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  1. Jones and Lingard were a bit more tricky to get rid of, but Matic, Pereira and Mata were all easy enough to sell. Definitely get Grealish. I paid £57m and have been playing him as a Mezzala on the right side of a narrow midfield diamond. Averaged 7.31 first season and has scored a couple of crackers. Also a useful option at AML if Martial is injured. Dias has also done well for me partnering Maguire.
  2. Might have to wait 6 months as I think he's only just signed for them, but Lawrence Shankland from Dundee United in the Scottish Championship might be attainable for that money. 17 finishing, 15 anticipation, 15 off the ball, 14 composure. Poacher.
  3. First season went pretty well, finishing 3rd in the PL just a point behind Liverpool and Man City (Liverpool winning it on goal difference). No trophies to show for it, but we performed okay in all of the cups reaching the Quarters/Semis. The ban was still in place in January so I made a lot of pre-agreements for ins/outs for the summer, and have had a major overhaul of the squad whilst trying to maintain the young English core. Abraham was top PL scorer with 21 goals, whilst Pulisic tore it up with 16 assists. I just couldn't get Loftus-Cheek to perform, with an average of 6.71. I like him but felt he wasn't going to develop to the standard I want, so let him go to Southampton for £20m in the summer. Ederson got unhappy at Man City's refusal to give him a new contract, so I forked out heavily (£115m) but feel it's worthwhile for his distribution both long and short. That's GK sorted for the next decade. Jorginho was my player of the season, contributing 8 goals (mostly pens) but performing very well in the CDM (D) role, regardless. However I had interest in both De Jong and Luis, and Barca came in with £65m, so off he went. Cavani came in on a free at the end of his PSG contract, replacing the hapless Batshuayi. He's still top class and should be a good influence for the younger players - I'll rotate him with Tammy. I had intended to keep Emerson and Rudiger as they started almost every game for me and performed well, but they were going to be relegated to backups behind Chilwell and Dias. As I received offers of around £45m for both, I snapped up Nathan Aké for £35m to provide cover in both positions. The defence looks a little light, but my two best newgen prospects are a CB and LB so they can be emergency cover in the event of an injury crisis. Bruno Fernandes and Chiesa also came in to add yet more quality. The squad for my second season is now: GK: Ederson, Kepa RB: James, Azpilicueta LB: Chilwell, Aké CB: Dias, Tomori, Ampadu DM: Frenkie De Jong, Florentino Luis CM:Kante, Kovacic CM: B. Fernandes, Mount AMR: Chiesa, Pulisic AML: Sancho, Hudson-Odoi ST: Abraham, Cavani Looking 12 months ahead I'll be trying to tempt Harry Kane and Max Aarons to replace Cavani and Azpilicueta. Phil Foden is also somebody I covet, as once the squad gets a bit older and improves I may shift to a more attacking 4-2-3-1.
  4. They can both be part of the squad, but they won't match up to what you could buy in. I'd go and get Sancho. I normally play my first game as Man United but I've actually plumped for Chelsea this time around, so that the decision of development v signings is taken out of my hands anyway. Reece James, Tomori, Mount, CHO and Abraham are all great prospects.
  5. It's not. He has a -95 PA, you've just got him right at the top end of that range in your save.
  6. Regarding excitement about Martial, United paid a world record fee for a teenager and he scored on his debut versus Liverpool. I'm not sure the excitement could have been any higher than it was.
  7. It's transfermarkt that has it wrong. He's tiny.
  8. Yes. The only exception being if it's a player on the level of Messi/Ronaldo who can't be replaced at any price
  9. Rightly so. Those three are all at/near their maximum potential, whereas Tammy has room to grow. They've been doing it for many seasons, and he doesn't deserve to be on the same level after a dozen good games.
  10. Ndombele has the same fixed PA you've suggested, 170. Grealish shouldn't have a variable PA when he's almost 24 at the start of the game. He has had a boost from 155 > 160 PA. I agree on Son being underpowered. I haven't combed through this whole thread to see if the Spurs researcher has responded, but everyone else (even Arsenal fans) find it strange that he hasn't been given a significant boost.
  11. So why have the likes of Kingsley Coman, Naby Keita and Gelson Martins had their PAs reduced, at the same age? Alli's peak (so far) was 21 but there is nothing to say he won't/can't meet those levels again. Cook has never shown anything like the potential of any of those listed, yet has a higher PA than them all. There should be a burden of proof for assigning a world class PA, rather than just adopting that as the default position for a player who was overrated several years ago and has been injured/not pulled up trees for most of the time since.
  12. Lewis Cook's PA is higher than the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Youri Tielemans, Dele Alli and countless other midfielders who've shown a heck of a lot more potential. He's 22 now and I think he's had the same PA for the last 3 FMs. Not sure what he's done to justify it?
  13. Haaland has only recently moved. Try again in October and you'll be able to sign him for January.
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