So I posted a whole ago but now the full game has been released I've started a proper save with Leeds. I thought I would update everyone with how it's going and what I've done in terms of shaping the squad. I felt the team was strong enough for promotion already but decided to target players who will be able to stay with me once (hopefully) in the premier league!!
Players sold, quite a lot of my players has interest in them from big clubs so decided it was worth cashing in on a few to fund some new young signings.
O'Kane - £500k
Ayling - £12m
Roofe - £11m
Izzy Brown - Loan cancelled
Players brought in:
Jokes Okore - £1.5m
Max Broughton - Compensation
Dennis Diekmeier -Free
Jordan Ferri - £800k
Emyr Huws - £3m
Gnoukouri - Free (out on loan to get WP, high value so should be aogod resell, has good potential if develops well)
Antonio Marin - £2.5m
Dennis Man - £1.8m
Phil Foden - Loan
Xadas - £2m
Florinel Coman - Loan
Marcelo Trotta - Loan (option to buy)
This leaves my first team squad setup as follows. I have a lot of depth across the attacking areas of my squad, a lot of players are very young so don't expect to play every game but having so many options allows me to press relentlessly from the front. It tires players out quickly meaning the ability to rotate is massively important. I will show my tactics later.
GK - Blackman, BPF
LB - Douglas, Pearce
RB - Berardi, Diekmeier
CB - Jansson, Cooper, Okore, Broughton
CM (Defensive) - Ferri, Phillips, Forshaw
CM (Offensive) - Klich, Huws, Baker
AMC - Saiz, Foden, Xadas
AML - Coman , Dallas, Marin
AMR - Alioski, Man, Hernandez
STC - Bamford, Trotta, Roberts
I'm pretty happy with how the squad looks now. I set my team to press quickly once the ball has been lost and then work the ball in to the box, I encourage the players to be direct in relatively risk free situations but patient when necessary. This results in the ball being moved sideline to sideline across the midfield with fullbacks overlapping before an overlapping fullback or direct cut inside from my IF's creates a fast opening. This tends to create a lot of chances but does result in a lot of missed chances due to the pace at which the ball is drilled in to the box. Almost every player is key in this set up with nobody really bring carried by others. CB's need to be strong, quick, and have good anticipation in order to be able to shut down counter attacks and not be caught on the break. Full backs need to be all rounded with the attributes to get forward and cause issues on the overlap. CM's and AMC must be comfortable on the ball as they see a lot of it when it is being recycled outside the opposition box, the AMC isn't really used as a creative outlet, more of a holding players who had the ability to not lose possession and spray passes quickly and accurately out to the wings. IF's are the key attacking players in this set up, they must be willing to drive at the opposition defence and attempt to get balls in to the striker quickly. I have a lot of players who can play here because it's such an important position. If somebody is not performing in that position they will be the first to be subbed off. And of course the striker needs to be well rounded to deal with the variety of balls pumped in to the box, and also able to consistently pressure the opposing CB's and GK once the ball has been lost. In terms of a formation I set up in a 4-2-3-1, happy to post screenshot of tactic and answer questions on it, but it works really well. Using the Gen Gen Press tactical style.
Results have been great so far. Won every game in pre season and scored lots of goals. Drew the first game of the season 0-0 which was disappointing because we had 31 shots. Following that we had a few comfortable wins and are sitting happy at the top of the league. I'll update you all with some progress soon.
Exciting times for Leeds though!