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  1. I think I have to thank Knap for his tactics, I've adjusted them slightly for away games etc, but the base for my success is those tactics. Some of my signings turned out to be extremely good, Torreira and Akkaynak scored 14 goals in the prem between them and Liam Kelly has been smashing them in from range too. Let's see if I can repeat it this season!
  2. Reading FC end of season 2 update It's been a pleasure reading all of your updates, so I thought I'd make sure I did mine too. Having been promoted to the prem, my squad was in serious need of strengthening. GK, CB, LB, CM, CAM and ST were all areas I wanted to focus on. However, with just £35 million to spend I had to sell a few players first and raised another £7 million to fund the purchases of these guys: I was very much hoping just to avoid relegation as many of my players were still of Championship quality. However, a combination of the brilliance of Knap's tactics, the performances of my new signings and an easy start to the season saw us win 7 out of our first 8 home games! We were 5th for much of the season, before some shocking results for the sides around us let us in to the Champions League places, where we managed to stay until the end of the season. I don't think I've ever seen such low points totals for 5th and 6th places, so next year may prove much harder. I'm about to start pre-season for season 3, and have brought in Fiete Arp after courting him all season (free transfer), Oxlade-Chamberlain (£14 million - transfer listed) and Tonali (£17 million - transfer listed at Leicester after they failed to meet a promise). Our top goal scorer last season was Bodvarsson with 12 prem goals, so hopefully Arp will help on that front. Tonali should fill the hole left by Torreira who was superb last season. However, players like Nasri and Klavan, key players last year are on the sharp decline, so there is a lot of work to do and just £14 million left to spend. I also have big decisions to make regarding players like Gunter and Omar Richards - they have performed well but will they be able to do it again now teams know what we are about? They are also obviously home grown which is another issue to consider. This is the squad thus far:
  3. I'm Reading FC, end of season 2. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain transfer listed by Liverpool for £14.5 million. Just qualified for the champions League. Should I buy?
  4. I am in my second season now with Reading. I'd definitely promote Omar Richards, if using a LB he trumps Obita for me. Potential lower prem player. Loader is also another one to promote, useful across the attacking midfield positions. Finally Tom holmes has great potential and reasonable stats so I promoted him as a back up. I used him, Moore and mcshane with ampadu coming on loan in January (sold ilori and Blackett as both very poor for me). I sold most of the wingers just keeping barrow and meite, Sims (loan) and loader and McCleary (backup but still effective) There are some great free transfers and the best is nasri (if you sign during December he is banned until the end of the month but you have no competition) and then I brought in loan signings in the form of sorloth, Choudhury, Lennon and ampadu. You can only have 5 in the squad but for me loans are best with limited wage budget and transfer fees at reading. You do heamoreage money in the first season, so getting some of those high earners off your books really helps. Also if you get promoted, note a lot of players have 50-100% bonus clauses in their contracts making them harder to ditch e.g. pops, meyler, McCleary. I posted in the lower league thread on this forum so you can see more there if interested!
  5. Having read this thread from the start I decided to start a save with Reading FC, my home town club. I really struggled to sign players, with many of the usual free transfers going to rivals or clubs abroad for much higher wages than I could offer. Therefore, I settled for bringing in some loan signings Alexander Sorloth from Palace, Aaron Lennon from Burnley and Hamza Choudhury from Leicester. This meant I was heavily reliant on loan players throughout the season, often fielding 5 in my starting line up. It did mean I could get rid of some of the dross though and try and keep finances under control! Early season form was surprisingly good, 3 wins on the trot got me dreaming of promotion to the promised land! However, reality set in and our pre-season prediction of mid-table looked very likely until around December. I then started reading some of the threads Knap posts and although the tactics didn't really suit all of my players (I tested out a few with an older back up save), I managed to adapt some of them to fit and my form drastically improved. 5 wins on the bounce got us into the play-off places. Samir Nasri joined around this time on a free transfer (I snapped him up in late November to avoid competition) and he proved a fantastic acquisition, as you can see in the stats below. Chelsea's Ethan Ampadu also arrived on loan in Jan to provide cover in defense and was superb. Heading into the final weeks of the season, I snuck into 2nd place with two superb wins over Bristol City and Brentford. However, I was then sucker-punched by West Brom with two late goals meaning I faced the last day knowing I needed to win and Brentford had to lose to Preston at home. Everything was on track but Brentford came back to win 2-1 meaning the play-offs for Reading. I was surprised by how easily we negotiated the play-offs. Bodvarsson, who had been out of the team most of the season due to the form of Sorloth, had spent the last few weeks scoring some excellent goals, and he continued his form with a fantastic long range effort 14 seconds in to the play off final! Our 4-1 victory meant that we have returned to the Premier League! The challenge ahead is immense. £37 million and a £600k wage budget for a squad reliant on loans is going to be interesting. I'll post an update after the transfer window ends but I'm scouring the forums for prem bargains at the moment! Player stats below:
  6. I usually only play all nighters when on a joint game with my housemate or a friend from back home - my record is 23 hours straight from 6pm to 5pm the next day; i think it's why i've ended up wearing glasses!
  7. Thought i'd start this, only got to league 2 with farnborough last year but started quite late on - a bit of a cop out with Nuneaton this time as they are the easiest, but nevermind! Here's my profile
  8. Should have mentioned that i'm in the championship so would want this guy to eventually be good enough for premier league football. Obviously i haven't actually got this guy yet, but i'm just wondering whether i should or not? A few teams are interested e.g. Newcastle. Help much appreciated
  9. Cheers, i think i will do just that, i'll be in the championship at least another season so he will get games so i'll see how he turns out!!
  10. Hi, i picked up this guy as Brighton in the Championship, he is wanted by Lazio, Wolfsburg and Fulham and yet to me seems slightly lacking. Therefore i wanted some outside opinions on him, will he turn out any good? If not i shall sell him when the first offer comes in!!
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