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  1. Pre Season 2019 Update; I've just updated to Version 9.1 and immediately notices the difference. I scored only 2/8 penalties last season and got so many injuries (slight knocks) during games. i never gave it much thought until I saw the fix list, Then I realised that I did actually suck at pens and my team where very fragile. Scoring all 3 penalties awarded pre-season. I don't think I could have asked for a better pre-season, looking back with my first game in the Premier League, away at Arsenal looming. I feel I got some good buys to add to my squad and my results I thought were fantastic. Jansson is now my captain, with Cooper (Vice) with Ayling as back up. I feel Cooper will not be an ever present this season however Jansson will. I saw throughout the squads there is a lot of potential talent coming through but also a lot of players who simply will not cut the first team. Transfers Out; Gotts, Odour, Stevens and Buoy all left on free transfers. Hugo Diaz 23k Real Irun, Vurnon Anita Feyenoord 1.4m, Laurens De Bock AEK 1.3m, Claeb Ekuban Trabzonspor 2.1m, Coyle Norwich 825k & Jay Roy Grot FC Groningen 500k have all been sold. I could have potentially got more but as quick sales they left for what I saw reasonable. Clarke, Dalby, Edmundson, Pearce and Nicell all have high potential but their playing time will be limited so all out on season loans as first team or key player. Randall, Amos and Spanoudakis will all follow out on loan. The sales left me with around 40m to spend. I didn't want to rush into signings like last year but I targeted the spots I thought needed strengthening the most with a few youngsters thrown in to see how they develop. Transfers in; Dael Fry Middlesborough 9.25m, Antonio Marin Dinamo 5.75m, Timo Horn FC Koln 11.5m, Keyendrah Simmonds Man City Free, Georgios Spanoudakis Vit.Guimaraes 105k, Ben Woodburn Liverpool Season Loan, Connor Randall Free Transfer, Samuel Grandsir AS Monaco Loan (8.75m buyout). I also have Jesus Medina signing on a free transfer January 1st from NYCFC who has 5* potential. Pre Season results have be great, using the same formation as last year with a mix of youngsters in the squads for experience. Jabonlec (H) - W3-1 OHL (A) - W3-0 Brescia (A) - W4-0 Sassuolo (H) W2-0 Guiseley (A) W5-1 Notes for the season ahead; Mallik Wilks & Yosuke Ideguchi - have returned from loans and will be used in the first team. Wilks has 5 star potential so could be huge if he can reach it. Nikolas Nartey - now worth nearly 10m. Keeping Klich out of the first team and will for the foreseeable future. Great signing at a great price. Timo Horn - FC Koln got relegated, I needed a keeper - no brainer. Immediately worth nearly 18m and the stats are class. Will be number one for Leeds for many years. Jorge Mere / Dael Fry - I knew I needed a CB to partner Jansson, and as FC Koln got relegated all their players were for sale. I had a bid accepted by them for 17m for Mere. It took me a good 10 minutes of negotiations, however he would not budge from 60k a week which I couldn't afford, sadly I had to pull the plug. Dael Fry was then on my radar as Everton, Bournemouth and a few other bid for him and I saw him as a good CB with great potential. He signed for 7m up front plus add ons taking it to 9.25m. Hopefully he reached his potential and I never regret not signing Mere. Tyler Roberts - Huge potential, can he dislodge Bamford as number 1 striker, this season will tell. Finally Antonio Marin - HOW GOOD IS HE? 5.75m. What a steal. He's lethal on the left playing inside forward or winger. I can't see him giving up the spot to Jack Harrison at all this season. An absolute beast with 5 star potential and a 5 year contract a Leeds. Here's to the new season. Avoid relegation is expected. I think I'll aim for mid table and maybe, just maybe sneak a Euro Spot
  2. Hey everyone, I planned on updating my progress in the January transfer window, but I was so immersed in the game this year that I couldn't stop playing long enough to type anything. It's been a while since I've felt this into the FM series for a while (probably because Leeds have a serious squad this year making it more enjoyable than the Michael Brown days). One big mistake I realised I made was the players I took in on loan, Adam, Affelay, Okaka, Lennon and Wickham all faded away from any first team action and just picked up their wages playing U23's being unable to terminate their loans (school boy error). Gazzaniga became my number 2 permanently as Blackman was recalled due to lack of appreances. Oliver Burke however was a sensation, playing wide right, winger role he became a regular on the team sheet putting in excellent performances. Harrison also on the left would end the season with most assists. I managed to get Harrison to come back for another season from Man City in 2019 however WBA rejected all offers as Burke was destined for their first team and values at over 10m I couldn't afford to buy him. As the January transfer window rolled up, I was yoyo'ing between 2nd and 4th, Sheffied United, Fulham and Aston Villa all trading places at the top. From the Brentford game I won my next two against Blackburn and Ipswich before going down 2-1 the Nottingham Forest. I beat Wigan 1-0 then lost again to WBA. From the WBA loss on the 10th November I went on a 20 game unbeaten league run (losing to Sheff United with my U23's in the 3rd round of the FA Cup as I didn't care about the cup). Until I finally lost 3-2 away to Sheffied United (again) on 16th March. By this point I was top of the league with a couple of points to spare and the league was in my hands. January window was a relatively quiet one, but I knew I had the squad already in place to push for promotion so decided to look for some hot prospects to nurture into stars. Rayan Ait-Nouri came in from Anger SCO for 800k plus add ones, Luke Amos from Spurs for 475k, Max Broughton from Bolton for 550k plus add ons, Theo Ndicka Matam from OL for 1.7m and Nikolas Nartey from FC Koln for 3m (5 star wonderkid who had already started pushing Klich for the DLP role). Sarkic, Pearce and Shackleton all left on loan and Miazek and Wollerton left for next to nothing on permanent transfers. Stuart Dallas left for Blackburn for 1.9m. I also brought in Nampalys Mendy from Leicester on loan until the end of the 2020 season for cover at CDM as Forshaw got injured again and again and struggled to make any impact at all. Pawel Cibicki returned from loan and due to an injury to Burke played a vital role towards the end of the season scoring 4 in 5 games from the right wing. Max Broughton, Nartey, Matam and Ait-Nouri all featured for the first team at some point due to injuries. April was a pretty good month, I had a buffer at the top of the league so I knew I could drop points in 2 games, Beating Millwall, Sheff Weds, Wigan and Brentford comfortably, drawing to Preston and Losing to Birmingham I had won the league with 2 games to spare. The Aston Villa and Ipswich games I chose to play a very young squad to test my youth for the upcoming season, after a 2-0 loss to Villa they beat Ipswich with goals coming from Edmundson and Clarke. The future is bright. I finished on 88 points and was given a transfer budget on 35m to avoid relegation from the Premier League. Notable mentions for the season; Leeds United U23's - 2018/19 Champions. Congratulations. Leeds Uniteds future is looking great,. Samu Saiz - supreme at AMC 17 goals and 10 assists in 42 games Patrick Bamford - played lone striker most of the season, 16 goals in 36 games. Kalvin Phillips - Ever present and Mr reliable, average rating of 7.30 in 42 games plus chipped in with 6 goals and 6 assists. Kun Temenuzkov - youngster with bags of potential, appeared 17 times due to injuries or tiredness and did well. 7 goals to his name and his max potential flew up to 5 stars. Full Bulgarian International at the age of 18. Pontus Jansson - Solid as a rock, I sent him on a leadership course as I intend on him becoming my captain for 2019/20 as I'm not sure Cooper is up to Premiership standard. Luke Ayling & Barry Douglas - solid full backs. Never had to worry when they were both in the side. As I ended my first season, I'm extremely happy how things went. Apart from the loan signings I made which didn't work out. I'll be making sure I learn to put the terminated clause in all loans in future. Onto the Premier League, the friendlies have already begun but I'll post once I've played a few games and seen what my team starts to look like. MOT
  3. October Update; Transfers in; Connor Wickham, C.Palace; loan, Stefano Okaka, Watford; Loan, Aaron Lennon, Burnley; Loan, Paulo Gazzaniga, Tottenham; Loan. Out: Pablo Hernandez, Al-Sadd; 3.2million. New contracts to. Bailey Peacock-Farrel, Conor Shaughnessy, Kalvin Phillips. Pablo Hernadez was sold due to complaining about lack of first team football, Samu Saiz has been quality in the league (notably a hat-trick against Middlesborough) but in the cups Pablo performed poorly. Stuart Dallas same predicament, wants first team football and isn't going to get it so listed and with the u23's. Starting to pick up some momentum towards the end of September. Currently sitting in 2nd a point behind Sheffield United after 12 games. After a bad start to the season. I started so poor, losing my first game 0-2 to Stoke at home, I was completely dominated and lucky to lose by 2. Derby away again I was lucky to come away with a draw 0-0, defending over 20 shots by the home team. I figured it was because of too many loan signings and the team needed time to gel however it was clear the signings I'd made was not necessarily first teamers. Apart from a 2-1 loss to Fulham in the cup I';m currently enjoying an 11 game unbeaten run pushing us to 2nd in the league. Bamford & OKaka rotate up top, Bamford has started scoring freely now and has 8 for the season. Jack Harrison and Oliver Burke are the wingers with Saiz just behind playing AMC. Klich & Phillips are first choice midfielders with the usual back 4 of Douglas, Jansson, Cooper & Ayling. GK I had Blackman taking the number 1 shirt for the first games but errors led me back to playing BPF as sweeper keeper and since we haven't lost in the league with Gazzaniga now my number 2. Loan signings Afellay, Lennon, Adam and Wickham all featured at the start of the season, but have been unable to dislodge the team currently who's performances have been worthy of first team spot. Adam Forshaw came back and I was excited not to rush him, only of him to pull his calf muscle (another 4-6 weeks out). He'll be like a new signing when he's back to full fitness. Full results so far; Oldham Cup, A W1-0; Rotherham, H W2-0; Swansea, A W0-3; Norwich, A D1-1, Fulham Cup A L2-1; Middlesborough, H D3-3; Millwall, A D2-2; Preston, H W3-2; Birmingham, H W3-2; Sheff Wed, A W1-2; Hull, A D1-1; Brentofrd, H W 2-1. Happy with my start to the season, a few of the games could have been much more clean cut. A couple of last minute goals conceded too or else I could have been clear at the top. Lewis Baker broke his leg so he returned to Chelsea with Izzy Brown I didn't believe would play much. A few more loans will be terminated in January and the wages put to better use. I also have 8million to spend on players with Luke Amos already signing from Tottenham for 475k, looks a good prospect at CDM and only 21 years old. MOT.
  4. Hey everyone MOT. New member here, I've followed many posts on previous FM but never contributed. So here goes... Really struggled with finances, thought I'd have at least 3 million to spend and adjusting the budget to accommodate a couple of loans left me with 400k. Had to choose who to sell, was a toss up between Roofe and Ayling originally, but my decision with Ayling being so influential in the dressing room was to let Roofe go and promote Clarke, Edmondson, Temenuzhkov for pre-season to see how they go. Alioski is another I have more than adequate cover for so he's was listed too along with Stuart Dallas. Transfers Out; Roofe - 5.25 million, Alioski - 6.5 million. I also do not like the fact that I cannot terminate any loans to free up wages either, Izzy Brown & Lewis Baker are not seemingly in my plans but if they perform for U23's they might just get back into them. Transfers in so far have been pretty bleak but I've only just got the 15 million from sales so will update after a scouting session this morning; I've taken Charlie Adam (4k wages), Ibrahim Afellay (4.5k wages) from Stoke and Oliver Burke (6k wages) from WBA on season loans as I feel I need a solid CDM plus cover on the wings for next to nothing. Stephen Caulker (free transfer 3k wages) as cover at CB just in case Pontus or Cooper gets injured I feel Shaughnessy is not quite ready to be thrown straight into the first team. Venancio Monteiro (free transfer, 900 wages) youngster from Stoke immediately loaned out to Stevenage for development. Disappointed in Guiseppe Rossi who rejected 19.75k a week 2 year deal to head to CSKA for 13k. Still in the market for a striker. Formation and tactics, playing tika taka with sole striker and inside forwards and either a CDM or AMC depending on opponent and still unbeaten (albeit against lesser oppostion). Jack Harrison looks class and scored in 3 of 4 friendly games so far. Bamford and Roberts rotation up top, but in the market for a striker. Leeds u23's 3-0w, FC Kobenhavn 2-2d, Kilmarnock 2-0w, St Mirren 2-0w. I'll update as I go, if anyone has any tips, bargains I'd bemore than happy to hear them
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