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  1. Its that time of a save where every released Premier League player gets offered a trial... I think I'd be happy with players like Ravel Morrison, players who have something to prove on low risk deals to give them a chance to revive their careers. There's always plenty of loans available too as you know, but from a real life perspective I'd be very wary of a repeat of the Mount, Wilson, Tomori situation whereby all of the players we relied on weren't actually ours. Having managed to renew Curtis Davies and Wisdom in particular you're in a fairly good position to just improve the overa
  2. Looking forward to this! Keep us posted. Struggled to get into my own Derby save this year, in fact just the sport in general for fairly obvious world reasons. Currently splashing the cash at Hertha Berlin but I've had the idea in my head to download a updated database and rebuild the club from top to bottom. This could well serve as inspiration, have you got any major targets in mind for the January and moving forward?
  3. Actually looking at this you raise a very valid point. In fact I've been back through the article and I agree that I am being too rigid, especially considering some of the constraints of the match engine. I'm hoping to get some more game time in later today/tomorrow. In the meantime I will summarise my plans: • The box midfield. This is key to the build up, as per the above image ideally the two higher players will operate more within the half spaces to create more of a trapezoidal shape in all accuracy. • Width. Much like a Manchester City replication, it is key that we have two pla
  4. Well in FM it physically impossible to get a full back to operate as a third centre back. Much like Wilder's overlapping centre backs for example, it just simply cannot be achieved. Therefore, I hoped the mitigate this by using a half back as well in the thinking that two potential options meant that the third centre back was more likely to be achieved one way or another. Especially when using an IWB, as one player would occupy the holding midfield position and the other the centre back position. In actual fact thus far (I am yet to test a FB-D as per @CARRERA's post and my comments earli
  5. That stands to reason. Definitely something to bare in mind next time I get on
  6. Very much along my thinking! From a tactical perspective my first thought was a VOL but then I had the concern he may push too far forward and lose the base of the box. This isn't actually a million miles from what I've been using. Neudecker was set back and central as a HB, Dressel has been used as a DLP-S and CM-S, Lex as an attack duty on occasion off set right. So its very interesting to see such similar ideas. It is a pity you can't make a FB act as CB, in my opinion this is what an IWB-D should do (then S sits in the DM strata and A pushes higher) but this is just the wa
  7. So I've just changed the thread title. Im also having difficulties creating the back 3. I am aware this isn't perfectly doable in FM, but my hopes were an IWB-D and HB could be the best of a bad situation. Neither role does what I'm wanting though, in isolation or combination. The HB pushes too high, but alternatives such as an anchor or DM don't drop as I'd like. Similarly the IWB-D pushes into the space directly above the CB on their side. My next bet is to try a FB-D with PIs else I fear I may have to go to an asymmetric back 3 system, thus compromising the 4-2-3-1 defense. In my
  8. The additional two also sound good logically. He moves into the channels and then comes deep before running further inside then centrally to combine all four. Obviously this is very idealistic but they should work nicely. In all fairness I have a bottomless pit of options at Roma, though Im unsure of their PPMs off the top of my head. Pellegrini and the currently injured Zaniolo are probably the most suited, but Mkhitaryan could also be useful (although the sooner the likes of him and Pedro are off the wage bill in exchange for younger models the better).
  9. I'm thinking potentially cuts in from the relevant flank at a push, but otherwise definitely moves into channels. Is there anything you'd be tempted to add? This is something I've thought of. The relevant full back overlaps high and wide, as per Weiser in the image. Im also using that central midfielder in a more static, supportive role.
  10. As yet no, definitely my next bet I have tried this, without sit narrower. Will also give this a go cheers The major thing is him sitting just on the outer edge of the half space, not just in side. Ill give these things a go
  11. Hi guys So as the title suggests I'm looking to create a tactical system where one of my AML or AMR comes inside and operates in the AMC slot (or more accurately AMCL or AMCR according to their side). I've taken inspiration from this article at Spielverlagerung, this image shows the desired movements from a 4-2-3-1 shape In this system Wendell comes in from LB to play LCB (obviously impossible in FM but I intend to fudge this with a HB/IWB combination), Havertz coming in and Weiser pushing high. I'm creating all aspects as successfully as I want, except for the Havertz rol
  12. I had fairly reasonable successes on FM20 playing a similar style. I wouldn't say it was quite tiki-taka as such, instead a slightly more progressive approach with possession being a consequence of our short pass and move approach as opposed to an intention. Movement was key as has been suggested, with players taking up positions to loosely resemble a 4-4-2 diamond: I seem to recall using a W-S instead of the DW on the left, a CF-S instead of the F9 and my IWB varied between defend and support duties according to the situation. TIs were fairly basic, shorter passing and a left u
  13. Him not being there could very well rule them out unfortunately. I'm not sure what their squad looks like these days but I expect it may be lacking a bit of star quality. That would also ruin the emersion completely, definitely one for the updated update... Definitely could be Wolves. Could well depend on the state of their wide men (Podence, Jota, Traore, etc.). You've also made me think of Leicester as an option. Very interesting... sounds like a good mix of talent for the now and talent that can be around for the long term. I also fancy a bit of Spain, haven't been there in
  14. A few interesting looking options there, mainly Valencia and the Italians (also thinking maybe Bologna). Away from FM right now but I've had a quick flick through the sqauds. How do they look on FM?
  15. Ah well in that case I fear we may never get on! Although it must be said a side like Leeds that isnt Leeds is absolutely perfect for what I'm after
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