Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Squad revolution before the 2nd season

Before you start reading about huge Q.P.R. squad changes, please take a look at this awesome tactical post by one of the best FM Crowd authors:

Understanding Football Formations – The 5-3-2

There Football Manager Tactical Newspaper author makes in-depth analysis of 5-3-2 formation in Football Manager 2012.


Squad revolution!

The board was very generous for my promise to achieve a finish near the middle of the standings. They gave me $31.36M for transfers keeping wage budget the same. I had a lot of money for the squad revolution as you seeПламенный привет

Season expectations and transfer money


Players out

I sad Bye to enormous amount of players, don’t remember when I did the same last time…

Players out before season #2

Players out[5]

Here I should single out sales of the former first squad players:

- Adel Taarabt

- Armand Traore

- Paddy Kenny

At last I managed to get rid of Anton Ferdinand and Jay Bothroyd. They were like a dead weight for the team. Petter Vaagan Moen was suddenly sold after thinking over one of the comments made by a blog reader. I didn’t plan to let him out but you, dear readers, convinced me to do that. You see you have an essential influence upon meУлыбка


Players in

22 players bought

As you see we bought 22 players during the transfer campaign. There’s no sense to enumerate all of them. So I will start with Top 10 ranking of new signings and only after that you will see full list of Q.P.R. newbies.


1. Oscar (AMR, MC, AML) - $20M

Mentioned in my wonderkids list

Oscar in Football Manager 2012

Brazilian wonderkid who can become a world star in 3-4 years! It’s the best my signing I suppose. Going to use this guy on flanks. Most part of the paid money - monthly instalments for period 48 months.



2. David Ospina (GK) - $18M

David Ospina in Football Manager 2012

I decided to replace Paddy Kenny with a goalie of higher level. There were several candidates including Diego Barreto, Sebastian Veira, Kevin Trapp… But David Ospina seemed to be the best of them for Q.P.R and not so expensive as Trapp. I like his Reflexes and ability to communicate and organize defenders.

Pay attention that David became the best Ligue 1 goalkeeper in the last season.

Ospina awards


3. Sulley Muntari (MC, DMC) - Free!

Sulley Muntari in Football Manager 2012


I grabbed Sulley for free. We had very difficult contract talks with his agent, but I believe this incredibly experienced and versatile midfielder can become one of team leaders. The biggest Rangers name now! Палец вверх

Additionally, I want to notice he has quite useful preferred moves to fit into our wide passing style.

Preferred moves of Sulley Muntari


4. Ivelin Popov (AML, AMR, MC) - $6M

Ivelin Popov in Football Manager 2012

I had to compete with many clubs for getting Ivelin Popov. Bulgarian winger should become our new first squad AML.


5. Alberto Paloschi (SC) - $3.1M

Mentioned in my wonderkids list

Alberto Paloschi in Football Manager 2012

Alberto Paloschi, Italian talent. Very determined young striker with already pretty good Finishing and Composure. He will compete for the first squad place with Yaya Sanogo and the next my signing - Jay Rodriguez.

We can talk about his prospects and strong sides a lot. But pay attention Alberto has shortcomings of quite low Passing and Dribbling.


6. Jay Rodriguez (SC) - $9.75M

Mentioned in my wonderkids list

Jay Rodriguez in Football Manager 2012

The same shortcomings regarding Passing and Dribbling can be found in Jay Rodriguez profile. I decided to buy him to have a competition for the first squad position and opportunity for some rotation among strikers.

Now I have 3 young talented forwards in the squad! Вечеринка


7. Petar Zanev (DL) - $675K

Petar Zanev in Football Manager 2012

It was the most advantageous transfer of the whole campaignДеньги  Only $675K paid for the player of such calibre. Zanev is quick, strong and brave full back. I think Lucas Digne will become a backup player for him. Though I tend to use them both in rotation.


8. Scott Brown (MC) - Free!

Scott Brown in Football Manager 2012

Experience of Scott Brown should help our refreshed team. It’s important because Q.P.R. has the most young squad now, whereas we had the oldest squad before the 1st season!


9. Korey Smith (MC) - $700K

Mentioned in my wonderkids list

Korey Smith in Football Manager 2012

English prospective midfielder. I paid just $700K for Korey Smith. Sure, he will be a backup player. Hope Korey will show himself well during trainings and matches of the Reserves.


10. Jordan Obita (AML, SC) - $1.7M

Mentioned in my wonderkids list

Jordan Obita in Football Manager 2012

Jordan Obita is very promising attacking midfielder. Look at Potential Ability reported by my scout and you will understand why I paid $1.7M for him.

Potential of Obita


You saw Top 10 Q.P.R. transfers. Now it’s time to uncover the full long list!

Players in before season 2

Players in

There are many youngsters signed on free who may grow during trainings:

- Christian Derflinger (AML), 18 years old

- Samed Yesil (SC), 18

- Jerome Roussillon (DL, AML), 19

- Daniel Bessa (AML, AMR), 19

- Kevin Friesenbichler (SC), 18

- Andrea Romano (DC), 19

- Alex Henshall (AML), 18

I tried to pick up many decent young players released by clubs after the first season. Who knows maybe some of them will develop themselves during trainings much…


Q.P.R. finance after the transfers

3 points here:

- Almost all transfer money is spent.

- Wage budget has a good reserve of $130K.

- Balance is negative, very negative.  We went to large debts.

Transfer money

Wage budget

QPR balance


Q.P.R. clauses were widened with 3 large monthly installment packages for Oscar, Ospina and Rodriguez. So it will be hard to get out of debts during upcoming years.

Transfer clauses of Q.P.R.


The next 2 screenshots will give you an opportunity to compare Q.P.R. squads before and after the squad revolution.

Team report before transfers

Team report before transfers

Team report after transfers

   Team report after the transfers


Team comparison

Now I want you to compare our team with other Premier League clubs and see that Q.P.R became perhaps the 10th-11th team by squad strength.

Goalkeeper & Defense

Goalkeeper Defense[4]

Midfield & Attack

Midfield Attack


I am starting the 2nd season!

Yes, I am ready to do that. I spent so much time making the squad revolution and can’t wait till my first Premier League match. Buy the way we are are starting at home against Liverpool. Then Q.P.R. will play away match against Sunderland, they kicked us out of FA Cup by penalties in the quarterfinal replay match. Two next matches are very tough: home game with Chelsea, away game with Man City.

It will be very complicated season start because new players need time to blend into the team. I think it’s possible that we can even loose all these 4 matches suddenly!

Just stay tuned and you will know how I start the season with all the squad revolution newcomers.

Author: Vitaliy

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