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Challenges A Diamond In The Rough


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Thanks @Scratch, this is a really fun challenge. After the move at the end of season one I thought of giving him a season in each of PL, Serie A and La Liga but once I secured CL football I took the easy route of staying put. I think I'll give this another go staying at Oxford at some point. Great progress by the way!

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3 hours ago, StuartM said:

Thanks @Scratch, this is a really fun challenge. After the move at the end of season one I thought of giving him a season in each of PL, Serie A and La Liga but once I secured CL football I took the easy route of staying put. I think I'll give this another go staying at Oxford at some point. Great progress by the way!

Thanks! I want to try La Liga now. I had in my head that Italy would be the easiest of the 3, based on a couple of careers in previous versions, but a lot of teams seem to play a formation I don't do that well against.

Also, I wanted to move to a big club but it just didn't line up. Roma and Atletico both offered me positions (without me asking) but both outside the transfer window, which would have meant 3 or 4 months before I could buy him. Then I tried Napoli in an early off season, but they weren't having it...

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I finished attempt 2 and I'm still too lazy to write it up, so here's how I went - 286 goals and 36 assists for a total of 322 contributions:

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Compared to attempt 1, this version had strong Aerial and Stamina rather than strong Crossing and Dribbling. The rest of his attributes were either exactly the same or only 1 point different, which is incredible in it's own right. Basically he came out as exactly the same player, except for a couple of key attributes. Which of course made him a totally different player.

This version scored a LOT more goals, but hardly got any assists - not surprising given I played him as a TM in a tactic focused on him scoring. The previous version had a much higher focus on providing assists and it showed - he had 177 goal and 156 assists.

The end result? This version lost the battle with only 322 contributions, whereas version one had 333. 

This version struggled a lot in the beginning (19 vs 33 contributions in season 1, 36 vs 60 in season 2), but was slightly stronger near the end.

I'd guess the difference is down to the start of this one being in a harder league (Serie A vs L1), while at the end it's slightly easier (Serie A vs EPL). Maybe the best path is to stay at Oxford for the first couple of seasons and let him develop his blood lust on the unsuspecting L1 and Championship teams, then move him to Serie A (if you can) which is easier than the EPL?

Not sure if I will be back for an attempt 3 - towards the end this really started dragging for me. But you know, never say never...

 

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