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  1. Monaco don't really have any fans, do they? So I wouldn't expect them to make a lot through merchandising. As for buying another Japanese player - if you've got the money and he'd improve your squad, why not try it and find out?
  2. I have found that reports about half-decent players I've had on trial are filed by my scouts once they've left the club. I mean, it seems to be random who files the report and they don't show up in the regular update news items, but they're there if you look on Scout Reports.
  3. Well, your scout will improve his knowledge of a country, but he'll only provide reports for players who meet your requirements, i.e. players with 3* or higher in your example. You should still find that more players are in your 'All Known Players' screen, mind you.
  4. It used to be in the game, but SI took it out. I'm not sure if there was ever any public confirmation of why, but the rumour in the forums was that it was a lawyer-type issue. A sad day.
  5. While the UK is still in the EU, I'd suggest sending your scouts to Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovenia and Slovakia. Prices are generally not too bad and you should be able to find some good prospects at the very least.
  6. I'm genuinely surprised to see that people have been so trusting in their backroom staff when it comes to judging the players, since I've definitely noticed that first impressions of players are an informed guess at best. I'll generally keep all but the weakest 4-5, choosing those by looking at their attributes alongside the Coach rating. If I agree with the Coaches that a player is unlikely to bring any value to the club, I don't mind being wrong in the future.
  7. 'Jewel' is a relative term. In previous versions, I've got a lot of mileage out of getting triallists in. You're unlikely to find anyone who'll blow your mind, but you can absolutely fill holes in your squad, or find someone with potential to play a division or two higher.
  8. Good to see someone doing (very) well in Belgium. I enjoy managing there, but bloody hell do the transfer windows make me want to gouge out my own eyes so I don't have to witness the mauling my squad gets. You've picked up some gems, though!
  9. Anywhere else in France and I'd offer some encouraging words, because if nearby clubs lose rep/do badly, I think fans start migrating towards other clubs that are doing better. But, PSG... I had a long save in France in FM15 where PSG averaged a £120m net transfer spend per season over 15 years or so. Good luck!
  10. Probably because it's in a small town 30km outside Paris. You can obviously attract the locals, but only 10k people lived in the town in 2012 (according to Wikipedia) and you're competing with other clubs for fans from nearby regions (like Paris).
  11. I mean, it's transfer deadline day and you've already been trying to buy the player. Depending on the fees involved, I wouldn't be surprised if they'd held out for more than £4m. Who else are you going to sign at that point?
  12. One of my favourites was from FM08 where Juventus won a penalty but on the 2D display, it was clearly at least 5 feet outside the box. Complained, FA was silent. I remember at least one occasion, but can't remember what version, that I moaned about a referee after a game and that referee was actually sacked for ongoing incompetence. I think his average rating was something like 3.9 for the season.
  13. Yeah, it's not a Youth Development issue, just that for whatever reason, holding midfielders only ever seem to kick on to be excellent once they go to other clubs. I've trained up some excellent players in pretty much every other role, but I can never quite get those tackle-y midfield players to be better than 'good'.
  14. What the title says. Goalkeepers: handy and dandy Defenders: parkin' the bus Wingers: running' free and fine Playmakers: killer balls, all day every day Strikers: picking their spot(s) ... ... ... Holding midfielders: ALWAYS seem to be a couple of coach star ratings lower than they should be. Loans don't seem to help, first-team football does nothing. Once I sell 'em, they seem to do fine, but for me they just do nothing. Thing is, I kinda like having some chimp to run around doing the donkey work while the talent gets creative. Anyone else have certain positions they just can't bring talent through in?