Update - Season 16
180 goals to go! Pinamonti is 33 coming into this season, but still capable of scoring a bucket load of goals. He's locked into a long term contract (4 years), so things are looking good. The only thing that can stop him at this point is... injury. And if you saw the post above, you know Santa brought Pinamonti a late Christmas present: some festive time off due to injury.
But how long did he have off? Was it his only injury? What did it do to his attributes? How many goals did he score? So many questions! All will be revealed below...
Major departures this year:
D'Amico: Our top assist provider in recent seasons. He was only 31, but his attributes dropped away last season and we had way too many cooks. Genuinely sad about this one.
Rosa: A world class Brazilian right back who was stuck behind Passlack for 13 seasons. With Passlack gone and Rosa over 30, it was time to rebuild.
Djordjevic: Zivkovic's regen, signed only last season. He went 'outcast' and his stamina, which was always bad, dropped to 1 when he got injured and didn't seem to be coming back (It's still there, months after we sold him).
Incoming, we just had a few young defenders as part of our rebuilding process (no known regens, just promising looking youngsters).
Competitions - Club
Here's how we did this year:
Won the Community Shield, beating Liverpool 3-1 (hat-trick from Pinamonti).
Won the Euro Super Cup, beating Leverkusen 3-0 (one goal from Pinamonti).
Won the Club World Championship, beating Racing Club 2-0 in the final (both goals from Pinamonti).
Won the League Cup, beating Birmingham 4-1 in the final (two goals from Pinamonti).
Won the FA Cup, beating Chelsea 4-1 in the final.
Won the Premier League comfortably again, but only 103 goals this year. 😦
Won the Champions League, beating Barcelona 2-0 in the final (36 shots to 2!).
Competitions - ITN
Time again for the Confederations Cup. I'll include three games for you:
A group game against Australia - unremarkable except for my son scoring against us. So proud!
The Semi Final against the USA, who almost sent us packing. Pinamonti had two goals disallowed, including one which would have been the winner in the 87th minute. Instead, it went to penalties, where we prevailed in a tight shootout.
The Final against Belgium, where we were 1-0 up and cruising until midway through the second half, when they banged in 3 goals in 6 minutes. We went at them hammer and tongs, pulling one back before Pinamonti scored the equalizer with 10 minutes to go, sending us to extra time. The winner was scored in the 121st minute - but which team scored it? You'll have to see in the spoiler!
Who is providing all the club assists?
Havertz was our top provider, even though he spent a total of 3 months out due to injury. After him there is a mix of players, all with very good ratios. Matthias Jordan is Amiri's regen, so I'm interested to see how he goes.
It's probably fitting that we shine the spotlight a little on Havertz, who is refusing to age:
Last year I said: "No injuries this year, which was lucky - but I guess that means he's due next year..." We know from above that he got a Boxing Day injury, but how bad was it? Answer: 1 month (actually 5 weeks, plus reconditioning time).
Was it his only injury? No. He picked up another 1 month injury late in the season and this time the press started wondering if this was the end (spoiler alert guys: No, no it's not).
This is what Pinamonti looked like at the end of the season (after the internationals):
He's lost a couple of points of Pace, Shooting, Movement, Decisions, and even more from Dribbling and Strength. He actually looked better than that at the very end of the season after a training hard event, but that didn't stick.
Here's how the injuries affected him:
His Physicals bounced back after the first injury, but his Attacking and Mental attributes didn't fully recover. He recovered from the second injury, but that was short-lived.
Here's what his decline looks like over the course of a year:
Goals - Highlights
Pinamonti had two 4 goal efforts this year:
Although these have slowed down, he's still a remarkably consistent scorer. Here is his run between the two injuries:
Goals - Club
The injuries and his decline haven't slowed him much. He scored 73 goals in 41 games:
That ratio is amazing and I can only wonder how many he would have scored if not for those injuries.
Goals - ITN
Pinamonti had 237 international goals at the start of the year:
And he finished with... 0!!!
Yep, we hit the 255 ITN goals bug... It went to 0 immediately after he scored 1 goal in the Confederations Cup final (see screenshot above), Luckily I have a screenshot from immediately before that game:
So he finished on 256 goals (255 + 1 goal in the final), meaning he'd scored 19 goals in 13 games. That takes him to 223 ITN goals under my management. I guess it's going to be more difficult to count them from now (unless that number starts incrementing again from 0).
34 years old (EOY)
A great season, despite the injuries, leaves Pinamonti needing only 88 goals to make the 1.5K.
The rate he scored at this year has me thinking he might just do it next season... But surely his scoring rate has to slow down sooner or later? And the threat of injuries is ever present...So we'll wait and see!