I’ve been an die-hard FM player for the past 6 years now, and with 2018 just being released, I had to buy it. Last year was my poorest showing in terms of hours played but I still enjoyed it. This year as I’ve just started University I may have some more time on my hands to grind out a few more seasons!
The hardest part of a save is deciding who to start as, however for me this was fairly easy. I’ve just started studying at the University of Sussex, which is literally across the road from Brighton FC’s Falmer stadium:
Therefore I feel I have to at least give them a chance, newly promoted to the Premier League and are currently doing well (currently 8th, with 15 points from 11 games) however how long that lasts remains to be seen.
This year lots of new features seem to have been added to personify the players more, and treat them more as people who interact with each other. I was very intrigued by the new “Dynamics” tab which covers players social groups and hierarchy, this made me really consider different groups of players playing well together.
I was also very impressed by the new injury displays. Its very clear exactly whats going on and makes it easy to work out when players will be back, the ‘prone to injury’ list also helps as it means I can alter a players pre-season training to ensure they don’t get injured.
Whilst the staff system looks to have remained fairly similar. I have noticed one thing that is slightly different to usual: My staff are the worst in the league! I’m a bit of an Alex Ferguson in the sense that I love to bring through youngsters in my youth academy and spot them early to either make profits on or become icons at the club. Straight away I replaced my Head of Youth Development, 2 scouts and several coaches and I’m looking to improve the entire staff over the next 2/3 years.
As for the actual players, the Strengths and Weaknesses tab really helped me decide where I need to spend my £14m transfer budget. With lots of strong characters (notably Davy Pröpper) in the centre of the park, I feel I’m lacking cover at Centre Back and Striker.
My targets included Joël Veltman, Ramiro Funes Mori and Andrea Ranocchia but I eventually settled on Diego Reyes who I signed for a mere £4.7m which in todays money is a steal.
I was close to signing Clément Grenier for less than £1m but we could agree personal terms which was a shame. I’m looking to act more in the transfer window but that’s all I’ve managed so far.
My first match against Lugano from Switzerland I tried a 4-4-1-1 which started out well.
Also this is a nice excuse to show off the new lineups feature. I personally think its a bit narrow, but I’m sure I’ll get used to it. In the match Sidwell got sent off inside 20 mins and we conceded 2 goals. We pulled one back but we couldn’t get anything out of it, starting me with a 2-1 defeat.
In my next match, we played Doncaster in which I played a slightly different 5-4-1 with Wing Backs. We won 3-0 but I’ll have to develop the tactic to see if its worth it.
To conclude this first piece, here are our expectations for the season. All of which I think I can realistically achieve!