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  1. [FM18] O'Leary's Leeds United - If I Could Turn Back Time

    March '18: I spoke too soon! Our from dropped off a cliff and those draws at the end of last month became the start of a 5 game run without a win, instead of the end of 5 games unbeaten! Boro and Reading were particularly painful games as our tactic that has been great all season, looked completely lacking. I know that no tactic will be perfect, but in the past at least our energy and closing down has made the difference. At this stage of the season, our lack of leadership in the team may be a major issue. Look how tight it is! We could be champions, or we could finish 8th! You can see above our final run of games as well, including many of our rivals. My confidence is evaporating rapidly and I'll be happy with top 6 here. Boro 3-0 Leeds We got completely taken apart. I backed off at the start of the game, playing a counter mentality and it cost me badly as I think our energetic closing down would have been much better. Dempsey was sent off for a rash tackle in the second half, but we were already 3-0 down by that point. Leeds 1-1 Wolves (Alioski pen) Against one of our promotion rivals, this felt like 2 points dropped as we missed some great chances in the second half, including Saiz shooting straight at the keeper from 5 yards out. Considering our thrashing against Wolves last time though, we can't be too gutted. Reading 2-0 Leeds Again, awful. We picked up 4 yellow cards, and that's pretty much all we did. Reading defended deep against us and we just didn't have the creativity on the day. Leeds 3-2 Sheff Weds (Cibicki 2 a:Jansson & Roofe , Phillips a:Roofe) We were desperate for a win to get back into some form here and Cibicki came up big for us, playing in the Kewell role on the left wing. As I mentioned before, he may not be the guy for us going forwards, but he's certainly chipping in at important times. At this point I was asking when we might get a clean sheet again? This game was also painful, as we went 2-0 up, before Weds brought it back to 2-2. Fortunately, Phillips came up with the winner. Leeds 2-0 Bolton (Roofe a:Cibicki, Forsyth) We finally got a clean sheet again! Roofe came in to play as our Michael Bridges type forward as Ekuban has gone back off the boil after impressing for a run of games and was rewarded with a goal. Forsyth sealed the win late on witha cross that flew straight in. I'm disappointed he's not scored more playing as our Ian Harte, who always had goals and assists up his sleeve. ----------------- So that's the month. We came out of the end of it well after an awful start. We've now got the toughest run of our season to finish and I just don't know where we'll end up. I've never had a season where so many teams are competing so closely together. Anybody from 7th upwards is in with a shot of the title. I've decided to move players round in the roles again as I think we're missing the intensity that we had from using a defensive forward, which I think is the true Alan Smith role. I'm going to try Alioski back there again as he is best suited to it, with Cibicki as our Kewell and Saiz wide on the right. Wish me luck!
  2. [FM18] O'Leary's Leeds United - If I Could Turn Back Time

    Thanks mate. Yes I’m aware of De Ligt but he won’t come to me at this point. I have just signed Perr Schuurs. Gonna try and develop him and see how he might fit the role.
  3. [FM18] O'Leary's Leeds United - If I Could Turn Back Time

    February '18: An unbeaten month comes at the perfect time. We are not missing Lasogga at all as Ekuban continues in great form. Kalvin Phillips also came to the fore with a couple of goals and great performances. We're in a ding-dong battle with Norwich and Villa at the top, all equal on points, with Norwich holding a game in hand advantage. Alioski and Saiz have been brilliant recently. I do wonder if I'd be running away with the league if I'd started with them in these roles! I'm still happy either way though, as I didn't expect this tactic to be so successful with these players. Leeds 4-2 Cardiff (Ekuban a:Cibicki, Phillips a:Saiz, Dempsey a:Alioski, OG) We made this a lot harder for ourselves than it needed to be, but I always felt we had enough going forwards to keep Cardiff at bay. The main forward players were sensational and I was really pleased that Dempsey arrived at the back post to score on his debut. Sheff U 0-2 Leeds (Cibicki a:Vieira, Saiz a:Roofe) It'd been a while since we got a win and a clean sheet! It took us an hour to get the first goal, but we thoroughly deserved the 3 points. Cibicki has played well whenever I've used him. He doesn't have a future in my vision for the new O'Leary's Leeds, but he's working well for me here! Leeds 3-2 Bristol City (Phillips, Lescott a:Jansson, OG) We got off to a flier in this game, with Kalvin Phillips burying a free-kick on 3 minutes. Unfortunately though, Bristol City brought it back both times we went ahead. Their second goal came in the 85th minute and I was furious as I felt we should have buried the game, but we nicked it with an OG in the last minute after a goal mouth scramble at a corner. Derby 0-0 Leeds: We got away with murder here. They slaughtered us and we owed Wiedwald as he made a great save from a penalty. Leeds 1-1 Brentford (Hernandez) 2 points dropped in a close promotion battle. I'm disappointed with this one, but we actually went behind, so we were up against it to even get the 1 point, although we did deserve more on the balance of play. ---------------- The next two months are huge for us. We have some really challenging games, but I don't have reason to doubt our form. I've increased our scouting range to Europe to look towards potentially being in the Premier League next season, expecting to need to find some bargains!
  4. [FM18] O'Leary's Leeds United - If I Could Turn Back Time

    Here's Lasogga: Now Ekuban: In every key area, Lasogga crushes Ekuban; yet Lasogga only scored in one game for me, and Ekuban has 7 goals in 11 starts and 4 sub appearances. I've done nothing to change the tactic, so I am baffled.
  5. [FM18] O'Leary's Leeds United - If I Could Turn Back Time

    January '18: Not the best, could have been so much better. Plus, some interesting squad changes. We're 3rd, but the league is very tight, a couple of losses could see us tumble from the playoffs. Leeds 2-1 Forest: (Ekuban x2 (a Hernandez, Alioski) This was huge. The first game after Lasogga's loan was cancelled, Ekuban came in with 2 big goals to win the game. He'll be getting a solid run up top now. Leeds 1-2 Arsenal (Ekuban) Ekuban scored again and I thought we'd win this at the 87th minute. Unfortunately they scored twice between then and the final whistle and nicked it, but we played brilliantly. I was actually happy not to have a replay though! Ipswich 1-1 Leeds (Saiz) Another heatbreaker, as we conceded an own gaol in the 88th minute to lose two points. Saiz scored from the edge of the area to give us the lead and what looked like a great away win, but it wasn't to be. These moments may cost us auto promotion. Leeds 3-0 Millwall (Cibicki, Ekuban, Roofe) a Cibicki, Ekuban Ekuban has become a goal machine. We throughly dominated this game and should have won by more. Cooper was sent off lte on to taint an otherwise perfect performance. Hull 5-2 Leeds (Phillips, Alioski) a Cibicki, O'Kane. We went ahead early doors, then we utterly capitulated. The less said, the better. Transfers Shifted some deadwood. I didn't want to lose Dallas, but 10m was silly money for him and he wanted to go to Newcastle so I took it. So, with only a short time to go in the window, I need to replace my Lee Bowyer! I went after Conor Hourihane, and agreed a deal, but it fell through due to not being able to cover his wages of 35k as well as the fee of 9m. Instead, against the clock, I brought in this guy: Dempsey is certainly not the finished article, and I hope to increase his mental attributes in some areas, but I think he could be great. If he doesn't work out long term, he hasn't cost me too much! Ekuban is flourishing, but he certainly won't be our target man in the future. We need a Viduka!
  6. FM18: Leeds Utd - MOT

    I can’t seem to find him. I’ve got a large database on and everything? I’m having no luck signing Thalles either as he won’t even speak to me. Also I need. RM now as I sold Dallas for 10m and I’m playing a 442...
  7. [FM18] O'Leary's Leeds United - If I Could Turn Back Time

    Lasogga went back and I gave Ekuban a start in the next game:
  8. [FM18] O'Leary's Leeds United - If I Could Turn Back Time

    I know. His attributes are brilliant. I can't understand it. We're competing right at the top of the league, despite having a striker that can't score.
  9. [FM18] O'Leary's Leeds United - If I Could Turn Back Time

    December '17: A very strange month as we went 3 games without a win, then seemed to fix our goalscoring problem by scoring 10 goals in 2 games to win consecutively for the first time in a couple of months, before losing 3-0 against Birmingham. We finish the year in 3rd. Obviously, Lasogga hasn't scored. I'm cancelling his loan; he is not our Viduka. Leeds 1-1 Villa: Goal - Ekuban (a Kun) This was the first time we've been outplayed at home, but fortunately we still came away with a point. Nice to see Ekuban on the scoresheet. If I don't find a replacement for Lasogga,he'll be my target man. QPR 1-1 Leeds : Goal - Roofe (a Phillips) Disappointed not to win this one as we looked comfortable, but unfortunately we conceded an own goal from Ayling. Leeds 0-2 Norwich This was poor. We were on top and conceded from a ball over the top. Once Norwich got in the lead we just couldn't get back. Leeds 5-3 Hull - Goals: Saiz 3 (a Alioski 2, Dallas) Alioski 2 (a Lasogga, Dallas) We finally managed to break our goalscoring hoodoo in this game, with great style. I decided to swap Alioski and Saiz, and dropped Saiz to be a shadow striker. It worked to great effect as he got a hat-trick and Alioski picke0) d up 2 from the left. Our defending was poor though and I always felt like we might throw it away! Sadly, shortly after his 3rd goal, Saiz picked up an injury and ruled himself out for 3 weeks. Burton 3-5 Leeds - Goals: Turner OG, Cooper (a Grot), Cibicki (a Hernandez), Hernandez (a Lasogga), Lescott (a Hernandez) I made a few changes and we shared out the goals this time. Once again, we tried to throw it away at the back, but got through. Birmingham 3-0 Leeds: This looks like a pasting, but it was actually a close game, apart from 2 long range rockets that we had no chance with. One of those that you just wipe yourself down and move on. So, onto January. I'll be looking for a new Viduka and Lasogga is going back. We look good for a promotion push, but can we keep this going the second half of the season?
  10. FM18: Leeds Utd - MOT

    I’ll check him out!
  11. FM18: Leeds Utd - MOT

    Hi guys, I'm doing a career with leeds where I attempt to recreate the team of my childhood; O'Leary's Leeds. It's great fun and going really well surprisingly! I didn't expect the current side to play well in a 4-4-2, but they have and we find ourselves 3rd in the middle of December. If you want to read more, it's here: My question though, is has anybody replaced Lasogga with a like for like? I've kept him as he makes sense to sue as my Viduka, but he just doesn't score. He gets so many chances in my team but his record is appalling, only 2 goals by mid december. As it stands I'm going to send him back and play either Ekuban or Grot, but I'd rather get somebody else in. What I don't understand is his attributes are amazing for this level, but he can't hit a barn door.
  12. [FM18] O'Leary's Leeds United - If I Could Turn Back Time

    November 17: Inconsistent. Our incredible defensive record has fallen by the wayside this month, however, we did manage to score 6 goals in 4 games, so the attacking side of the team is more what I'd like to see. A big change I made was to give Stuart Dallas an attack duty, as I wasn't happy with his goal scoring contribution, which was a key aspect of Lee Bowyer's play. If Dallas is going to be my Bowyer, he needs to score. He got on the score sheet immediately after I made that change, so I think that will be a good one moving forwards. I decided I'll write in a little more depth about games now, including goals and assists, so here goes: Brentford 2 - 0 Leeds: The Brentford loss was poor and we didn't deserve anything from the game. I decided to promote Kun from the 23s to encourage his growth as my Bridges/Fowler character. It didn't work as I brought him off the bench to not really do much. Leeds 1 - 0 Boro: goal - Braithwaite OG This could have gone either way, but we nicked it in the 88th minute with a free kick played accross the box by Saiz to Flamini, who drove it in, taking a massive deflection on the way. One of those games you're delighted to get the win as they make the difference in a long season. This was a good game from Craig Forsyth, our Ian Harte, as he put several dangerous balls into the box. I haven't been blown away by him so far and will probably change his role to a wing back to get him a bit more involved in areas he can cross from. Wolves 4 - 2 Leeds: goals - Kun (a Lasogga), Dallas (a Alioski) We went behind early, to a very dangerous Wolves side, but turned it around through goals by Kun, scoring on his first league start, after running on to a Lasogga flick on, and Dallas, tucking in an Alioski (playing as Kewell, rather than Smith) cross at the back post. This was a classic Lee Bowyer goal so I hope to see many more of these. Disappointingly, we crumbled as Wolves turned the screw and conceded 3 after going ahead. We also lost Alioski to injury for a month, which was very annoying! Barnsley 2-3 Leeds: goals - Cooper (a Hanson), Jansson (a Grot), Hanson (a Grot) This was a huge win for us. Another late goal gave us a win against promotion rivals Barnsley. We were hanging on in injury time, but we made it. We sit 3rd at the end of the month. The board are delighted (I chose top half as my season expectation as I didn't think I had the players for the tactic) and have already given me another contract. I have attempted to bring in another option to play the Kewell role, a young scotsman available on a pre-contract. If I get him I'll post his profile on here.
  13. [FM18] O'Leary's Leeds United - If I Could Turn Back Time

    October 17: Didn't go quite so well this month, picking up only one win and losing for the first time since the first game of the season. The good news is, we're still top, but our poor finishing is starting to cost us points! The first half of the Bristol City game is the first time we'd been outplayed as we found ourselves 2-0 down. I changed to the second formation at half time and we were all over them but ended up coming up short as we didn't take our chances until the 90th minute when it was too late. Next up was Sheff Utd, who we absolutely battered but couldn't finish against, even going 1-0 down to a Billy Sharp breakaway, their only decent chance! We needed an own goal to save us. The last game of the month looked like more of the same, again struggling to finish, but we found the way through a 30yrd free kick from Samu Saiz, who has begun to flourish as our Harry Kewell. Notes: I've had a few issues with players wanting more regular football, but have managed to mostly placate them, aside from Klich and Berardi, who I'm happy to move on and have organised transfers for both of them; 1.5m for Klich and 1.8 for Berra. Alioski and Saiz can play the roles I've given them - I may have to replace one of them on promotion to the Prem, but I'm happy with them for now. We have an issue in front of goal that I don't know how to fix. Lasogga is missing too many chances to truly be our Viduka, who was a pure finisher. If I can get somebody in at January, I will. Who can I find that has better attributes than this for the Championship?!
  14. [FM18] O'Leary's Leeds United - If I Could Turn Back Time

    September '17 Update: Things are going far better than I expected or even hoped for at this stage. We've not lost a game since the opening day of the season, only conceded 1 league goal in the month of september (the other 2 goals conceded in a league cup loss against Bournemouth, where I fielded reserves). I wasn't expecting the tactic to be as successful defensively, but the intensity of the forwards and midfield have been incredible at winning the ball high up the pitch and stopping nullifying attacks before they even get to our final third. Here's an example of that dominance: As you can see, an issue here though is chances created vs goals scored. We're winning the ball very high up the pitch and getting loads of chances from it, but our finishing has been massively lacking. Fortunately it hasn't cost us too badly so far, although it did mean we threw away two points against Millwall. My two highlights from this run of games were the win against Birmingham, where we came back from a goal down with two goals from Alioski, the winner a stoppage time penalty. I used Alioski in the Kewell role in this game as so far he hasn't quite convinced as my Alan Smith. However, Saiz has also played well as Kewell, so it's difficult to know what to do here! The second highlight was a convincing win over Cardiff, as I'm hoping it means a turn of the corner for Lasogga as my Mark Viduka, as he finally took his chances and scored a match-winning brace. Here we are sitting at the top of the league! Other notes from the month - this tactic racks up the yellow cards and the injuries, so could bite me later on in the season. Also, I think Connor Shaughnessy could be my Jonathan Woodgate. i've got him training as a BPD and have played him in several games and he's keeping Cooper and Lescott out of the team. This save is so fun right now!