Could this giant be any sleepier? Nov 13, 2018 20:41:30 GMT
Post by Nick on Nov 13, 2018 20:41:30 GMT
If you were to draw up a list of sleeping giants in English football, I imagine Newcastle would be in most people's top five. 50,000+ loyal fans turn up every other week to see a club that has promised so much since the mid-nineties, but delivered nothing in terms of trophies since 1969. Rivals Middlesbrough and Sunderland are going through their own rough patches which should allow me to further cement the club as the kings of the North East.
I've struggled with FM19 thus far, so I've played through the first season already. Here's a quick recap before I settle into more regular updates.
I've been setting the team up in a fairly bog standard 4-2-3-1 formation. The only roles that change are the striker, depending on who is playing, and the right inside forward changes to a winger if Jacob Murphy starts.
It's not perfect and I'm still not quite getting my head around the tactical side of this version yet. We struggle to create chances - proper chances, even half chances - and seem content to have pot shots at goal from unrealistic positions. Nevertheless, our excellent start to the season, particularly in defence, ensured we had as good a campaign as I could have asked for.
A goal difference of +2 isn't great and we took some proper beatings away from home against the teams that finished above us, but finishing 'best of the rest' is much better than I initially expected.
I made three signings in January, spending a bit of dough in the process. First in was highly rated Italian play-maker, Sandro Tonali for £10.5m. I can't speak highly enough of this kid. Didn't walk straight into the team, but constantly gets a 10/10 in training, almost on a weekly basis, and will almost certainly be first choice next season. Next in was Uruguayan striker, Maximiliano Gomez for £13.5m from Celta Vigo. I'll be honest, he's struggled since joining, but so have all my strikers, so I think it's more down to my tactical struggles than the player himself. I'm confident he'll come good. Last in was a young Czech (first season) regen called Marian Suchy for £500k. Big potential apparently, but he's not exactly taken to his immediate loan move to Sheffield Wednesday. I'll get him back with me next season and see if I can improve him.
Off the pitch, my season was dominated by takeover talks, but all three potential deals fell through, so Fat Mike is still here. There is a fourth one currently in the offing, with some geezer wanting to throw £70m at me, so hopefully it comes off. The trouble is, I'm under a transfer embargo so there'll be no activity until it's done.
Other than that, no real rules to the save, just looking to enjoy it and try and win some trophies playing decent football.