Since my last update at the end of the 2013/14 season, we’ve completed our squad overhaul. In the end it ended up as less of an overhaul and more of a sale of the deadwood and the arrival of three central midfielders. Ah well.
The first two guys were planned for a while. I knew we needed a dominating presence at DM, a player who could dictate play but also act as the primary playmaker from deep. With Maher and Hiljemark at CM and both being incredibly dynamic players who push on, the DM is likely to be left to deal with opposition counter-attacks. As he was available on a free transfer, Ekdal was a no-brainer. In the previous update I said the transfer budget was largely flexible, but when you can get the same quality of player on a free transfer then you go for it. I had planned for Ekdal to be my DLP-D at the base of a ‘1-2’ shape in central midfield, but that changed later in the window due to this man..
For the Twitter users among you, I’m sure you’ll know that for the past two weeks Sports Interactive have been heavily plugging Football Manager 2014 as they begin to announce new features publically. Quite frankly, their series of ‘feature roulette’ tweets has become tedious and mundane as incredibly irrelevant “features” are announced.
However, today they revealed something that had the potential to be just a bit interesting. And that’s the new tactical roles they’ll be introducing into FM14. There are eight all-in-all; half back, target flank man, limited full back, complete wing back, enganche, regista, false nine and shadow striker.
Initially I got excited that there were changes to the current roles. There’s still so much to be done and I thought FM14 could go some way to addressing this. I think I was wrong. And I’ll try to explain why, role by role.