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  1. Not sure if it's just me but I can't see or access the SIREN researcher forums today either, I wonder if that's a related issue?
  2. Agreed but it does 'mean something' in the sense he is already one of our best players in the game. 'Chances created' is a highly contentious statistic as it is.
  3. Factually, there's absolutely nothing wrong with this post - it's just that if you believe we should have the lad at anywhere near 152 CA, you haven't seen him play all season! Transfermarkt valuations are extremely unreliable for a start - Hamza Choudhury is at £900k for goodness' sake. Again, I really have no idea where you get this big 6 interest from? Who has even been linked with him? Madders has had a good first season, but he went through a period between probably October and February of being pretty anonymous in most games, to the point where many of us were talking of the idea of Puel dropping him for a while. Like many of our players, he is rather one dimensional - if I had a pound for every time he lets the ball run across his body and turns I'd be a rich man, and he will be caught out for it next season once defenders catch on. Fair enough shouts on his vision, technique and decisions which I've upgraded (IIRC) recently, but he is absolutely nowhere near the quality of players like Mata and Alli, even after the latter has had an awful season.
  4. A great post in fairness. What I will say firstly is that you can expect a reduction in CAs across the board next season for many clubs like us - we have what I think is an excellent new system of coming up with more accurate figures to reflect what is a huge disparity between the top sides and the rest of this division. I'd also suggest being very careful on things like WhoScored ratings with defenders - using stats accurately with regard to defenders is significantly more difficult than say forwards and wingers, because their success is on individual output rather than the success of the defender in a whole defensive line. The research effort does indeed stretch beyond what I see on the pitch - some great work by the research team with comparison spreadsheets this year means we've been able to look closely at how the league's best players rank up against each other, and if I thought something was out of line, I would flag it up. I find it a bit ridiculous, however, that I should take into consideration the views of pundits who still think we play counter-attacking football... Your point on Maguire shooting up to say 155 CA is a little bit off too - @Sean Blinkhorn knows his stuff more than many of us, and I believe he hasn't altered Mahrez's CA at all since I last updated him at Leicester last summer, while Danny Drinkwater remains I believe at 142 CA, which has hardly changed from when he left us too. As I say, I think it's always important to ignore the hype around the player - I know it's a game of opinions, but I've seen Maguire probably 80 odd times in the last two years, most of those in the flesh, and I think his limitations would make it a real risk for any of the top clubs you've mentioned to spend big on him. We really are not 'swatting away' big interest either - I was told at the time (believe this or not) last summer that Manchester United's 'bid' as reported by Sky and others for Maguire was merely a smokescreen for other targets, and this summer we are yet to see any concrete movement either. I'd really like to see that list of journalists you say are linking Maguire to Manchester City, because I could count them on one hand from what I've seen in the last fortnight. - But anyway, on to your appraisal of the stats and his ratings in FM. Firstly I don't think I ever criticised his positioning, I think he's pretty handy at getting in the right place at the right time, which is seen in some of the great tackles and blocks we often see picked out in the press. His running up field really does not happen all too often, certainly not this season, and while my heart goes go into my mouth when he drives up the wing, I can't think of a time we've been punished for it. I think your call on first touch is fair, but 14 is a pretty high number given he is a) a centre back b) a big lumbering lump who tends to take a big stride with the ball with his first touch and c) we don't really see him take balls down to feet and kill them dead to properly judge a good first touch. On heading/jumping reach/strength: jumping reach is one we judge quite carefully based on a set of guidelines - he isn't the biggest jumper in the world purely because his height and upper body mean he doesn't need to jump that high. 15 sets him at just 'below average' for his height which I think is fair enough. - I'll end by just repeating it's important to be so careful with rating players at a club like Leicester. In terms of our squad, Maguire is arguably not even in our top five most important players (Vardy/Ricardo/Tielemans/Chilwell/Maddison); he's a starting centre-back in an England team with the smallest pool of players in history (possibly wouldn't be starting anymore if Gomez hadn't got injured); and he's never been tested at a level above some average international sides at the World Cup and 100 or so games in the Premier League. As always, I will take your feedback into account. I'd never wish to be dismissive of anyone else's opinions, so thank you.
  5. I'm not really sure where you get this 'interest' from big 6 clubs from - you're either reading the tabloids or clearly have some sort of insider knowledge I don't! I'm inclined to agree with you on certain restrictions of the CA system, but we have to be honest that this is an extremely inconsistent team who scraped into 9th on the basis of a new manager bounce this season, and hence we all have to be very realistic with what we do. If a player hasn't proved they are capable of cutting it in the Champions League, then how do we rate those players at that level? I'm always trying to look beyond the hype and focus on what I see on the pitch, I hope you appreciate that. Maguire - I really don't think he's that great. His limitations are obvious - he is slow (I suggest you look at some of the goals we've conceded, the likes of those at Dean Court this season are a classic), and is not the greatest natural defender you've seen. Jonny Evans has, by some distance, had the better season for us. I'd struggle to give Maguire the dribbling and first touch of most Championship wingers really - he is competent on the ball but really not that good! As part of the update we're working on now, everyone has had some changes, including alterations to Maddison's positioning like you suggest, cheers. The others (Chilwell, Ndidi etc.) I can't really say much about without any reasoning as to a) what attributes you think might be a bit off and b) why you think that. There's a reason why, for example, even the tabloids aren't linking Ndidi to bigger clubs - and that's because he is so, so limited on the ball. I appreciate your feedback though - any suggestions for improvement to our data is always a good thing!
  6. You mean Leicester as a city, right? As far as I'm aware I have no involvement in that figure as it's regarding the city's data rather than the club - hopefully Pete/Dean can advise on whether that should be changed. Hard not to be biased but I'd certainly agree with you - we're better than that!
  7. I've not been in control of Barnes since early summer, but I'm almost certain I had him at a random PA (-8) before he left for WBA. I'd be surprised if that's not still the case, is your figure from a save game or direct from the editor?I Ifit is 145, then that is clearly a mistake. I'll check in the morning. Choudhury also has negative PA, but I disagree on him being limited. I've always been a massive fan of him for the U23s, and although yes he is an Ndidi-mould ball winner now, I think he has real capabilities to improve in the box to box respect as we saw over Christmas. Hope everything else is looking okay, in particular I hope I've addressed all of your other helpful suggestions
  8. This is because Balsom works for both clubs (both owned by King Power). At the moment there's no way for the DB to allow someone to work for two clubs so we duplicate the person. We didn't have a birth date (only a birth year) for FM19, but a very helpful poster on the research forums has managed to source one for me and I've updated it from the Leicester side for the January update, and I've requested the change is made on the Leuven side of things too :)
  9. I personally am a big Spurs hater in general :) Interesting one about Wolves, and actually I would suggest that rivalry is increasing recently with us being in the same division, and really being their only 'Midlands rivals', if you can even call it that. I dislike Wolves on a personal level due to their recent self-entitlement, and I think a lot of our fans are already frustrated with the media love-in they are receiving.
  10. Yes, definitely agree on Portsmouth, that's one I've missed. I also agree that Notts and Northampton are fairly irrelevant to us but is that not reflected in ratings of 2/4? Would you say the rest are fair, though? Forest shade Derby and then Cov for me, but none of the three are particularly intense, certainly nowadays. Villa/Wolves are just plain irritating, and then you're down to the likes of Stoke (various reasons, 2008 in particular), Spurs (we reduced this recently but I think it is still very relevant), and Peterborough (bit like Northampton more recently to be fair). I can't think of any others we're missing, either - Leeds/Millwall etc. you could say for every club in the country, for example. As always, I appreciate the help!
  11. You make a good point about previous years' games - I searched for him on this year's editor but couldn't find him, but I'm not sure if he could have been deleted since he hasn't had a club for so long etc. The other obvious point I forgot to make was that if, as Puel suggested, he gets a loan away from the club, we of course have to include him for the next update. I'll keep an eye on it, anyway, and obviously take on Pete's advice on what we do in the meantime :)
  12. This could be a bit complicated IMO. Yes, he has 'signed' for us, as far as Claude has said, but, we don't know how long for, and I think the inevitability of it will be that it is more a token gesture and a bit of a feel-good PR story from the club, especially after the accident. Claude rightly says himself there he hasn't trained properly for 12 months - at what point does a guy who's being sitting round as a waiter in Nice get fit enough for even our U23s? I don't see him playing many times, if at all for them (he's also 24 and would take up a spot for someone younger, fitter and probably better), and the risk is that we throw him into FM and the game decides to pick him quite regularly in our youth teams. Personally, I'm not all that convinced we should add him in. Dare I say we've done this before with players from Thailand, or that kid from Peru that vanished off the face of the Earth. I will, though, ask Pete for his thoughts and get back to you :)
  13. Ah, good memories! Another good point on Morgan's pace, although I'd certainly like it to stay low, below 10 for sure. I've come to the conclusion the reason why he can't stay in the defensive line is because he's so painfully slow and cumbersome (I always go back to Liverpool when Rickie Lambert did him for pace, but even look at how far he is ahead of Soyuncu and the rest of the defence for the goal at Fulham).
  14. This has really made me laugh, so abrupt yet so true! No doubt about that one from me, needs a big downgrade in January, thank you. Shame for him, though, he looked half decent in behind Vardy at the end of last season, but the man has shown nothing but Beckford-level idleness since pre-season.
  15. I understand why you've done it but it's a little bit dangerous to be regurgitating a point straight after a good performance, we can't be judging players from game to game. I think you're bigging up the assist, anyway; I shouted 'crap ball Ben' as he dinked it, and it was poorly defended by the front man. His crossing has probably been his worst key attribute as a full-back this season (can't quite remember what it currently is in the DB), and his set piece delivery was shocking throughout the game barring that one IMO (especially first half). We're bordering on off-topic here (happy to continue the debate elsewhere if you want) but this really is a limited England selection. Who is the 3rd best left back we have? Bertrand has been average for a while now, Baines is finished, Rose is increasingly injury prone and Young is getting on a bit too. Outside of Ben and Luke Shaw it's very limited, and you can say the same for many other positions (CM, strikers, GK, wide positions in particular). 'Champions League quality' is a ridiculous term when half the players at CL clubs aren't playing or can't get out the group stage. Having said all this, I agree he is morphing into a very capable left-back. As I've said a few pages back, he is very much top of the list for a good upgrade in January (defensively above all else)
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