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  1. Play your cards right lads, and you could get this in preparation for the 2nd season!
  2. Diamé has been a royal pain in the arse for me. He shoots every opportunity from range! Hoping that he will lose that PPM sooner rather than later. 34 games in and top by 8 points. Had a cracking season, but lost our way in past few games
  3. Great to see the thread is already a hive of activity! Will be getting something sorted tomorrow!
  4. Transfers This is probably the section you've all been waiting for!! At the start, you will get around £5m to spend, which is not a huge amount, but with the squad you have, you don't really need to spend it. You will receive offers for Ayozé, Tioté, Lascelles during the first(and second) transfer windows, which you can choose to cash in on or not. It is worth noting that Tioté is unhappy and Transfer Listed at the start, and doesn't want to sign a new contract, so you need to make a choice, whether to sell, or utilize him and allow him to leave on a free transfer. Darlow(L), will be a very good GK for the division GK; As above, this is a super-strong area of the squad. Karl Darlow and Matz Sels should be more than good enough for this division, and you have Freddie Woodman and Rob Elliot. I'd maybe look to loan out Woodman for the season, and potentially sell Elliot once he returns from his injury. In; none Out; Woodman(loan), Elliot(sell) New Captain Jamaal Lascelles could be a mainstay in defence for years to come Defence; Another strong area of the team, that shouldn't really need any investment at the start. Four top DC to choose from, and fullbacks either side that are better than this division. Maybe wait until January before bringing anyone in. Mings can be loaned in, although on several saves I have known him to be transfer listed in January, for as little as £1.1m. As you're overstocked in DL, you could loan out one of Haidara and Dummett. In; Dayot Upamecano(RB Salzburg), Tyrone Mings(Bournemouth) Out; Dummett(loan), Haidara(loan) The Dynamic Duo of Shelvey and Diamé could be key to promotion push Central Midfield(DM/CM/AM); Another area you are well stocked. Your starting XI can comprise of any combination of Tioté, Anita, Shelvey, Diamé, Hayden, Colback. There isn't any real midfield "talent" as such, not one on the reserves or youth team looks like making it, so you could make this an area of investment. You can also look to loan or sell Colback, sell Tioté, and even loan out Hayden, depending on how you go. In; Sander Berge(Valerenga), Afonso Sousa(Porto), Yacine Adli(PSG) Out; Colback(loan/sell), Tioté(sell), Hayden(loan) Matt Ritchie will be an integral part of the team Wingers; With Atsu, Ritchie and Aarons, you should be fine for the season. However, maybe a loan deal would give you that 4th option on the flanks, just on case. Do remember that 2017 is AFCON year, so you will lose Atsu, which could leave you short. In; Serge Gakpé(Genoa, loan), Sheyi Ojo(Liverpool, loan), Bilal Basacikoglu(Feyenoord, loan), Conor McAleny(Everton, loan) Out; none Gayle and Ayozé have the potential to fire you to the Premier League at the first time of asking. Strikers; Again, an area I don't think is requiring any transfer activity. However, if you sell Ayozé, you may want to look at another ST to replace him. In; Chuba Akpom(Arsenal, loan), Lucas Boye(Torino, loan), Diafra Sakho(West Ham), Leonardo Ubaldi(Spal), Nicholas Pierini(Sassuolo), Afimico Pululu(Basel) Out; Ayozé(sell)
  5. Tactics Now, to the tactics. I always think that there is no right or wrong way to play the game, or how to line up. Having played the past 8 incarnations of this game, I am still far from an expert in this field! Here is some suggestions on how you can line up with Newcastle; The good old 4-5-1 is always one worth looking at, and is one tactic which should be everyone's three choices, due to it's versatility. I use Control and Structured, with a Lower Tempo, allowing my team to take it's time in carving out chances. It's my main tactic in my Newcastle save, and it's got me to the PL with minimal fuss. Another tactic well worth thinking about is the 4-2-3-1. Offering a more attacking variant to the 4-5-1, the AMC is deployed to aid the ST. I have used it here and there with Newcastle. Played the same as above(Lower Tempo, Structured, Control), you can really dominate a game with this. Third and final tactic in my trio is this...less conventional setup. I have used this quite a few times, to shake things up, and it worked. Using the fullbacks to provide width if need be, this concentrates on the strong MC and ST options Newcastle have available. Almost always controlling the game, and carving out many chances. Below I will post any tactics of you guys, that have worked for you. Please feel free to post them!
  6. Squad I will now outline the playing squad at the club, sorting the players by Current Ability(CA). Goalkeepers An are the club are certainly well off. With three GK at the club rated around the same CA, you're really spoiled for choice. Also, with Tim Krul away at Ajax, come next summer, you'll have four top GK to choose from. If you want to, you could shift two of the current staff on, and promote young Freddie Woodman to the squad, although my preference is to loan him out, and review the situation in a season. I'd release/sell all but the top 5 in that list, as none of them will be close to the first team. Right Backs Quite good here, too. Your two natural choices are the experienced Jesús Gámez, or the fleet-footed DeAndre Yedlin. My personal preference is Gámez, a much more solid defensive player. If injuries occur, you'll have Mbemba and Anita who can slot in if needs be. Jamie Sterry could develop nicely, so may be worth keeping an eye on him at Coventry, whilst Craig Spooner won't make it. Left Backs Plenty of depth again! With three good quality DL to choose from, you're spoiled. I used Lazaar, who offered a good attacking threat, whilst Haidara was loaned out, and Dummett as solid cover. However, any of the three will serve well in this division. Gámez and Clark can play out here if you need them to. The rest, I'd send on their merry way, as none of them will make it. Central Defenders A big list. Mbemba, Lascelles, Hanley and Clark are your main options to start. I personally went with Mbemba and Hanley, as the Scot offers much more physicality, which served well in this division. Findlay and Satka have some potential, so watch out for them, but the rest, I'd show them the door. Central Midfielders I've included DM and AMC in the CM list, as it all fits together in the decision of how you'll play. Tioté is transfer listed on the save, and in my experience, stays unhappy, before signing a pre-contract elsewhere. So, you can either utilize him and let him leave on a free, or sell him while you can make some money. Ayozé is best in AMC according to the game, although he's still a ST for me! In central midfield, you're truly spoiled. Diamé, Anita, Hayden, Shelvey, and Colback are your choices. Diamé frustrated me no end with his Long Shots PPM (I'd un-train this ASAP[which I was unaware of for 6 months due to PPM bug]), but is a fantastic replacement for Sissoko in the engine room. Everyone else, I'd sell or release. Midfield is lacking some future talent Be mindful of returning players in the following summer! Right Mid/Wing Whilst you only have one natural RW in the 1st squad, you have plenty of cover, with Yedlin, Gouffran, and Aarons able to play there(Aarons is actually natural on both wings). Again, Ritchie is frustrating with the Long Shot PPM, so I'd get rid of it ASAP. Gillead looks talented, but the rest I'd get rid. Left Mid/Wing Atsu first choice here, no question. He is dynamite. Pace, skill, just lacks the final ball. Get him to fire it across the box is what I did, and he got goals and assists. Gouffran and Aarons cover you nicely here, with Lazaar an option if you play with ML rather than AML. Get rid of the rest. Strikers Ayoze, Mitrovic, Gayle, or Murphy. They're your choices this season, all different types of players, giving you no end of options up top. I found Mitrovic frustrating, Gayle ineffective, and Murphy barely got a look in. Ayoze was my choice and was perfect. I'd keep Armstrong, maybe Toney, and release the rest. Here's my preferred Starting XI;
  7. Newcastle United Welcome to the Newcastle United team thread for Football Manager 2017! If you are looking for the FM16 equivalent, CLICK HERE. Now, as I am sure you all know, Newcastle have been relegated to the EFL Championship, the 2nd tier of English football. So it is likely that many of you will see this as a great challenge for your FM save. Over the next few posts, I will outline the squad, the club, the staff and all other important things you'll need to know about managing this great club. Plus, there will be transfer targets, tactics, and staff worth signing too! Nicknames; The Magpies, Toon Army, The Toon Stadium; St James' Park, Newcastle, 52, 404 all-seater capacity Newcastle United Football Club (often abbreviated to NUFC) is an English professional association football club based in Newcastle upon Tyne. The club was founded in 1892 by the merger of Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End, and has played at its current home ground, St James' Park, ever since. The ground was developed into an all-seater stadium in the mid-1990s and now has a capacity of 52,405. The club has been a member of the Premier League for all but two years (three including the 16/17 season) of the competition's history, and has never dropped below English football's second tier since joining the Football League in 1893. The club has been owned by Mike Ashley since 2007, succeeding long term chairman and owner Sir John Hall. They have won for League Championship titles, 6 FA Cups, and a Charity Shield, as well as the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, and the 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup. Newcastle United has the ninth highest total of trophies won by an English club. The club's most successful era was between 1904 and 1910, where they won three of their First Division titles, and an FA Cup. The club is the 17th richest in the world in terms of annual revenue, generating €169.3m in 2015. Historically the club's highest ranking on that list was in 1999, when they were ranked as the 5th richest, and second in England only to Manchester United. The club were highly successful in the Premier League in the 1990s and early 2000s, but have been mostly struggling since the 2006-07 season, and have been relegated twice, in 2009 and 2016. They have a fierce local rivalry with Sunderland, and the two clubs have engaged in the Tyne–Wear derby since 1898. The club's traditional kit colours are black and white striped shirts, black shorts and black socks. Their traditional crest takes elements of the city coat of arms, which features two grey seahorses.
  8. I'll do the Newcastle thread, thin it was a good job last time.Looking for some more input from other players though to create a much more in depth thread
  9. Even without the scout reports, I'd be tempted to make a move for a 17 year old with those stats. At the very least he is already good enough to be classed as a backup for most teams, and I'd have wagered he has a PA of 160+
  10. Didn't get past group stage in 2nd season. Didn't qualify third season, but won EL. Ready for another stab at it this season.
  11. Just finished third season. After a 2nd place finish, followed by a 5th, we needed a pick up and assert ourselves. Made some signings going into the season. Barba is a solid defender on a free. Alejandro Cabrera looks a real talent. Raphael Guerreiro adds some cover on the left. Nemanja Radoja replaces Tioté in the first XI. John Stones takes the starting spot alongside Mbemba. Ángelo Henríquez adds some cover to the frontline. Rick Karsdorp will battle Janmaat for the DR spot. Mo Besic adds some DM cover. Marijan Bule is an expensive teenager, who will surely grow to become a world class midfielder. Vaclav Cerny will provide competition for the flanks. Marinko Basic Tomas Vrabec will both hopefully progress in the reserves. Final signing is Frank Orozco, a free transfer who adds some cover and has some potential in DC. Lyon take two of our players for a combined £28m. Milan take Tioté, whilst Sevilla spend big for one of our players again. Karl Darlow leaves. We managed a 3rd place finish, miles away from the top two, but much more in the mix than last season. Good in attack and defence, so hopefully another season and we will keep pace with the front runners, or be the front runners ourselves. We managed to win the C1C, a good achievement. We came through the group well. BATE came next, and we dispatched of them like they were part timers, a 19-0 aggregate win. St Etienne proved tough away, but a super home showing saw us through. Two magnificent wins in the 1/4 final against Inter. Sporting stood between us and the final, and we duly dispatched of them. We conceded early in the final, but goals from our top two players meant we lift the Europa League, a fantastic achievement, as I think it is a harder tournament to win than the CL. We go into the new season with £57.71m to spend, and plenty of targets. Here's how I am doing with the transfers; Isco is a fine signing, especially on a free. Jack Wilshere joins also, a low wage and a solid (and HG) midfield option. Julian Brandt is a big money signing, upgrades our AML, which meant Lanzini was dispensable after two great seasons. Christian Petersen is one for the future. A big list of outgoing. Henríquez leaves for a good £7.5m after an inconsistent season. Marvaeux, Good, Gilliead and Mbabu all leave for free. Aleksandar Mitrovic moves to Sevilla (flush with cash!) after a 30 goal season with Bordeaux on loan. Lascelles, Praet, Guerreiro, Barba, Anita, Cabral, Paal and Lanzini all leave, and bring in £107m.
  12. Didn't really do much of an update yesterday, so will try and show a bit more... Season 1 All in all a good season. Made a few signings,. Gustavo Cabral came in to partner Mbemba in defence, Santiago Arias and Deivid signed to provide backup in DR and DC. Ángel Correa added some much needed spark on a 2 year loan deal. Rui Pedro signed on loan to give backup to Ayoze and Mitrovic. Winter signings Breel Embolo and Dennis Praet add some attacking bite, whilst Morten Konradsen is one for the future. Siem de Jong was the main outgoing, a good fee for a player I didn't really see doing a job. Gouffran and Obertan returned to France, whilst Cissé joined them. Final player out was Saivet, as he moved to Spain after an indifferent half of the season. Did well, some great wins along the way, and a fantastic finish. Season 2 In all fairness, we were no better or worse this season, more a case of teams played better. Only one less point. Jhon Arango made the move, and will have to be loaned out to Ludogorets for the time being due to WP. Kieran Gibbs comes in at DL, whilst Ben Garratt will be our new no2 GK. Andre Dozzell has some potential, and Manuel Lanzini could be a fine signing. Philip Vincent-Day is one for the future, whilst Richedly Bazoer will come straight into the first 11, either in DC, DM, or MC. Kenneth Paal and Tim Nijhuis are players with potential. Leaving are Andros Townsend, Paul Dummett, Jack Colback, Deivid, Rémy Cabella, and in the January window, Massadio Haidara. OM decided against signing Cabella, so a new contract was offered, thus removing his £6m release fee, and soon after, Sevilla jumped in to pay 16m of the Queen's English Pounds. We didn't improve as such, but we didn't slip back. Other teams finally found their form, and they just simply won more games. We were given a nice £50m budget to play with, giving me a really good chance to have a go this season. Federico Barba and Raphael Guerreiro join on free transfers, whilst Alejandro Cabrera looks to have some potential. Nemanja Radoja is a fine DM, hopefully adding some steel. John Stones sees us break the Newcastle transfer record for a second time, £33.5m enough to see the young England international swap Goodison for St James. Ángelo Henríquez adds some backup, whilst Rick Karsdorp will challenge Daryl Janmaat at DR. Outgoing this summer are Florian Thauvin(£18.75m), Santiago Arias(£9.25m), Cheick Tioté(£5.5m), Georginio Wijnaldum(£17m), and Karl Darlow(£600k). With £17.42m left to spend, I am looking too add a couple more. Muhamed Besic looking likely to join on loan from Everton, whilst Croatian regen Marijan Bule could join. Mitrovic has moved on loan to Bordeaux, whilst Mbabu, Armstrong, Paal, Cabrera, and Nijhuis also move out on temporary deals.
  13. Just finished 2nd season with Newcastle. Finished 2nd in first season, but dropped back a bit and finished 5th 2nd season. I do blame the introduction of the CL, as the extra 6 games coincided with our league slump, and injuries. Season 1 Transfers = Season 2 Transfers Got Raphael Guerreiro and Federico Barba joining on free transfers this summer, which should add some nice depth. Tioté is off to Milan(£5.5m), Wijnaldum to Sevilla(£17m), whilst Arias looks to be off to Lyon(£6m) to add to a warchest of £85m. Ayozé has been excellent, as has Embolo and Correa. Correa's 2 year loan is almost over, and Atlético don't want to renew it, and I am not prepared to shell out the £43m they want for him. Will keep an eye out in case he asked to leave.
  14. Is Valencia in Spain? No regulations in here as long as it is a Spanish club
  15. I hadn't really picked up on any spending or lack of on my Deportivo save. I'll have a look at some point, and if I have a similar issue I will raise it again.
  16. Love the emergence of these national threads! I had a little play around with SCO Angers a while ago, and had some fun. Karl Toko was excellent as a F9 for me, and quite cheap too (1.2m?). WIll look at maybe doing a French save again soon, possibly Paris FC or Red Star.
  17. 2nd Season Review; SO, managed to finish the second season, massively enjoying this save now! Pre-Season Results We showed some real quality through pre-season, the only goal conceded was a penalty. We won every game, including a convincing result against PSG. PL Results 1 - PL Results 2 After the game vs Hull, I thought I'd signed the wrong players, sold the wrong players, as it looked dire. But once a few players returned from the Olympics in time for Chelsea, we looked dangerous, composed. It all started to fall into place, goals were a-flowing, eventually the defence got itself sorted and we were a force. A blip against Everton (0-3), and a couple of draws here and there...but a quite outstanding season. Big teams, newly-promoted, they were brushed aside with consummate ease. 5-1 annihilations of Everton and Chelsea, and and some other magnificent results. 13 points clear. Absolutely incredible. Top scorers by a country mile, and the 3rd best defence. Chelsea fell apart, three managers in the season. Man City much the same, but managed to pull it together late in the day. FA/C1 Cup We didn't really give the cups a go this season, but still disappointed with both performances. We came through the group easily. Wolfsburg and Napoli turned out to be less of a test than expected. After taking a win in the first leg, we fell apart in the second leg. Roma are our European bogey team so far. Some of the stats are just incredible. Top Scorers; Ayozé (53), Sissoko (18) Top Assists; Weiser (17), Cabella (16), Sissoko (14), Wijnaldum (11) Best Pass %; Kace (86%), Tioté (83%), Wijnaldum (80%) The midfield of Saivet, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Tioté, and Cabella is just unstoppable. Saivet was a player I expected to be shipping out last summer, but he become one of the best players in the league. Player Values; Due to such incredible seasons, many top performers have now inflated values, which is something I may consider cashing in on if the price is right.
  18. I signed him purely to provide backup to midfield and also due to being HG.
  19. Got 6 or 7 games left in 2nd season, find myself 10 points clear at the top!! Also got Roma in EL 1/4 finals, won 1st Leg 2-1. Ayozé has been incredible(43 goals in 42 games), as has my midfield of Tioté, Saivet, Wijnaldum, Sissoko and Cabella, all worth well over the £20m mark at the moment (barring Tioté, who is "only" worth £14.5m). Looking to ship out Townsend, Shelvey, Andy King possibly, and may need to sell Álvarez Balanta, as he isn't getting beyond Mbemba and Mammana. Will post end of season update later hopefully.
  20. He was on mine...would like to know if it was just me.
  21. Rejected £26m bid from Man United for Cabella, £39.5m from Bayern for Wijnaldum, and sold Thauvin for £16.5m to Monaco. My thinking is that both Wijnaldum and Cabella are in super form and I could potentially get a bigger fee in the summer. Plus, not a huge amount of players I am interested in to replace them at the moment.
  22. He's turned out to be a cracking player for me. Stats - History
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