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swansongs

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  1. He was injured after the season started so will be fit in FM.
  2. Andrew Hughes of Preston, one of the Dasilvas. Liam Cullen but he's on fire for Eddie Howe's Swansea in my save. Bale and eventually Ramsey consistently left out.
  3. I've not noticed Tivonge in the u21s often in my saves. There are a decent number of Welsh right backs rated a lot more highly than him in CA, PA, reputations etc. If he is being selected I don't see it as particularly strange as he was involved in the same age group sides as many of the now-u21s, but has been held back by injuries and a couple of nearly-moments with Zimbabwe senior callups. He was training with Swansea's first team all last season before his ACL injury, which he's only just recovered from. Ben Lloyd stands out a little more as you say, as in real life he's still spending time with the u18s. Being fast-tracked at club level, and was very impressive with the seniors in preseason, so I stand by his ability/potential, but the home rep could come down a bit to try to straighten things out. Always very difficult to get the youth selections looking right, generally I think it looks pretty good this year. The seniors have more unlikely callups happening than the u21s!
  4. Given his age and his wage relative to his ability I'd say it's about right.
  5. He's still very new to the wingback roles, the majority of his experience has all been in the last month. One appearance as a right wingback for us, in an emergency experiment basis. I saw the EFL Trophy game against Newport at the end of August and he looked lost at sea. Does need tinkering with if that's where he's consistently being deployed now, though. "Positional familiarity" can be a headache like that. It becomes as much about a manager's tendencies as actual effectiveness. Not sure why his suitability as a striker would have been reduced, came through our u18s as a central striker before moving out wide in the u23s, and mostly played as part of a front two in his previous loan afaik.
  6. Maybe some confusion over his date of birth. The one that comes up with a quick search makes him 15 until December and so too young to be in the game, but if Blackburn say he's a first year scholar that must be wrong.
  7. Doesn't look like he should be. No entry in the Person column in the database table, just Person Name.
  8. Blackburn's last accounts showed a £22m loss, with a wages to turnover rate of 190%. The unfortunate state of the Championship these days is that £9m transfer revenue doesn't necessarily mean anything left over to spend. Clubs need regular large sales simply to pay their bills.
  9. You see some very funny "official" numbers listed for heights (and weights) on club websites. Eyeballing it is usually going to be more accurate.
  10. 1.87m looks correct in photos of him. He's well over 6'. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2021/jan/30/brentford-wycombe-championship-match-report
  11. McBurnie, McGoldrick, Sharp, Mousset, Brewster makes 5 who are all rated at a very similar high Championship level in the database. Burke then is 6 who is more versatile, covering other positions. It's a little strange, actually. I'm sure McBurnie would have had ratings at AM and AML when he was in my file. Played for us as a number 10, and scored plenty in his half season at Barnsley off the left side. Being a pure ST won't be doing him many favours in the squad construction.
  12. Sheff Utd are overloaded with senior strikers so it makes sense that the game would list one of them. It's not something we set directly, and he's not listed in my last quickstart.
  13. I've not seen my board allow more, which is functionally the same thing as those options being unusable. If there's a way to do it I'd love to know.
  14. I've been wondering as well. It can be useful in odd cases like in Denmark where a non-EU player needs to receive a wage of a certain amount to qualify for a work permit, and their contract might not be enough at just 100%. It's strange that the values are visible but not selectable (at least every time I've looked for them).
  15. I really, really, really hope not. We're in a bind with Giggs but when that's sorted we need an actual manager, not the guy who looked limited even with the u21s. Shouldn't hand the caretaker a permanent gig just because the ship didn't sink.
  16. No way he won't get 100 caps even if they have to carry him onto the pitch. Any and all retirement talk was coming from journos desperate to stir.
  17. That win belongs to their manager more than anyone. Completely outplayed substitute Page. Difference between first 15 minutes and the rest of the game shows the value of a tactically flexible, intelligent hand on the wheel.
  18. I had half time on mute but every time I looked up there was an England badge on screen.
  19. Not sure the next step is forward. Can't always bank on an improving group of players and the former stars are well into their decline. Country of this size has to accept some ebb and flow and a few players I thought would come on strong two years ago haven't moved much.
  20. Got to pull Ramsey deeper and/or wider to see where Christensen goes. If he stays as a 10 then it's ideal for Denmark as their slow centre halves have loads of cover directly in front.
  21. Even if he was they're only <95% preventative.
  22. The number of times he claimed a Wales player touched the ball when they got nowhere near was laughable. Didn't think Ampadu's foul was a red card even though it's textbook and the pro ref had just told him so. Basic maths seem beyond him. Up there with the very worst commentators on show this tournament. I'd rather listen to Savage for 90 minutes.
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