Well, the last season in Premier League is really not the best one in my Football Manager career - 13th position instead of top-half... But in the new season 2011/2012 I decided to reach top-half again. But this time I'm going to fight for it seriously.
$41M is the money that I cannot spend unwisely. For me the need in star players for Southampton is absolutely obvious. Few star players will give other players much of confidence. This is the reason why I spent a lot of time searching and selecting new players for The Saints very carefully. Some time was spent on struggle with other football clubs for players I had been claiming to. Almost all the money turned into the following buyings:
Stephane Mbia and Federico Piovaccari are signed from free transfer to make the first squad competition more keen. But they are not indispensable for the club. There are three transfers of those stars that I promised you in the very beginning.
Mamadou Sakho - $18.5M
Left and central defender. At the start of any Football Manager 2008 game he is very young (16 years old) star of PSG. Can be signed freely, but not by any club. Only grand football clubs are able to gain him. This hadn't happened in my game, and I bought Sakho from PSG paying the record transfer money of Southampton. You see his characteristics - he is great defender. Only low Natural Fitness and average Pace and Acceleration may be his disadvantages. I'm going to use Sakho as left defender because it's a weakest position now. Hope that his average speed will not matter much. And, of course, he has great potential to grow during trainings!!
Demy De Zeeuw - $14.5M
DM/MRC. Fantastic industrious midfielder! His attributes are very high in technics, physics and, for sure, mentality. De Zeeuw looks as important first squad performer for a club of any size and reputation! He will become my vice-captain, I think.
Massimo Donati - Free
DM/MRC. Well-known Italian footballer whom I going to use in the centre of midfield together with Demy De Zeeuw. The leader of Celtic, former young star of Atalanta and Milan. Massimo Donati should be creative player and very consistent performer in the most hard matches.
Nevertheless of all these cool buyings we are still media predicted to be 17th . Anyway I think that this season will be crucial in history of Southampton!
Another interesting news for you, my dear followers or readers, is that I was appointed as USA coach .
Landon Donovan and Freddie Adu - these American players more famous among Football Manager gamers than in the real life . Going to manage them and bring to glory!