Heading into the final four matches of the season, our chances of beating the drop were significantly boosted by the rich vein of form our Striker, Harry Cornick, has been showing, originally a shoe-in because of the long term injury to main striker, Awoniyi, Cornick has grasped the opportunity by the balls and elevated his performances to another level.
Due to Cornick’s goal scoring prowess, the Hatters won 5 of the last 7 matches heading into these final few fixtures, and as a result, as shown above, found himself battling another famous Harry for the Premier League Golden boot award.
My time spent playing Ultimate Team, against very good players, has hardened me up to the point I now find playing the AI very repetitive and predictable, and matches were becoming too easy on World Class level, so for the final few matches I played out the season on Ultimate level.
This brought about a renewed focus, and engagement and I was starting to enjoy AI matches again, with the change in difficulty justified with a trip to second placed Man Utd, who after a tight tense start, moved into a 2-0 lead.
2-1 just before half time courtesy yet again of that man Cornick, gave us hope, before conceding an early second half Cavani header to find ourselves 3-1 down.
The usual tried and all too easy approach on lower levels wasn’t working here so a few tweaks and some concentration, saw a remarkable turnaround with the hatters hitting 3 goals inside 25 second half minutes to run out 4-3 winners at Old Trafford.
This effectively ended the title race, with Liverpool crowned as Champions, ahead of the two Manchester clubs.
A 9th placed finish, and a Carabao Cup win was actually a pretty damn good season, and kept me in the job, with the board wanting me to continue my work at Kenilworth Road.
Cornick emerged as the runaway top scorer after bagging a brace and a hat-trick in the last few games to take his season tally to 31 goals in 35 games, we may face a tough time keeping hold of him now he has established himself as a bonafide world class Premier League striker.
We were awarded £144 million in prize money, tv rights money and loyalty payments for our top 9 finish, with comments from the board remarking that the funds would be used to bolster the transfer coughers for next season, and to spend wisely, so I was quite dismayed to find that of that £144mil, only £30mil had been given to me as transfer funds. Not even enough for one good player.
So on to next season, still undecided about whether to test the waters at another, higher stature club, or stay and try to guide Luton Town into Europe, building a capable squad with just £30mil is going to be a ridiculous task, and it has irked me quite a bit that the board haven’t invested adequately.
There is the lure of a Europa League qualifying tie to play, get through that and Thursday nights travelling around Europe in our 1980’s banged up Souls coach could be fun, but then again so could UCL nights under the lights and competing for titles.
It’s taken a long time to get this season finished, due to personal life matters, and lack of gaming time, plus the loss of interest here and there, but our first Premier League season was a success, and should probably be built upon in a true career mode / master league mode style.
Mentioning ML, some really nice new game play mods and patches for PES 21 around now, had a few games the other night, and it was a nice aside from the tempo and frantic pace of FIFA, one for the backburner perhaps, and does look mighty fine on the new 82″ 4k TV.
Will leave you with a few goals from the season run-in, with Cornick showing his sniper eye: