As the manic holiday season comes to an end, I finally have some time to play Football Manager as my virtual Pilgrims also enter the year 2020.
I find myself in a very similar situation to Argyle: I need a striker. A goal scorer. Someone to put it in the net if we are gonna keep ourselves comfortably in the automatics.
It’s transfer window time.
And it starts wonderfully with Joel Grant unhappy with his game time, despite me giving him more chances. He could be forcing his way out.
One player who will still be here for 2 more years is Antoni Sarcevic.
His contact is sorted.
Danny Mayor however..
Ladapo has hardly had a sniff for Rotherham, and find’s himself transfer-listed. But they weren’t listening to my loan offer.
Zak Rudden think’s he is better than us, and doesn’t want to come back.
Now we really need to strengthen.
I cheekily ask for more money, and Simon Hallett somehow obliges.
Fantastic news. Defintley enough cash now to add some fire power.
I like the look of this lad from City. We already have a Spanish city player, why not bring in a friend.
Welcome Demeaco, who is funningly enough ex Man City youth. A proper wing-back.
And he goes straight into the Carlisle game.
And we lose. Adam Randell continues to put the rest of his team-mates to shame with his performances.
And just as confirmation came through for the loan striker. I cancel it. I’d rather not rely on loan, we have the money to spend.
This could backfire.
Just as I big him up he gets injured and leaves us thin in midfield.
Northampton hire the first female manager in English men’s professional football. Credit to the Football Manager developers for coding this in, will be interesting to see how she gets on.
Remember our affiliation with Southampton? This guy popped up as being available. They just signed him for £3 million and now he’s at Argyle.
He’s like a young Graham Carey.
Unfortunately, he doesn’t fit in the system. So we give 4-3-3 a run out.
And I guess you could say it worked.
Good to see Telford putting his past problems in front of goal behind him.
In the National League, one of our loanees has bagged 10 goals.. Food for thought.
Here is that big money signing I promised.
£25k for Padraig Amond.
I don’t know why, but I like him. Maybe because of those performances in the FA Cup for Newport in real life. He’s Irish and just looks like an Argyle player to me.
I know it doesn’t make sense.
Let’s hope it works out.
I’m still on the market for another striker though.
Victory in the Trophy keeps us in the competition for another round.
That is a huge miss for us. Time to look for a wingback on loan…
We are stacked with centre-backs, but I couldn’t turn down the chance to bring back Lloyd Jones to his home town club.
He is no where near match-fit though. This is more of a signing for next season.
Don’t laugh at my formation.
I’m trying to shoe-horn Lewis Morgan in whilst still committing to Lowe-ball.
But, it was the other side of the pitch I should have been worried about as Demeaco Duhaney get’s two yellow cards in the first half an hour, and we go on to lose the game.
We also lose our best striker.
Which is fun.
God damn you Zak Rudden.
Time to bounce back. 4-3-3. Go show them why I splashed out on you Padraig!
January has been mixed.
We are still up there though.
Just a couple days left of the transfer window. It’s not been a great window.
Even Josh Grant didn’t wanna come back.
But we get in our left-wing-back cover just in time as the brilliant Adam Lewis signs for the greens.
But just hours before the deadline.. Padraig twists his ankle, and it’s all panic stations.
I even offered Reuben Reid a trial.
But we just simply have too many players on the books we can’t even offer a contract to anyone.
Why did I cancel that Nabil Touazi loan.
I am a moron. A massive moron.
We stick with what we’ve got.
Padraig misses the chance to play his former side as we are forced into a Byron Moore and Joel Grant strikeforce. Lewis Morgan shoehorned just behind. Surely the £3 million man can cut open a League Two defence?
No he couldn’t.
He was terrible.
Happy new year.