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  1. I'd go for option A and send him on loan to the Eredivisie. Make sure any loan has him play as a regular starter, he's at an age where his development will proceed faster with regular gametime at an appropriate level. If that level is the Eredivisie, it makes sense for him to spend time getting regular games at that level. After the age of 18, regular game time has more benefit to development than training. It makes sense to give him this season on loan, then assess his performance and development and see how he fits into your squad at the start of next season.
  2. He's got quite a good spread of attributes, and a decent personality for develpment. I'm assuming you'll have good personalities in your squad to keep him on track too. Reminds me a bit of a very young Cesc Fabregas, actually. He's definitely not good enough to be a nailed on starter for you at the moment, so you're going to want to give him 15-25 minutes in games you're winning and the odd start in easy cup ties. Don't go shredding your entire system for him yet, as a lot of his supplementary attributes are lacking. Perhaps look at how you can use training to develop some of his wea
  3. A good tact to take with this could be to consider how you would shut down your tactic if you were your opposition. For example, a deep defensive line denies space for your AF to run in behind and creates a packed defence for your WBs and Wingers to cross into. Reserved wide players would mean your strategy of doubling up on the flanks would be easy to stifle. A couple of energetic midfielders would be free to press your supporting central midfielders, so as not to give them time on the ball. They wouldn't even have to worry about players moving laterally into space behind them, as your W
  4. @Jimbokav1971 had a player come through his youth system in the English non-league (even lower than the Vanarama National N/S) who went on to play regularly for PSG, Manchester United and England.
  5. A trick I often employ is to look for where gaps are in the opposition defensive shape. I'll stick a playmaker role in that spot and let him drag the opposition out. He can do it through passing or dribbling, whichever works based on how the opposition are defending. It's an idea I pinched from this thread, so props to @Tez21: I don't switch formation every game based on the opposition - like is used in the thread - but the idea works nicely, especially if you're unsure about a mentality shift.
  6. I'd advise reading through some of the threads @herne79 has written over the years. You get a good idea into their thinking and processes when developing tactics and how they can be tweaked during matches against a variety of opposition. https://community.sigames.com/forums/topic/465977-developing-my-4123dm-wide-tiki-taka/ https://community.sigames.com/forums/topic/364527-developing-my-4-4-2/ There's many more, but these have good examples of how to tweak against certain opposition.
  7. Have you made any alterations, considering Team Shape is no longer a factor? I'm not asking to copy the tactic for myself, I'm just intrigued by your own process. A lot of people ask about this sort of thing with tactics by @Ö-zil to the Arsenal!, so I was interested to see if you made any changes to mitigate the loss of Team Shape.
  8. I suppose it would with the "looks for overlap" function, as that increases the individual mentality of the wide defender. I think that is the only situation where it is abundantly clear that it's the case though.
  9. I've used an almost identical strategy to good success in the past. Essentially, I was relying on good work rate and defensive acceleration to disguise a deficiency in decision making within my team. We keep the ball away from our goal with a high line, avoid as many one-on-one defensive scenarios in our half with a high press and when we get the ball we keep it. I don't want risk taking in possession, as we'll end up giving the ball away and putting ourselves under pressure. We concede very few goals through high possession. There's more than one way to skin a cat when it comes to defensive f
  10. It gives you the option to play different blocks on different mentalities. If we weren't able to alter the DL and LOE then the mentality would define where on the pitch your defensive block would be and you'd be stuck with that. For example, all Very Defensive tactics would be low blocks and all Very Attacking tactics would be high blocks. In one of my saves I play a high block (Much Higher DL/Higher LOE) with a Cautious mentality, as my players are poor technically, but my defenders are quick. This works to mitigate any weaknesses in my players attributes. The thread that @Zemahh me
  11. I'm already playing on a cautious mentality, so players will naturally be more risk averse and disciplined anyway. I still want players to be able to make their own decisions in certain situations. Not at all. Cautious is a mentality, not a Team Instruction. The mentality you choose will alter your default TIs - consider it a way to decide how much risk you want to play with. I like to consider what I want my tactic to do when I choose a mentality, then use TIs to impart the style of play I ultimately want. I want to do this using as few TIs as possible, so it's easier to tweak when th
  12. Sounds similar to a tactic I was using recently. High possession, but with low creativity as my players aren't great and a high press to prevent opposition time on the ball. I used a 4-3-3 DM wide, though. Not dissimilar from what you'd like in the 4-1-4-1, but it allowed for natural triangles in possession and more advanced players for the press. Here's a screenshot of my tactic: I opted for a cautious mentality, but used a much higher line (my defenders are absolutely rapid, but with no aerial ability) and a split press for my advanced players. This was largely influenced by exampl
  13. Using TMs and a SSa could be a useful release valve for you when you're hunkered in to see out a result. Both will naturally sit deeper in the defensive phase, while your players will still look to hit your TM quickly to relieve pressure and the SS will look to break beyond. Not too dissimilar from how you seem to be set up currently. Could be worth trying out, give it a go and see how it works.
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