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  1. Mid-season Report Unfortunately before the season had even begun there was some devastating injury news. Midfield linchpin Matty James had torn his ankle ligaments and would be out for at least 3 months! It was certainly a tetchy September; 2 red cards in 4 games, neither of which were for Barnsley players. An Adam Idah masterclass resulted in a disappointing opening day loss to Luton. We quickly hit form away from home with a fantastic victories over Reading and Boro, either side of a snooze-fest at home to Coventry.
  2. Mid-season Report Unfortunately before the season had even begun there was some devastating injury news. Midfield linchpin Matty James had torn his ankle ligaments and would be out for at least 3 months! It was certainly a tetchy September; 2 red cards in 4 games, neither of which were for Barnsley players. An Adam Idah masterclass resulted in a disappointing opening day loss to Luton. We quickly hit form away from home with a fantastic victories over Reading and Boro, either side of a snooze-fest at home to Coventry. I was content with our work going into the first
  3. Haha, I think the American connections we have (Billy Bean, Dane Murphy, Paul Conway) must have played a big part in this deal. Hopefully he can give us that extra bit of quality and physicality upfront. It'll take a while for him to adjust I imagine, I just hope he can steady the ship and keep us well above water for the rest of this season. Think a lot our fans (including me) are looking over our shoulders not up to the league. 14 more points to get to 50!!! @warlock It's good to be back mate. It's been a hectic 2 months, I've not had a great deal of time to play FM. December and Januar
  4. Yes that's my understanding of it, we'd only exercise it if we planned to sell him onto a bigger club. But even so.... I just can't see it happening; you pay that kind of money for a young world class talent! Hopefully he's exactly that, it's really bizarre and I hope the pressure isn't too much for the big man. I love the guy already! He seems like a great character I believe our highest fee is still from the 90s! £1.5 mil for Georgi Hristov.
  5. Yeah Brexit makes signing anything but internationals almost impossible, they have to be either in the national team or the U23s etc... in order to get a work permit! Yeah I'm excited to see Daryl Dike play for us, unfortunately the option to buy is being reported as $20m, yes you read that correctly $20 million US Dollars! So he won't be sticking around for long!
  6. A congratulation to @Jogo Bonito is in order. Fantastic job on winning promotion with Reading. That was fantastic write-up sir Be interesting to see how you do, should you take on the Prem.
  7. Transfers: Lee Evans joins from Wigan on loan until the end of the season, usually I wouldn't sanction a loan move for a player unless we had an option to make the deal permanent! And with his contract expiring at the end of the season, it's the perfect opportunity to do just that - should he impress! Jackson Irvine signs a 2 year deal, with an option for a 3rd in the club's favour! I think on £4.1k p/w he's an absolute steal! A versatile midfielder, who can play at the top or the bottom of a diamond and anywhere in between for that matter. He also brings
  8. Cheers, always good to hear some fans of other clubs that have a soft spot for us, we've received a bit of hostility recently regarding what happened with Wigan. We were public enemy number 1 for a few weeks and even now I think some people see us as the villains. Not to get on my high horse or anything haha! Styles is an excellent player, beats his man easily and he's got a future at the highest level, no doubt in my mind! Almost finished the transfer window, recent defeats have left me worrying that we'll be right down in a relegation dog fight. And it's made me realise the need fo
  9. Lovely work from @warlockas always. Looking forward to seeing how everyone get's on. There's some EFL bargains to be had this year!
  10. Just confirmed this signing, it's a huge wage for us! I'm putting my faith in this man to keep us up! All will be revealed shortly....
  11. This was always going to happen, our best midfielder out for 3 months means I can't chase my number 1 striker target, as I now need another central midfielder!
  12. Hopefully, we need a few additions for sure though. Definitely a more physical striker and a left wing back would be nice. This is the player I'm after, he's from the continent and almost perfect but I fear he's just a bit out of my price range I'll reveal who it is after the window slams shut!
  13. Tactics: So here are the two tactics we'll be using, they're very similar in their intent. Hopefully we can press teams high and turn the ball over, I think this is necessary as I just don't think we have the technical ability to play the ball from back to front. Passing into space and essentially limiting the number of passes we need to get a shot off at goal. Hopefully the attack wingbacks can provide a goal threat, with Halme being more than comfortable to sit and cover them to always leave 3 defending, should our wingbacks bomb forward. Hopeful
  14. Wow to think I'd almost forgotten about Bebe . I mean Nani was a pretty handy player so you could argue it's 3 good deals from Lisbon. Yeah the squad is looking in a better state than last year. We haven't played a system with wingers since Stendel's departure and I plan to keep it that way. It'll either be a diamond in midfield or some variation on a 5 at the back formation. Perhaps a 5212, hopefully I'll reveal the tactics and positions we need to strengthen in the next day or so. I've got a little shortlist written down, having done some scouting on the beta.
  15. The Squad: Goalkeepers Only two goalkeepers that are going to trouble your first team this season and as you can see there's not a lot between them. Jack Walton is your home grown goalkeeper and has nailed down the first team jersey over the past few months IRL. Brad Collins came through the youth ranks at Chelsea and joined last season on a free transfer from the Blues, he was in and out of the first team last season, sharing duties with Austrian keeper Sami Radlinger who has fortunately departed the club over the summer. Defenders
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