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  1. 24/25 SEASON SUMMARY Another great season, we triumphed in the league once again thanks to a long unbeaten run, though we still struggle against Real Madrid and Barcelona at times, a weakness that would come to haunt us in the Spanish Cup Final and Champions Cup semi's as we lost both to Real which was frustrating. Transfer-wise a few big moves happened in the January window. Inigo Martinez left to China as his contract was running down, and I bought in Roberto Lopez from Sociedad to add more depth on the left, as Larrazabal's contract was also coming to an end and he wasn't getting
  2. I long to get a keeper as good as Diego Arteaga was for me last year. Best keeper I've ever had on any FM save ever! And that was from a save full of them, really interesting how it seems to have changed this year. Posting my season summary next, that will show the areas I've been lucky in with newgens, and where I'm suffering.
  3. Personally very envious of Ojeda, had no newgen keeper come through that looks anywhere near as good as him (which is bizarrely opposite to my last few saves on previous FM's with Athletic where there were always too many decent GK newgens!). I'll post up my latest season summary soon and more and more of my squad is now newgens but still a few areas I've got some longer-term worries about if some promising youth candidates don't come through in those positions soon. You look like you're well sorted for a long time to come with the players you have, and amazing over half your starting XI is no
  4. Congrats on one hell of a season! That's an amazing team you're building there, very envious of a fair few of those newgens. Ojeda looks like he is going to boss it in goal for the next decade, and definitely doesn't hurt having players like Lafuente, Uriate and Garcia in the team as well. Nicely done.
  5. Very nice, definitely worth the money for a newgen of that quality.
  6. Nice, he's by far the biggest new plus to playing as Athletic on this version of FM, definitely helps offset how many of the usual 'old-guard' have either left or don't have long left at the start.
  7. Hah well I think I have to now! That's an awesome nickname suggestion. Has he not been as good for you in your save?
  8. Yeah sounds like the best, his skill and versatility can be hard to replace.
  9. Question is how much depth you have if you sell him, and if there's someone you could buy with the money. If you feel fine without him in the squad then i'd take the cash. The problem I always find is that there's always so few players you could ever spend money from transfer fees on.
  10. Well, 2023/24 was a season of great success for us. We completed the triple of the league, cup and super cup and even made it into the Champions Cup semi-finals! The league was a tight run battle with Real Madrid but we secured the title with one game to go. Team-wise it's certainly feeling like a period of succession. I let Herrando, who had been filling in at CB, go as he just wasn't good enough and didn't really have any room to grow. I also sold Sancet who has been surpassed by other players in CM. Two other players, Cordoba and Sanchez (newgen DM) were sent on loan. Heading into 24/
  11. @bowieinspace thanks for the very detailed info! I'd say main things you do I don't at the moment is move players to main team even when only playing for B-team, and being more involved with team and individual training, things i'll definitely have to think about though the reason I don't do them at the moment is I'm a bit lazy! Also, for my slight complaining about lack of first team quality newgens so far I'm now, towards the end of my fifth season, at the point where I've got a bunch who now need to transition to the first-team squad, will post a summary of my squad and youth prospects
  12. My current trend is to always been best newgens in U19s until they're at least 18 and then either promote to senior squad if they look good enough or otherwise go to B-team for good game time as they'll be playing with first team tactics there and the B-team are in the 2nd division now. Has always done okay but @bowieinspace looks to have had some excellent development so curious to see how he differs. I've definitely had those newgens who look awesome and then go nowhere as well as plenty of weak ones who turn into amazing players, always tricky to know who will for certain become part of the
  13. Some amazing newgens there @bowieinspace very jealous of some of them. I've only had a few come through to the first team so far, will do an update on them once I've finished my current season. Do you have a defined path for players from U19s > first team?
  14. Honestly, I tend to ask my assistant to assign mentoring groups once a season and leave it at that. Seems to have a good effect on players though be careful if you don't want certain players to gain PPMs as influential players in groups will pass them on.
  15. Had a nail-biting end to the 4th season, all came down to the final day. Disappointing not to win it after such a good season, but well Barcelona and Real Madrid were amazing (though apparently not enough for Madrid, they sacked Zidane!). Will post more on my team later, but looks like this might be Muniain's last season as he demanded to leave and went on loan to Ajax, did well enough without so will try and cash in on him. Martinez thankfully doesn't seem to have suffered too much from his long injury so will see how the summer goes then update on what my team looks like going into
  16. I had that in the same season as well, got constant media stories that I was on the verge of the sack for 3-4 games in a row and then suddenly everything was fine. Hopefully same for you.
  17. Well just started the World Cup winter break in 2022 and Martinez has broken his leg. He's out for 5 to 7 months. I've registered Herrando as his replacement but certainly going to be weaker for it. Not got many other good young central defenders coming through so hoping I get some good ones in the next youth intake. Luckily next two months is just easy friendlies to keep people fit whilst the World Cup's on.
  18. Ouch, that's definitely longer than it's ever lasted for in my save so far. Not sure what's going on there, maybe another problem to do with the beta? Can't imagine how annoying that must be for you.
  19. Like a couple of months at a time? Generally they get to a point in the season, want to move to a bigger club, I refuse, and after the club does well in the season their unhappiness generally goes away.
  20. Moncayola I paid the £16m release clause for but he's been well worth it for my side, definitely one of the best DM/CM options you can get in this years game.
  21. I've had the big players unhappy on-and-off for most of my 3 and a bit seasons so far, think it's just gonna be a thing on the beta for now. Luckily they now all have good enough release causes that I can keep them at the club no matter how unhappy they get. In other transfer news as I finish the transfer window for this summer I managed to persuade the board to spend £47.5m on a 17-year old RB newgen from Barca. It was his release clause. By far best RB newgen to come through so far, but he goes into the U19s for now until he's ready to replace Lekue. Uriate has also been promoted to th
  22. Here they are at the start of the 22/23 season for me. Sancet Nolaskoain They've both been pretty good, Nolaskoain more-so than Sancet, he's made the HB role in my formation his own.
  23. I've found Munoz and Rodrigues to be very solid at left back in my game, had no regrets letting Yuri go for them.
  24. Well they've come through now. They've not been described as a golden generation but there are 6 players with first team potential. Pablo Sukunza - AMR, decent starting stats, think he's best being retrained as a MR to fit in my formation than as a ST. However he is 6'4" so could be one hell of a ST if he can get his strength up Egoitz Goni - ML, not great stats but apparently potential, certainly question marks over him Imanol Ojeda - solid looking CM, could work as either the AP or BBM in my formation with some training, definitely liking his starting mental and physical stats
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