FM Story: Macclesfield Season 2016/2017 Begins
Hopefully three’s a lucky number, because it’s the third season for The Silkmen in the Premier League and I truly hope that this year we’ll manage to finish high enough to grab a place for Europe – without that, things start to become a little bit boring, especially since it doesn’t appear that the team can gain enough reputation now to attract players of a higher caliber…
Either way, Macclesfield has certainly improved as a team and things are only getting better and better (hopefully). If until now we were the main relegation favorites according to the media prediction, today we have a pretty nice prediction: 11th place in Premier League, which really means that our objective should be to reach Europe next season. The team’s value has also increased drastically, standing now at a whooping 45 million Euros!
Here is the team information screen, as seen at the beginning of the 2016/2017 Football Manager 2010 season:
There was a huge need for good new players in the squad, but the dealings on the transfer market have been probably the worst so far, despite spending the most money: since the team’s reputation is a really low one it doesn’t really matter that much that we’re playing in a top division, so good players don’t even want to think about joining the team. It’s just the players in Eastern Europe and Americas who want to join and it’s very difficult to get them work permits. So I have brought in just 5 new players this season:
New Macclesfield transferred players overview: Josh McEachran, central midfielder was brought in as a backup player and I like that he’s a very creative player. However, his stats are not too impressive:
The Defense is an area that we really need to improve, but unfortunately I can’t find good wingers. Billy Cook had to do, especially since he’s a home grown player and I was starting to have problems with the squad registration because I didn’t had enough HG players:
Graham Bradley is a better central midfielder in my opinion, one who already has won a cap for Ireland. He is young and very promising, with good stats for creativity and technique, good agility and speed:
Daniel Pacheco has been brought in to fill in the AMC position since neither Boy Deul nor Luigi Brunis were good enough for the job (and have been sold, therefore), and he is a real gem that could also play as a striker if the team’s hit hard by an injury crisis: he is a great player with lots of flair and he will certainly be an important piece in the team:
Finally, the most expensive transfer in the history of Macclesfield, Ukrainian AMC Alexandr Kiselev will fight a hopefully nice fight with Pacheco for the first team spot:
I’ve also played a few matches with the new setup of players and the results weren’t impressive, but not bad either: we have three draws in three matches, but we had a tough game against league winners Man City, as well as strong teams like Everton and QPR. However, there is a need for improvement and I hope that Macclesfield will manage to turn things around and compensate for the lack of a good defence!