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Career Smog’s Striker Peak Years Challenge

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Hi all, first of all thanks to @Foxyfor this challenge, I am going for the 4 player attempt and details of the challenge are below.

I am taking a slightly different slant on the challenge, sparked by an absolute shit-show on the pitch currently, and am taking charge of my team Middlesbrough. In doing this challenge the players I am using are in homage to past greats. So without further ado please see my attacking quadrant of players inspired by previous Boro heroes.

Player 1 - my uncapped striker, a Croatian following in the footsteps of the excellent Alen Boksic.

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Player 2 - my non striker/AM. A Brazilian who is my present day Juninho, quite simply the best player to play for Middlesbrough. 
 

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Player 3 - my Cameroonian inspired by the legendary Joseph Desire Job, who provided a goal and assist in our only cup win in 2004.
 

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Player 4 - a Spanish attacker in the ilk of Gaizka Mendieta. A stunning player who joined us straight after a season on loan at Barcelona. A great signing and great player. My FMM20 version of this guy is also uncapped so whether I can enter both this guy and my Croatian onto that leaderboard I’ll let Foxy decide. If only one then I will go with my Croatian. 

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So there we go, this is my attempt at cheering myself up and getting away from real life football as much as possible 😂 Hopefully I can post a competitive score, I am confident of promotion first season so it will then get tough as we start playing prem football but the aim after 5 years is to be challenging at the top of the league with these guys banging in as many goals and providing as many assists as possible.

Thanks for reading. 

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7 hours ago, Kanegan said:

Good luck Smog. Some nice looking players.

 

7 hours ago, Seth Anacondas said:

Good luck, Gustavo Scarpa is a real bargain.

 

5 hours ago, Foxy said:

I love the thought you have put into the player choices and the fact you are using the team you support.

Good luck mate.

 

5 hours ago, Rob said:

I love the spin you have put on this. Good luck. 

 

4 hours ago, Ian said:

A nice way to go about the challenge. Good luck. 

 

4 hours ago, broodje kip said:

Some interesting players there mate. Good luck

Thanks all, hope to have the first season wrapped up in the coming days. 

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Season 1

So our target was promotion in our first season, accompanied by a lot of goals and assists from my 4 tributes to former Boro greats.

The league was wrapped up a few weeks before season end, we didn’t impact on either cup competition due to a few tough draws. Plenty of goals scored but too many conceded, may have to tweak a few things for the PL.

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This is how we shaped up this season.

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This is how our guys performed.

First up our modern day Boksic; He had a brilliant season in front of goal.

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Next up our Mendieta; Plenty of assists and a decent amount of goals.

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Now our Juninho; Noticed the exact same amount of goals and assists from the treq position. 

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Finally our Joseph Job; A very important performer from the wide left. Not on any set pieces so his figures don’t look as great up against the others.

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Our quartet wrapped up the main end of season awards, despite a few injuries towards the end of the season.

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Perica got some international recognition and scored twice on debut!

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We wrapped the season up with a 4 goal haul from Perica.

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I forgot to screenshot my transfers but I sold Assombalonga to Leeds for £10.5m to fund my attacking signings, as you can see from my manager profile.

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Here is our season summary;

Perica - overall and uncapped: 72

Garcia - overall and uncapped: 41

Scarpa - overall and non striker: 46

Ntep - overall: 33

4 player combined: 192

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Thanks all for reading, this could be a very different story next season in the premier league, but I’m hoping my tactic holds up and we can secure mid table at least and a cup run.

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Brilliant season and promotion.

The first player I looked at was your Juninho as I have great memories of him from back in the day, what a truly great player he was and your version did a great job as did the rest of the boys.

Good luck next season in the prem.

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Yeah, great going! Lots of goals, especially for the first season (I always start slow, so admire people who score right from the off). Love the players you're using too, haven't used most of them (only Scarpa, class act for the price). The only negative thing I have to say is that your tactic made me dizzy just from looking at it! 😂

 

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9 hours ago, Rob said:

Wonderful first season.

Thanks mate!

7 hours ago, Ian said:

Brilliant season and promotion.

The first player I looked at was your Juninho as I have great memories of him from back in the day, what a truly great player he was and your version did a great job as did the rest of the boys.

Good luck next season in the prem.

Thanks Ian, Juninho was truly fantastic. We’ll never see a player like him again at Boro. 

5 hours ago, Kanegan said:

Brilliant season smog. 

Thanks mate!

4 hours ago, Scratch said:

Yeah, great going! Lots of goals, especially for the first season (I always start slow, so admire people who score right from the off). Love the players you're using too, haven't used most of them (only Scarpa, class act for the price). The only negative thing I have to say is that your tactic made me dizzy just from looking at it! 😂

 

Cheers mate! Yeah Scarpa is a bargain isn’t he. 
The tactic is something I’ve been tinkering with for a while. Still needs some work as it concedes too many, but I knew it was good enough to get out the championship, the true test is in the premier league.  

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2 hours ago, smoggy90 said:

Cheers mate! Yeah Scarpa is a bargain isn’t he. 
The tactic is something I’ve been tinkering with for a while. Still needs some work as it concedes too many, but I knew it was good enough to get out the championship, the true test is in the premier league.  

Yeah, I went through a phase of signing Scarpa in every save, but I stopped using him a while back because he just doesn't quite fit my system. I'm using him now as a left winger, but I should have someone better at crossing there. And I don't have an ACM. I've retrained him to CM, but I have lots of options there. Anyway, he's still a great player, especially for the price.

It'll be interesting to see how your tactic holds up in the PL. I am so boring in the tactics department these days that I like watching people use more innovative ones.

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I love Scarpa. He’s a good one for making a quick bit of profit too. I’d throw Quintero in for a bit of a South American bargain too.

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Thanks everyone for your comments.

Season 2 coming up and a pretty crazy one at that, before I get into the nitty gritty I’ll show the league table below.

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Notable not only for our 3rd place but also Bournemouth in 4th and the poor performances of Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal. We were close to being top scorers in the league but conceding goals is still an issue. Still I’m absolutely delighted with 3rd and qualifying for Europe, we need those extra games.
 

First off my transfers for the season revolved around strengthening my defence and midfield, and some back up in attack. Stark and Martinez came in at CD, someone mentioned Stark not long ago and it rang a bell when he appeared. We also had a decent youth intake. 

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You have seen our league performance, we didn’t win a cup despite getting to the FA Cup final, however the FA Cup semi is my favourite FM game on this years version. Incredible comeback!

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Our players cleaned up at the end of season awards but a quite bizarre one was Perica and Garcia getting in the World XI despite only half a season in the prem!

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This is how our quartet performed this season. The star was Garcia this year, Perica was down on goals from his stunning start in the Championship. Ntep had a difficult year as he had the African Nations and a 3 week injury which restricted him to just 32 games. Scarpa did great in front of goal and if it wasn’t for a month long injury would’ve contributed much more.

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Here is our summary after two seasons;

Perica - overall and uncapped: 118

Garcia - overall and uncapped: 84

Scarpa - overall and non striker: 85

Ntep - overall: 45
 

4 player combined: 332

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Thanks for reading and let’s see what the Champions League brings next season!

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On 25/06/2020 at 20:00, Rob said:

I love Scarpa. He’s a good one for making a quick bit of profit too. I’d throw Quintero in for a bit of a South American bargain too.

Yes, this! I bought him for £1.7M and sold him for £31M in my current save. He played really well for me, then gave me enough money to buy two better replacements. 🙂

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Great season Smoggy. Numbers down a little, but obviously to be expected with the step up. 3rd is amazing in the first season up, can't wait to see what you do next season. And that comeback win in the semi was pretty epic! 😄

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12 hours ago, Foxy said:

Brilliant first season in the Prem both for the team as a whole and your trio.

Well played.

Thanks Foxy!

12 hours ago, Rob said:

Brilliant Smog. I love the semi. 🙄

Cheers Rob, who doesn’t love a semi 😂

11 hours ago, Ian said:

Nice first season in the Prem and now Champions League football awaits.

Your players did really well too.

Thanks Ian!

5 hours ago, Scratch said:

Great season Smoggy. Numbers down a little, but obviously to be expected with the step up. 3rd is amazing in the first season up, can't wait to see what you do next season. And that comeback win in the semi was pretty epic! 😄

Thanks Scratch, numbers down but hopefully with the extra European games next season and a bit more squad quality we will get those increased. That semi final was my favourite one off game in this years version!

4 hours ago, Kanegan said:

Fantastic 1st season in the premiership Smog. 

Thanks Kane!

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