Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Heading the Championship…

Leeds story continues… I passed 3 quarters of the 2nd season and can share results now.

Matches and results

Most of you, dear readers, remember excellent unbeatable run of 10 matches (1 draw and 9 wins) by my Leeds started in the previous post. Now I can say that was only beginning!

Excellent unbeatable run by Leeds 

If we don’t count FA Cup matches we see Leeds is still unbeatable in the Championship: 2 draws + 7 victories. Leeds players collaborate brilliantly together, tactics works fine… Everything is great apart from difficult FA Cup matches with Birmingham. Unfortunately my guys were somewhat unlucky in the equal replay game loosing it with 1:2 score…

Nevertheless nothing could hinder us to concentrate on the league. So as a result current table standing looks as it shown below:

Leeds heading the Championship, 2nd season of FM 2010 

6 points from Newcastle at the 2nd position – this is the thing I can boast just right now :-)

And it’s, of course, logically that I was given by Manager of the Month award:

I was awarded by Manager of the Month award, FM 2010

Seems like I can feel myself free regarding promotion to the Premier League. So it’s time to start thinking about the next season…


Leeds players

Players statistics

Basically I am happy with the way my players have been performing during the last months. Moreover, some Leeds players deserve the best praises:

- Dawid Janczyk (simply the best!)

- Adel Taarabt (his performance is a big surprise for me!)

- Yildiray Basturk (smart AMC)

- David Prieto (the best central defender in the team)

- Oscar Trejo (more detailed information about his performance below in this post)

Here is the list of Leeds players sorted by average rating:

list of Leeds players sorted by average rating, FM 2010


Oscar Trejo is my second forward who plays in pair with Dawid Janczyk. His pitch role is Poacher. And he is more confident and dangerous striker than Jermaine Beckford in this role. You see Trejo’s statistics – the guy has already scored 20 and made 8 assists. His price grew to $4.6M after all. And do you remember his transfer price before the season? Just $800K. 

Oscar Trejo is a really quick and agile striker with pretty high values of Finishing and Composure attributes. This is the reason why he continues to score quite often in his debut season.


Transfers. New signings

Perhaps the most attentive readers noticed Marco Verratti in the squad screen short above. Yes, I have just bought him! It’s a great transfer success because I failed to buy him in summer. He didn’t want to play for Leeds at that time. Club reputation grew up and he has agreed to sign a contract… Just look at attributes of this amazing FM 2010 wonderkid:

Marco Verratti - wonderkid Leeds player, Football Manager 2010 

My future leading (hopefully) playmaker was bought for $2M. I think he should be the main squad player in the next season.

I have also signed young Russian talent Jano Ananidze. He was sent to the reserve squad for a while.

Additionally Mehmet Ekici was loaned to strengthen Leeds centre of midfield. And he did that!

Verratti, Ananidze, Ekici in Leeds, FM 2010


There were also some players whom I had to say “Bye”:

Sold Leeds players during transfer window, FM 2010

Tom Cleverley and Julius Wobay appeared too be rather weak footballers for Leeds United. So I decided to earned some money on these two.

Roman Hubnik insisted on his wish to leave Leeds for bigger club. His very poor morale helped me to start selling him. In the end Zenit paid 1.5 times more money than Hubnik costed – nice piece of business.

Author: Vitaliy

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