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  1. Ah great thanks - will give it a go with the latest sortitoutsi update
  2. Ah ok apologies - so atm the choice is between correct fixtures and correct squads? No worries - will check the bugs forum and follow the relevant threads. Thanks for swift reply
  3. Hi guys - having some issue with this file - Chile, China and Peru all don't load as some clubs don;t have fixtures, and lots of other leagues can't be added as there aren;t enough teams? Specifically Italy and Spain are the ones I would like to work that aren't. Any idea how I can fix? Thanks, Josh
  4. Cheers Ben, let me know if you need anything else 👍
  5. Having the exact same issue here, posted about it two days ago but got no response. Have saved past the bid for Garcia but having same issue now with PSG reserve's NKunku (screenshot), his contract expires in 6 months but they want 53m for a player who's been stuck in their reserves for two years and is about to be released. (market value of 1.3m) Have uploaded a save under Joshua Hollis - Middlesbrough Feb23.fm
  6. Years and years ago now (but still seared into my memory) I started a save as West Brom in the championship (FM08 maybe). Given a £1m transfer budget I elected in my wisdom to spend all of it on a 37-year-old Henrik Larsson (the rest of my squad was already top notch but with no real forward options and come on, we all love Henrik Larsson!). He joins. Is introduced at a press conference. Takes part in exactly one training session. Ruptures his ACL, out for 11 months. Promptly follows medical advice and retires immediately. Leaves me with zero budget, and a season with Ismael Miller and Luke Moore as my only options up front...
  7. Hi all, One of my favourite transfer tactics in previous games has been to target players entering the last 12 or 6 months of their contracts in order to get them for a bargain or at least reasonable fee (especially players unlikely to be renewed by larger clubs). In FM18 and earlier it seemed as a general rule (But some exceptions) that if a player was in the final year of his deal you could agree a fee with his club which was around his market value or at most 50% higher. And when you enter the last six months you could (other than approaching to sign them at the expiry) you could negotiate an even cheaper deal - reflecting real life well. However in my FM19 save so far this has not been the case, with clubs continuing to set wildly unrealistic transfer valuations for players entering the final year/six months of their contracts, even and especially when they have no interest in offering them new deals. Screenshot attached of me (Middlesbrough) bidding for Manchester City's Manu Garcia in January 2020 - his contract expires in July 2020, he's available to loan with zero fee or wages, and has been stuck in their reserves for two years, so clearly isn't required! In prev games I'd expect to be able to grab him for around his market value (1.4m) but as you can see in this save they're deciding a fee of £110m is a reasonable start to discussions! His is the only eg I've got a screenshot of, but I had the same issue trying to bid for Kenedy at Chelsea and Patrick Roberts also of City (they've now both agreed free transfers away from their clubs so they've missed out on any revenue at all). You could argue the riches of these clubs mean they don't care about the extra revenue but surely this is a bug as it goes against every example from previous games and most real life scenarios. Not at laptop until this evening otherwise I'd upload a save - let me know if you require one. Thanks, Josh
  8. First season youth intake at Middlesbrough - my strikers haven't been performing in the second season so have thrown him in recently and despite not contributing much else (need to boost his passing really?) he's already bagged 2 in 3 starts. Anything else glaring I should be focusing on with this kid? Want to play him as much as poss in the championship so he can continue to play if we get promoted...
  9. @warlock Argh good luck - I haven't even risked him or Dimi in the cup games in my save, hopefully he rolls back the years for you!
  10. Superb write-up cheers @warlock - as a Boro fan I think our squad is a really good challenge for managers expecting an easy ride due its unbalanced nature (4 forwards, about 7 CMs, no right wingers or AMs etc) I started a save with transfers disabled, and set about trying to implement the Pulis way with a flat 5-3-2 (lets you make use of our ridiculous CB and CM options) focusing on set plays. All was going fairly well despite some teething problems until Britt did his cruciate leaving him out for the season... After that results dropped off a cliff somewhat leaving me chopping and changing formations (a bit of 442, a bit of 433) with the dreaded board meeting demanding 9 points from 5 games going into January. Luckily I managed to bag 10pts thanks to a late penalty miss, and since then I've been able to finally strengthen the squad with Phil Foden, Ademola Lookman and Diego Dalot (all on loan of course). These signings have enabled me to transition to a much more vibrant 4-2-3-1 which is really playing to new favourite Jordan Hugill's strengths (playing as a CF-s, now scored 7 in last 9) plus giving me pace on both flanks with Tav (developing really well, now rated 3.5*) and Lookman, and finally having a real creative player in Foden to channel play through. Not at home atm so no screenshots just yet but despite still languishing in 8th we're starting to put together a real run and long may it continue!
  11. @BoroPhil Hi Phil cheers for response and no worries at all - given my current save struggles (9th in the league and just been humped 3-0 at home by Rotherham) even a Besic upgrade wouldn't save me! @glenjamin Is it possible the drop is due to someone at SI realising there's the 7m Saville transfer coming out in Jan and deducting that? Personally even with that I agree with your points about 4m being quite low, but trying to see it from SI's side I'd guess the Besic money has gone on Saville, plus as Phil says the Adomah/Bolasie deals probably would've been funded by selling Braithewaite. Cheers
  12. Hi guys, Just started playing FM19 - loving the changes and new version so far. My only query having started as Middlesbrough is with Mo Besic - so please correct me if he still falls under Everton researchers due to his loan status. On all versions I've seen him (FM16-19) he's down as a very defensive ball-winning midfielder whereas having watched him for Boro he's much more offensive in nature, particularly in carrying the ball from deep. This is a bit objective so the main concrete change I'd make would be to his dribbling attribute, currently at a very poor 9. As you can see from the attached screenshots from his WhoScored page (https://www.whoscored.com/Players/90983/Show/Muhamed-Besic) dribbling is down as one of his major strengths, and in terms of average dribbles attempted per game he's among the highest in the Middlesbrough team since his initial January signing, and also has been dribbling at a fairly high rate for a supposedly defensive midfielder throughout his career. Unfortunately the only online video evidence of his dribbling at Boro is this clip of his goal v Derby last season - thought I'd include anyway :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-J0wdfZIPA In conclusion, I'd probably look to boost his dribbling attribute to around 12-13, by no means a world-beater but a much more useful attacking option than currently represented in-game. Thanks :)
  13. I have found the DLP to be effective especially at home, but away from home you may be more suited to a CM(D) for added discipline and a player with stronger defensive attributes (someone may correct me but PIs for both roles are quite similar, you may be able to tweak to your liking) - In terms of the WM it generally seems my play is quite lopsided down the right (although Ibe is my strongest mf so I'm happy with this), and the WM isn't as involved in build up as much as I'd like. When the rest of the players are firing it's fine, and the WM playing slightly narrower helps with defensive shape if we get countered.
  14. I'm playing a 4-4-2 atm with my Bournemouth side, and I've found that it works best (for me anyway) to: Have plenty of pace in your team on the flanks and up front Set your defensive line to 'deeper', and enable higher tempo, more direct passing, defensive/counter mentality (Essentially think of Leicester last season) As my forwards (Wilson and Afobe/Assombalonga) are both quick but not big I've also enabled 'low crosses' which has proved successful in this FM Also have made one of the wide men a winger (A) and one a Wide Midfielder (S), as with the right player the WM then becomes a goal threat from those crosses My full team (give or take some rotation) is: GK (D) Rajkovic RB (Defensive full back) - Callum Chambers CB (D) - Michael Keane BPD (D) Steve Cook WB (S) - Charlie Taylor W(A) - Jordan Ibe DLP (D) Lewis Cook BBM (S) Harry Arter WM (S) - Jesse Lingard DLF (S) - Britt Assombalonga CF (S) - Callum Wilson
  15. Good luck in your Nice save Jogo - and thanks for your reply to my post! In a short and sweet wrap up of my French experiences - it went bottoms up quite quickly! Rallied really well at the end of season 2 to finish 4th, qualifying for Euro Cup and playing some really nice stuff, but this was followed up by a very frustrating summer. Firstly the club's less than ideal financial state meant I was limited to a summer transfer budget of about £800k, and limited leeway in wages. Did manage to get in Gaston Gil Romero and Luis Henrique on frees - but while the former is a top player, it meant accommodating him along with Mendy (I had planned to take advantage of interest in Mendy, but with just 10% of transfer revenue it wasn't worth it). Worked the budgets around (and sold Elustondo for a £5m profit) to bring in another couple of additions (and another loan for Rashford), but ended up having to field Mendy at RB to fit him in. Additionally Ben Arfa pulled a strop when I wouldn't sell him to Porto (for less than his value!), and looked completely disinterested when the season began. Long story short we played well in Europe but couldn't string together any results in the league, ending up in 17th in December and prompting a dressing room revolt (started by Ben Arfa the problem child) - after which I resigned as it just wasn't fun anymore! So I hope your experience with Nice ends less messily than mine, but I'm very keen on returning to France either in FM16 or when 17 comes out - the relatively level playing field (under PSG) makes it a really exciting league to be in, as a few sound additions can have you pushing for Europe quite quickly. Low budgets also mean you've got to juggle resources to succeed, and I always enjoy a free transfer gem! Cheers and good luck!
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