The summer transfer window was always going to be a success after the payout from the premier league. I had to completely rebuild the back line, Virgil injured for more than half the season, Yoshida departing for France, and Ryan Bertrand departing for Spurs. Jose Fonte agreed mutual termination as did goalkeeper Alex McCarthy. Now that the dead wood is out of the way I was able to bring in players I’d been watching all season long.
Jorge Mere ($28M release clause – Sporting Gijon)
Joël Veltman ($18M – Ajax)
Kieran Tierney ($14.5M – Celtic)
Antonio Sanabria ($18M – Real Hispalis)
So far all but Antonio are producing and seeing as Charlie Austin is on fire, it doesn’t really matter. Expect that I’ve got zero return from this guy yet. I also picked up Cican Stankovic and Aaron Ramsdale to fill the need for backup goalkeepers. I picked up Teddy Bishop from Ipswich for a measly $950K and instantly had him being tutored by Jordy Clasie. Last, I picked up Nicolás Benedetti for $750K and he’s loaned out in Ligue 1 in an effort to get a work permit. The squad is finally looking like how I want it too, exciting times here!
Update through Halloween
We are exceeding expectations currently. There have been some epic games, including the 4-4 to West Ham, which we threw away from a 3-1 lead. There was the dominant 3-1 victory over Benfica in the champions league. Next was a 0-5 drubbing by Arsenal, putting us quickly back in place. My favorite match of the season, though, has got to be the 3-3 away to Dortmund. What a game. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Andre Horta are really developing rapidly and both are signed to long term deals with ridiculous release clauses.
We are currently sitting pretty in 3rd place in the league and are top of our champions league group. I’ve tweaked my tactics some and I’ll show that and some top players I’m scouting before the next update.