December Handover Report
Oh, btw, Aberdeen have Danny Graham and Lucas Joao up front, so they still didn't do too bad after I snatched Quitongo from them.
Also, having put my scouts to work fully, now our world knowledge has risen from 11% from when I picked up the save to 16% in December. So @Nick would have some interesting scouted players to look at
And speaking of...
How can we improve?
Obviously a more experienced manager like @Nick will have a nice base to buildup on, as a lot of the youths can now be successfully loaned out (naturally, when they have a number of apps for Rangers, they're far more popular now) and maybe even we can get some fees on those loans to imrpove our income. I preferred to go on my usual way, keeping it simple and youthful, while leaving more important transfers to the next managers.
Few things I noted...
Jordan Thompson - really wanted to invest in more first team apps for the Man Utd youth product, but he's not cut out for it yet, not as CM, not as LW either.
Matthew Knox - Garner who? The 17yo slotted in the first team as a polished diamond and not only has he improved dramatically, but he's also scored a remarkable 16 goals in 19 apps!
Ryan Hardie - the young lad kinda relishes the "Super Sub" role, I think he's our Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Wether I sub him in as an AMR or AMC, his pace causes havoc after the 60th minute amongst the tired opposition defenders.
The Last Season first-teamers - Waghorn, Holt and McKay are now rather fringe squad players. Rossiter...? Meh. Not really fond of him, but he is a talent and probably a nice cash cow, so had to give him some apps too.
Robby McRorie - The youngster signed a new contract and I really fought for that rotation squad status, as originally he now wants to be a first-teamer (kids these days after a few matches...). Hopefully the rest of you won't have a problem with that, as he really is starting to develop nicely.
Jack Adamson - "Jack who?" I hear you go. Well, he's the reason Waghorn became a fringe player. His first appearances were shaky, but in the last few matches he's been a don on the left wing. Really hyped about this lad.
Stephen Mallan - I just love it when a lower division talent slots right at the heart of your team without looking back. Granted, Sibbald hasn't been the same success, but when you invest such low fees, there's hardly any risk.
Jai Quitongo - the right winger may be said to be inconsistent, but as he keeps developing, his performances go from strenght to strenght.
Jack Harper - I don't think he's bad, but he may still need more playing time elsewhere to fullfill his potential. Great player physically, so worth keeping around long-term.
The Defensive Line - or "The Awakening"! During the whole autumn period I've rotated heavily, including Syme (probably needs to be loaned out, not nearly ready for Rangers), McCrorie (ultimate dissapointment that his stats haven't moved one bit after 15 first team apps!) and Fraser alongside Wilson, until then it hit me like a big yellow school bus - we have bloody Crooks, who's almost 2 meters high able to play there! I put him next to Wilson and bam - 2:0 against Ross County, one of the goals courtesy of a set piece crossed to Crooks!
Tottenham have lost their appetite for Davidson, in other news.
Also, Rossiter's few starts led us to this!
So, the fixtures!
I had additional tweaks to the tactic and in the last 3-4 games settled for very few rotating (with Crooks alongside Wilson in defense). Perhaps the next managers can look to further improve it if they like.
And finally, the league table... if anything, our little chase around with Dundee and Celtic for the top has seen us escape the chasing pack behind us by 13 points. So, EU qualification should be a certainty. But how are thing at the top...we are...drumroll....two points above Dundee and....drumroll...clickbait here for the table!
Link to the save: https://www.mediafire.com/?68fd0sd5g9dlsil
P.S.: not envying you 2nd debut, @Nick ....