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    Tom. FM and FPL enthusiast. Cardiff City FC fan since the glory days of Andy Legg and Leo Fortune-West.

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    "The first 90 minutes are the most important." - Sir Bobby Robson

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    Doing the Ayatollah

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    Cardiff City

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  1. Are they in mentoring groups with other players? They can pick up new traits by learning from other players in their mentoring groups.
  2. Update: so after exploring the Scouting area for a while, I found that you can filter players by the relevant statistics mentioned above, but I would maintain that the ability to set assignments based on these would be preferable and should fall under the Data Analysis team rather than be a function of the Scouting filters.
  3. I originally posted this in the Good Player & Team Guide forum to ask if this was already possible, got no responses from anyone so now posting here as a feature request. From my understanding, the way that some modern football clubs make decisions on transfers is a combination of performance analytics and in-person scouting for a number of matches. I would like to start a save where I implement an analytically driven approach, where all my first-team transfers are driven by data analysts who identify players performing well in certain areas in various competitions. But not just based on top scorers or top assisters, also to include more of the underlying statistics that are important on a per-role basis for my tactical setup. I think it should be possible to assign a data analyst to recommend player(s) in this way. For example, say I want to sign a Central Defender. I would like to know who are the players across certain leagues that rank well for interceptions per 90, successful tackles per 90, aerial challenges won per 90 and also have a pass completion rate of x%. And I would like to be able to give the data analytics team (or an individual data analyst) an assignment to produce a report for me based on these requirements. From the list of players my analytics department recommends, I could then assign my scouting team to go and watch them in person to get an additional opinion on the players before making a final decision on who to buy. It feels like this should be possible and I'm missing a big part of the game... or rather, since this part of the game is missing, it could be a big way of improving the usefulness of the analytics team.
  4. Check the opposition manager profile to see what his preferred style is. Any kind of Direct / Route One / Counter-Attacking style means I would drop the Higher Defensive Line to a Standard One + lose the Offside Trap. Change your Anchor Man to a Half Back so that you keep a 3 vs 2 situation at the back at all times. Change your FBs to WBs with instructions to Overlap on both flanks so that the RB is a WB (a) and the LB is a WB (s) -- that should keep their wingers pinned back further. Make Cuisance a DLP instead of AP to try and draw their DMs further away from their own defensive line and can more easily receive the ball from defenders + the DM. Also, change Perisic to an IF (a) for more penetration. See how that goes.
  5. From my understanding, the way that some modern football clubs make decisions on transfers is a combination of performance analytics and in-person scouting for a number of matches. I would like to start a save where I implement an analytically driven approach, where all my first-team transfers are driven by data analysts who identify players performing well in certain areas in various competitions. But not just based on top scorers or top assisters, also to include more of the underlying statistics that are important on a per-role basis for my tactical setup. Is it currently possible to assign a data analyst to recommend player(s) in this way? For example, say I want a Central Defender. I would like to know who are the players across certain leagues that rank well for interceptions per 90, successful tackles per 90, aerial challenges won per 90 and also have a pass completion rate of x%. And I would like to be able to give them an assignment to produce a report for me based on these requirements. From the list of players my analytics department recommends, I would then assign my scouting team to go and watch them in person to get more opinion on the players before making a final decision on who to buy. It feels like this should be possible and I'm missing a big part of the game... or if this part of the game is missing, it could be a big way of improving the usefulness of the analytics team. Mods: if this is in the wrong section, feel free to move. I took it as falling under "advice on building a successful team."
  6. In real life yes, he joined in January. But that won't be reflected on FM until the winter update.
  7. Yep. There could even be new staff roles created, or you could designate a team of staff members to work on them since I know pro teams use a combination of analysts & coaching staff to design and practice set pieces. It would also give managers the chance to defer responsibility for what can be a pretty time consuming task. Leaving them on default is always an option I suppose, but generally not advised.
  8. Don't get caught up in stats like how many shots or shots on target you're getting. I could get 100 shots in a game with all of them on target, but if they're all from outside the box and straight at the GK I still know something is wrong with my approach. First thing I'd recommend for you to be able to identify the right changes is to go back and watch the Extended Highlights of a few games where you lost or drew but could/should have won. It's always best to try and identify things for yourself, make tweaks / changes and see how things go. That said, faced with this kind of system & scenario.... If you're playing a Gegenpress system, with a Positive mentality and instructions like Higher Defensive Line, Much Higher Line of Engagement, Counter Press, Extremely Urgent Pressing, and Extremely High Tempo... and you find that teams are "parking the bus" which more than likely means defending in a low block and looking for chances to counter, then you're kinda playing into their hands and it might just be that you don't have good enough players right now for your system to overcome those teams / that approach. Extremely High Tempo = you're forcing your attackers to rush the ball around, rush their decisions, keep the ball moving... it has positives in terms of moving the defense around, but if the defense isn't pressing very much and just sitting in their low block waiting for a chance to pounce, then all it does is increase the chance of you giving the ball away with a mistake. You need exceptional technical players with great mentals to play that high tempo consistently. Higher Defensive Line + Much Higher Line of Engagement = Very aggressive, which makes sense for Gegenpress, but in combination with your player roles it's just a bit overkill. For example, you have 3 attackers all on attack duties. Then you have 2 WB (s) to provide width down the flanks. The B2B mid will also look to roam & push up to support attacks. That's 6 outfield players all pushing forward in transition. Add on top of that the fact that you're only holding role in midfield is a Deep Lying Playmaker, who will also take up more advanced positions that say a Defensive Midfielder, Anchor Man or Half Back, and what you get is 2 extremely exposed BPDs left to deal with any counter attacks or breakdowns in transition. Your system is essentially unbalanced and too aggressive, even for a Gegenpress, considering who you are and the league you're in. I would try using an Advanced Playmaker (s) instead of B2B, then switch the DLP (d) to a DM (d), AM (d) or HB (d) -- this role might have to switch depending on opponent formation, if they are playing with a lone striker DM but if they have 2 forward then HB. Reasoning behind this is because it seems like you want to camp in opposition half, so making the playmaker role an advanced one should help draw the ball into more advanced areas and decrease the chance of a deeper player (DLP) getting caught on the ball in transition with everyone else bombing forward. DLP (d) is better used in a counter-attacking system imo, where you play a Lower Line of Engagement to draw teams onto you and the DLP plays long balls over the top for a striker to chase / run onto. A less aggressive holding role at DM should also offer better support for you 2 CBs during counter attacks & breakdowns in transition. Changing one of the IFs to a (s) role is something I would consider too. Probably the one on the left flank, so it creates an overload with IF, AP and WB all on (s) duties. I personally might even change the WB (s) on the right to a IWB (d) to add even more safety but I'm a much more conservative manager. These are all changes that I'd recommend to help the overall balance of the setup, but it's still very aggressive and will still be vulnerable to counters, just a bit less so. I tried not to mess with your style too much by suggesting huge changes to Team Instructions, but what I would change there is: Extremely High Tempo >> Higher Tempo Higher Defensive Line >> Much Higher Defensive Line Much Higher Line of Engagement >> Higher Line of Engagement Extremely Urgent Pressing >> More Urgent Pressing Just to add some vertical compactness by condensing the gap between your Defensive Line and your Line of Engagement and giving your players a bit more time to make decisions on the ball. None of this is guaranteed to work, of course, but these would be the first logical steps I would take to see if things improved.
  9. Simply put: there are not enough communication options in this area of the game. I would like to see more. Want to tell a player that you're really disappointed with his development at his loan club? Not an option, you have to tell him his "progress has been OK" and hope he gets the message. Want to tell a player that a one-off performance was really impressive and to keep it up? Not an option, you have to praise his recent form -- if that hasn't been good enough, he may react badly even though he's just performed well enough to deserve some praise. Want a player to learn a PPM while on loan? Or for the player to be in a mentoring group with a certain player on that team? Not an option to negotiate that with the loan team manager. This last point also ties into a previous request I raised about how PPMs are taught by coaches, which could add a whole other layer to constructing your own coaching team and deciding which teams you loan your prospects to: Also, it would be a nice feature if you could assign a responsibility to you Loan Manager to implement praise or criticism to the players you have on loan, since I imagine it would be part of his job remit in real life.
  10. Unaware of anything similar on the site and thought that a centralized place for people to post / list good resources for learning about tactics, systems, methodologies, etc. might be a good idea. Feel free to post any interesting articles you come across that cover a particular style or whatever. Might lead to some interesting conversations. Maybe it can help to inspire new save ideas, new tactic ideas, new approaches to the game. Who knows. Here are a couple of places I like to read articles: Coaches Voice - https://www.coachesvoice.com/ StatsBomb Blog - https://statsbomb.com/articles/ I know a lot of people use the following YouTube channels to learn about different tactics too: Tifo Football - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGYYNGmyhZ_kwBF_lqqXdAQ/videos Football Made Simple - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFY0YHhxiIQWYYsLgeUBcbg/videos Where do you guys look for inspiration?
  11. Has he taken many penalties yet? Maybe the player needs to see that he's taking the pens regularly to acknowledge the promise has been fulfilled?
  12. Whatever changes you make should make sense not just in terms of ... but also in terms of what you're seeing and how the opposition are playing against you. Pretty sure I've suggested this to you before, but here's a thread I did on Making Good Decisions During Matches which might give you an idea / reminder of the kind of things you can look out for when it comes to changing a game: But yeah it's about trying to notice things, use whatever highlight mode and camera angle works best for you to do that. At first, you might need to watch Comprehensive Highlights to get a feel for it, then move to Extended once you're more confident that you're spotting the right things, etc. If all your attacks look congested / compressed into the middle of the pitch, where the opposition is easily defending -- this might suggest you need to Play Wider. If your players are rushing passes or hoofing the ball upfield under no pressure and giving possession away even though the opposition are not pressing much, you might find more success with a Lower Tempo. The opposite could be true if your players seem to be dwelling on the ball too long and the opposition are using intense pressing, in that case a high tempo would help to beat their press. Etc. Etc.
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