I'm managing Everton on a FM17 save (have not upgraded my machine to play FM18 and 19) at the moment and I've set up my side as this: P(a) DLF(s) BBM(s) AP(a) BBM(s)
DM(d) WB(s) CD(d) CD(d) WBS(s)
Im going with Flexible-Standard with More Pressing and More Direct as TI's. I put may AP(a) in the CM position so he can fulfill defensive duties whilst being my creative outlet, something that I think would be hard if I placed him in the AM position. Im interested in your thoughts on possible weaknesses espescially on my midfield set-up.
To add, I was also experimenting with a counter-attacking strategy in the form of:
WM(s) RPM(s) WM(s)
FB(s) CD(d) CD(d) FB(s)
Well this isn't your typical 4-2-3-1 set up as ive put the wingers and attacking midfielder to the m r/l strata and cm strata respectively. I'm using Structured-Counter with Be More Disciplined TI on this strategy. The couple of games I've used it I've been solid defensively but I can't seem to counter-attack efficiently as goals were coming in from long shots or set pieces. I've put the DLF(a) as a AF(a) or P(a) to make him my primary goalscorer but it seemed like he was just too isolated at the top. I was also thinking of maybe putting the RPM(s) to a CM(a) to offer another option up top when we can set up a counter or change the DM(s) to RGA(s) to add another body running in the middle. Maybe put my wingers on an attack duty? Obviously, I'm having a hard time coming up with a definite solution so if you guys can give your two cents it will be much appreciated.
Sorry if this is a long post and thanking you guys in advance! Cheers!