GAME REVIEW - FOOTBALL MANAGER 2016
by Andrew Doulton - 16th January - I have created tables myself to depict my season data. These tables are in no way taken from the game itself.
Season 1 Everton
It was an interesting start to my Career with Everton, I was given a very small transfer budget of around £2.4m, which in todays game is peanuts. So it was at this point I decided I was going to see to free up funds to bring in a different type of player. My plan was to bring more technically gifted players in to Everton which would result in a change in style of play. Everton have always been around the Uefa cup spaces but my plan is to buy excellent young talent to push Everton in to the Champions League.
I made the decision to sell my first player due to his very high value for a right back, this was obviously £25m Seamus Coleman. As soon as he was offered out I had a £26.5m offer on the table which I gladly took even though it was to a domestic club. Also on the way out was Bryan Oviedo who I had no interest in but he immediately received a £4,7m offer from Crystal Palace. With a 90% return on transfer fees I was getting my self ready for a spending spree! It was that day that I also received a £900k offer from Wolves for reserve player Conor McAleny which I gladly took.
I had almost £30m burning a whole in the clubs bank account so I decided the first move had to be to replace Coleman. It did not take me long to do this when I had a £9m offer accepted for Spanish International Mario Gaspar. Some seems wrong with the game at this point when I have brought the Spanish right back for £16.5m less that Coleman. I also made a move for a young Left Winger that we rate highly at FanFormation, Sebastian Driussi.
It was at this point that I started to engage problems with Everton of the pitch. Offers came in for Barley, Stones and Jagielka from Chelsea which I rejected. The players became so unhappy after a chat that they wanted to leave, not only that but other squad players seemed to back them and become unhappy themselves. I feel that the options when dealing with the player could be improved, because all of these players did not believe Everton could get in to Europe, which seems bizarre! One player particularly annoyed me so he was offered out straight away, that player was Steven Naismith. Monaco of all teams came in with a generous £6.5 million offer and the door did hit him on the way out. It was around the same time that I tried to audacious moves to bring in some of the biggest talents in World Football. The first offer was young Argentina striker Ponce, who swiftly turned down Everton. The second was for one of the biggest talents in World football (rated by FanFormation) Gabriel Barbosa, and to my surprise the boy signed for just £9.5m. My next signing for £7.5m was the commanding central midfield wonderkid Walace from Gremio. It was at this point that I realised I could do with some more flair in the middle but I was running short of money but then to my surprise I managed to sign 33year old star Kaka from Orlando City, what signing even if he only plays a handful of games!
So I managed to hold on to all of my players and started of with a 4-1-2-2-1 formation using two wingers as inside forwards. I also went for a passing game which I felt would best compliment my new looks squad. Of course there was always the doubt in my mind that I had cut to deep with the squad changes so would it all fit together in time for the season.
PreSeason was a mixed bag with a couple of 1-0 losses, in which the team was shocking. However as the fitness started to come so did the results and debut goals for both Barbosa and Driussi.
Well the transfer window closed and I managed to keep my star players so I was hoping this would help with my Champions League push. My season started ok with a strong draw away at West ham and then a draw at home with Arsenal. Unfortunately my league form them started to dip with follow up losses to Aston Villa at home and Newcastle away. I did however managed to pick up a win against Blackburn in the second round of the League Cup. I started with my regular first team so that the new players would have a chance to settle.
During September things started to improve for my side with 2 wins and 1 draw. The months did not start great with a 2-2 home draw with Palace but it did pick up with an away win against Watford and a 5-0 victory of Norwich. The team seems to really clinking now so hopefully this is the start of a push. There was a down side though with a 1-0 loss in the worthless cup against Barnsley, its no great loss though. The month also saw Mario Gaspars first goal for Everton.
October was the month to forget and Everton were entering free full. After a toning away at Leicester, Everton would then travel to Swansea and pull through with a lucky 0-0 draw. The month was to continue to be disappointing with a 3-1 away win at City. With only 1 point gained over October and the team looking second best in every game it was clear the passing game with one man up front was not working at there did not appear to be a link between the midfield and attack. I decided to switch to a 4-4-2 with a deep lying midfielder to link the midfield and attack
November Review:The change in formation had a massive effect on the whole team. I also used a more direct approach as results were needed quickly to turn this season around. The month started well with a crowd please win over rivals Liverpool. The team then put a good performance against tottenham but unfotunatly conceded in the last minute. With the change in formation Barbosa was now getting his chance up front with Kaka following and injury to Lukaku, and he has taken that chance well with three goals in the final two victories over Everton and Sunderland. The player that is really starting to stand out is Deulofeu who scored three in four games.
December Review: As the team move in to the busy December, Lukaku's injury is causing issues up front for my side. The month starts well with solid wins over Bournemouth and also away at Southampton. Unfortunately the following three games were not so good with a disappointing home loss against Stoke with a loss being the fare result. The next two losses were away at Manchester United and also away at Chelsea which are losses you would normally accept at the start of the season.
January: With the transfer window now open I am starting to receive the exact same bids as before from Chelsea and this time Manchester City. Even at the risk of unhappy players I am continuing to reject these offers. Overall the month went ok with two draws and a win. The biggest win was the impressive 2-1 victory over Arsenal there was a downside to January how ever when Sunderland knocked my boys out of the FA Cup.
The January transfer window gave me the opportunity to clear some squad players out that were unhappy due to a lack of football.
February was a excellent month for my Everton side. 10 points from 12 has propelled my team towards the top four after a disappointing start to season. With Lukaku's return the team seems to be performing better as a unit but once again it is Deulofeu and Barbosa are the players in the goals with both scoring 3 in 4. The home win against Newcastle was a particular highlight as the team dominated the game.
March: With the Champions League now insight I was hoping that Everton would be able to push on for the title but I my team struggled away against a well performing Swansea side and also against rivals Liverpool. All was not bad though as my team did manage to gain revenge over Leicester City and Manchester City
April: This was supposed to be the final push for the champions league with a good run of fixtures, but all the hard work unravelled in front of my eyes and my team was now stuck in 7th position and a few points behind Manchester United and Swansea. With three home games this month I expected to pick up some good points. However a draw with Spurs and a loss against Southampton. That as well as a loss away at West Brom and a draw at Bournemouth it really was a terrible month. The only win that my side managed was over Sunderland but this was important as it has kept me in contact with Swansea and Manchester United.
My final two results of the season were just what my side needed to finish in the top six. With Manchester United slipping up and my side pulling of an away win at Stoke and also a win against Champions Chelsea my side scraped in to 6th place and next seasons Europa League.
The following data shows the player performance over the season and also the final league positions. I have already made a decision that I will revert my side back to a passing attacking line up next season. I already have plans to clear out some more of the squad players and bring in some more technical based players. I will be back with my second season in the coming month.