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  1. I really don't care what foot my CB's and MC's use. Even strikers I only consider it for a fleeting moment. I generally pick a few things that are important to me. Footedness only comes into consideration for wings and full backs. If you are only using Kenneh as a CB because he is left footed you may be limiting yourself from potential key players (or even worse, unlock some sort of tactical movement you like).
  2. Technically yes but Branthwaite isn't a natural CB in my opinion. His attributes lean towards being a mix between a BPD and a BM: This is what I would consider a typical centreback and I wouldn't use him as a BWM:
  3. I'll preface this with I'm well past the first season so some of the information may not be quite right. I'll answer this in order of what I consider easiest: Tackling isn't a huge priority. In fact, tackling and marking are bonus attributes for me. I need him to act like an aggressive box-to-box midfielder so I do like some sort of positioning. After Skihri (who I sold after one season) I moved to Ryan Gauld and Eduardo Camavinga*. Ignoring Camavinga, Gauld is a very similar player to Skihri but not as strong. After I lost Camavinga to Liverpool I used that £111m to buy Jude Bellingham from Dortmund. The key to my Bellingham decision was his PPM's of Gets into opposition area and Gets forward whenever possible. Arguably Bellingham is the weakest of the players I have had play here but his aggressive movement and better attacking attributes has lead me to feel he is the best BWM for this tactic I have used. I also like good off the ball movement too. *Camavinga wasn't really aimed for. I had gotten Gauld for free to play the BWM but Camavinga became available in the same window so Gauld unfortunately slipped to second preference in the same position. Bornauw has 13 accelleration and 16 pace. Not too shabby. Mere is a bit slower but nothing that concerned me. A lot of countering in the first season. AF ran onto balls in front of him. When Thielmann developed the likes ball played to feet trait this dried up. Across the midfield the assists (from left to right) were 10, 5, 4, 7 (starters only) so the winger provides the most but it is fairly evenly spread. The starting full backs also provided 9 assists between them too. I've moved the TM on in the last window but his attributes are as follows: He had Plays with back to goal but I'm not sure if I had comes deep to get ball or not. After the highlighted row he became the backup so goals and assists dropped off. Kainz was the IW and was a really good player for the one season I kept him: I could have kept him but I moved from right footed players to left footed players so he was forced out.
  4. Can you expand your question a bit more please? I'm not sure how to answer.
  5. Personally, I'd be using him as an AF but that isn't what you want. Beyond that, I'd only be guessing, sorry.
  6. I can't remember to be honest but at 2-0 up I probably made no changes. I don't see any danger when two goals ahead.
  7. I sign him to play as WB-At quite often. He always excels and becomes a sought after player. I'm into 2027 and while he isn't as developed as @causticgrip has him I have been quite pleased with him:
  8. Hopefully a really easy inclusion. I'd like to see a list of the set piece takers on the applicable set piece screen. I'm not a fan of having to switch between screens to get my set piece takers list and there is a lot of vacant space on this screen. I have put it the list on the right in the example below but it could easily be put on the left or make the pitch smaller and put the whole selection screen on the left.
  9. What really annoys me is players switching allegiances after signing them. As an example, on my current save I signed an Australian from an Australian club to my Koln side and he switched allegiances to England straight away. Before Lyndon Dykes This hasn’t happened for an Australian since the 90’s. in my opinion; switching allegiance from a lower nation to a higher ranked nation should be extremely rare while switching from a higher ranked nation to a lower ranked nation should be easier. Maybe link it to promises a bit better. If you tell a player they’ll be in the World Cup squad then aren’t they will switch.
  10. He is inconsistent but my issues all came around with the addition of the player trait. My tactic isn't setup for strikers to receive the ball at their feet. I have a TM and an AF so the ball should be coming into the TM in the air or the AF either in front of him to run onto or knocked on from the striker. That particular player trait says in the tooltip that it increases the likelihood of the player showing and asking for the ball into his feet rather than into space or another part of his body. Inconsistency to me isn't two brilliant seasons then dropping off. It's yoyo performances game-to-game: Here is my inconsistent striker. Notice the match ratings jump between mid 6's to mid 7's with not a lot in between? That's what I would call inconsistent. His last three games of 6.7, 6.7 and 6.6 I would call consistent (even if it isn't world beating).
  11. Not really a help but I am in the same position. Striker won the Bundesliga Golden Boot twice in a row then picked up the Likes Balled Played to Feet PPM and now doesn't score at all. I am having a hell of a time removing the PPM so you have my sympathy.
  12. Uploaded "Barcelona (v02).fm" for you to have a look at. I may be well past this point now though but the bug is consistent in any save I play
  13. I'd be leaning towards either Marzucchi or Bregonis although before making a decision I'd use the comparison tool to compare them side by side.
  14. I've done something that has removed the text from the Recruitment Meeting screen. I did it months ago so I've no idea what I did. Where should I be looking and what should I do to fix this mistake? Thanks guys.
  15. I haven't noticed any issues with goalkeeper distribution. Did I mention it? Apologies if I did - I'm not seeing any issues.
  16. And just like that I have my best win of the season. Swapped out an inform Skhiri for Branthwaite to add some extra body in the midfield and it worked a treat. Tactic was also adjusted to my it's gone to poo adjustment prior to the match as Bayern Munich are just way too good for my side.
  17. Just a quick update. I've stuck with the Koln game as it provided the biggest challenge. Predicted to finish down the bottom somewhere and currently 3rd. I ended up sticking with a TM and pairing him with an AF as I liked the penetration the AF provides. There are issues with the marking - the AF refuses to mark the opposition MC regardless of settings. I'm sort of putting up with that as I like the penetration the AF brings but I would rather a proper 4-4-2 defensive setup, just with an AF: In the above instance the AF charges down the CB which has allowed some easy passing options back through midfield. Both the TM and AF have closed down here. The AF closed down first before the sideways pass then the TM decided to do the same. It isn't the end of the world as the TM does drop back afterwards but the AF lingers (as @cocoadavid said attacking duties would). This to me is a trade off. I don't like the AF's positioning defensively but what I do like is his output: Those 21 goals have him 6 goals clear in the goalkickers after 23 matches. What is more surprising to me is while he is highly rated his attributes (other than stamina and work rate) are nothing special. So, onto the tactic. I didn't really change a hell of a lot in the end but I do adjust if the game is going south: PI's: More or less the same as @cocoadavid other than the IW being told to take more risks, sit narrower and roam. Both strikers are told to mark tighter and to mark the appropriate MC rather than a DM. if things are turning to poo I change the MR/ML to WM-At and possibly the RB to a CWB-Su if I need the extra support on the right. I dropped counter-press as it didn't feel right as a default setting for the defensive shape. I add it back if I need a goal but by default it is off. I really like what the BWM does here. I use him as a sort of BBM that is defensively a lot more aggressive and doesn't roam. By adding PPI's like Dictates Tempo he is almost like an AP or RP. For me, Skhiri has been very valuable. My backup is Jarrod Branthwaite (the CB from Everton) and he brings a difference of being a more defensive body in the midfield rather than the ball player that Skhiri is. It's sort of a horses for courses selection policy depending on what I need for a particular match.
  18. I actually don't mind if an opposition takes a long shot (for clarity - I consider this to be a shot from outside the box). To me it indicates a lack of options further forward or a 'get out' option when there is nothing else available. Even better if the long shot comes from an acute angle. As far as I'm concerned they can shoot all day from out there as it's a low percentage shot.
  19. @cocoadavid I've been playing around with this and I do like it. I like that it is a general framework rather than purporting to be a plug and play tactic. I think the key is to not over-complicate things with team instructions as the opposition instructions are extensive. I wouldn't say it's a world-beating tactic/framework. What I like is it does the basics right - it defends strongly and allows some smart ball movement in offensive stages. Flexibility does allow some quite unique adjustments. I tried this with Barcelona with Messi as a DLF-Su and the other striker as either a PF-At or AF-At and it worked fine, although the PF does press the CB's more than I liked. With Red Bull Leipzig I had a TM-Su and AF-At and this allowed me to float crosses (both strikers are tall). This gave me a different avenue to goal. At Koln I have a TM-Su but am still deciding on his partner. I'm thinking a PF-De but am wary of the hardcoded movement and pressing they have. The way you have spelt out the defensive aspects is fantastic. I'd love to see your ideas on attack too.
  20. How will/would you adjust to Grelish leaving and Bailey coming? Buendia out wide?
  21. I love this thread. It does get me thinking on the choice of PI's you made and why some changes were made (Watkins changing from PF to CF for example) but it's the sort of thread that inspires me to think you don't need to aim for season two when starting down the table a bit.
  22. I have found myself really using the team analysis at half time to adjust my tactics. The struggling for possession analysis means I lower my tempo. I'm not sure what I do for the left. Another I see is about touches to shots ratio where I turn on Shoot on Sight. Does anyone else use the analysis like this? Am I doing the right thing? is it worth doing?
  23. I'm sure this is already known but when you look at a player's contract tab without scouting you don't get the details of minimum fee release clauses. When making an offer you get the minimum fee release clause. I'm not sure if it is worth hiding or not but probably worth being consistent on both screens.
  24. May not happen in England but Alen Stajcic moved from Australian Women to Central Coast Mariners (mens A-League team)
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