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  1. The opening post and potential signings inspired me to start a save as AZ Alkmaar Playing a formation suggested in the opening posts too, trying to get a 3-6-1 formation going. It's more of a 3-1-4-1-1 and it's great to watch. Still 2 games remaining of the first season and Ajax are already champions, we are already guaranteed 2nd place above PSV though. Actually signed Naci Unuvar from Ajax too who looks a great prospect.
  2. Won the league first season and then won the top league in our first season up too, 3 points ahead of Young Boys. There will be no champions league football in Lausanne though as we lost to Celtic in the final qualifying round, will have to make do with Europa. Signed quite a lot of players in season 3 as I thought there were some really cheap young players who were worth the risk of either developing for us or being loaned out and sold at a good profit. Squad now: GK: Loic Jacot - £150k from Luzern in Season 2, been an absolute bargain with several big sides now after him. We only conceded 21 in 36 league games. Destine Jopanguy - £9k from Caen in Season 2, looks like he has great potential and will play a lot more this season after a year with the u21's. Signed with his contract coming to an end. RB: Jordan Lotomba - One of my first signings, started his career at Lausanne and I got him to return first season from Young Boys Tomas Esteves - Signed start of season 3 for £350k, he looks pretty good and will be a nice back up who will probably get sold for a profit LB: Rayan Ait-Nouri - Fantastic young left back signed season 2 from Angers for only £1.1m, an absolute bargain who I hope stays here for ages. Arthur Zagre - £350k from Monaco and looks a really good prospect. CB: Skodran Mustafi - Just released by Arsenal so I have signed him to use for 1 year and sell at a nice profit hopefully. Juan Foyth - Just signed him for £10m from Spurs, managed to raise funds with a few sales and hope he will be worth it. Thomas Basila - A £1.5m signing from Nantes in season 2, he's absolute class and another bargain who I hope will stay for years. Benoit Badiashili - In the 3rd and probably final loan season at the club DM: Matt Smith - Just signed for free from Man City, looks quite versatile Fausto Vera - Possibly the best player at the club, signed in season 2 from Argentinos Jrs for £5m. James Garner - On loan from Man Utd for a 3rd and final season CM: Nadim Bejrami - Swiss international cost £1.7m from Grasshoper in the 2nd season Tom Davies - Just spent £5.75m to get him from Everton Callum Slattery - Looks a great prospect and I paid just £650k to get him from Southampton Diogo Mendes - Given him a lot of game time and a loan spell in the Challenge League and is now 18 with great potential. Starts in the youth team Wingers: Joel Ribeiro - Signed season 2 from Juventus for £750k but loaned straight out for that season. He started his career at Lausanne. Liam Millar - Free from Liverpool Emanuel Vignato - £5m from Chievo in the Italian 3rd tier in season 2. One of our best performers since signing him in January, chose to spend money on him rather than gamble on him choosing us ahead of the huge clubs who wanted him at the end of his contract Bernadi - Youth Team regen FW: Bradley Fink - Just spent £7.5m to bring the 18 year old Swiss striker in from Dortmund, he looks potentially fantastic so I hope he repays the huge fee. Pietro Pellegri - 3rd and final season on loan from Monaco Fabio Silva - Loan from Porto Non regens in development squad or on Loan: Marie Gael-Mukanya - £65k from St Etienne Eric Junior Dina Ebimbe - Free from PSG Andrea Papetti - £85k from Brescia Caleb Okoli - £150k Atalanta Hossein Zamani - £58k Genoa Matteo Regillo - £175k Servette Ryan Cassidy £160k Watford Matteo Corduan - £56k Angers Reo Griffiths - Free Lyon
  3. Yeah I had the same, there's a few players there you can make money from to bring your own players in though. I looked at selling anyone 30 or over and was able to sign the likes of Lotomba and Von Moos amongst others.
  4. On FM19 Rangers signed James Mclean on one of my saves
  5. Had a very enjoyable save with them on the last version, will be giving this another go. Cheers for the write up
  6. Fosu Mensah did end up joining as well as a couple more signings: Ben Woodburn (Liverpool) Brandon Williams (Man Utd) Also signed Joshua Zirkzee & Juan Castillo on loan and continued the loan of James Garner for a 3rd year, he's now actually agreed to be here next season on loan too.
  7. So after the sale of Hickey to Leicester for £7m I was a bit worried that our form would drop off after January but the likes of Tommy Smith actually did step up and we were never in any danger of throwing the league away. I was honestly expecting us to be good enough to stay up but not much more than that but players like Manquillo, Angel Gomes, Fosu Mensah and Pellegri added to the good young players already at the club were some how better than Palace (Still with Zaha) and an immense looking Newcastle squad for the level. So far to prepare for the Premier league I have signed the following Bellingham (after Birmingham got relegated to League one) Lewis Cook (Bourenmouth) Alex Collado (contract up at Barca) Tashan Oakley Booth (back up from Spurs with his contract up) Pietro Pellegri (paid mega money for him in instalments but I couldn't face not having him) Dan Axel Zagadou (Transfer listed by Dortmund) Simmonds from City and Elemby from Chelsea have been signed for me on free transfers. I'm also in the process of getting transfer listed Fosu-Mensah in on a permanent deal.
  8. Sheffield Utd paid £7m for Dobra at the end of season 2 after a good half season at Port Vale and a few fixtures for me at the end of the season. A nice unexpected bonus. Gave El Mizouni game time too but also sold him but only for £1m. lankester did really well first half of the year at Newport so I recalled him in the hope he would get a league one move instead of league two, unfortunately it wasn't to be but he did even better at Scunthorpe at the same level. Thinking of maybe keeping him about as 3rd choice next year. Can't even think who Simpson is without looking at my save so that probably says a lot. Season 2 is over now, will do an update when I get in but it went well beyond what I expected!
  9. They got themselves rich Egyptian owners on my save, paying players £35k pw in League One
  10. We're about to see how good young Tommy Smith really is as the board just sold Aaron Hickey for £11m to Leicester on deadline day Things going unbelievably well in the CHampionship up until this point as we are currently top of the league, just hope it doesn't derail our season.
  11. Yeah the young one probably isn't ready really but it's nice to give him minutes when there are injuries/when the title was wrapped up. He managed 12 games in the league and 20 in total thanks to a quarter final run in that Johnstone Paint thing. A lot of them players I was trying to sell for ages but got nowhere, Scottish and American clubs eventually being my saviour for some decent fees. The board rejected way more for Emyr Huyws at the start of the season which was annoying, I only looked to sell him after reading a few on here talking about him being injury prone.
  12. I did not realise he was Richard Wright's son! Even more reason to have him as first choice then. I only play one up front so Geubbels is having to be patient, he doesn't look that good on current ability but he's a useful sub to have on small wages. You are right I tried to sell a lot of the pros first season to focus on youth and bolster the numbers with loans (Rhian Brewster, James Garner, Pietro Pellegri, Marc Guehi & Cardoso from West Ham). First season sales were: Jordan Roberts (£190k), Cole Skuse (£245k), Alan Judge (£275k), Will Keane (£375k), Luke Chambers (300k), Kayden Jackson (£250k), Danny Rowe (£20k) James Wilson (£7k) Myles Kenlock (£450k), Gwion Edwards (£600k), Freddie Sears (£550k), Bialkowski (£1.9m), Tomas Holy (£190k), Emyr Hughes (550k), James Norwood (£90k), Nisiala (£300k) and Jamie Hopcutt (£525k, after signing him for free and flopping) Banks is fantastic.
  13. I'm also managing Ipswich, there are some fantastic young players both in the first team and in the development squad. Won League One with 100 points in the first season and currently have the following squad in the Championship: GK: Harry Wright, Marek Stech (free back up) RB: Javi Manquillo (signed for free this season), Dylan Crowe LB: Aaron Hickey (£195k from Hearts 1st season) David De La Vibora (£3.5k Real Madrid First Season), Tommy Smith (also plays centre back) CB: Luke Woolfenden, Timothy Fosu Mensah (loan), Jonathan Panzo (£1.9m from Monaco this season) DM: Ben Sheaf (£78k from Arsenal first season), James Garner (loan from Man Utd 2nd season in a row), Teddy Bishop, Flynn Downes CM: Andre Dozell rotated with one of the DM's. Also given some game time to Liam Gibbs RW: Andre Gomes (paid £425k to Man Utd as I didn't want to risk missing him on free) Miguel Rodriguez (£67k from Celta as a 16 year old first season) LW: Scott Banks (£240k from Dundee Utd first season) Gomes can play here too and I gave a lot of game time to Dobra last season who is now out on loan. FW: Pietro Pellegri (loan 2nd season in a row, got 26 in 39 in league one) Willem Geubells (also on loan from Monaco) Zac Brown (youngster is 3rd choice while Lankester and Folami are out on loan. Spent £700k first season and recouped £6.75m This year spent £2.3m and recouped £2.9m. Left with a pretty small squad but the youth players have such good potential it's a positive imo.
  14. The most ridiculous position of them all is up front, we only play one striker most games but we have so many options: Strikers Hilmar Eiriksson - The other Icelandic player in our squad and he's pretty damn good! Shea McDonell - Bit of a legend at club and international level. Been with us 5 years and cost us £50k from Glenavon Daniel Kearney - Also important at club and international level for us. Just 21 years old and also with us for 5 years after signing for £40k from Dungannon Keith Quinn - He's a good young northern irish player but I think could be one for the chop. Another Dungannon signing for £20k David Browne - Came through our youth team and has great potential, annoying he is choosing the Republic right now: # Gary Graham - Our latest youth team option, gave him a cap for no real reason yet Marijan Tolic - Another free signing with no previous club. Has developed a lot more than expected and has just had a great year at Rjelka in croatia # Cristian Calin - Another free signing with no historic clubs. Loaned him to the Romanian 2nd tier and he did really well so might try and loan him to a better club next year.
  15. In midfield we play a Half Back and a Segundo Volante behind an advanced playmaker in Central Midfield, here are those options: Central Midfield Anibal Silveira - Signed for £500k from Braga, only got limited game time in his first season but he probably deserves more Dale Slater - Been with us 5 seasons now and was an absolute bargain at £22k from Dungannon Jonny Graham - A nice option to have through our youth system Gary O'Hara - Might be one to sell now but he is a good homegrown option , only 22 but has been at the club since signing as a 15 year old from St Mirren for £50k. Burak Budak - A Record £12m! (in instalments) signed from Galatasary David Telletxea - Really good player and regular starter for us in big games, signed for £500k from Eibar. Raymond Moukoko - Actually only signed to make up the numbers for our B Team but he's developing nicely Finn Hartford - Quite a new signing, decided to sell some foreign players and wanted a replacement who would count as homegrown Agust Leo Markan - One of 2 Icelandic players in the side and he is one of our best players Wingers/Inside Forwards Michael McConnell - Came through our youth system and is now a regular in my Northern Ireland side and a great option for Larne on the left Nicholas Mounier - Another one of them free signings with no historic club. Had him on trial until he could sign at 18, loaned him out a year with not much hope but came back looking class. Max Parrino - Was shocked we were able to sign this guy, absolute class on the left inside forward position Radoslaw Bil - Probably our best player tbh. Signed for £3.8M From Legia, only because David Fitzpatrick was tapped up by Aberdeen. Now wanted by Real, PSG, City and just about every big side. Gary Trainor - Stole from Linfield for an extra N.Irish option. Regular for me at international level now John Rafferty - Just another home grown option to replace foreigners in the squad, signed from Shamrock
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