Very decent first season at Athletic. Champions League football will be great for boosting the reputation and the bank balance. Barcelona was unstoppable and got to the CL final, unfortunately, they were beaten by PSG. Real Madrid and Atletico also got to the semi-finals so it was a good performance from the Spanish sides.
Unfortunately, Aduriz retired at the end of the first season so it'll be hard to replace his goals. As a result, I have purchased quite a few young strikers for the long term. I also let Mikel Rico, Balenziaga and Raul Garcia leave at the end of their contracts.
Rafa Álvarez - £10m from Barcelona
I'm really excited by this guy. Great to take a young prospect from Barcelona. He will be a key player in the midfield for many years to come I am sure.
Enrique Alfaro - £500,000 from Gijon.
Looks as though he could be a decent wing back. Love his physicals and he's nice and tall for a 16-year-old. I hope his technical attributes improve but I am sure he will become a first-team player in the coming years.
Iñaki Martínez - £400,000 from Osasuna.
I like the look of this guy. He has a couple of nice attributes in nice areas but is still a bit raw. I have plenty of young strikers on the conveyor belt so we'll see if he makes it to the first team. I'm sure he'll be a useful player for us.
Miguel - £500,000 from Getafe.
This guy looks okay. Not sure if he'll make it into the first team in all honesty. He has a lot of developing to do.
Pepe Aguirre - on loan initially, but will join permanently for £1.8m from Getafe.
I think this lad could be brilliant. He will be trained as a striker. He has some really nice attributes, I love his first touch, technique and his physicals. Improving his personality will be a priority, but a key player for the future hopefully.
What an absolute gem. He is going to be world class. 6'5", 17 flair, 16 off the ball and a professional personality at the age of 16? Yes, please. He has the potential to be one of the best players of his generation.
He is quite raw but I can see him having the potential to be a first team player for us. Very consistent performer which is always a bonus.
I love his physicals. However, his technical and mental attributes need a lot of work.
Aims for next season
Losing Aduriz is a big blow, so top 4 and qualification for the Champions League is the target. I feel we have the quality to potentially get to the quarterfinals of the Champions League, let's hope we get an easy group.