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  1. I had transfer budgets off and asked the board to sign him approaching the January window and they got him for £67M. I think he's worth the money if you have it. I play him as a BWM which isn't natural to him and it took him that half of the season to settle in but by the time my second season came around he was picked for almost every game he could play, became super reliable.
  2. So I ended up adding 2 more players in Becir Omeragic for £6.75M and David von Moos for £6.5M as backup DC & ST respectively. Had a great run and led the league going into January. Won the UEFA Super Cup to start the season. Only signing was Jude Bellingham for £16M in January. Let Sergio Romero go for free in January and recalled Joel Pereira with Dean Henderson as my cup 'keeper. Won the Carabao Cup 3-0 over West Ham. Won the Premier League only losing 1 game and ahead of Liverpool by 10 points. Won the FA Cup 4-2 against Chelsea. Won the Champions League 3-2 against Man City after extra time. What a season. Greenwood scored 49 goals in 56 appearances in total. He is an absolute beast. Yet to start the new season but so far signed Carles Perez from Barca for free (just because it matches a signing philosophy and I can make money off of him, he's going to be loaned out immediately) and Ajax defender Edson Alvarez for £33M. Sold 3 average newgens with big parts of their next transfer coming to me. Sold Fosu-Mensah to PSV for £9.5M. Sold Lindelof to Barca for £52M. Sold Shaw to Chelsea for £40M. Shaw wasn't playing enough with Telles taking his spot and Williams might be ready to play as a backup. GK(DE) - David De Gea / Dean Henderson / Joel Pereira RWB(AT) - Aaron Wan-Bissaka / Benjamin Henrichs BPD(CO) - Dayot Upamecano / Edson Alvarez BPD(DE) - Harry Maguire / Axel Tuanzebe / Becier Omeragic LWB(DE) - Alex Telles / Brandon Williams BWM(DE) - Florentino Luis / Konrad Leimer / Scott McTominay MEZ(AT) - Kai Havertz / Andreas Pereira IW(AT) - Angel Correa / Daniel James / Tahith Chong AP(SU) - Christian Eriksen / Andreas Pereira / Hannibal Mejbri IW(AT) - Marcus Rashford / Anthony Martial / Tahith Chong AF(AT) - Mason Greenwood / Anthony Martial / David von Moos Diogo Dalot is back from loan but no idea what to do with him so probably going to sell him/send him on loan again (Henrichs has become an awesome backup). No-one will buy Smalling so his loan to Roma has been extended again. I'm in a weird situation where I don't actually need Anthony Martial but I don't want to upset the squad by selling him. Konrad Leimer didn't play much last season but he's okay with that because he's only an emergency backup. Daniel James isn't playing that much with Correa and Martial being ahead of him. Have £301M transfer budget and £533K p/w to spend but no idea where to spend it. Might just go on a raid of wonderkids or something! By the time Eriksen starts to decline Mejbri will be ready to take his place and Pereira is an able backup to Havertz. My central defensive pairing is probably going to end up being Upamecano and Alvarez as Maguire is starting to decline a little bit, but he is my captain so I don't want to upset him either! Have an incredibly young team that shouldn't have won everything they did on paper... Decisions, decisions.
  3. Not too far off the new season... Brought in some good signings but lost Pogba to PSG... £161M all up (£115M upfront I believe). Transfers out:- Phil Jones to Wolves for £15.5M Paul Pogba to PSG for £161M Juan Mata to Fiorentina for £15M Alexis Sanchez to Fiorentina for £19.5M Jesse Lingard to Tottenham for £20M Marcos Rojo to Boca Juniors for £5.5M Fred to Monaco for £21M Chris Smalling loan @ Roma extended for extra season I wanted to keep Phil Jones as he actually performed well in the latter half of the season but he wanted a new challenge so I had to let him go. Pogba wanted to leave when the bid from PSG came in. Mata I wanted to move on as he's getting older. Sanchez I managed to sign to a £200K p/w contract in the previous January window and then shipped him to Fiorentina but I'm paying some of his wages still. Lingard was really inconsistent so he went, too. Rojo was bad last season when he was on loan at Levante so made sense to cash in on him. Fred just didn't suit my play style at all. And Smalling I had no intention of playing and Roma were happy to extend his loan. Transfers in:- Vic Chambaere from KRC Genk for £2M - 17 year-old 'keeper prospect John Bloor from Red Star Zurich for free - 16 year-old 'keeper newgen Martin Bassett from Sesvete for free - 18 year-old striker newgen Kai Haivertz from Bayer Leverkusen for £80M - replacement for Pogba Angel Correa from Atletico Madrid for £40M - scouting for right wingers to give Daniel James some competition as he was inconsistent and it popped up that I could get Correa, who had a great season with Atletico as they won the La Liga, was available for relatively cheaply so I snapped him up. Nathan de Schepper from Debrecen for £725K - central defender newgen Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig for £86M - central defender to give us 3 world class defenders in him, Lindelof & Maguire Konrad Laimer from RB Leipzig for £28.5M - good ball-winning midfielder that can play in a few other positions and suits my system better than Fred did Benjamin Henrichs from AS Monaco for £7.5M - Diogo Dalot demanded to leave on loan for development so I had no backup RB after already loaning out Ethan Laird so Henrichs popped up in my scout reports as available for relatively cheap and I think he will be a solid player Predicted lineup is:- GK(DE) - David De Gea / Sergio Romero / Dean Henderson RWB(AT) - Aaron Wan-Bissaka / Benjamin Henrichs BPD(CO) - Victor Lindelof / Dayot Upamecano BPD(DE) - Harry Maguire / Axel Tuanzebe LWB(DE) - Alex Telles / Luke Shaw BWM(DE) - Florentino Luis / Konrad Leimer / Scott McTominay MEZ(AT) - Kai Havertz / Andreas Pereira IW(AT) - Angel Correa / Daniel James / Tahith Chong AP(SU) - Christian Eriksen / Andreas Pereira / Hannibal Mejbri IW(AT) - Marcus Rashford / Anthony Martial / Tahith Chong AF(AT) - Mason Greenwood / Anthony Martial Also Timothy Fosu-Mensah floating around as an utility player. Think I might need another backup striker and central defender to really round out the squad.
  4. So I started a new Manchester United after previously playing with them on the BETA and boy what a fun first season. Started with transfer budgets disabled this time around so no signings to begin the season. Strong form through the first half but I wasn't happy with McTominay or Fred as Pogba's partner in midfield (Matic left to Al-Ahli in November) so I asked the board to sign Florentino Luis which they did for £67M so I know I at least have backup coming there in January. I had been playing with Martial as the AF and Rashford as an IW on the left until Rashford broke his ankle at the start of December. Thought to myself oh well I guess I need to find a replacement since he's out for 4 months, hmm I wonder how Greenwood would do up front if I shifted Martial to the left? The answer: brilliantly. Greenwood went on to become my top goalscorer with 32 goals across 44(7) appearances in all competitions, with 18 goals in the PL to finish 4th in the Golden Boot (Martial finished 3rd on 19). So great I can put money elsewhere so I targeted Christian Eriksen straight away to replace Mata (especially since Lingard's abilities seem to have been reduced since the BETA when he was so OP it wasn't funny). Got him in took him a few games to settle but did really well. Bailly leaves for Wolfsburg and Shaw gets injured in January so I sign Alex Telles from FC Porto for the left-back spot and even after Shaw's return he still outperformed him. Knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Man City in the Quarter Finals. Lost winning the league after being on top most of the season with 2 matches to go after we only managed a draw against Aston Villa which allowed City to overtake us and win the league by 2 points. If we had of won against Villa we would've won the League on goal difference. Speaking of goal difference in La Liga Atletico Madrid won the title on 91 points ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona... who also finished on 91 points but Atletico had the better goal difference. Don't think I've ever seen a three way tie. Lost to City (again) in the FA Cup Final in extra time after Wan-Bissaka got sent off. Won the Europa League against Lazio 3-0. Greenwood is named our player of the year. Some concerns heading in to next season: Need to get rid of Fred, Jones (he's asked to leave and I actually wouldn't mind keeping him because he's performed well), Smalling, Sanchez (got him down to 200K p/w but still want him gone), Mata. Lingard might leave and Florentino Luis will have til January to prove himself as he's not performed that well since arriving. Right wing is an area of concern with Daniel James being my main option but he is rather inconsistent. Have a Belgian 17 year-old goalkeeper coming in as well as a few newgens. Not sure who I'm going to be looking at to be honest. If I receive a decent bid for Martial I'll let him go after Greenwood's emergence as the main striker. Fun season, disappointed to lose it all late (especially to City) but a solid foundation to build on. I have noticed a lot of teams seem to have been nerfed a bit. Liverpool aren't unbeatable anymore (4th), Leicester are horrid (relegated) and Tottenham aren't too flash either (9th).
  5. That concludes my guide to the Toffees. I hope some of these tips are able to help you in the future and look forward to seeing if you can usurp the Reds to be the best team in Liverpool. Good luck!
  6. Definitely agree with you there, though I would add that Richarlison and Iwobi are also players that the club must keep.
  7. Everton Football Club Transfer Market:- Transfers Out:- Oumar Niasse to Al-Ittihad for £3.6M + £7.5K p/w paid by Everton in wages for 1 season Maarten Stekelenburg to Al-Hilal for £925K Cuco Martina on loan to Hull for £35.5K p/m Theo Walcott to Newcastle for £16M + £36K p/w paid by Everton in wages for 2 seasons Nobody would buy Cuco Martina so a loan move to Hull was sorted out. His contract expires at the end of the year and will leave on a free anyway, though his loan does include an option for Hull to buy for £1M if they choose. Oumar Niasse was sent to Al-Ittihad with some wages being paid for a year, a necessary sacrifice. Maarten Stekelenburg was allowed to leave to go to Al-Hilal for £925K. Finally Theo Walcott was sold to Newcastle for £16M with Everton paying £36K p/w of his wages for 2 years. Whilst I am unhappy to be being Walcott's wages it is better than the £110K p/w I was paying him. I decided that keeping Seamus Coleman and Morgan Schneiderlin were the better options, at least until the January transfer window in the case of Schneiderlin. Transfers In:- I started by looking for a backup DC to bolster my defensive ranks. Initially I considered Ukrainian free agent Eugene Khacheridi for his experience, but being wanted by many Arab clubs I knew his wage demands would be high. The same went for Thilo Kehrer of PSG who begins the game transfer listed, coming from PSG he is already on high wages and is unlikely to take a pay cut. I looked at Kevin Bonifazi from Torino before ultimately deciding to settle on taking a player on loan and that player was Lazio's 23 year-old Slovak defender Denis Vavro. Not far behind Yerry Mina in quality Vavro can also play on either flank or defensive midfield in an emergency. Next I shifted focus to finding another goalkeeper after Stekelenburg's departure. I decided to limit my search to players with release clauses under £10M and was surprised to see Real Sporting's Christian Joel available for £2.9M - what was even better was that they didn't even want that much, accepting £2.5M. Joel looks like a prospect who develop into a strong backup/cup 'keeper. Next I turned my attention to the midfield. I heavily scouted PSV utility players Pablo Rosario and Jorrit Henfrix, Marseille's Morgan Sanson, Lazio's Danolo Cataldi and PAOK's Dimitris Pelkas before settling on two signings. First I brought in the versatile 27 year-old Dane Rasmus Falk for £5M after scouting for low release clauses once again. Falk will be Gylfi's main backup but can also be deployed basically anywhere in the midfield. My final signing was one that came as a surprise to me - FC Red Bull Salzburg's 18 year-old future star Dominik Szoboszlai. Szoboszlai has already been capped 4 times by Hungary and looks to be a star in the making, and while he won't get a lot of immediate playing time he will play plenty in cup competitions to develop him. Being 18 I aim to keep him at Everton rather than loan him out so he becomes home grown. The only other change I made to the squad was the previously mentioned promoting of Beni Baningime to the senior squad. He will be used in a very similar way to Szoboszlai. Following these transfers I was left with £6.6M in the transfer budget and £143K p/w in the wage budget which should be enough to bring in some reinforcements in January/sign Sidibé permanently. Below is my final starting squad and bench for the season. Further work will need to be done on improving the squad in the seasons to follow. A backup left-back will be required if Leighton Baines is allowed to leave the club and the futures of Morgan Schneiderlin, Cenk Tosun & Seamus Coleman are still up in the air. Everton have a fairly solid squad base to begin with and hopefully the players I chose to bring in will provide the quality depth required to achieve a top half finish and position the club well for future success.
  8. Everton Football Club Tactical Analysis:- The club recommends a 4-2-3-1 formation which I also suggest. Unlike with Watford I feel as though there really only needs to be two tactics used, although a third could be added with the AMC dropping back to either be a third MC or a DMC. Tactic A (Primary):- In this tactic I look to play a positive game with a lot of focus down the wings due to the club's strong wingers. I've placed Pickford in a sweeper keeper role as he's a natural. At the back I have Michael Keane as the ball playing defender who is going to take a few more risks, whilst Yerry Mina will play as a more conventional defender. On the left flank I have Lucas Digne set as an attacking wing-back as he is the strongest in attack out of him and Sidibé. As a result, Sidibé plays as a defensive wing-back on the right. Digne's attack on the left makes up for Bernard's more conservative role further up the field, while Sidibé's defensive role allows Richarlison the freedom to attack as much as he wants. Ahead of the defence Fabian Delph and André Gomes are paired together in the centre of midfield. Delph is set as a box-to-box midfielder so he can help in both attack and defence, while Gomes is set as a deep lying playmaker to be the "quarterback" of the team. Ahead of them is Gylfi Sigurðsson who is playing as an attacking midfielder. I chose this role as it is natural to Gylfi although I did consider deploying him as an Enganche. On the flanks Bernard/Iwobi will be the more conservative of the two wingers, looking to bring Lucas Digne into play. Richarlison is set to be as attacking as he wants to and both positions are set as inverted wingers. Richarlison has the ability to use either foot very well so shifted him to the right from his favoured spot on the left wing is no big deal. Moise Kean will be the starting striker and while his best role is as a pressing forward, I feel as though an advanced forward is better suited so he can both look for goals himself and create for others. Tactic B (For facing stronger teams):- Some slight adjustments to the previous tactic see this version try to retain possession of the ball. The instruction to overlap on the right has been taking off so Sidibé should remain fairly defensive, while Digne still has the freedom to roam forward and attack. Delph becomes a defensive ball winning midfielder and Gylfi's role switches from attacking to a more conservation support role. I would still go into most games using Tactic A but if the side is overwhelmed I would be looking to switch to Tactic B. As I said you could also drop the AMC role back to the MC or DMC spot if you want to be even more defensive. In conlusion I feel as though these tactics will serve the Toffees well. They should allow for the creativity of Digne, Richarlison, Gylfi & Gomes to flow while still providing a solid structure to defend. Coming up next (probably tomorrow) will be some transfer suggestions based on my play.
  9. Everton Football Club Squad Analysis:- Overall Everton possess a squad that is strong in all key areas, although they do lack quality depth. Couple with that some bloated contracts for players that either declining with age or not good enough (lookin' at you Leighton, Seamus and Theo) and there's an obvious need for improvement. With the club already investing well over £100M in the off-season Everton only have £10M in the transfer budget, although they do have around £100K p/w in the wage budget to play with. This severely restricts what you are able to do and as such you may find yourself needing to make do with certain players until more funds become available. Goalkeepers:- Thankfully this is one area of the team where Everton are set. Jordan Pickford is an established an established international and at only 25 years of age he will only improve with time. Maarten Stekelenburg and Jonas Lössl are able backups however the game begins with Stekelenburg being chased by several Qatari and Arabian clubs and as his £30K p/w contract runs out at the end of the season, you may wish to cash in on him now if you are able to find another 'keeper for depth as your 4th string 'keeper Nicolas Hansen is only 17 years-old and not ready for top flight football. VERDICT: Keep Pickford and Lössl. Consider selling Stekelenburg if you can find a cheap replacement. Defenders:- Another area of the squad where Everton aren't that bad off at first glance is defence. Delve a little deeper, however, and you will find an alarming lack of depth. Lucas Digne and Djibril Sidibé are both very good on the left and right flanks respectively, whilst Michael Keane is your defensive rock in the centre. Your backup for the left and right are Leighton Baines (Vice-Captain) and Seamus Coleman (Captain). Both players are feeling the effects of age and aren't viable in the long-term future. Yerry Mina is Keane's second, although the 24 year-old Colombian definitely has room for improvement I believe he will grow to be a solid player. Mason Holgate is your only other natural DC in the squad and whilst the youngster definitely has an upside to him, he really isn't ready to start Premier League football on a regular basis at this stage of his career. Jean-Philippe Gbamin can play here in a pinch, but really he is more of a midfielder. Cuco Martina rounds out the defenders at the club and he begins the game transfer listed - and rightfully so, he is terrible. Matthew Pennington is on loan at Hull with an option for them to buy which won't hurt as he'll develop into an emergency backup at best. Luke Garbutt is on loan at Ipswich and the attacking left-back has been at the club forever and should only be kept if you are struggling for home grown player limits in Europe. VERDICT: Keep Keane, Digne, Mina, Holgate, definitely. Sign Sidibé if he is willing in the January transfer window/end of season. Keep Leighton Baines until the end of the season when his contract runs out as it isn't worth upsetting the club by selling him with only a year left. Consider selling club captain Seamus Coleman. He's on £70K p/w and if Sidibé is staying you don't need him, plain and simple. Sell Pennington and Martina (if you are able before his contract expires at season's end), consider whether you need Garbutt in the future as his contract is also up at the end of the season. Midfielders:- When it comes to the central midfield roles it is a bit of a mixed bag. You don't have a great deal of depth to cover three positions (2 MC's and 1 AMC). In the two deeper roles André Gomes and Fabian Delph are obvious starters but Delph is injury prone, and indeed starts the game injured for around 2 months. Backing them up will be Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Tom Davies and Morgan Schneiderlin. Gbamin will be out for 6-7 months with injury so some kind of signing here is a must. Schneiderlin is on a massive £120K p/w. Davies has a bright future as does Gbamin, depending on how he returns from injury, but Schneiderlin is a shell of his former self and isn't worthy of those wages be wary as if you sell him you will more than likely be paying some of his wages. In the attacking midfield role your obvious starter is Gylfi Sigurðsson. Unfortunately behind Gylfi your next best options are Gomes and Davies, which definitely doesn't help with the squad depth issues. You basically have 5 players to play across 3 positions since Gbamin is out injured. Backup is needed in both areas. Mo Besic and Shani Tarashaj are both out on loan but neither can be recalled. Depending on how much you can raise in transfer funds you may need to call up players such as Beni Baningime and Anthony Gordon as a short term fix. Both are bright prospects with Baningime being closer to first-team football than Gordon. VERDICT: Keep Gomes, Gbamin, Davies and Sigurðsson. Keep Delph for now since he's just arrived but consider scouting for a long term replacement (or shape Baningime to suit). Consider whether you can get enough money for Schneiderlin and pay as little of his wages as possible to work out whether it is worth keeping him as his wages could potentially bring in 2-3 recruits. Sell Besic and Tarashaj in the future as they add little to the squad. Wingers:- One of the stronger areas of the squad but there is a catch - your 3 best wingers are all natural left wingers. Richarlison is your best winger but I suggest moving him over to the right wing with Alex Iwobi and Bernard covering the left. Theo Walcott provides cover on the right but is on £110K p/w. As with Schneiderlin if you move him on you are likely going to be paying some of his wages which is something you will need to consider. Reinforcement here is only really needed if you do sell Walcott. Yannick Bolasie is on loan at Sporting CP with an optional future fee that they will hopefully take up. VERDICT: Keep Richarlison, Iwobi & Bernard. As with Schneiderlin consider the value of selling Walcott - how much will it bring in in transfer budget, how much of his wage will you have to pay, who can you get in to replace him. If Sporting don't buy Bolasie definitely sell him. Forwards:- Don't do anything. Okay, it isn't quite that simple. Moise Kean will be your main forward with Cenk Tosun deputising when he needs a rest and Dominic Calvert-Lewin likely getting time in the cups. Tosun is a solid player but is on wages of £67K that could be put to use elsewhere. As I said previously consider your options with him as he and Calvert-Lewin are around the same level but for now I recommend keeping him. Oumar Niasse is transfer listed and should be sold ASAP. Sandro is out on loan at Real Vallodolid and I would recommend moving him on at your earliest opportunity as he isn't any better than what is already at the club. VERDICT: Keep Kean, Calvert-Lewin. Consider Tosun's future. Sell Niasse and Sandro. Best of the Rest:- Beni Baningime will probably end up replacing Fabian Delph in the long run, he looks a solid prospect and I would recommend giving him a run in cup matches. Anthony Gordon looks a solid attacking midfield/wing/striker prospect depending on how you develop him. Fraser Hornby looks like he could be a solid second choice striker in the future, maybe even first choice at a stretch. Nicolas Hansen is only 17 and should develop into a solid backup 'keeper in the future so I recommend a series of loans to help with his development. Players like Kieran Dowell, Jonjoe Kenny and Ellis Simms all have bright futures and I suggest ensuring that they all get decent playing time out on loan (Simms starts at the club but should be loaned out). The other players listed should all turn out to be fairly good in the future as well. Baningime probably has the brightest future of the lot. VERDICT: There's no real need to move anyone on unless it is a loan move to further their development. I definitely suggest promoting Baningime into the first team so that he can hopefully learn from Fabian Delph. Everton have a good number of prospects and I recommend going for youth for most of your required backup signings to add to this further.
  10. Everton Football Club 2019/2020 Squad:- Goalkeepers:- 1. Jordan Pickford 22. Maarten Stekelenburg 49. Jonas Lössl Defenders:- 2. Mason Holgate 3. Leighton Baines (VC) 5. Michael Keane 12. Lucas Digne 13. Yerry Mina 19. Djibril Sidibé (On loan from AS Monaco / Optional future fee of £14M) 23. Seamus Coleman (C) 30. Cuco Martina Luke Garbutt (On loan at Ipswich) Matthew Pennington (On loan at Hull / Optional future fee of £750K) Midfielders:- 8. Fabian Delph + Out for 6 weeks-2 months with a groin strain 10. Gylfi Sigurðsson 18. Morgan Schneiderlin 21. André Gomes 25. Jean-Philippe Gbamin 26. Tom Davies + Out for 6-7 months with a torn thigh muscle Mo Besic (On loan at Sheffield United) Shani Tarashaj (On loan at FC Emmen) Wingers:- 7. Richarlison 11. Theo Walcott 17. Alex Iwobi 20. Bernard Yannick Bolasie (On loan at Sporting CP / Optional future fee of £3.87M) Forwards:- 9. Dominic Calvert-Lewin 14. Cenk Tosun 27. Moise Kean 29. Oumar Niasse Sandro (On loan at Real Vallodolid) Best of the Rest:- 52. Nicolas Hansen (GK) 37. Lewis Gibson (DL, DC) 38. Ryan Astley (DC) Harry Hagan (DC) Jonjoe Kenny (DR, RWB) (On loan at Schalke 04) 34. Beni Baningime (MC, DMC) 44. Nathan Markelo (MC, AMC, DMC) 57. Bobby Carroll (MC) Callum Connolly (MC, MR, DMC) (On loan at Lincoln) Kieran Dowell (AMC, MC) (On loan at Derby) 42. Anthony Gordon (AML, AMC, AMR, ST) Nathan Broadhead (AML, AMR, ST, AMC) (On loan at Burton) Lewis Dobbin (ST, AML, AMC, AMR) 50. Ellis Simms (ST) Fraser Hornby (ST, AMC) (On loan at KV Kortrijk) Tom Cannon (ST) -
  11. EVERTON FOOTBALL CLUB Introduction - Why play as Everton?:- Why play as the blue side of Liverpool? Because you want to usurp the Reds as the top Liverpudlian team in the Premier League. In real life the Toffees are languishing down near the bottom of the table with current manager Marco Silva under a lot of pressure with many people expecting him to be on his way out the door. Much life in real life, Everton often underperform in FM20. With a decent squad to build on, albeit with some players that need to be moved on, Everton are a team that have always just been "there" and not quite good enough to crack the top 6 of the Premier League. History:- Everton's history is rich with the club being founded in 1878. They currently hold the record for competing in the top division of English football an incredible 116 season, only missing out 4 times since The Football League was created in 1888. The team has a long and storied rivalry with Liverpool with the clashes against the Reds known as the Merseyside Derby. The club hasn't won any silverware since 1995 when they won the FA Cup and the FA Charity Shield. Everton have won the league a total of 10 times (9 First Division titles and 1 Second Division title) with their most recent being in the 1986/1987 season. Everton are a club with a rich history with their most notable managers being Howard Kendall, who led them to their Division 1 wins in the 80's, and in more recent times David Moyes who led the side from 2002 until 2013 when he departed for a stint at Manchester United that would only last 10 months before his sacking after he replaced football royalty Sir Alex Ferguson. Since Moyes left the club the team has dropped down the Premier League table to become a mid-table club finishing as low as 11th. Prior to this the club was often up amongst the big dogs of the Premier League including a 4th place finish in 2004/2005. Flash-forward into the present and the club are currently sitting near the bottom of the Premier League. Having lost the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Ademola Lookman, and Idrissa Gueye in the recent transfer history, the club is struggling despite several big name signings. In fact, Everton spent a whopping £111M in the off-season to bring in the likes of Alex Iwobi, Fabian Delph, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Moise Kean and André Gomes with French right-back Djibril Sidibé also joining on loan. It is this underperformance after large investment that sees Marco Silva currently hanging on to his job by a thread. - Everton Football Club 2019/2020 Season:- Home Ground: Goodison Park (Capacity: 39,572) Training Facilities: Finch Farm, Liverpool -Suberb training facilities -Superb data analysis facilities -Superb youth facilities -Good academy coaching -Excellent youth recruitment Media Prediction: 7th Transfer Budget: £10M Wage Budget: £2,344,184 p/w (£101K p/w available) Season Thoughts:- The club has several requirements to fulfil. Firstly it desires to build a new stadium in the next 5 years, which they will handle themselves. Next they require you to work within the wage budget, which is fair enough as it is fairly hefty for a team that has no European football. You are required to finish in the top half of the Premier League this season and at the end of the 2020/2021 season you are required to be recognised as the 'best of the rest'. Beyond that they expect you to continue being recognised as the 'best of the rest'. The board desires that you play entertaining football and for you to reach the Fifth Round of the FA Cup, both things seem doable at first glance. They would like it if you reached the Fourth Round of the Carabao Cup, however this is not as important. As you can see their long term ambitions are not really too farfetched. They basically want the team to rise back to where they were under David Moyes. But this is FM, we can do better than that. -
  12. Good luck if you decide to go with it. A lot of the players that I actually recommended to keep aren't that flash either, to be honest, or at least they tend to under perform. There's just no point in trying to overhaul the entire squad in one go. I think with Marco Silva's possible sacking soon I might do an Everton guide as well while I'm waiting for the patch to fix the game crashes as they always seem to under perform in FM as in real life.
  13. That concludes my short guide on Watford. I hope you enjoyed it and were able to pick up some tips and implement them into your game. Please share how you go with the Hornets as I really feel they're an interesting team to manage given their current real life situation. If you enjoyed my guide and would like to see something similar for another team please feel free to leave suggestions. I would prefer if they were Premier League teams as that is the division I feel most comfortable in. Thank you for reading!
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