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  1. To be fair I'm going into my 5th season with Pepe and I wouldn't trade him for anything. Club legend already, scores massive goals, and has scored at least ten Messi type worldies. For me his low determination his well worth his goals, Nelson just doesn't have the end product to justify him lowering others determination.
  2. Nelson is good but I'm wondering about selling him. His low determination along with a lot of other players we inherited - Pepe, Gabriel, Saliba, Willock all have fairly low determination. A few of my great youngsters determination is plummeting and I have to think it's that group that's doing it.
  3. Just had to vent here, had my most brutal run of results ever. In my first 2 seasons with AFC we won the PL my first season and a Carabao Cup. Decent enough, but in first 2 seasons I also lost an FA cup final, Europa final, and a CL final. In 3rd season I had won Carabao cup, and was poised to do the quadruple. Going into last game of PL I'm in 1st place on goal difference. Away to West Ham and we are awful, can barely create a chance, nil nil draw. Chelsea win their game and win the PL. Then I proceed to lose the FA Cup final and CL final both to Chelsea. The FA Cup we lost 1-0 on a pen
  4. I have a wonderkid with no work permit who no team wants to sign on loan since they don't feel he'll be interested. The base idea makes sense, but in this case it doesn't. He has no choice but to go on loan.
  5. This is ridiculous. Last year it was scheduling the Euro Super Cup during the first int'l break of the year when no one's available. Somehow the other team had their entire first team squad available. FM21 now I'm unable to field 2 of my most important players who happen to be U21s. Shameful stuff really, it's a simple scheduling issue!
  6. First time I'm seeing this after about 12 board takeovers in my time playing the game. It was a consortium takeover and they instantly bid for 2 players who aren't any better than what I have. Makes no sense whatsoever. I can see a new board coming in and having targets, but this is absurd. It's not something that happens. Especially when you're a long serving and successful manager, they'd consult with you at least. It's going to completely ruin the chemistry of my team and force me to sell favorite players.
  7. Would be interesting to include pandemic stuff, but very difficult I imagine. Imagine a team talk where you ask your players to take a wage cut. We all know how that would turn out
  8. I've noticed a few glitchy press questions that don't match what's happening. I just lost a CL quarter final and was furious, then the press asked me "how does it feel to not qualify for the CL", despite being 1st by a long way in the league. Was already angry after the loss and this one didn't help. I don't remember these from previous versions. Except the "so and so team has done the quintuple!" nonsense
  9. Right, U23 team. Fair enough if the U23 manager gets final say in his team, but I'm not sure that's how it is IRL. In any top league if a player is returning from injury they'd get priority in any game the first team manager wanted. I could see somewhere like Spain where reserve teams are a bit more autonomous, but even there the main team has full rights to any player there.
  10. I think it's been this way for a long time, but why do the youth team managers not listen to your requests of playing first teamers for match fitness? Sometimes they do, most of the time they don't. I don't know how it works IRL, but wouldn't a U23 manager have to listen to the first team manager's request to play someone? Or is it at their discretion?
  11. Finally tried it in full screen and yes, starts up perfectly fine. Should I post a bug report about the windowed loading? Seems like it might be my hardware
  12. Starting up FM20 takes me a few times before it work. The intro screens are all glitchy and sometimes freeze. I'm playing in windowed mode if that could be part of it?
  13. I know what he means. You can have a 21 yr old wonderkid still only "valued" at 30 mill or whatever it might be. In reality any team with him on the books will be looking for 80 million plus. It's impossible in FM to convey that to the player. It's either agree to sell him for a fraction of his actual worth, or risk upsetting him and ALSO selling him for much less.
  14. WHERE IS MIKE DEAN ON THIS LIST??? Once again FM fails in the reality department
  15. I had the awful habit for a while where in the pre-match screen I'd make some changes and because of bad click and drags would move the GK to an outfield position. I caught it before starting the match most of the time, when I didn't it was always full on panic. I maintain that the clicking/dragging on that screen isn't the best. Kind of hard to snap players into the correct positions.
  16. As my save progresses I love to give players (and opposing managers) nicknames. Sometimes they're funny, sometimes it's just to shorten names. Mourinho has gotten several nicknames for me over the years. None of which I can type here
  17. Philippe Mexes bicycle kick? Benjamin Pavard's WC belter? As many have said, these are professional players. If you put them on a pitch with a pub team they'd run rings around everyone and WOULD be doing insane stuff regularly. An 8 first touch at professional level is for your average person more like 18-20 first touch.
  18. True, but it's worth pointing out that de Ligt/de Jong definitely wanted to go to top leagues. Would they have been happy to stay at Ajax another year? Possibly, but I don't think it was just a case of Ajax looking to cash in.
  19. I love how rare really great newgens are in your academy. Most youth intake players are barely worth setting up training for, let alone signing them up. But when you do get the rare 5 star recruit then do everything you can to ensure he makes it to first team it feels pretty great
  20. Very cool, love seeing what professional players think of FM. I'm sure there are dozens more that are FM fanatics.
  21. As an Arsenal fan I must admit, we are pretty OP in the past few years. It takes very little work to win the title within the first 3 years. Also seems like Arsenal get a much more significant budget than they would IRL. I know Pepe was a massive layout, but the net spend was still relatively low.
  22. I've seen things like this quite often actually. In my saves it usually happens when a player demands a transfer. If the club is foolish and try to milk as big a transfer fee as possible, they'll end up rejecting several excellent bids hoping for something even better. Then the player gets mad and they end up selling to the next decent offer that comes in. I've seen it with Asensio - bought him for 20 million. Happened to me with Federico Chiesa as well. He wanted to go to Madrid, but I'd rejected a measly 60 million offer from them (he's worth much much more). By that point though they'd
  23. Generally I'll start by clearing all the coaching duties and then set them all myself. You can do this by going to the Training screen, then at the far right at the top selecting 'Coaches' From there click on "Edit Coaching Assignments" at the top right. Here you can clear everything and reset yourself. If you "ask assistant to assign" he'll likely put back the same duties as before. I try not to have each coach on more than 2 duties, I think it spreads them too thin and eventually will get an inbox item "this coach is coaching too many categories". The more coaches
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