Friday, 14 December 2012

Forest squad analysis after season 1

It’s always important to analyse squad before getting going with a transfer campaign. Currently you may see from the Team Report below my team has many holes and weaknesses.
Forest squad before season 1Attackers
As an additional information, I’d like to provide you with information about wage of all my players. It’s obvious that some of top earners doesn’t deserve to be in the squad:
Nottingham Forest wagesimage

Positional analysis

GK

Loaned Jan Lastuvka has already returned to Dnipro and there’s only one experienced goalie in my squad. However, Lee Camp can only be a decent substitute in Premier League, nothing more. It’s nice that he has played during the season under a backup player status.
A good goalkeeper is vital in sense of Premier League survival next season.

DR

I have only one right back in the squad – Greg Halford. Decent at the flank. Greg is good when defending and not so much efficient during attacking moves. He may also play as central defender.
Of course I should find another right back to have at least two options.

DL

Nearly the same words can be said about the opposite flank of defence. Dan Harding is the only serious option here what is certainly not enough. Forget about Danny Collins: his Pace = 9 and Acceleration = 7. It’s bad even for central back at the Premier League level. So Collins should be transfer listed.
As for new flank defenders, it would be great to find 2 versatile players who can perform well on the both flanks.

DC

As I said, Danny Collins will be transfer listed. After that Forest will remain with:
  • wonderkid Jamaal Lascelles;
  • right back Greg Halford who can perform at the centre;
  • young but weak Tom Thorpe;
  • old and weak Eric Addo;
It’s obvious I need to attract 1-2 central backs to Forest. It would be better if I get two experienced players.

DMC

I use a defensive midfielder just in one of three tactics: counter-attacking 4-1-2-1-2. So it seems no so important at first sight. Nevertheless, I suppose playing counter-attacks may help Forest much to survive at the end. That’s why it would be great to get any decent player for this position. It’s also significant that the newcomer could play as MC.
Additionally, I should confess Forest’s main DMC Guy Moussi didn’t impress at all. His average rating is 6.81 only, tackling ratio is just 68%…
Guy Moussi: Stats.
Guy Moussi

MC + AMC

Now some player stats for you.
Central midfielders of Nottingham Forest
Central midfielders
Attacking midfieldrs, Forst
I always 2 central midfielders in any of my three formations. Though their roles differ. The counter-attacking scheme includes 2 Box-to-Box Midfielders while two other tactics use “Ball winner + Playermaker” approach.
3 AMCs are used in the control 4-2-3-1 tactics that promises to be unpopular in the next season. So I should think more about having good 2 MCs and 1 AMC. Currently I have many players of these types at disposal.
There are several untouchables: Chris Cohen, Simon Cox, Thomas Drage, Mikkel Diskerud.
Glenn Whelan’s loan contacts is at the end, Andy Reid leaves the Reds on a free. As these player categories are the most complicated, I’d like to ask all of you my dear readers:
       Whom else should I get rid of during transfer window?
       Is it necessary to buy new players to MC and AMC positions?

ML

Left midfielders, Nottingham Forest
I feel having these three left midfielders in the squad is enough. Any changes are not necessary.

MR

Right midfieldrs, Forest
Adlene Guedioura can’t perform well at the right flank. So you may count I have two decent MRs here. As for me it would be good to have some strengthening in the position. Though definitely, it’s not high priority.

FC

Strikers of Forst
I plan buy Billy Sharp for $4M (agreed loan fee). Billy is one of my main hopes in pair with Simon Cox. They were the best forwards in the Championship last season. Though there’s a single disadvantage: Sharp has high $37K wage at Southampton, I suspect he can even ask more…
Robbie Findley goes away on free. I will also transfer list Ishmael Miller who returned from loan. He is a large wage budget eater! Dexter Blackstock and Marcus Tudgay are too weak for Premier League and should leave the team.
Obviously I need at least one new striker.

Conclusion

Conclusion
Here is my invention: the conclusion of the squad review is represented as a formation with multi-coloured rectangles.
  • Red rectangles mean the highest urgency and importance.
  • Yellow ones indicate where changes should be done.
  • Grey rectangles underline positions where changes are not compulsory but preferable.
So you see there will be a lot of Forest squad changes. A squad revolution perhaps!
Excited to blog for you,
Vitaliy Mokosiy
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Author: Vitaliy Mokosiy

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