Monday, 29 April 2013

Forest squad review before transfer campaign

Hi all!

I am glad you decided to join me in this squad reviewing process. It’s hugely important. I will debut with Nottm Forest in Champions League and try to win PL title next season. That’s why I decided to make a very long squad review post digging into every position used by each of my Triple C tactics.

Firstly, please see my current team report:




Samir Handanovic is almost world-class goalie as for me. He doesn’t need to be replaced and is enough for achieving any goals.  So I don’t think about strengthening this position at the moment.

Central defenders


Jamaal Lascelles has suffered decrease of attributes and lost a half of star after long-term injury but he is not worse than Danny Batth.

Whether does this position need strengthening? I doubt that, though I deem the 4th high-level centre back should be added to have rotation options.

I am also going to sell Eneko Navarro who has unacceptably low Teamwork and Work Rate:


Left defenders


My DMC Ignjovski is the best left back by stars from assistant manager. Hmmm… It makes me thinking about strengthening this position. However, Yaroslav Rakitskiy has been performing stably and very well for three seasons. Any new signings are unlikely I would say.

Lee Wallace became one of the season surprises. His influence during key matches in the season ending is merely invaluable. It’s reflected in the high Wallace’s average rating.

Alexandar Ignjovski


Right defenders


Here I have very different situation on the opposite flank of defence. Newbie Seamus Coleman doesn’t impress me at all and should leave the team. Together with Adam Smith who has just returned from loan.

Thus the stake should be made on youngsters Villa and Otto. Both may grow in football stars in few seasons.

I also have Neil Eardley who was loaned out during season 5. But I feel he is quite average for the current level of my club.


Carlos Villa




It’s well known DMC position is used only in one of my three tactics. So it’s significance is probably not that high. No changes needed here because currently I have one excellent DMC Alexandar Ignjovski and very prospective substitution player Dean Paterson.


Central midfielders


The strongest area I have. A lot of options. I doubt I should change something but there will be changes. They are caused by too large size of Forest squad. Moreover, the leader of Everton Ross Barkley will join my team in few weeks…

In short, there are several candidates for sale:

  • Henri Lansbury
  • Roberto Velazquez
  • and even Thomas Drage who can be sold just because he is not British player

Left midfielders


One of the weakest positions. It could be smart to buy a top level player here because I use flat 4-4-2 quite often. But I am still not sure. Could you give me a tip about that looking over profiles of Will Hughes and Robert Perrett below?

Will Hughes


Robert Perrett


Right midfielders


Here I would stick with Rick Stevens. The Dutch rocket (look at his speed attributes) has an immense prospect in my opinion. I feel I should give him more chances and may be train Rick as AMC in addition.




No need to change something here.



It’s so difficult to decided what I should do with my strikers. Podolski is about to leave the team and Nottm Forest remains with Ademilson and bunch of talented youngsters including top goal scorer Mason Bennett with his 33 goals per the last season.

My main question: should I buy another experienced top level forward? Or it’s better to rely on youngsters?



The information about player wages should help you and me to think over squad changes. Perhaps there’re some players like Neil Eardley who are overpaid.



Additionally, I am posting some financial information of Nottm Forest. Balance, transfer money, wage limit.





That’s what I concluded. Red rectangle means compulsory signature of new player at position, yellow – likely change with a lot of hesitation (your advices are needed!), grey zones mean unlikely appearance of new players at the marked positions.

  • Whether should I buy top-level strikers?
  • Is it enough to have Hughes and Perrett on the left flank?
  • Whether are my defense flanks strong enough to compete with, let’s suppose, Barcelona in the Champions League?

These all are questions I’m seeking answers for them now.

Excited to blog for you,

Vitaliy Mokosiy

Author: Vitaliy

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