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I'll have a few long posts later, but I've started with Everton as I wanted to have a "wonderkid save" for once. Here are my signings

Orbelin Pineda - 9.5M

Federico Chiesa - 10.5M

Timothy Castagne - 2.2M

Outgoing are Lennon and Kone

 

Lineup

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2 minutes ago, Cannabis said:

Everton are criminally underrated on this game because of how we have done in real life in the past two years. The main problem at first is that the squad depth is quite poor, outside of the first eleven we play with a lot of talented wonderkids that are going to be world-class in the future but could cause you some headaches in the first season or so.

Hitting the top half of the table and bouncing around the European places would be a good first season before pushing on in the next few years with some new recruits.

From squad analysis, I'll be looking to start Besic over Gueye as he fits my system better. Ademola Lookman will come on as a sub as he looks quality. I'll rotate Davies with Pineda.

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Good luck Lib.

I have noticed on a few saves I've had that Everton have been relegated - obviously not reflecting well on real life. Hopefully that won't happen to you. :D

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3 hours ago, Cannabis said:

Everton are criminally underrated on this game because of how we have done in real life in the past two years. The main problem at first is that the squad depth is quite poor, outside of the first eleven we play with a lot of talented wonderkids that are going to be world-class in the future but could cause you some headaches in the first season or so.

Hitting the top half of the table and bouncing around the European places would be a good first season before pushing on in the next few years with some new recruits.

I can't even say it's because of that to be honest. Your squad on the game is easily top half level. You just constantly seem to struggle and I don't get why.

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3 hours ago, Cannabis said:

Everton are criminally underrated on this game because of how we have done in real life in the past two years.

You think this game is bad on FM16 you were League 2 by 2028 xD

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An OK start. I'm expecting to finish top half. Got unlucky at City, 2-2 but had an injury on Castagne which left me with 10, allowing Stones to score one of the softest goals I've seen on 17. Crystal Palace shithoused a win at Goodison. It should have been 0-0 really. Won it on their first shot and got 2 more by the end.

As for the squad, I've benched Lukaku for Goodman. Its worked wonders but he's coming back as a starter because I was really experimenting between whether I should drop Chiesa or Lookman. Chiesa will be the rotated option based on the starts. I've also decided to rotate between Morgan Schneiderlin and Tom Davies because Orbelin Pineda has been my best player so far. So dynamic in playmaking and has scored a few goals of his own.

I'll be looking to finish top half and win the League Cup or FA Cup.

Pineda's stats

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Just got completely trolled by Arsenal. 6-1, a lot of preparation for the game to be liquidated by minute 10. Then a red in the 25th for Funes Mori. Shite.

Pineda with our goal. Thats 5 this season. This match he played as an enganche, prior he's been a DLP so to have that many goals for his position is impressive.

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This game is taking the piss. Lost 5-0 to a 10 man sunderland.

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8 minutes ago, Cannabis said:

That result alone should see you sacked to be honest, what the hell are you playing at?!

I had about 7 injuries but even that is no excuse. Joke. I can't explain it.
 

I have a chance to redeem myself at Spurs. I just beat Southampton 3-1 and now see if this lineup is really going to change things.

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Funes Mori with a suspension, so Jagielka is the natural backup. Williams injured, Holgate steps in. Happy with the 2 fullbacks. Rigid midfield with the ball being won by Mccarthy. Pineda doing a bit of everything. Reminds me more of a box to box than a DLP. Our best player so far. Barkley our Riquelme and Lookman the goalscorer. I've gotten sick of Lukaku. When he's not injured, he's not scoring so Chiesa's won a spot.

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Merseyside Derby

This December 3rd, we see 13th place Everton host 4th place Liverpool for the Merseyside Derby. Neither team are enjoying a great run, with Liverpool losing the last 2, Everton winless in the last 3. We should no doubt see a quality match here at Goodison.

Lineups

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Looks like Everton manager is trying a new formation, having moved the central midfielder into a DM. Our guess is to be more conservative. Lukaku finally gets a start after weeks on the bench. Robles in net, Baines and Castagne in the full backs, expecting to attack and overlap, Funes Mori who is having a superb season, and Mason Holgate as the other central defender. McCarthy as the DM. The usual 2 starting midfielders in Pineda and Schneiderlin. Mirallas in attacking midfielder and the 2 forwards being Chiesa and Lukaku. Ademola Lookman has been benched most likely due to poor form.

Liverpool are starting with Alberto Moreno and Clyne in the full back positions, expecting to attack just like the Everton full backs. Lovren and Matip in the central positions. Milner occupies a central role. Henderson takes the other spot, where as Firmino as a lone striker with Coutinho, Correa and Lallana behind him. Its expected for Firmino to bring the midfield into attack.
 

Liverpool comes out to warm up first and constant jeers have begun. 

Pawson blows the whistle and the match begins

 

28, Mirallas receives the ball, there's a through ball and its Lukaku! Goal! Everton take the lead at Goodison. Despite being outplayed by the visitors, Lukaku takes his chance and puts the toffees ahead.

29, Angel Correa takes the corner, Funes Mori makes a mistake, there's a bit of a scramble, MILNER! Its 1-1, Everton's lead didn't last long. Liverpool have tied it up.

33, Schneiderlin, Chiesa, makes the backheel to Mirallas, there's a through ball and its Lukaku! 2-1! The exact same goal as the opener, through ball and BOOM. Everton take the lead only 5 minutes after the equalizer.

75, Castagne wins the ball back cleanly, through ball to Lukaku on the wing. Good off the ball movement, over to Bolasie, Chiesa, outside the box OHHH! What a strike from Federico Chiesa, this boys a star! He continues to impress. Toffees 3-1 up! Is this done?

81, Milner steps up to take the penalty, and he scores! 3-2. Liverpool still alive in this!

85, Liverpool looking to win the counter, Everton on the ball. They're still alive in this. Bolasie, ChiesaaAaAaAaAaAaAaAaA! Federico Chiesa puts Everton 4-2 up, and this match should be as good as done. Chiesa has killed of Liverpool's last hopes to come back and get a draw.

Full time: Everton 4-2 Liverpool

 

 

 

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December 31st, so its update time. 

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As you can see, we've been class at home, but relegation battlers away from home. I can't explain why we're so poor away but our home form makes up for it thankfully. The Chelsea game was huge, we were 2-0 down and turned it around to win 4-3. Massive win and we are sitting top half at the moment. In 8th

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Its looking good for us at the moment. Much better than the AI seem to manage with Everton anyways.

As for our away form table...

Jesus wept, this is awful xD

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Anyways to go over our squad.

Lineup

Joel Robles 8/10 - Keeps us in games at times. Hard to give keepers ratings but Robles is much deserving of an 8.

Leighton Baines 6/10 - Above average but nothing extraordinary.

Ramiro Funes Mori 9/10 - Outstanding for us. Gets suspended often but I don't mind as a defender. He helps keep us in games we're we just can't keep the midfield.

Mason Holgate 6/10 - Like Baines, above average, but nothing too stand out.

Timothy Castagne 6/10 - He's been great in the last 2 months but he was terrible at the start. That's lowered his score to 6

Idrissa Gueye 7.5/10 - Besic is still injured, so I've been rotating between Gueye and McCarthy. Gueye is a little more solid, and while his defence isn't always consistent, its helped us on a lot of occasions.

Morgan Schneiderlin - 7/10 - Same as Gueye. Aside from the rotation, he can be inconsistent at times but he seems to never be awful or great on a consistent basis. He helps with the build up play but sometimes its a bit unnoticed.

Orbelin Pineda - 9.5/10 - Almost perfect. Our best player this season. Scoring, defending and using creativity. Also somewhat versatile. Can play well as an Enganche or deep lying playmaker and also has box to box qualities.

Kevin Mirallas - 6.5/10 - Far too inconsistent but on his day he is good. Barkley is usually here but Barkley is out for time yet. 

Romelu Lukaku 8/10 - Slow start but finally banging them in. Have him as a complete forward on support and he's contributing in other ways but he's mostly a scorer on my side.

Federico Chiesa 7.5/10 - On his day, he's a 9/10 but his consistency brings it down to a 7.5. At 19, he's got me excited. Looks a superb prospect and I hope to keep him around at the club.

The below 5 players have been Jagielka, Coleman, Valencia and Lookman just barely hits that 5 rating.

 

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Federico Chiesa and Orbelin Pineda are developing really nicely.

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I always thought Everton would be good to start with just due to the players you can sell and money you can generate for the transfer window

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James McCarthy is gone. 15M to Southampton. 

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nice shithouse of a victory there xD 

3 points, job done though!

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7 minutes ago, Stan said:

nice shithouse of a victory there xD 

3 points, job done though!

I went with my usual tactics and managed to score first right near the end of the half. I put it on defence, deep in my own box and changed to a 4-1-4-1. I even had Mirallas as a defensive winger haha. Delighted it worked, Joel only got a serious challenge once in the second half.

4 minutes ago, Cannabis said:

I like your style @LaSambadeStGermain

You're getting results against the big teams to be fair, hopefully you can become more consistent next year and push higher up the table.

Its been an up and down season but I'm happy with this start. Consolidate my job for the next season then get a proper budget to spend and make a serious UCL challenge for the next season.

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tell you what, @Dan would love that victory. loves a 1-0 jimmy-rustler of a victory like that. 

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Finished my first season with Everton. I'll just briefly go over it then the pre-season

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Finished 8th. Happy with the first season as it consolidates my job. Now I just need to continue developing my youngsters and when they become world class, we'll become consistent challengers.

Pre-season 2017-18

Transfers

 

In

 

Reece Oxford - 10M

Might seem like a rip off but I can't stress how important it is to have domestic talent. English players will always be expensive so I feel 10M is cheaper than what they usually ask for. As for what I'll be playing him as, I still find use for Funes Mori so I'll either be rotating him with Mason Holgate or play him as a DM. Since I use an anchor man, I prefer the latter.

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Adrien Semper - 975K

Croatian keeper from Zagreb. Not crazy but Everton don't really have very good keepers so I'll start him in the cup games to develop him while starting Joel in the league matches. Stekelenburg can fuck off.

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I couldn't sign anyone else unfortunately but I have a list of transfer targets when I get to properly fix my wage budget which I can't lower due to financial fair play constraints. Very frustrating.


Transfer Targets

 

Tom Rogic

 

Looking for a proper rotation option for Barkley and Rogic seems to fit that role nicely. Not a super player but he can work. If I ever revert back to the Boca Juniors tactic, he'll be a good enganche.

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Vinicius Junior

 

My top target. He was superb in the U17's in real life and looked him up on here. He does not disappoint. After scotuing him for a couple of weeks, I decided this is who I want. Unfortunately he's likely to not get a work permit so I'll look to get a feeder club to loan him out.

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David Kasumu


Considering he started at MK Dons, he's an easy get and would be a project player. Would be hard to develop but can become a proper player if so.

 

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Another win against a big team - 2-0 over City for the first win of the season (3rd game)

Lukaku with the double.

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8 minutes ago, tarzanontoast said:

Stoke-alona finished above Conte’s Chelsea?!

 

Ha, sounds like London had a cold and rainy season ;) 

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Sacked, the financial fair play ruined the upcoming season.

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6 minutes ago, LaSambadeStGermain said:

Sacked, the financial fair play ruined the upcoming season.

did the board not invest to avoid the sanctions?

what did you spend to get over it? 

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Just now, Stan said:

did the board not invest to avoid the sanctions?

what did you spend to get over it? 

10M for Oxford that current season. Prior to that, 9.5M on Chiesa, 10.5M on Pineda.

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This thread will consist of

 

- Monthly updates

- Big match updates

- Lots of rage.

 

Hope you guys enjoy whats about to come.

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August 2016

Pescara 1-0 Ternana (Coppa Italia) - Alberto Gilardino

Pescara 1-3 Sassuolo - Jean Christophe Bahebeck

Lazio 5-1 Pescara - Alberto Gilardino

I'm not using my Boca Juniors tactic for once, so I started poorly mostly due to trying to get a grip of how I want to play. We started off with getting a normal win in the Coppa Italia over Ternana. We lost to Sassuolo due to a silly red card. We also got one in the Ternana match. Against Lazio we were simply awful and deservedly lost 5-1. 

Player of the month: Jean Christophe Bahebeck - A bit above Gilardino for me this month. A constant threat on his wing and got better ratings anyways.

Top goalscorer: Alberto Gilardino (2)

September 2016

Pescara 1-2 Palermo - Cesar Bovo

Napoli 1-1 Pescara - Alberto Gilardino

Pescara 4-1 Chievo - Gilardino (2), Bahebeck, Bovo

Udinese 1-4 Pescara - Gilardino, Bahebeck (2), Caprari

7 points a month is always a success for this club. We got another sending off in the Palermo match so I tweaked the system a bit and changed the instructions. It worked. Got a draw away to Napoli in the next match and scored 8 goals in 2 matches vs Chievo and Udinese.

Player of the month: Alberto Gilardino - Bahebeck came close yet again but Gilardino takes it this month. continuing to score.

Top goalscorer: Alberto Gilardino (4)

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A good start despite losing the first 3. We got 7 points in this month and I can see our good run continuing as this tactic seems to be working. Tough month coming up though. At home to Inter then away to Juventus. I think we'll get at least 1 point from those 2 games. More likely against Inter Milan.

Tactics

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From the backline, the 2 full backs are going forward via player instructions and overlapping. The ball playing defender goes to play counter attacks while the anchor man sits deep to have 3 men in the center of defence. Fornasier is a cover so he sits deeper than Cubas and Bovo. Its been working well for the most part.

In midfield, I'm staying rigid. The 2 DLP are taken from the Boca tactic. Trying to have some creativity but with defensive awareness.

As for the 3 forwards, 2 inside forwards taking advantage of space that is created by Gilardino, the false 9. That way a few can mark him for them to make their way to the box and finish their chance.

The instructions vary depending on the match but I have tighter marking, look for overlap and be more disciplined.

 

 

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I just beat Juve away after going down 2-0!

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