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Career Tree's "Football Factory" (all Youth coaches) - season 22

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11 hours ago, Mr Tree said:

you can never have too many right-backs, I think the saying goes.

😂 That comment has just brought me a great idea for a challenge. Potentially. Hope I can make it work. 

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· Posted (edited)

So otherwise, thanks @Dagion and @smoggy90 for your comments, highly appreciated! And @Paul186... I'll explain but, you played a large part ;)

Season Eight

A couple of decent talents here - both ended up having impressive first seasons. Stevens was on the bench a lot and responded well to Lafont's mentoring, while East got some goals in the cups. I'm finding the mentoring most effective in the first year - they seem to pretty quickly get messages saying "mentoring no longer likely to be useful" etc.

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AssMan was happy about the "characters" of the squad:

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And there was a lot to like here, although still a bit leadership required:

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An old friend returned to England and became an enemy......

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There was another (?) World XI and Seb retained his spot:

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We left glorious Griffin Park in style:

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And we smashed Man City in our first game in the new place too. I was tempted to use the placeholder name for the new ground that we're moving to in real life, but I ended up using the "joke" name that we came up with on the Brentford forums - I think it originated from someone, during the new stadium name debate, saying "oh for god's sake who cares, just call it Susan!" and it stuck (and led to many other silly jokes).

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We were in the mix and progressing fine... until a disastrous December, when we lost two games 3-0, quite inexplicably, before taking one point from two games against 1st and 2nd on December 26th and 28th - the second one this savage FMMing:

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I rage-quit and went to bed in a right huff :D

The next morning, I saw Paul's comment about selling my Messi-regen and I thought yeah, let's get rid of him. I had plenty of other talents on the wings, and he was a disruptive little shit, constantly "struggling to be motivated" for Champions League semi-finals etc...

He got one more world XI nomination, although I hated seeing all that P$G representation...

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...but I ditched him the next day. Couldn't get a buyer though! Ridiculous - he's on a good wage but not big enough to put off the biggest clubs, especially considering what a star he is. Stupid game. So I left him rotting in my reserves, and our form picked up. The game was in a better mood with me, allowing me to have a revenge FMM-ing:

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And that game proved crucial!

I was a bit unlucky to go out in the FA Cup:

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I won the Carabao, and funnily enough I was using my youngsters a lot in most cup games, but I played nearly my strongest team in that game against Chelsea because the international break was straight after. Maybe my strongest team isn't my strongest team!!

The title race came down to the last day... And Man Utd blew it :D

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Beautiful!

Crespo did well to win awards despite not playing the second half of the season!

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My Spanish 24yo striker getting a surprise podium finish in the Young Player award there too....

But of course, no space in the team of the year for the champs or owners of the player of the year :)

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As long as I get my award:

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And we added the European crown in style:

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Which earned me Sugar Daddy:

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The squad overview. Fraser was away on loan for a while, wiping out stats from earlier in the season. An aging Benrahma didn't play (much) until Crespo dropped out. Strikers finally firing properly! Yao stepped up on the wing, and Kana's goals were mostly penalties - don't know how he got the job, and he eventually lost it as he missed a few...

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My manager profile. How the fk is the Youth Policy measured!

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Some of my prospects:

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I know keepers aren't much to look at, especially without keeper coaches, but 14-15-15 on the main skills is pretty useful at a young age!

The England squad:

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With three current bees including two stars of the team... Plus one former bee, striker Kinnear:

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So this is starting to improve - up to 4 past or present bees now!

Thanks for reading - have a great weekend!

Edited by Mr Tree

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Vose looks brilliant! I only seem to find flawed youthful goalies, nice stats but then a 1 for communication or something like that. Or technique. 

Regarding the Youth Policy, maybe scout like crazy for youth? Or buy young players? Not sure, it always seems decent in my saves (like 13 or something).

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15 hours ago, Mr Tree said:

Susan

🤣 

Manager numbers are messed up, youth policy makes zero sense apparently. How about the domestic player bias? Looks like it's entirely based on your transfers in and not on the overall % of nationalities in your squad. 🤔 

This is a very good read, Tree! 

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Great read as ever and shocked that my comment has played a part in the save, look forward to the next season.

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Great job with the career . Like watching the youth progress and good to know loans do work to help a youngster develop 👍.. Will you bring him up from reserves or sell him getting up there age wise to make a decision on Leon ?? Think you will find a buyer for Messi jr ? Kinda dumb he got all the awards sitting in reserves they should have minimum # of games played in EPL to be eligible . 
 

If you got time has any youth player you let go turned out to be a good player ? Any surprises where they are currently sort of a “Where Are They Now” type update ? 

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· Posted (edited)

Thanks for your comments @Dagion @BatiGoal @Paul186! And @DIRECTFX, I got some screenshots ready for a "Where Are They Now?" post, but I'll keep it separate - maybe tomorrow or Wednesday...

Season Nine

A very meh bunch coming up this year...

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We did find a buyer for the Messi regen:

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And of course we ended up playing Bayern in Europe :(

But by now, it really didn't matter much, as we had a dominant season, domestic cups aside:

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The community shield was a shrug but we won the Super Cup in style:

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And we rolled through the Prem, confirming the title with three games to go:

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Odsonne leading the way:

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4 in the team of the year... I know it looks like five, but the fifth in red-n-white stripes, Moro, is just an ex-bee...

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Of course I'm the king:

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I even got my first World Coach podium place this year:

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We survived a tricky early knockout tie with Monaco:

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And Bayern (with our mate crespo) gave us a tricky semi, with a 2-2 draw in England. But I smashed them in the "third quarter" to cruise home:

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And we came back from 2-0 down in the final, with a late equaliser, surviving 10 men for the last 20mins (made all my subs already) :

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Bit unlucky with the domestic cups, my young teams losing away to decent prem sides:

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I played city in the league a few days later and won 4-2 :)

The Team Report at the start of the season made for nice reading :)

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But alas Lafont, who spent all five years of his contract being "unsettled" without explanation...

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...wouldn't even consider a new deal with time running down on his existing one:

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So I listed him without takers, but the kid Vose was doing well enough that I just put Lafont in the reserves the rest of the way. Liverpool were the only team to beat me at this point, 3-1 at anfield, but Vose got MOM as we snuffed them out at home:

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I wondered what impact we'd see after only conceding 9 goals in the first half of the league season, but the kid did outstandingly, conceding only 4 in the second half...

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We had some big injuries this year, with this a sickener for Joe:

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And then my young 3rd-string AP, who was coming along nicely...

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...had this happen:

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This was he looked when it happened:

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Still, one door closes and all that - big chance for Uche to stake a claim now...

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Meanwhile my Spanish/Ivorian winger (who's he a regen of? I trained him to light-green in the AML position, he was already light-green in the other three), who looked like this by now...

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...joined Crespo in the World XI :)

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And my other winger wasn't shabby either:

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And this guy barged past Hahn to be "first backup winger":

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Axel continued to develop into a quality rock at the back too:

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Best player in England, in fact... 7 of the top 10 were mine, with number 9 on loan from me :)

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The rest of the world still don't respect us much though :(

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Although young striker Mario is seen as the brightest young thing in the world :)

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The stats overview for the season:

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And a look at them in value-order:

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Manager profile - and funnily enough, a not-amazing-but-not-awful Manager 1000 club achieved in 499 games (with the 2-2 draw vs Barca being Game 500)

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And a new high-water mark with FIVE past or present bees in the England squad, as they finally called up Thornton for the Euros, so my four in yellow are joined by my ex-striker Kinnear:

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Fair play to you if you read all that :D many thanks! All the best :)

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Wow. 13 months. Didn't see that one before, hope he recovers from it, seen it happen with the 8/9 months one.

The top 10 looks excellent that way 😁

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13 months is harsh especially on developing talent. Hope he can recover.

But good job otherwise!! 😃😃

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Really nice to see those youngsters develop. The more I read your career the more I itch to start my own 👍 great job. 

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· Posted (edited)

Many thanks for your comments @Paul186 @smoggy90 @Dagion and @LTFC - yeah, poor Otta didn't figure at all the next season, but he did go out on loan to Ukraine for the last few weeks and I've ended up listing Aouar now which should give him a chance to compete a bit in season 11.

I'll post season 10 tomorrow probably, but for now, as @DIRECTFX requested, a little "Where Are They Now?"

Season 1's Rising Stars

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Got a lot of time for these two wingers in real life... They had their moments with me, Joe got close to making it in the big-time, but eventually they had to go.

Joe's done alright for himself:

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Halil, alas, has joined the Putney scum:

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Season 2 academy graduates:

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I'll only show the ones I actually promoted, cos the others didn't even benefit from our fantastic coaching. Here was the first crop:

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Not much there - my academy was still pretty poor at this point, remember...

Season 2's Rising Star:

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Marcus did well for a while, then went off the boil as we rose to the very top. Doing alright for himself in France now:

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Season 3 academy graduates:

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Small was obviously the stand-out, and he's battled his way through to be my regular LB and an England international:

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Big Cam is still with us too - I like him but he's not quite good enough for the elite level (regularly). Useful backup though :)

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Otherwise there was DMC Spinelli, who I'm pretty sure broke his leg or something with me :(

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And young forward English, who never got far with me:

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Season 3's Rising Stars

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One remains, but he's falling down the pecking order...

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And one has moved on:

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Season 4 academy graduates:

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Keeper Todd never really got anywhere with me:

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Neither did midfielder Mills:

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But striker Fraser and full-back Nadesan have hung around:

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Tyson and Roberts-Hutton weren't much cop...

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Season 4's Rising Stars:

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Actually, there was Small, previously mentioned, plus Hare, who I liked but just could never squeeze into the team:

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Season 5 academy graduates:

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Thornton has popped up a bit lately, so you know he's doing well.

I love Mooney too - it's taken some nurturing to bring him through but in Season 10 he firmly becomes my first-choice BWM:

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Blackett's popped up a bit too, he's done well:

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Emmanuel was decent but I had someone better coming through, so I got rid of him:

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Barker scored two on his debut in a cup - but I listed him this summer, got too many wingers and he wasn't making it...

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And Hewlett was unlucky, got a nasty injury so dropped back a bit, no use for me:1283026108_Screenshot_20200406-135117_FM20Mobile.thumb.jpg.fd77a9d693cce2382cd390315979c3e6.jpg1363272278_Screenshot_20200406-135121_FM20Mobile.thumb.jpg.aec20f47b4938c540849eeb4d7994477.jpg

 

So that's a good chunk taking us up to the kids who've now had five years in the game. I'll try to do another update in due course... Thanks!

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Just caught up again, you are doing fantastic. Nice point margin you achieved in that last season, I always use it to test my youngsters, and I'm sure you also make the most of those 3 or 4 games you have after winning the league. Very good talents, I can't see Thornton anywhere near the level I expected from him, my bet on the best rising start is now on Small, what a player! It's very hard to get good left wingbacks in the game, so you got a gem there. KIU 

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Many thanks @BatiGoal and @S4NCH0!

 

Season Ten

Another inauspicious bunch - guess I've been spoiled and you can't get stars every year, but bleh...

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Executive summary:

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Youngsters unlucky in the first league cup game for the only real black spot on the season.

Mario cemented his spot as the best young star in the world:

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We were unlucky to lose out in a cracking Euro Super Cup:

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Mario kept racking up the plaudits:

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We finally got a clean sweep here - yeah, Bailey and Walker are mine, out on loan:

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My Reserves finished bottom - expecting better to be honest, should be a decent squad for that level!!

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But fortunately no such worries for the big boys - my fourth title in a row, and a third silver medal in four years for Liverpool :)

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I had it wrapped up three games from the end, so I was able to go young for the final few games:

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We had so much quality young talent that we got a clean sweep of the Young Players award:

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...as well as for the seniors:

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Plus domination of the Team of the Year:

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But all this couldn't get me past these illustrious managers for my customary award - "voter fatigue", I suppose!

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In the FA Cup, we survived a legendary quarter-final...

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And thrashed Liverpool 1-0 in the final:

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And we won the Champions League for the third season in a row, winning on penalties again after beating Barca the same way last year:

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We finally got there on our FOURTH match-point! And that doesn't tell the whole story - we were 2-0 up against 10 men but they scored two late goals, one deep in injury time. We battered them again in extra time but couldn't get a goal... I'd have been gutted if we didn't win!

Squad overview:

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Rising Stars - Bailey had a productive season away on loan, and looks good to take over as Gomez, Tuanzebe and Adarabioyo age...

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Rechel took over as first-choice right-back:

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And Aarons stepped up well when he got chances as the backup:

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Cole has rendered Kana surplus to requirements (with Mooney taking over as the starter BWM) :

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However, we're down to 3 past and present bees in the England squad, from last year's PB of 5 - Small was injured towards the end of the season, and Tuanzebe had injury issues too and struggled to get back into my team or the national squad...

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I'll try and refine the updates going forward, as obviously most names will be regens. Hopefully they'll still be interesting! And yeah, not a bad 10 years. Jury's still out but the all-Youth coaches doesn't seem to have a negative effect, anyway! We'll see how the next generation come through - could have a very nice squad if all goes to plan...

Thanks for reading!

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43 minutes ago, Mr Tree said:

I'll try and refine the updates going forward, as obviously most names will be regens. Hopefully they'll still be interesting! And yeah, not a bad 10 years. Jury's still out but the all-Youth coaches doesn't seem to have a negative effect, anyway! We'll see how the next generation come through - could have a very nice squad if all goes to plan...

Thanks for reading!

Not negative but do you think they have a positive effect? I always go for General, Fitness, Youth and Attacking and myself as a Motivational but I'm really not sure what the actual effect is of their differences. 

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Great stuff, Tree. Team A setting the world on fire again. Bit disappointing to see Team B at the bottom. Any idea what your Reserves Team's best finish has been? 

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Engana is a beat! Omg he alone created 42 goals, those stats are mad. once again a clean sweep of mayor competitions, congrats!

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Well done on another great season, the England manager needs to be sacked he got no idea he should be picking more Bees players

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Thanks guys. @Dagioni think there must be an effect but it must be small. I'm surprised we haven't seen any "needs specialist coaching" messages during the save. The lads I'm bringing through seem to develop well, so we have to credit the coaching for that I reckon.

@BatiGoali don't pay much attention to them but they certainly haven't done well at all - midtable at best, I reckon.

Otherwise I'd been meaning to show this for a while, a little comparison of the wages (and values) of my squad versus some other big guns (specifically here last year's final four in the Champions League). I've had to pay some silly wages but not too much, so I'm still punching above my weight... And punching hard!

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Otherwise, thank you @S4NCH0 and @Paul186 for your support - it's highly appreciated!

Season Eleven

Another distinctly unexciting youth class:

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And despite all my success, the board remained unsure about me:

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Eventually, with another great season on the cards, they conceded that I might be alright:

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And we smashed it, securing the title with five games to spare. We started a little slow, then won 17 league games in a row, which helps, I gather :)

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Our rivalry with P$G continued:

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Squad overview:

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Wellington (the Duke) stepped up but he still had his inconsistent games, hence the non-stellar AvR. d'Almeida took over freekicks and eventually penalties and he loved it :)

With a few lads becoming phased out, our starting lineup started looking nice and young :)

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Super Mario looks like this now... an Aubameyang regen, I think, his second nationality is Gabonese - I know Aubameyang is top-quality anyway, but wow, this guy has become so good, although like his strike-partner, still some consistency issues!

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Other Rising Stars... Streich finally took over as starting RB in the second half of the season:

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Bailey became starting CB alongside Blackett:

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And Hahn took advantage of an injury to Yao to snatch his spot in the team:

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This was my top scorer, btw:

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I bought this kid in the summer, and he scored within 5mins of his debut - looks like he'll be a good un...

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The tough thing now is having players who look great, but no space to squeeze them in ahead of my other great players... I can't get rid of Hepworth, but can't get enough games for him!

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Manager profile, with my Youth Policy score bouncing back:

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Number of past or present bees in the England squad on the last day of the season: 5 - tying the PB, and they're all mine, no ex's :)

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And the future looks bright...

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Thanks for reading!

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Have you sold or released many youth players along the way. That could explain your low Youth Policy number. I hate to have to tell you this but pls don't ignore the youth ok?? 😂 

Doing fabulous! 

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Think the youth policy has to do with buying and picking up free youngsters. Mine is quite high now but the only players I can sign are young because the wage budget is abysmal with my current club. 

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Thanks again, @BatiGoal @Paul186 and @Dagion!

As the horizon becomes filled with regens, I'll try to refine these updates a bit... Starting with two seasons in one here... I was gutted to lose my "Champions League Streak" with Barcelona beating me in season 12, so I signed 2x £100m strikers, and then Barca beat me in the goddamn quarter-final in season 13 as we failed to score in either game!!

Seasons 12 & 13

Season 12's bumper crop...

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With AMC Duncan soon looking tasty:

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England lost heartbreakingly at the world cup - late winner, late equaliser, extra-time winner, extra-time equaliser, last-minute defeat...

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Shouldn't have got my defender injured, should they?!

Nice successful season:

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My starting AP had become a bit bloody awesome:

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And we've moved up to having two regulars in the World XI:

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But we got a little derailed by our strikers... I had six decent lads at the start of the season, which is obviously too many, so I sold one. Then the plucky young upstart refused to sign a new contract, so I ditched him too. I should've got a new young'un but I messed up, and then...

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Two of the others picked up knocks too, so I left myself a bit bare! Which was the real reason for splashing out in the summer...

The season ended with Newcastle needing victory at the champions to stay up...

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And we... showed them zero mercy :)

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But the CL Final loss hurt :(

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Squad overview:

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Some of the rising stars:

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Good to see him recovering well after his long injury layoff...

Down to 4 on the "past or present players in the England squad", although I was about to sign one of the others...

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Another shiny AMC for season 13:

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Not the best year though:

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Liverpool beat me fair and square in the cup :(

 

Needed a late recovery here... Can't remember hitting 30 shots before:

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The only Rising Star I took a shot of this year was my Japanese winger, who enjoyed his time in France and will come back shit-hot for Season 14:

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My squad overview - Brennan and Vose took advantage of their limited opportunities... Yakubu and Hargreaves were a bit underwhelming for 100mill each... Dyer was on the youth graduate screen above, did well, so I played him more - he could go far...

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And we have EIGHT past or present bees in the England squad here - my five plus Kinnear, Walker (who I loved but gave up on) and Small, who was the stand-out poor performer in my first XI. With Piccini (above) coming through, it was time for him to move on...

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Thanks for reading :)

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A couple of goodish seasons, shame about the cups, but you England player numbers are now picking up good work.

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In theory they can almost put together a starting 11 of Bees. Nice. Any players stuck in U21?

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44 minutes ago, Dagion said:

In theory they can almost put together a starting 11 of Bees. Nice. Any players stuck in U21?

Sure, loads :)

But none who are over-age / bugged, so that's a relief...

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Cheers @Paul186 @Dagion and @BatiGoal- much appreciated!

Seasons Fourteen & Fifteen

Sometimes, there's just nothing...

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You're not wrong, Dan:

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Ellis has hardly set the world alight either in his first two seasons. Ah well, can't win em all.

But we can win IT all :)

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We got our first world player of the year:

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Plus Asian player of the year:

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But we lost one of our stalwarts - Thornton was on £15m a year (about 300k a week) but the board wouldn't let me offer a new deal worth more than 12m a year, despite us being well-rich and him being shit-hot. Stupid game.

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I was sulking a bit but we're so well stocked that it doesn't matter, really.

We crushed all-comers before facing our recent nemesis in the CL final, gunning for their third in a row - but they were no match for this year's bees:

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Overview of the top performers - Vose did well again when he filled in, but his time was up and he moved on in the summer... As always, I've had loads of youth keeper graduates, so I've got good backup to take Vose's place...

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Some of the Rising Stars - this guy claimed the starting RB spot:

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Bought this guy for £100m - we already had two good BWM's but I couldn't resist, especially with the chance to restore an Algerian connection:

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And Toby was really starting to bloom up front... Probably a Kane regen, yeah?

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With my new number one Stevens finally getting international recognition, the future looked bright...

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And by season-end we were up to 10 past and present players in the England squad - my six plus Small, Thornton, Walker and Kinnear.

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Season 15's crop looked much more promising:

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But we had to replace one of our coaches :(

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I congratulate the team on maintaining excellence during the upheaval:

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We started poorly but soon got rolling, securing the title with plenty of room to spare.

Unfortunately our other big nemesis struck to deny us world championship glory:

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This late turnaround was glorious:

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And helped us to crush a tricky-looking group, averaging four goals a game:

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Super Mario was having an off year, but Solly stepped up to grab his first World XI spot - even if he is shoe-horned in at "I guess he could play there but he never does" left-back:

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All of the strikers had ups and downs, injuries etc - poor Brennan might need to get a longer run cos he seemed to stay more consistent than some of the bigger names around him! Loving those assist numbers, too :)

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Toby attracted interest from the enemy, but we could bat them away...

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Dyer emerged as a centre-back option (with Bailey suffering awfully from injuries, and Blackett losing form)...

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This first-year graduate looks a bit tasty, too...!!

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Meanwhile, Gerson pushed Maxi out as the starting AP:

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And Richie did a great job as his backup, banging in numerous important goals:

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But he's got this lad ready to challenge him as the backup, too!

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So that's about it - here's the profile at the halfway point. The Domestic Player and Youth Policy scores are disappointing given the point of this career :D

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Stuck at 10 England internationals, for now...

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One last thing...

I dug this guy up:

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And I thought - how good ARE my coaches?!

Ok, it's a bit of a cheat, there's a lot of 8's and 9's there - but how much can they really do?

Well he quickly benefitted from the fact that very few people in Scotland know how to play football:

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And by the end of his first season, his value had increased from 6k to 4m...

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A loan spell in his second year really did the biz 😮

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So I found myself another project - not getting many good young strikers through, so I found a player at Dartford...

The lad, rather optimistically, asked for 15k a week:

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I said "what about 6?"

He said "I will consider your offer okyespleasethankyouwheredoisign?"

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However, despite Darren's optimism...

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He hasn't improved at all!

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Fecking useless, the lot of ya!

 

Next Time

As I'm halfway into the career, I thought that my next two posts could be a current squad overview, "Meet The Players", followed by a "Where Are They Now?" look at all my academy graduates. I hope that it'll be interesting to one or two of you, but even if not, I'll be doing them anyway - it's fun to put them together, and I've not got much better to do! :D

As a little taster... Here is the guy who got the ball rolling... Sold for 10mill to Bournemouth before we even played a competitive game:

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Well, he looks a bit rough!

And he's not had much of a career, only 184 games :(

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It was a shame I couldn't keep him (love him in real life, obviously!), but his fee helped us to get the sort of players I wanted, and it looks like I dodged a bit of a bullet as he doesn't seem to be very good!

 

Thanks for reading!

Edited by Mr Tree

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