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  1. That’s a solid line-up. Good job getting Arp - how much did you pay? I was too late and he’s $illy now. Is Lamela a loan or a transfer?
  2. So I ended up finishing top of the Championship, smashing the maximum points record. I never got any CF firing, but Trotta on loan from Sassuolo was the closest to a decent forward. Nasri, whose ban ended on new years' eve, was good but the superstars were the full backs (Douglas and Ayling) and Jack Harrison on loan from Man City. At the end of the Jan window, I bought in some players I was surprised wanted to join me in the Championship - maybe the all-but certain promotion and team form played a part. I managed to bring in on loan: Kyriakos Papadopoulos on loan fro HSV, who was disappointing Etienne Capoue from Watford, who was unhappy, who I managed to extend for a 2-year loan with a 3m option (!) Nahitan Nández from Boca as cover for Rico, who I managed to extend with an option Facundo Colidio from Inter Jordan Lukaku from Lazio with an option I managed to bring in some new transfers too: DMC Mikel Rico who was on loan from Athletic on a per-game transfer who was a rock in the middle of the pitch. AM Xadas for 1.3m DC David Garcia on a free as CB cover TM Harlem Gnohere for 500k TM Fabian Klos from Arminia Bielefeld, whose contract was expiring and I was able to bring in right at the end of the window for 250k Hernandez, Dallas, Forshaw and O'Kane all left, bringing in 17m. Coming into the Premier League, I knew it was going to be a massive step up and that to survive I needed at least: Centre back depth A striker Central midfield depth A top class GK Having secured promotion by March, it gave me first dibs on expiring contracts, loan options and unhappy players. I had planned to bring in around 5 players and keep the core of the team, but the window got away from me a bit - as well as the 35m (which I got the board to up to 45m) I ended up selling 75m of players: Nasri for 23m who became a disruptive muppet Jansson for 15m to Newcastle - maybe a mistake but I was seduced by the cash and Cooper had been far stronger during the season Barry Douglas for 14m to Watford on the last day of the season, only because Liverpool bought Theo Hernández from Read Madrid and put Moreno on the loan list with 30% wages. Alioski for 14m Dennis Diekmeier, who I'd signed for a free, for 7.5m Roofe, De Bock, Berardi, Cibicki, Anita, Ekuban, Sacko, Huth and a few more all also went CBs Knowing Jansson and Huth were on the way out, and Garcia and Bressan weren't up to Premier League standard, I bought in Gian Marco Ferrari from Sassuolo for 5m and Juan Forlín on a free as he left Oviedo. Southampton listed Wesley Hoedt who I got for 7m (10m with options). I also bought Sídnei in on loan, but I got my squad limit math wrong and had to let him go before the season started. Right at the end of the window, Tin Jedvaj threw a wobbly and I snapped him up for 5m. With Cooper as well, I was a bit over-staffed in the CB department and so Hoedt went out on loan. Turns out, I got the balance of the squad a bit wrong and I'm one injury away from being in CB trouble now. CF Trotta was a decent Championship striker, but not Premier League standard. Bamford wasn't performing and was now on 45k/w so he was sent to the exit (but, it turns out, is still with me). I had Klos from last season who I'd bought with promotion in mind, Gnohere as backup, both of this are Target Men. Roberto Inglese joined at the end of his Napoli contract, who is also a natural TM. My scouts found Maximiliano Gómez from Vigo for 8.5m (10m with add-ons) who seems to be an all-round great striker. CM I'd decided I was going to play 4 at the back, a big man up top and, therefore, 5 in the middle in some configuration. Given that I (at that time) had Nasri, Saiz, Xadas, Marin and Foden on loan for another season, a 4-2-3-1 looked the best fit so I was looking for BWM / CM(D) / DLP players. Besic was surplus to requirements at Everton and so joined me for 5m, Nahitan Nández from Boca come over for another season, I took up Capoue's 3m option. GK Postdrag Rajkovic was the obvious choice at a steal for 4m (6m with add-ons), but he didn't get the work permit and so is off on loan. Blackman wasn't going to do the job on his own do I ended up blowing the Leeds record on Gerónimo Rulli from Real San Sebastián for 15m (24m with add-ons). The Madness At this point, I pretty much had the team and it wasn't even the end of the season yet, the board giving me my budget once promotion was secured. It then got a bit crazy with Nasri being a spoiled brat, big offers coming in for many of my key players and my scouts finding some really good players I ended up doing a complete revamp. Dennis Man from Roma joined full-time, I found Dani Olmo at Dinamo for 8m (12m), both Santiago Arias from A. Madrid and Almamy Touré from Monaco come in on loan at RB, and as Nasri went out for 23m Lovro Majer come in as a like-for-like for 15m.
  3. Thanks, great post @macca72 . Starting from this post, I picked Leeds for the demo and figured I needed: - CB cover - A no-nonsense BWM - An attacking RB After doing my usual trick of offering a trial to every free agent I can find and scouring the forums for recommendations, I ended up bringing in: - Huth on a free for 6k/w - Robbie Keane as Player/Coach for ST cover on a free for 950/w for some up-front guile - Marcello Trotta on loan from Sassuolo for 6k/w for depth up-front - Dennis Diekmeier as an attacking RB / RW for free at $6.5k/w - Mikel Rico from Athletic on loan with a 350k option for $3.5k/w as a BWM - Alessandro Murgia from Lazio on loan for 4.5k/w as a BBM who seemed better (and cheaper) than Baker - Hamit Altintop on a free for 2.5k/w as some experience and backup in the centre - Gianluca Gaudino on a free for 5.5k/w who went straight out the backdoor @ 100% of wages to Paderborn I also took a couple of pre-scouting punts and bought a Brazilian - Italian called Bressan for 30k/game and 6.5k/w, which worked out ok, and Juan Sánchez Miño from Independiente on loan for 2.3k/w who looks potentially very useful as a LWB / LW. I then sold Dallas for 4m (5.25m with add-ons) to Middlesborough, renegotiated the loan contracts to bring my wage bill down by 30k and give me cancellation options on all my loans, as well as a 2.4m option on Blackman and Baker. I tried to get rid of Alioski but couldn't get anyone high enough to let him go. Some of the Dallas money went on Antonio Marin from Dinamo for 675k (1.5m with add-ons) who looks spectacular. Izzy Brown is going back once I can return him. Some of the squad were complaining about depth in goal, so I bought in Alessandro Plizzari without scouting him, who isn't developed enough yet so he'll go back and I bought in Freddie Woodman from Newcastle on loan at 1.5k/w. Then, in the deadline day madness, Phil Foden got loan listed and so he came straight in for $6k/w. Formation-wise, I've ended up with a 4-2-3-1 Wide: GK: Blackman RFB: Ayling / Berardi LWB: Douglas CBs: Cooper & Huth / Jansson BWM: Rico DLP: Murgia / Klich AML Winger: Alioski AMC: Saiz / Hernandez AMR IF: Roofe AF: Bamford My Roofe is on fire, Bamford is consistently crap, Rico is a rock. I'm 2-for-2 so far (Stoke 1-0, Derby 3-2).
  4. If there’s any players without a termination clause, you can submit a loan extension until End of Next Season and put the clause in there. Once it’s gone through, you can cancel after 28 days. You can also use this to lower the wages - they’ll sometimes ask for less than current and often take less than they ask for. I’ve done that with all my loans and took about 30k off my wage bill.
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