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  1. Has the "Free Kick Taking" attribute been removed from Goalkeepers in FM16? I can't seem to see it on any attribute pages for GKs. Is it now taken into account as part of "Kicking"?
  2. I'll post a full update when I've finished my first season, but I'm now half way through the season and I've just competed in the 3rd round of the FA cup! I managed to dispatch of Scunthorpe and Rochdale before I got a dream tie (both for the team and myself, being a fan of this team): Arsenal at the Emirates. Obviously I got absolutely destroyed (9-0) by a completely full strength Arsenal side, but I can take one positive from the performance at least - I had more possession! 58,267 fans attended the match which has meant that my bank balance has sky rocketed. I'm now sat with an overall balance of £531,064 and I've already convinced the board to upgrade my youth facilities. So far, so good for me!
  3. After struggling with motivation in my normal saves, I've started the challenge as King's Lynn. Pic (with scary face) below. For some reason LvG doesn't like me
  4. I ended up starting again, and have just finished my first season. I've received an offer for the Ox that I'm not sure about. Man City are offering £40m up front, £11.5m over 12 months and £8m after 10 international games, which will obviously happen with Alex. Do I take it? £60m is a lot of money for someone that only played 19(6) games for me in all competitions. He did, however, score 11 goals and get 6 assists in those 25 games, with an average rating of 7.52. The other AMRs that I've got in my squad are Theo (27(6) games, 14 goals, 11 assists, 7.35 rating) and James Ward-Prowse (24(10) games, 6 goals, 12 assists, 7.37 average rating but not all of these from the right wing). I could also put Alexis there and bring in someone like Reus. Thoughts?
  5. The only problem I have with our youth is that while they're alright, they haven't really got the potential to be challenging for first team places in a team like Arsenal. I don't think they should be rated any higher, but it would be nice to be able to develop a team of youth (I guess "class of 92" style) and have them all as first team regulars.
  6. I've now got quite a good problem to have, as my squad now boasts 4 amazing attacking players in Ozil, Sanchez, Mata and Gotze. I'm trying to decide how to line up to include all of them. I'm thinking of sticking with my 4-2-3-1, and having the trio of Gotze, Ozil and Mata sat behind Sanchez.
  7. After having my budget massively increased, I've agreed to sign Juan Mata for £36m from Man Utd. It's not a necessary signing, but the thought of Alexis-Ozil-Mata was too good to turn down given his stats. I now need to find myself a striker - my strikers stats are currently: Giroud: 11(1) games - 6 goals (most of the goals were in the first few games of the season, hasn't scored for quite some time) Vietto: 3(5) games - 2 goals Gabriel Barbosa: 10(3) games - 3 goals Welbeck: 3(1) games - 0 goals Embolo - 0(7) games - 2 goals I'm rotating them quite a lot in the hope that one of them will start scoring, which is probably the opposite of what I should be doing. Either way - Vietto certainly hasn't started how I'd hoped he would have done judging by previous games as him. Any thoughts on who I should bring in? Dybala, Berardi, Tevez are all unavailable as they've recently had big moves.
  8. I'd just come on to post something like this! I'm in the 2nd season and my board set up a meeting with me to ask whether increasing the transfer budget would be beneficial. I of course said yes, and I've now got a budget of £124m. I've already spent £60m this season!
  9. Thanks! It would have been so much easier if Sanchez was fit for the 2nd half of the season. For me, he did exactly the opposite of what he seems to be doing in your save. He is (or was) consistently taking it around 2 or 3 players, cutting in from the left and smashing it into the top corner.
  10. First season over - I won the league, community shield and league cup. The league was won on the last day of the season, away to 2nd placed Chelsea! The board have given me just under £90m to strengthen my team for next year. I think I'll keep the squad largely the same, as long as there aren't any huge bids for any of my players. One addition that I'm thinking of making is Saido Berahino from relegated West Brom. I can pick him up for £9.5m - I doubt he'll play a major role for me but he'll be a good backup. EDIT: Scratch that. Berahino wants £145k per week as a rotation player and his agent won't back down. No chance!
  11. I'm starting to struggle a bit now. Sanchez is out for 8 to 9 months with damaged cruciate ligaments. He was (and still is) my top scorer, top assister, and the player with the highest average rating. So much of my game was built around him picking the ball up on the left and driving at people, but I've not got that option now. As I'm now out of the transfer window, the AML IF(A) spot is going to have to go to one of Ox/Santi/Welbeck/Meyer but none of them can do what Alexis does. May need to change my tactics to make up for him not being there.
  12. It happened in Jan of the 1st season. They weren't doing badly for me, but weren't doing brilliantly either so I had no problems with letting them go!
  13. Been offered £33m by Chelsea for Coquelin - I'm pretty happy with that considering his in-game value is £15m. Just need to find myself a replacement before he heads off. Just been offered £38.5m by Barcelona for Gabriel. Looks like I'm going to have a lot of cash!
  14. Jorge from Flamengo is another left back that looks like he could turn out brilliant. Fairly typical Brazilian wing back with some pretty good offensive stats considering his age.
  15. I'll make a proper roundup post when I've finished my first season, but I've made a couple of signings that have worked out pretty well for me. Gabriel Barbosa is banging the goals in up top (keeping Giroud out of the side) and Lucas Lima from Santos (I think) has slotted in very nicely in central midfield and has been rotating with Ramsey for my CM AP(s) slot.
  16. Sanchez just broke his leg while away with Chile... Not at all happy!
  17. Second season roundup: Pretty happy this season as I won the quadruple. Next season I really need to aim at getting further than the QF of the CL. Transfers: Not a massive amount of transfer activity for the first team. Malcom came in to replace Giroud as back up striker, and Eder Alvarez Balanta and Shkodran Mustafi both came in to replace the outgoing Nicolas Nkoulou. Oliver was very much a luxury signing as I did not really need him. In hindsight, I probably should have loaned him out as he didn't play much for me. Apart from that, all of the other players that I brought in were youngsters. League: Table: 3 more losses this season than last season. All bar one were away from home. I am a little concerned about my team not performing away from home, so I may need to create a slightly more conservative tactic to make us more solid. Awards: Footballer of the year: Alexis Sanchez (again!) Golden boot - Danny Welbeck (again!) (29) - Sanchez came third with 23 Player of the year - Danny Welbeck Manager of the year - Me Team of the year - Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck - Wojciech Szczesny and Kieran Gibbs as substitutes Other competitions: CL: Lost in the QF again - this time vs Man Utd. 3-5 on aggregate. FA Cup: Won! 2-1 in the final vs West Ham. Capital One Cup: Won! 2-1 in the final vs Tottenham. Community shield: Won! 2-2 vs Man Utd, won on penalties. Player stats in all competitions: Youngsters: I've got the following youngsters that I feel are pretty exciting: Produced by the club: Tony Walker Reece Jude Eddie Axten Brought in from elsewhere: Kristian Andersen Joao Pinho Colin Masson Paulo Barroso Ugo Van Den Broeck
  18. Crowley has developed REALLY well for you - what training did you have him on?
  19. As an alternative to Reus, Griezmann is available for 25.5m. I haven't signed him yet but I am seriously considering it. Looks to be very good.
  20. Have taken a big gamble... Nkoulou has been sold for £21m - around £15m more than I bought him for. I'm planning on investing this in Mustafi and Balanta.
  21. First season roundup: Happy with my first season. I made a few changes to the squad and the squad will continue to be changed going in to next season. Tactics: I've only played 1 tactic throughout the season, it was as follows: GK: Szczesny/Ospina (SK/S) - Distribute to CBs RB: Debuchy/Chambers (WB/S) - Pass it shorter, Run wide with ball CDR: Mertesacker/Nkoulou (CD/D) - Close down less, Pass it shorter CDL: Koscielny/Nkoulou/Saul) (CD/D) - Close down less, Pass it shorter LB: Gibbs/Gaya (CWB/A) - Pass it shorter, Run wide with ball CMR: Wilshere/Saul (CM/D) CML: Ramsey/Wilshere (B2B/S) - Close down more AMR: Walcott/Sanchez/Ox (W/S) AMC: Ozil/Cazorla (T/A) - More direct passes AML: Sanzhez/El Shaarawy (IF/S) - Pass it shorter CF: Welbeck/Giroud (AF/A) - Move into channels, Hold up ball Mentality: Control, Shape: Fluid, Instructions: Shorter passing, Pass into space, Whipped crosses, Push higher up, Close down more, Higher tempo, Be more disciplined I've found that this has worked really well for me. Early in the season, I was being absolutely destroyed by balls over the top when my defenders were closing people down, hence the "close down less" on my CBs. The majority of my goals were either my AMC playing it through to my CF, or my AML cutting in and scoring. Transfers: As per the screenshot, I moved quite quickly to ship out players that I didn't want to keep. I'm very happy to have received £15m for Podolski and £8.5m for Monreal. In January, Diaby got me £6m which was a nice little bonus. My biggest incoming signing was Stephan El Shaarawy for £27m. This was a bit of a panic buy, as I wanted Reus initially who wouldn't come. I was expecting a little more from El Shaarawy, but stats wise he still did OK. He was firmly second choice behind Sanchez on the left once Walcott was available. He did still score 9 goals in 14(13) games, contributing 4 assists. If a good offer comes in for him over the summer he will be let go. Staff changes: I changed the staff around quite a bit. The following screenshots show who is working with me: League: Table: As you will see from the screenshot, I scored the most goals by a bit of a distance. The only team close to me is Chelsea, and even they aren't particularly close. My 4 losses were all away from home - 4-2 to Sunderland, 2-1 to Man City, 4-2 to United and 2-1 to Chelsea. Awards: Footballer of the year: Alexis Sanchez Golden boot - Danny Welbeck (32) Young player of the year - Aaron Ramsey Manager of the year - Me Team of the year - Mathieu Debuchy, Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck - Wojciech Szczesny and Kieran Gibbs as substitutes Other competitions: CL: I lost in the QF vs Real Madrid, 4-3 on aggregate FA Cup: Won! 4-1 in the final vs Man Utd Capital One Cup: Lost 3-0 in the 3rd round vs Wolves. This was a VERY disappointing game from my youngsters. Coquelin in particular performed poorly and was subsequently shipped out. Community shield: Lost on penalties to Man City. The game itself finished 2-2. Player stats in all competitions: As you can see, there was a decent spread of goals between my striker and my attacking midfielders. I would have liked some more goals from my CMs though.
  22. I really don't rate Jonker as a HOYD. I haven't done so yet in this save, but I plan to replace him with someone like Conti.
  23. He is normally used as a CM/D. I occasionally move him to my b2b role depending on the game. He scored a 30 yard wonder goal for me last night. I have also used him as a backup left sided CB due to injuries.
  24. I've got Saul in my save - he's a backup CM for me.
  25. Despite Reus' clause, I'm unable to get him to agree to move to me. Even with me offering as high as possible, he's still unsure about it. How has everyone else managed to get him?
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