So just coming up first real match in Premier League at home to Palace. I'm not going to lie the squad is very well balanced and doesn't really need much investment(having only 10m to spend curtailed this mostly) as their is two players for each postion.
As mentioned colback is squad leader so I didn't want to risk the wrath of the dressing room by selling him so he'll stay for now.
I brought Amim Younes from Ajax for €5m to provide competition for Atsu on the left wing so as said I now have two players I can rely on in each position* (I'd initially intended to have Aarons but of course he got injured for the season)
Eliott and Darlow have similar ability, Darlow obviously younger so has some room to improve but starting season with Rob as he done well in pre-season. I did look to bring in another Keeper but for the 5m I had left to spend their wasn't anyone who would have been better so I'm happy to go with the above two and Woodman as number 3.
Right back Manquillo is young and is rated at 4.5 star potential currently 3 star. De Yedlin is basically just pace and stamina really again is 3 star rating. Used Manquillo more in pre-season as he linked up better with Ritchie on the right.
Left back- Dummett is actually one of the best players in the squad, brought Haidara up from the U23's to play backup as Jesus Gamez is ok
Centre back is probably the best position cover wise we have four very decent options, Lejuene and Mbemba will rotate as ball playing defenders, Lejuene in particular is very good in the tackle and bringing the ball out and has a decent pass on him. Lascelles and Clark will rotate for the other cb position
CM- Merino is a beast just like real life has potential to be a 5 star player played him as a deep lying playmaker which gives him time on the ball to pick out the runs of my wing backs , Shelvey is Shelvey great passer of the ball but picks up bookings needlessly.
Hayden is good young can improve, Also have Colback and Saivet in there to provide cover for the above.
Atsu is my left winger and as i've said brought in Younes for 5m which I think is going to be a bargain.
Ritchie on the right cutting onto his left peg which is lethal, Murphy provides the cover for him
Perez and Diame are my attacking mid behind lone front man
In pre-season I rotated the 3 of Joselu, gayle and Mitro and what do you know
OH JOS-E -LU-LU-LU HE MIGHT SCORE ONE HE MIGHT SCORE TWO
Nope he scored 9 goals in pre-season 4 more then Gayle and Mitro combined who by the way seem fairly injury prone so he'll be starting up top
So my team to start the season will be
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