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  1. The attributes you can see are what they are. But when your scouts give star ratings or say "decent Championship player" that's a subjective opinion and not worth the pixels it's printed on.
  2. Average Championship players make up half the Wales squad, Kieffer Moore and League One loanee Joe Morrell bossing it irl. Don't pay your scouts assessments much notice imo. As manager you will know better.
  3. English grandmother. Capped for Wales now anyway.
  4. Heading is defined in our notes as the accuracy, choice of target and ability to use the right amount of power in headers on goal. It's the technical quality of headers, not the ability to win them effectively when challenged.
  5. The PPM is for players who "tend to dive into tackles and slide instead of staying on their feet". General willingness to tackle is covered by aggression and bravery attributes.
  6. Technically the attribute profiles we make are supposed to represent a player on his best day, with hidden attributes (consistency, pressure), morale, fitness etc. effecting how well they'll actually perform. But obviously multi-year spells of "poor form" ought to be reflected and unless there are serious excuses we can lay at a player's feet an attribute profile should reflect the player we're actually seeing, rather than the one we hope they might become again.
  7. I tend to think of strength in terms of weight as much as how much they might bench. In your specific example that's potentially more a balance issue than a strength one, though.
  8. True. Been hard to keep track the rate they've been leaving over the last six months. Still going as well, two out this week (that I know of). edit: Three now.
  9. 2 in 7 isn't an appalling conversion rate compared to real life. Talk to me when he's putting away 0 in 7
  10. He does have one or two worrying attributes in my save (low balance iirc) which would effect his ability at a sprint. But overall he's way too good for the division I'm in, mad that I was able to get him on a free. My scouts played a blinder there. His release clause is 5x my record sale at £2.5m. Only downside I agreed to let him play as an AF-A when he's my best right winger and Elia Petrelli's a slightly better centre forward. Jack Evans is one of those rare young midfielders with a working defensive brain. Anticipates danger and defends spaces well, not just a grafter/tackler/thug. Big fan irl and hopefully Steve Cooper gives him chances soon. Was terrific last night against Norwich U23s.
  11. Finishing chances as the overwhelming favourite seems to require some luck/black magic for deflections or mistakes. Had a ridiculous 17-1-1 record in my second season with FC Eindhoven with a high press 4-2-3-1 and then hit a brick wall on match day 20. Except for cup matches where I've beaten 3 top division sides in a row, including Ajax away 1-0 when they honestly could have had 5 or 6. The AI isn't smart enough to actually "figure out" your tactics but where in previous years breaking down "park the bus" teams was hard (because "defensive" = cautious, patient, possession football), this year the chances still come due to dodgy defensive decision-making, and for some reason my Juve loan striker and Lauren Symons can't hit a barn door between them. Robbie Burton from Arsenal has been ace for me (Bosman deal sorted Jan 2020). My boy Jack Evans terrific on loan. Neco Williams on loan as well. Man Utd wouldn't let me have Dylan Levitt because we're not good enough, so he's been rotting in their reserves poor lad. Shame Brexit hit and I might need a new job to continue the Welsh development save.
  12. There's definitely some issues that make it a hard match engine to love.
  13. Drop the defensive line one notch and make Crowley a Defend duty and you'd likely see less counters against those teams and theoretically draw them out more to create spaces. Also make sure your centre halves are very pacy in an extremely high press like that.
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