First season was okay - met the board expectations of top half finish (10th), played attacking football (second highest goals in league) and best possession in the league. Got to the semis of the league cup, put out in quarters of FA cup, and WON the Europa League against West Ham, who'd been my boogeyman team in the league all season.
All in all a mixed bag of a season. Biggest annoyance was VVD being annoyed at me for not strengthening the squad, and Charlie Austin continually being OFFSIDE! So so frustrating - his inability to stay onside just made our moves break down all the time
my team in Nov 2017
Sold Austin to Palermo for £19m (he scored 30 goals in 45 appearances last season) because he just wasn't working. Berardi came in to provide more mobility and and bit of craft up front. Dolberg will mature in a complete forward too, he's already putting in good performances.
Bazoer is a beast, really controls in the midfield. Goldaniga is a really strong CB too, despite his stats not looking too amazing. He's been playing brilliantly and his high anticipation seems to work quite well for him at set pieces too.
Ward-Prowse is deadly at set pieces and scored 12 goals in the first season. Developing quite nicely too.
Clasie is falling down the pecking order of my midfield but is reliable when needed.
Hojberg is coming along nicely. Still a little inconsistent but definitely has a place in my squad.
Tufan is cover for any of the midfield spots and also covers the RB.
Lucas was a bargain buy and again can play anywhere in the CM/DM spots.
Redmond is handy to keep around. He is inconsistent but his pace and dribbling is great at providing a wee alternative approach when teams are being stubborn.
Anyway, in Nov 2017 I'm top of my CL group and unbeaten in europe. Sitting second in the league too, which is nice. Let's see how it goes. Would like to bring in Vokins and Freeman to the first team at some point.