Saturday, 10 March 2012

Q.P.R. squad changes before the 5th season

Hello my dear readers!

Season #5 is about to begin in my Q.P.R. story. As you remember, at the story start I set a target to win Premier League in 5 seasons. So now I should try to compete with Manchester City. They have been dominating in the league for 3 years winning 3 titles in row. Nevertheless, when I was asked about season expectations, I claimed the same target as before the last season:

take Top-4 position to qualify into the Champions League.

Just don’t want to be sacked in case of failure Подмигивающая рожица  It’s due to my feeling that QPR is not ready to compete for the title. Though last QPR transfers can change my opinion. In short, we’ll see…

Season expectations

PL bets

Media prediction


Players out

Players out

I sold a lot of players trying to ease loading on the wage budget and return to a positive financial balance. By the way, your advices in the comments helped me much because I had been hesitating over several footballers.

Most noticeable sales are:

- Alberto Paloschi (SC)

- Younes Kaboul (DC)

- Andreas Bjelland (DC)

- Korey Smith (MC)

- Alejandro Faurlin (DMC)

- Jordan Spence (DR)

- Cole Skuse (DMC)

It was sad to say ‘goodbye’ to Faurlin, Paloschi, and especially Kaboul.

Faurlin wasn’t really efficient during the last season. After this transfer campaign he became the 4th best DMC in the squad. His salary, age, and wish to play in the first eleven helped me to arrange his transfer to Vitesse.

I bought one excellent wonderkid centre back (mentioned in the next post section) and understood it’s necessary to sell one current DCs. Younes Kaboul is nearly 30 years old with the wage of $59K. I was hesitating between him and Cathcart, decided to to sell the French because Craig Cathcart is only 26 years old.

Alberto Paloschi… Perhaps some of you will be disappointed to see him leaving the Rs. But I felt I should give more chances to younger Carlos Fierro as a backup of my main striker Jay Rodriguez. Moreover, there are young talented regens Kolar and Romero who also need some real football practice. By the way, Paloschi’s wage was high: $63K.

Alberto Palochi who has just left the Rangers

Alberto Paloschi


Players in

Players in

It was somewhat unexpected because I didn’t want to do many signings. One of the most important targets was earning money on players’ sales and saving finances to keep positive balance. But my squad needed strengthening, therefore quite I managed to get 8 new players for the first squad!

Here they are:

1. Sime Vrsalljko (DR, DMC) - $11.75M

Available in the Wonderkids List

Sime Vrsaljko in Football Manager 2012

Signing of Sime will certainly resolve my old problem of right back. He was an ideal candidate and worth spent $11.75M. No doubts!


2. Samir Breinburg (DC) - $7M


Breinburg is that wonderkid whose appearance in the Rangers made me to sell Younes Kaboul. He is already very good and strong lacking only Pace and Acceleration to fit into my Supersonic tactical approach. But look at his age! Breinburg has to become one of the best defenders in the world together with another young talented DC I have - Bernard Holt.



3. Mohamed Diame (DMC, MC) - $3.3M

Mohamed Diame in Football Manager 2012

I have been dreaming to get this tenacious defensive midfielder 2 or 3 seasons. He is nearly perfect to fit in my tactical model. The guy replaced Faurlin at DMC position and is going to compete for it with Garmash. He is much more defensive than the Ukrainian what allows to have some tactical fluency. I’ll be able to use Diame when there’s need in better ball winning.


4. Bruno Santos (GK) - $4M


Backup goalkeeper for Ospina. Young and talented.

Next Hilario


5. Chris Brunt (MC, AML, AMR) - $3M

Chris Brunt in Football Manager 2012

It was a risky solution but I wanted Brunt so much. His strong side is a versatility. Leader of Northern Ireland can play evenly good as a central playmaker, left and right winger. Therefore I am going to use his mastery and experience on different position. More tactical fluency here as well as in the case with Diame.


6. Jordan Henderson (MC, AMR) - Free

Available in the Wonderkids List

Jordan Henderson in Football Manager 2012

Henderson was an over-priced English wonderkid at the beginning of the game. Just think: Price=$25M, Wage=$110K

Now I managed to sign him for free for quite advantageous salary. Jordan will play from a substitution bench, though I understand he may leave the team complaining about the first eleven experience lack.


7. Rachid El Amrani (DR) - $2.4M


What a talent! Rachid El Amrani is 16 years old only but can play as a backup player at DR position. He has very promising future!



8. Corrin Brooks-Meade (GK) - $850K

Corrin Brooks-Meade in Football Manager 2012

Just a third goalie with English nationality who agreed on a backup status in the squad.


Team report before the transfers

Team report before

Team report after the transfers

Team report after transfers




Wage budget

Now it’s much better. The balance of Queens Park Rangers is above zero, and it makes me very joyful.

I am in mood to be very determined during the Champions League matches to get as much money as possible. Though the most important my target for the season is competing with Manchester City for the title. I understand there are Tottenham, Man Utd, and others… but Man City is dominating in my story now.

Wish me a good luck! Улыбка

So how do you like my transfers?


Excited to blog for you,

Vitaliy Mokosiy

Author: Vitaliy

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