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  1. I've enjoyed it so far and this last weekend from the Serbia/Switzerland game onward was excellent.
  2. I've been chugging along very slowly on a Newcastle save, only about half way through second season so far. Currently bobbing up and down between 4th and 7th place in the premier league around February....things are fairly tight from 3rd down to 8th. We've got a great attacking record, but also by far the worst goals conceded in the Top 10...defenders a priority in the next summer window. Just wanted to throw in a couple of recommendations for midfield signings. Dani Ceballos from Real Betis as a playmaker. I originally tried to sign Marco Asensio from Real madrid between first and second season, had a bid accepted but then Bayern Munich matched our offer and there was no chance he'd pick us over them. Scouts then pointed out Ceballos. He's a little younger than Asensio, bags of talent (not sure he's got quite the potential of Asensio, but still plenty to spare), natural at MC or AMC, creative and hard working. Took him a while to get going but he's really starting to shine for me, cost us about £11 million in total. With Ceballos signed I then went looking for a midfield enforcer really and eventually went for Alfred Duncan at italian club Sassuolo. He's got verything I wanted, good tackling, marking, work rate, determination, fitness, stamina and strength. Also been mr Reliable for us so far, barely any injuries. Natural at Dm or MC, I play him as a ball winning midfielder but he's good as a Box to Box as well.
  3. Soler does look like a good option like Burtanza mentions. I didn't see him till well after January window closed so he haven't signed him yet, but have had scouts watching him for a while now and think I'll definitely pick him up during the summer (assuming no-one else does of course). Might be worth hanging on to Anita until you see some decent midfield options get loan listed, I sold them both in January but only as neither were willing to discuss a new contract.
  4. Well Mings was available in january and had a bid accepted, but apparently playing for Newcastle in the Championship is beneath him at this stage of his career
  5. Did anyone else have problems in the January transfer window of the first season? I've just had Shelvey demand to be allowed to speak to Everton (even though no bid has come in) and Dummet get stroppy when I turned a bid down from West Brom. Dummet I'm not so bothered about as looks like Mings might be available, but got a couple potential suitors for Ayoze and Gayle as well.
  6. Have to admit I don't mind ritchie shooting from distance too much, he's got 8 goals for us by end of November so far. Half of those have been smacked in from range. Diame can get tae with his shooting right enough.
  7. I've reached mid November in first season and Mitrovic has yet to play for me, every time he's almost match fit he's picked up another knock. Our form's taken bit of a wobble as well after Atsu got crocked for 3 months, we've not been quite so effective at breaking teams down without him on the left.
  8. Didn't bother with pre-ordering and the beta this year, in fact I'd intended waiting a bit later in the year and getting this year's FM for myself at Christmas. However saved a bit of money on another purchase today and decided to grab it now. I started a save with the first window budgets disabled to begin with squad as it is. I'm only a few matches in but the 2 wide men Atsu and Ritchie have definitely been the star performers in attack. Mitrovic was banned at the start obviously, but then picked up a double hernia as soon as he was available for selection, which rather put the kibosh on me planning to play a 4-4-2 formation with him and Ayoze upfront. So far been playing with a fairly standard 4-2-3-1 and results have been pretty good so far.
  9. I used to post pretty regularly on this forum for a few years (after being a long time lurker), even organised a team thread one year. In the last year or so however I've been a lot less active. This has mostly because I've been playing a lot less FM this time round, so had a lot less to contribute really, not because I wasn't enjoying the game or anything but because I was busier with work and also my gaming habits have changed a bit. Been running regular RPG sessions online for several mates which takes up a lot of times and been playing a lot more variety of games on Steam and the like. Funnily enough though a couple of other community forums I'm part of had noticed a definite decline in activity as well, seems a lot of folks just preferred reddit and other forms of social media.
  10. There was some other entertainment at Italia 90, Cameroon's adventure especially Roger Milla dumping out Columbia. Toto Schillaci and The Divine Ponytail for Italy. Germany were pretty impressive in the group stages with Lothar at his peak and they had a real feisty encounter with the Dutch on the way to the final. But a lot of the rest of it was very dull....the final with Argentina is probably still the worst match I've ever sat through. (If I hadn't had money on Germany to win I would have switched off after about 20 minutes). I also found the next World Cup in '94 pretty dull as well.
  11. Martinez on my save too...and he hasn't picked Hart since August 2016, got news item that 'Hart's England career is over' when he didn't make most recent squad on my game.
  12. Perisic has been impressive in all 3 of Croatia's games for me, especially against Spain. My player of the tournament so far
  13. He did also mention missing Euro 2012 matches due to A-level revision mind you...
  14. I actually quite enjoyed Euro '08, none of the home nations there and there was some real entertaining games. I remember Cech gifting Turkey the winner in their group match after the Czech Republic had been 2-0 up, lot of pundits writing off Germany going into their game against Portugal in the quarter finals, Arshavin looking amazing for most of the tournament (was it not the Euros that convinced Arsenal to buy him?) and of course Spain.
  15. Some very decent saves going on here, congrats. Just haven't had the time lately to really get going on my current save and not 100% happy with it either. Results were good, but wasn't totally happy with changes I'd made to squad. Think as I'm off from Monday I'm going to start from scratch again, not buy or sell anyone till the January window and have a bit more focus in the transfer market. Aim is to build a Determined and Professional squad overall, also want to make more of Mitrovic this time round if I can.
  16. Yeah I'd imagine Real Madrid would be hell of temptation for Ayoze...however clubs seem very reluctant to bid the £36 mill release clause he has on my save and so far he's gotten over any upset at not being allowed to move for lesser fees, so you might still hang on to him. Can't decide if I've made a rick or not on my game, was looking for an upgrade at left back yesterday and spotted Fabio Coentrao transfer listed for a decent price of £5.25 mill. Bid accepted and I've gotten him to accept a contract...but he's on over 100k a week and some pretty big bonuses. Worried I'm opening the floodgates for a load of contract demands from existing squad when Coentrao arrives in January.
  17. I was constantly having messages about Wijnaldum not getting called up on my beta save. Other than Krul I don't think any of my squad were considered likely call ups in first season on the current save. I've also had some strange ones being asked should Callum Wilson be called up for England due to good form (we signed him from relegated Bournemouth in summer) despite fact that he hadn't started a game for me at that point.
  18. I might change his instructions a little too, though he's not been quite so bad for cards on my save. Tiote was far, far worse. He'd already had a few yellows and 1 red early in season, but he was my only real back up for Bender so still needed to use him going in to last few months. But he was a disaster at times in April & May. Got a straight red just minutes after coming on against Sunderland when we were 2-1 up (replacing Bender who was on a yellow....was trying to avoid going down to 10...sigh), ended up with a 4 match ban for that. Then got sent off for 2 yellows in a cup tie against Norwich....but the team dug him out of a hole and got through the tie regardless. Then we make it to FA Cup final and with no other defensive minded midfielders available through injury I gave him a chance against Arsenal......we took the lead, held it for quite a while but late on in second half they start to get some momentum and equalise. 5 minutes later Tiote gets 2 silly yellows and is off. Arsenal win 2-1 with a goal in last 3 minutes. Fined him after that one and he threw a strop so he's gone in summer.
  19. Well I'm in the summer transfer window after the first season and a rather annoying bidding war has broken out for Ayoze Perez. he's currently valued at £18 million and has a minimum relase clause of £36 mill......so what are Bayern and Dortmund's opening bids? £13.5 mill rising to 17.5 mill if we're lucky.
  20. If you're playing with advanced wingers Scott you can always fit Sissoko in at AMR while Wijnaldum is playing DLP. His best performances for me have actually come on the wing so far
  21. @Welshace Pretty random, his Determination is only 10 on my current save. @Moose Betancur looks very good, currently on loan at AEK on my save, but will be keeping an eye on him
  22. Name: Emmanuel Mas Age: 26 Nationality: Argentinian Club: San Lorenzo Position: Defender/Wing Back (Left) Value: Sale Value: Agreed deal in December of first season for £2.6 million Work Permit Needed?: No has Italian as second nationality His name popped up on a scouting report of Argentina just as my 1st choice left back got crocked for 4 weeks so decided to take a closer look. Excellent stamina and natural fitness, think he should be able to do a job for my Newcastle team.
  23. Didn't get the chance to use him on the beta as Marseille activated the fee in his loan deal after he had a great season for them (finished with highest assists in Ligue 1), however on current save he's picked up a serious injury and is out for 4 months, so might get the chance to make use of him this time round.
  24. On my Newcastle beta save I sold Janmaat for good money and arranged a deal for Mayke....accepted the deal happy as larry and only realised after he'd failed his work permit appeal. Had to loan him straight out and started the season with no recognised right back in the squad. I'm sure I'll drop a much bigger clanger at some point over the next year of FM16 though
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