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  1. This Leeds thread seemed to be slipping down the list so i decided to post my experiences and give it a boost

    Just finished my first season, finishing 6th with 66 points and qualifying for the euro cup group stage

    In

    Anel Ahmedhodzic - DC for £3.5m (£5.5m) Bought as young backup with potential, working out very well

    Davide Santon - DR/DL £3.0 (£3.7) Bought as experienced backup and did very well

    Nicolo Rovella - DM/MC £1.8m (£2.3m) Bought as young backup for Phillips. did very well and getting better and better

    Jack Wilshere - MC AMC/L/R  Free signing. Paying him £20k pw with good playing incentives in view of injury history. Proved a good signing with only 2 days out injured and started 17 times, 5 as sub

    Thiago Almada - AMC/L/R +Str £5.25m (£8m) bought really for future and as cheap backup for Rodrigo. Took time to settle in and still needs to realise full potential

     

    Out

    Casilla £3.1m

    Hernandez £1.8m (£2.3m)

    Bamford Loan to Burnley with good monthly fee, 50% wages and optional buy at £14m (Bamford has never proved successful for me in previous FMs)

    Forshaw loan with mandatory £1.1m buy. Tried to sell but impossible

    Alioski loaned out in Jan window to end of contract

     

    Disappointments

    Rodrigo. Played him as striker but didn't prove to be good. Perhaps I was not using him correctly. Also spent 4 months out injured

    Harrison. Just didn't seem that good. Also very expensive, £220k pm loan fee and £40k pw wages.  Can buy him for £10m at season end but still thinking re this. If i do buy then i will sell on straight away as he supposed to be worth £22.5m

     

    Pleasant surprises

    Gelhardt. Owing to Rodrigo injury, Almada settling in, and other young strikers out on loan, I had to use him quite a bit. He responded very well with 8 goals and 2 assists in 10 starts and 11 subs

    Messlier. Very reliable in goal. Now rated very good and in full french squad. missed him when injured for 2 games and had to use backup keeper

     

    Goals (EPL)

    Raphinha - 12 goals and 12 assists from 34 starts

    Costa - 9 goals and 2 assists from 25 starts

    Klich - 9 goals and 4 assists from 37 starts (Mostly penalties)

    Gelhardt - 8 goals and 2 assists from 10 starts

    Rodrigo - 6 goals and 1 assist from 18 starts

    Almada - 4 goals and 3 assists from 12 starts

    Phillips - 4 goals and 9 assists from 34 starts

     

    I am now preparing for new season (21/22) with a good striker very much on the agenda. Looking to sell Rodrigo and I am not sure that Cooper is totally up to it either

    Further updates to follow

  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. 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

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    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!!!!!!!!!!

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