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  1. Try Mirallas as a poacher if you need a striker from the original squad. Coleman should fill in well as a defensive winger. Mirallas averaged around a goal every other game first two seasons for me, although that was along side Jelavic.
  2. Having been off work ill for most of the week i've manged to complete my 4th season which could not have gone any better. Prem: 1st Having dropped to 4th last year after finishing runners up in the first 2 seasons we managed to remain consistent throughout and despite it going down to the last day we were able to secure 1st place. Only real competition came from Arsenal, had the chance to win the league at goodison park against them with 5 games to go but our only home defeat meant it went to the last day but a 3-0 win over Fulham kept our 3 point gap at the top. Finished on 88pts, 27w, 7d, 4l. Away losses coming to Man City, West Brom and Chelsea. League Cup: Winners Managed to overcome Arsenal in the semis, having drawn 2-2 at home they ended up with 9 men due to a red and an injury at the emirates and a 122nd minute goal from Theo Walcott sent us through to the final where we beat Man City 2-1 FA Cup: Winners Got lucky with this, initially I lost the final and I got a crash dump after the season had ended, so got a 2nd chance and won it that time. Biggest team we faced was Newcastle in the final where we won 2-0. Champions League: Winners Having struggle in this the last couple of seasons where we never made it past the group stage a superb run saw us reach the final where we overcame the mighty Barcelona. Topped a group that consisted of Zenit, Olympiakos and Shahktar with 5 wins and 1 draw. Into the knockout stages we lost 2-1 away to PSG but got through after a 2-0 win at home. Drawn against City in the 2nd KO round, 0-0H, 1-1A saw us progress on away goals. Next we faced Serie A champions Juventus, a Shane Duffy header in the first leg at Goodison gave us a 1-0 win to take to Italy, a 1-1 draw thanks to a late Ross Barkley goal saw us avoid extra time. The crash dump problem cancelled the 1-0 win i achieved on the first attempt, but 2nd time was even better proving it wasnt a fluke. Comfortable 2-0 win against Barcelona meant the quadrouple was ours. Signed Yarmolenko for £20M at the start of the season in order to fit the squad into 442 and 451 formations to provide an alternate to my prefered 5-3-2. I felt these would work better in home games as the 5-3-2 doesn't dominate possession. Free signing Doumbia was our top scorer in the league with 16 in 24, not bad considering the price and hes only on 27.5K pw. Only other notable signing was Jack Rodwell who did well, his stats seem to be on the up now he's actually getting games, one to watch for next season.
  3. Funny you should mention this, got him coming in January of 4th season for £6.25M. City have hardly used him on mine either, although he still looks like a well rounded midfielder.
  4. My answer was yes. Then I get the chance, Rooney, 29, transfer listed for £32.5M and I'm not sure. Already have Aguero, Jelavic, Mirallas, Walcott, Zaha and Ademilson. As well as Doumbia coming in on a free. With the wages, his age and my surplus of strikers I probably won't bother.
  5. End of a frustrating 3rd season... League: 4th We were top for the best part of 27 or so games but a significant dip in form saw us drop down to 4th. Champs league football at least. FA Cup: 3rd round Lost 1-0 at Anfield to Liverpool, can't get any worse than that. League Cup: Semi final, lost 3-0 at home in the first leg to Arsenal, 2-1 win away was obviously not enough. Champs League: Group Stage (3rd) Drawn against Madrid, Zenit and Fenerbache. W2, D2, L2, only enough for 3rd. Europa League: 2nd Knockout Stage (again) 2nd time in a row we've been K'O'd from Champions League and put into this. Had hoped to do a lot better but a tough draw against Dortmund was our downfall. Community Shield: winners 2-1 win over Man Utd, probably the highlight of a poor season. As for the players Shane duffy had the highest rating again, 7.61 (35(3)) Barkley impressed, 7 league goals, 9 assists in 25(4). Mainly played as an attacking mid on advanced playmaker(s). Big name signings of Coentrao and Aguero were disappointing. Coentrao spent most of the season on the treatment table and will most likely be sold due to his injury proneness. Aguero only scored 15 in 31(17), not good enough for a player of his quality, he was however our top scorer. Did manage to bring in unsettled Phil Jones, Tom Cleverley and Theo Walcott in january. High hopes for them next season, will be retraining Jones as a sweeper to start ahead of Heitinga.
  6. I've kept him as backup for Coleman, has averaged around 6.8 in about 13 or so games for me over 3 seasons. Certainly never going to be first choice, but decent, home grown backup and will make a good tutor. Sent him out on loan halway through 3rd season, but despite being 1.5*s out of his 2.5* potential, his attributes seem to have stopped improving!
  7. End of season 2 review: (posted my lineup a few posts up) Premier League: 2nd Runners up to Man U again. We were consistent throughout and managed a points tally of 80 with the joint 2nd best defence in the league. Unfortunately Man U were too good, we were 10pts of the pace although 11pts ahead of 3rd placed Arsenal. Our 6 losses came against Utd, City, Spurs, Newcastle, Chelsea (away) and only rivals Liverpool got the better of us at home, we did however beat them 1-0 at Anfield. Champs league: Group stage (3rd) Drawn against Napoli, Benfica and Galatasaray, 1W, 3D, 2L was only good enough for 3rd spot. Europa League: 2nd Knockout round Managed to turn around a shocking 1st leg against Wolfburg where we lost 3-1, beating them at Goodison park 3-0 thanks to a Jelavic hat-trick. Only to be drawn against Spurs where we lost on penalties (2-2 on aggregate) League Cup: Semis Went into this as the current holders but a 2nd successive win wasnt to be as we lost 4-3 on aggregate to Chelsea having beating Wigan, QPR and Southampton in the previous rounds. FA Cup: Winner Lost in last years final to Arsenal so delighted to make another final. Easy-ish run of games, West Ham, Swansea, Villa, Hull, West Brom ans surprisingly Championship side Huddersfield in the final. Where two late Baines penalties sealed a fortunate 3-1 win. Shane Duffy was by far my most reliable player, avr of 7.86 in 33(3) and was rewarded with fans player of the year, making it the 2md time in a row its gone to my left sided centre back in my 5-3-2 formation, Distan picked up the award in the first year. Have had a busy transfer window in the build up to start of 3rd season. Board cleared most of the debts and gave me £30M to play with. Out went Seb Larsson (£6M), Oviedo (£6M), Pienaar (500K), Howard (£3M) and most significantly Musacchio(£23.5M to Man U) surprising considering I signed him for £9M the previous year and he only averaged around 7.08 and looked vulnerable every time I played him as a sweeper. In came Kjaer and Schmeichel for free. Lallana (£3.6M) and Livermore (£3.4M) All as squad players. Signed a transfer listed Coentrao for £8M with the intention of using him at RWB enabling him to cut inside whilst also providing cover for LWB. Kyriakos Papadopoulos for £21.5M (release clause) Love the look of his stats, should make an excellent stopper. Manchester City finished 7th in the league, and failed to make Europe which led to many of their players requesting transfers. Silva, Kompany, Tevez, Nasri, Dede, Moutinho and Aguero were all listed at some point and managed to sign the latter for 26.5M, little hesitation due to the wage demands but managed to get him to agree 105K per week. This leaves the first team squad looking like this: GK Butland, Schmeichel CB Duffy, Papadopoulos, Jagielka, Heitinga, Kjaer WB Baines, Coentrao, Coleman CM Fellaini, Schneiderlin, Mario Suarez, Livermore, Barkley AM Michu, Lallana ST Aguero, Mirallas, Jelavic, Ademilson Also kept Gibson and Anichebe in the reserves for depth. And have the following youngsters: Zaha, Shaw, Hammar, Rafinha as well as a few others who I don't feel are quite ready to compete in the first team. Am keeping the 532 sweeper tactic as the prefered choice, but am also developing a 4-1-2-1-2 and a 4-3-1-2 setup.
  8. Forgot to mention above the performances of Jordan Hammar, not from the youth system but is trained at club. he got 14 games as a sweeper in the first season, average rating of 7.16 and has played 6(2) times with avr 7.55. Fairly good all round stats and at 6'4" is a rock, very good at defending crosses, Jumping 19, strength 16, heading 13.
  9. He's been pretty solid, advanced playmaker(S) behind the front two. Played 19(7) g5 a6 avr7.36. Had hoped for a few more goals, but thats probably mainly due to him having excelled at Swansea irl so i'm happy with how hes done. As for the formation i'm noticing a lot of goals being conceded when my centre backs end up having no options to pass to, have ended up playing a lot of games with the sweeper being moved to defensive mid which hasnt been too consistent. Might be worth trying the sweeper as a centre back but im no tactical expert. Cant agree more with the praise for Duffy above, proving to be very consistent and will most likely be a first team regular in the future. average rating of 7.94 in 21 games so far this season (2nd) Unfortunately for me Barkley's suffering a broken foot and is going to miss the 2nd half of my 2nd season. Had a good start to the season and was getting a lot more game time than last year. There's always next year. To make things worse though the player i brought in to cover for him while injured, Rafinha(Barce) has also picked up a long term injury leaving me pretty thin in midfield, which has made the hectic January schedule tough. Still grinding out results though.
  10. 4.5* potential on mine too. Got 31 games (16 starts) in my first season, average rating of 7.00, 2 goals, 2 assists. Had Fellaini tutor him and put his training on ball winning midfielder to boost his defensive attributes. Attempting to get everything (aside from corners, free kicks and throw ins) up to atleast 10 to make him into a decent all round midfielder, he'll get more game time if he's effective in a number of roles. Happy with my transfers for the start of 2nd season, although may have crippled the finances by using the 48months payment, spent a total of £43M. Sold Osman, Gueye, Hibbert, Naismith and Vellios with Anichebe and Pienaar leaving on loan deals. Squad now looks like this: GK Howard, Butland SW Mussachio, Hammar CB Heitinga, Duffy CB Jagielka, Distin LWB Baines, Oviedo RWB Coleman, Seb Larssen CM Fellaini, Mario Suarez (Barkley) CM Schneiderlin, Gibson (Barkley) AM Michu, Ronaldinho (Barkley) ST Jelavic, Admilson ST Mirallas, Zaha Pretty much same set up as last year, although I have made a few tweaks and will continue to develop the tactic. Started off the season with a 3-1 victory over Swansea, Michu the star with 2 assists. Goals from Jelavic, Mirallas, Duffy. Good start, looked like we were attacking with a bit more intent too.
  11. Really enjoying my Everton save, just finished my 1st season and am delighted with how things went. Turned off transfers for the first window, the only addition to the squad was Frimpong on loan to bolster the midfield. I did however bring in Luke Shaw (£2.5M) as a long term replacement for Baines and Admileson (£5.25M) as backup up front in January. Only major exit was Naismith on loan to Spurs, also in the Jan window as he just couldn't settle into the 1st team. Played a pretty conservative 532 most games, rigid set up with, direct passing, less creative freedom, high pressing, aggresive tackling and little roaming. Switched between attacking, counter and defensive depending on opposition. Prefered lineup was the following: GK Howard (GKD) SW Heitinga (LA) CB Distan (LD) CB Jagielka (BPD) LWB Baines (WA) RWB Coleman WS) CM Gibson (CMD) CM Fellaini (BBM) AM Pienaar (APA) ST Jelavic (DLFS) ST Mirallas (20 goals as a poacher in 26(13) appearances. Not the most adventurous i know. It saw us grind out a large amount of 1-0's and we were pretty solid at the back all season, boasting the best defence in the league. Premier League: Claimed 2nd place, having led the pack for the first half our form took a hefty hit in the busy christmas period and the turn of the new year. I think this was mainly due to a small squad, so will be looking to improve the depth in the summer window. We did however end our 6 games without a win in the league with a 5-0 thrasing of league winners Manchester United. Giant killings seemed to be our trademark. Didn't lose to City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Utd or Arsenal in the league, our 8 defeats in the prem came against teams we should have beaten on paper. Think i might have to rethink tactics for games against lower teams, as we did struggle for goals. FA Cup: Runners up. Had a fairly straighforward run, biggest challenge until the final was Spurs in the quarters who we thumped 3-0. Came up against Arsenal in the final and despite an even game, Falcao scored twice for them without reply. League Cup: Winners. Again another easy run to what turned out to be a dream final against Liverpool. A Jelavic goal was enough to scrape it 1-0.
  12. I'm stuck in the premier league as Salisbury City with a 14000 capacity stadium, so I think the rule does need looking at.
  13. Good luck Padders, well done on promotion. Gunna try to get back into my Cambridge City save today, but I'm not the most patient person and am finding this very challenging!
  14. Agreed, struggling to see how I'm going to get promoted. Finished 12th with Cambridge City 1st season, 18th in 2nd and currently 9th half way through 3rd.
  15. Giving this a go, on holiday now! Managed to get Salisbury City up through the divisions, but that was without a single decent player from my youth team and freedom regarding transfers. This will be tough, but congrats to those who have had success with this!
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