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  1. 13 hours ago, Gangor said:

    This is quite an appropriate spec for FM and the price seems fine. The only concern for me at this price point would be where have they compromised? It would be worth checking out a couple of reviews (google the model number) to check it's not a deal breaker for you.

    Great thanks. That is good advice indeed. At first glance there appear to be some compromises in the power unit. I'll continue to delve.

  2. Hi all knowledgeable folk -

    I can get this for around the £770 mark

    Lenovo IdeaPad L340 17



    Processor Intel Core i7-9750H Processor (2.60GHz, up to 4.50GHz with Turbo Boost, 6 Cores, 12MB Cache)

    Windows 10 Home 64

    16GB DDR4 2400MHz SoDIMM

    1TB SSD

    17.3 FHD display

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q 4GB GDDR5 128bit


    FM is the only intensive thing it will have to do. I'd love to have around 10 leagues running and some pretty high level match graphics but I understand that I'm very much around the lower-mid budget for a gaming laptop so I'm happy to lower my expectations according to the expertise out there.

    Does that seem a good deal or am I missing something? Is there anything better out there for £800 at the absolute max?


    Many thanks for donating your expertise and time in these deeply weird times of ours

  3. 7 hours ago, Bernkastel said:

    With coaches good at training the mental attributes (which are the most important ones) the right individual training role and a training schedule that allows the player to develop that attribute it could very well reach a value of 12. 

    Depending on your tactic concentration may not even be that important an attribute when defending if you have players to cover for him. You might pair your SV with a DM or an Anchorman or have a stopper behind when using a lower LoE.

    When in possession concentration helps a player make decisions but it is not the most important attribute for a SV.

    You claim he has the potential to be a world class SV. Could you send a pic of him and the tactic he is meant to fit in? Depending on his attributes you might not even need to raise it up to twelve.

    Many thanks


    Here he is


    And here's the tactic, with my first choice XI. Created with much inspiration from @CleonCleon and @Rashidi, so many thanks chaps.

    Don't pay too much attention to the mentality or extreme pressing as they do change related to the context of each match. I tweak a fair few of the roles and duties too, in relation to where the space is, or where I want it to be, in each game. Sometimes I use 2 IFs, sometimes I need a DM, sometimes I reign the WBs in, sometimes I need a more creative centre forward etc.

    But the segundo volante has been a constant. Loving that role.


  4. Couple of quick questions.

    Both relate to Liverpool in Feb 2021. Currently well on the way to retaining the Premier League Title and progressing nicely in the Champions League. Club finances looking really healthy.


    Firstly, I've been at 13 First Team Coaches and 25 Scouts for ages. The board just keep rejecting request after request for more. I've tried all of the question/response options, although I have steered clear of the big ultimatums.

    Do they ever loosen up? Or am I banging my head against something hard-coded?


    Secondly, how low is too low for an attribute?

    For example, I've found a really promising 16 yr old Segundo Volante prospect - Fairly Ambitious, good determination, no glaring lack of professionalism. Several quality scouts rate him in the upper 80s so he should have plenty of postential. All his relevant numbers look good apart from Concentration, which is 5. If I set a minimum bar for development at 12, is that possible? Lower? Higher? I would like to develop him into a future world class key player.

    I understand that nothing is guaranteed with youth development and that it relies upon numerous factors. I just want to know what is possible and what should be considered a lost cause from the beginning?


    Cheers folks.



  5. Have a look at this -


    It is from here

    Excellent work by @optimusprimal82  Full of insight, especially related to game management utilising your team mentality. Following the flow chart through a few games taught me SO much. It's a bit like the process Klopp went through when he moved Liverpool on from Heavy Metal Football madness to a more sophisticated team who understood when to fly forward and when to sit back. In short, the mentality of our opponents is not static, it fluctuates through matches in response to the changing circumstances, and so should ours.

  6. Just now, Snorks said:

    Yeah I am wondering whether to experiment a bit with this. I have a first team tactic that uses Am-A in AMC position but am developing a youngster as an AP - would like to bring that into the youth team without changing first team. Am just wary of the time it will take me in game-ply. 

    Also, I don;t know if, say,  I want my U18s to become familiar with the 4231 I play with, but change my First Team to go 4141DM Wide against Liverpool I assume the tactic changes to match in the U18s settngs?

    I don't want to manage the U18s full-fat as it were, but I am looking for a bit more control.


    Agreed. It shouldn't be beyond the realms of possibility to be able to say to your U18 manager - 'play so and so as an an AP in the AMC position no matter what I'm doing with the senior squad' - without having to actually be the U18 manager yourself.

  7. Just now, Snorks said:

    If you have use First Team Tactics selected, then it does restrict you a little when selecting the U23/U18s.

    Formation, roles and duties can;t be altered as they will mirror whatever set up your First Team has at the time.


    Yep, that seems to be the case. It's making me wonder about the managers of the other squads and whether they have their own version of creative freedom.

    I might try just setting a generic formation for a while - 4123 wide - and select the players I want in the correct positions, Then leave the rest to the managers.

  8. 4 hours ago, Seb Wassell said:

    Select them in the desired position via the Squad or Tactics pages as you would for the First Team. This will see them used in that position in U23/U18 matches where possible.

    Thanks Seb, that's what I have been doing. Good to know I'm not missing something.

    4 hours ago, zlatanera said:

    If you've saved your tactics, you can set them to only play a specific one


    The underlined option wouldn't be greyed out, so you'd be able to pick one.

    Otherwise if you select "use first team tactics" then they'll use whichever one you've currently selected. If your reserves don't play on the same days as the first team you probably could change your first team tactic to the one you want them to use each time. Would add quite a few more clicks to your game though. 

    Interesting. I do have my tactics saved and the U18s and U23s have been using them all season (7-8 games so far) but the option is still greyed-out. I wonder if it has to hit a minimum number of uses to qualify as 'previously used'?


    Thanks. I'll keep an eye on it.

  9. Can you instruct your U23 and U18 managers to play players in specific positions?

    I have some younger players learning new positions and want them to be played in those positions in every match. I think I've seen other posters alluding to doing this but I can't find any details on it for the life of me.


    Also, I have my U23 and U18 squads playing with first team tactics. However, when I alternate bewteen my 3 first team tactics it also changes the tactics for the U23s and U18s which may not be suitable for their upcoming matches.

    Can the U23 and U18 managers be set to choose between the 3 main tactics? I don't think so, but I might have missed something.

    How do others mange this?

  10. Hi

    Is it possible to use the pre-game editor to make a player want to leave his club?

    e.g. to make Mignolet want to leave Liverpool for first team football.

    I have found 'career plans'. If I set Mignolet as 'doesn't want to be a - player - Liverpool', would that do the trick?

    Or does there need to be some adjustment to his happiness aswell, to make him 'unh'? I can't see a way to do that.


  11. 21 hours ago, Bigpole said:

    Unfortunately, there's no option to select only staff to be added, so either you'll take players and staff or nothing. But the good thing is that game is trying to 'maintain' the overall number of players and staff so there won't be shortage of staff (in terms of numbers of course, attributes are random generally).

    You're right. I'm beginning to realise that my experiences with finding staff on FM16 do not translate to the new game. On my current save there are LOADS to choose from and I only have a handful of playable leagues (as @BMNJohn suggested) with all the rest set on view only. I have used the add player instructions from the vid @robevz kindly posted and the game world seems really well populated.

    Colour me happy :)

    Thanks folks

  12. 7 hours ago, robevz said:

    you could try this way in the video, in terms of just playing as liverpool with no other leagues plus 90,000-

    300,000 players..that might add more staff but it does say right at the start before you set up a save do you wanna add key staff to non playable teams or something like that.      


    Good suggestion, thanks. I've given something similar to that, with a few playable leagues, and it's looking like a decent balance so far.

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