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  1. The young guys are starting to usurp the veterans!
  2. Sanchez was really solid for me over the first couple of seasons, but he got a few bad injuries and never really recovered to a point where I could justify giving him regular minutes over Rashford, Martial, Gomes or Lingard. Pace had dropped below 10 when I loaned him to Barcelona (had a decent goalscoring run for them, but still had a sub-7 average rating) before eventually letting him move to the MLS.
  3. Have you tried Axel? He's on the verge of pushing Bailly out of my team.
  4. Definitely can't turn that down. If Embalo's ready like you say, opportunity to bring him into the attack, and move Felix back into the midfield - Gives you the physicality you had with Fernandes up top, without losing sacrificing it in the middle?
  5. That positioning's easily bumped up though training, but yeah he's very much a youth prospect. Might as well stick with Garner if you're looking in that category.
  6. Completed some training with my youth players to develop their weaker foot. Having completed the training, I've noticed that they now have "Attempts to develop weaker foot" as a PPM? Should this be a PPM? Looks a bit odd!
  7. Probably the best of the bunch though, considering we're looking for an English DM. I think he'd do a job. Have you guys been hit by the Euro Super Cup bug? I've just had 95% of my club away for International Duty. Even my bloody U18s are getting capped :') Lost to a near full strength Lyon side 3-1. Only had Martin Hall (who played as a Libero in my back 5 :')), Garner and an injured Angel Gomes who could play! Got some grey players out of it, some bodies for the youth squads at least. Look at this guy's stat distribution for a winger :')
  8. I think your core ideas look solid! Hard to give too much advice as I can't see the players you're using. Your formation is fairly defensive by nature, so I think you can tweak a few of the more 'conservative' roles; - What are you looking for the IWB (D) to do? I'd personally go for something with more width here, you're pretty stacked in the middle of the park as it is. - HB(D) is excessively defensive given the shape you're using. I'd be tempted to run with a Defensive Midfielder (Support) here. - DLP(S) is okay, but I'd look for something with a bit more 'thrust' here. Depending on the type of player, Segundo Volante will give you a runner from midfield, or Regista will offer a more aggressive passer. Play about with it! - CF(A) may get isolated up there on his own. Would maybe try a Pressing Forward (Support) or a Deep Lying Forward (Support) here. Someone who can hold the ball up a bit while your runners support.
  9. First season, I had Chong, Gomes, Garner and Laird playing 5-10 first team games each. Chong & Gomes played U23 football, while Laird and Greenwood played both U18 and U23 football. Second season, Chong and Gomes became first team players (20+ games each), then were part of my starting XI in my third season. Laird, Garner and Greenwood all went on loan to Championships for both seasons and will likely be squad players in my fourth. Mengi is also extremely promising and has followed roughly the same path as Laird only a season behind. I try to keep them at the club until they turn 18 as that's when I can mould them the most, then make a decision on whether to move them up or loan them at that point.
  10. Looks a bit conservative to me. The roles you have set indicate that everyone's going to drop deep and look for the ball. There's a DLP who'll drop into the defence to look for the ball, your DLF and AP will drop deeper to receive the ball, and two IFs who'll start from deeper positions with a view to carry the ball. This is compounded by your in possession instructions, all point towards keeping possession at a low tempo with no movement. Without looking at your games, I bet it's all a bit Man Utd under Louis Van Gaal? You're dominating possession but teams are clearly just sitting deep as they know no one's going to penetrate. Personally, I'd remove the "Work Ball into Box" and "Low Tempo". You're already geared up to control possession with the "Play out from the back" and "Shorter Passing" - you really don't need much more. WBIB is a situational instruction if you feel you're taking too many pot-shots. Even then if you're using that in a game, I'd swap it out for "Shorter Passing". Role-Wise, you need something different to occupy defenders; You have plenty of guys dropping into midfield, so lets make Cavani more of a threat by making him a PF (A). He'll occupy the opposition defenders while giving your other forwards more space to move. I'd use Neymar just as you're using him. He'll get the ball deep and isolate defenders with his dribbling ability. Change your left back to a WB(A) to overlap and occupy the opposition fullback while he does so. Maybe change Ziyech to an AM(S)? You're playing a possession game, but funnelling your possession through two playmaker roles (Ziyech and Verratti). Verratti will act as an outlet for your defenders, but once the ball moves into advanced positions you'll want to pick out the player in the best position rather than the playmaker. M'Bappe would take an IF(A) role for me. You have Neymar on one side cutting infront of the defence, so have M'Bappe threatening from behind - he'll pin the opposition full back and get behind him with his pace. This will also allow space for your RB to hit early crosses. Something like this; For the record, I'm using a fairly similar shape with Man Utd, so if you want anymore info on a 4-2-3-1, just shout.
  11. So the transfer window for Season 21/22 has just about ended, so I thought I'd post a quick update. As above, we lifted the FA Cup following a 6-3 win against Liverpool after initially going down 2-0! We also retained the Champions League, defeating Valencia in a fairly straightforward 3-0 affair. Just the one signing this summer, young winger Dan Myers-Perry joins from Bristol City for 2mill. Has great attributes in all the key areas, and is definitely one for the future! Also joining the squad are James Garner, Mason Greenwood and Ethan Laird, all returning from their loan spells in the Championship. I'm particularly excited about Greenwood, who has been in electric form over pre-season. Main outgoings are Fosu-Mensah and Sanchez. Sanchez has deteriorated beyond recognition, so will see out his career in the MLS. TFM was nothing more than backup last year. Mengi, Ross, Jackson and Geddes are prospects chosen to spend time in the Championship this season. The other major news is we have a new No.7. After forcing his way into my starting XI, and running riot in the Champions League final. Angel Gomes takes the shirt for the foreseeable.
  12. Wasn't dissimilar to the Big Sam 5-4-1 of FM17/18 - Ole's 1-2 front line was always going to struggle against that, but no movement or urgency! So poor! Depends on the players/roles around him tbh. He's getting 20+ goals a season for me in a 4-2-3-1.
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