The Fean Production Line.
From the beginning of this save, I wanted to create a club that not only produced it’s own talent but found the best talent from other clubs and developed them. This part of the game fascinates me so I thought I’d write abit about what I’ve created in game to try and make this happen. It’s also a big part of what Heerenveen do in real life. De Roon, Uth, Nordfeldt, Finnbogason, Sinkgraven, Ziyech, Djuricic, Eikre, Narsingh, Dost, Elm, Assaidi are all players to pass through Heerenveen.
In my game, it all started with the employment of Kristjaan Speakman from Birmingham in December of the first season, he joined the club with as my new Head of Youth Development. I believe that Kristjaan has good attributes that are suited to his new role. Judging a players potential (17) and current ability (15) are key to this role. He’s found some gems over the years but more on that soon. His determination (17) suits the style of person I’d like around the club, I feel that the determination attribute is key to us winning more games and trophies. Kristjaan has a high determination attribute so he’ll be more keen to find those gems at youth level from our network. I have no idea if this is effective in game but his high tactical (18) attribute could help him find players with good tactical sense and provide regens with higher mental attributes.
In addition to my new HoYD I also recruited other staff to lead me to have the best rated coaching and scouting staff in Eredivisie. Both of these enable me to find the best players and to develop them as well as possible once they are here. All of my staff have a determination attribute over 14 apart from two, but they are Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Richard Witschge, two legends of the Dutch game. I may have to switch these out and look for improvements though.
I have 9 scouts at the club and each one of them is out on assignments. I’ve listed the assignments below, each of these are searching specifically for players with 13 or above in the natural fitness, determination and technique attributes. I also manually search and set adhoc scouting reports.
6) Central Europe
7) North Africa
8) North America
9) Next Opposition
Below I’ve listed some players that have come through the academy but also have been brought into the club to develop and moved on.
Felix Horn Myhre
Current: AC Milan
Sold: £15,000,000 + 50% of next fee
Current: Man Utd
Bought: Intake 16/17
Sold: £7,500,000 + 50% of next fee
Bought: Intake 16/17
Sold: £9,750,000 + 50% of next fee
Martin Ove Roseth
Sold: £1,200,000 + 50% of next fee
More on my current crop, latest intake and season results soon.