S. S. C. Bari
Media Prediction: 18th
League Table: 19th (relegated)
After last seasons shock promotion, I was under no illusions as to how much of a struggle Serie A would be for us. Given our heavy reliance on loanees the squad was quite threadbare and needed major work. I had hoped to rely less on loanees but given our lowly reputation in the top division the permanent deals didn’t happen quite as I had hoped and we once more looked to loanees to add quality to the team. We started slowly with one win in our first ten matches. 3 wins out of 3 in November gave us hope before losing all 5 matches in December. Things didn’t improve much in 2022 save a brief run in March and we ended the season with 5 straight defeats again to end up relegated on the final day. In the cup we lost in the 4th qualifying round against fellow Serie A debutants Salernitana.
As I mentioned before, we (again) relied heavily on loanees to form the basis of the squad as our transfers showed. This was less to do with our financial position and more the fact that the quality of players i needed weren't interested in joining permanently. The standout players were:
Transfers 1 Transfers 2 Transfers 3
Squad 1 Squad 2 Squad 3
GK Lukasz Skorupski - Polish goalkeeper who came in and did pretty well under difficult circumstances.
CM: Luca Valzania - Italian central midfielder, Luca was our top goalscorer (which says a lot for our strikers..)
ST: Atdhe Nuhiu - One of my cult heroes in real life, i couldn't turn down the chance to sign 'Big Dave'. Mirroring real life, he didn't bring the goals i had hoped for. hopefully he'll suit Serie B better
So after falling back into Serie B I will be hoping to bounce straight back again. Our finances have had a big boost and will hopefully help us add more permanent players (though I said that last season) We shall see.