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  1. SWFC End of Jan 2022: My form has massively improved, winning 6 games in 10 (alright one was in the FA cup but I'm taking it!). My favourite game was an epic 3-3 draw with Chelsea, with Smith Rowe and Nketiah played an absolute blinder only to let in a goal in the 92nd minute. On the transfer front, I've been expecting a bid for Sergio Gomez throughout January which never showed up and with the recent form of Alena I would've let him go for his buyout £48 million. My major aim was to sell Aursnes, he only played 13 games in 12 months, so he has returned to China for 250k less than I bought him for. Jordan Thorniley thoroughly rocked the boat after turning in a transfer request after a low ball offer of 7 million from Leicester. I didnt' want to sell, but the squad thought he deserved a move so eventually I agreed to let him go for £10.75 rising to £13 million, I think I could've got more but he was unhappy and I've got bigger issues to deal with. Axel Tuanzebe was transfer listed and in his final 6 months of his contract, so he's a good homegrown replacement. Other than that Penny and Odubajo left, both wanted first team football and to get money for both made me genuinely happy. Overall spend for the year £21 million. In terms of other arrivals, two regens took my fancy. As I was scouting Evander at Midtjylland, a lad called Hassan attracted my scouts attention. With Forestieri out for the season and out of contract, he fits the general mould of players I go for (unhappy, cheap or transfer listed) and looks a talent to groom. As I sold Odubajo, Dominic Iorfa was my only cover at RB and then naturally was ruled out for 2 months, so I've signed an unhappy American regen called Gatti who at 18 is happy to play understudy to Henrichs for a season or two.
  2. I don't think the money thing is getting to me, with a net spend of -£1.5 million over 2 years prior to the premier league the squad was very much on barebones and when I was promoted, I only had 13 players after contracts/loans finishing. I would've spent less, but the loan system in the premier league really doesn't allow much wiggle room. Forestieri broke his leg in October so my final 5 million is going to be spent on a new striker. Nketiah isn't scoring and playing badly so I've been overly reliant on a 20 year old Eddie Calcedo who at least plays ok whilst not scoring . I've been unimpressed with how inconsistent Trincao is, but Alena has been one of the better players in a bad season. @Jogo Bonito & @warlock thanks for the kind words, the Leicester win was followed by another win at Newcastle and a draw at Burnley so upto 15th. I've changed formation a few times, but this later iteration of a high press 42121 with 2 CDMs, 1 CM and RW/LW seems to bring more of a balance than a traditional 41221 or 4231. @Jogo Bonito haven't seen much out of those teams apart from Reading, they seem to be the most consistently promoted team with the AI I've ever seen!
  3. December 2021: This season isn't going well, I applaud anyone who gets promoted and does well, whether my summer transfers were not good enough or not, the top 10-14 teams are incredibly good. After a record of played 16, won 1, drawn 7 and lost 8, I was pulled into a board meeting and they reluctantly allowed me to stay in charge for a few more weeks. Injuries have been bad, but I feel having draw nearly half the games it showed we weren't far away from winning some more games. Afterwards, I played Leicester (7th) and managed to squeeze a 1 nil victory which leaves me in 17th. Liverpool are in unbeaten, whilst Norwich, Newcastle and Aston Villa have fired there managers. I normally comment on my best/worst player, so far they've all been bang average and no-one has stood out.
  4. I kinda thought the same at one stage (while buying Mensah) but I'm not sure I have, QPR and Burnley have a siimilar net spend to me this season (£25 and £30 million), but spent fairly big in the previous season in the championship . My spend over 3 years (two championship, one premier league) is 8 million a year. I still have 9 million in the kitty, but have no idea what to do with it. One thing I'm sure of is that I think Sergio Gomez will be leaving in January, Man City's enquiry was rejected and I managed to convince Gomez that he's worth his release clause of £48 million.
  5. Season 3. Massive changes in the squad, I had originally renewed Alena's loan for another season, but there was a weird issue/bug/thing in that he joined on loan without a permit (I was confused). I sent him back, and upon rejoining Barcelona he was transfer listed for £3.5 million what I thought was a bargin. Otherwise I strengthened/suplemented most positions in the squad. Salcedo is Forestieri's natural successor, Smith-Rowe and Trincao (who was still at Braga) added depth to the wings after selling Reach and Harris, and Henrichs was my marquee signing, he was the best RB I could find (rated 90 by scouts) who would join. But can I buy a win? Nope! My computer died on the fulham match after losing 1 nil, after I plug in I play the same game and lose... 1 nil. I've had the 4th worse possession in the league and scored the 2nd least so far. My next 'easy' game is in November, so if I'm sacked, SWFC it's been a pleasure.
  6. I've posted mainly in the EFL 2020 thread, but here were my transfers for the first and second season: Personally, I think the vast changes @Tummyowl suggests are slight overkill, especially as Thorniley & Odubajo are good enough and cheap enough for the top 6 in the championship. My major issue first season was identifying a formation that didn't leak goals whilst actually scoring some along the way, Bannan is great if he keeps injury free, if he gets injured his stats drop like crazy and no-one else brings what he does to the team. Biggest issue you face is getting rid of the deadwood, all the forward line, Lees, Hutch, Westwood and Bannan are on stupid money for the ability they possess. Unfortunately, it's borderline impossible to move a number of them on. I lost in the playoff semi's first season, but won promotion in the second with Nketiah and Gomes playing like world beaters. Be careful with the loans, can only play 5 in the squad.
  7. I think in the first season unless your squad is top 6 and ready for a step up, getting promoted is more often than not goes badly as you don't have enough time to clear high earners/deadwood from the squad. I actually found the first season with Wednesday one of my most frustrating games in FM, overly reliant on one player and loads of injuries. I also find second season a bit easier because you have a better choice of players who were locked into loan deals for the first season.
  8. End of Season 2020-2021 SWFC: So in February I was 6 points clear of 3rd and finished 7 points clear, Southampton managed to completely screw up the last 3 months with Middlesborough leapfrogging them into 3rd. In the playoffs, despite being way adrift of 3rd and 4th QPR beat both teams to get promoted. I quickly checked and they sold Eze to Sevilla last year, so massive praise must go to Mark 'AI' Warburton. Burnley were awesome, smashing the 100 point barrier. In terms of my squad, the team of the season accurately represented my best squad. Nketiah was my man of the season, hitting 31 goals in 45(5) apperances but the fans went for Gomez who was a steal at £1.2 million on £20k a week wages. Barcelona and Arsenal have allowed me to extend Nketiah's and Alenas loan so my main scorer/assisters will carry into the Premier League! Big re-building required, I'd love to keep some of the spine together but in reality, I think I need critically need a new GK, LB, CB, RW and LW, with more depth required in all positions. Due to the loan rules Rhian Brewster, Herbie Kane, Jacob Murphy and probably Martinelli will return to their parent clubs. I'm not sure if anyone else has loaned Martinelli but he's a class act, but his injury record is terrible with 7 injuries over the season. If it wasn't for this, I'd sign him as my second Premier League loan without doubt. For next season the board has given me £40 million, so far this is my transfers costing me just over £4 million. The only sour note in all this is that at the moment 25th of May the board still haven't offered me a contract to continue past June...
  9. SWFC Feb2021: At Christmas I was unconvinced that I would manage to topple Burnley and Southampton, and despite some indifferent form, I'm now 6 points behind Burnley but 6 points ahead of the Saints who have competely fell off the rails! January was quiet, I brought in an extra man in CM in Aursnes as Bannan and Kane have struggled with injuries. Westwood retired saving 33k per week, but I was unable to secure any improvement in goal, so I have Dawson as my only keeper for the year. I'm hopeful for promotion, but have just lost Kadeem Harris to a broken ankle and Forestieri after a sensational 2019/2020 season has been plagued by injuries all season.
  10. @Jogo Bonito - Real nice work with Hull but I agree, with Grosicki and Bowen leaving it feels slightly odd. I have the same with Jordan Thorniley, he left to join Blackpool at the start of Jan so I sent him out on loan in the first season, and now everytime I play him it doesn't quite sit right. So I'm in January 2021, the target for the season is to get in the playoffs and it's going well, although my form of late has been really poor with only 2 wins in 7. Burnley and Southampton both have incredible squads so I think the best I can do is the playoffs. I don't have much money to strengthen in January but I'm trying to find a new GK, as Dawson and the now-retired Westwood have been poor.
  11. @karanhsingh With a high level of squad turnover, I find it slightly freeing. I'm carrying £55k in wages for two reserve players, but last year with ~£80k leaving it allowed me to not feel so restricted. But yeah, if you compare early free transfers vs loans, it seems the AI focuses so much on getting frees on longer contracts than better players on loans. In other news, there is no way Sergio Gomez should be this good: Absolute filth in the championship, needless to say I'm top after 7 games...
  12. Ok so start of the second season (which seems very early?) this is my team/transfers. I've already lost Bannan for 6 months and Westwood for 2 months and that's before a balls been kicked. Alot of players left in the summer, but with no transfer budget and lower wages alot of players who I would've like to have kept had to go. I managed to sell both 3rd choice Liam Palmer and 5th choice Joost van Aken and then by reducing my wage budget I could afford to bring in Sergio Gomez for £400k upfront. He's clearly been downgraded since the last FM, but he still looks like he could be a good creative force in midfield. On the loan front, I didn't want more than 6, and with Alena, Brewster and Murphy renewing, I had 3 spots. Martinelli was my top choice with no first choice LW'er in the squad, Kane was a panic loan but he'll be a good backup and Nketiah is a no brainer. What I thought was bizzare was that no-one else went for £15k a week Nketiah, who is arguably the best striker in the Championship Also, in what looked like a very average youth uptake, this lad seems to be improving alot:
  13. I assume it's because my two best players (Bannan and Alena) were injured most of the year but overal pretty poor form from the squad. Has anyone had any luck signing any non-EU players? Just been going after Tomas Belmonte who is really interested and it says if I offer more than £15k per week in wages you'll get the permit, but it hasn't worked? My computer then died so I'm after advice whether there is anything I can do?
  14. I agree 100%, I would be fired if I made the premier league with the average squad I had. In the end, it took me too long to find a tactics and a formation that suited me. Free signings and loans again, 30th of June is going to be a busy day.
  15. SWFC end of season 1: With no expectations (or realistic chance) of promotion I didn't feel pressured going into the final game of the season in 7th needing a win to either get 5th or 6th. I beat Middlesborough to set up the playoff semi's vs Reading (who beat me both times during the season). Despite beating them 2-1 at home, I slumped and lost 3 nil after chasing a goal at 2 nil down. Nevermind. Next season looks bleak, wage budget is -25k of what I'm currently spending, no transfer budget and only 10% of the any outgoing player sales. This being said, I've managed to renew loans for both Brewster and Murphy both of whom have played well at times this season. As for player of the season, I'll leave that for people to guess.
  16. The finances make the season expectations alot more realistic. You start the season with what looks a well rounded squad, but most of them are hugely overpaid, on the wrong side of 30 and alot of the players are impossible to get rid of (imagine the championship version of Sanchez and Ozil). I brought in 4 players in January, and the 4 combined earn less than Steven Fletcher who I managed to move on before his contract finishing in the summer of 2020. I like the look of this Christian Conteh who I managed to sign from St Pauli for 175k. Also signed Emanuel Insua for 400k, who adds alot of bite (19 aggression) and is a huge improvement on Fox and Thorniley (who's left on loan for the second half of the season). Just played Barnsley and have just scraped into a playoff spot for the first time this season, I doubt we'll managed to stay there as my form is very patchy.
  17. The SWFC thread is fairly dead so I'll post here. So I'm just at Christmas in 10th place and have to say this SWFC save is the hardest game I've had in years. I've chopped/changed personel and tactics alot, but really have struggled alot to get any consistency. I initially thought a 4231 with loan signing Alena in the number 8/10 role but that was a catastrophy as I've let the 6th most goals in the league ... I reverted back to 41221 without much success. Hutchinson is the squads only starting CDM, but as a BWM he's a liability as he goes running into nowhere alot. I've ended up playing Bannan as CDM to try and stem the flow, but it just seems every team scores against me in every game. Both FB's have been exposed, but with no personal to play a flat 4 in midfield my options are limited, so I tried 5atb and let in even more goals! Has anyone managed to get 5atb working this year? On the otherhand, Forestieri and loan signing Kishna have been awesome. In past FM's I've struggled to get Nando scoring but he's got 11 in 17 games and Kishna has contributed 10 in 16 games. With Kishna having this injury record, I'm really surprised that this gamble has paid off:
  18. I've just started, the squad is ok, bit short on a LW'er and too heavy in goal (4 professional GK's!) and upfront especially with the squad not set up to play 2 upfront. I didn't really know what to go for, needed to shed some strikers and remove some deadwood. Rhodes and Winnall both received bids and to be fair, the wage gap allowed me to recruit some much needed reinforcement in some CM's who are not injury prone (after playing the second match of the season; Bannan, Hutchinson, Reach and Lee are all injured...) I didn't try to sell Nuhui (last weekends match vs Leeds shows how good he can be) but on FM the researchers just see him as a tall lump/target man so out he went, bringing in Brewster on loan as 3rd choice. In pre season Bates did his cruciate so I cancelled his loan and brought in Velazquez for £500k upfront. I've got big hopes for Alena and Kishna if I can keep them fit. Tactics wise, I'm going with a 4231 or a 41221, I really hope that the tactics set up Forestieri to be my main man, as in the last few years his injuries/the stupid FA have derailed his chances to play week in week out.
  19. That's my transfers in for the summer completed, I have 3 players leaving but taking their time to make up there mind where to go. The top 5 players were payed from last years budget, all 8 fee paying transfers are purchased with fees spread over 3 years. I'm particulary excited about Cichocki, a regen who the board and fans all think I overpayed for... And just when I thought my summer was over, managed to get rid of one of my mis-firing strikers
  20. Mine's got a while to go before he's even worth a quarter of that! I think he's going to be changing wings this year as I've managed to recruit Vignato from Chievo who should really improve my team. Thankfully installment payments are available, otherwise I'd barely be able to sign anyone.
  21. Not a world beater, but good enough for Calcio A.
  22. So end of season 3 with Bari, managed to stay up fairly comfortably in the end, the squad I have has been completely destroyed in alot of games but a few players have stood out. The black and white horses ran the competition with Ronaldo scoring a modest 30 goals. I didn't bring in any players in January as I had no money but wish I had tried something as injuries hit my front 3 from December onwards. My top scorer Despodov got 12 with my two strikers playing awfully all season. My best two players were Zaccagni and Riccardi (below). Unfortunately Riccardi is set to return to Roma this summer (he's just won his first Italy cap) and after 3 seasons missing only 5 leagues games he's going to be missed. Zaccagni is a creative player but hasn't got many assists having played CDM this year. 9 Million to spend this summer if I stay, it's taken a while but this is the first interview I've been offered:
  23. My club, currently playing with Bari but will play with us probably in the new year. On beta, I started a game and managed to sell Winnall and a few others but the game corrupted so I've lost it. I'd love to see if anyone can get Nando playing like it was 2016 again!
  24. Yeah, I have Chong on loan from Man Utd, but after 5 games and an average rating of 6.55 I've given Despodov a run and he's scored 4 goals in 7 including this brace. Upto 8th in the league after a easy win vs bottom of the league Sampdoria. Injuries are starting to hit me, and I've been unable to fill the bench so far this season.
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