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Career Badge 03: Redline day (Completed)


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I'm not a fackin' wheeler dealer

Now while I would have preferred this challenge include the stipulation that all transfer activity be concluded on deadline day, I'll still be taking a few shots at emulating the man behind the match that made me fall in love with football: Inter 4-3 Tottenham.

 

The Challenge

Given that this is only a Redknapp Challenge, not a Levy one, we had all summer to move a minimum of 15 players out of the first team on a permanent basis, and bring in at least 15 players to replace them. Now we need to achieve promotion with our roster full of has-been stars, journeymen, and top, top lads.

 

Transfers Out

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Not including the loans from the youth team, we pawned off 16 of the first team players, including two players who were released, and one player exchange.

 

Transfers In 

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If we total up our list of veterans with one good season left in them, young English lads with something to prove, and the world's youngest has-been star in Halilovic, we get a total of 18 players brought in. Sticking with our roots, most of them are free transfers, although my favorite is Christian Burgess, our second most expensive signing, because he was released on a free transfer by Portsmouth earlier this summer. Top, top business there. 

We've gotten ourselves a capable group, although the squad doesn't seem to have registered the new captain's effects on the group yet, so the dynamics will be a curious case. We will likely stick with a bog standard 4-2-3-1 this year, although I will be back for another attempt with a 4-4-fackin'-2 with a big man-small man combo up top. 

 

Deadline Day Surprises

More good luck charms than actual footballers, we have two more coming in before the window shuts, just to help keep us in shape. 

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The Results Are In

We're going up! It looks like we did so in great style on paper, but we were just scraping by on our defense until about March before anyone found goalscoring form. I brought in a couple loans in January of of frustration with my current group, but none of them ended up playing very much. 

Anyway, the league table:

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Manager profile/history :

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We won the (apparently rather famous) Papa John's Trophy, even though I thought it was just a Normal league match and I was playing a lot of second stringers, so that was nice. 

 

Top Scorer/history:

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Eventually I should have just committed and turned this into an 'everyone's a goalscorer' attempt as well, since I had 17(!) players with 4 goals or more, so it wouldn't have been far off.

 

Total Score: 129 league points + 96 GS = 225 points 

It didn't feel like a particularly brilliant save, but I did some quick maffs on the last day of the league and realized that it actually was a good score! Eventually I will be back with a 4-4-fackin-2 to honor the legend more accurately. 

 

 

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That's a fantastic score mate, truly epic! Your March onwards form must have been something else if you were struggling before then! 😄

Everyone seems to be loaning Mikey Johnston - I didn't get the memo, so I accidently bought him instead! 🤣 

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Yes, from March to the end of the season we were scoring 3.9 goals per game, so getting the GD up really came down to the wire! 

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Nice score and great work by loaning Mikey Johnston.

3 hours ago, Scratch said:

That's a fantastic score mate, truly epic! Your March onwards form must have been something else if you were struggling before then! 😄

Everyone seems to be loaning Mikey Johnston - I didn't get the memo, so I accidently bought him instead! 🤣 

How on earth you managed to sign him? He costs at least £5m for me😂. Guess I influenced him to sign for you

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24 minutes ago, broodje kip said:

How on earth you managed to sign him? He costs at least £5m for me😂. Guess I influenced him to sign for you

He only cost me £2.8M for me. That would have been with 50% sell on, so their absolute minimum must have been £4.2M.

I just followed my normal approach: Offer low, wait for their counter, change the number to a little higher than my first offer (still low) but DON'T offer, close the screen (walk away from the negotiating table), then open it again and make the offer (leaving the amount the same). They will reject it with their absolute minimum. Change the value to 66% of that (or slightly over), make sure sell on is 0%, close the screen, open it again and set sell on to 50%.

I still have 12M I couldn't spend, so paying 2.8M for him seemed like a no brainer. He did ask for £20K per week and would not come down at all though. 

It looks like I made a lot more money than most (I made £36M on my lot). Maybe I need to write up a wheeling/dealing article! 🤣

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Scratch you are the KING of selling players for sure, you always get great amounts, awesome job. I’d love an article on how you do it, but it gives away your tricks and I think you should keep them or we’ll all be class at selling in challenges 😁

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11 minutes ago, Scratch said:

He only cost me £2.8M for me. That would have been with 50% sell on, so their absolute minimum must have been £4.2M.

I just followed my normal approach: Offer low, wait for their counter, change the number to a little higher than my first offer (still low) but DON'T offer, close the screen (walk away from the negotiating table), then open it again and make the offer (leaving the amount the same). They will reject it with their absolute minimum. Change the value to 66% of that (or slightly over), make sure sell on is 0%, close the screen, open it again and set sell on to 50%.

I still have 12M I couldn't spend, so paying 2.8M for him seemed like a no brainer. He did ask for £20K per week and would not come down at all though. 

It looks like I made a lot more money than most (I made £36M on my lot). Maybe I need to write up a wheeling/dealing article! 🤣

Oh my you’re freaking good at selling and buying players. Meanwhile I bought a declining Griezmann for £140m

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@RichD @broodje kip I think I will write something up in the next week or two 🤞. I don't mind sharing my tricks. They're not all that special, but maybe they add up... Anyway, gonna stop talking about it here as it's @hhooo's thread! (sorry!). Happy to talk more over on mine. 🙂

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18 minutes ago, broodje kip said:

Oh my you’re freaking good at selling and buying players. Meanwhile I bought a declining Griezmann for £140m

I mean, they did that in real life, more or less, right? 

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