After Emmanuel Dennis’ departure, or actual impending departure, as he doesn’t leave until the end of the season, but I have chosen not to include him in the squad, we need players devoted to the cause who see their future here, not elsewhere, we needed to do some business, Rhian Brewster was that business, and he gets it done, in good style.
Pacy, agile and a deadly finisher, he has slotted in to the team seamlessly, filling the void left by Dennis, when you are challenging for trophies, you need a prolific goalscorer, a player who will reliably get you 20+ goals every season, Brewster is showing early signs of being that type of player.
Still only 24 years old, and at 84 rating OVR, he’s 5 years younger than Dennis, and only 5 OVR points lower, the coaches have put in place a consistent training regime for him, which will hopefully help him develop to an even better player over the next few seasons.
Below is a mini-compilation of Brewster in recent action:
Regrettably there will not be a 3rd consecutive FA Cup win, after going out in the quarter finals on penalties to Everton.
The tie came 2 days after a gruelling Europa league match which I will come to, so I had no option but to rest several first team regulars, and we did well, going 1-0 up early on, only for Everton to level in the 88th minute.
Extra time was a case of 20 exhausted players taking part in a scrappy tired looking midfield melee which ended a stalemate, so penalties it was.
Now, I have a concern over FIFA’s penalties, I’m sure theres a bug in that the COM GK will save 90% of your penalties, no matter what, because he always does, no matter what power I use or where I place the ball, he dives the right way, I’ve tried leaving the aiming line central until the last minute, then changing direction, and just aiming straight to the corner, and keeping it there, but the COM GK save ratio is unrealistically high, and so the Everton keeper saved 4 of my 5 penalties and we was out.
I mentioned a gruelling Europa Cup match above, and it was, the single most tense and nail-biting footy video game match I’ve ever played.
The scenario, Europa League, Last 16 stage, away to Man City after they beat me 1-0 at home in the first leg.
We needed a 1-0 win just to take it into extra time, City are a formidable side to play against with all the quick pass and move and deadly finishing traits of real life used in their play style, you really have to focus for the full 90 mins to get anything from them.
We played City 3 times in succession, the home leg of the EL, then played them in the Premier League, then again in the EL away leg, they beat me in the previous 2 matches, so heading in to this away tie at the Emirates needing a win was a tough ask.
In an extremely tense and tight affair, we eventually took the lead after some nice build up play and getting in behind their stalwart defence, with a tidy finish
We then had to focus, and defend for the other hour of the match, and we did, 0-1 it stayed and extra time came. Player tiredness was now almost at rigamortis stage and there were mistakes being made all over the pitch, I consciously focused on just keeping the ball, tracking runners and not trying anything risky, I really didn’t want penalties due to the low % chance of scoring them, but I fancied my chances better than risking open play during extra time and conceding a late goal.
I had used all 3 subs during normal time, and had 1 more allowed under the new rule, so brought on Adama on the right wing, and his pace immediately showed.
Some careful midfield keep ball before launching a cutting slide rule pass down the right channel, and then using the R stick first touch to push the ball ahead into open grass, the tired defender wasn’t catching me now, 2-0, we did it!
City would now have to score twice in 2 game minutes to win the tie. They didn’t, and on to the Europa League Quarter finals we go, easy ride from here on in right?
A 1-0 defeat to Huddersfield in the league, sandwiched between a draw and several wins have kept us in the title race, but with just 4 games left to play we have to keep winning and hope Liverpool drop points.
Lastly, a few goals scored in the recent run-in.