Whilst we carry on the struggle to break into the top four in the league, our Europa league form has been exemplary, as the table above shows, we maintained a perfect record in the group stages of six wins from six games, to finish as group winners and secure a place in the knock out stages, where we await our opponents in the KO round draw.
Premier league results have been decent, picking up wins with more regularity after a shaky start to the season, Kramaric continues to impress with his deadly finishing, whilst new signing Toko-Ekambi is also getting his share of goals with 9 from 13 matches.
Approaching the January transfer window, I desperately need a backup LB, having only one in the squad, I have £18 mil in the transfer kitty, but one of my board objectives is to finish the season with at least £17mil of unused allocated funds, quite a strange objective, the FIFER 2.0 mod I’m now running with does away with a lot of the quirky financial based objectives, so hopefully when the season ticks over I’ll be presented with more realistic objectives.
I have scouted a few players within the last year of their contract, and added them to my transfer shortlist, come January they will be within the last 6 months of their contracts so will be free to be negotiated with without needing to pay a feee, hoping to pick up 1 or 2 cheaper options here.
As mentioned, the latest FIFER Career Mode Realism Mod v2.0 was released a few days ago, and really does make a huge difference to an already very good game, not just graphical and cosmetic enhancements but aligned squad files with more realistic ratings and growth curves, but also game play mods which tweaks everything from player and ball weight, to team shapes, AI dribbling, shooting, passing, everything you could think of, matches now have such a unique feel to them, with key players really standing out and utilising their key skills, Willian at Chelsea for example driving at me and dribbling past players, shooting from range, he was a nightmare to handle.
Game play is about as good as it gets, and with all the ultra realistic features, and in-depth career mode to back it up, PC modded FIFA 20 would get a solid 9.6/10 from me right now, the only thing I can think of that could be improved is some of the press conference questions being a little off and not in line with whats happening now and then, hardly a massive worry though.
One of the joys of video game footy is identifying and developing youth players and moulding them into team-changing superstars, one such player I have unearthed is Jason Lokilo, a RW signed into our youth academy at age 17 and rated 52 OVR, he’s now 19 and rated 64, and showing signs of being something special, great pace, agility, and dribbling technique, he has always performed superbly when filling in for first choice Andros Townsend at RMF, here he is coming on late in the game and grabbing a 91st min winner at Old Trafford.
I previously mentioned the modding capabilities of FIFA on PC, it all adds up to make a truly realistic and immersive world of living breathing football in which to play your career mode, and along with new custom kits I have now found a way to edit the games in built animated electronic adboards surrounding the pitch, here you can see the FIFAFX logo emblazoned across selhurst park, sweet!
This will be great when changing kit manufacturers and sponsors to then have them represented around the ground.
It’s also nice to play a game where shot variety and long shots are still perfectly possible, Cheikou Kouyaté banging one in here from 25+ yards.
Earlier in the post I mentioned shot variation being superb within FIFA 20, to finish off heres a short video of a few goals showing the variation that you can get match to match, from screamers to team goals, to deflections, bobbles, and everything in-between.