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  1. Some of the transfers made in the summer were odd. I feel like no-one at Swansea must have watched Eder before signing him because he's always been a donkey. How he's a Portuguese international is beyond me. Saying that, I'm glad he started on the weekend because it might give Gomis the kick up the backside he needs. I agree that he seems to have run out of ideas but I still feel we're too strong to go down, so I'd like to see us stick with him and and if things are still shakey at the end of the season then look at a change from there. Realistically, who is out there to come in? Would you take Brendan back? I wouldn't. Moyes? No thanks.
  2. How are people feeling about the real life managerial position? It's in the news again today that the board are considering Monk's position.
  3. Haha fair point but I'm a bit of a fans favourite at the moment after my European run so you might be on your own! I sent him out on a few short term loan spells last season and he's coming along really nicely. Would like him to develop a bit more physically so I think I'll keep him around this season and try to train him in the right areas. Probably won't have the quality to end up being a first team starter but definitely looks to be good enough as rotation with a little bit of care.
  4. Although I agree that I've done far too much in the transfer market, as long as I'm managing Swansea I believe it's relevant. How I play the game may be different to yourself but I'm still managing the club. How boring would football manager be if you didn't spruce your side up with new signings? Players I am still using in the first team are Williams, Cork, Shelvey, Ayew and Grimes. Williams will be phased out in this season though. Just to continue this post... in the first two seasons and start of the third I've signed 25 permanent players for the squad. Since the start of the 2013/14 season, Swansea have signed 20+ in real life. Admittedly they haven't sold as many first team players as me, but I just wanted to show how it's not massively unrealistic. Every club makes changes, the only advantage I have is that I know that the players I'm signing are going to become decent players. The club doesn't have that advantage in real life.
  5. Nice work samdiatmh! Would be nice to see this progressed to showing under 21's with fixed PA's of say 160 and above too at some point if someone fancies it!
  6. Season Two Review The League To say we got off to a terrible start would be an understatement. After finishing 5th in the first season I had my eye on possibly breaking into the top 4, but Chelsea brought me back down to earth with a 5-1 slapping at Stamford Bridge to kick the season off. From there it went down hill very fast. By the start of November I was sat in 14th and fearing the sack. Luckily we kicked into gear from this point and moved through the gears to an eventual finish of 6th. Again, we had the opportunity to break into the top 4 but lost a couple of games in the run-in. but overall after the terrible start we made, I'm happy with 6th. The Cups Once again the domestic cups were seen as a chance to rotate the squad and give some youngsters and back up players game time. We crashed out in the third round of the Capital One Cup to Nottingham Forrest, losing 3-1 at home which I was not happy about. Our FA Cup run lasted a little longer. We actually made it to the 6th round by beating Derby, Oxford and Norwich before eventually being beaten by Ipswich away from home. Not great cup runs but plenty of experience gained for young players. The European Adventure Finishing 5th in our first season meant we walked straight into the Europa league group stages. We were however seeded 3rd but managed to get a relatively east group of Atheltic Bilbao, Braga and Qarabag. We coasted through the group without ever really being troubled. Most of the group games we're played by rotation, backup and young players to keep my best players fresh for the league. In the first knockout round we drew Werder Bremen and beat them home and away in a 5-2 aggregate win. Ajax in last 16 was comfortable after winning 2-1 away, we struggled to a draw at home and went though. We then played Fenerbache and lost 1-0 at home to a Nani strike. I stuck with my weakened team for the away leg and managed to somehow go 3-0 up at half time through a M'baye Niang hattrick. The second half was a different story and with 10 minutes to go, Fenerbache made it 3 all and we were heading out. In the 92nd minute, substitute Gabirel Barbosa popped up to score a goal that would see us through to the semi finals. Milan were the opponents and the home game was easily the game of the season for us. We beat Milan 5-1 at home and went on to go through comfortably despite losing 2-1 at the San Siro. Then there was the final. The opponents - Man City. They'd finished 3rd in their Champions League group and dropped into the competition. In the league this season they beat us 1-0 at their place, but we had stuffed them 4-0 at the Liberty. So it was set to be an interesting one. I was confident.... ...but despite a relatively even game, their quality shone through. Devastated. Transfers The first season trend of signing a shedload of players continued as I looked to build a squad capable of competing on all fronts. I was very happy to be able to bring in some top class young players like Youri Tielemans as a replacement for Ki, Hirving Lozano as a winger prospect and in January, I took up the opportunity to bring back season one's best player, Angel Correa. He was not getting games at Atletico and was listed. I was happy to shell out. Player Performances So at the end of season one I mentioned how I had got a good first season out of Gabriel Barbosa but I wanted to see more from him in the second season. He delivered. The 20 year old Brazilian played 37(6) games in all competitions and bagged 31 goals, 26 of which were in the league. He missed out on the league top scorer by one goal to Diego Costa. He almost managed 8 assists and an average rating of 7.35. Another notable mention has to go to Jack Cork, who played as first choice at DM and managed to get an average rating of 7.36 over 32(3) games with 2 goals and 3 assists. He made the position his own despite fierce competition from the emerging Andres Cubas. Lastly, credit has to be given to M'Baye Niang, who came in from Milan as back up for Barbosa and played his part in the Europa League run. He played 20(18) games altogether and scored 19 goals. It's his Europa league record that stands out though with him playing 13(1) in the competition and scoring 11 goals and getting 3 assists. At 22, he will provide competition upfront for a few years yet. So it's onto season three.... The club made profits last season of £105m and because of this, I've been entrusted with a transfer budget this season of a whopping £53m. Crazy. I can't see myself spending it UNLESS..... Gabriel Barbosa is currently refusing to sign a new contract at the moment, and is saying that the squad isn't good enough to play at a level to match his ambitions. He has a £36m release clause in his contract and PSG are showing major interest. I will be gutted. I do have Munir signing for free at the end of the season along with a 17 year old regen striker called Radosevljevic from PSV who I'm singing for £8.25m. Onwards and upwards.
  7. Buying/Selling: Buying Player Name: Nikola Radosavljevic Your Team: Swansea Buyer/Seller: PSV Player's Value: 300k Offer: £8.25m Transfer/Wage Budget: Have around 20mil still left this season Patch: FM 2016 Season: May season two Looking for a young prospect, came across this guy. Scouted him. What you think?
  8. I'd take that. He's good but you can get better with that sort of cash.
  9. Assuming you're financially in a good place based on your transfer budget, yeah buy him! By that time in the game he should be looking like a great player! Valid point but it depends what his reputation is like now that he's a champions league club, and also how well the clubs with the potential replacements have been doing. However, as a general point I agree with you.
  10. I still think 50 mil is unrealistic, home grown or not. Makes the eventual £27m after addons that I got look like nothing. Has anyone else had the same problem as me where Chelsea are forever interested in Jonjo Shelvey but never make a bid. I'm coming towards the end of March in my second season and they've been interested in him from the start of the game until now. It's only 'minor interest' according to his profile but never seems to go away.
  11. I don't mind you asking at all. I'm just coming towards the tail end of my second season and the original swansea players that I'd consider to be in my strongest 11 are Williams, Cork, Shelvey and Ayew.
  12. Unless there's a world class replacement available for that price, I personally would keep him. If you can pick up the likes of Gabriel Barbosa, Mauro Icardi, Paulo Dybala etc then fair enough, but otherwise you're better of keeping him. His goals could be vital in your champions league quest and also in qualifying for it again next season.
  13. Look forward to it fella! I'm at the January transfer window of season 2. Will update later when I finally get home from this hell hole I call work!
  14. I'm in work so I can't make a solid suggestion based on finances etc but Real Oviedo have just been promoted to Liga Adelante in Spain so I would assume their expectations are not too high. They have an interesting ownership model in real life where your everyday man can buy one(or more) share in the club. They also have a rich history and are aiming to get back to the glory days. Probably a bit of an obvious suggestion but thought it was one worth making.
  15. They fell off completely on my save last night. Played up until early December of the second season. I'm 10th in the league! Absolutely awful performances, creating very little. I was in 14th but went to bed on a 2 game win streak. Hopefully start to climb the table now, otherwise I could find myself in the job centre later this evening!
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