How do Liverpool’s current crop of young stars perform on FM24?

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Last weekend, Liverpool lifted the Carabao Cup, beating Chelsea 1-0 in extra-time of the final courtesy of a Virgil van Dijk goal. Jurgen Klopp’s team finished the game with several youngsters on the field, including Conor Bradley, Jarell Quansah, James McConnell, Bobby Clark and Jayden Danns.

Although most of the starlets didn’t feature for long, it was a promising sign for Liverpool and the club’s academy. However, which young Liverpool players are wonderkids on FM24?

The youngsters never seem to fulfil their potential on FM24

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While they may be shining in real life, off the top of my head, none of the young players seem to fulfil their potential in my FM24 games.

There could be many different reasons why this happens, but from my personal saves, it seems to be that they just don’t get enough football and usually end up off the radar.

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Looking at the data editor, the likes of Quansah, Danns and McConnell don’t have big potential in the game compared to other highly-rated players.

Bradley has a potential of -8 on the updated database, which I have only used for one save, while Clark has the same rating. I have seen Clark become a good player in past saves, though.

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Maybe these players could fulfil their potential in future games, as there are always players who seem to enjoy better careers when their stats have been updated.

Other Liverpool youngsters have more potential on FM24

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Ironically, other Liverpool youngsters have better stats in the game and sometimes fulfil their potential. The one standout is a youngster who has featured a fair bit for the Reds is Spanish midfielder Stefan Bajcetic, who has a potential of -9 on the game.

The youngster is 18 when the first season starts in FM24 and tends to fare better than his contemporaries in the game. In real life, the youngster has made just two appearances for Liverpool this season due to injuries.

However, he made 19 appearances in season 2022/23 and likely would have featured in the Carabao Cup win if he wasn’t sidelined through injury. However, reports suggest he is close to a return to fitness.

Another highly rated player is Scottish youngster Ben Doak, who, at 17, also has a rating of -9 at the start of the game. The youngster is highly regarded at Anfield and is usually the player who develops the best on my FM24 saves.

Unfortunately, like Bajcetic, Doak’s campaign has been hampered by injury, as he is currently sidelined due to a knee injury. He has had surgery to solve his issues, and the club are hopeful he will return to action before the end of the campaign.

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A player who is a bit older, right-back Calvin Ramsey, starts the game at 20, and his rating is -8, according to the editor. The full-back brought in from Aberdeen usually becomes a good player, even if I have not yet seen him become an elite star. The youngster is currently on loan at Championship Preston North End.

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Defender Luke Chambers also has a rating of -8. The 19-year-old left-back has yet to feature for Liverpool’s first team in real life, but he is currently on loan at League One Wigan Athletic. In the FM24 saves I have played so far, I can’t remember him becoming a top player.

I am not an expert on Liverpool

As a fan of the club from across Stanley Park, I can’t say I am an expert on all things Liverpool, on and off the pitch. I would certainly never choose to manage the Reds. That means I can’t say I am the best person to judge their players on FM24.

However, I am not the most partisan fan, so as a general FM24 player, I do tend to see which players do and don’t develop in the game. With the updated database, maybe some of the players who appeared in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final will start fulfilling their potential on FM24.

As with all youngsters, though, many factors are involved, and some will become stars, and some will fail to make it at the top level.

It will be interesting to see whether any of the youngsters can become first-team regulars at Anfield in the future. If so, then maybe they will become standout players in future editions of FM.

Which of Liverpool’s Carabao Cup youngsters usually fulfil their potential in your FM24 saves?

How to Imitate Tottenham’s New Tactics on FM24

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There isn’t much question that Tottenham has been one of the biggest surprises of the Premier League season. Virtually all of the other teams challenging for a Champions League spot have had a stable coach for several years. On the other hand, Spurs are excelling with new manager Ange Postecoglou at the helm.

Postecoglou has completely changed Tottenham’s tactics, making them more aggressive on the attack whereas some of the club’s recent managers set up Spurs in a more defensive shape. Somehow, the complex and complicated tactics have worked on the field, although they are understandably hard to implement and emulate on Football Manager 24. That’s why we wanted to share some useful tips on how to bring Postecoglou’s tactics with Tottenham to FM24.

The Formation

Naturally, it all starts with the right formation. On FM24, it’s best to utilize the traditional 4-2-3-1 formation, although at times a 4-3-3 can also be appropriate. Just keep in mind that with Postecoglou’s tactics, the formation plays like a 2-3-4-1.

The two central defenders have a lot of pressure to defend with help from the sweeper keeper. This enables one holding midfielder to sit in front of the two center-backs with a little help from the fullbacks. Therefore, five attacking players are free to push forward with the wingers staying wide.

Fullbacks Are Key

One of the biggest keys to getting Postecoglou’s tactics right is how to use the fullbacks. Rather than helping to create width, this tactic calls for inverted fullbacks. This means they float to the middle of the field, creating a numerical advantage in midfield.

Obviously, while the team is defending, fullbacks have to revert back to their traditional positioning to defend with four in the back and cover the wide spaces. Needless to say, a lot is asked of fullbacks in this system, so they need to be among the best players in the squad.

While in Possession

In this tactical system, there is a lot going on while in possession. Of course, the mentality has to be positive and aggressive. There is a focus on playing with a high tempo, being aggressive by challenging defenders, and trying to get the ball into the box.

While the tactics often aim to play the ball through the middle of the field because the inverted fullbacks create an advantage, the wingers playing wide make it a good idea to focus on getting the ball outside and trying to play low crosses into the box.

Press and Counter

During transition periods, the instructions on FM24 are simple but critical. The idea is to counter-press after losing possession and then quickly counter after winning back the ball.

After winning back possession, the two center-backs and the holding midfielder should try to maintain their position while everyone else, including the two fullbacks, starts pushing forward. This can create some hectic moments, but that is part of using these tactics.

Play the High Line

Defensively, Tottenham’s tactics defensively under Postecoglou have involved keeping a high line. Even when the team was down to nine players, they refused to sit deep. This goes against what most FM24 players are accustomed to doing.

But stepping up, keeping a high defensive line, and creating a high line of engagement when playing without the ball are all key components of this tactical setup. Keep in mind that this can make the defense vulnerable, especially if the center backs don’t have good awareness and recovery speed. However, that’s all part of playing with these tactics.

What to Expect

If you are employing Tottenham’s and Postecoglou’s tactics properly in FM24, you should expect to score a lot of goals while also conceding your fair share of goals as well. After all, there are reasons why Tottenham has put together one of the longest consecutive goal streaks in Premier League history.

Outside of FM24, bettors may want to consider betting on Spurs to play high-scoring games. By using sportsbook promos for new users, you can sign up for a sportsbook and take advantage of Tottenham’s record-setting goal streak and defensive vulnerabilities. It’s not a sure thing, but a majority of Tottenham’s games this season have included goals by both teams.

That’s exactly what you should expect from these tactics in FM24. There will be goals galore on both sides. If that ends up happening, you’ll know that you’ve gotten Tottenham’s new tactics right.

Is David De Gea the best free agent on FM24?

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While playing FM, many of us focus on attacking players, who will get us the goals to win games and silverware. That new young wonderkid forward is always likely to be exciting.

However, if you have a bad FM habit like me, sometimes signing players to keep the ball out of the back of the net is just as important.

A good goalkeeper is worth their weight in goals, and you can get a world-class goalkeeper for no fee on FM24. He is arguably the best free agent in the game. That player is Spanish goalkeeping icon David De Gea.

Why is De Gea without a club?

De Gea kept more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in goalkeeper in the Premier League in season 2022/23, earning him the Golden Gloves award. He is still a world-class goalkeeper even at 32 (when the game begins).

Despite his status as last season’s best-performing Premier League goalkeeper, United seemed determined to get the Spaniard off their books last summer.

There are several reasons why United wanted to part ways with the goalkeeper. One was that he was reportedly on wages of £375,000 per week.

The other was that they saw an opportunity to sign a long-term replacement in the shape of Inter and Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana.

The signing of the 27-year-old looked good at the time, as he was impressive for Italian giants Inter. The former Ajax stopper is reportedly on £100,000 per week, which, while not a small wage packet, is still much less than his predecessor.

Losing De Gea and bringing in Onana may have made some mad sense to all connected with United last summer. However, considering Onana’s sometimes erratic form for the men from Manchester this season, it now looks like a questionable move.

Incredible stats on FM24 for a free agent

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Goalkeepers don’t age as badly as outfield players in real life or on FM24. So, signing a 32-year-old isn’t a big deal, especially when he has incredible stats.

His real-life ability is obviously reflected well in his FM 24 stats. All the good stats needed to be a world-class goalkeeper are there.

Here are his top attributes

  • Reflexes 19
  • Ability 17
  • Natural Fitness 17
  • Handling 16
  • Aerial Reach 16

Any goalkeeper with those stats would be a massive asset to your team on FM24.

How is he still a free agent?

I have to say that I can’t believe the former Manchester United stopper is still a free agent after leaving the Red Devils last summer.

He was expected to join another big club in the summer and then in the January transfer window. However, for whatever reason, the Spanish goalkeeper is still without a club.

Maybe De Gea is enjoying a break from football after being a professional for so long.

According to several different sources, he had a host of offers in the summer and January and decided against joining a new club.

He did sign one contract in the summer of 2023, as he married his fiancée Edurne. Maybe he is enjoying married life for a period before returning to the game when the right offer comes along.

The pros far outweigh the cons of signing De Gea

The signing of David De Gea looks like a no-brainer for any club in a top division of most of the major footballing countries. However, there are pros and cons to signing the Spaniard, although the pros far outweigh the cons

The two main cons are that he can command a massive wage. However, I have signed De Gea on a contract for around £70k per week, which was a bargain compared to his contract at United.

The biggest con is quite a big one, though, because he is a free agent, he is usually highly in-demand. If you are not a European or world superpower, it may be difficult to sign the talented ‘keeper.

In most of my saves, De Gea has moved to a club in Saudi Arabia. This is not surprising considering that Saudi clubs have flexed their financial muscles in real life by tempting some major stars, including Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, to join clubs in the Pro League.

The pros are obvious. The biggest one is that you are signing one of arguably the best goalkeepers in the world without a fee.

Also, like any self-respecting goalkeeper, De Gea usually plays well into his late 30s on FM24. His attributes don’t seem to drop quickly either, so he could be an excellent servant to your club for the first three or four years of your save.

In short, if you have the chance to sign David de Gea, and he is willing to join your club, then don’t hesitate to snap him up, as he could well be the best signing you make on the game.

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Tactic testing: Undringstaktiken 4-1-1-3-1 by NuFcPRO

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We are back with our tactic testing today with one of the best and underrated tactics for FM.

The tactic is Undringstaktiken 4-1-1-31 by NuFcPRO. If you are looking for a new tactic, then this article is not to be missed.

Conditions of the test

I used my usual set-up of simming the game for a season as Everton while not making any transfers or tactical changes.

I also set the holiday settings to ‘current team selection when possible’ so the strongest team for the tactic would be selected.

How is the tactic set up?

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The tactic creator describes it as ‘An Asymmetric 4231 of Sorts’ with an attacking mentality. The first thing that jumped out to me about this tactic is that although it is an attack-minded tactic, it is still relatively well-balanced.

One aspect of the tactic I appreciate is that it gets a central midfielder, a central midfielder and an attacking midfielder into one team while still not tipping the tactic into being too attacking.

The deep-lying playmaker offers defensive protection to the two centre-backs, as the full-backs like to bomb forward and support the attack.

The two inside forwards on support is also a decision I like, as they offer something both in attack and defence. Meanwhile, the central midfielder has provided a good attacking output in my recent saves.

How did the tactic perform?

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For me, with these tactics, testing articles, overachieving is the objective. There is no point talking about a tactic if it only achieves mid-table or survival if that’s the team’s projected position anyway.

Many people are looking for a wonder tactic that helps your team vastly overachieve, and this is one such tactic.

Despite a predicted finish of 16th place, the team finished as runners-up in the Premier League, just a point behind eventual champions surprise champions Aston Villa.

The team was particularly impressive in attack, as only third-place Liverpool could better the team’s tally of 82 goals scored in the Premier League.

At the other end of the pitch, the team had the worst defence in the top six. However, we managed to concede fewer goals than champions Aston Villa.

The number of goals conceded was not a major concern for me, as the team’s attacking play negated the unconvincing defensive record.

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One impressive aspect of this tactic was the team’s away record, as it was the best in the Premier League, having won 13 of the 19 league games on our travels.

The team also started the league campaign in lightning fashion, winning 16 of the first 19 matches while suffering just one defeat.

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As well as finishing second in the Premier League, we made it to the semi-finals of both the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup, where we were defeated by Chelsea and Liverpool respectively.

The cup runs only underlined the stellar campaign we enjoyed using this tactic.

Who were the best performers in the tactic?

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Although this tactic is relatively well-balanced, it just edges towards an attacking style, showcased by the goals scored and conceded section.

The best performer in this test was, without a doubt, striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

The England international scored an impressive 35 goals and produced eight assists in 50 appearances in all competitions.

Having used this tactic extensively recently, this is not a surprise, as if you have an anywhere decent striker, he will tend to score a hatful of goals using this tactic.

The other attacking players in the team also thrived. Jack Harrison, who played on the right as an inside forward, scored 12 goals and produced 16 assists in a strong season.

Dele Alli enjoyed the sort of campaign that most of us would love him to have in real life, as he scored 13 times and produced four assists in 36 appearances.

Dwight McNeil also produced strong numbers, playing as both an attacking midfielder and an inside forward on the left, scoring 12 goals and making seven assists.

The numbers were impressive, as he only started 22 of the 47 games he featured in during the campaign.

Another wide player who enjoyed a decent campaign was Arnaut Danjuma, who was the starting player in the inside forward position on the left of the attack. The Dutchman made 43 starts and one substitute appearance, scoring eight goals and picking up 14 assists.

When it comes to assists, left-back Vitaly Mykolenko produced eight, while deep-lying playmaker Amadou Onana and central midfielder James Garner both produced seven assists apiece.

Right-backs Nathan Patterson and Seamus Coleman also managed to create five goals each.

What is my conclusion?

For me, this is hands down the best tactic I have used on FM24. It combines reliability and entertainment into one perfect plug-and-play package.

It is the tactic that I am currently using in my personal save, in which we have won the Premier League title in nine straight seasons. I think that tells its own story.

If you haven’t tried this vastly underrated tactic, please do, as I don’t believe you will regret it.

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Bargain veteran strikers in FM24

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I have to say I am an advocate of bringing young players into your squad on FM24 and turning them into world superstars. In fact, it can be the most exciting and satisfying feeling in the game.

However, sometimes older heads are needed for a short period, and there is a large group of older forward players who can provide you with goals for a reasonable transfer fee.

Here are some of our favourite veteran strikers:

Olivier Giroud (Milan)

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The veteran French forward may be approaching his 37th birthday at the beginning of the game, but he can be a highly useful short-term attacking option.

He is unlikely to be a player who starts every game but could be the ideal player to play the role of an impact sub.

As you would expect, Giroud’s attributes are strong, as he has a rating of 16 in finishing, composure, off-the-ball, decisions and concentration. He has even higher ratings in other aspects of his game.

What is great about Giroud is that he can be brought in for less than £10m and for around £80,000 per week wages. Even if he only plays for your team for a season, he could be a good signing.

Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco)

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Giroud’s compatriot is another forward that definitely falls into the ‘bargain veteran’ category. However, the 32-year-old may be a better signing than Giroud simply because he will likely play more football.

Ben Yedder could be a starting player for most of the Premier League teams. The forward has proven his eye for goal in the last decade in his homeland and Spain with Sevilla.

His stats on FM24 are strong, as he has 16 in finishing, first touch, composure and agility. Meanwhile, he also has a rating of 17 in technique, penalty taking and off the ball.

Ben Yedder is usually available for between £12-15m at the start of the game. The forward’s wages of around £130,000 per week are pretty high, but for what he can bring to a team, he is definitely worth the outlay if your budget permits.

Joselu (Real Madrid, on loan from Espanyol)

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The forward was something of a surprise signing for Real Madrid in the summer when he joined on loan from Espanyol. The 33-year-old has made a solid, if unspectacular, impact when given the chance to impress for Los Blancos this season.

The Madrid giants have an option to make the deal a permanent one for just £1.3m during his loan. However, in the games I have played on FM24, they never really take up the option.

That means the forward is available in the second season for a reasonable price, usually around £6m. His wage demands are usually around £50,000 per week, which is not massive by elite league standards.

Even if he is 34 in the second season, his stats usually stay around the same. He starts the game with 15 first touch and composure, while his finishing is 15, which are highly respectable stats for most top-level forwards.

Duvan Zapata (Torino, on-loan from Atalanta)

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The 32-year-old Colombian international was an excellent servant to Atalanta, spending five seasons with La Dea before temporarily switching to Torino in the summer.

In fact, he has been a pretty regular scorer of goals in the Italian top flight-for the last decade. In FM24 terms, Torino has an option to sign Zapata for just £6m during his loan spell.

From my experience, sometimes they do activate the option, and sometimes they don’t. If they don’t, then the forward is usually available to sign for between £4-6m in the second season.

For that, you will get a target forward, rated 16 in heading and 15 in both finishing and composure. Despite his age, he is well worth the money at that price.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Bayern Munich)

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The 34-year-old has enjoyed a few solid years at German Behemoths Bayern Munich after a short spell at PSG. In season 2022/23, the Cameroonian forward scored ten goals in 19 appearances for the Bavarians.

However, many factors have come into play at Bayern that would allow him to leave the German champions. One factor is that he is his age. The biggest reason for a likely exit is the summer arrival of England captain Harry Kane.

That means that Bayern usually allow the forward to leave. His fee is under £2m, sometimes even under £1.5m. The fee is reasonable, though, as he is a forward player with good finishing, composure, and first touch.

Like many of his contemporaries on this list, Choupo-Moting is obviously not a long-term signing but could serve a team well for a season or so.

Who is your favourite cheap veteran forward?

Our favourite Argentinian wonderkids in FM24

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The feeling of guiding a wonderkid to superstardom is one of the best you can get in FM24. Certain countries seem to be adept at producing wonderkids, and one of those is Argentina.

Here are some of our favourite Argentinian wonderkids in FM24:

Valentin Barco (Boca Juniors)

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The versatile left-sided star has become something of an FM favourite in recent years. Barco is just 18 years of age, but his stats belie his age, as the youngster seems to have everything in his armoury to become a top player.

The fact that he can play anywhere down the left-hand side of the pitch only adds to the appeal of the teenager.

His ability has been spotted in real life, too, as Premier League Brighton signed Barco from Boca Juniors in the January transfer window for what looks like a bargain fee of around £10m.

However, in FM24, be prepared to pay a little extra to bring in the star, likely around £20-24m. He is worth the money, though, as he generally develops into a top player.

Claudio Echeverri (River Plate)

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The 17-year-old is regarded as the next big Argentinian talent. Echeverri is another highly versatile player, who can become a vital player for most Premier League teams.

He can play anywhere across the front line, but I have had the most success using him as a number ten. However, he has done a decent job on either flank. He is right-footed but can use his left foot, which is a bonus.

Just like Barco, the attacking midfielder has caught the eye of a Premier League club, as English top-flight champions Manchester City has bought the youngster from River Plate for a reported fee of just £12.5m, plus add-ons. He will, however, stay with his Argentinian club until January 2025.

The highly talented youngster has a release clause in his contract of just £17.5m. If you have the budget to sign him and give him time to develop, the attacking midfielder usually becomes a world-class player.

Valentin Gomez (Velez Sarsfield)

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The defender is arguably not as exciting a player as Barco or Echeverri and doesn’t quite have the same high ceiling, but he is still a solid signing.

The Velez defender is slightly older than the first two players on our list. However, at 20 years of age, he has very solid stats, and he tends to develop into a highly reliable centre-back or emergency left-back if needed.

He is one of my go-to players when I am looking to improve my defensive options. The fact that Gomez has a release clause of just £8.5m makes him an absolute bargain.

Facundo Farias (Inter Miami)

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The 20-year-old is another Argentinian youngster with good starting stats and plenty of potential to improve even further.

When it comes to his attacking attributes, his starting stats for dribbling, technique, and flair are all high. Add into the mix that he can play anywhere in the attack, plus as a central midfielder, and you have a bargain.

Farias is a bargain as he can be bought for less than £10m at the start of the game, which is an excellent fee for a player with such high ability and potential.

Gianluca Prestianni (Velez Sarsfield)

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The 17-year-old is another bright starlet at Velez in the tradition of Argentinian attacking players who can play across the attacking midfield positions.

His starting stats are solid for a player of such tender years, and his potential is really good, as he can go on to become a top player at the elite level of the European game.

Valentin Carboni (Monza, on loan from Inter)

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The versatile attacking midfielder’s overall stats are not the best at the start of the game. However, with game experience, he develops very quickly, and his attacking stats are solid at the beginning of the game, as Carboni has 14 finishing, 15 technique and 15 flair.

Unfortunately, Carboni starts the game on loan at Monza, so you can’t sign him until the second season. However, the 18-year-old can be bought for around £20m in the second summer. He can be a big asset for most top-level teams if he is developed well.

Matias Soule (Frosinone, on loan from Juventus)

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The attacking midfielder is on loan at Frosinone in the first season from Juventus. The 20-year-old has been around for a while as a promising young player.

Soule’s starting stats are decent, and if developed correctly, the attacking midfielder can become an outstanding player for most teams. He is a bright talent, but in the second summer, he can be signed for around £25m, which is not a massive fee for a player that can be part of your team for a decade.

Who is your favourite Argentinian wonderkid?

Can you guide Hamburg back to their top flight in FM24?

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Every year, we see clubs suffer the spectre of relegation from the top flight of the big European leagues. Some clubs are yo-yo clubs destined to move between the top two tiers of their countries’ football pyramids for the foreseeable future, while some are supposed giants.

Some major clubs suffer relegation and don’t come back up for years.  It is never easy for owners to be able to predict the future in football, the future of any club is a gamble but one where you can often not have a robust betting strategy.

Today, we will be looking at one of those, Hamburg SV.

A historic relegation in 2018

‘Der Dinosaur’, as they are known in Germany, have played a big part in the top-flight in the past.

However, in 2018, the six-time German champions suffered the catastrophe of relegation to Bundesliga.2. They had been in the Bundesliga for 55 years, and their demotion was met with fan unrest.

They came desperately close to a return to the German top flight in season 2022/23, but promotion slipped away in stoppage-time of the final day. They then also suffered a crushing 6-1 aggregate play-off defeat against Stuttgart.

Expectations are high at the start of the game

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When you start FM24 as HSV boss, expectations are relatively high, as your expected finish is second place. That is not surprising, considering the club should really be a Bundesliga team.

Although Hamburg has made hard work of promotion in real life recently, promotion to the German top-flight should not be that much of a challenge on FM24 with the proper management and tactics.

You are given a transfer budget of just £650,000 for the first season. However, as we will talk about in our next section the squad topped up with some free signings should be enough to be able to guide HSV back to the German top-flight.

Does HSV have a decent squad?

The Hamburg squad is pretty good by German second-tier standards, which is useful considering the lack of transfer kitty.

Looking at the HSV squad, a few players look like they would thrive in not only Bundesliga.2 but also in the German top flight when the team is promoted.

Here are my favourite Hamburg players

Ludovit Reis

One of the first players that jumped out at me was the defensive midfielder/central midfielder Ludovit Reis. The 23-year-old looks like the sort of player who could play a key role in promotion, then either be sold on in the future for a big profit or also be a mainstay in the top flight.

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On his coach report, he has seven pros and no cons. He works hard, is naturally fit and has high determination, which are all good attributes to have for a defensive midfielder.

Laszlo Benes

The Slovakian has even stronger stats than his midfield partner, Reis. However, Benes is slightly older at 25. The fact that he can play as a defensive midfielder, a central midfielder and an attacking midfielder is a bonus.

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Benes is an excellent technical player, with a rating of 15 or above for passing, flair, technique, free-kick taking and vision. In short, Benes is likely to be one of your most creative players.

Mario Vuskovic

The young Croatian centre-back/defensive midfielder is the sort of player who has the potential to improve immensely in the future. His stats are decent at the beginning of the game, but he will only get better with games and good coaching.

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If he is managed correctly in the first season, then he wouldn’t look out of place in the Bundesliga if you win promotion. Alternatively, when in the German top-flight, if you wish to rebuild the squad, then you could sell him for a decent fee.

Robert Glatzel

The 29-year-old forward could play a vital role in your promotion push. Glatzel has been prolific in the German second tier in real life, scoring 22 and 19 goals for HSV in the last two seasons, respectively.

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The former Cardiff forward is arguably one of the better players in his position in the Bundesliga.2. If your team creates chances, he can score the goals to power you to promotion.

A Hamburg test next week

This article has inspired me to do a Hamburg test next week. I will report on how the first season goes and may even continue it as a series if the team wins promotion.

Looking at the available players, they would thrive in a formation such as the Ultimate 433. Keep an eye out next week for my report on how the team did and if I could steer HSV back to where they belong.

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The best goalkeeping coaches in FM24

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In the last few weeks, we have looked at the top coaches for different areas in FM24. Today, it’s the turn of the goalkeeping coaches.

Here are the main areas a goalkeeping coach should ideally be strong in:

  • GK Distribution
  • GK Handling
  • GK Shot Stopping

Here are the goalkeeping coaches that we recommend (in no particular order):

Adriano Bonaiuti (Internazionale, 3-star reputation)

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The 56-year-old Inter coach deserves a higher reputation rating than three, as he has attributes that are excellent in not only the goalkeeping coach areas but also other useful areas.

For instance, he has a rating of 18 in Determination, Motivating and People Management, with his Level of Discipline also at 17.

Bonaiuti is a hard man to appoint, as he doesn’t wish to leave Inter, where he has coached since 2013. If you can prise him away from the Nerazzurri, then you will have to pay compensation of around £700,000.

  • GK Distribution 18
  • GK Handling 19
  • GK Shot Stopping 18

Hugo Oliveira (Fulham, 4-star reputation)

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The 44-year-old is a 4-star rated goalkeeping coach with good reason, as his all-around attributes are strong for any coach, let alone a goalkeeping coach.

The Fulham coach has the obligatory solid stats for the goalkeeping coach position, but also 19 in Motivating, 18 in People Management and 17 in both Determination and Level of Discipline.

If you wish to appoint Oliveira, then you have to pay the Cottagers a compensation fee of around £300,000.

  • GK Distribution 15
  • GK Handling 15
  • GK Shot Stopping 15

Xavi Valero (West Ham, 3-star reputation)

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The Spaniard is one of my favourites when it comes to goalkeeping coaches, as I always seem to bring him in at some point in the game.

His attributes in the relevant areas are decent. However, it is some of his other attributes that make him such a good appointment.

For instance, his attributes of Mental 16, Determination 16, Level of Discipline 17 and Motivating 19 are all very handy to have in any coach. He is a very good option when looking for a goalkeeping coach.

It is relatively easy to acquire him at the start of the game if you are a bigger club than West Ham for a compensation fee of around £300,000.

  • GK Distribution 15
  • GK Handling 15
  • GK Shot Stopping 15

John Achterberg (Liverpool, 2-and-a-half-star reputation)

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The former Tranmere stopper has earned himself a decent reputation in coaching since retiring from the game. He has been the Liverpool goalkeeping coach since 2009, which tells you something about his quality.

Despite what looks like a relatively low reputation, Achterberg actually has better goalkeeping attributes than much more highly-rated goalkeeping coaches.

His other attributes are pretty strong, too, with 17 in Fitness, Technical, Determination and Level of Discipline and 18 in Adaptability.

The only caveat with Achterberg is that he may well be reluctant to leave Liverpool after such a long time. Like his contemporaries, if you can persuade him to leave the Reds, the compensation fee of £400,000 to appoint him is not massive.

  • GK Distribution 16
  • GK Handling 16
  • GK Shot Stopping 17

Jose Ramon De La Fuente (Barcelona, three-and-half-star reputation)

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When it comes to goalkeeping coach stats, the Barcelona man is one of the best around. The 52-year-old is pretty good when it comes to some of the other coaching attributes too, though.

His Determination stat is 17, Motivating 18, with Adaptability and Level of Discipline both 15.

Like Achterberg, De La Fuente is often hard to prise away from Barcelona, having been with the club since 2012 in his current role and having previously played for the Catalan giants at the start of his career.

  • GK Distribution 18
  • GK Handling 17
  • GK Shot Stopping 17

Flavio Tenius (Fluminense, half a star reputation)

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The Fluminense coach is one of the most underrated in FM24. If you don’t have Brazil’s top-flight loaded up on your game, then you may never see him.

However, stats-wise, he can blow many of his contemporaries out of the water. The fact that he has an 18 out of 20 in Technical, Level of Discipline, Motivating and People Management makes him one of the coaches with the best attributes on our list.

One of the benefits of signing Tenius is that he costs just £110,000 in compensation. At that price, he is an absolute steal if you can acquire his services.

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The best director of football in FM24

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In this article, we will look at some of the best directors of football in FM24. When playing FM24, some players like to delegate many of the tasks in the game to backroom staff. One of the most crucial members of your backroom staff is your director of football.

They can be a crucial figure in recruiting players and other staff while negotiating contracts for existing members of club personnel. They can even be delegated to attend press conferences.

The attributes that are considered the most important attributes for a director of football:

  • Judging Player Ability
  • Judging Player Potential
  • Negotiating

Here are six directors of football that we recommend:

Paul Mitchell (Unemployed, three and a half reputation)

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The 41-year-old has established a big reputation in European football over the last decade, primarily working as a chief scout. However, he was appointed as director of football at Monaco in 2020, a job he did until 2023 when he left the club.

Mitchell looks to be the perfect person to appoint as your director of football. Not only is he strong in the relevant three departments, but he also has good Determination and Tactical Knowledge attributes.

  • Judging Player Ability 18
  • Judging Player Potential 18
  • Negotiating 15

Monchi (Aston Villa, four-star reputation)

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The Spaniard is regarded as one of the best in the business when it comes to director of football. During 17 years as director of football at Sevilla from 2000 until 2017, he transformed the fortunes of the Andalusian club with his shrewd business in the transfer market.

He also briefly did a similar job at Roma before returning to Sevilla from 2019 until 2023, when he joined Premier League Aston Villa.

In terms of directors of football, you cannot get much better than Monchi. Unfortunately, at the start of the game, he has just joined Villa and is unlikely to join a new club. If a few seasons in, you get the chance to appoint the Spaniard, then he is a no-brainer appointment.

  • Judging Player Ability 18
  • Judging Player Potential 19
  • Negotiating 17

Luis Campos (PSG, three-star reputation)

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The 58-year-old has spent three decades as a backroom staff member, being a scout, chief scout and even a manager earlier in his career. However, since 2017, Campos has been a director of football first at Lille and then at PSG since 2022.

The experienced Portuguese director of football not only has great stats in the relevant areas, but he also has strong stats in Determination, People Management and Judging Staff Ability.

Like Monchi, acquiring Campos’s services is difficult at the beginning of the game, as he doesn’t want to leave PSG.

  • Judging Player Ability 18
  • Judging Player Potential 20
  • Negotiating 18

Michael Edwards (Unemployed, four-star reputation)

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Edwards started his backroom career as a Head Performance Analyst with Portsmouth in 2003. However, it was when he joined Premier League Liverpool in the same capacity in 2011 that he really shined.

He moved into the director of football role in 2016 and thrived in the role until 2022, when he decided to leave the Merseyside club.

Looking at his stats, it is easy to see why he was so successful. He has strong stats in Determination, Level of Discipline, People Management and Tactical Knowledge.

  • Judging Player Ability 17
  • Judging Player Potential 17
  • Negotiating 19

Victor Orta (Sevilla, three-star reputation)

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The 44-year-old has earned understandable comparisons with Monchi, who also made his name in Andalusia. Orta has vast experience in the game, as he started his career as director of football at Real Valladolid in 2005.

Maybe his most notable spell in football of late was at Leeds United, where he was DOF between 2017 and 2023 before he moved to Sevilla in 2023.

Apart from the relevant attributes being strong, Orta has 16 Adaptability and Determination. The Spaniard is knowledgeable about not only football in his home nation but also England and Russia.

Unfortunately, as he has only just joined Sevilla, so he will be hard to prise away from the Andalucian club. If you can, then he will undoubtedly be a shrewd appointment.

  • Judging Player Ability 17
  • Judging Player Potential 19
  • Negotiating 16

Jorg Schmadtke (Liverpool, three and half star reputation)

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The 59-year-old German built a steady reputation for himself in his homeland, having started his career as a DOF way back in 2001 at Alemannia Aachen.

He has since worked in the same role at Hannover and Koln before impressing at Wolfsburg from 2018 until 2023, when he joined Liverpool.

His reputation and stats show his qualities as a director of football. He has 18 Determination and 15 Level of Discipline, which can play a vital role in his current position.

Like some of his contemporaries on the list, he will be difficult to acquire, as he has only just joined his current club. After a few seasons, he could well be willing to join your club, though.

  • Judging Player Ability 18
  • Judging Player Potential 19
  • Negotiating 17

Who is your go-to football director in FM24?

The best heads of youth development in FM24

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When it comes to building a successful team in FM24, developing young players can save you a fortune in potential transfer fees. Bringing players through the youth ranks without having to spend a penny is a great feeling.

One member of your backroom staff who can play a significant role in young players’ development is the head of youth development, whose job it is to oversee the players in the teams below the first team.

The most important attributes of a head of youth development are the following:

  • Working With Youngsters
  • Judging Player Ability
  • Judging Player Potential

Here are some of our favourite staff who can fulfil the role of head of youth development:

Helmut Jungheim (Unemployed, 2.5-star reputation)

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The 63-year-old starts the game as a free agent and last worked as the head of youth development between 2016 and 2021 at Bayer Leverkusen.

He has the ideal attributes for a head of youth development, as his stats for the three critical areas for the job are high. However, he is also strong in other areas, such as Mental and People Management, which are both excellent attributes for any coach.

As he is unemployed at the beginning of the game, it is usually relatively easy to sign to bring him in. However, sometimes you have rivals for his signature, so you have to be quick to get him on board.

  • Working With Youngsters 20
  • Judging Player Ability 16
  • Judging Player Potential 18

Pep Boada (Unemployed, 3.5 star reputation)

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Like Jungheim, Boada begins the game as a free agent. The 61-year-old has worked in several areas of the game as a scout, youth coach, youth team manager and most recently, director of football at Granada until 2022.

That wealth of experience can only help his football knowledge. He has extensive knowledge of not just his native country, Spain, but also Belgium and the Netherlands.

This knowledge can be helpful when developing players from those countries. Boada’s attributes in the main areas needed for the job are strong, as are his Determination, Level of Discipline and Adaptability.

In short, he is the ideal candidate for the head of youth development role. He is not on cheap wages, but he is worth the extra cash if it’s in your budget.

  • Working With Youngsters 20
  • Judging Player Ability 18
  • Judging Player Potential 19

Paolo Morganti (Juventus, 2.5-star reputation)

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The Italian starts the game with Turin giants Juventus, and quite frankly, his all-around stats are outstanding. His 2.5-star rating belies his excellent attributes.

Not only does he have excellent stats to be a head of youth development, but he also has strong stats in areas such as Mental, Determination, Motivating and People management.

For me, Morganti is a no-brainer signing if you have the budget. However, one caveat is that he may be hard to prise away from Juventus, where he has worked since 2019. If he is willing to join your club, then don’t hesitate to bring him.

  • Working With Youngsters 20
  • Judging Player Ability 20
  • Judging Player Potential 20

Ariel Paolorossi (Colo-Colo, 2.5-star reputation)

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The experienced Argentine has worked as a head of youth development for nearly a decade and at Chilean giants Colo-Colo since 2019.

When it comes to stats, he is excellent when it comes to the three main outlined areas for a head of youth development role. However, not only that, but he is also strong in other areas, such as Adaptability, Determination and coaching Attacking.

The 59-year-old can be bought out of his contract for just £160,000, which is not much by most top-level clubs’ standards. The compensation fee is definitely worth paying.

  • Working With Youngsters 20
  • Judging Player Ability 19
  • Judging Player Potential 18

Sebastian Pait (River Plate, 2.5-star reputation)

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The 47-year-old has worked as a head of development in his native Argentina since 2018, first at Velez Sarsfield and then at his current club, River Plate. Before that, he was also a chief scout, which is a useful experience to have in order to judge a player’s ability.

Like his contemporaries on this list, his attributes for his current role are ideal. However, his other strong areas include Determination and People Management, which are two other attributes that can be useful to have as a head of youth development. His personality type of Perfectionist also fits the role well.

When I attempted to sign him at the start of the game, he wasn’t interested in joining my Everton team. However, if you do try to sign him, you will have to pay River Plate £250,000 in compensation.

  • Working With Youngsters. 20
  • Judging Player Ability 17
  • Judging Player Potential 19

Maurizio Costanzi (Unemployed, 3 star reputation)

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The 65-year-old left Atalanta in 2023, having worked for La Dea since 2015 as the head of youth development. He earned a considerable reputation in his homeland for doing an excellent job.

The Nerazzurri’s loss could be your gain, though, as Costanzi has some strong attributes. Having the three main characteristics for the job goes without saying. However, also his Determination is16 and his Level of Discipline is 15.

As he is a free agent, Costanzi is relatively easy to bring to your club. Like many on this list, his wages are not small, as he asks for £15,000 per week. This is a wage worth paying if you want an experienced head of youth development to nurture your young players.

  • Working With Youngsters 17
  • Judging Player Ability 18
  • Judging Player Potential 20

Which is your favourite head of youth development?

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