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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 weaker attributes. He'll never be much use defensively, so look to mould his attributes in such a way that in a few years time when he has improved you can look at building a system around him more.
  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 WBs and Wingers would stay wide and AF just runs into the opposition CBs. What sort of changes could you make to your tactic that might help your side pose more of a threat to the defence?
  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 football.
  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 mentioned further up this thread gives some good examples on how you can combine mentality with DL and LOE.
  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 things aren't playing out as I'd like them to. I play with a cautious mentality, as my players don't have great technical attributes and were expected to finish around 10th in the Finnish First Division. I want to play a controlling, disciplined possession game - if we have the ball, the opposition can't score - but if we have a deeper line, we'll invite pressure on closer to our own goal if we make a mistake in possession. Therefore, playing a much higher defensive line means our defenders will play closer to the half way line, but we'll still play cautious, patient passing in line with the cautious mentality. Mentality sets the framework for your tactical style. TIs will give that framework flavour, based on your players attributes and your personal tactical preferences. I'd definitely recommend reading the topic I shared in the previous post. It covers a lot with useful examples and is really enlightening. I used it when building the tactic I shared. I'm not playing FM currently, so don't have any concrete examples, but I see it happen in matches and can provide my reasoning for using it. As I mentioned, my players aren't great and lack in decision making. My style of play is in no way built around counter attacking either, I don't want swift breaks into the opposition box and basketball transitions. I want us to win the ball back and then recommence strangling the life out of matches through possession. Sterile domination, as Arsene Wenger put it. Hold position means, when we win the ball back, we look to reassert our domination on the ball. It's impact means players don't rush to take advanced positions, they'll hold their spot and offer a passing option for the guy who wins back the ball. If we keep our shape and our triangles, we keep the ball and don't offer easy chances for the opposition to score. Having thought about it, this is my alternative to using be more disciplined. I want players to be disciplined in how they transition from defence to attack, but not also have the effect of potentially stifling players in the attacking phase.
  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 example #3 in this post by @engamohd:
  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.
  14. Is it compromising your defensive play in terms of results? If you're winning games and the team are playing well, I wouldnt recommend making drastic changes. Both are on an attack duty, so their primary intention in matches will be centred around the attacking phase. As it stands, they're not going to be showing much interest in the defensive phase at all. You could raise their individual pressing instruction if you want them to be a bit more of a nuisance off the ball, but that will result in them being more leggy for those runs you want them making.
  15. He's a fantastic playmaker. Looking at his attributes, he's clearly most suited to attacking duties. He can't tackle, nor does he have the aggression, bravery or concentration to be willing to put them in. So a support duty would mean the game passes him by, as he'll be looking to contribute in defensive transitions that don't suit him. Get him in an attacking duty (perhaps either IWa or WPa) using his fantastic playmaking skills coming off the left - his pace and work rate will really help him out for this. He looks like he'll graft to make those chances for your team and is good enough to score a few himself if he gets in the box. Just another aside - I'd look to work on developing his weaker foot. Being able to use his left foot even slightly more frequently would allow his play to become more expansive. Naturally, this comes with the warning that his role and duty will have to fit into your tactic to get the best out of him. Make sure he's got players around him to defend his freedom to create and others who will be making the runs for him to find.
  16. What is the acceleration of your defenders like? If they’re quick, I’d consider raising your defensive line up a notch to compress the space in front of your defence. The opposition players playing those through balls will have less time to pick the pass and your players can recover using their speed.
  17. It can vary. Players have a hidden value for versatility, so that will affect how quickly they’d adapt. It’s also important to give the player game time in the position you’re retraining in. If they’re being played in different positions each game, that will slow the process down. In my save, I’ve recently retrained a natural left back to play at centre back. He started with no ability whatsoever at centre back, but is now accomplished. It took about 6 months to get there and he played every game where available at centre back, even when he didn’t have any familiarity.
  18. In fairness, that does look like smart movement by the No 2. Your WB is pegged by him, forcing the midfielder out and then you’re overloaded on the flank. I’ve used a similar formation recently. If I recall correctly, I had my WBs PIs set to Close Down More. That way they would normally be the ones to engage in those deeper positions. Could be worth a try.
  19. I’ve just spent the best part of 6 months playing a left back at centre back. He had no familiarity in the position initially, but has been excellent there, with an average rating of 7+ because of his attributes and how my tactic is set up to emphasise his qualities. With training and constant game time at centre back, he’s now accomplished in that position and I have the best defence in the league in terms of goals conceded. If your player has the attributes to work in the role and the role fits your tactic, you’ll be fine to use the player there.
  20. This is great advice, but it's important to note that there's more than one way to skin a cat. I've played two LLM saves so far in FM21, but have used completely different methods to protect myself from crosses. Save one with Buxton in the VNN saw me inherit a squad with a couple of good options at the back with good jumping reach. I trialled plenty more players in pre-season, signed a few more centre backs and eventually settled on a tactic with a back three that could sit in a mid block and repel most aerial threats easily. This is the pretty standard way to deal with crossing threat - just hope you can outjump the opposition strikers. However, my most recent save in the Finnish second tier has required a bit more creative thinking to deal with this. Faced with a side completely devoid of centre backs and any players with jumping reach, I would have faced a complete overhaul in order to set up a side playing a deep or even a mid-block. However, all of my players (bar my keepers) have at least 11 in accelleration. In fact, checking the team report comparison showed my squad were comfortably the highest in the league with this and pace. As such, I set up a cautious 4-3-3, with a much higher defensive line and a focus on keeping the ball through short and safe passing. Our xGA is the lowest in the league and we have conceded the fewest goals. Our defensive line sits happily on the half way line, as the opposition pump long balls out to try and get out of our sterile domination of posession. We win the majority of games 1-0, scoring early and just keeping the ball as far away from our net as possible. The key for me in this situation to building the meanest defence with the worst defenders in the league? Play to their strengths. Find a few players in front of them who can pass or run with the ball and make them defend as little as possible. Thanks to @Rashidi for this thread and @VinceLombardi for their comments on analysing your players. It allowed me to realise some keys aspects to look for when building a team with limited resources and key tactical aspects to consider at lower levels.
  21. June 2021: Youth Intake Preview I'm quite pleased at the prospect of a new 'keeper. Denys Pervov, the veteran Ukrainian, has been excellent so far, but is getting on in years. Someone to take over the mantle as number one in a few years would be very helpful. Two more forwards would be welcome. Paatelainen and Ehrnrooth are 28 and 25, so it would be nice to have some youthful back up for my only two striking options.
  22. April/May 2021: An incredibly solid start to life in the league. We'd be unbeaten, but for an 85th minute goal conceded from an indirect free kick on opening day. Beating odds on favourites for the league title, Ilves, late in the following match, has paved the way for an incredibly solid unbeaten run. Tactically, we don't aim to blow teams away, instead looking to hold as much of the ball as possible in the opposition half and patiently carving out good opportunities to score. Our two deep midfielders and inverted right back are the league's ball hogs, sitting comfortably in a line of three, allowing Osei to draw opposition defenders out with his movement into the box. Mutikainen, whilst still only 'competent' at centre back, has formed an excellent partnership with Ítalo. The two keep a very high line and look to defend on the front foot, cutting attacks off as quickly as possible. All in all, a very pleasing start to the opening stage of the league season, leaving us sitting pretty in 4th place.
  23. April 2021: Pre-season/Finnish Cup So we crashed out of the Finnish Cup at the group stage: This doesn't bother me too much, as most of the first few games were spent dabbiling around with trialists at centre back and assessing how my tactic was fixing up in different phases. Eventually, we confirmed our two new centre backs, Paulo Martins and Ítalo. We're a shocking side defensively in the air, so I thought it was necessary to sign a few more options who are quick across the ground to allow us to maintain a higher line. I'd rather build on the speed we have in the squad, than look to develop a completely new defensive strategy. Both players have reasonable jumping reach, so the aerial deficiency is something I can look to improve over future transfer windows. It's no surprise that a lot of our goals conceded over these last couple of months were from set pieces. It doesn't bother me too much, as I know with training and familiarity we'll improve this over the season. As it stands, I'm quite pleased with the progress we've made over this period. The last game of pre-season, against Klubi 04 (otherwise known as HJK Helsinki reserves), was a great example of the control our side have learned over pre-season. We simply cannot defend, so I decided to focus on some rather sterile possession play to prevent the opposition creating opportunities. Throughout this game we dominated the ball, territory and chances and looked to be closing out a comfortable win. Naturally, we gave away a wide free kick in the 92nd minute and conceded far too easily at the near post, but there was plenty to appreciate from this performance and take into our league campaign.
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