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  1. turned out to be a pretty solid season...
  2. Hit Xmas equal top of the ladder with United. Managed to qualify after a very tough CL group (including R. Madrid, Dortmund & Ajax). Have United in the League Cup semi finals and still in the FA cup. Reasonably happy with the squad, but still feel we're one or two players short of being Elite. Spurs had struggled last season and finished 8th, missing out on continental football. Alli & Kane both unhappy not playing CL football, and with Spurs sitting 3rd and looking like they will qualify, i decided to go after them in the January Window. Hit the back end of January now and managed to secure my top targets. Released a couple just to ensure the finances remained healthy: 20/21 Summer Window: INS: Dele Alli - 80million Harry Kane - 90million Renato Sanches - 8million (transfer listed) OUTS: Will Hughes - 30million Brendan Galloway - 27.5million Saido Berahino - 42.5million Giovani Lo Celso - 47.5million Will take a few games for the new lads to settle in, but very excited for the 2nd half of the season.
  3. Completed the third season! Again another really good season. Consolidated ourselves as a very strong team, finishing 3rd, some 6 points off winners Man United. On the Cup front, had a really successful Champions League run, losing on away goals to A. Madrid in the semi final. Too be honest, this far exceeded expectations and probably cost us 6-9 points in the league, and possibly the title. Knocked out of the League Cup by Spurs in the semi's, and Won the FA cup final vs Man United. Overall i was really happy with the season, and it set the foundations to really kick on in the next season. Upgrade several of the facilities, expanded the coaching staff and scouting networks. Transfers 20/21: Brexit became official and we are now out of the EU so recruiting was a bit stricter. IN: Eric Dier - 38.5million Bernardo Silva - 55million Riccardo Orsolini - 3.1million (loaned back) Total - 97million OUT: Danny Ings - 12.5million Gylfi Sigurdsson - 27million Leon Goretzka - 85million Ademola Lookman - 22.5million Jonjoe Kenny - 2.5million (buyback) Sam Johnstone - 6million Total - 160million Really happy with the Ins. Dier is an Elite English talent and I couldn't believe when Silva was Transfer Listed. Feel like they will add that next level of talent to the squad. Outs were mixed. I would have loved to have kept hold of Goretzka, but when i signed him on a free he demanded a release clause of 85million. Sigurdsson and Lookman were in the last year of their contracts and wanted ludicrous wages. Ings injury troubles continued so i was happy to let him go when a bid came in. Have a few kids coming through. The lad Chabbi who i mentioned was impressing me got some solid game time. He's looking like a serious talent: Big year ahead. Time to win the league!
  4. Really happy with the 2nd season. We were competing in the top echelon for majority of the season and managed to finish 4th. I felt we were a genuine title contender, but probably lacked the depth required to push in after x-mas. Perhaps my own fault, turned down so good targets to continue to give opportunity to the home produced talent. Very happy with Champions League football though, will be a big financial boost for the club to continue to upgrade facilities. In addition to all this, we were able to bring home the FA cup, winning the final on penalties. Was nice to deliver some silverware to the club and all the more so with all 18 players named in the match day squad being home grown. With minimal spending, good sales and CL football, the club decided to reward me with a transfer kitty of 200million. I had no intention of spending it all given it was 3/4 of our balance and i had planned facility upgrades to request. But none the less, it was nice to have some money to bring in 1-2 targets and we all know local talent cost that bit extra. Transfers IN 19/20: Saido Berahino (35million) Will Hughes (18.5million) Gary Cahill (Free) Giovani Le Celso (4.6million) Jadon Sancho (47.5million) Transfers OUT 19/20: Mason Holgate (3million) Seamus Coleman (27.5million) Sandro (42.5million) Borja San Emeterio (5million) Seamus wanted an enormous contract and at 30 i wasn't prepared to pay it. Barca came calling for Sandro and i couldn't say no. The others both have buy backs on them should they perform well. Jadon Sancho was a huge outlay, but one i was willing to make given he fit the mould and has enormous talent (5 star). See how we go in the third season, im hoping to make the group stages and perform well and aim for another top 4 spot. Here's the squad: GK - Sam Johnstone GK - Jordan Pickford RB - Sam Byram CB - Gary Cahill CB - Rob Holding CB - Phil Jones CB - Chris Smalling LB - Kieran Tierney LB - Brendan Galloway CM - Tom Davies CM - Will Hughes CM - Lewis Cook CM - Leon Goretzka AM - Gylfi Sigurdsson AM - Giovani Lo Celso FWD - Saido Berahino FWD - Jadon Sancho FWD - Danny Ings FWD - Ademola Lookman Few kids promoted from the 18s to the reserves who im really keen to give some opportunties too. Young lad called Mohamed Chabbi who i picked up first season (regen) looks really top level. Could get some cup game time.
  5. Fair points, and i know the chances you're talking off. I watch the game on highlights, so i see all of the half chances and clear cuts, and i'll concede some are more angled shots, but most are very central. My strikers are solid, but players like Berahino (16 in finishing, composure & technique) are converting what feels like 1 shot in 5-6 (probably an accurate real life statistic).. but then i'll play some pub team with a striker who's stats are much worse who can convert 3 in 3. Going into games i scout teams and they have strikers who haven't scored in last 5 matches who then convert off their first half chance while i've created 3-4 clear cuts (i was thinking maybe its a moral thing). I had similar results last release with a real madrid save, where one season i will converting <50& of my CCC's (which world class strikers) while the opposition where converting around 85%. Is there a way to see what the opposition are converting over their last 50 games etc for analysis purposes to provide comparisons?
  6. Im just seeking some advice on converting CCC's. I feel like tactically the team is playing really well, and we're created 2-4 CCCs per game, and 4-6 half chances per game for very little reward. Below are my stats for the last 50 games. As a team, we're going at a 62% conversion rate of our CCC's. The opposition at 81%. That's a pretty significant difference in my opinion. Im dominating against opposition that i feel i should be dominating against and creating scoring opportunities despite them playing deeper, yet i'm experiencing mediocre results (opposition snatching draws with <3 goal scoring opportunities, or scraping 1-0 wins with 10+ quality efforts). See below vs Burnley. Against quality opposition im competing well. I've gone for a more expansive approach where i want to play attacking football, so i accept they are creating chances as well.. but their conversion rate vs mine are extraordinary. I get they have quality players, but this is my third season and i have premier league quality players. See below vs Arsenal & PSG. Given i view CCC's as "should score", and half chances as "chances to score", against Arsenal i created 9 (converted 3), they created 4 (converted 3). Against PSG i created 10 (converted 3), they created 5 (scored 4). It just seems to be quite a re-occuring theme in my all 3 of my seasons so far. Is it simply a lack of quality in my players? or am i mis-interpreting what CCC's / half chances are?
  7. So for the second season, and with the anticipation of Brexit, i decided to go the Great Britain approach and try to utilise more domestic players. My main targets where to strengthen in the full back and Central defensive positions. A very ageing squad so i wanted to cash in on some of the players approaching 30 too, so it was going to be a massive turn over of players. Was happy to use a few loans again to substitute some positions until i get the players i want. Transfers 2018/19 In: Kieran Tierney - £20m Lewis Cook - £17.5m Danny Ings - £8.5m Phil Jones - £8.25m Sam Byram - £2.9m Chris Smalling - £6m Sam Johnstone - Free Leon Goretzka - Free Boschilia - Loan Axel Tuanzebe - Loan Total - £62m Out: Michael Keane - £42.5m Ross Barkley - £37.5m Morgan Schneiderlin- £32.5m Idrissa Gueye - £27.5m Davy Klaassen - £17.5m Yannick Bolasie - £15m Henry Onyekuru - £3.8m Ramior Funes Mori - £3.5m Joe Williams - £3.4m Nikola Vlasic - £2.8m Dominic Calvert-Lewin - £2.5m Oumar Niasse - £2.5m Phil Jagielka - Retired Total - £192m Was really happy with my Ins and Outs, but would have liked to have kept hold of Keane & Barkley. Unfortunately the big clubs came calling and i lost them. Smalling and Jones were both transfer listed and acted as natural replacements for Williams and Jagielka. Here's how the squad is looking: GK - Jordan Pickford (Eng) - 24 YO GK - Sam Johnstone (Eng) - 25 YO RB - Seamus Coleman (Ire) - 30 YO RB - Sam Byram (Eng) - 25 YO CB - Chris Smalling (Eng) - 29 YO CB - Phil Jones (End) - 26 YO CB - Axel Tuanzebe (Eng) - 21 YO *LOAN CB - Brendan Galloway (Eng) - 22 YO LB - Leighton Baines (Eng) - 34 YO LB - Kieran Tierney (Sco) - 21 YO CM - Tom Davies (Eng) - 20 YO CM - Lewis Cook (Eng) - 21 YO CM - Leon Goretzka (Ger) - 23 YO AM - Boschilia (Bra) - 22 YO *LOAN AM - Gylfi Sigurdsson (Ice) - 29 YO ST - Ademola Lookman (Eng) - 21 YO ST - Sandro (Spa) - 23 YO ST - Danny Ings (Eng) - 26 YO Rooney will see out his contract in the Reserves after picking up a 4 month injury in preseason, and McCarthy wont sign a new contract so hopefully will get something for me in Xmas. He's in the ressies though. Tried very hard to pick up Winks & Oxford, but was unsuccessful. Both clubs wanting £70m+ for them. Not sure i want to be investing that type of money into players just yet. No talent came into the youth recruitment, but was able to identify a few hot prospects at other clubs which i'll keep an eye on. Big turnover of staff too, eyeing up Scott Parker as my new assistant but wont leave Spurs just yet. Aiming for Europa, but will settle for top 10. See how we go!
  8. Decided to use Everton as my first career for this release. I normally like to see which EPL team struggling in real life in the current season and have a run with them. I also always like to try different clubs out and traditionally prefer to avoid the big clubs and their wallets. I was actually quite surprised at how poor the squad was, and made some changes pretty quickly. Identified some decent CAM's so thought id run with them as much as possibly and decided to cash in on the wingers (i've never really played with wingers). Picked up some depth at RB, CB & CAM with some loan signings. Business: Transfers 2017/18 In: Borja San Emeterio - £2.5m Axel Tuanzebe - Loan Boschilia - Loan Angel Correa - Loan Total - £2.5m Out: Kevin Mirallas - £22.5m Muhamed Besic - £15m Aaron Lennon - £8.5m Shani Tarashaj - £3.5m Luke Garbett - £2.5m Joel Robles - £2.5m Maarteen Stekelenburg - £800k Total - £52m Competitions: PL - Finished 9th, limped home with not much depth. Wasn't keen to spend much and knew it may be an issue, but wanted the transfer kitty to roll over into the 2nd season. Won both merseyside derby's so was happy with that, and was only 3 points off Europa. Caraboa Cup - Knocked out early, 3rd round away to Norwich on pens. Euro Cup - Spurs got me on away goals rule in the QFs FA Cup - Leicester knocked me out 4th round away. Overview: Was quite happy, got some game time into some good kids. The new boys like Gylfi and Sandro settled well, and Wayne contributed. Renewed Barkley and good to have long term injuries back in the squad. Onto the next!
  9. I may be wrong, but my understanding is that BPD means they're giving the freedom to pick more adventurous passes. So it depends what kind of tactic/shape/philosophy you're looking to set up. a possession style tactic with 3 BPDs would mean they would look to play more advanced passes which may be counter productive? a counter style where they pick it up and hit your wingers in space early could be productive. I often dont use them to be honest and prefer CD's. I still look for passing type CBs though, as i want them to hit targets when we play out, but i mainly want to play out through midfield rather than them hitting it longer in search of a killer ball.
  10. Im really struggling defensively in wide areas, and on the flip side, most of my penetration is coming from wide areas: Corners - Scored 7, Conceded 4 Cross - Scored 17, Conceded 15 As soon as the ball goes wide in a defensive or attacking sense, i'm expecting goal. 16 of the goals i've conceded have come from within the 6 yard box, with 22 coming from central 18 yard box. At the moment i've attempted to drop the wider players back into a RM/LM midfield starting position in the hope they can provide a bit more support to the full back. I actually feel like when im conceding i should have the situation covered. FB's and CBs seem to be positioned correctly, and often outnumber opposition players, but i get beaten 1v1 very easily (even by poor players) and the cross seems to hit the 1 opposition player in the box. I'd really like to CBs to get closer to the FB in wider positions to act as a 2nd defender. Normally id be happily letting a cross come in when we out number them 3v1 or even 4v1, but at the moment im conceding a lot in these situations. Now looking at trying to prevent the crossing situations.
  11. at a big club, is reserve football not considered "quality playing time"? If im 18 playing in Man United reserves, getting 30-40 games in some world class training facilities, you'd expect that to be ok?
  12. i dont use loan out players all that often. Mainly because often, my facilities and staff are of a higher standard, i cannot tutor the player, i have no control over the training and it effects home grown rules. Agreed, there are benefits to them "playing", but i feel at 16-20, reserves is suitable enough and i have complete control over them. The only time i use loans is if im happy with the training and development i've done, but i have a couple of players ahead of them im not ready to move on yet. Then its purely to get them football at a higher standard. Looking at your player, depending on how you play, you may want your full backs to be quite aggressive and get forward. Your lads is very defensive stat driven with minimal technique, off the ball or dribbling stats. You may want to start focusing his development more on the offensive stats in his game, where by loaning him out to Newcastle, they could continue his defensive development. I imagine there are pro's and con's to all aspects, but i like to mould players to suit the tactics i have, and most stat increases/changes happen in those early years.
  13. No retraining, just went with it. the ME seems to really favour crossing at the moment, so im just a normal 4-2-3-1 wide. Get it into the wide positions and put balls into the box, and encourage my deeper mids to be more direct. Most of Lukaku's goals have come from wider positions or playing off the shoulder and getting in behind. He doesn't have the technique to combine and join in the build up.
  14. So im 3/4 way through my first session, and things i've noticed: Match Engine: Every Beta and Release for the past 4-5 years has been quite poor in regards to the balance in the ME. I feel as if crossing is very effective on this version of this seasons FM. I've scored 45 and conceded 19 from crosses, far ahead of any other type of goal assisted. Score and concede quite often from corners too. And then there's pretty much the 15-20 times per game that both teams cross and the keeper has to flick behind and you get the standard "Player X certainly didnt mean that". I imagine it will take 2-3 patches before they find the balance. I do like the fact that strikers seem to be effective again, especially after the powerful strikerless formations last season. Match Day: Slowly getting my ahead around all the screens. Dont like that i've lost the split view, but will get used to it. Do like the "are you sure you want to keep changes" after a goal etc. Thats a nice addition. I watch 2D so cant comment on the simulation of players etc. Leave most of the other stuff to my assistant. UI: Seems quite busy. FM players are creatures of habit, so the new UI will take some serious getting use to. I dont mind the change, but i do feel like im clicking alot more to navigate my way around. Just seems to be extra drop boxes and screens everywhere. I guess it will become normal after time. Scouting Addition: Dont mind it, makes sense to have scouting meetings. Although i think there needs to be more of a combination of new & old here. General scouting missions can appear in the scouting missions, but when i request certain player reports for players i want scouted, they should appear in my inbox as individual entries like old. Or even the option during the scouting meetings to view "scouted players" or "requested players". Atleast them i can focus on the players i request while my assistant/cheif scout deals with the rest. Then i can sit in on a meeting every now and then to view what kind of stuff they've found. Medical centre: Made a conscious effort to following this, if a player is high risk or higher, i haven't played. Still had the highest injury rate in the league. So many ligaments (ankles and knees) plus knocks. Most of my attacking players struggle to play more than 2 games in a row due to injuries. Overall: Decent, it is a beta so nothing to get carried away with. But it does provide a pretty good foundation of what to expect in the full release. This this version will need 3-4 patches and we will be reaching the back end of january before we have a solid, balanced game.
  15. Very valid points. I've always thought the Penalty skill should be largest the most telling, and then 2-3 mental attributes (Composure, Decision Making) and then hidden stats (personality, temperament, pressure etc). That way you can discover who are your good penalty takers. You see alot of holding mids and CBs who are excellent in penalty shootouts. Its a temperament thing more than a technique thing in my opinion. Especially in shootouts.
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