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  1. Glad to see someone else playing as Sunderland. End of first season you can raise a lot of funds selling players (i got over 150m) so you can really rebuild if you stay up.
  2. I have lukaku (paid 40m) and he is top draw. He has all the attributes you need in a top striker, you won't replace him with anyone near as good. Build your team around him
  3. I wouldnt go for Hughes, i dont think he is as good as Wijnaldum. He also starts with a serious injury too so that will have hampered his development. You can get better for that money
  4. Definitely peruzzi and balanta Aswell as Lucas Romero. You could also try ajer and fossum. Andrija zivkovic is a 100 per cent must buy. Also look at the loan market. For English players I'd try zach clough and demerai gray (3.5m release clause).
  5. I'm in the champions league and sold players to over 200m in the summer
  6. Good luck getting rid of Rodwell, im coming to the end of season 3 and he is still here. He hasnt really had an injury but is down to half a star ability and potential. He has constantly been loaned out, just waiting for his contract to run down.
  7. Buying/Selling: Buying Player Name: Anthony Martial Your Team: Sunderland Buyer/Seller: Man Utd Player's Value: 20.5m Offer: 23.5m Transfer/Wage Budget: 87m Patch: Latest Season: January 2018 He's 22 now and hasnt played all that many games, is he exceptional on fm16?
  8. Season 2016/17 Transfers No sooner had the transfer window opened than i had an offer from Ziyech from Manchester City; i found him very inconsistent and after he asked to leave i decided to start negotiations. They eventually offered 25m which i decided to accept. I spent the majority of the money on his replacement, Angel Correa, who i believe is a much better player anyway. I was happy to lose Kaboul and Defoe as they were on enormous wages. Aaron Cresswell came in for 8.75m which i found to be very reasonable considering that he is English. The rest of the money was spent on young players with potential (Lincoln, Ajer, Fossum, Balic, Cubas and Pezzi) who i can hopefully develop and sell on for profit. The best signing of the season has to be Rulli on a free; a world class goalkeeper even though hes on 80k per week. Towards the end of the summer window i decided to cash in on some players that werent going to play many games, the biggest suprises being Borini(6m) and especially Lens (8m). I feel i was a bit hasty getting rid of these too and i could have waited and got more for them. In January we brought in 2 qualities signings in Saul and Sule who i believe will help us push on. The screenshot is slightly misleading as in January I arranged deals for Balanta (22.5m) and Romero (23m) to leave at the end of the season hence why i could bring in 2 Saul and Sule but this does not show up on this seasons transfers. Premier League I didnt expect such a fantastic season; with the extra games in the europa league i expected to struggle in the league and i was only expected to finish in the top half. The team seemed a lot more comfortable and we dominated a lot more games as opposed to last season where we mostly played on the counter. As you can see the battle for the champions league spots was extremely tight and it went right down to the wire. Chelsea and Liverpool were favourites for 3rd and 4th but they threw it away in the last 2 fixtures while ourselves and Man Utd took advantadge. Embolo had a good return again with 16 league goals but his performances werent as good as the previous season. Europa League I was worried that the extra schedule would take its toll on the players so i played a rotated team in Europe. We breezed through the group stages unbeaten even beating Bremen 8-0. I think complacency kicked in when we played Rijeka; i thought we would breeze through but we were stunned with a 2-1 defeat away from home. I played a stronger team in the 2nd leg and came though with a comfortable 3-0 win. This was the only time we looked like losing in Europe; despite playing decent teams in the later rounds we got through to the final pretty comfortably, i was suprised how poor Chelsea were as i expected to be knocked out by them when i saw the draw. Final We faced Stuttgart in the final who fielded none other than Fabio Borini up front. I was sure he was going to come back and haunt me as he had a good season in Germany. In reality he didnt really get a kick as we dominated possession (despite having less shots). Embolo gave us an early lead and i thought we would kick and win comfortably but the equalised soon after. I gave the lads a motivational team talk at the break and it had an immediate effect; Origi scored his 8th goal of the competition 30 seconds into the second half and we held on despite late pressure from the Germans. CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE! (kind of) FA Cup: Lost in 3rd round to Charlton Capital one cup: Lost in 3rd round to Norwich Player of the season:Breel Embolo Aims: -More re-inforcements are needed to cement our place in the top 4 -Bring in more young players -Finish in top 4 (AVOID EUROPA LEAGUE!!)
  9. I have noticed that about the tactical familiarity too. How much did you sign Donnarumma for? I forgot to search for him at the start. I havent posted my second season round up yet but im half way through my 3rd season and going really well, ive built up an amazing squad in such a short space of time.
  10. Season 2015/2016 I took over Sunderland in July 2015 and on the first day i was told that there were no funds for transfers and there was very little room for manouvere in terms of wage budget allowance. I did however manage to convince Short to allow me to re-invest the majority of incoming transfer funds (95%). I decided the best way to be successful would be to completely dismantle the squad, selling anybody that would fetch a decent price, obviously the players that Dick just signed wouldnt leave in the first window but they happen to be the ones that id rather keep anyway (Borini and Lens). Transfers As you can see by the screenshot above, we had a very busy pre-season bringing in 9 players and shipping out many more. Most of the players that left i considered to be deadwood and i was happy to receive decent transfer fees. The only ones i was in two minds about were Johnson and Van Aanholt; Johnson as he is a top player and PVA because it left us with only the inexperienced Targett at left back. The sale of Johnson was crucial in being able to bring in Embolo so it was something that had to be done. He was the big money signing and i saw it as an investment in a player who could become a legend at the club and could be sold for a vast amount of money. I paid a little bit more than i wanted for Keane but he looks a quality player and is English. I wanted to stay away from the usual FM purchases but i couldnt resist on Peruzzi, Balanta and Romero as they were available for such good prices. I feel the squad was definitely improved and was full of young players with potential. January was a key month for us too, we were just inside the top half and needed an extra boost to push on. Zivkovic is a must buy for such a bargain price and Bender was a key purchase to dominate the midfield. English Premier League We didnt start off too well with hammerings at Both Man City (5-0) and Chelsea (4-0) but we soon started grinding wins out against teams such as Norwich, West Brom, Leicester and Bournemouth; teams that would be around us at the end of the season, or would they? We continued putting runs together while taking the odd hammering off the top teams and we found ourselves in 9th at the turn of the year. Id been tracking Sven Bender for a while as he was transfer listed but no teams had made an offer so i stole in and got him for a bargain 6.5m. The loan move for Loic Remy was also crucial as he bagged 8 crucial goals despite being used mainly as a substitute due to the form of Breel Embolo. The Swiss striker was tearing the premier league apart and was attracting the attention of the big boys, he weighed in with 17 goals and 15 assists during throughout the season. We had a very strong 6 week period from the end of January to the middle of March winning 6 games out of 8 and this put us in a very strong position for a Europa League place. However, we picked up just 8 points in the last 9 games in the run. Fortunately, this didnt hurt us too much and we managed to finish a very impressive 6th, above rivals Newcastle. As Tottenham won the Capital one cup we managed to secure a Europa League place for the following season; this could be good news or bad as the extra games could really effect our league form, another major overhaul is needed! FA Cup: 6th round (Knocked out by Chelsea) Capital One Cup: 3rd round (Knocked out by Sheff Wed) Player of the season: Breel Embolo Special Mention: Michael Keane- Very consistent and well rounded player Aims for next season: -Replace the rest of the deadwood (Kaboul, Rodwell etc) -Bring in more quality youngsters -Revamp the backroom staff -Increase squad size to cope with the Europa League
  11. Thats actually a very good idea. I was lucky and sold O'Shea to Celtic straight away and loaned out Brown for 80% of his wages.
  12. Is that Andrija Balic? I have him and he is quality. Shifting players as Sunderland is the best way to go as it can give you a lot of freedom to reshape the squad as the existing players are on such big wages. I would definitely have Johnson and lens starting games, I sold aj but he can be quality and his value shoots up, borini was pretty poor for me.
  13. I know i said in the opening posts that Johnson should be sold but i have seen posts from people that have sold him for 30m after the first season so maybe he should be kept.
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