Football Manager Diary – End of Season 2 Round Up
Right, the seasons over and we’ve done amazing, but its time for a look at the squad. Undoubtably we’ve achieved above and beyond this season in our league finish, so I really want to make sure any changes are right.
Heres the squad as it stands
So lets have a look at the positions and see what we have to go forward with
Valdes vs Sommer has seen Valdes hold down the full time position, conceeding an average of a goal a game. He is however a full star rated better than Sommer. Sommer could be looking to leave this summer, he’s requested more first team football and Ive told him he can go if he wants. We have a decent youngster in the youth team who can step up if needed
Overall – No issues. Valdes is superb. Sommer can go, and we can bring up someone from the youths or sign a young lad.
Hangeland is fantastic, but he’s 33. Tomkins is OK, and Derik hasnt developed in the way I’d like. If O’Brien is happy to sit in the bench hes an able deputy on either flank. Reid is on his way, and I’m not too unhappy about that. LB is the big conundrum – Rat is the best performing player in our entire squad, and picked up some serious assists this season – but he’s 33. Last time I brought in a player with an eye to replacing him Rat saw him off, but this time it may be time for him to go.
Overall – A left back and a new centreback are must buys. If Tomkins or OBrien leave then they’d need replacements too.
Really hapy with the performances this year. The one key is going to be Zaha going back to United – tho Vydra has looked like he could be a decent replacement and has got a number of assists. Morrison is finally stepping up, and I’d consider signing Noble to another deal if he lowers his demands
Overall – A right winger – ideally Zaha on another loan or permanent deal is needed. Another centre midfielder would be nice, especially if he’s young to bleed in with Asiamah.
Ive included Vydra in here again as he made a few appearances. Carroll was outstanding, but Crouch has taken a huge nose dive. Juanmi hasnt impressed, but he still deserves a rotation – but hes a different player to Carroll
Overall – A second striker more like Carroll may be needed, with the target man skills so that if he’s out he fits in.
Lets also have a look at the reserves and the best prospects
Looks like Hyde and Fox are way off, but both could be managed into the first team in the future. Maguire probably deserves a season on the fringes, as does Seman. Stojanvic looks to be an able reserve GK if we dont sign anyone
I go on a stat binge after this
Did you know : West Ham had 9 penalties, the second most in the Premiership. Most penalties went to Man United, including a ridiculous fucking decision in my last match against them
Did you know : Rat played every league match for us this season, and finished with top of the assists chart with 15, and top of the average ratings with 7.50. He was also in the top 5 for distance covered, one place behind Schneiderlin.
Did you know : Zaha finished 2nd in shots on target, with 61%.
Did you know : Andy Carroll not only finished top scorer, but also won joint most MOM awards with 7.
Rat bags our player of the year
And the best West Ham 11 see’s some new additions