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Ian

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  1. Favourite
    Ian got a reaction from RichDave32 in Dave’s Seeing Double (Season 6)   
    Another cracking season Dave, well done.
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    Ian got a reaction from Woody in Football Manager Mobile 2021 - Coming Soon   
    If we are to get team talks and press conferences then I plead with Si to make them a bit of a nonsense feature, whereby if I just send my assistant then the perfect outcome will occur. I spend plenty of time playing this game but time is a big thing for me and I don’t want spend too much time just jumping through hoops putting in the right answers as it’ll all be easy to work out after about five minutes I’m sure.
    I actually don’t expect or even want any new features and if we could get the current game with an updated database and a few of the bugs ironed out (wishful thinking) I’d be happy.
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    Ian got a reaction from Woody in Football Manager Mobile 2021 - Coming Soon   
    If we are to get team talks and press conferences then I plead with Si to make them a bit of a nonsense feature, whereby if I just send my assistant then the perfect outcome will occur. I spend plenty of time playing this game but time is a big thing for me and I don’t want spend too much time just jumping through hoops putting in the right answers as it’ll all be easy to work out after about five minutes I’m sure.
    I actually don’t expect or even want any new features and if we could get the current game with an updated database and a few of the bugs ironed out (wishful thinking) I’d be happy.
  4. Favourite
    Ian got a reaction from Titjes in BiNgO with a twist   
    I’ll go for Joelinton and 5 goals please.
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    Ian got a reaction from Titjes in Ian’s Inside Forward’s Trouble Doubles (Season 15)   
    Season 15
    This was supposed to be the season where our two Brazilians reached their club target of 1,200 goals and let’s face it, it would be a total disaster if they failed to with just 18 goals required from the off.
    Anyway, let’s see how the season went.
     
    Club Business
    Some younger players came in to replace a few older guys and I feel we’re in a reasonable position now in terms of the age of our squad. Liverpool ended our Champions League hopes at the quarter final stage but we won everything else. We had one poor run in April which coincided with us suffering a few injuries but apart from that we were very dominant. And, I’ve spent a colossal £4b on transfers throughout this journey.
       
    Inside Forwards

     
    The all important 1,200th club was scored by Rod, fairly early on in the season.

     
    It was also Rod who suffered with a few little injuries this year.
     
    The two boys managed a combined 71 goals this season which given Rod’s injury problems must surely be considered as a better return than last year.

     
    The two are declining now and in a strange way as you could say Vini is going south a bit quicker but Rod seems to be losing his pace more rapidly which I feel is a really important attribute for this system.
     
    Score
     
     
    Season 15 (Goals/Games)
    Vinícius Júnior: Club: 45/52
    Rodrygo: Club: 26/39
    Double Trouble: Club: 71/91
     
    Overall (Goals/Games)
    Vinícius Júnior: Club: 644/787, International: 100/116, Total: 744/903
    Rodrygo: Club: 609/758, International: 106/113, Total: 715/871
    Double Trouble: Club: 1,253/1,545, International: 206/229, Total: 1,459/1,774
     
    Final Thoughts
    We’ve reached my club goal double trouble target which I’m thrilled with. The two have another two years left on their contracts so my plan is to play those out and then the two can sail off into the sunset and enjoy their retirement.
     
    Thank you all for following along on this journey.
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    Ian got a reaction from RichDave32 in Ian’s Inside Forward’s Trouble Doubles (Season 15)   
    I knew that if I stopped playing but kept the save with the idea of coming back to it, that I would more than likely end up not coming back as I’ve tried that before. So, I knew I needed to make a decision and just decided to motor on and get it done. Whether I do another long career before FMM21 remains to be seen as I have a few vague ideas but just not sure I’ve got another one in me, we’ll see I guess.
    I think this one has probably been the hardest purely because of going for inside forwards. It’s ended up being quite comfortable in the end but at one point it looked like it might be touch and go. I enjoyed this one the most too and probably due to inside forwards again as I’ve never really tried to create a system like that before so it was quite satisfying to eventually get the system working fairly well.
    I think I find the TT the easiest mainly because I find I can get the three positioned, scoring most of the team goals and have the team scoring a good amount of goals. I find with the DT that there’s often one problem player that’ll score too many if I go the bulk team goal route. Then again, on the TT it can be harder to manage the three players in terms of game time with often needing to use all three subs on them which you often can’t manage. So, probably the DT as the hardest for me I think.
     
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    Ian got a reaction from RichDave32 in Dave’s Seeing Double (Season 6)   
    Steaming along here Dave, well done.
    Doesn’t look like the target is going to be much trouble at all the way it’s going. 
  8. Favourite
    Ian got a reaction from Woody in Football Manager Mobile 2021 - Coming Soon   
    If we are to get team talks and press conferences then I plead with Si to make them a bit of a nonsense feature, whereby if I just send my assistant then the perfect outcome will occur. I spend plenty of time playing this game but time is a big thing for me and I don’t want spend too much time just jumping through hoops putting in the right answers as it’ll all be easy to work out after about five minutes I’m sure.
    I actually don’t expect or even want any new features and if we could get the current game with an updated database and a few of the bugs ironed out (wishful thinking) I’d be happy.
  9. Favourite
    Ian got a reaction from Woody in Football Manager Mobile 2021 - Coming Soon   
    If we are to get team talks and press conferences then I plead with Si to make them a bit of a nonsense feature, whereby if I just send my assistant then the perfect outcome will occur. I spend plenty of time playing this game but time is a big thing for me and I don’t want spend too much time just jumping through hoops putting in the right answers as it’ll all be easy to work out after about five minutes I’m sure.
    I actually don’t expect or even want any new features and if we could get the current game with an updated database and a few of the bugs ironed out (wishful thinking) I’d be happy.
  10. Favourite
    Ian got a reaction from RichDave32 in Dave’s Seeing Double (Season 6)   
    A very nice start. 
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    Ian got a reaction from Titjes in BiNgO with a twist   
    Thank you very much Kane.
    10 goals and Joelinton for next month please.
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    Ian got a reaction from Dandypass in The  Fabled Number 10 Juventus Shirt - Season 2 & 3 Updated   
    Good luck to you and Thauvin.
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    Ian got a reaction from Scratch in Ian’s Inside Forward’s Trouble Doubles (Season 15)   
    I just had no idea how this would go so just kept my original test saves from before I started and would every so often try things on those. I think I was three seasons in before I started posting as the community challenge was still ongoing so I didn’t want to start until that was finished so I did a lot of testing then. I’m not even sure if the end tactic is any better than the starting one in truth though as the team changed and the two players gradually improved too so difficult to work out as you say.
    Yeah, I definitely think 30 is the best time to get rid as usually they’re still valued fairly highly then too. I’ve kept a few going too long here really but this next season I’ve brought a few more youngsters in and a few more oldies will be leaving at the end of the season so we aren’t far away now from getting the squad in good shape, as long as the new players are good enough that is.
    I wasn’t really sure how to go about the Brazil job but in the end I just went for it the easygoing way. I can see first hand now, how players don’t develop well under the a.i. as some of these peak aged regens just aren’t good enough up be playing for Brazil in truth.
    I’m wondering if SI just keep the Brazilian names like this out of spite because of the legal problems they’ve had with Brazil over the years.
    Next season will be up in a minute. 
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    Ian got a reaction from gunnersaur in Community Tactic( Get Involved)   
    I’ve voted. Hopefully we’ll come up with something somewhat reasonable 😂
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    Ian got a reaction from RichDave32 in Dave’s Triple Threat Delight (Complete)   
    Plenty of goals and brilliant end total.
    Congratulations.
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    Ian reacted to RichDave32 in Dave’s Triple Threat Delight (Complete)   
    Season 17
    Transfers
    Results

     
    We won everything this year, adapted the tactic again to try and get the best out of them which means less goals, we shall find out how they did.
    Manager Profile
    Dave’s Lads
    Greenwood

    Pellegri

    Silva

    So as you can see numbers are falling now, Greenwood still getting a decent amount, I have decided this would be my last season. I am really struggling playing this now, trying to get through it as quick as I could. And I don’t think I would add much numbers in this going forward, I really want to try other challenges now.
    Season Total Goals - 93
    Greenwood Total Goals - 720
    Pellegri Total Goals - 571
    Silva Total Goals - 838
    Career Total Goals - 2,130
    So I really enjoyed my first big challenge here on Vibe, was a good score as well which makes things better, was nice that nearly all three players were involved in a 1,000 goals each with assists. Which is great, I could have carried on for another season or so, but I don’t think I would have added much to the score. Quite pleased to get this score as I didn’t have national team to help me along.
    Thank you for those who have commented and read this thread, enjoyed writing it up. Again for the last time, comments are more than welcome 😁
    I want the triple crown now!
  17. Funny
    Ian got a reaction from Aaron Thornton in The Transfer Thread   
    I was just out bowling with him the other night and he never mentioned any of this. We’ve just recently managed to put the fact that he played under other managers in the CC to one side but I think this will likely end our relationship for good.
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    Ian reacted to Ashez in Why LFC Signed Diogo Jota - A FMM Perspective   
    Why LFC Signed Diogo Jota - A FMM Perspective
    I think the majority of football fans were caught off guard the other day when Liverpool Football Club announced a double signing which easily ranks as one of the club's best days in the transfer market. The first signing needs no introduction as Thiago Alcântara of Barcelona and Bayern Munich fame was welcomed through the Anfield gates, leading to excited reds and jealous rivals as Klopp added one of the world's elite midfielders to his ranks. The second addition however of Diogo Jota from Wolverhampton Wanderers for a fee in the region of £40 million really got tongues wagging though! The deal was rumoured then done in a matter of hours as fans of both clubs were wondering why? Why did Liverpool pay so much for a player Wolves fans call inconsistent and patchy? Why did Michael Edwards and the rest of the Liverpool transfer committee decide Jota was the one to be brought in?
    Plenty of sporting sites are answering similar questions with the use of their analytics and analysis tools but here at Vibe I'll try and answer this question with Football Manager 2020 and some logic.
    Who Is Diogo Jota?

    Diogo Jota is a 23 year old Portuguese international who started his professional career in Portugal before leaving for Atletico Madrid in 2016. However his time in the Spanish capital was brief as he soon returned to Portugal to play for FC Porto on loan which is when he met Liverpool's current assistant manager Pep Lijnders. Jota's next destination was to the Midlands of England as the left sided forward joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan before securing a £14m move to the side. Jota helped Wolves establish themselves as a solid Premier League club while also enjoying himself in Europe as his side reached the quarter finals of the Europa League losing to eventual winners Sevilla, which would be his last appearance for the club with Liverpool making their move.
    How Diogo Jota Will Be Used At Liverpool?
    Before we work out why Jota was identified as a suitable back up and possible successor to our current attackers I think it's important to look at how the player will be used at Liverpool. Firstly the versatility of Jota would have appealed to a manger like Klopp who has already shown a willingness to favour these types of players with examples like Milner and Oxlade-Chamberlain coming to mind of players Klopp trusts in multiple positions. Understandably I don't expect anything too wild positionally is planned for Jota but he easily can fit in on the right, left or even centrally which just adds options to the squad. Centrally however I see his opportunities limited as Firmino is obviously the first choice with the new addition Minamino seeming like his logical understudy. When we look at Jota's career though we can see the two footed winger likes playing on the left and cutting in into central areas, which is a tactic Liverpool utilise often as that's exactly how Mane and even Origi play that role. Another historical factor to consider for this being the plan for Jota is in Mane's first season at Liverpool the Senegalese international spent the majority of it as a right winger where he found massive success, he was only moved to the left to accommodate Salah.

    Now everything is starting to click into place as Jota will be the understudy to both wide players but I expect he'll stay almost exclusively on the left, as either Mane's direct replacement or if Salah is replaced and Mane moves to the right. Klopp has also shown a willingness to play Mane or Salah central at times so I could see these three on the pitch at the same time, especially if we're looking for pace which Firmino and Minamino don't really offer. As we have central cover in Minamino and since Mane is more than adequate cover for Salah on the right if he was ever unavailable I think it makes sense the club were looking for a versatile left winger who likes to cut inside. Liverpool have had massive issues in recent years of the backup players making us play a different way to how the first team do so looking for a similar player to how Mane plays could ensure we don't need to change our style due to personnel in the future.

    Searching For Mane 2.0
    Attempt One
    Using the in game search feature of FMM 2020 I searched for a player using the "template from own team" feature, with it obviously set to Mane.


    Results
    As you can see this search brings up a high calibre of player with Mane and Salah both appearing. However it's common knowledge Liverpool are almost exclusively in the market for under 25 year olds which narrows this search even further leaving us with Leroy Sane and Nicolas Pepe. Pepe was a player Liverpool were heavily linked too last year before his move to Arsenal while Sane also recently completed a big money move, considering the fees spent here we need to downgrade our search slightly.
    Attempt Two
    For the second search i dropped each of the targeted attributes by 1 while also adding the age filter to show 19-25 year olds only.


    Another fine list of players of which are likely unavailable to Liverpool due to playing for rivals or for the fees involved, not may would be happy playing second fiddle to Mane or Salah either. I do find it interesting however that this search does bring more players to the table Liverpool are constantly linked with being Mbappe, Depay, Dembele and the already discussed Pepe.
    Attempt Three
    For this attempt I dropped the searched attributes to 15 and kept the age filter.



    This search brought more names to the table without really adding much. Jota still hasn't been found unfortunately but I find it interesting how this search includes Minamino and alot of older FMM wonder kids that never really made it to the heights FMM predicted like Gelson Martins, Keita Blade, Gerard Deulofeu and Inaki Williams.

    A New Plan
    Okay this plan clearly isn't working as well as I hoped with Jota not appearing yet (he would have on the next search, his 14 Technique was the issue) so its time for a new plan.
    Liverpool aren't looking for a ready made Mane replacement so it's not fair to be comparing a 27 year old Mane to a 22 year old Jota. Thanks to @samhardy I've been able to source a FMM16 screenshot of Sadio Mane so what would happen if I searched for a 23 year old Mane instead. We brought Mane to develop him in the hopes we could improve him so it makes sense Klopp and his team feel they can do the same with Jota.

    Attempt One
    Surprisingly Mane was pretty special on FMM16 but I searched for his details with the 19-25 age filter on like I did previously.


    Okay not really surprising the results were limited but Mbappe is the only result.
    Attempt Two
    I keep the same criteria but drop the stats by one point each



    A couple more players come up this time but they're unattainable ones we've previously discussed or unproven.
    Attempt Three
    One more stat dropped across the board.



    Once again this search makes fascinating reading as it's full of wingers we've been repeatedly linked to like Sancho, Pulisic, Under, Dembele and Depay. Still no Jota though which is slightly disappointing.
    Attempt Four
    The final search saw the stats dropped again which brought up too many pages of results so I did also include a dark green AML tag just to limit the amount of screenshots I'd need.






    And there he is second from the top on the third page.
    Premier League Proven Search Results


    Now we've found him I thought I'd also include the search with the in England filter selected as I think there is a benefit to being Premier League proven and settled in the country. To be honest the most surprising thing about this list has to be the combination of top Premier League players like Rashford, Martial, Jesus and Sterling and the mediocrity like Deulofeu, Redmond and Andreas Pereira. Let's hope Jota Will be a star at Anfield and not an expensive flop.
    Conclusion
    While I agree this may look like alot of leg work to find the player in question (damn his low technique, without that he'd have shown up earlier) I think it shows the method in the madness. Liverpool knew what they needed and they went out and found an attainable player for a reasonable price in the market. When you consider the fees paid for Dembele, Mbappe, Pepe, Sane and even Sterling Liverpool did incredibly well identifying Mane in the first place but by following that blue print they might have unearthed another such gem. Jota was signed for £40m which is somewhat reasonable, he's Premier League proven, settled in England, plays in the right style, versatile and very much looking like the Mane transfer all over again. That's alot for the young Portuguese man to live up to but if he follows the same road map as Mane we've got an absolute steal on our hands and Mane's long term successor.
    As always thank you for reading and any comments would be appreciated. If this goes down well once 2021 is released i might do a part two looking at potential Salah replacements. Finally I'd like to thank @Ianfor his input. 
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    Ian got a reaction from smoggy90 in Smog and The Messi/Ronaldo One Last Dance Challenge COMPLETE   
    Smashing score there Smoggy.
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    Ian got a reaction from Titjes in BiNgO with a twist   
    I forgot about the CWC for the team goals. Still, it’s a decent month though with one more number ticked off.
    I’ll keep Kane for January and go for 8 goals please.
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    Ian got a reaction from George Traistă in Which countries are you opening while creating a new career?   
    Yes, it’s fine to ask for help but constantly asking for tactics over and over again as you have done recently, just rubs people up the wrong way. You’ve even been going into people’s careers and begging without even congratulating the user on their achievements.
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    Ian got a reaction from Aaron Thornton in Which countries are you opening while creating a new career?   
    To be quite honest mate, it’s starting to look like you just want us to play the game for you.
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    Ian got a reaction from George Traistă in Which countries are you opening while creating a new career?   
    Yes, it’s fine to ask for help but constantly asking for tactics over and over again as you have done recently, just rubs people up the wrong way. You’ve even been going into people’s careers and begging without even congratulating the user on their achievements.
  24. Favourite
    Ian got a reaction from George Traistă in Which countries are you opening while creating a new career?   
    Yes, it’s fine to ask for help but constantly asking for tactics over and over again as you have done recently, just rubs people up the wrong way. You’ve even been going into people’s careers and begging without even congratulating the user on their achievements.
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    Ian got a reaction from George Traistă in Which countries are you opening while creating a new career?   
    Yes, it’s fine to ask for help but constantly asking for tactics over and over again as you have done recently, just rubs people up the wrong way. You’ve even been going into people’s careers and begging without even congratulating the user on their achievements.
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