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  1. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from Kanegan in Kanegan's Greatest Hits Vol. I - Fabulous Frank (Season 3)   
    A solid season, nothing to sniff at. Did you make any other changes that affected goalscoring? Ie one of the new lads scoring too much? Seems you got less goals overall in the PL, so maybe that's it?
    Anyway, still a good result. The wants a new challenge thing is a pain especially if he won't sign a new contract. Hope it goes away!
    Predictions: 122 Assists and 155 goals.
  2. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from Titjes in Five Season Heroes - Apkom and Villa at PAOK [S4]   
    Update - Season 4
    Two seasons to go. The lads are doing well, but last season we fell just short in Europe. This season we want more of the same individually, but we want what CL trophy!
     
    Transfers
    Very quiet this time around. Our youngsters are maturing like fine wine and are all we really need.
    Only one of the outgoing players was a regular starter - Niangbo. He was very good (I think he is the Yaya Toure regen) and staff thought he could still develop a lot further. However, his goal to assist ratio was 2:1. Ideally I want it the other way around. I can handle 1:1 in the right player, but 2:1 is too much.
     
    Results
    We had no trouble in the league, but we needed to reclaim the Greek Cup after our quarter final elimination last season. I'd like to say it was easy - and it was, right up until the final. The final though...
    We were playing Panionios, who should have presented no problem for us. Indeed, we were 3-0 up at half time and cruising. But our defence fell apart in the second half and they scored 3, equalising in the 90th minute. We only conceded 6 goals in 36 games in the league, but gave up 3 in a half! It ended up going to penalties and it switched back and forth a few times before we prevailed.
    On to the Champions League. We were spanked by Liverpool (6-2) in the final last season, so we approached it with fire in our belly this time around. We had no trouble making the final, where we faced Juve. It was a tight match, but eventually Chuba scored (in the 82nd minute), to give us our first Champions League win!
    I also need to highlight this game, a 6-0 victory over AEK Athens, with 5 goals from Chuba and 5 assists from Villa:
    Not bad, lads, not bad...
     
    Injuries and Availability
    After having a lot of injuries last season, we only had the one this season - Villa out for 3 weeks:
    However, it's a recurring injury. I had the option to send him to physio, but that could have wiped out the rest of the season. I'd normally bite the bullet and send him, but given there's only one more season after this, I chose not to. I really wish the game had a 'Send to physio in the off-season' option, but it doesn't, so we're on notice that the problem might come back next season.
     
    Development
    No change from Chuba. Villa is the same as at the end of last season, but he had an 'injury recovery' update during the season and his Movement increased to 20. Unfortunately, this was lost when he was injured again! He has one more 'injury recovery' update to come, but it'll take a while to come at this age.


     
    Goals (Chuba)
    Chuba had a good season, scoring 78 goals in 50 games:

    Still short of what I've gotten with other strikers, but good enough.
     
    Assists (Villa)
    Villa had another great season, providing 50 assists from 46 games:

    A long way short of my best (99 assists with Vignato), but once again, good enough.
     
    Progress
    Season Goals (Chuba) Assists (Villa) 01 43 29 02 84 47 03 74 47 04 78 50 Total 279 (300 min) 173 (150 min)  
    Looking Forward
    One season to go! Chuba only needs 21 goals to qualify for the Goals section of the 5 Season Heroes leaderboard and Villa has already qualified for the Assists section.
    The last season will be all about maximising those scores, before I pack my bags and move on from Greece.
     
  3. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from Titjes in Five Season Heroes - Apkom and Villa at PAOK [S4]   
    Update - Season 3
    Season 2 saw good numbers for the lads, but we were bundled out early in Europe again, making it harder to keep and attract the best players. We want to address that this season by going deep in the Champions League (while still getting good numbers for the lads obviously). Let's see how it went.
     
    Transfers
    I started the season thinking it would be another overhaul, but after a couple of early purchases, things dried up. We're at the point where we're not good enough to attract the best players, but our youngsters have reached the level where they are as good anyone who's willing to sign with us.
    The players who left were mostly fringe players, apart from Rrahmani (starting CD), whom I wanted to upgrade. His departure triggered some unhappiness in the team, but it didn't last long.
    The main two coming in were central defenders Onguene and Benkovic, both of whom were around Rrahmani's level but who looked like they'd go a lot further. Onguene has been good, but Benkovic has frankly been disappointing. We'll see how they go next season. Apart from that all the new players were youngsters adding some depth in weaker positions.
     
    Results
    Once again, we were untroubled domestically...
    Hang on... What's that? We were knocked out of the Greek Cup by Olympiakos at the Quarter Final stage? How is that even possible? Especially over two legs? Well our fact checker tells us it's true. Shameful...
    Right let's forget that and move on to European glory! Should be a doddle. A 5-0 win over Schalke in the first knockout stage, no worries, we got this.
    Wait... A 4-1 loss to Man City in the first leg of the Quarter Final? That's not right! We had more shots than them, how could it end up a 4-1 loss? Okay, second leg and we go 3-0 up, putting us in front on away goals! Let's hang on for dear life! Damn, you can't hang on against City... We go behind... But BAM, late goal to take us to extra time! And phew, 2 late goals! We win the day 6-1 and 7-5 over the two legs... How's that for a comeback @smoggy90?
    I need to go lie down for a while...
    Right, I'm back and now we've conquered that hurdle, I'm sure that this is our year! A 4-3 win over two legs against Juve in the Semi Final was tough, but nothing's going to stop us now!
    On to the Final against Liverpool in Munich. 49% vs 51% possession. 13 shots each. Who can guess the score?
     
    Injuries and Availability
    Injuries? Do we have injuries for you!
    Chuba:
    A few days in July
    2 weeks in August
    1 week in December
    10 days in May
    Villa:
    10 days in September
    3 weeks in November
    10 days in January
    They both had ghost injuries too, thank goodness they weren't real ones... Villa's injuries knocked him about, losing 2 points for both Crossing and Dribbling as well as 1 for Movement. Still, although there were a lot of injuries, they were all fairly short and didn't hold the lads back too much.
     
    Keeping Our Stars
    A couple of offers came in for both players, but I offered them new contracts and they were accepted.
    There was a tense moment when there was a follow up bid for Chuba, the same circumstance that lead to him being unhappy almost all of last season, but he was fine when I rejected that. Happy times!
     
    Development
    No change from Chuba. Villa lost 2 steps due to injury and so far has only got one back. Interestingly that left him 1+ for Crossing, but -1 for Dribbling and he still has one update to come (but they come very slowly at his age).


     
    Goals (Chuba)
    Chuba did well considering all the disruptions due to injury, scoring 74 goals in 49 games:

    A drop in GPG ratio, but not unexpected given the stop start nature of his season.
     
    Assists (Villa)
    Villa did well too, providing 47 assists from 44 games:

    His ratio was much higher at one point, but tailed off near the end of the season.
     
    Progress
    Season Goals (Chuba) Assists (Villa) 01 43 29 02 84 47 03 74 47 Total 201 (300 min) 123 (150 min)  
    Looking Forward
    Only 2 seasons to go! If the lads can maintain these numbers then there will be no problems passing the minimums required for the leaderboard. And at this point, the team is pretty set and doesn't need too much tweaking, so it should just be more of the same (with a CL win thrown in as well hopefully!).
     
  4. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from Titjes in Five Season Heroes - Apkom and Villa at PAOK [S4]   
    Update - Season 4
    Two seasons to go. The lads are doing well, but last season we fell just short in Europe. This season we want more of the same individually, but we want what CL trophy!
     
    Transfers
    Very quiet this time around. Our youngsters are maturing like fine wine and are all we really need.
    Only one of the outgoing players was a regular starter - Niangbo. He was very good (I think he is the Yaya Toure regen) and staff thought he could still develop a lot further. However, his goal to assist ratio was 2:1. Ideally I want it the other way around. I can handle 1:1 in the right player, but 2:1 is too much.
     
    Results
    We had no trouble in the league, but we needed to reclaim the Greek Cup after our quarter final elimination last season. I'd like to say it was easy - and it was, right up until the final. The final though...
    We were playing Panionios, who should have presented no problem for us. Indeed, we were 3-0 up at half time and cruising. But our defence fell apart in the second half and they scored 3, equalising in the 90th minute. We only conceded 6 goals in 36 games in the league, but gave up 3 in a half! It ended up going to penalties and it switched back and forth a few times before we prevailed.
    On to the Champions League. We were spanked by Liverpool (6-2) in the final last season, so we approached it with fire in our belly this time around. We had no trouble making the final, where we faced Juve. It was a tight match, but eventually Chuba scored (in the 82nd minute), to give us our first Champions League win!
    I also need to highlight this game, a 6-0 victory over AEK Athens, with 5 goals from Chuba and 5 assists from Villa:
    Not bad, lads, not bad...
     
    Injuries and Availability
    After having a lot of injuries last season, we only had the one this season - Villa out for 3 weeks:
    However, it's a recurring injury. I had the option to send him to physio, but that could have wiped out the rest of the season. I'd normally bite the bullet and send him, but given there's only one more season after this, I chose not to. I really wish the game had a 'Send to physio in the off-season' option, but it doesn't, so we're on notice that the problem might come back next season.
     
    Development
    No change from Chuba. Villa is the same as at the end of last season, but he had an 'injury recovery' update during the season and his Movement increased to 20. Unfortunately, this was lost when he was injured again! He has one more 'injury recovery' update to come, but it'll take a while to come at this age.


     
    Goals (Chuba)
    Chuba had a good season, scoring 78 goals in 50 games:

    Still short of what I've gotten with other strikers, but good enough.
     
    Assists (Villa)
    Villa had another great season, providing 50 assists from 46 games:

    A long way short of my best (99 assists with Vignato), but once again, good enough.
     
    Progress
    Season Goals (Chuba) Assists (Villa) 01 43 29 02 84 47 03 74 47 04 78 50 Total 279 (300 min) 173 (150 min)  
    Looking Forward
    One season to go! Chuba only needs 21 goals to qualify for the Goals section of the 5 Season Heroes leaderboard and Villa has already qualified for the Assists section.
    The last season will be all about maximising those scores, before I pack my bags and move on from Greece.
     
  5. Favourite
    Scratch reacted to Kanegan in Kanegan's Greatest Hits Vol. I - Fabulous Frank (Season 3)   
    It is on my bucket list so not to worry. 😆
    Thanks Ian
    Thanks Woodster.
    Thanks Smog.
    Thanks Broodje
    Thanks Scratch. Bringing in Ousmane Dembele was critical in our success this season. So, hoping for better things from the trio of Dembele, Maddison and Bernardeschi.
    I reckon another 4 seasons should do it.
  6. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from Titjes in Five Season Heroes - Apkom and Villa at PAOK [S4]   
    Update - Season 3
    Season 2 saw good numbers for the lads, but we were bundled out early in Europe again, making it harder to keep and attract the best players. We want to address that this season by going deep in the Champions League (while still getting good numbers for the lads obviously). Let's see how it went.
     
    Transfers
    I started the season thinking it would be another overhaul, but after a couple of early purchases, things dried up. We're at the point where we're not good enough to attract the best players, but our youngsters have reached the level where they are as good anyone who's willing to sign with us.
    The players who left were mostly fringe players, apart from Rrahmani (starting CD), whom I wanted to upgrade. His departure triggered some unhappiness in the team, but it didn't last long.
    The main two coming in were central defenders Onguene and Benkovic, both of whom were around Rrahmani's level but who looked like they'd go a lot further. Onguene has been good, but Benkovic has frankly been disappointing. We'll see how they go next season. Apart from that all the new players were youngsters adding some depth in weaker positions.
     
    Results
    Once again, we were untroubled domestically...
    Hang on... What's that? We were knocked out of the Greek Cup by Olympiakos at the Quarter Final stage? How is that even possible? Especially over two legs? Well our fact checker tells us it's true. Shameful...
    Right let's forget that and move on to European glory! Should be a doddle. A 5-0 win over Schalke in the first knockout stage, no worries, we got this.
    Wait... A 4-1 loss to Man City in the first leg of the Quarter Final? That's not right! We had more shots than them, how could it end up a 4-1 loss? Okay, second leg and we go 3-0 up, putting us in front on away goals! Let's hang on for dear life! Damn, you can't hang on against City... We go behind... But BAM, late goal to take us to extra time! And phew, 2 late goals! We win the day 6-1 and 7-5 over the two legs... How's that for a comeback @smoggy90?
    I need to go lie down for a while...
    Right, I'm back and now we've conquered that hurdle, I'm sure that this is our year! A 4-3 win over two legs against Juve in the Semi Final was tough, but nothing's going to stop us now!
    On to the Final against Liverpool in Munich. 49% vs 51% possession. 13 shots each. Who can guess the score?
     
    Injuries and Availability
    Injuries? Do we have injuries for you!
    Chuba:
    A few days in July
    2 weeks in August
    1 week in December
    10 days in May
    Villa:
    10 days in September
    3 weeks in November
    10 days in January
    They both had ghost injuries too, thank goodness they weren't real ones... Villa's injuries knocked him about, losing 2 points for both Crossing and Dribbling as well as 1 for Movement. Still, although there were a lot of injuries, they were all fairly short and didn't hold the lads back too much.
     
    Keeping Our Stars
    A couple of offers came in for both players, but I offered them new contracts and they were accepted.
    There was a tense moment when there was a follow up bid for Chuba, the same circumstance that lead to him being unhappy almost all of last season, but he was fine when I rejected that. Happy times!
     
    Development
    No change from Chuba. Villa lost 2 steps due to injury and so far has only got one back. Interestingly that left him 1+ for Crossing, but -1 for Dribbling and he still has one update to come (but they come very slowly at his age).


     
    Goals (Chuba)
    Chuba did well considering all the disruptions due to injury, scoring 74 goals in 49 games:

    A drop in GPG ratio, but not unexpected given the stop start nature of his season.
     
    Assists (Villa)
    Villa did well too, providing 47 assists from 44 games:

    His ratio was much higher at one point, but tailed off near the end of the season.
     
    Progress
    Season Goals (Chuba) Assists (Villa) 01 43 29 02 84 47 03 74 47 Total 201 (300 min) 123 (150 min)  
    Looking Forward
    Only 2 seasons to go! If the lads can maintain these numbers then there will be no problems passing the minimums required for the leaderboard. And at this point, the team is pretty set and doesn't need too much tweaking, so it should just be more of the same (with a CL win thrown in as well hopefully!).
     
  7. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from Titjes in Five Season Heroes - Apkom and Villa at PAOK [S4]   
    Update - Season 3
    Season 2 saw good numbers for the lads, but we were bundled out early in Europe again, making it harder to keep and attract the best players. We want to address that this season by going deep in the Champions League (while still getting good numbers for the lads obviously). Let's see how it went.
     
    Transfers
    I started the season thinking it would be another overhaul, but after a couple of early purchases, things dried up. We're at the point where we're not good enough to attract the best players, but our youngsters have reached the level where they are as good anyone who's willing to sign with us.
    The players who left were mostly fringe players, apart from Rrahmani (starting CD), whom I wanted to upgrade. His departure triggered some unhappiness in the team, but it didn't last long.
    The main two coming in were central defenders Onguene and Benkovic, both of whom were around Rrahmani's level but who looked like they'd go a lot further. Onguene has been good, but Benkovic has frankly been disappointing. We'll see how they go next season. Apart from that all the new players were youngsters adding some depth in weaker positions.
     
    Results
    Once again, we were untroubled domestically...
    Hang on... What's that? We were knocked out of the Greek Cup by Olympiakos at the Quarter Final stage? How is that even possible? Especially over two legs? Well our fact checker tells us it's true. Shameful...
    Right let's forget that and move on to European glory! Should be a doddle. A 5-0 win over Schalke in the first knockout stage, no worries, we got this.
    Wait... A 4-1 loss to Man City in the first leg of the Quarter Final? That's not right! We had more shots than them, how could it end up a 4-1 loss? Okay, second leg and we go 3-0 up, putting us in front on away goals! Let's hang on for dear life! Damn, you can't hang on against City... We go behind... But BAM, late goal to take us to extra time! And phew, 2 late goals! We win the day 6-1 and 7-5 over the two legs... How's that for a comeback @smoggy90?
    I need to go lie down for a while...
    Right, I'm back and now we've conquered that hurdle, I'm sure that this is our year! A 4-3 win over two legs against Juve in the Semi Final was tough, but nothing's going to stop us now!
    On to the Final against Liverpool in Munich. 49% vs 51% possession. 13 shots each. Who can guess the score?
     
    Injuries and Availability
    Injuries? Do we have injuries for you!
    Chuba:
    A few days in July
    2 weeks in August
    1 week in December
    10 days in May
    Villa:
    10 days in September
    3 weeks in November
    10 days in January
    They both had ghost injuries too, thank goodness they weren't real ones... Villa's injuries knocked him about, losing 2 points for both Crossing and Dribbling as well as 1 for Movement. Still, although there were a lot of injuries, they were all fairly short and didn't hold the lads back too much.
     
    Keeping Our Stars
    A couple of offers came in for both players, but I offered them new contracts and they were accepted.
    There was a tense moment when there was a follow up bid for Chuba, the same circumstance that lead to him being unhappy almost all of last season, but he was fine when I rejected that. Happy times!
     
    Development
    No change from Chuba. Villa lost 2 steps due to injury and so far has only got one back. Interestingly that left him 1+ for Crossing, but -1 for Dribbling and he still has one update to come (but they come very slowly at his age).


     
    Goals (Chuba)
    Chuba did well considering all the disruptions due to injury, scoring 74 goals in 49 games:

    A drop in GPG ratio, but not unexpected given the stop start nature of his season.
     
    Assists (Villa)
    Villa did well too, providing 47 assists from 44 games:

    His ratio was much higher at one point, but tailed off near the end of the season.
     
    Progress
    Season Goals (Chuba) Assists (Villa) 01 43 29 02 84 47 03 74 47 Total 201 (300 min) 123 (150 min)  
    Looking Forward
    Only 2 seasons to go! If the lads can maintain these numbers then there will be no problems passing the minimums required for the leaderboard. And at this point, the team is pretty set and doesn't need too much tweaking, so it should just be more of the same (with a CL win thrown in as well hopefully!).
     
  8. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from ADNANJANUZAJMOYES in 2KC FABIO SILVA   
    Just caught up with this and he's going fantastically well. Looks so good with all that green! 
    Maybe. 😜 Actually I think you'll do it no worries. If my maths is right, Silva's on 1234 goals. My player (Unuvar) was only on 1116 at the same stage and I stopped when he was only 34, so there's no way you should miss going top. Yours for the taking! 
  9. Happy
    Scratch got a reaction from Foxy in Two Bruno’s and the Roofe is on Fire! Completed   
    Yeah, like the others have said, shame about the dip, but understandable, and expecting next season to be massive. Roofe is entering the danger zone soon though, where each injury can be one they don't fully recover from. I'm sure he'll keep doing well though.
  10. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from smoggy90 in Smog’s Striker Peak Years Challenge   
    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! 😄
  11. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from smoggy90 in Smog’s Striker Peak Years Challenge   
    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. 🙂
  12. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from smoggy90 in Smog’s Striker Peak Years Challenge   
    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.
  13. Favourite
    Scratch reacted to Kanegan in Kanegan's Greatest Hits Vol. I - Fabulous Frank (Season 3)   
    Yes your crazy career and my insane journeyman career both started at the same time so we both go hand in hand in being termed crazy and I had no doubt that you would be the only one to get it. 
  14. Favourite
    Scratch reacted to Kanegan in Kanegan's Greatest Hits Vol. I - Fabulous Frank (Season 3)   
    Thanks @Rob @broodje kip @smoggy90 @Ian @gunnersaur @Kun Aguero & @Scratch.
    Well, in that case i will go Dr. Strange and create several new universe with each team having their own universe in the bigger multiverse.
    Did it make sense? No, just ramblings of a mad man. 🤣
     
    Current predictions:
    @Rob - 23 goals and 32 assists
    @broodje kip - 40 goals and 45 assists
    @smoggy90 - 27 goals and 38 assists
    @Kun Aguero - 25 goals + 32 assists
    @Ian - 28 goals and 33 assists
    @gunnersaur - 35 goals and 40 assists
    @Scratch - 36 goals and 25 assists
  15. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from Kanegan in Kanegan's Greatest Hits Vol. I - Fabulous Frank (Season 3)   
    Wait... What if Chelsea plays Marseille? You be managing both teams and if you met yourself there'd be a disruption to the space time continuum. How often have you done this? Maybe that's why 2020 is so messed up... 😂
    Nice work with Balotelli, you kept the goal rate really good, right to the end. His attributes wore out pretty quickly too, but he kept on scoring. Must be the manager!
    Good luck with the Maddison save. 36 goals and 26 assists.
  16. Favourite
    Scratch got a reaction from Titjes in Five Season Heroes - Apkom and Villa at PAOK [S4]   
    Update - Season 1
    As mentioned above, this career takes place in Greece, at PAOK Salonika:

    There are no other leagues loaded, so we're here to stay for the full 5 years. The club seems roughly in the same ball park as Celtic, who I often play as, except the budget is smaller and the existing players can't be sold for as much.
    Greece is new to me, so I'm still wrapping my head around the set up. There are 14 teams in the league, with 26 games being played, before the teams split into two mini leagues and play 10 more games (not too dissimilar to Scotland). With only 36 league games and only one cup, there are less games than I'm used to.
    Right, let's meet the players.
     
    Goal Hero - Chuba Akpom
    As guessed by @Ian, our striker, going for a minimum of 300 goals in 5 seasons, is Chuba Akpom:

    Chuba is already at PAOK so there's no need to buy him. He used to be a top wonderkid at Arsenal, so his standing in the game has fallen somewhat. I'm just hoping his potential ability hasn't fallen too much along with it.
    That said, he already looks pretty good for this league, with 16 Pace and 15 Movement. My tactic is very focused on Aerial and he has a good base for development with 13. I'm hoping he has some improvement to come, but even if he doesn't, we're in with a shout.
     
    Assists Hero - Sebastian Villa
    Going into the save, I didn't have a particular player picked out. I knew I wanted a right winger, because my tactic gives them mega assists. I didn't have much money, so I had to go for a budget option. Enter one Sebastian Villa:

    I've seen him before, but never used him. I have no idea how good he is or how much development he will have left, but he's probably good enough for this league just as he is. I'd really like to improve his Crossing though.
     
    Transfers
    As I often do at the start of a save, I went for the full rebuild, selling off anyone older than 28, as well as anyone who could fetch decent money. I didn't know any of them! Only a few fetched more than £5M, so I had to sensible with my incomings.
    I went for a few of my old faithfuls, in Moro, Almada and Paredes, but many weren't available. McKenna wasn't in the game. Palacios, Tonali, Eze weren't interested. Fati was interested, but way out of my price range.
    In a way that's great, because it forces me to look at players that I might not normally use. I have used Scarpa before, but not for a long time as he doesn't really fit my tactic. I used Tapia once a couple of years ago and he didn't do well - but I was struggling to find cheap but solid CDs, so I went with him. Apart from that I didn't know any of the others I bought!
    I raided Olympiakos for youngsters with a decent base because a) they are cheap so I could afford them and b) they are likely to be the best young Greek players in the game. We'll have to wait and see if any of them turn out okay. Most likely they will slip by the way side as I bring in better foreigners.
     
    Results
    We are already clearly the strongest team in Greece. We won the Greek Cup and also the league (pretty easily), although we averaged less than 2 goals a game which needs to improve.
    We have a long way to go in Europe, finishing bottom in the group stage and not even qualifying for the Euro Cup. We only let in 5 goals in 6 games, but could only score 2 goals! It was a bit of a shock, because I always seem to get past the group stage or reach the Euro Cup final in the first season with Celtic.
     
    Injuries and Availability
    A good season, with only one injury for Chuba (3 weeks) and none for Villa:
     
    Development
    With two 23 year olds, there was no way to tell if they were almost fully developed at the start or not. Fortunately, both developed pretty well over the course of the season.
    Chuba finished the season looking like this (+4 Aerial, +3 Movement and Shooting):

     
    Villa ended up looking like this (+2 Crossing, Dribbling and Movement):

    Chuba looks like he has a little more to come 😄, but Villa looks finished now 😢. He's probably good enough to get this done at this level, but he's a fair bit short of where Vignato got to for me at Celtic and that was at a similar level. I always knew I had top top quality players in that save, but it's back to earth for me know!
     
    Goals (Chuba)
    Chuba scored 43 goals in 44 games:

    He started at quicker rate than that, but had a bad patch after coming back from his injury and couldn't get back to the goal per game mark.
    It's not too bad, but he needs an average of 60 to qualify for the leaderboard and I was really hoping for at least 50 this season.
     
    Assists (Villa)
    Villa had 29 assists from 48 games:

    A very good start and only one short of the average he needs to make the leaderboard, but he was injury free this season, which likely won't happen often, so I'd like him to pick the pace up a little.
     
    Progress
    Season Goals (Chuba) Assists (Villa) 01 43 29 Total 43 (300 min) 29 (150 min)  
    Looking Forward
    A decent start, but I'll want to do better next season, on all fronts (League goals, CL results, Chuba goals, Villa assists). The team needs improving, but whether we have the budget for that is another thing altogether.
    So, we'll take it a season at a time and see how we go.
     
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    Scratch got a reaction from smoggy90 in Smog’s Striker Peak Years Challenge   
    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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    Scratch got a reaction from smoggy90 in Five Season Heroes - Apkom and Villa at PAOK [S4]   
    Thanks mate. Ian got it right and it's Chuba that I'm using.
    I'm not sure the 'possibly washed up and playing in Greece' version I'm getting will be as good as the 'wonderkid from Arsenal' version you had at Rangers, but I think he should be good enough to do the job.
    Not as many goals ad I'd like in the first season (nearing the end now), but hopefully will increase as I put a better team around him. I'm sort of regretting adding the 300 goal minimum to the leaderboard now, but we'll give it a shot! 
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    Scratch got a reaction from gunnersaur in Five Season Heroes - Apkom and Villa at PAOK [S4]   
    Thanks mate!
    We'll see how it goes with the goal scoring. Given there is a 300 goal minimum to get on the leaderboard, he needs to average 60 per season and he's going to fall a fair bit short of that in season 1 (at this stage). I got a lot of goals with Unuvar, but that was in an even weaker league (or at least about the same), with a richer club and with a wonderkid who likely had a lot more potential than Chuba has. So the jury is out.
    I'm more confident about the assists because this tactic is superb for that. Once again, I'm pretty sure the player I picked is a lot weaker than Vignato was in my assists 1KC, but he needs 30 per season to qualify for the leader board as is (so far) on track.
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    Scratch reacted to Ian in Five Season Heroes - Apkom and Villa at PAOK [S4]   
    Sounds nice, good luck.
    Chuba Akpon as striker and PAOK as club?
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    Scratch reacted to smoggy90 in Five Season Heroes - Apkom and Villa at PAOK [S4]   
    Sounds good mate, look forward to the next update!
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    Scratch got a reaction from Foxy in The Five Season Hero Challenge   
    In short
    You have 5 seasons to get a player to score as many goals, or to create as many assists, as possible. There will be a separate leaderboard for each, with a minimum of 300 goals and 150 assists respectively. ITN goals/assists do not count.   
    Background
    I've been thinking about posting this challenge for a long time. I love the 1KC, but it just takes too long and there is very little challenge after the first 2 or 3 seasons (apart from scoring endless goals). This is the 'one day cricket version' of the 1KC, if you like. I was also keen to have an excuse to use strikers that would be 'too old' for a 1KC.
     
    Rules
    The following are not allowed: editing the database; using the In Game Editor; using a scouting app or HEX; reloading or cheating in any way. No Unlockables are allowed, except you may have any coaching badge and reputation you wish. You must use your own tactic - it's okay to use other people's tactics as a base, but not to copy them exactly. You have 5 seasons and it must be the first 5 seasons of the game. You can use any team / league / level. Only goals/assists under your management count. ITN goals/assists do not count. A minimum of 300 goals and 150 assists are required to qualify for the respective leaderboards. The two leaderboards are entirely separate - you can just do the assist challenge or just the goal challenge or both at the same time. Proof is required in the shape of screenshots. The best thing is to start a career thread so we can follow your progress. You must state which match engine you are using (OME will be marked as such on the leaderboard).  
    Combinations
    There are a few obvious combinations with other challenges:
    You could submit the first 5 years of a 1KC or other goal scoring / assist challenge, though most 1KC candidates are a little young and not at their peak for the first few years.  You could do this at the same time as doing @Foxy's The Striker Peak Years Challenge as long as you choose a striker that qualifies for that challenge.  
    Goals Leaderboard
    Be the first!  
    Assists Leaderboard
    Be the first!  
     
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    Scratch got a reaction from Kun Aguero in Class Of 19' : A Man Utd Career With Greyed Out Players   
    Nice going. I think Greenwood will be fine once you get things set up for him (hard to balance all the things when going for so many). Still a bit worried about the grey boys, keen to see how they go over the next couple of seasons.
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    Scratch got a reaction from Foxy in The Five Season Hero Challenge   
    In short
    You have 5 seasons to get a player to score as many goals, or to create as many assists, as possible. There will be a separate leaderboard for each, with a minimum of 300 goals and 150 assists respectively. ITN goals/assists do not count.   
    Background
    I've been thinking about posting this challenge for a long time. I love the 1KC, but it just takes too long and there is very little challenge after the first 2 or 3 seasons (apart from scoring endless goals). This is the 'one day cricket version' of the 1KC, if you like. I was also keen to have an excuse to use strikers that would be 'too old' for a 1KC.
     
    Rules
    The following are not allowed: editing the database; using the In Game Editor; using a scouting app or HEX; reloading or cheating in any way. No Unlockables are allowed, except you may have any coaching badge and reputation you wish. You must use your own tactic - it's okay to use other people's tactics as a base, but not to copy them exactly. You have 5 seasons and it must be the first 5 seasons of the game. You can use any team / league / level. Only goals/assists under your management count. ITN goals/assists do not count. A minimum of 300 goals and 150 assists are required to qualify for the respective leaderboards. The two leaderboards are entirely separate - you can just do the assist challenge or just the goal challenge or both at the same time. Proof is required in the shape of screenshots. The best thing is to start a career thread so we can follow your progress. You must state which match engine you are using (OME will be marked as such on the leaderboard).  
    Combinations
    There are a few obvious combinations with other challenges:
    You could submit the first 5 years of a 1KC or other goal scoring / assist challenge, though most 1KC candidates are a little young and not at their peak for the first few years.  You could do this at the same time as doing @Foxy's The Striker Peak Years Challenge as long as you choose a striker that qualifies for that challenge.  
    Goals Leaderboard
    Be the first!  
    Assists Leaderboard
    Be the first!  
     
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    Scratch got a reaction from smoggy90 in The Five Season Hero Challenge   
    I look forward to it! You can probably do both at the same time if the player meets the age limits etc for Foxy's one. Also, I didn't say this explicitly, but there's nothing stopping people submitting past FMM20 careers that happen to meet this...
    BTW, I believe you might know the player I'm using for my attempt (from back in the day). 😄
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