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Career Tree's "Football Factory" (all Youth coaches) - season 23

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· Posted (edited)

Hi guys, hope you're all keeping well...

With the current downtime :( I've been working on my new career :)

What is The Football Factory?

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...oh, wait, no, that's not it!

No, sorry if you're here for rowdiness, but I mean it in the sense of a production line... 

I don't really enjoy the top level on this game, with the egotistical knobheads wanting a pay-rise on their paltry 400k a week...

No, my main enjoyment is bringing a young player through and watching him blossom.

And something @Ian said / found last year got me thinking... In his legendary Kean career, he ended up employing three Fitness coaches and getting extra benefit on his aging star (and the rest of his squad).

So I thought... Could that work in other ways?

So this is gonna be a conventional career with the greatest team on god's green earth:

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With the twist being that, not only am I a Youth specialist:

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But so are my coaches:

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I had to recruit another and there were 5 or 6 options, but one stood out - I chose to steal this fella off Oxford solely to enrage @Foxy, who is no doubt beside himself with fury now.

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He quickly passed his exams to become a gold, so we're well stocked there. Alas, our facilities leave a little to be desired...

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But hopefully we'll get winning and be able to convince the board to upgrade.

I'm going to make the "number of past or present players in the England squad as of the final day of the season" my barometer of success for each season, but I'm not going to tie myself in knots with any crazy restrictions like selling old players or only recruiting English... But we'll see how it goes. There may be scope to "bolt on" a challenge or two - let me know if you think of anything!

Otherwise, please wish me luck, and I'll be back with an update on the first season soon enough...

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1 hour ago, Mr Tree said:

chose to steal this fella off Oxford solely to enrage @Foxy, who is no doubt beside himself with fury now.

I think KR sums up everyone at the clubs feelings about this.

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· Posted (edited)

Many thanks for the comments, @LTFC @Paul186 @Foxy @Titjes @Ian @Gandalf @BatiGoal and @smoggy90 - much appreciated!

Season One

Now yes, they're my team, but seriously the bees squad is perfect for this - stacked full of young quality first-teamers with plenty of potential in reserve.Some of you may remember that I actually live in Czech Republic 🇨🇿, making this early transfer offer hard to stomach...

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On the other hand, that's a huge wedge for a kid who's barely played, and I didn't have much of a budget to start with, so this got the ball rolling...

We were a little unlucky to go out in the cup:

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But we pissed the league:

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The season's top performers:

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With French winger Mbeumo, who had a great season in real life and is on the wonderkid list, bagging an award:

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Rising Star of the Season

A couple of good increases for reserve wingers:

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But it's not like the Youth coaches are neglecting the old lads, which is... interesting...

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We got moving on the facility upgrade too...

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But for the sake of clarity...

Number of past or present players in the England squad at the end of the season: 0

Thanks for reading - I'll aim to return with Season 2 tomorrow...

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Great start getting the promotion and winning the league as well. Ollie Watkins should be called up for England soon if he continue performing like that in Premier League, love this player ever since using him in a Man City challenge last year.

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· Posted (edited)

Thanks @Kun Aguero- Ollie had a fantastic season in real life this year, so hopefully you'll start to see him at the top level soon. I'd add a compilation here but it's quite bizarre really (but cool too), 90% of his goals were literally from the edge of the six-yard box - he developed a great Poacher mentality.

Anyway back to the game...

Season Two

Our first offering of youth players was...

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...hmm. I'm actually three seasons ahead so I can give a mini-spoiler that the two double-barrelled lads were released after their first contacts - D-K had a couple of moments but didn't get far.

Hopefully future crops will be better...

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We did reach an important milestone, with Ollie making his England debut (like you said, Kun!) :

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A decent season saw the board favourable to upgrade requests:

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And this... was close to being better! A Chelsea injury-time equaliser stopped me from going 2nd with about 10 games to go, and unfortunately our confidence wobbled to such an extent that we limped home:

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Encouraging nonetheless :)

And these awards may be biased towards the human's team, but I'll take them :)

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Couple of spots in the team of the year, too - Pinnock was phenomenal in real life this season. Gosens was a good left-back I picked up.

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Squad overview:

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Rising Star of the Season

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Marcus's stats haven't exploded here, but 35m is pretty decent :)

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And yeah, I'll have to work out a way to capture these, because some of the great stat boosts during the season aren't showing at the end. Winger Joe is improving nicely though:

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Number of past or present players in the England squad at the end of the season: 1 - well, actually, I forgot to check, but I'll take Ollie for this year and I'll try to check this better going forward :)

Thanks for reading!

Edited by Mr Tree

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I like the idea of using academy players. That's something I gotta try, only academy lads with zero transfers in, for a future career. 

Kiu Tree. 

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· Posted (edited)

Many thanks @Ian @Paul186 @LTFC and @BatiGoal, much appreciated!

Season Three

My new crop of youth featured a potential stud...

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And we continued upgrading...

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Meaning that we could employ another coach - and who else but the illustrious Scott Sellars?

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The only player shots I took this season (as I wrestled with trying to show the progress effectively) were these two, mid-season - a good young striker I recruited, and my reserve full-back:

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We had a great season but spurs went on a mad run, something like 17-4-0 if I remember right. But they started bottling it down the stretch, so I just needed to win the last game to get the title...

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What a rollercoaster though - that mad early red card and goal against, then 3-1 and cruising, then... Deep in injury time, they played a through ball, their striker got ahead of our defender, drew the keeper and... Put it wide!! Heart attack!!

But we'd done it!

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Benrahma back-to-back, just about holding off... Ollie McBurnie?!

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Forss the top dog, while Mbeumo was still strong:

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Benny plus my Serbian CB recruit in the team of the year - I brought in three defenders who all got "something of a coup" messages upon signing, which obviously was a good sign!

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Of course, I got the top prize:

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A little look at the squad:

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And all this success meant I could continue upgrading...

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My manager profile... With my youth policy lagging!!

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And the England squad, with zero past or present bees :( but I spy at least two future bees there ;)

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Thanks for reading, and spoiler alert: this was NOT the start of my reign of terror...

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Really interesting approach/career! The quality of the academy doesn't always guarantee a good prospect I noticed at Ajax. Sometimes I got none with better potential than three starts while employing one youth coach. Looking forward to see if there's a way to boost the youth.

Quick question, when you say present or past bees regarding England, you only mean the past season?

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3 hours ago, Dagion said:

Quick question, when you say present or past bees regarding England, you only mean the past season?

Thanks @Dagion- my "goal" is that the England squad is full of players who've passed through my club, because my club will process so much talent. It might be unrealistic, but hopefully I'll but some nice numbers eventually.

So no, I mean anyone who was ever at my club, now or in the past 👍

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1 minute ago, Mr Tree said:

Thanks @Dagion- my "goal" is that the England squad is full of players who've passed through my club, because my club will process so much talent. It might be unrealistic, but hopefully I'll but some nice numbers eventually.

So no, I mean anyone who was ever at my club, now or in the past 👍

Alright, isn't the number 1 then? Since Ollie played in the update before the last one? 

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3 minutes ago, Dagion said:

Alright, isn't the number 1 then? Since Ollie played in the update before the last one? 

Aha - no, I mean "how many are in the current squad" - and obviously that can change, so I'm taking it as the final day of the season. Ollie's lost his place...

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Fantastic season this last one! Can't wait to see what Europe brings our way. I really enjoy the idea of playing homegrown talents, I've always thought that's the essence of FMM. Keep up the good work. As an extra comment, if possible, it would be cool if you uploaded the board request panel so we could see how the club is growing facility and stadiumwise. Cheers!

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Glad to see this save! Gonna be real interesting. Nice start, some of those players are looking real good. Keep it up mate, fascinating stuff! 🙂

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On 29/03/2020 at 17:16, Dagion said:

The quality of the academy doesn't always guarantee a good prospect I noticed at Ajax. Sometimes I got none with better potential than three starts while employing one youth coach. Looking forward to see if there's a way to boost the youth.

I've noticed in my testing that top youth facilities mean that players come out with much better hidden attributes (Professionalism, Big Matches, Consistency, etc). Their actual Potential Ability depends on some other stuff:

Basically all new players are a regen of a retired player and they normally maintain their nationality and their Potential Ability value. So if you are playing as Ajax, your new players are only going to be as good as the retiring Dutch players. And you won't necessarily get the best players. Where players go is random, but I think having top facilities (and maybe a high club reputation) gives you a better chance of getting the best players.

Though with Ajax, I'd guess you'd have a pretty decent chance of picking up some pretty good young players each year. 

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Inspired to start a Brentford career after viewing this thread, an excellent read.

One question though as I’ve reached November and had six penalties but missed them all.  Who in the crop of players you inherit at the start of the career would you use?

 

 

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1 minute ago, HermanSmutley said:

Inspired to start a Brentford career after viewing this thread, an excellent read.

One question though as I’ve reached November and had six penalties but missed them all.  Who in the crop of players you inherit at the start of the career would you use?

 

 

Benrahma's good, Watkins is awful, Forss pretty bad too :)

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20 minutes ago, Mr Tree said:

Benrahma's good, Watkins is awful, Forss pretty bad too :)

Watkins has just scored with the seventh attempt but only from the rebound.

Thanks for the reply it’s much appreciated.

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· Posted (edited)

Thanks for the comments, @Dagion @S4NCH0 @Rob @Paul186 @Scratch and @HermanSmutley - hugely appreciated!

Season Four

My new crop of youngsters didn't have any stars...

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And the board had turned on me already!

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They weren't going for a bigger stadium, either...

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But this was a sign, at least, that I'd finally made it to the big time!

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Speaking of the big time, we did well in the champs league...

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Although we ended up getting outclassed by Haaland and the boys in the last eight:

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We kept upgrading...

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And after Benrahma pushed Salah close:

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We finally maxed out:

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But this was the year of the Winter World Cup in Qatar... And the second half of the season was just too hectic for my squad, which lacked quality depth (relying on youngsters to step up). A horrendous April saw it all fall apart:

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With late late goals...

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...punctuating both ends of the month:

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That led to the board "expressing their concern"...

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But we did at least finish reasonably, with a spot the bees can be proud of:

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Benny and Serbian CB in the team of the year again:

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A little overview of my top performers - crespo was bought innocently but appears to be a Messi regen...

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Rising Stars of the Season

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My profile after 4 years... Youth policy starting to recover as I blood them more...

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Number of past or present bees in the England squad: 1 - new striker recruit Rhian Brewster :)

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Thanks for reading!

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