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Everything posted by enigmatic

  1. One advantage of the existing setup (at least for lower division clubs with smaller squads) is that you generally get your youth intake at least a couple of months before the contracts of some of your players run out and the transfer window opens, so a high potential and/or reasonably developed youngster coming through can save you the need to renew/replace that backup player. Sometimes with people in the early stages of Youth Only saves the youth intake can help save their season midway through too. Or it can be incredibly frustrating if they're not allowed to play them because of squad registration rules... That said, probably more realistic to have the youth evaluation at the end of the season, even if only in playable/active divisions
  2. I quite like the way it's rigged against save/reloaders looking for a better draw tbh
  3. Wouldn't mind them speeding up the slow walk of the referee to the about-to-be carded player too (especially when he has a bit of distance to cover, and the card's only part of the highlight because there's a scoring opportunity from the resulting freekick)
  4. Even the standard Star Ratings based recommended teamsheet with "include shortlist" (and the ability to manually remove individual shortlisted players because they're too dear or low priority) would be nice.
  5. With match engine updates, I completely understand why SI don't want to address major, match changing issues that need very careful balancing like the current compromise between wide midfielders helping their (too narrow) MCs out and watching fullbacks that might overlap, which is currently skewed far too much towards the latter having been skewed too much towards the former in FM16. Getting the balance right is tricky, and a mid-term update that radically alters how the engine handles midfield play also annoys players by wiping out tactical edges they've spent a long time tinkering with tactics to achieve. But I'd have thought a more conservative match engine update that fixes stuff like goalkeepers - even good ones - insisting on conceding corners stretching for crosses that are obviously going wide should be achievable. Net effect: some less silly replays and maybe one fewer corner a game (and no tactical effect whatsoever since nobody bases their tactic around trying to go wide of the near post). Same goes for making players a little more likely to follow goalkeeper distribution or corner delivery instructions (understand that players aren't robots and don't always deliver the ball in the manner they're asked to and sometimes there's even a good reason for not rolling the ball to the fullbacks, but Joe Hart lost the #1 role at City for less persistent ignoring of simple instructions)
  6. I take it none of your Swedish players will repeat Zarzo's impressive feat of staying with you from the lowest playable division to Champions League success
  7. You appeared to be arguing that a player could obstruct a keeper's view and not be offside (which I don't think is true fwiw) I pointed out that contrary to what others have said in the thread any attempt to play the ball, regardless of whether it has any effect on the ball or other players, automatically brings offside players into play
  8. As I understand it, if your striker makes a play for the ball he should be given offside even if he doesn't touch it or deceive the goalkeeper in any way. That rule was updated at the beginning of last season.
  9. Bjorn Heidenstrom was one of my favourites. Unlike the overrated youth stars and best players in the small European leagues, there appears to have been no reason whatsoever for the Leyton Orient researcher to get so wildly excited about the range of football talents possessed by a 29-year old Norwegian journeyman that started just three games for the club and didn't score. Since this thread has come back from the dead after five years, I'd be interested to see which players named as not quite making it actually turned out pretty well after all. Kasper Schmeichel named above, for example, is now an established international with a Premier League winner's medal...
  10. Surprised Barcelona's Sergi Samper hasn't got a mention yet (although I guess it's enough of a burden being the next Xavi without adding to it..). No set piece ability, but he's nailed the bit about decision making, range of passing and being too good at reading the game to need any pace, and he has a fair bit of room to grow.
  11. Depends what you mean by "minnow nations". In one FM17 save I'm running, the third best soccerball player in the world is a Yank
  12. Ian MacDonald's Brasyl - a very weird book - does include a bit with former Brazilian goalkeeper Barbosa travelling into alternate universes to see worlds in which he didn't concede Ghiggia's winner and get blamed for the Maracanazo...
  13. That's one of the few things about match ratings that's right. It's supposed to be a record of how well somebody is performing, not about how understanding you should be about them consistently losing challenges or passing the ball straight to the opposition because the opposition are much better anyway. If your players get good ratings in cup defeats against higher division opponents, it should be because they won loads of key tackles and headers, not because the opposition had an off day in front of goal and registered a smaller victory margin than they should have done. Imagine if they were relative to players' ability and you had a defensive partnership consisting of one defender consistently getting 8 out of 10 for failing to win headers and tackles because the ratings are sympathetic towards him for not being anywhere near good enough to play at this level, whilst your best player continually gets 5 out of 10 despite consistently winning headers and tackles and not making mistakes because the system gives him no credit for the performance because players he's up against are rubbish and still often score. How on earth would you assess how your players were doing and who was the weak link in the defence? If we look at match ratings given to players by various sources IRL, Jamie Vardy generally didn't get awarded 8 out of 10 for running around a lot and not remotely threatening the goal in his first season because he was only considered a rubbish player for little Leicester, and he didn't generally get only 6.8 out of 10 for scoring the winner and causing the defence all sorts of problems in the middle of his second season because that's the least you'd expect from the league's top scorer when playing against the defences of mid-table dross like Stoke and Liverpool. Sure, there's a lot more pressure on the manager and the team to get good results now, but that's not reflected in the assessment of individual players.
  14. Would have thought the nationality warranted inclusion even if the NT doesn't get it's FIFA status sorted out because of players born in Kosovo that don't have any other nationalities (there must be some, surely?). They won't represent Serbia in the foreseeable future so they'd need to get an overseas passport to play international football, like several of them actually have done. As a second nationality it would also reflect the reality of players unlikely to agree to play for clubs based in the Serbian or Russian leagues.
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