30 years in Football Manager: 2017/18- The future is now.

Year 1 – The future is now.

2017/2018

A relatively slow start to the new campaign, as it takes a few taps of the continue button before any worthwhile news pops up.

John John is named as the manager of Trinidad & Tobago. Ok, so this might not be worthwhile news but John John? That’s hilarious.

John John
He’s got the discipline to back up his almost non-existent management skills

Curtis Davies returns to Hull with a new-found sense of worth, after being named Sierra Leone captain during the summer – I’ll be honest, this one slipped under the radar somewhat, he was called up to the squad during the 2016/17 season and made 14 appearances before being named captain.

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Curtis ‘I could have played for England or Ireland’ Davies

Transfers begin to ramp up heading into July.

PSG raid Juventus, Monaco, Ajax and Porto – throwing almost £200m at prising Dybala, Bernardo Silva, Tete and Neves away from their clubs, respectively.

Dybala
Almost sacrilegious that Dybala only has 6 Argentina caps

Manchester City clearly upset that they aren’t seen as the pinnacle of exuberant transfers decide on throwing £94m at Atletico to purchase Antoine Griezmann, before realising that Benfica have two too many full-backs – purchasing both Alex Grimaldo and Nelson Semedo for a combined total of £84m.

That will show PSG – is what we can only assume Guardiola’s justification for this is.

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Concentration and Decisions are a 15 – a solid 14 stats higher than my concentration during capturing this. 

Chelsea bring in Thiago from Bayern and Serge Aurier from PSG, spending a miniscule £83m in the process.

Benfica take yet another full-back hit as Manchester United lure right-back Pedro Pereira to Old Trafford for £23m – at this point Benfica change to 3 at the back and pray that no one comes in for 37-year-old Luisao.

In a hectic transfer window Arsenal finally make their move, bringing Mauro Icardi (£44m rising to £60m) and Fabinho (£24m) to the Emirates.

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A Fab signing for Arsenal…Ok, i’ll see myself out.

In the most interesting switch of the summer, Tottenham front man Vincent Jansen jumps ship and moves to FA cup winners Burnley for £10.75m – failing to score in any of his 15 appearances for Spurs.

Big money moves in the Championshipn too– Will Hughes *finally* leaving Derby for £12m to newly promoted Newcastle United. Whilst Max Gradel trades in the windy shores of Bournemouth for the sunny ports of Monaco.

In League 1, Birmingham realise they need a club legend to take to steady the ship. They opt to sign Tomasz Kuszczak as their new manager. Within a week, he’s installed as first choice goalkeeper as well as managing the club – LEGEND.

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The European Super cup is contested between Manchester City and Real Madrid. Antoine Griezmann grabs a goal on his City debut, but a Ronaldo hat-trick gives Madrid the win.

A retired Willy Cabllero watches on from the stands as Bravo musters up a 4.3 rating – good to see Bravo’s real life form translates in Football Manager.

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Next up- The season begins, disastrous injuries and the comedy of the Champions League.

 

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