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  1. So I just started a game with the updated database, and Lundstram has indeed had a slight boost. The odd thing though is that his biggest attribute boost was Corners (2 point increase). Now I'm sure the Sheff Utd researcher sees more games than I do, but I see my fair share and can't ever recall seeing Lundstram take a corner over the past 3 seasons, so it seems a really odd choice of attribute to increase!
  2. A few thought on Sheffield United - not meant as a criticism, as I think the data is pretty good overall, more as observations which may give food for thought. Jack O'Connell - Strength 13 and jumping reach 12 seems incredibly harsh. Jack is an absolute unit, and is rarely out muscled or beaten in the air. If John Egan and Richard Stearman have strength 15, then O'Connell has to be in that ballpark. George Baldock - I think his positioning and tackling are a little bit underrated, he's a fantastic defender, and i can't think of an opposition attacker who's had the better of him, even in the Premier League so far. However, I think his crossing and passing are a tad generous. I genuinely think if he had a good final ball he'd be world class, but he constantly gets himself into fantastic positions before playing an appalling pass/cross causing the move to break down. Enda Stevens - 11 Determination feels wrong. Wilder's side for the past couple of seasons is built on determination and workrate, as evidenced by the attributes of the rest of the squad, and Stevens doesn't stand out as being an exception to this imo. Ollie Norwood - Having spent the past 2 seasons covering for overlapping centre backs, his positioning has come on leaps and bounds from when he joined, he reads the game so well and is great at taking up positions to cover for other players making forward runs. I'd advocate for at least a 1 point increase to 13, and could even argue for 2. John Lundstram - I know he's been spoken about earlier in this thread, and probably needs a boost, but I'd be cautious about improving him too much. He's obviously in a purple patch of form right now, in a system which suits him, but I've read a lot of nonsense about him being the new Steven Gerrard and the like. I'd need to see a lot more of the same from him over a longer period of time before I went too crazy! John Fleck - Bravery 8 is nuts! The guy absolutely loves a tackle, and never shies away from any kind of physical confrontation. David McGoldrick - Is a footballing genius and should have 20s across the board!
  3. I've had this happen to 3 different players in the first half season of my save too. Unfortunately I don't have saves from before it happened.
  4. I had this problem after I installed a backgrounds pack, I uninstalled them and cleared cache and the problem resolved itself. It's quite annoying not to be able to install backgrounds though!
  5. Oh look. Grantham Town have a new manager.
  6. There's a new blog post coming today. It's been a pretty positive start so far, even before any tactical changes.
  7. He uses Kysi Rensie's FM19 skin which allows you to customise the between highlights screen. You can download it here: https://mrkeysirensie.wordpress.com/2018/10/30/the-fm19-rensie-custom-skins/
  8. Thanks for taking the time to do this, it's much appreciated. Other than Xadas I can't really take credit for the team. That's all Chris Wilder's work I did originally have them that way round, but I was finding that the WBR was isolated and his only option was cross or nothing, so I was trying to give him some support from the DLF moving into the channels. But as you suggest changing both WB to support roles, that should hopefully be less of an issue. I'll definitely give it a shot. Yeah, I was hopeful he would play the role ok if I restricted his dribbling, but he's certainly no more than adequate. I'm going to stubbornly persevere for now though! I've toyed with this during certain games already, and it makes sense especially as all 4 wingbacks at the club have the 'gets forward whenever possible' trait. I did play around with a version of the tactic with a 2 CMs and an AM back when the beta was out, and Fleck played well as a carrilero, I was just concerned it was a bit too defensive in this system. But it does make perfect sense if I accept he isn't going to be making runs into the box, which he wasn't doing much of anyway! Cool. I'll have a play around with those changes and see how it looks. I did consider a F9 role rather than a DLF, but I used one in FM18 in a similar system but with a flat midfield 3, so wanted to try something different. What are your thoughts on transition instructions? I know you mentioned earlier that you thought counter pressing would hurt our defence which was already under pressure due to the roaming midfield, and I do sometimes see all 3 of our midfielders chasing back from upfield as the opposition bears down on the defence, but the back 3 seem to cope with that reasonably well - at least at this level. The transition instructions and pressing are a bit of a mess in my head at the moment to be honest. I can't quite decide exactly what I want to do with them.
  9. I understand what you're getting at here, but the idea was to start with my interpretation of the real life roles, and go from there, it certainly wasn't about trying to shoehorn in fancy roles for the sake of it! What you're saying about defensive risk makes perfect sense though, and I questioned to use of 3 roaming midfield roles in the blog post that I linked to, but strangely enough we have the best defence in the league by quite some margin, it's in attack that we are a bit toothless, only having scored the 13th most goals. This is a great point, and something that I'll definitely have to look at. My theory was that we'd work the ball up to the DLF or out to the wingbacks, then the 2 CM's and the poacher would make runs into the box, but that certainly isn't happening, so there's clearly a disconnect there. My thinking here was to go slightly narrower because we only have the wingbacks out wide. Suck the opposition into the centre, and leave the wingbacks 1-on-1 with their fullback. I guess I'll have to play around with this and see if playing wider improves things. I'm kind of attached to the regista role, purely because this take on the tactic was inspired by Ollie Norwoods performances in real life, and that's the role that most closely resembles how he plays imo. I understand that I might have to make changes elsewhere to make it work, but that's one role I don't want to change if possible. This is completely fair, it's a hangover from the last couple of versions of the game where long shots were utterly terrible (and I never used wbib), but you're absolutely right that it's overkill here. Thanks for the help, it's all really useful stuff to cogitate upon.
  10. That's a good point about Xadas, I'd not really considered that I may not be seeing the best of him yet. I toyed with a Carrilero role for Fleck, but with the formation being so bottom heavy, I wanted a role that pushed forward a bit more aggressively. I do tend to change him to car-s if i come up against a 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 that attacks down the left. If i don't get any joy with adding PIs to the BBM role, I may revisit the carrilero. Thanks for the input.
  11. Thanks for the response. A very fair point regarding the regista. Perhaps including his goals/assist stats was a bit misleading - it's more that he always seems to opt for a simple ball, and going by the role description (and the player's traits), I'd expect him to play a more expansive game than that. The role description for the BBM also seems to suggest he will provide a (late arriving) presence in the box, but it just isn't happening - he almost never gets beyond the DLF. I did consider get further forward, but I'm worried that with him being paired with a attack duty it will leave us short of midfield cover. I'll give it a try and see what happens. As for the mezzala, I'd agree that he should be a goalscoring role, but that's not the case so far!
  12. I'm looking for a few tips to weak my tactic slightly. I'm currently sitting 2nd in the league, having been predicted to finish 9th, so definitely over performing, but I'm not happy with the contribution of the midfield 3. The regista seems too conservative, with no goals and 1 assist in 14 games, and the 2 central midfielders don't seem to be making the runs into the box that i'd expect them to, or really contributing from deeper either (1 goal and 3 assists in 18 for the mezzala, and 2 goals and 1 assist in 16 for the BTB). The lack of runs from midfield also seems to be affecting the DLF too, as he has limited options for through balls when he's in possession, and often ends up passing backwards. I don't want to make major changes, as i'm trying to stick to my interpretation of the real life Sheffield United tactic, but some tweaks are needed (My original thoughts on the tactic are here: https://thattherefm.wordpress.com/2019/02/22/unfinished-business-at-the-lane-part-2-the-wilder-5-3-2/ - I've just swapped sides for the wingbacks and the 2 CM's since then) PIs: DC - Take fewer risks WBR - Shoot less often, Take fewer risks WBL - Shoot less often, Take fewer risks RGA - Shoot less often, Dribble less BBM - Shoot less often, Close down more Mez - Shoot less often, Close down more DLF - Close down more Poacher - Close down more Any thoughts and ideas are gratefully received.
  13. When selecting the 'focus play' (left right or centre) TI, I'm aware that it increases the mentality of the players in that area. Is that all it does, or does it have other effects under the hood - encouraging players to pass to that area etc?
  14. The closest I got was having the outside 2 CBs as BPD on stopper duties, with dribble more, and stay wider selected, and the 'PPMs brings ball out of defence' and 'tries to play way out of trouble'. they made some entertaining runs down the wings, but never overlapped like they do in real life, and it was a disaster defensively!
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