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DBurns

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About DBurns

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    Northern Ireland

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    Liverpool, Celtic + Barca

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    Ajax
  1. A fantastic career! Just read from start to finish. Might potentially be interested in doing something similar and so would like to know what you're using to determine if a players city of birth falls within the 30 mile radius? Is it just a basic UK map or have you something more specific to ensure you don't miss out on players born in smaller cities or towns even?
  2. Would imagine that Ozil's 3421 based around Wales isn't too far away from what you want especially with Eriksen as AP-a and a bit deeper than Alli as SS. Kane could do a job as defensive forward or could be changed to complete forward. Might need to Dembele-Wanyama roles though as Ozil has a BWM-d and DLP-s combo and neither Dembele or Wanyama are good enough on the ball to be a playmaker. As previously mentioned Wanyama stays very central and maybe a more disciplined role than BWM, maybe anchorman or a normal defensive midfielder. As far as Dembele is concerned he is one of my favourite players in the league with his rare mix of skills and I'd probably use him as DM-s but left of centre with Eriksen playing right of centre in the CM strata to allow Dembele space to make use of his fantastic dribbling ability. So I would line up something like this: GK - Lloris - SK/s RCB - Dier - CB/d CB - Alderweireld - BPD/c LCB - Vertonghen - BPD/d RWB - Walker - WB/s or CWB/s DMC - Wanyama - AM/d DMLC - Dembele - DM/s LWB - Rose - WB/s or CWB/s RCM - Eriksen - AP/a AMLC - Alli - SS/a ST - Kane - DF/s or CF/s
  3. FM17: Arsenal

    I get that Meant for in terms of average position as such? Should have made that more clear.
  4. FM17: Arsenal

    Do you think the second formation plays close to the current Chelsea 3-4-3?? Pedro being Cesc and Hazard being Ozil playing a bit further forward.
  5. So on my current save with Ajax I've found a few hidden gems. Anyone looking a young cheap wide man capable of playing on either wing as a winger or inside forward as well as being able to play up front could do worse than looking at this fella: Initially brought in to be a rotation option, he wasted no time in becoming first choice on the right wing. This is how he performed for me. Just been offered £8 million for him which I turned down as I think I could get a lot more than that if he has another good season. Realistically I know I won't be ale to hold onto him much longer though. ----- When PSG offered over £20m for first choice RB Kenny Tete I replaced him with Miladin Stevanovic and Ales Mateju, two players I've never seen mentioned before on these forums. Both had a solid first season rotating with each other - Mateju stats ¦ Stevanovic stats. They were brought in for £7.5 million in total and I'm already turning down offers of close to £10 million each for them.
  6. Tevez is an 'extra' for both squads. In that I don't know whether he'd be more associated with United or City. Good shout on Diamanti. ----- I have decided to edit some 'older' players to when they were in their prime. I only have as far as FM08 but I am sure anyone still playing today, if I was edit their attributes to what they were up to 8 years then they'll definitely have been in their prime at some stage. Even some current players who are good in the FM2016 database I've edited: Ronaldo Torres Gerrard Fabregas Essien
  7. So I was watching the Premier League Years for the 2013/14 season and as a Liverpool fan couldn't help but think 'What if Liverpool had kept Suarez and Sterling and really kicked on from that season?' That got me thinking about a few more possibilities as well - 'What if Man United had kept and developed Pique and Pogba into the players they are today?' or 'What if Southampton could have held on to a few of their stars for a few more seasons?' So I decided to make a database with the twenty Premier League clubs that started the 2015/16 season and edit their squads to reflect the best 20 players that have played for them. I am going to base it on their ability and attributes as of the FM2016 database but if there's interest in this and in editing some older players - I'm thinking Drogba, Lampard, Evra, - to when they were in their at their respective Premier League club I will do so. I am not too sure if there will be any interest in this at all but I am hopeful and also in need of some help. Where a player has featured for multiple clubs, I have either tried to place at the club where I think he's most associated to or in the case of it being a 'big' club and a 'smaller' club I've generally gone with the smaller to try and create a more competitive league. This is what I currently have but I am open to debate and also I am sure I have left out some rather obvious players: Arsenal - I am fairly happy with. Bit of a choice between Gibbs and Monreal and maybe looking back now should go with Gibbs for his longevity. Possibly Alex Song as well however I feel West Ham are maybe more in need of him. Out of my 'extras' I think only Ashley Cole, Kolo Toure and van Persie in their prime would add anything to that squad. Villa - Again quite happy with this unless there is some glaring oversight I've missed. Bournemouth - Can't help but feeling this will just pretty much be their current squad. Can't think of anyone who has played for Bournemouth but isn't currently there who would add to the squad? Chelsea - The first few issues I had - Mata, Bertrand, Cech, Lukaku, De Bruyne all could have been at Chelsea or elsewhere. In the end Mata, Bertrand and Cech remained because of length of service however I think Bertrand maybe more of a name for himself at Southampton. A prime Drogba and Carvalho would definitely add to this squad. Palace - Probably robbed of their star player in Cabaye, I can see this being somewhat similar to Bournemouth in that it will be pretty close to the current squad. Everton - Mustafi and Fellaini definitely add a lot to the squad as well as my decision to leave Lukaku there rather than return to Chelsea. Maybe a prime Lescott and Pienaar would further improve the squad. Leicester - Pretty happy with this, not too far from the current title winning side. Liverpool - The return of Reina, Mascherano, Johnson, Alonso, Gerrard, Sterling, Torres and Suarez definitely strengthens the squad. Looking at it now, dont know why I included Markovic. Will probably replace him with Ibe or a prime Kuyt. Man City - If only they held on to Jerome Boateng eh? Pretty happy with this although not too sure whether Tevez should go to City or United. Would most likely replace Negredo, Denis Suarez or Guidetti. Man Utd - Pogba, Pique, di Maria, Ronaldo, Rooney, Kagawa - if United held on to all these players surely they'd be untouchable. Rafael over Darmian maybe?Quite top heavy and have just realised I've forgot Carrick. Newcastle - Cabaye, Ben Arfa and Carroll return to the Toon. Some good players have been let go in recent years and maybe if these players were all there at the same time, things might be a bit more positive IRL. Norwich - Still missing a defender for Norwich, squad is quite similar to that IRL. Southampton - The one I was most interested in, debated about bringing Bale back but he made his name at Spurs. But even so, the return of Clyne, Chambers, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Cork, Ox, Lallana will add a lot to the current stars at St, Mary's. Stoke - Missing a midfielder still but a very strong squad IMO. Made me realise their weak spots, no out and out full backs and lack of a real goal-scoring striker. Sunderland - Not much change here from the current squad however Mignolet and Colback returning should definitely strengthen things. Possibly add Defoe to that as well? Swansea - Totally forgot about Swansea right backs and so will add Naughton and Rangel to that now. And I suppose for a goalkeeper we could use Fabianski and bring Ospina in to the Arsenal squad. Pretty strong squad and if I was to edit 'older' players, would surely have to include Michu. Spurs - Modric and Bale added to the current Spurs squad will surely make a huge difference. Possibly as strong a squad as Chelsea and Man United IMO. If I go down the road of editing players, van der Vaart and Keane would further add to the squad. Watford - Pretty similar to the current squad in all honesty. West Brom - A fairly strong squad IMO, strong defence, some quality in midfield particularly with Borja Valero and Mulumbu returning. West Ham - Surprisingly found to hard to think of players with them still needing 3 players to complete their squad. So I think i need most help with Bournemouth, Palace, West Ham, Norwich, Sunderland Watford and possibly Leicester.
  8. 2016/17 Mid-Season Report Top of the league but only 2 points clear of second placed Chelsea and 3 ahead of Spurs. We are 6 points worse off than at this stage last year. Hopefully in the second half of the season we can kick on and retain the title. March will be pivotal to that - us, Chelsea and Spurs all play each other. Progression through the Champions League group stage was secured a 100% record. We drew Leverkusen in the First Knockout Round. The squad are playing well and in decent form, all averaging over 7 bar Cech which I don't see as a bad thing really. When available, di Maria has been on fire! Will update when I finish this season.
  9. 2016 Summer Transfer Window Adding to the title winning squad from the first season was John Stones who replaced Mertresacker who left for PSG. Stones will compete with and rotate with Laporte and Kos for the two centre back spots. Also coming in was Angel di Maria for £10 million plus Oliver Giroud, a great deal considering was not really suited to how I wanted to play and di Maria is much more versatile. Atletico Madrid matched my asking price of £1.5 million for Monreal and replaced him with the transfer listed Fabio Coentrao and young Josh Tymon from Hull. My thinking is Fabio will do a job for 2/3 seasons until Tymon is ready to step up and for £4m for a Portuguese international, I cant complain. Also on the way out were Rosicky, Debuchy, Arteta, Gibbs, Martinez, Gnabry, Szczesny, Aboubakar (a first season signing for £8.25 million, Lazio offered £24.75 million for him and I wanted to give Welbeck more game time), Sanogo and Jenkinson. That leaves my first team squad looking like this: Perfect 10 from Alexis puts us top of the league after 7 games!
  10. Arsene Wenger's Invincibles

    Without meaning to sign harsh, why didn't you look at his attributes and the attributes Ozil lists beside each role in his OP to see what role Xhaka would best fit? You maybe could have found he wasn't a great fit anywhere and possibly found a better fit. Not on the game currently so unsure exactly of his attributes but would most likely say CMd.
  11. 2015/16 Season Review A fantastic league season saw us finish 19 points clear of second placed Man City and only two defeats, both away from home - to Man City with an injury hit team in our tenth league game and a shock defeat away to Watford. I think next season if we could repeat our home form and remain undefeated again it would go a long way towards retaining the title. Sanchez, Ozil and Cazorla contributed 55 goals and 30 assists along the way winning Sanchez the Golden Boot and Footballer of the Year and earning all three a place in the Team of the Year alongside Cech and Koscielny. Cech also won the Golden Glove, Cazorla Players Player of the Year, Oxlade-Chamberlain Players Young Player and myself Manager of the Year after dominating the monthly awards. My highlights for the season were doing the double over Tottenham and Man Utd as well as the fact Jack Wilshere has remained injury free since his return. In the Champions League, we were very hit and miss in the group stage before a good victory over Atletico but couldn't defeat their neighbours Real who went on to win it. We won the League Cup with a few tricky ties for the youngsters. Less said about the FA Cup, the better. Summer Transfer Window I am fairly happy with the current squad having shifted Giroud, Walcott, Gabriel, Ospina, Campbell, Elneny and Flamini already. Next to go will be Arteta, Mertesacker and possibly Gibbs who is not playing much due to the form of Monreal and the signing of Alaba. As regards incomings, I am not too sure if I will make any first team signings at all. My main priority will most likely be to sort out the Reserves and Under 18 squads and possibly bring in a few prospects to develop them to be able to replace the older players in a few years when they retire - the likes of Cech, Cazorla, Koscielny - as opposed to having to pay megabucks.
  12. Looks like Martial is doing the business for you! I know he is playing as a CF-s but in terms of how he plays it, is he poacher-like as in the way you'd expect Walcott to play the role or does he offer an all round game linking the play and getting involved in the build up? Just finished the first transfer window, shall post an update soon.
  13. Mammana looks incredible on my save, with Juventus alongside Rugani. I can't recommend Romagnoli From Milan enough, quality defender and I do like having a left footer in the centre. Also might be worth checking Laporte, Stones, Umtiti, Abdou Diallo, Willi Orban.
  14. Looks like a good team. How much did Sanches cost? I have pretty much built my team around Alli and so could never go for the like of Sanches, does look incredible though and in 2020 still with Benfica. What's your budget for a CB?
  15. I wouldnt have both full backs on 'attack', I'd change Clyne to a 'support' duty. Can from what I remember at game start isn't intelligent enough IMO to play as a playmaker. Would also consider using a 4-4-1-1 to give your full backs more support from the wingers. Personally I'd go something like this: Mignolet Clyne - FB/s Skrtel - CD/d Sakho - CD/d Moreno - FB/a Milner/Lallana - WM/a Henderson/Can - CM/s Lucas/Allen - CM/d Coutinho - WP/a Firmino - AM/a Ings/Sturridge - CF/s
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