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Hi there! I thought I'd create a Everton thread for FM18 where we can discuss and share all things Everton related. Last game it seemed to be a pretty popular save and I reckon it'll be just as popular this year with Everton having a really interesting squad to create something special with. Okay so here's how the squad looks from scratch: So what we can learn from here is that in my opinion we need to improve the defense with no cover for an aging Baines except Garbutt. Martina who's pretty bang average are also without cover with Coleman out for the next 2-4 months (damn you Neil Taylor). Holgate looks like a pretty good prospect for the CB position but will need game time with Keane and Williams who will most probably occupy those position's from the beginning although I'll be trying to offload the latter one in January I think. Jagielka will play cup games and have an expiring contract which I won't extend. Funes Mori on the other hand is out for 9-11 months unfortunately. In midfield we have good depth I think in Mirallas, Sigurdsson, Klaassen, Schneiderlin, Vlasic, Gueye, Lookman, Calvert-Lewin, Davies, Lennon, Barkley, McCarthy and Bolasie. I think that we're overloaded in the CM/DM positions so I'll be offloading Muhamed Besic even though Barkley is out for 4-6 weeks and McCarthy 5 weeks - 2 months. Bolasie in the winger positon is also out for 6-7 months at the start. The attacking players are Sandro, Rooney and Calvert-Lewin which I'm planning to play both as a winger and as a striker to maximize his playing time and mould him in to a complete player hopefully. I'll look to sell Oumar Niasse who simply doesn't cut it. My goalkeepers this season will be Pickford as my first choice with Robles as a backup/rotation keeper. Stekelenburg is deep rooted in the reserves and just takes up 30k/week wage with two more years at his contract so he'll definitely be off if anybody wants him. To kick of the season tactical wise I think I'm going with some version of 4-1-4-1 inspired by @Ö-zil to the Arsenal!'s thread you can read here. I highly recommend that one as it was there my tactical interest for FM really took shape and I started to understand the game better. My intension is to create a formation and tactic where we work hard collectively and moves as a team in defense as well as in transition and then in attack. It will be interesting for myself on a personal note to see what I'll come up with and how it'll work out because I'm by no means a tactical genius (yet ) but I'm learning and trying to improve. Ins and outs: Here's where some things get interesting because with Everton you'll start with £20m in the bank with £1,9m in wage budget where we currently spending £1,84m. Pretty much money bearing in mind they signed a lot of players after Lukaku's departure. I'm currently also selling Besic for £12m adding to that which gives us £32m in transfer budget to rub our hands with, so what will we use it for? First priority will be cover for the fullback positions where I think I'm going to go for Jordan Lukaku (If I can't have Romelu then I'll sign his brother ) who's a decent prospect at the left back. At the right back I haven't decided yet who I'm going to go with but probably a young one with good ability and potential to long term replace Coleman that I rate much higher than Martina. In the winger position I'll look to loan Boschilia from Monaco because we need a left footed winger and he can play both as an 'old school winger' and as an inside forward. Other than that is unplanned for now, I'm rather happy with Sandro/Rooney/Calvert-Lewin upfront because of the one striker formation I'm planning to go with at the start. In the center midfield we look really strong so no changes there and I'm also not planning to change too much with the centre halves for now as I don't want to screw up the dynamics with Jagielka and Williams who's very influential players and are also the ones I'll be looking to replace. I'll however keep my eyes open here and be open-minded if the right player(s) comes to mind. To sum it up: * Goalkeepers: No change but to look to sell Stekelenburg if possible. * In the back four: Look for cover with good ability and potential in the fullback positions. Probably sell Martina and Garbutt in the January window if not sooner. No immediate changes to the centre halves. * Midfield: No changes except for one left footed winger * Strikers: No changes for now. As you can see I haven't really got far on my save yet so that's all for now! I'll be updating from time to time, depending on how much time I have to play, on how things are going for me. Please feel free to post, update, share, discuss your Everton saves here /SwedenYid