Having visited Croatia before and having visited Split in particular, I jumped on the chance to help out in this multiplayer save. I enjoy scouting and setting things up and it will be interesting for me to see if I can convey my ideas clearly enough to see if anyone else can follow in my footsteps. I hope to create circumstances in which Beppe can flourish and make the entire team shine like the stars they undoubtedly are.
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Guido’s Letter to Beppe
Having assessed the squad and staff, I disagree with some of your initial assessments. While I do agree that a strong backroom staff will aid us in the long run, we need to strengthen the squad rather urgently if we are going to compete in the league. The current team has a fair amount of useless fuckwits present.
Since we will be playing a strikerless setup, I took the liberty of getting rid of your entire forward line. Who needs strikers anyway, eh? On the bright side, I made a pretty penny shipping them out, which in turn can be used to strengthen the squad.
2.6 million in incoming fees and I got rid of an ageing and expensive player in a position we were not very likely to use as well. Considering the fact that a fair few of our players are being coveted by foreign clubs, it can’t hurt to add some much-needed depth to the squad.
Our first new signing is Apoula Edel. He is a current Armenian international, and while that probably means fuck all in the grander scheme of things, he also has a pedigree that includes a decent amount of games for Paris Saint-Germain. He is entering his prime years, and he looks good to go. He is definitely an improvement over Letica in goal, whereas he is probably slightly more talented than Stipica. Stipica and Edel can compete for a spot in the first team line-up.
Spanish midfielder Ezequiel is brought in to act as a shadow striker. With his blistering pace, he should be able to become a valuable asset for our offence. His finishing skills aren’t all that but hey ho, if you’re as fast as this Spaniard obviously is, you should be getting chances anyway. Put a man in a one-on-one with the keeper often enough, and he will be sure to bag a few goals.
Rudar Velenje isn’t a top side, but Glavina’s track record isn’t half bad. He is Croatian, he was a free agent, and he is a versatile player, being able to act as a creative force in attacking midfield, while indeed being capable of scoring goals as well. He will also add to our home-grown tally in Europe, which is never a bad thing.
Bosnian wing-back Mensur Mujdza came in on a free transfer after a lengthy injury. He was a regular player in both the Bundesliga and the Bundesliga 2. for Freiburg, as well as amassing 37 caps for Bosnia & Hercegovina over the past decade or so. He will add some much needed defensive iron and backbone to a young and inexperienced defence. If we are ever in a tight spot on the right flank, Mujdza could deputise in this position as well.
Georgian allrounder Murtaz Daushvili was one of the more interesting free agent options on the market. Despite failing to make an impression in the Hungarian league, Daushvili certainly has the skillset to make an impact on both the team and the league from central midfield. Foreign clubs are tracking a fair few of our central midfielders, so we can use the depth as well.
In terms of versatility, I feel like we hit the jackpot with the signing of Davit Targamadze. This nippy Georgian winger can play on both flanks and is looking to redeem himself after a few disastrous loan spells in the Ukranian league. He was signed by Shakhtar Donetsk initially, which should indicate some raw potential. If he can find his form for us, he can be a genuine asset.
Our final new signing is Roman Bezus. Signing Ukranian players or players hailing from the Ukranian league seems to be the recurring theme this transfer window. Somehow, I do believe that Bezus could be another valuable asset for us. He is a strong all-round asset, capable of playing in attacking midfield and central midfield, helping out in a number of roles.
Overall, I’d like us to play in a 4-4-2-0 setup. It’s a highly experimental one, but I reckon we didn’t do too bad in pre-season. I’m still contemplating some of the instructions. I suppose a Flexible team shape could work equally well and against stronger opposition, dropping the defensive line and ditching the offside trap seems like a plan. Still, the conditions are in place for you to make this work. If you’re looking for help with opposition instructions, I highly recommend you check out the framework for the Cerberus tactic.