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  1. This. I’ve even gone so far as designing an Excel spreadsheet into which I enter each players values for the necessary technical mental and physical attributes and then having a fins column with averages of those attributes to create a ‘Universality score’ - aiming to get my entire team to >14. The CBs’ off the ball and vision let me down slightly at the moment...
  2. @herne79 - thanks for the feedback - I have certainly identified the gap between defence and midfield as an issue. The stopper duty was an attempt to ameliorate that, getting him to step out into that space and dominate it with good physicals and aggression. The answer is probably to play the DLP with a defend duty - covering off your first issue and hopefully getting him to plug that gap. My CBs aren't massively aggressive - 9, 13, and 15 for the starters. Thanks for the tip on the AMC - suspect he might be the key to this tactic.
  3. Hello I'm desperately looking for help to help me regain my CB mojo - my tactics aren't working and I don't know why. I'm playing as Bolton year s and years in the future (2034). Whilst you couldn't really say things are going badly (we've won the Champions League two out of the last three seasons), I've never won the league and now I'm starting to really struggle domestically. Starting from last season and continuing into this we have just really struggled to break down teams that play narrow and deep against us, and now in a new season we're really struggling to perform at the level we should be at. We have the highest ratings in the league for teamwork, pace, determination, stamina and near highest for passing and first touch. Almost all of my players are tactically astute. As such I play a very fluid system, pushing the line right up and pressing the opposition. I therefore set us up in an asymetric 352 as per the screen shot. I have left most duties on support and roles fairly generic given the fluidity of the system. I have put hte shape on standard as I want to maintain a high and agressive line, but I also don't want to jeopardise our compactness by going to attacking and having the players spread out. Squad My strengths are definitely in defense and midfield - I have very good CBs and CMs. The formation is designed to bring the best out of htem and keep matches narrow My forwards are young - both very quick, but lacking a bit of technical finesse. I have signed a world class striker to come in January but he's also of the creative/technical type rather than an out and out goalscorer. They're also rubbihs in the air (although have decent strength) so I try to keep it on the ground and whip crosses in for them to use their anticipation to get on the end of, together with the AM with a arrives in box PPM. The problem is, to put it bluntly, the system doesn't work. Results I have attached screen shots showing our first four results of the season. I can point to mitigating factors - we should have at least drawn against Everton, Swansea got an early penalty and clung on, and Man City scored a thunderbolt from 25 yards and a free kick in the first 8 minutes - it's still far from impressive, and despite creating a reasonable number of chances we just don't look like scoring. We throw a lot of crosses in but because teams are so deep and compact they tend to have numbers in the box to deal with them. Questions 1. What are the obvious problems in the tactic? 2. What would you change to create better qualtiy chances? I'm particularly conscious of the number of crosses we fling in the box - we don't seem to score enough from them, despite leading the league in cross completion ratio so far. 3. I suspect part of the answer is generating width and more running from deep but I'm not quite sure how to do that - the WM(L) has a get further forward PPI M and between him, the AM(C) and the AF(C) I would have hoped we had enough 'runners'. How do Any advice/help much appreciated. At the moment I'm thinking of shamelessly ripping off the Arrigo Sacchi 442 from O-zils thread but christ it would be nice to come up with something myself for once.
  4. I can only vaguely remember FM07 so can't really give detailed advice on what might be going on in the match engine. However I always think the key stats for a pure goal scorer are anticipation composite and off the ball, and given his stats for those (combined with finishing) you're probably entitled to be a bit nonplussed. Especially if, as i assume to be the case if you're Man U, you win a lot. How does his goals per game ratio compare to your other strikers. Would also note that his international strike rate isn't great, albeit its also not bad for Armenia.
  5. Thanks @jorgvandervloed - I agree that whatever role I find for him he'll be primarily a creator rather than a goal scorer. I need to decide whether to retrain him as an AM or ST. @herne79 thanks for your input - I agree completely part of the reason why I'm getting views is that he's so rounded im really not sure where I'll be the best out of him. Appreciate the comments re his PA/CA - I don't use any sort of editor so don't know how much he has left - scout reckons he's 4-4.5 star CA and 4.5-5 PA so think there is some room for him to improve but I am wary of diluting his skills by ie trying to retrain him first as an AM and a ST. At work at the moment so can't see full report so don't know if anything worrying on there. I take your point re why I want to sign him in the first place and I think it needs some context - I manage Bolton and although we have a much higher stature in the game than Bolton are IRL we can't compete financially with Chelsea Manchester teams Liverpoool or Southampton (tycoon takeover). Therefore I don't often get the opportunity to sign a world class talent before one of them scoop them up (or before they're of sufficient stature that I can't afford them). I've been 'grooming' this lad for a while and priaising him etc to the pint that he says his preferred move is to us above Real or Southampton and due to his transfer request should be able get him for c35m, which although a lot I can scrape together. Put simply he's better than my players and I'm not so wedded to my tactics that I'm not prepared to try and find a role for him. I also think you make my case for me to an extent - his skills are so universal that I didn't have any real doubt he could be retrained and incorporated somewhere. I'd have been a lot more reluctant had he been a one dimensional pace merchant.
  6. Thanks @roggiotis - I think I'd be happy for him to play as a WB in that system against weaker teams where his poorer defensive stats won't be as much of an issue, but I'd be nervous against top teams as I feel like he might be a liability defensively. I'd probably be reluctant to have him focus on marking and tackling just because I feel like he's always going to be primarily an offensive player and would rather focus on his attacking stats than his defensive ones.
  7. Interesting I'll give that a go. In terms of roles and duties would you have the winger on attack? Worry about him getting isolated
  8. Thanks @lemeuresnew - hadn't though of playing him as a striker but now you mention it i can see him as a False 9 linking midfield and attack in that 532. It's that (relatively) poor off the ball that worries me slightly with that option though. I think along with whatever positional retraining I go for I'll work on his OTB. The asymetric 4312 is also a really interesting idea - any particular rationale though for putting him in the AM slot rather than the winger's AM(L) slot? Presumably you're suggesting sacrificing a striker? Going to have a play with this idea and see if I can get it working
  9. I need some advice on how to integrate a player into my team who doesn't on the face of it fit into my tactics. I've got the chance to sign a left winger (below) who is absolutely world class and still only 21: The problem is I don't play a left winger. I tend to play two tactical systems; a 532 DM and a 4312: Neither of which on the face it have a space for Jullich. There are two options that I can envision: 1. Play him as a CWB(A) on the left. MY concern here is that although he's actually better defensively than most wingers, it doesn't feel like the best use of his attacking abilities given that naturally much of his time will be taken up defending. I've also had problems tactically integrating an attacking wing back into this system - with an attacking duty they tend to rampage up the flank and get very isolated from their midfield support (I've had this problem with the right WB). 2. Given his passing and vision, I can also seem him in the AM(C) slot in the 4312 (he's not trained at all for this). I'm not quite sure what role would suit him best given his dribbling and passing skills but (relatively) weaker off the ball, first touch & decisions. I'm also slightly nervous about this as I feel that he probably has only a limited amounted of PA left and don't want to use up training time focusing on training him in a new position. Any advice on how to integrate him welcome. Or do you think it's not worth the hassle, and no player is worth shaking up your tactical plans for?
  10. I uninstalled FM2017 via Steam and then a few months later reinstalled it and loaded my old save game. It is now painfully slow to do anything - clicking on interactive items and it takes an ages for it to load, the whole thing is just extremely sluggish. During matches the frame rate is very low even on very low graphic settings. It's like it was with the previous update before the public-beta fix, which you seem to have removed. I provide my DX Diag screenshot below. I am only running one league (England) with a small database. I also have a video on me clicking on the 'Tactics' option on the side bar and it taking a full ten seconds for that screen to load, but the video is too big to upload. Let me know if you need more info from me. Thanks
  11. I'm increasingly struggling to work out how I should be gauging a goalkeepers performance. I've never particularly trusted what you would expect to be KPIs for goalkeepers such as clean sheets per games played or average rating, as they are so strongly affected by the defence in front of them and your style of play etc. I'm left choosing keepers on the basis of what I consider to be their key attributes - communication, agility, reflexes and handling, plus any style specific attribs - rushing out, passing etc. However sometimes it appears that despite looking good on paper my keeper doesn't make saves I feel like he should (although I know the ingame animation isnt always reliable) and I'm slightly at a loss as to how to assess the performance of one of my keepers against another. Any thoughts?
  12. I don't know the answer to your question, but if you want to avoid the issue (and you imply that you want to play direct football) why use two playmakers in any event, both of whom will attract the ball? Genuinely curious don't meant to come across as critical/sniping
  13. I used to to get the same thing in the lower leagues with getting constant free kick highlights that would invariably get blasted over. Yeah had I noticed thta they had a set peice specialist I'd have probably done something about it but he's a regen and wasn't aware that he was quite that good - oh well you live and learn.
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