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  1. I've trailed this before in brief, random one season long saves. Simply the defensive shape is impossible - you cannot have a line of 6 in midfield. Therefore, compromises must be made. I interpreted the shape as four central players with two wide players, which I put into a few shapes: • 3-2-4-1 comprising of two DMs, two CMs, a ML and MR. This was my more aggressive shape. If I was really pushing for a goal I occasionally pushed the 4 into the AM strata. • 3-4-2-1 comprising of two DMs, two CMs, and a wing back on each side. This was slightly more defensive and was rarely
  2. Initial thoughts are that this game seems much better than FM20 in every aspect. Especially the match engine, in particular I've noticed way more central play and runs compared to last year. The new role suitability stars will definitely take some getting used to. So far Im not fully comfortable with them, but I'm sure I will be over time and once I am they'll be a vast improvement on the cirlces. However, I'm not a fan of the 2d match screen. As mentioned in the thread the lack of widgets isn't something I'd have chosen to implement. I shouldn't have to click to see in depth match s
  3. I've tried/trying something similar with a flat 4-4-2 becoming a narrow diamond in possession to varying success. I would say that such intricate positional swapping is difficult to replicate in FM without roles that are specifically created to do this (e.g. IWB defending as a FB/WB but attacking as a DM/CM). Currently I use an IWB-D on one side and a DLP-D on the opposite side of central midfield (e.g. right central midfield and LB or vice versa. This creates more of a box shaped defence in position, but it does still create a 3 man back line of sorts when we are being countered.
  4. Very welcome mate I'm glad to here the tweaks seem to be working, if anything the best advice I could give to anyone on the forums is to be a little less gung-ho with all styles of play. From my knowledge I'd agree that Doucoure and Deulofeu would suit such a partnership, but I have no knowledge of Çelik so I'll have to take your word for it. I also value mental attributes for an IWB, in particular those you'd consider for a normal full back and those you'd want from a holding midfielder.
  5. In my opinion, 4-4-2 is the most ideally balanced system for a well rounded attack, due to its general superiority over the pitch. However, in my eyes at least, your 4-4-2 is quite one dimensional in that you only look to move the ball to your big men up top at 190mph. So my greatest advice to you would be to calm down your TIs a bit in order to give your players more opportunities to express themselves on the pitch. Examples of this could be dropping pressing intensity a notch, stopping passing i to space and/or hittting early crosses all the time, only distributing quickly occasionally
  6. In my opinion no formations are either exciting nor boring. A 4-3-3 is a 4-3-3, a 4-4-2 is a 4-4-2 and so on. What makes a formations "exciting" is the roles, duties, TIs, PIs, mentality and players (and they're PPMs too). For example in my Derby County save I play a 4-4-2. Stereotypically a 4-4-2 wouldn't be considered as overly exciting, but through making specific choices in the things I've listed above I've made an exciting system. You also seem to have encountered issues with the idea of attacking full backs being necessary for exciting football - they aren't. In my 4-4-2 I play
  7. I've had good experiences with a 4-4-2 in a more pass and move style of play, which may seem counter intuitive for a 4-4-2 but its balanced shape really aided this with the right role and player selection. The key roles were an IWB-S, W-S and a CM-A or AP-A in a combination on one side with a holding midfielder on the other side. But the main thing is how you want to play and then catering your player and role selection around that...
  8. I've really enjoyed picking up international sides as a sub-plot or sorts in my main saves in previous FMs. Especially when international sides are influenced by regions into the second tournament cycles and beyond. With the current England side I'd say with our attacking talent we have to play a front three and even then some would be left out. Our best creative midfielders are best in a midfield three in my opinion, and such Dele Alli would not start - or necessarily be guaranteed in the squad. So this really leaves a 4-3-3 or a 3-4-3/5-2-3 as the options. In terms of holding midfi
  9. Yeah I remember reading about it on your blog. Interestingly I'm looking at moving a player out wide to a WP-A from the left. He's only 29 and still has capable physicals despite never being a star in that respect anyway, if I get a couple of seasons out of him there then I'll be happy
  10. Being as in real life the only player who joined us in the January window was Wayne Rooney, much of the same signings are still good options depending on their own availability. I don't believe we had too many attribute changes as we hit form and introduced the youth after the update was released, but I could be wrong. So I see no reason why Batista Meier and Isaac Success wouldn't be viable signings provided they're available to you
  11. Cheers Seb How big of an influencing factor would you say age is out of curiosity? And at what age is a player likely to become virtually impossible to retrain? Obviously other factors as I mentioned in the OP are relevant, but at what point does age become dominant, if ever?
  12. So for context, I'm looking at retraining my AMC as either a left midfielder or a striker as I'm looking to change my 4411 tactic to a 442. The player in question is one of my best players, hence why I want to retrain him as I have other more prefered options to be my midfield two and he has the attributes to play either up front or on the left. I'm aware several factors influence the likelihood of retraining being successful, e.g. hidden attributes such as versitility and adaptability (which I believe is hinted at in the number of positions a player can play already), training facilities
  13. I've been quiet on here lately, the return of football has cut into my game time significantly. I did get a session in yesterday but not enough for meaningful updates. Lets just say its not all good news anymore... Firstly I'd like to congratulate everyone on good progress. @Boca1973, congratulations on the title! Invest well and you should be able to stay up with ease. I find it interesting how you got success in Brewster. I've had him as a super sub on loan twice and he scored about 3 goals in two seasons @Ronaldinho Gaúcho 10, seems like you gave promotion a good
  14. Honestly that doesn't surprise me. We're quite a hard to please set of fans, all these years of disappointment will do that to you... Although I'd say thats a good result so you've got the backing of at least one fan!
  15. Hi mate We've all used him in a variety of roles and positions, the most common of which I'd say has been the DLP or even a regista in a "quarterback" style role in a 433 (4141 DM Wide or whatever the game calls it these days) or 4231. I've also seen him used as a MEZ, which surprised me but the logic made sense when explained. There was a brief discussion a page or two back if you want full details. I mainly used him as an AP-A in a 442. It was quite a "funky" system with IWBs and essentially the formation of a midfield diamond. However he was very effective when forming the ti
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