Friday, 11 December 2009

Squad revolution before the Championship season

The 2nd season is about to start. Championship season!

Leeds is among Championship favourites in FM 2010

In spite of being one of the tournament favourites (together with Southampton – that’s interesting!) I chose the lowest season expectations of ‘Top half finish’. Why? Just because of my risky transfer policy and uncertainty in current tactics.

'Top half' expectations were selected

Moreover, I decided that $5.5M is quite good amount of money to perform some good transfers if I sell unneeded Leeds players.


Sold players

This time I sold many players… It’s another squad revolution in my Football Manager history. I do not tend to do such things usually during transfer windows. Normally I just sell and buy several players, not so many. But sometimes squad refresh seems a quite smart course for me. And after all I can only hope that new players will tune efficient team work quite soon.

The most old and dedicated readers of this blog should remember my “squad revolutions” in FM 2009 and FM 2008:

- Hull. Squad and tactics revolution in the club. (FM 2009)

- Transfers of Southampton - squad revolution before the 2nd season! (FM 2008)

But lets get back to player sales:

Leeds sold players before the 2nd season in Football Manager 2010

I planned to sell the following players and that was done:

- Richard Naylor

- Luchiano Becchio

- Davide Somma

- Leigh Bromby

- Gareth Williams

- Lubomir Michalik

Additionally Everton wanted to buy Yarmolenko very much whose price was about $2M at that moment. So I suggested them to pay $7.75M, they agreed and it became my main transfer success in this month! Fine piece of business! Cowboy

Totally Leeds got additional $18M from all these transfers.


Rejected to become a new Leeds player

The most interesting happened when I tried to buy new guys for the club. At first here are many names that either rejected to become a new Leeds player or their clubs accept money bids of others clubs. First of all, Beckham:

Beckham chose Tottenham instead of Leeds in FM 2010

Mathias Jorgensen – failed to get enough money for his person.

Kyriakos Papadopoulos – loan rejected.

Rafael Carioca – loan rejected.

Michael Johnson – loan rejected.

Marco Veratti – club accepted $1.7M but player doesn’t want to play in Leeds (sooooo pity! Crying).

Jonathan Cristaldo – transfer deal agreed but failed work permit.

Jerzy Dudek – he chose Fulham as free transfer player.

Andranik – didn’t manage to get a work permit.

Dusan Basta – transfer deal agreed but work permit failed.


Completed buyings

Here are new Leeds United players:

Leeds new players before the second season in FM2010

Mark Beevers and Giuliano were bought by means of long-termed monthly payments partially. By the way, I want you to pay attention that three players in these list are present among other Wonderkids and young talents: Areola, Beevers and Giuliano.

This time I decided to avoid analyzing my purchases. There are so many of them! It would be a too long post if I start inserting attributes screen shots and describe them. However I would like to hear your opinion, dear readers, of these transfers:

What new Leeds player(s) do you think to be the best, most useful among all enumerated in the last screenshot? Thinking

Author: Vitaliy

Playing Football Manager since 1996. Blogging about it since 2007.