loan at first opportunity to seek better value elsewhere. White, Costa, NKetiah and Clarke look value A couple of very highly rated youngsters. Nohan Kenneh 16, DMC/DC/MC in U18 squad. Rafa Mujica 17 ST on loan at Extramadura, recalled him as soon as could do for back up and development Difficulty in moving on O'Kane at any price Finances Transfer budget very tight at c. £1.2m and only a small amount of wage budget left. Look to cash in the transfer clause on Charlie Taylor, which brings in around £700k Transfers in so far in my save I am essentially looking to get promoted with most of the original squad in place and a few additions in key places. Have signed:- Carles Alena ( MC/AMC) on loan from Barcelona, £20k pw but no fee and very highly rated. I had this player in FM19 on loan (For free!!) and he did very well for me. Carles Perez (AMR/AML) on loan from Barcelona, £4.3k pw but no fee. Intended as the value replacement for Harrison Lukas Mai (DC) on loan from Bayern, £825 pw. Young player intended as cover only Fredrik Andre Bjorkan (Natural at DL/WBL/ML/AML), bought for £1.7m. Looking for backup up GK I realise that I will have some juggling to do with match day squads, with the 5 loan player limit in place Generally I found it very difficult to find suitable players with limited resources available and without carrying out mass sales of existing players Tactics Squad seem suited to 4 2 3 1 and I am using Vertical Tiki-Taka at present. Currently still going through pre-season with one friendly to go. Has been successful, winning all friendlies but I realise that is no guide to the real league games I look forward to reading of your Leeds game experiences and hope that this thread can be a success
  4. I am happy to start a new Leeds thread for FM20 and will try and do so in the next few days. The initial post is unlikely to be something really elaborate though as I don't have the time to do this. If someone else is planning something really good then I am happy to step aside and let them go for it. If this is the case then please post on this thread and i will hold back on my attempt Thank you
  5. I am nearly 65 and have been playing CM then FM since the mid nineties. I think that CM 97/98 was my first sortie into serious football management, although I did play some sort of football manager type game on my Spectrum where you had to load from cassette tapes and endure the racket this made and worry that it would actually load at all as errors were frequent. Still enjoying playing
  6. Playing as Leeds where I had Izzy Brown on loan from Chelsea. Loan contract 25k pw and monthly playing/non playing fee of £110k pm Seemed very expensive to me and so I patiently waited until 28 day period up on 23rd July and terminated loan. The wages spend seemed to reduce by the £25k pw but I seemed to get no benefit from clearing the £110k pm playing fee. How should this change have been reflected in the Leeds finances? Comments/answers appreciated Thank you
  7. I started this FM18 thread and quite happy to start the FM19 one as well. I will probably wait until after the full version of the game is released though If anyone else wants to dive in earlier than that then please do so
  8. Here is a thread for exchange of stories/info etc for anyone starting an FM18 Leeds Utd save I am just completing pre-season on my save. Squad looks like this Observations:- GK Wiedwald looks ok and has performed well in friendlies. Lonergan (not in above screenshot) may be useful as backup only Defence Needed improving a lot. Jansson is only real star, followed by Ayling who has not done that well in friendlies. Cooper looks only useful but CBJ may be ok. Pennington and Berardi start game injured for a few months. time will tell Have recruited Sebastien Bassong on a free to fill a gaping hole at DC. Also signed Arthur Boka on a free for the DL/WBL gap and Marnick Vermijl for 200k as general backup at DL/DR Midfield Vieira starts as good but his potential is superb/star player. Need to develop him carefully Anita is very good and I think will be better in midfield rather than at DL/DR. I wish that he was used in midfield in real life Okane and Philips only good but latter has better potential than expected. Klich has been injured Shaughnessy needs developing also. Not sure whether to do this as a DC or MC Have recruited Jan Kirchhoff on a free as a DMC but also can play DC and MC. This appears to have been the bargain signing of pre-season, as his value now showing as 9m Attacking Midfield Looks strongest area of the team Hernandez and Saiz both VG with Alioski superb. Dallas and Roofe both good with latter having VG potential. Sacko and Cibicki both fairly good with some potential I have high hopes for this area of the team and will be using a 4 2 3 1 to (hopefully) take full advantage. See below for comments on tactics to be used Striker Lasogga has good stats and showing as VG. Has scored a few good goals in pre season but that was only against lower Portugese teams whilst I was on tour. I am hopeful that he will prove worthy of his substantial wages of 25k per week and the monthly fee of 160k!! I did consider cancelling his loan but searching for good replacements proved difficult. I decided to stick with him. I just hope that he performs better than in real life when he has just drifted around for the last couple of games without appearing to put any effort in. The few goals he got early on seem a long way away now Roofe and Cibicki will have to cover as striker until something better presents itself Finance Transfer funds of approx 5.5m available at start, with a bit left in the wage budget *Essential tip* - There is just over a million to be had from selling future transfer clauses re Luke Garbutt. 75% of this then available for transfers Scouting Upgraded to the Europe package but then had to ask the board to extend the range of scouting. Board initially said no but I persisted and said it would be better for the club. It was then approved Staff I think that some of these have variable stats and I wasn't happy with the Asst Man, Head of Youth Dev and some coaches. Had a bit of a clearout Signed Ray Wilkins as Asst Manager, Phil Cannon as Head of Youth Dev (Absolutely amazing stats), and Kevin Keen and Patrick Kluivert as coaches Also upgraded and added to Physios Some trimming of recruitment team also necessary to keep board happy Tactics Having read Cleon's excellent posts on the 4 2 3 1 in the tactics forum, I have adopted this as my starting point. I am using a DM version and will see how this goes. For the 2 DMs I will be using Anita, Kirchhoff and Vieira. Slightly concerned that the likes of Okane/Philips/Klich are going to get annoyed but will deal with that when it happens. Hopefully the team's strengths in the AM area will make this a successful tactic Transfers My transfers in may seem a bit unadventurous but I found it very difficult to find and attract players I wanted in the defence and striking areas. Quite a few of my targets failed at the player stage having got the clubs on board. Also faced a bit of an inconsistency in getting a player on loan from Man Utd. Axel Tuanzebe (apologies if spelling incorrect) was available on loan but Man Utd were unwilling to loan out to a rival club despite Leeds already having one of their players on loan (CBJ) I still have most of my funds available and will see what else I can do prior to the transfer deadline No players sold yet Looking forward to a good season. I am hoping it does not mirror the way the real life one is going!!!!!!!!!!
  9. Playing as Leeds. Aware of Phil Foden's real life exploits for England U17s, I put in a cheeky suggested bid amount of just over his somewhat low game value without any real hope of success. Man City unsurprisingly rejected the suggestion but put in a negotiated transfer value of £106 million!!! I spent a few seconds hunting for the decimal point but there wasn't one. I suppose that is one way of saying we don't want to sell. Needless to say the transfer didn't proceed. Anybody seen a higher "go away" figure than this for a very young player?
  10. I am playing as Leeds and had the same issue. I set up to pay for the Europe package but still couldn't scout in it. I eventually discovered that you also have to ask the board to extend the scouting range as well. Now working fine
  11. Update to my previous 2 posts Now completed first season and finished 2nd to Norwich. In my last post I was hopeful of making the playoffs but a promotion place seemed too far away. Had a really good run though and squeezed into 2nd, nervously drawing 2 of last 4 games and winning final game at Wigan 4 1 to clinch it My biggest problem through the season has been goals from my strikers but, fortunately, my AMs have been stepping in. Top scorers as follows:- Carlos Strandberg - 12 goals and 2 assists from 21 (8) games Chris Wood - 5 goals and 1 assist from 13 (4) games - NB spent big chunks of season injured Stuart Dallas - 12 goals and 5 assists from 50 games Alex Mowatt - 10 goals and 9 assists from 39 (8) games (Played as AMC after re-training) Kemar Roofe - 6 goals and 2 assists from 10 (16) games Hadi Sacko - 4 goals and 12 assists from 22 (8) games Albert Adomah - 4 goals and 6 assists from 16 (3) games Various other scorers on less than 4 My big January signing Nelson Oliveira was a big disappointment. Took him ages to settle and he only managed 2 goals and 2 assists from 7 (8) games I have been playing 4231 wide for most of season and so the goal spread could be my tactical fault. Has anyone else used this formation with Leeds and managed to get their strikers into 20+ goals ? Ronaldo Vieira continues to improve and is now worth 4m and putting in solid performances. Big hopes for him I now have to set myself up for the Prem and will probably spend ages doing so. I have been given a budget of just under 23m. I also note from looking at Lewis Cook's transfer clauses that I am due 1.5m if Bournemouth do not get relegated from the Prem in 16/17. They are currently sitting mid table and safe with 2 games to go There are various buy options on my loaned in players and I am wondering which, if any, I should take up. I am tempted to buy Pontus, Stephens, Sacko and Adomah but this will take up nearly 10m of my budget. Have any of you any experience of playing any of these 4 with Leeds in the Prem? I will be having a massive look through all scouted and listed players etc with particular attention to my defence. A few names I have contemplated so far are Andreas Bjelland, Matt Lowton, Dan Gosling and Jordan Williams (Liverpool, not the 17 year old at Huddersfield who my scouts report will not even consider Leeds!!) Anybody used any of these 4 in the Prem I will also be going back through this topic looking for recommendations. Any more would be gratefully received Further updates to follow
  12. This is an update to my post on 17th Nov. Real life has been getting in the way of FM and so not progressed as far as I had hoped. Note, all values are in GBP. I have an MSI laptop with an american keyboard and can't seem to find a pound sign Game now at 1st Feb 17 and Leeds sitting in 7th with 45 points, 1 point off play offs. Norwich top with 59 Had really dodgy run from 5th Nov to 2nd Jan. W 1 D 6 L 3. 5 of draws were 0-0 including 4 on bounce !! I lost the plot tactics wise during this period, switching around and generally messing it up. It was the FA cup 3rd round that proved a turning point on results. Won 4 1 at Blackburn with Strandberg getting a hat trick. He had been massively off form for weeks before then. I have since won 2 and drawn 1 of the league games in Jan with a simplification of my 4 2 3 1. Having had Man U in the EFL cup 4th round (lost 1 0 away) I also got them at home in the FA cup 4th round at the end of Jan and Leeds lost 2 0. Had 3 key injuries during that game due to their thuggish tactics (Str, AMC and AMR) Their aggressive style of play came up after the game during the post match interview Jan 17 transfer activity:- Berardi gone off to Preston on loan with a compulsory buy at the end of season. Having returned from injury, he was not really up to it with Ayling playing far better Diagouraga sold for 1m. I had played him a few times but not that impressive and decided to cash in with Vieira coming through strongly (See below) Enzo Zidane returned to Real Madrid after I terminated his loan. he was not really up to it and was complaining about lack of game time Signed Albert Adomah on loan from Middlesboro with an option to buy at season end if he proves to be any good. First signs look encouraging with 2 assists in 2 games Signed Nelson Oliveira to try and sort out my goal scoring issues. Valued at 6.5 million he was transfer listed with an asking price of 2.2m and I got him right at end of the window (Most of fee on instalments). His stats look good and he already had quite a few goals for the season. Had to give him 20k pw with loads of extras though Signed Jadson on loan as MC cover with a cheapish optional buy clause at season end. He is Brazillian and young, so I wasn't sure what would happen re work permit. He got one though (Is there somewhere in the game that sets out the rules on WPs?) I didn't try to sign Hernandez as he had injury issues (As in real life) and I wanted to spend money elsewhere and save his large wages. Not sure why his loan finished after the end of the window and not during it Lewie Coyle had been away on loan at Millwall for the first half of the season and doing very well. winning young player awards. I terminated the loan in Jan and will be using him at DR to replace Berardi. I gave him new contract earlier in season and he now worth 1m with very good potential ability rating Nearly got Lewis Cook on loan but he chose to go to Celtic instead Plus points from first half of season:- Ronaldo Vieira coming along very nicely. I have been using him in first team (7 starts and 10 as sub) and he now worth 2.4 m with a superb potential ability rating. I gave him a new contract in about October time and he signed up until 2020. I was forced to accept a release clause for higher league clubs though. It was locked on the screen and I could only put up the value of it. After some twoing and froing it was set at 15m. He is going to be quite some player in my save. I was concerned that someone would come in for him during the window but it didn't happen Star players. Dallas with 9 goals and many POM awards, now worth 6.75m. Jansson, Cooper, Bartley, Martins, Mossa all solid in defence. I think that Stephens will be ok as well but limited opportunities so far. O'kane very good and now worth 7.75m. Also Mowatt good now worth 7.25m. Silvestre much better than I anticipated and now worth 4.9m (Green hasn't had a look in and, surprisingly, hasn't complained}. Biggest surprise. Getting some free money in January. Part way into the month some transfer clauses re Luke Garbut (Sold to Everton some years ago) opened up due to board negotiations and I was able to cash them in. There were about 4 clauses that I raised approx 1.4m from. Fortunately, right at the start of Jan I asked the board to increase the percentage of transfer fees available to me and they put it up from 55% to 70% and this really helped with the Diagouraga sale happening as well Disappointments:- Even though Strandberg has 10 goals, he lacks consistency and just seems to be on or off. He may not get much more game time if Oliveira works out Wood very disappointing. Has spent quite a bit of time injured and I think I will move him on a end of season Bridcutt had injury problems as well but his biggest issue is yellow cards. 11 so far. Some may have been down to me playing him as a ball winning MC where hard tackling is built in!! Poyet and Armstrong not shining yet but, to be fair, their opportunities have been limited I can now concentrate on the league and try and get a play off place. Auto promotion looks a bit far away. Norwich first on 59 points and Villa second on 56 Good luck to all you fellow Leeds FM players
  13. I am a long term Leeds fan (50+years) and have been playing FM for approx 20 years going back to the CM days. Thought that it was about time I joined in with my Leeds experiences on FM17 Being a Leeds fan in real life is not an easy experience although things appear to be looking up at present. I started a career save on FM17 with the intention of making a good job of it, having struggled somewhat on recent year's versions. The squad looked in reasonable shape but a few changes needed. Not happy with the Charlie Taylor situation and so decided to bite the bullet and sell to free up some much needed transfer funds. Transfer activity as follows:- In Diego Poyet - DM/MC - Free. A signing not to be missed Luis Martins - DL - 275k from Granada B. To jointly fill hole left by CT departure and lack of other viable options Mossa - DL - 700k from Tarragona. To jointly fill hole left by CT departure and lack of other viable options Stuart Armstrong - AMC - 500k from Celtic. Competition for Hernandez and to cover that his loan finishes in Jan 17 Vegard Bergan - DC - 375k from Odd. Provide DC cover and for future Carlos Strandberg - Str - Season loan from CSKA Moscow. No loan fee and 50% wages only. Competition for Wood. Have future buy option of 11m. Mistake made here, should have tried to get this down!! Enzo Zidane - AMC + - Season Loan from Real Madrid. No loan fee or wages to pay!! Got 550k future buy option if he is any good Jack Stephens - DC - Season loan from Southampton. Loan fee 10.5k pm and 50% wages. Got 1.5m future buy option. Provide first team DC cover Out Charlie Taylor - 4m rising 5.25m to Palace. Norwich were also interested. Fans not too happy with this but had to be done in view of definite free departure at season end Kalvin Phillips - 475k rising to 850k to Middlesborough. Didn't see him as good enough for first team and wanted to shift wages Souleymane Doukara - 600k to Perugia. Didn't see him as good enough for first team and wanted to shift wages Ross Turnbull - Free to Scunthorpe. Too many keepers and wanted to shift wages Luke Murphy - Season loan to Preston. Got 26.5k loan fee pm and 50% wages. Tried to sell but no offers. Sadly his contract goes on beyond season!! Lewie Coyle - Season loan to Millwall. Thought about keeping as backup but he needs experience to progress Tactics and team Using a 4 2 3 1 wide with 2nd choice a 4 2 3 1 DM wide. Using Standard/Flexible with quite a few team instructions (retain possesion, shorter passing, pass into space, play out of defence, work ball into box, look for overlap, close down more, use tighter marking, use offside trap, prevent short GK distrib, stay on feet) GK - Silvestre - 7.18 (Green in cups 6.90) RB - Ayling - 7.17 (Taking chance on backup until Berardi back from injury and then will try him) DCR - Jansson - 7.32 (Cooper used as alternate for either DC , 7.58) DCL - Bartley - 7.57 DL - Martins - 7.51 (Mossa 7.30) CMR - Bridcutt - 6.92 (Alternates used for either MC are Diagouraga 6.88, Poyet 6.80, Ronaldo Vieira 6.75 CML - O'Kane - 7.24 AMR - Sacko 7.65/Hernandez 6.79 AMC - Mowatt 7.35/Hernandez 6.79/Armstrong 6.80 AMR - Dallas 7.23 STC - Wood 6.9/Strandberg 7.03 Comments Having a reasonably successful start. After 7 league games, won 4 drawn 3 lost 0 and 2nd in table to Derby. Only conceded 3 goals. Through to 3rd round of league cup Goals from Strandberg 3, Wood 2, Dallas 3, Mowatt 3, Sacko 2, Bartley 1 Defence proving very sound. Would love to sign Jansson and Bartley permanently but I think this may be a problem unless I get promoted. My brother also playing Leeds and he has just failed to sign both, Reasons given as something like club not big enough/division too low!! What a cheek Disappointed with Hernandez and will not be too sorry to see him go in Jan Mowatt a big plus. I trained him up to get AMC (Accomplished) which he achieved quickly and he has been a revelation in last couple of games in that position Dallas very useful. Not sure about Roofe Tried to sell Diagouraga but failed. Glad of this now as he is very good backup for Bridcutt I think that Strandberg will be very good but currently alternating him with Wood Very please with the Martins/Mossa options at LB Offered new Contracts to Cooper, Mowatt, Silvestre and Coyle. All signed I am varying the roles in each position depending on who filling it for that game. Can provide further info if anyone wants it Zidane and Stephens were late signings on deadline day and are untried apart from U23 Injuries not been too big a problem aside from Berardi who started game with it. I believe that the staying on feet instruction helps with this?? Playing Ronaldo Vieira sparingly in first team, usually as a sub. I think has has much potential and I need to consider how best to bring him on My aim is to push for promotion and, hopefully, the squad is strong enough now to do that. Time will tell I will add further posts as season progresses
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