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  1. Yeh that's where I played him for my first two years. He still plays there now just on rotation.
  2. Cheers, Wilko. I've gone back to 4-3-3 and I'm flying again so Hatem can sit and sulk.
  3. August 2015 Newcastle Utd Transfers In: Juan Fernando Quintero (FC Porto - £20mil) - A massive signing, and looks like he can really cross a ball. He will give me another option in the attacking third. Will Hughes (Derby County - £5mil) - I've followed him for 2 years now, and he's had great seasons for Derby. Eder Alvarez Balanta (River - £4mil) - Romeu's loan deal didn't provide a permanent move so I moved for Balanta. Looks a good player at CB/LB. Transfers Out: Vurnon Anita (Juventus - £20mil) Sad to see him go but I got a lot of money for him Pappis Cisse (Blackburn Rovers - £2mil) His days were numbered as soon as he got his bad injury. Yoan Gouffran (Reading - £2mil) - Another one I was sad to see go but I had better options. Predicted: 7th Europa League Draw: Newcastle Utd Real Betis Anderlecht Austria Wien Results An away opener to a newly promoted team is always tricky, especially with one harbouring my former striker. Goals fro Ben Arfa and Remy dragged me from 2-0 down to get a point. Remy struck again at Cardiff to give me my first win of the season, in an unkind second consecutive away win. My first home game went very well against a Southampton team boasting Champions League football. Remy with his 3rd in as many games and a brace from Rhodes saw me win 3-0. Rhodes is staking a claim for the number one striker position. I never expected anything against Barcelona to be honest. It was an even game in the end and 1-0 spoke volumes for how tight it was. League Nothing much to report as I'm just three games in but I've made a good start.
  4. Just try and enjoy it. I've had a career thread up and it doesn't get much attention which has also put me off doing updates. It's a shame because it's great fun writing them up. But don't let it put you off, just play the game. I've noticed the games that start in the lower leagues get more attention anyway so you should be fine!
  5. Cheers mate... That certainly looks a lot less exposing. I think once I establish myself as a top team (if I do) I'll be able to play two flat midfielders.I just feel vulnerable at the minute
  6. I agree with what's been said. I think I'm gonna go back to 4-3-3 as I think that suits my midfield more. I have some powerful players in Diame and Sissoko as a box-to-box. I was just overly keen to get Ben Arfa behind the striker. Nevermind... I appreciate the feedback, lads!
  7. The familiarity is about 3/4 the way up. But my familiarity levels drop over pre-season anyway, so they would have been the same for 4-3-3 as well. I agree with the instructions. I much prefer these than the sliders, but it does my head in at times worrying if one is gonna cancel out the other. I know some turn red to indicate it, but they should turn some others (like the ones you suggested) yellow, to hint that they might be contradictory.
  8. Hi everyone, just a quick questions on this formation. I just wanted to know if you thought it was realistic to expect much from it. In my last 2 seasons I have played a 4-3-3 with 1-DM, 1-DLP, 1-BTB and then two inside forwards and the striker. I finished 5th and 8th. But I signed Quintero and have him out wide and have wanted to play Ben Arfa off the striker and his best rated postion is the Trequista. I've tried this away at Cardiff and just lost 1-0. What are you thoughts on how it looks? I've thought about going with Cabaye and Tiote as flat midfielders, rather than Tioet sitting in DM but I hate the idea of not having a DM when I'm not one of the top top teams, especially away. I'm debating going back to the 4-3-3 because I can just see me getting paranoid every time I drop points. But I just wanted people's thoughts especially if they have used it. Note: Tiote is half a star better as a BWM than he is as a CM. The Screenshot has Ben Arfa in an advanced playmaker role, but he was a Trequista for the match I played.
  9. End of Season Review: 2014/15 Newcastle Utd League: 8th FA Cup: 4th Round (lost to Everton) League Cup: 3rd Round (lost to Leeds) Europa League: Winners Relegated: Reading Aston Villa Nottm Forest Promoted: Crystal Palace Brighton Blackburn Rovers League Table It was a very up and down season. We started slow and ended the same with a great period in the middle. Our tendency to draw is ultimately what saw us 13 points worse off than last season. I did have the Europa League to contend with as well so maybes that's to blame. It was worth it though, after a being the man to end our 44 years without a major trophy! It was a shame to see Forest return to the Prem and bow out at the first time of asking. I say that despite being the team to confirm their relegation with a stoppage time winner. Youth I'm excited by this bunch. However, unbeknownst to me, Corbalan (the Wonderkid gk) had only months remaining on his contract. I can't believe I nearly lost him but I've tied him down now and have already sent him out on loan to FC Twente for next season. Alen Moric is now playing for the Croatian youth team despite representing Australia in two friendlies. That's bound to have caused some controversy down under. I doubt very much that any will get in and around the squad next season but I'll certainly keep my eye on them. Corbalan has made two appearances for the club in the cup, while Moric has made one. *Player of the Year* It has to go to Loic Remy who stepped up and shouldered some of the burden left by Cisse's injury. He chipped in with 17 goals from Left Wing and rarely let me down. Debuchy would be next on my list, mainly because I've watched him make some brilliant crunching tackles all season. He's quickly become a fan favourite. New Signings Report Jose Luis Muriel - Got off to a slow start and picked up an injury. He got a bit of a run in the team and managed to contribute 11 goals. I will be hoping he is settled now and can give me something more next season, as he will be my starting striker. Jordan Rhodes - He was forced to start way sooner than I had hoped as I'd only bought him for cover. However, he scored 15 goals and can be pleased with his season. Oriol Romeu (loan) - He made 23 appearances for me and even stepped into midfield during the AFCON in January. He impressed me and I've noticed his contract is up. I might try and bring him in. These are the stats of the youngsters who played for the U21/U18 sides this year: Elsewhere: Kane Axten (winger) made 12 appearances for St Mirren, scoring 3 goals and making 1 assist. He helped them to 3rd in the Scottish Prem. Alen Moric (CM) made no appearances for Club Brugge. That's their last. Luciano Venturi (AM) made 10 appearances for Empoli (9 from the bench), scoring once. Henri Richardson (ST) made 13 appearances for Leyton Orient as they were relegated from League 1, scoring 5 times and making 2 assists. Jorge Castillo (Winger) made 25 appearances for Stade Brestois and helped them stay up, scoring 4 goals and making 1 assist. Aims for Next Season: To keep plugging away and making progress. I have no doubt that I will reach the top, it's just a case of gradually building. Season Team Position Acheivments 2013-14 Newcastle Utd 5th 2014-15 Newcastle Utd 8th Europa League Winners
  10. I'm shocked as well. They're running riot on my save and have just got top 4 in the second season. Unbelievable stuff
  11. Zlatan will be handing in a transfer request soon. Citing his desires to play at the top club in Paris.
  12. Thanks mate! I needed it after a stressful finish to the season! And thanks for reading.
  13. We've Done It!!!!! 55,000 fans packed out the Stadion Narodowy and presumable thousands more poured into the bars around Warsaw. But none of them expected what was about to happen. With not even ten minutes on the clock the ball drops to Sissoko about 25 yards out and at the behest of the following Toon Army behind the goal, he lets rip with a vicious dipping effort that beats the keeper. 1-0 Only ten minutes later and Granada are can't catch their breath, this is relentless! Ben Arfa dances through a couple of defenders before firing low beyond the keeper from just inside the box. 2-0 As I watch on hoping to keep it at 2-0 heading into the break, Anita whips an absolutely wicked ball in and Rhodes rises like a salmon to power home a header for 3-0. This is special! It's more of the same in the second half as Newcastle start to enjoy themselves. A 50-50 on the halfway line between Ben Arfa and last-man Heurtaux sees the winger come away with and bearing down on goal..... No mistake! IT'S FOURRRRRRRRRRR! My hat has to come off to the French Wizard for this one. Just like in real life, he has been a frustrating one all season, going from match-winning moments to absolute dross. But you have to love him. I might have to re-evaluate my plans to cash in on him in the summer, as I can't allow the club to lose such a hero now. Furthermore, it has booked me a place in Europe which is a bonus, after a league position undeserving of such.
  14. Europa League Final - Match Preview ........................... Newcastle Utd v Granada Match Odds: Newcastle Utd 4-6, Draw 9-4, Granada 7-2 Newcastle Utd: League Position: 8th Team News: Tiote, Cabaye & Santon all suspended. Ben Arfa, Rhodes, Debuchy & Remy set to be recalled after being rested at Everton. Granada: League Position: 4th* (Possible finish 4th-5th) Team News: Dani Benitez injured 40 goal strike partnership El Arabi & Machis both fit to start. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Line-Ups Krul Debuchy - Coloccini - Mbiwa - Haidara Diame Sissoko - Anita Ben Arfa -------------------------Remy Rhodes _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ El Arabi - Chuli Siquiera - Ruben Perez - Victor Sanchez - Sararer Angulo - Heurtaux - Diakhaté - Piris Romo
  15. Europa League - Semi Final 2nd Leg: A stunning performance in the Mestalla. I came from 1-0 down to win 2-1 on the night with ten men. Granada held firm in Germany to set up a very winnable tie for us! Granada v Newcastle Utd