Ahhh, the sun sets at dusk over a rampant Selhurst Park during a Europa League group match, those were more peaceful, worry-free times, having secured qualification from the group as winners, the knock out stage awaits, but for now, the Europa league is parked, with our job being done until we await the draw for the last 16.
Meanwhile, we are at the busy end of season 6, having just entered the final week of the January transfer window, and some emergency dealings had to be done, more on that in a minute.
It’s been quite some time since a footy video game made us really pay attention to squad building, development, and management, in ‘another game’ it was just pick same squad, play match, rinse and repeat, but here in FIFA 20+ (that’s what i’ll refer to the PC modded FIFA 20 with FIFER realism mod as from now on) that is exactly what we have to do, and I’m having a tough old time of it right now.
I have five first team players out with significant injuries, the list above doesn’t show the whole picture, as well as those listed above, Brewster, my star CF was also side lined for 8 weeks with a cruciate ligament injury, and also Beltran, my first choice CDM signed from Barcelona in the summer was also out for a 7 week groin injury, and with games coming thick and fast, the squad was down to the bare bones.
I have my entire forward line missing, so I moved Nicolas Pepé from RM into the CF position, to accompany Ferreira, who also then got injured, so the Jan transfer window couldn’t come soon enough.
January is not a good time to sign players, most clubs won’t let the big players leave, and those that are available have to be tempted away with over-inflated offers, I had the dilemma of signing a big name quality player for tens of millions, then having a surplus of players and a hefty wage bill once they was all fit again, or sign a stop-gap player to tide me over, I opted for the latter.
After a 2 week scouting mission, we signed Joel Asoro from Derby County, 78 Rated, pretty decent for a Championship player, great strength and Speed, and good heading stats, he will at least give us a recognised CF to play with until the injuries subside.
The same issue with left wing, Youth promote come first team player Lewis Kelly, is our only recognised LM, with Rodrygo out injured, as a result I have had to draft in some fledgling youth players to fill the bench, its a very thin squad at present, and it will be difficult to maintain a title push, Europa League tilt and domestic cup run without our full strength squad available.
Here’s the league table after 24 games, nearing the end of January, it’s all very tight up there, one defeat and we could drop right out of the running.
A recent 3-0 demolition of Man City saw us leapfrog them into 4th, with league leaders Liverpool up next, then Arsenal In the Carabao cup final, whom we will face after beating Spurs 2-0 on agg in the semi final.
This is our first domestic cup final, aside from the UCL final last season, in every season we have always failed to get across that semi-final line, so this is an opportunity to add another trophy to the cabinet, Arsenal play some quick fire, high octane football though so a tactical decision to be considered in order to stop their build up play.
Next weeks post will conclude season 6, with extended highlights of the Carabao Cup final, and seeing the Europa League to whatever conclusion it may come to, and of course, the premier League title charge, but for now, I leave you with a short video containing a few goals from recent key matches, the goals in order of play are:
- Rodrygo Debut goal on opening day
- Adama Traore seals Europa League qualification with a goal
- A well taken Volley goal
- The 1st goal of 2 in a 2-0 agg win vs Spurs in the Carabao Cup Semi
- Pepé scoring his first in a 3-0 win over City