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Ominous. Jan 2042

I'm not sure that you have ever seen (41b) Rubén (Bal) * or even heard of him other than as the player who came through ranked 2nd in the 2041 intake. He's only 15 so hasn't made a debut for either Reserves or Seniors yet, and I've just checked and he hasn't yet been tied down to a pre-contract deal for some reason. 

The potential value of the deal is only a very modest £425,000 (and I'm obviously going to reject the bid and instantly, in fact not instantly, BEFORE that I am going to try to get him to sign a pre-contract deal. 

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Ok, so he has signed a pre-contract deal before I reject this so that's fine. Now let's have a look at him. 

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  • We know he's very one-footed. :thdn:
  • We know he's only 5'10" and not very good in the air. :thdn:
  • We know he's quite quick. :thup:
  • He's consistent. :thup:
  • He's suited to a role that I like and use. :thup:
  • 15 us a very high Teamwork attribute for one so young, :thup: (but what exactly does the Teamwork attribute do?)
  • PA is deemed to be at least 4.0 and possibly as high as 5.0. 

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Teamwork attribute

This 1st definition is from hovering in-game. To my mind this should be the most detailed and accurate definition, but then again why do you need more than 1 definition? 

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Actually, in this instance the definitions are almost identical, but with the Manual definition being expanded upon. 

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Potential Ability amongst strikers at the club

I often talk about 5.0 PA this and 5.0 PA that and what I basically mean is that these players have the potential to be better than the best players at the club, (or close to it). The problem with a rating system where the maximum is only 5.0 however is that there are very limited options for comparison. Even if we break it down to half stars so we could call a player a 4.5 player, (might as well be a 9 rating out of 10 if you ask me), then we often don't know what that translates to in terms of other players. In many cases there is also a lot of ambiguity in the use of PA in so much as what I call a 5.0 player might be a 5.0 player, but equally might be a 4.0 player. So right at the outset we are saying that there is a 20% margin for error before we even start talking about margins of error. What I choose to do is be positive and always assume that the "blacked out" star at the end is "full" so this always means that I assume that a player is as good as he has the potential to be. I also like to compare a player who has PA of a certain level, to players at the club who play in the same position and who have CA equal to the PA.

In this case were are looking at the PA of (41b) Rubén (Bal) * which is between 4.0 and 5.0 (but in my head I just call it 5.0), so what we need to do is look for a striker at the club who is 4.0 CA  and that will give us a bottom-end marker, and a striker at the club who is 5.0 CA and that will give us a top-end marker.

In this case we have (39b) Xabier (Res) * who is rated at 4.5 CA and (36a) Dulce (Bal) (2036) * who is rated at 4.0 CA so the general suggestion is that (41b) Rubén (Bal) * HAS THE POTENTIAL to be somewhere between the 2 players at his peak. 

To my mind this tells me that he can be as good as (36a) Dulce (Bal) (2036) * and that's plenty good for me because he is currently the top scorer in Ligue 1 at the moment, in January, playing for a club who are mid-table at best. All in all that tells me, (as if I didn't know already), that I don't want to lose (41b) Rubén (Bal) * to PSG or anyone else. 

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17 hours ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

HUGE Party Animal. Sep 2041

I warned (36a) Dulce (Bal) (2036) * after the 1st incident, (which was mid-week), but much as I wanted to fine him for the 2nd incident, (which was Saturday night/Sunday morning), I just couldn't bring myself to as he had just scored 2 goals against PSG in a MotM performance. He's scored 7 goals in 10 league appearances this season and as far as I'm concerned he can do what he wants if he continues to score at that rate because it means that he will end the season with 26 goals if he stays fit. There is no way on Earth we will go down if he scores that many goals. 

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Enough is enough. Jan 2041

The 1st time I let him off with a warning. 

The 2nd time would have usually resulted in a fine but he had just scored a brace against PSG

This is the 3rd time now and he's getting fined 1 weeks wages. We conceded a 93rd minute leveller against Montpellier yesterday so what is he celebrating this time? :mad:

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What the actual ****? :mad: Jan 2042

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I thought he had signed a pre-contract with us? :kriss:

No, it would seem like we agreed terms, but he hasn't actually signed on the dotted line yet. :seagull:

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I don't know whether to stick or twist. :( 

I've changed the offered contract and given him a little more cash each week and basically "bunged" him £100,000 to seal the deal. I can't compete with PSG on a financial front, but he's not really worth what I've offered so hopefully they won't do the same. 

He's not a Bayonne fan and I'm not on his favoured personnel list. 

We will just have to wait and see what he decides. Either way, £875,000 + (29,000 x 40) = £2,035,000 + £300,000 = a max fee of £2,335,000 plus 15% of profit. That's downright paltry. :thdn:

Success:thup:

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The new Gazza. Feb 2042

No more Mr Nice Guy! :mad:

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He's gone out on the lash the night before the game AND missed a league game! :seagull:

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Say something you mug so I can deal with it!!! :rolleyes:

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Jan 2042

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Lens are top of the table, so to lose 2-0 away to them was no surprise. We conceded a 93rd minute leveller against Montpellier though and that cost us 2 points. We are in contention for a European spot and we just need to keep the pressure on Bordeaux who as well as being bottom of the top group, are also the weakest club in terms of stature. 

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1 hour ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

The new Gazza. Feb 2042

No more Mr Nice Guy! :mad:

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He's gone out on the lash the night before the game AND missed a league game! :seagull:

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Say something you mug so I can deal with it!!! :rolleyes:

Is there not the option to approach him for a chat?  I am still on FM18, but there is an interaction option that can be limited, or more extensive depending on what is happening with the player (contract situation, interest from other teams, unhappiness, etc.)

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5 minutes ago, scousevasey said:

Is there not the option to approach him for a chat?  I am still on FM18, but there is an interaction option that can be limited, or more extensive depending on what is happening with the player (contract situation, interest from other teams, unhappiness, etc.)

There wasn't at that stage, but there is now. 

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He missed the Caen game because he was out on the lash and then I chose not to play him in the Cup game during the week. 

The following week he scored as we lost to Marseille and then he scored twice and was sent off against rivals Auxerre, (and I obviously fined him for getting sent off). 

He's now scored 16 goals and 5 assists in 22 games. 

It's either magic or madness with this bloke. :lol:

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Youth Intake Day. Feb 2042.

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Generational talent? Yeah yeah yeah. We will see. :idiot:

I might be calling the Ass Man an idiot for pulling out his "generational talent" card, but I can't complain because we have 1x 5.0 PA player and that;s the benchmark for me for for a good intake. 

Also, if you had asked me what positions I wanted to see at the top of the list, I would have said a centre-half and a central midfielder with maybe another centre-half and another central midfielder following them. What we have got is a MC, a DC, an MR, (who I am not even offering a youth contract to, and then another DC and then another MC. I REALLY can't complain about that. 

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"Kriss" (42a) Chevalier (Bal) (2042) *.

I really like this bloke. I know it's early days yet but he looks very decent. 

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Feb 2042.

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I rotated the team as usual for the Cup game, but what jumps out, (at least to me), is the goals scored by (39i) Jon Villar (Res). It's quite astonishing actually and deserves further comment. He has scored 11 goals in 9(5) appearances! :eek: He's decent, but he's not French Ligue 1 decent. :stop:He just seems to have that ability to stick the ball in the back at the net and I have had MANY players who have looked FAR better than him but who have just not had his knack of scoring.

(39i) Jon Villar (Res).

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We are on a decent run and are up into the European places now. Auxerre and Montpellier are close on our heels but Lens were top of the table 7 games ago and are in absolute free-fall. 

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I think there needs to be an option to challenge Dulce to a drinking competition. Or maybe set one of your coaching staff to man mark him around town.

Seems like you've hit a tipping point in terms of PA developing, even if you don't make Europe this season it seems you're very much set on an upwards trend.

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Doing really well this season. Shame to see Xabier leave but it's a great deal and he won't actually be leaving yet. Chevalier has an interesting spread of attributes and also an excellent name, so I'm looking forward to seeing him develop. Oh, and you should defo carry on with explaining what you're doing with transfers etc., I find it interesting!

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30 minutes ago, Reggiana said:

I think there needs to be an option to challenge Dulce to a drinking competition. Or maybe set one of your coaching staff to man mark him around town.

Seems like you've hit a tipping point in terms of PA developing, even if you don't make Europe this season it seems you're very much set on an upwards trend.

It's weird but I love (36a) Dulce (Bal) (2036) * despite his antics. I commented earlier in the thread that if someone had to go between him and (39b) Xabier (Res) * then I would prefer for (39b) Xabier (Res) * to go. The fact that he has some negative aspects to his personality that gives some depth to the story, yet still keeps banging the goals in is just brilliant. He's still only 21 but seems like he has been around for ages. 

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30 minutes ago, AFH said:

Doing really well this season. Shame to see Xabier leave but it's a great deal and he won't actually be leaving yet. Chevalier has an interesting spread of attributes and also an excellent name, so I'm looking forward to seeing him develop. Oh, and you should defo carry on with explaining what you're doing with transfers etc., I find it interesting!

Agreed, things are progressing nicely and there is no way we would be playing as well on the pitch if I didn't have (39b) Xabier (Res) * playing alongside (36a) Dulce (Bal) (2036) *.

I tend to not take too much notice of the youngsters when they 1st come through, It's not until they turn 16 and I can start actually playing them that they catch my eye. 

Thanks for the kind words. I really just wrote what I'm thinking. I'm sure half the time it's a load of old waffle. Thanks for the kind words anyway. :thup:

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8 hours ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

The new Gazza. Feb 2042

No more Mr Nice Guy! :mad:

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He's gone out on the lash the night before the game AND missed a league game! :seagull:

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Say something you mug so I can deal with it!!! :rolleyes:

An appetite for destruction. Apr 2042

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I've never seen anything like this in a previous save. 

This is not the 5th time he has missed training. 

1st time. I let him off with a warning because it was the 1st time. 
2nd time. I let him off with a warning because he had just scored 2 goals against PSG and deserved to celebrate. 
3rd time. I fined him a weeks wages. 
4th time. He missed a league game against Caen and I fined him 2 weeks wages. 
5th time. I fined him 2 weeks wages. 

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These are the only options I have at this stage and he will be fined 2 weeks wages. 

This seems progress at least. 

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Post Intake slump. Mar & Apr 2042

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Every season it's the same. We do ok until the Youth Intake and then we just implode and lose all form. :(

Despite only 2 wins in 9 league games, we are still somehow in contention for a European place. 

While the teams above us are in decent form and have opened a gap of 10 points between us in 6th and PSG in 5th, the teams below us are having as tough a time as us. Auxerre and Bordeaux, (who we were originally competing with for 6th place), are both struggling with league form, but have games in hand as a result of getting to the Semi's of the Cup. 

PSG seem like they have left it too late to catch the teams in front, trailing leaders Lyon by 7 points with 4 games to play. 

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Is he mad? May 2042:idiot:

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19 year old GK (38a) Teo Guerin (Bal) (2038)* has made 1 Ligue 1 appearance this season. 

18 year old MR (38k) Kuntz (Sport) has made 1(1) Ligue 1 appearance this season. 
18 year old DL (38d) J-C Charrier. (Real) has made 1 Ligue 1 appearance this season.
18 year old AML (39a) Jesús (Fickle) (2039) * has made 20(3) Ligue 1 appearances.
18 year old SC (39i) Jon Villar (Res) has made 6(6) Ligue 1 appearances.
18 year old SC (39b) Xabier (Res) * has made 31(1) Ligue appearances.
18 year old AML (39g) José Álvarez (Merc) has made 1 Ligue 1 appearance.

17 year old MC Álvaro (BAS) (Fickle) * has made 3(5) Ligue 1 appearances.
17 year old AML (40e) José Pérez (F.Det) * has made 6 Ligue 1 appearances.
17 year old DC Bengoetxea (BAS) (F.Amb) has made 2(3) Ligue 1 appearances.
17 year old MC (40d) Iñaki Muñoz (Bal) has made 0(2) Ligue 1 appearances.

16 year old AMR (40c) Dumont (Driven) * has made 4(1) Ligue 1 appearances.
16 year old AML (40a) Ruiz (F.Det) (2040) * has made 7(7) Ligue 1 appearances. 
16 year old AMR (40b) Reta (Bal) * has made 2(5) Ligue 1 appearances.
16 year old MCV (41c) Lou Delaby (F.Det) * has made 2(3) Ligue 1 appearances. 
16 year old DC (41e) Tanguy (Pro) * has made 1(1) Ligue 1 appearance. 

Some quick adding up tells me that teenagers have made 88(31) appearances this season and that doesn't include teenagers who have since turned 20. Exactly how many kids does he want me to play?
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Champions League success. May 2042;)

Ok. It was the U19 Champions League, but let's not quibble over little things. :lol:

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We beat Lens in the Final and as you can see, 10 of the 11 starters were products of our Academy and there was only 1 other player in our squad who had been purchased. (Both are obviously Basque). 

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I wasn't "managing" the U19's for these games, but you might notice that I did get involve in match day selection against AKA Steiermark. (I didn't know who they were either but it turns out that they are the Academy of Sturm Graz in Austria). We smashed 16 goals past them over 2 legs and then I selected the match day squad for the Borussia Dortmund game too, (where we won 7-1). I should point out here that I prioritised this competition over Senior Ligue 1 games during this stage and the only eligible player who was not dropped was (39b) Xabier (Res) *. I would have done had it been needed, but they simply didn't need the help. Because we were winning so convincingly I took it less seriously and while I intended to pick the match day squads from then on, I always forgot or just couldn't be bothered. We needed penalties to to get past Monaco, and a late GK goal to get past Bayern, but other than that it was pretty plain sailing. 

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I love this little competition. 

Something else you might notice is that (40p) Bengoetxea. (Amb) scored some important goals along the way. As you can tell by his nickname, he came through rock bottom of the 2040 intake. The dot after his nickname indicates that he is NOT good enough to be signed to a Pro contract, (or at least a long-term playing contract), but he still has his value. If I am going to play a save like this then I can't just keep the best players and discard the rest. 

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I just wanted to expand upon this point actually. 

A lot of people have commented in the past that they never seem to win this competition with big clubs, yet I am able to win it with a little club and even doing so while using the IR button. This player is a perfect example of why I can and they can't. 

This bloke came through completely bottom of the 2040 intake. (It's about a third of the way down page 19 if anyone wants to go and have a look).

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He actually got a mention because not only did he have a famous surname, (the famous Bengoetxea I was thinking of was actually Pablo Bengoechea from Uruguay but let's ignore that for a moment), but there was also a chance of him being a twin or brother because I had 2 of them in the same intake. 

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Unfortunately (40m) and (40p) were not related. :thdn:

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So he's not good in the grand scheme of things. He's not going to be offered a pro contract and the reality is that he's probably never even going to be good enough for the Reserves. The thing is though, while other strikers who are good enough can step up and play for the Seniors or the Reserves or go on International duty, this lad is going to be sitting here ready and waiting to step up and score the goals that win us games that we otherwise wouldn't win. 

If I look at the strikers that have come through recently.....

This is a list of all players who can play striker and who were eligible for this seasons U19 Champions League. There are 7 options. 

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(41h) Jon Besnard. (Bal).

This bloke is going to be better than, but he's not going to be 1st Team good and isn't as suitable for my purposes right now because (a) he suits a different role, but he's also just not that good now. 

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(41b) Rubén (Bal) *.

This bloke is going to be way better than Bengoetxea and is better than him right now. The thing is he has played loads of games this season and he probably started the games that Bengoetxea scored the goals in. He can't play in every game though. Also, because he's going to be decent, he will go straight into the Reserves next season so who will play for the U19's then? 

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(40n) Gabilondo. (Spirit).

This bloke is from the same intake as Bengoetxea and despite being better than him, (both in terms of CA and PA rating), still didn't score the important goals that Bengoetxea scored. He played more, scored more, is better in every single way, but where was he when Bengoetxea was sticking the ball in the net to fire us past Bayern & PSG?

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(39p) Asier Santos (Bal).

This bloke is almost exactly the same as Bengoetxea, except he is from the previous intake. The only real difference is his slight preference for a different role. 

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(39i) Jon Villar (Res).

This is the bloke who has scored some vital 1st Team goals this season. That he has somehow scored 11 1st Team goal this season is completely ridiculous, (but he has), but if he is in the 1st Team squad, then who is going to score the goals in the U19's. His promotion leaves a gap for others to step into. 

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(39b) Xabier (Res) *.

Enough said about this bloke the better. He went straight into the 1st Team as soon as he was old enough and has already scored 26 competitive 1st team goals aged 18. He is never going to be allowed to play for the U19's. 

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To summarise, I think that because a lot of people discard players at the outset who will never make their Senior Squad, their performances at U19 level suffer. This is a perfect example of a rubbish player being key in a campaign.

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I've made quite a detailed edit to the previous post, so to those of you who have read it already, you might want to have another look. 

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Great insight into your methods of playing this game as ever over the past few pages and some great progress to boot. I've had troublesome players before but nothing like Dulce, seems crazily over exaggerated in this save game. 

I've had the same in the U19 CL, I guess it depends on what leagues you have loaded as to whether clubs in the competitions have enough players to make a U19 team rather than having a few players and then filling the rest out with greys. Shame Africa doesn't have something similar for my current (long term) save with Ashanti Gold. 

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1 hour ago, ToMexico!! said:

Great insight into your methods of playing this game as ever over the past few pages and some great progress to boot. I've had troublesome players before but nothing like Dulce, seems crazily over exaggerated in this save game. 

I've had the same in the U19 CL, I guess it depends on what leagues you have loaded as to whether clubs in the competitions have enough players to make a U19 team rather than having a few players and then filling the rest out with greys. Shame Africa doesn't have something similar for my current (long term) save with Ashanti Gold. 

I've had players play up a bit too, but again nothing like this. I wonder if I had fined him after he went on the lash after scoring 2 goals against PSG then would the subsequent issues have occurred? That's what I would usually have done and maybe that's the trigger. 

With regards to the grey players making up the numbers in U19 squads, yes you are probably correct. That being said, we beat Monaco, PSG and Lens along the way so still none too shabby. The other thing of course with that is that I have the Spanish structure loaded. Where are the Spanish Teams? 

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A.Madrid had a full squad of U19's and lost to Lens.

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Sevilla had a full squad of U19's and lost to Lens

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R.Madrid had a full squad of U19's and lost to Sevilla. (who lost to Lens).

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Barcelona had a full squad of U19's but lost to PSG, (who lost to us).

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S.Gijon had a full squad of U19 players but lost to Bayern, (who lost to us).

So there is probably some truth in what you are saying, but that doesn't explain how we come out on top against the likes of A.Madrid, Lens, Sevilla, R.Madrid, PSG, Barcelona, S.Gijon, (there must be a story there that deserves looking at at some point in the future) and Monaco.

To back up your point though, both the Champions and Runners Up have come from the active leagues of Spain and France every single year since 2019/20, with the single exception of CSKA Moscow being Runners Up in 2033/34.

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In other news, FC Vaduz of Liechtenstein had no proper players. 

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This wants me to manage FC Vaduz now, but I have a feeling something has happened there.......

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That's some feat then, beating all those teams who have full U19 squads. When my teams have won it before I've mainly just had the nation I'm playing in loaded so many "big" teams had the greys filling their teams. 

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1 minute ago, ToMexico!! said:

That's some feat then, beating all those teams who have full U19 squads. When my teams have won it before I've mainly just had the nation I'm playing in loaded so many "big" teams had the greys filling their teams. 

That's sort of what I was hinting at in the earlier post. 

Do I have the best U19 squad? No absolutely not. Don't get me wrong, we are decent and certainly competitive with much of big boys, especially when I include the "stars" of each intake that I made available specially for this tournament, (with the exception of (39b) Xabier (Res) *). What the AI, (and certain human Managers too), seem to be poor at however, is picking the right players in the right positions and vitally, resting a really good player for a poorer player when they are knackered. The post about Bengoetxea above is a perfect example of this. We had better players available in his position, but they would have been knackered. Playing him was a far better choice despite his relative lack of ability. 

Our U19's played 12 times in Mar & Apr and that's even if we ignore the Reserve games that many of them aged 16 and over would have been eligible for. 

2 days before we beat Bayern, (which we needed a late GK penalty to win), we won 2-0 in an U19 league game. It's unrealistic that I would have played the same players 2 days later. Bengoetxea is just a perfect example of that because he is the one who scored the goals against both Bayern and PSG.

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End of Season Review. Jun 2042.

League Table

Delighted to have qualified for Europe this season. 

Auxerre beat us in the Quarter Final of the Cup and beat Marseille in extra time in the Final.

PSG are wallowing in 5th and only qualify for the Europa League rather than the Champions League. The points difference between us in 6th and PSG in 5th is 7 points which is big, especially as I expect us to struggle a little in the early stages of the league when we are still in Europe next season. 

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Reserves Table

We only lost 1 game all season, (a 3-0 away loss to Toulouse), in what was a hugely impressive season. I would love to go unbeaten next season but in truth we will probably have to wait a few years now that we are playing in Europe. 

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U19 Table

We only lost 2 games all season, and only drew 3 more actually, (2-1 away to both Lorient and Guingamp). We top level of players we are producing is great, but in terms of the Youth Team, this isn't actually a good thing because it means that the best players are not actually made available for the U19's. 

(39b) Xabier (Res) *
(39a) Jesús (Fickle) (2039) *
(40a) Ruiz (F.Det) (2040) *
(40c) Dumont (Driven) *
(40b) Reta (Bal) *
(39i) Jon Villar (Res)

These are all players who are eligible for for the U19's but who rarely feature because they are playing in and around the Senior squad. It won't be until these players are already in the Senior squad and the next generation of players come through the U19's and have to stay there because they aren't good enough that we will really start to tear things up. 

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Awards

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Goal of the season. This was the 7th and final goal of the opening weekend of the league season. We scored many better goals than this. 

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Signing of the Season. Obviously I don't make loads of signings, but this one seemed too good a deal to turn down. We paid £1.7M for him and after just 12 league games for us he is worth £7.25M. With 2 different really good prospects coming through from the 2040 intake I don't expect him to be at the club long, but he has improved us in there here and now and I expect ti make maybe £10M+ on him. 

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Season Review. This wasn't a flash in the pan. This was about general and sustained improvement. Were it not for a poor couple of months, we might now be talking about Champions League rather than Europa League. 

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Dynamics.

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Confidence. I don't think I have ever seen 100% confidence before. Time to ask for something from the board I think. 

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Squad by CA

We are still very much a job in process and as a result are more PA than CA based. We only have 4 players at 4.0 CA and over, (and one of them will be leaving at the end of next season).

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You may notice that there is a single non-Basque player at the club, Hervé Menard (Spirit). He was purchased for £30,000 and this was an attempt to make some money. He stays in the Reserves when he is at the club, but is actually loaned out each season and doesn't even play for the Reserves. He will never play for the senior side, (and hopefully he will also never play for the Reserves), and if I can just get him on loan to a Ligue 1 side next season then I could make quite a few quid of him. The reason I did this initially, (buying non-Basque players with a view to making a profit), is because I couldn't sign decent Basque players because they were either too expensive or they just weren't interested. Now though things are different and I don't think I will be doing this again, (no matter how much I make from him).

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You also may notice that while (36a) Dulce (Bal) (2036) * is no longer classed as a Wonderkid, we have a new Wonderkid in (39a) Jesús (Fickle) (2039) *.

(39a) Jesús (Fickle) (2039) *.

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Squad by PA

That's a lot of PA when you consider how good (39b) Xabier (Res) * is, (which is who they are being judged against). What I really need to do is fast-forward a couple of years to turn some of that PA into CA. As (39b) Xabier (Res) * is currently the best player at the club, and I still expect him to be the best player at the club when he leaves a year from now, the CA of players at the club will appear to receive a boost because the level against which they are being judged will be lowered.

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Goals

Only 7 players at the club scored more that 1 goal and only 3 of these scored more than 3. 

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(36a) Dulce (Bal) (2036) *.

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He might be an absolute lunatic off the pitch, but on it he is a God. 24 goals in 33 league games ensures that he came away with the Ligue 1 Golden Boot. He's contracted to 2045 and there is nobody near to his level now, (if I ignore (39b) Xabier (Res) * who is on loan). We desperately need some youngsters to come through to challenge, support and then usurp him.

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(39b) Xabier (Res) *.

We all know about him. He's played 2nd fiddle to (36a) Dulce (Bal) (2036) * at times this season, but he has still finished the season with 15 goals in the league and 19 in total. That's a phenomenal achievement for an 18 years old. He will obviously be with us for 1 more season, but with our debut in Europe on the horizon, and my expectation that we will do well in the early stages, I need someone to come in and play in the league while our 2 stars hopefully fill their boots in Europe. 

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(39i) Jon Villar (Res).

How this bloke has scored 11 goals at this level I have absolutely no idea. He didn't even play that many games. 11 goals in 10(6) appearances. That's absolutely mental! While his goal-scoring record is great, I'm not sure that it's something that he will be able to repeat and I don't look at him and think he is the man to start our league games after a European game next season. I might not have a choice, but where as I liked (36a) Dulce (Bal) (2036) * from the off, I'm not so sure about this guy. If he was going to be really good then his PA would still be 5.0, but it's already showing as 4.5.

He's got 2 more years on his contract but already the vultures art starting to circle. 

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If I get a good bid in for him then I think he will be on his way, (it would be nice to send him to Benfica to link up with (39b) Xabier (Res) *), and come to think of it I will probably try to get him back in on loan, (on no money obviously), just to add a little depth. It all depends on me sourcing a replacement though and affordable but decent Basque strikers seem to be in pretty short supply.

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The next generation of striker. 

We only have 3 strikers with 5.0 PA at the club. You already know about (36a) Dulce (Bal) (2036) * and (39b) Xabier (Res) *, but let me introduce you to......

(41b) Rubén (Bal) *.

He's the next striker on the conveyor-belt and I like the look of him. He will turn 16 over the Summer so he will be available for the Senior squad and Reserves next season. I think it's too early to start him, (just look at that strength attribute), but actually the way that the IR button works, rather than putting him on the bench and expecting the Ass Man to put him on, I will probably look to start him and expect the Ass Man to replace him at HT with a better player. 

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That's it though. That's all we have coming through in the striking Dept, (at least for now and who I think have the ability to make a sustained impact). I need to spend some money on a striker I think, but that also means that I might need to sell another player. 

Finances

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Facilities

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I'm holding off asking for more upgrades at the moment because we have both Youth Facilities and Training Facilities in the pipeline, due to be completed in the close-season.

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Best XI Overall

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Best XI Season

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Accolades. Jun 2042.

(36a) Dulce (Bal) (2036) * wins Star of the Season.

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(36a) Dulce (Bal) (2036) * was selected in the Ligue 1 Stars Team of the Season

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(36a) Dulce (Bal) (2036) * named as Ligue 1 Player of the Season.

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You already know that (36a) Dulce (Bal) (2036) * won Ligue 1 Top Goalscorer Award.

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How on Earth did this goal win Ligue 1 Goal of the Season? Even we scored better goals. Actually, considering we scored 6 other goals in that match, I bet it wasn't even the best goal of the match. :lol:

It does tick off another one though. 

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Because the French are from France, the Ligue 1 Stars Team of the Season is not the same as the Ligue 1 Team of the Season and I've noticed quite a difference in previous years. It doesn;t matter this year though as (36a) Dulce (Bal) (2036) * is in both of them. 

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Scouting. Jun 2042.

For quite a few season I have set both senior and youth scouting packages to zero. During the early part of this season however I triggered a Senior package and then a youth package too. This season I'm going straight for both. Just France isn't enough because I want Spain as well, but I don't need to go any further afield I don't think. 

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I need some help with developing the depth of the squad, (and bringing in at least 1 top end striker in the short-term). 

I go straight to the scouting centre, (I'm a man on a mission), and I ask my scouts to find me a player matching the following criteria. 

  • Basque as a 2nd Nationality. (There are 1,619 of them). 
  • Striker. (We are down to 229 targets).
  • Interested in a Transfer to us. (We are down to 180). 

I don't really care about age for this one. This could be an experienced player. I want him to be able to come straight in and compete. 

The next thing I do is toggle the list of players by "scouts recommendation". 

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A few things strike me initially. 

  • The Scout Recommendation numbers are quite high. 5 in the 80's. I think part of the reason they are so high is because when I look at an individual report, one of the Pro's is "matches a new signing philosophy". The only problem with that is we only have 1 single philosophy, although I'm thinking of adding another. 
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  • The next thing that strikes me is that there are quite a few young players. 6 of the players on the top part of the list, (showing 18 players), are teenagers.
  • The thing is though that while I might be interested in one of even more than one of these youngsters, what I really want is an experienced player ready to hit the ground running. 
  • If I look at the list above, and then look down the age column 2nd on the left, then I want to find an experienced pro.
  • Xabier Pereda (BAS) (F.Amb) is 24 and valued at £5.5M but the max asking price is £6.75m. He wants £73,000 per week. That's just too much. :thdn:
  • Jon Garmendia (BAS) (Bal) is 25 and valued at £6.75M but the max asking price is £13.5M. He wants £96,000 per week. That's just too much. :thdn:
  • Gorka Palacios (BAS) IS 32 and valued at £1.6M but the max asking price is £1.4M. That's a decent price, but the asking wage is £39,500.

Gorka Palacios (BAS).

He looks good, but rather than being specifically what I'm looking for specifically he seems a more rounded striker. Although he might be a decent short-term fix, I'm a little concerned that those PPM's might not fit well as a player comes to the twilight of his career. Although he's cheaper than some of the others, £39,000 per week comes out as £2.028M per year in wages. He's played a lot of games in his career and scored a decent number of goals, but while he would have been plenty good enough for us last season, I don't think he is a good signing where we are now. Maybe I'm being too picky? :thdn:

On the plus side, I see him as a TM rather than a PF and I do like them. That really might work actually. :thup:

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  • JMM (BAS) (Bal) is 27 years old and valued at £1.4M but the max asking price is £2.7M. He's on the 2nd page of the screen so you can't see him on that list.His recommendation rating is 62 and he wants £36,000 per week.

JMM (BAS) (Bal).

I think this is a better deal for us. We could buy him for £2.7M, pay him £3.75M over 2 years and if he scored 15 or so goals, (which I think is realistic), then I would hope to sell him for something close to an amount that would give us a slight profit on the whole deal including wages. 

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To be honest though, I'm probably looking for 2 strikers aren't I? Are these the 2 though?

I'm so indecisive. You can tell I'm not used to signing players. It's ok when they are cheap or on a free or whatever, but I have a feeling that these signings or signing will be significant and it's a lot of money both in terms of transfer fees and wages. 

When I add another condition to the search filter, (pace of at least 15, because nobody has pace of 16 or higher), then I am left with 14 players. 

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  • 5 of them haven't been scouted. 
  • 3 of them don't have a max asking price, (so the club don't want to sell). 
  • That leaves me with 6. 

Leoz (BAS) (Bal).

I don't like his workrate and I don't like his off the ball. His PA is 4.5 but I'm looking for a player right now rather than someone for the future. He's also a P rather than an AF.

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Joseba Peña (BAS) (Bal) is a F9 so I'm not even going to show you him. (His finishing is in single figures). 

Gorka González (BAS) (Bal).

He's young, his PA is 5.0, he's quick and he can finish. I like the PPM "tries first time shots", but his technique is probably a little low for that at this stage. His wage demands are cheap, (he's young), and the club want a reasonable fee for him. I like him. It's not so much that I like him right now, but I can imagine what he might look like after a whole season of playing in Ligue 1 and in the Europa League and I quite like that. This guy is deffo an option.

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Carlos Llorente (BAS) (Bal).

His PA is 4.5 but I'm not overly keen on his attribute balance. He's better at dribbling than he is at finishing. Places shots PPM but his finishing is only 11. 

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Ander López (BAS) (Bal).

PA is only 4.0 and he's a PF rather than an AF. he might be decent as a cheeky little investment, but he's not what I'm looking for right now which is a player who will make an impact right now. 

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That's what I've got so far boys and girls. Tell me who you like and why and more than likely I will tell you why you are wrong, ignore you and then sign someone you haven't even seen yet. :lol:

No, in all seriousness, please feel to offer suggestions. I'm a bit lost by all this at the moment. Now I know why I stopped buying players, This is hard work. :rolleyes:

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You should buy JMM (BAS), he will score a few and you actually have a chance getting your money back in a few years time.

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What about Iriondo from Eibar (6th bottom of the list shown)?

24 year old so could step straight in

£1.1Million max, so a fairly cheap option

£19,000 wage which is cheaper than some other options

 

Did you look further at him and how he matches up with those you have shown?

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11 minutes ago, Number seven said:

You should buy JMM (BAS), he will score a few and you actually have a chance getting your money back in a few years time.

Yeah I liked him. I think he was my pick of the bunch. 

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45 minutes ago, scousevasey said:

What about Iriondo from Eibar (6th bottom of the list shown)?

24 year old so could step straight in

£1.1Million max, so a fairly cheap option

£19,000 wage which is cheaper than some other options

Did you look further at him and how he matches up with those you have shown?

I did look at Iosu Iriondo (BAS) (F.Det) and I liked him, but there is no max asking price for him which means the club don't want to sell. The £1.1M is his valuation rather than his max asking price. That doesn't mean they won't sell. It just means that I will have to pay more for him than he might otherwise be the case. His PA is also only 3.5 which suggests there is little scope for improvement, but then again he's 24 and has played enough football to be at his peak by now. I do like him though and am scouting him again. 

They have just been relegated and he might be who they want to fire them back to promotion. Their finances are secure so I don't think they need to sell .

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How is the CB situation coming along? I saw you had one come through your youth intake this year (Alberto).

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15 hours ago, scousevasey said:

What about Iriondo from Eibar (6th bottom of the list shown)?

24 year old so could step straight in

£1.1Million max, so a fairly cheap option

£19,000 wage which is cheaper than some other options

 

Did you look further at him and how he matches up with those you have shown?

 

14 hours ago, Number seven said:

This one would also be a good signing.

 

3 hours ago, ToMexico!! said:

+1 for Iriondo :thup:

The problem with Iosu Iriondo (BAS) (F.Det) is that there is no max asking price which suggests that Eibar don't want to sell. Oh.... hang on. There is a max asking price now and it's £5M

I've just scouted him yesterday in game and it's updated. 

Inconsistent is a bit of a worry, £5M is ok I suppose, (depending on what the agent wants), but what I don't like is that I'm not going to improve him. We know he's only actually valued at £1.1M so am I going to be able to turn a profit on him? His PA is at 3.5 and quite possibly could be maxed out already. Is he good enough right now if I can't improve him? I suppose the answer is that we need depth and he provides that, but there is no future for him with us. I want someone to come in and compete for a starting position right now, or I want them to come in now as a back-up with the idea that they will develop into a future starter. I don't ever see Iosu Iriondo (BAS) (F.Det) being a starter for us. I also don't think that £5M is a good price for a player currently valued at £1.1M and who is about to get relegated from La Liga. 

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I think I want to buy 2 strikers, but I only have £11.8M to spend and I think I would like to sell another player after that not so that I can buy someone else, but just to keep the money ticking over and so that I can swap transfer fee to wages if needed.

I think I'm sold on JMM (BAS) (Bal) as the 1st of these. His max asking price has dropped from £2.7M to £2.0M over the last few days so they are obviously keen to sell despite being in the Playoffs to get promoted to La Liga. He would immediately challenge for a starting position and I think he's better value for money. He probably isn't going to improve, (he's 27), but if I get him for £2M then there is much more scope for making profit on him compared to spending £5M on a poorer player. 

So now I need to find a 2nd player.......

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European Golden Boot. Jun 2042

So it would seem that (36a) Dulce (Bal) (2036) * was not only the top goal-scorer at the club, and in Ligue 1, but also in the whole of Europe, (which I find surprising as he only scored 24 goals I think). 

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4 hours ago, Saintmat said:

How is the CB situation coming along? I saw you had one come through your youth intake this year (Alberto).

I think "improving" is the best way to describe it. 

This is a list of all the players at the club, (by CA), who can play centre-half. Not all of them are centre-backs, but they can all play there. 

  • (35b) Renault (Temp) * is the natural left back who is very defensive and who I prefer to play as a centre-half. 
  • Oier Villanueva (BAS) (F.Det) was a bargain buy at £250,000 and although he is a right back, he's 6'2" and I would be prepared to play him at centre-half against a rubbish team in Europe. 
  • Arteaga (BAS) (Driven) is a 22 year old centre-half who I bought for £1.1M from Bilbao. He's an important player for us. 
  • Bengoetxea (BAS) (F.Amb) is a 17 year old centre-half that I nicked off Pamplona for just £1.8M. I really like him and think he will develop nicely. Every game now is an investment in his and our future. 
  • (41e) Tanguy (Pro) * is a home-grown centre-half who is still a bit raw but who I really like. He and Bengoetxea (BAS) (F.Amb) are going to be big players for us. 
  • Jon Santamaría (BAS) * was a bit of a punt for £1M. He's more of a DR than a DC, but I think he will develop given game-time. 
  • Xabier Martín (BAS) was bought for £750,000 and the plan is to play him and turn a profit on him. 

Below that there is not an awful lot worth talking about, but you might just see a player squeezing on the bottom of the list. 

  • (42b) Alberto Ros (Res) is a 14 year old centre-half who looks REALLY raw. He's nowhere near 1st team level yet, but he's also only 14. He turns 15 in about 5 weeks so we have more than a year before he is able to even make his senior debut. 

Centre-half is still a little weak, but it;s only weak now because my 3rd and 4th choice players are really good young players and I want to give them a chance to improve rather than signing the finished article. Add the youngster (42b) Alberto Ros (Res) into the mix and I'm happy with the future in this area. :thup:

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I would go for Gorka Gonzalez. Almost a starter in terms of CA and with improvement could do well. His high pace and finishing could be important although his mental attributes could be better,

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8 minutes ago, Thebaker said:

I would go for Gorka Gonzalez. Almost a starter in terms of CA and with improvement could do well. His high pace and finishing could be important although his mental attributes could be better,

Yep, he;s probably the front-runner at the moment. :thup:

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Philosophy. Jun 2042.

So since about FM14 I haven't really been buying players, (with the odd exception). I like developing youth but I will be completely honest with you and admit that I just don't enjoy trawling through scout report after bloomin scout report and I find it boring. That being said, the way the game deals with scouting and in particular how it gives you the information has improved immeasurably since FM14 and I'm not finding it too much of a chore, (at the moment). 

With that in mind, I thought it was time for me to add another philosophy because it really fits in well with how I play naturally. 

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We were already developing our own youth and now we are signing young players for the first team too. 

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DoF needs to get with the programme. Jun 2042.

My DoF has been tasked with finding new players, (just for the lols really), but of course I hold the power to veto any that I don't like or any that are non Basque. 

He has just been in for a really good centre-half, who turned out to be Argentinian with unsurprisingly no links to the Basque Country. 

Now he seems to have identified that we need a striker and has put a cash offer of £5.5M down for this bloke. 

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I quite like him actually. This could be a go-er.

But of course he's not Basque and instead is another bloomin Argie! :lol:

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BIG Transfer announcement. Jun 2042

Spurs have just come in for what I think is the best young striker in the league. 

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In a very un-Spurs-like move, they have splashed out £98M on a 21 year old French striker, (who incidentally has been keeping 18 year old (39b) Xabier (Res) * out of the French U21 side, (and I'm not surprised). 

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There is no doubting that he is very good, but in terms of actually putting the ball in the back of the net...... well to be honest he's a little lacking in that area.

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That's a pretty poor scoring record for someone that good playing in that good a team. He should be filling his actual boots!

Now the problem is that Lens will now have £98M burning a hole in their pocket and will be on the lookout for a striker. I wonder who they might be after?

A whole 2 minutes after Spurs sign *** Wolff (FRA) (Res), Lens come in and try and nab (36a) Dulce (Bal) (2036) *.

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They can have him, (honestly they can), but not for that. No way for that. 

Let's see how much of that £98M we can get them to part with. That's the thing when you flog a big player. Everyone knows you have money to burn and the price just goes up if they are involved. 

I'm not going to be too greedy so how about this.......

£20M cash.
£10M in 3 instalments over 12 months. 
£5M after 50 league games. 
£100,000 per league game for 50 games, (£5M)
£5M after 1 International appearance.
£5M after 50 league goals.

That little lot comes to £50M I think and let's see what else we can eke out of them. 

50% of re-sale value of course, (goes without saying). 
Well it would be rude not to include a friendly.
And I managed to get (39b) Xabier (Res) * back in on loan for not 1 but 2 seasons so let's give that a crack too. 

I think that seems perfectly reasonable. :lol:

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I hope you noticed that the board didn't get involved in the deal there. That was a lot of money for us and they still let me negotiate it. :applause:

So what do you think? 

Should I sell and if so how much for? 

Edited by Jimbokav1971

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(36a) Dulce (Bal) (2036) * Transfer Saga. Jun 2042.

Lens have decided to see if we can be bought with a load of cash up front and have come back with an offer of £29M cash up front with no add-ons and nothing else.

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On yer bike Lens. he's got 3 years left on his contract. 

We don't have a lot of money, but we've got enough for the time being. I know I want to sell someone for decent money in the close-season. I just didn't plan on it being him. If we can get proper decent money for him though I would gladly sell. 

(36a) Dulce (Bal) (2036) * has gone AWOL 5 times already and that was when he was happy. Wait until he hears that I have turned down a bid of £29M for him. We might never see him again. :lol:

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Europa League. Jun 2042.

I don't really know how to do a European update. 

Do I do it as the games happen, or do I wait until the end of the month and update you then? 

Or do I just wait and show you the whole thing, (hopefully more than 1 round), at the end of the season? 

I think what I will do in future is just add it in to the monthly updates, but at the moment I'm so excited you are getting extra updates as and when. :lol:

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So it's Liechtenstein/Switzerland or Sweden. 

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Nooooooooooooo. Jun 2042.

I am in for a few transfers at the moment but this one is a young striker I particularly like. 

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We have already had a deal accepted and offered a contract to the player. Now Spurs are in to try and gazump us. :mad:

They have just spent £98M on a 21 year old striker. Why do they need this bloke? 

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5 minutes ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

Nooooooooooooo. Jun 2042.

I am in for a few transfers at the moment but this one is a young striker I particularly like. 

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We have already had a deal accepted and offered a contract to the player. Now Spurs are in to try and gazump us. :mad:

They have just spent £98M on a 21 year old striker. Why do they need this bloke? 

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Not happy. :(

REALLY not happy. :thdn:

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They paid £425,000 for him and he's immediately worth £6.5M :eek:

Damn. Damn damn damn damn damn. 

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Friendly income. Jun 2042.

I was able to arrange 3 friendlies during pre season as a result of clauses I had inserted into player sales. 

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£610,000 for absolutely nothing. :thup:

I'm going to track this each season and see what's the most I can get it up to. 

 

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Search for a striker. Jun 2032

I'm out. 

He's decent, but he's too old and I want to make a profit out of anyone I buy. I can't make a profit out of this bloke. 

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Search for a striker continued. Jun 2042

I have 1 striker already signed, sealed and about to join, but I am looking for another who can play now and ideally a 3rd who is an option for the future. 

I can't remember if I have told you who is joining so I will keep that under my hat for the time being. 

The shortlist for the player to play now is as follows. 

Gorka González (BAS) (Bal) 

20 year old AF currently at Levante. Quick, decent finisher, decent PPM, 4.5 PA, 83 rated, cheap wage, but might cost £4.4M.

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Leoz (BAS) (Bal)

21 year old P currently at Bilbao. Quick, decent finisher, 4.0 PA, 72 rated, cheap wage, but might cost £3.4M.

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Josu (BAS) (Bal)

28 year old AF currently at Eibar. Quick, average finisher, 68 rated, reasonable wage but they are asking £3.7M for him. He's actually on the transfer market though and Eibar were relegated last season so I have offered a cheeky £1M to see if that gets a bite. They only bought him 1 year ago for £850k so they are still making a profit. I'm not as keen on this bloke, but I would like the price at £1M.

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Iosu Iriondo (BAS) (F.Det)

24 year old also currently at Eibar. Seems popular in this thread but I think it's the price putting me off. Quickish, average finisher, 72 rated, average wage but they want up to £5M for him. I'm not sure I want to pay that without selling someone else first. I don't like his acceleration being only 13. That's very average, (or am I just looking for issues).

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Peru (BAS) (Bal) *

22 year old CF currently at Man City. This kid is never going to sign for us, but he just might come on loan. He's quick, average finisher, decent header of the ball, 65 rated. Getting him, or someone else), in on loan might be a cheaper option than buying another striker. 

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Eduardo (BAS) (Spirit)

19 year old AF currently at San Sebastian B. Quick, average finisher,  4.0 PA, 65 rated, cheap wage but might cost £2.6M

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I'm also looking at taking a punt on a 6'6" 16 year old who is currently at Bilbao. I think I might be able to get him quite cheaply but just waiting for full scout reports. He would certainly offer another dimension from the bench. 

As for those players above, none of them really jump out at me and I'm considering not signing any of them. 

Who do you like and why? 

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Excellent effort qualifying for the Europa League Jimbo.

Dulce isn't the new Gazza. He's the new George Best.

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I'm going to be another person to say Iriondo. A great dribbler, composed and good off the ball. I also like his agility and balance, for me he has the right attributes in all the right places.

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