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  1. So after the international break, I decided to experiment with a 4-4-2.. It's not something I'll be playing all the time, mainly against easier opposition but it has worked out rather well to say the least. First off was a very impressive win against bottom of the league Sheffield United. They were very low on confidence and we took advantage of that. McGeady was sensational as an inverted winger but sadly is out for 3 months for a hip injury. Nevertheless, the front four pitched in with goals and assists across the board. Against Nottingham Forest however.. I decided to do something that I've never really done before in FM and that's use the Overload mentality. And it worked! My players may be absolutely knackered after the whole ordeal, but what a result. The inverted wingers acted like strikers, switching positions with each other all the time and we utterly destroyed them. This is the tactic in question and I honestly might give it a go in most of the home games whilst I have both strikers fit. I don't like the lack of possession.. but who cares when you're scoring 7 goals against Forest? This is my normal tactic.. It's solid and I like how it plays. I might change the shape to very structured and take off a few instructions to add a bit more stability to the team.
  2. Pre-season and August update Everything seems to be going to plan thus far. The side had a very good pre-season against local sides and Irish sides at the training camp. I always do this sort of thing because it still gives the team as much confidence as they would if they were playing the bigger sides. I made one more transfer after the season started, so I shall introduce you to Ivaylo Chochev, a £4.6 million deal from Palermo He's very talented and experienced for his age and looks to be an excellent presence. He will instantly start alongside Ndong and Kace in central midfield. A lot of games in August but some excellent results, especially the absolute mauling of Leeds and Norwich. The team are blending extremely well, with the likes of Jonny Williams, Nkoudou and especially the great Shani Tarashaj. His finishing is world class. 18 shots on target and 11 goals in total is a great return. Things sure are looking up at the club even though it's only early doors. Everything is blending in well together and I hope it stays that way. Thank you.
  3. Transfers (continued) After racking up a very decent amount of transfers for the club, I went on a rather large spending spree. I wanted this side to be extremely competitive in the Championship but also to be able to hold its own in the Premier League after we get promoted. The transfers I made are as follows; Conor Coady - £4.1 million from Wolves The new vice-captain of the team, Coady was highest fee that I paid for a non-transfer listed player. He would be the captain if it wasn't for someone else that I signed.. Georges-Kevin Nkoudou - £3.7 million from Spurs An absolute bargain for a future premier league quality player, I can't believe that he agreed to sign for us. He's the highest earner by a marginal amount, but he's young and an instant starter on the left wing. Florin Gardos - £3.9 million from Southampton Another bargain from the transfer market, Gardos can hold his own against the best in the Championship. He will be an instant starter with Coady in centre back. Brad Smith - £2.9 million from Bournemouth A player who I bought for Oviedo's cover since he seems to be made of glass. I do like Smith a lot however, he's a full international and is a potential Premier League quality player. Shani Tarashaj - £4.6 milion from Everton Whilst I played a test save when the game first came out, Tarashaj scored 25 goals by the time it was December and was truly amazing. It may be a little cheating to know what he's actually like, I honestly couldn't resist buying him again. Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro - free One of the best free agents around, Akpa Akpro is a must buy for championship sides. He's versatile and very experienced for his age, having been a regular for Toulouse for five years. Andrea Rispoli - £2.4 million from Palermo Our new captain. There is no way I was going to turn down the opportunity to sign him after he was transfer listed. A great leader with great work rate, he's also a model professional with an excellent contract. Ergys Kace - £1.1 million from PAOK A very nice rotational option for pennies. With Rodwell and Cattermole gone, I need as many central midfielders as possible as I play three of them in my team. This leaves my squad looking like this; I personally believe I could fit another central midfielder in here, but eight new players is probably enough.
  4. Transfers With Sunderland being relegated, I really need to highlight a few things that, although may make the fans irate, in the long term it should be for the best. These are; Selling our highest earners; Lee Cattermole, Lamine Kone, Jack Rodwell and Billy Jones are earning higher than the best player in the squad (Didier Ndong). Darron Gibson is as well but I highly doubt that he will be a sellable asset at all. Two of our three loanees kinda suck; Jonny Williams is fine, but Galloway is on a lot of money for a loanee and Browning is a bit rubbish. So to counteract this, I have cancelled those two loans and the fees for the four highlighted players are as follows; Jack Rodwell Thank God I got a fee for him. He's on ludicrous money for how bad he is. Billy Jones A very decent fee. Lamine Kone I just simply hate him. He may be an excellent player in game, but he's an absolute liability in real life. Get out of here! Lee Cattermole An excellent fee for an excellent servant but he's turning 30 soon and is the highest earner. The fans aren't going to be happy at all because he's our captain, but I have someone incoming who will be a direct replacement captain for him. This has left us with an outstanding budget to play around with. Massive team cohesion training will be incoming, but I'm not concerned at all.
  5. With Sunderland finally getting relegated last season, an FM save with them has really gotten more interesting (probably even more interesting when they get relegated again this season ) Last season was the first season that I bought a season ticket and it was a sobering experience. There was absolutely no hope from the side and the board/management were very much to blame. The squad that we have inherited is.. not actually that bad for a Championship side. Goalkeepers Three rather average goalkeepers with Ruiter being the better of the three, but not by much. I will rotate a little bit during the season to see who is best fit anyway. Defenders Very lacking in the defender department but they are all very half decent but still needs improving in terms of depth. Kone is the obvious standout defender. He's worth a lot of money and I thoroughly dislike him in real life.. if I can get around £20 million for him, I will not hesitate for a second in selling him. Midfielders Undoubtedly the best area of the squad. McManaman, McGeady and Jonny Williams look like really good signings for the team and I'm excited for Watmore to return from injury. Attack Uh.. yeah. No the wonder we are absolutely dreadful in real life. I'm going to prioritise in improving the attack before I do anything else. However, our budgets are a huge positive. I'm not beating around the bush here and I want to get promoted as champions on the first time asking. There will be no excuses. My goals for this save are the same as usual, become a driving force in World Football and win a title with a squad of home grown at the club players.
  6. Very best of luck. I had a very fun youth only save last version in the French divisions, the talent that tends to come through no matter who you are seems to turn out superb eventually.
  7. I wouldn't mind having a front three of Woodburn, Brewster and McAuley in the game in five or so seasons, that would be pretty cool. I hope that Gomez gets a sizeable boost considering he's essentially a first team player now. We got absolutely rolled over on Saturday, it's by far the worst performance since Stoke's mauling of us a couple seasons ago.
  8. I honestly can't wait to see what the squad will be like in FM 18. Not only the first team but the likes of Woodburn and especially Alexander-Arnold hopefully getting massive CA boosts. Harry Wilson might be get a boost back up after an amazing season in the Under 23's. I really do prefer bringing through the youth at the club rather loaning them out, as evident with my squad of 25 I have been using in my first season; Gomez, Lato, Alexander-Arnold, Ejaria, Ojo and Woodburn have all had regular time from the bench and starting spots in cup games, and are all developing very well.
  9. In fairness, the team only failed to score in five league games, two 0-0 draws, two 1-0 losses and a 3-0 loss. That's thirty three leagues games that we scored in which are here; * I didn't even notice how high we were in the scoring, 59 doesn't seem like a lot at all. Thanks everyone, it's quite honestly one of my best FM achievements so far and definitely my best save in a very long time. Promoted into the first team are the following two players; Souleymane Niang, who will be a back up/rotation option at AML/Advanced playmaker. Jaouhar Gasmi, who will provide cover as DM/Ball Winning Midfielder as I look to sell on a couple of the old guard who aren't good enough anymore. And finally, here is Valentin Schmitt at the age of 17, who is in the process of being my highest paid player at the club at £17,500 per week. What a man.
  10. And the miracle has happened! Three seasons, two promotions and now a Ligue 1 title. A fairytale that would eclipse even Leicester City, I simply can't believe it! It is quite honestly down to the defensive capabilities of the team. PSG outscored us by a huge amount, but all that doesn't really matter when a team full of consistently decent players can band together. PSG were simply awful this season however.. They had 95 points last season and 90 before, both tallies would've been comfortable title wins this season and even Lyon threatened to overtake them at multiple points in the season. There is no doubt that Louis Souchaud is my player of the season. He was so incredibly reliable that I never ever thought about rotating him. Honorable mentions go out to Oumare Tounkara, who scored 21 out of our 59 league goals but ended up being terrible inconsistent in the latter half of the season and I'm thinking of replacing him with Etienne Lecomte as my number one striker next season. As for the clubs, we managed to get a league cup as mentioned before and ended up defeated in the semi finals against PSG. Once again though, it appears that we are penalty shoot-out specialists. Next stop is the champions league!
  11. First piece of silverware won! Well, if you don't count Ligue 2 and National trophies. It's rather fitting that we won on penalties as well... Seems like the team are specialists at them despite having no real stand out penalty taker.
  12. So youth intake seems to be very much the most exciting part of the season for me.. every year so far (which is only two, to be fair), I have had at least a couple of players who look like they are future first teamers. Lecomte last season and Menard, Laraki and wonderboy Schmitt all already in the first team. I got this message when I pressed continue and it was music to my eyes to say the least; Best of his generation, aye? Well lets see how good he is then.. Not bad at all.. great starting attributes in Reflexes, Aerial Reach and One on Ones.. Potentially best of his generation? Too soon to say, but at least there's a third goalkeeper in the squad. Lets have a look at the rest then, shall we? Oh.. oh my dear god. His high finishing just screams to be retrained as an inside forward. Extremely balanced starting stats and a nice personality. I don't play with AMCs but he has some amazing starting attributes.. will be trying my best to turn him into either a winger or a centre midfielder. Unless that 1 determination changes, he will never make it at the club. Will be getting tutored as soon as he is able to. Bloody hell. Why wasn't this bloke touted as the best of his generation? Mentally sound, professional personality and is in a much needed position at left back.
  13. I've had a couple of the young ones this season asking to leave for big clubs and I've essentially told them that I'll get them champions league football. Will be quite an exodus if I fail to qualify. I always get really attached to FM players.. I've had some incredible regens in the past, including a player who was a model citizen at the age of 20.. it just always tends to be the players who I start playing at 16 that I get extra attached to because they're so young and can develop an incredible amount. Speaking of youngsters, I've just been given an incredible offer for one of the class of 17/18... He looks the business at 15, but I do have plenty of right backs as it is. Not going to protest.. It's straight up cash after all.
  14. Invincible. After the 3-0 loss against Lyon, I changed it up almost completely differently. Gone are the work the ball around the penalty area and shoot from anywhere, we are with the big boys so we are playing smart, aggressive attacking football with a solid backline. Will we win the title? Oh heavens no. But we sure hell are going to give it a bloody good go. and finally, here are a few of the key young players that I have bled into the squad this season. All sixteen/seventeen years old, all dying to give it a good go; He has come from absolutely nowhere and I never thought I'd be giving him first team football, but during the pre-season, the assistant manager kept starting him in friendlies and kept performing well, so I decided to play him off the bench... well that didn't really end up lasting because his current ability ended up eclipsing the older members of the squad and now he's a first team player. Oops. When I gave him his debut last season, I knew I had some special with me. He lit up the league in very disappointing collapse for the side and his attributes absolutely shot up. Already 4* current ability at 17, he's got a great career ahead of him and is most definitely a future international. I'm kinda disappointed that he chose Morocco over France, but it does make a lot of sense considering the gulf in goalkeeping talent that France has. I gave him his debut against Guingamp after Souchard was injured for a couple days and I decided to take a shot, with Pillot being still injured. Going to probably sell Pillot because he's on 3 grand a week and make him my back up. The golden boy of the save. By far the best player in the team current ability wise and it is almost scary how good he will become in a few years time. He's only missed the one game this season through suspension and after changing his role to support, he hasn't been booked since. It's honestly a blessing that I have such a great player this early on in the save.
  15. Couldn't have had a better preparation for the season ahead. Some fantastic wins against some reputable sides and some very good income as well. I also added a nice little tournament in just to celebrate a monumental promotion, because.. why not? This means that our finances are looking really decent right now, but I'm afraid it'll probably be downhill from here unless we get some great cup runs.
  16. As the French season has ended in fantastic style for the neutrals, it has really gotten me back into this save, where Amiens' promotion has inspired me to give this a proper crack. Small clubs in big leagues has always been a great interest of mine, and Amiens personifies this. I was in the city during Euro 2016 and it appeared that they never really cared about their team, but I sure hell bet that has changed now. Meanwhile, La Berri had a very good season as they got promoted to Ligue 2 after finishing in second place, narrowly missing out on goal difference to a tiny little club called Quevilly-Rouen. They have just added Franck Kessie for £34 million, Pol Lirola (yeah, me either) for £18.25 million and Renato Sanches for £67 million. Bringing their total spending to £142 million for the season, with an income of £92 million (being an £88 million sale of Verratti to Manchester United the main source). Meanwhile, these are my transfers.. £2.1 million out to very average teams. The incredible contrast in teams really fascinates me, however. It reminds me of the likes of Bournemouth in the Premier League or Eibar in La Liga in terms of stature. It's my first step to global dominance.. beating PSG's reserves' reserves team. He's signed his new contract at £1.2k/week! And since then, noone has even sniffed at him. My next goal is to keep 2017/18 academy player Etienne Lecomte at the club, but sadly he's another March birthday and it's really tiring rejecting bids of a measly £2 million for clear talent.
  17. Well since I'm incredibly annoyed, this end of season post won't have a lot of substance. (the final game was a 2-0 away win against already relegated Belfort, by the way) After I finished ranting and raving about the side, I went onto beat Red Star 4-1.. but after that, something really, really bad happened. In the space of two weeks, I had five training injuries which crippled my squad and without some of my key players, the tactics I were playing just.. stopped working. We didn't even finish with the highest amount of goals scored! Nor did Tounkara finish as the leading goalscorer, nor did any of my players get in the top three assists. Souchaud did get an amazing 22 assists but I personally think it could've been more if he didn't get injured for three weeks.. My back-up was pretty dreadful and I was almost tempted to play one of the reserve goalkeepers. One big positive however, is that I was finally able to give Valentin Schmitt his full debut and ended up playing 9 games, getting a goal on his league debut and 2 assists. I also gave Guillaume Menard his full debut as both of my right backs were injured and I must say.. I think he could be in for a few starts this season. As for this forthcoming season, I have noted a few points that I happened upon when looking through the Ligue 1 sides; PSG have assembled an absolutely ridiculous squad of world class players. Huge fees from all over the place including £82 million for Icardi, £72 million for Pulisic and £40 million for Jordi Alba. That team that I beat in the cup last season? Not even their second string side as a vast majority of the players were in the reserves. We are only spending £120k per week on wages, that being after the wage increases.. in comparison, 7 players from Monaco and 12 players from PSG earn more individually. That figure will probably chance as I have some staff improvements and contracts to handle, but it won't be very noticable. To keep up my finances, it looks like I'm going to have to sell some players. Throughout the pre-season I will be looking thoroughly into selling some of the players who are now far from good enough for Ligue 1.. But one at a time really.
  18. Jeez. Talk about a rough end to the season. Went from near invincible to a train wreck in an instant. I just want this season to end now..
  19. January - March Youth Intake 2017/18 Season So, I'm back at least. I've been working a lot so playing this save has been very sparse, I tend to play one or two games and get rather tired but I'm getting there. At lot has happened in the two months at La Berrichonne. Seven games played, eight goals scored zero conceded. An absolute defensive masterclass from the team now puts us 11 league games without conceding. It is honestly safe to say that we will get promoted and in very surprising style. I play with flat back five and two defensive midfielders when playing away or against stronger sides and it has been working absolute wonders. Other highlights are my attacking players, with the likes of Tounkara and Boukari proving to be very important to the team with goals and assists everywhere. In one of the most important games of my save so far, I managed to keep Lyon at bay and beat them on penalties which means I have a nice quarter final tie. After advancing, I ended up drawing National side Créteil-Lusitanos. I would like to end this post on an even higher note... my youth intake. The star himself. There's an obvious glaring weakness in his game which I will be addressing immediately. 6 finishing for a striker? Get out of here. Luckily he's young and I can train that attribute until I'm happy but he still looks like an amazing prospect. This guy is the only other decent prospect out of the intake as all the others may gave high potential, but they are particularly rubbish starting attributes wise. and finally, here's an update on Valentin Schmitt, who is almost ready for first team football when he turns 16 at the end of the month.. Can't bloody wait.
  20. An amazing showing in the Semi Finals, but it went down to the all too familiar penalties and we lost this time. I actually won previously, but my computer decided to restart itself.. bugger. Splendid bit of money though.. very much needed and I might see if I can improve facilities with it.
  21. Look at the state of their team though, not a first team player in sight. Serves them right.
  22. France is a very good nation to do a homegrown save I have found. Such an incredibly vast talent pool. Speaking of Paris clubs..
  23. Yeah, as soon as he turns 16, I will be able to offer him a contract and that will be my number one priority. He doesn't complain when I reject transfer bids on that note.. which is very encouraging.
  24. Oh and Valentin Schmitt is now 3.5 stars Current Ability at the age of 15 and rightfully wanted by both Manchester teams. Well they can bugger off!
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