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    Dream Team League - Season 4

    Happy Birthday!

    It is exactly one year ago today when the very first Dream Team League got underway with the start of the auctions. Since that day, the 'DTL' has completed three seasons altogether with a number of our managers coming and going and winning numerous trophies in the process.

    I can scarcely believe that we have gone through three seasons already but hopefully it has been an enjoyable journey for each and every one of you. Both old and new!

    The 17th December saw our third season come to an end and since then, we've seen yet another active transfer market with several millions being spent by our managers. AMC and pyromyst were welcomed to the fold as we increased our numbers to 15 in preparation for the fourth season of the Dream Team League. Here we recap how each team did last season, assess their actions in the transfer market and make a prediction for season four:

    ajvonkrondor

    Top Goalscorer: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (25).
    Best Performer: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (7.65).

    The coveted Premiership title continues to elude ajvonkrondor despite losing the least amount of games with Janis89 (5) last season. The Spurs manager may well have been furious at the manner of losing the title to Jesus on goal difference (+10) but he instead gracefully applauded his opponent on his achievement.

    The start of the season wasn't particularly ideal for ajvonkrondor, having been beaten 1-0 in the Charity Shield by Janis89 while also checking in for the Premiership campaign in 7th place. However, the performances soon began to click and the goals of Huntelaar and Ibrahimovic proved vital as they both registered 48 between them. On top of that, one Ander Herrera also scored an astonishing 24 goals from midfield.

    As it turns out, it was in the cup competitions where ajvonkrondor was strongest. The League Cup was won for the first time with captain Ibrahimovic and Xherdan Shaqiri scoring in a 2-0 win over Erkifino in the Final. That set the tone a run in of just two defeats in 13 matches in all competitions for Tottenham.

    The biggest achievement of all came in Europe for Tottenham. Having started off against Asteras Tripolis in the Champions League Qualifiers, ajvonkrondor played a total of 19 games in the competition to reach the final where Real Madrid were beaten on penalties in Glasgow which gave ajvonkrondor the honour of being the first 'DTL' manager to win the Champions League.

    Transfers In: Javier Pastore, Alen Halilovic, Martin Caceres, Reto Ziegler, Olivier Giroud, Ever Banega, Morgan Schneiderlin, Marco Verratti, Daniel Agger, Fito Rinaudo, Andres Guardado, Ivan Ramis, Alexander Tettey, Colin Kazim-Richards, Falcao.
    Transfers Out: Winston Reid, Ricardo van Rhijn, Doria, Luiz Eduardo, Luiz Adriano, Andrigo, Giuliano, Yohan Cabaye, Joe Allen, Ander Herrera, Johan Martial, Nicolas Pareja, Samuel Eto'o, Jose Angel, Antonio Valencia, Patrick Herrmann.

    15 new players and 16 players leaving the club means that ajvonkrondor's squad has been trimmed down even further to 27 players. There seems to a lot more emphasis on the midfield with the arrival of no less than eight midfielders which gives the team a new look along with two new strikers to push the current front two in record signing Falcao and Olivier Giroud. However, despite that, there were some disgruntled supporters in the ranks when it was announced that Ander Herrera had left the club.

    Prediction: 1st.

    AMC

    Top Goalscorer: Steven Fletcher/Javier Hernandez (12).
    Best Performer: Asier Illarramendi (7.26)

    We are absolutely delighted to welcome AMC to the Dream Team League. AMC takes over from a Chelsea squad that escaped relegation to the First Division by just five points last season. The poor Chelsea supporters have had a tough time since winning the League Cup in the first season of the Dream Team League after watching both Liam and Ste117 take over and then leave the club. But it is a fresh start for them with a new face in the 'DTL' and they look forwards to seeing what AMC has to offer.

    Transfers In: Willy Caballero, Leon Osman, Paolo Cannavaro, Szabolcs Huszti, Vedran Corluka, Ashley Young, Dirk Kuyt, Yohan Cabaye, Zeljko Brkic, Gotoku Sakai, Youssouf Mulumbu, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Davy Propper, Marco Parolo, Adam El-Abd, Luis Muriel, Markus Suttner, Joshua Kimmich.
    Transfers Out: Cassio, Julio Cesar, Milos Krasic.

    The advantage for AMC, although he has taken over a very small squad, is that he had a full season to prepare his squad and also to reshape it accordingly. With just three sales from Stamford Bridge, it's clear that AMC has been reluctant to let anyone leave and instead invest to increase the numbers in the squad. It's a fair policy although one thing that puzzled the supporters was the splashing of the cash early on that meant AMC had no money for the majority of the auctions! Still, there is some quality in the squad now with Papadopoulos boosting the defence and Cabaye set to run the show in midfield.

    Prediction: 11th.

    BobMem

    Top Goalscorer: Stefan Kiessling (24).
    Best Performer: Alvaro Negredo (7.44).

    BobMem put together a new strike partnership for this season and definitely got the reward as Stefan Kiessling (24 goals) and Alvaro Negredo (21 goals) managed 45 of West Ham's 82 goals in all competitions. However, fellow new signing Arjen Robben didn't quite hit it off as BobMem struggled to find a position that suited him, meaning he only scored 6 and created 4 goals.

    All in all, after the success of the previous season, it hadn't quite clicked for West Ham this season who eventually finished 8th without ever seriously threatening to break into the top six. They were also beaten in just the 3rd Round of the UEFA Cup by eventual UEFA Cup Finalists VfB Stuttgart.

    Transfers In: Per Mertesacker, Muhamed Besic, Rodrigo Palacio, Dennis Diekmeier, Papy Djilobodji, Emanuele Giaccherini, Gareth Barry, Youssef Msakni, Sergio Mota, Luiz Eduardo, Nick Powell, Seydou Doumbia, Daley Blind, Erik Lamela, Matej Vydra, Anthony Lopes, Raul Garcia, Fernandinho.
    Transfers Out: Shkodran Mustafi, Mason Bennett, Arjen Robben, Luisao, Kelvin, Maxwell, Cleiton Xavier, Douglas, Fagner, Manoel, Rafinha, Christofer Heimeroth, Admir Mehmedi, Lukas Podolski, Bruno Zuculini, Luciano Narsingh, Jose Sosa, Jamaal Lascelles, Serdar Aziz, Sebastien Pocognoli, Richairo Zivkovic, Khaleem Hyland, Matt Jarvis.

    One of the biggest challenges for BobMem was how to keep a fairly large squad happy. From the start of the transfer window, it was clear that he was looking to cut the size of the squad down and he's done that, making some tough decisions along the way including the departure of one Arjen Robben. However, he has looked to strengthen his squad defensively with the arrivals of Mertesacker, Barry, Besic and Blind. The latter appears to be BobMem's marquee signing for this season along with Fernandinho and Erik Lamela and the manager will certainly be hoping for a faster start this time around.

    Prediction: 7th.

    Cafcjgreen

    Top Goalscorer: Fredy Montero (15).
    Best Performer: Niko Kranjcar (7.36).

    Nobody quite knew what to expect with Crystal Palace this season as Cafcjgreen took over for his first season in charge. Kaneman had previously put together the Eagles squad which had managed to stay in the Premiership in previous years so a 10th place finish is extremely respectable for Cafcjgreen. The new manager managed to get the best out of Fredy Montero (15 goals), Shawn Parker (14 goals), Lewis Holtby (13 goals) and Niko Kranjcar (11 assists) which helped Crystal Palace record their highest finish in the Dream Team League.

    Transfers In: Joe Allen, Johnny Heitinga, Mirko Vucinic, Nathaniel Clyne, Mathieu Debuchy, Kenneth Omeruo, Max Grun, Bakary Kone, Joel Robles, Moussa Sissoko, Maarten Stekelenburg, Younes Kaboul, Daryl Janmaat, Riccardo Montolivo, Joel Ward.
    Transfers Out: Morgan Schneiderlin, Edu Dracena, Frauches, Rhodolfo, Michel Bastos, Vincent Enyeama, Mickael Ciani, Jonathan de Guzman, Ricardo Osorio, Niko Kranjcar, Roman Hubnik, Kevin Kuranyi, Urby Emanuelson, Michael Bradley, James Tomkins, Ikechukwu Uche, Ezekiel Fryers, Ibrahim Kas, Fabio Borini, Aaron Lennon, Lewis Holtby.

    We saw Cafcjgreen quite involved in the transfer market as he got rid of who he viewed as deadwood in the squad. That's all well and good but supporters were left surprised when the trio of Borini, Lennon and Holtby were let go without truly replacing then. Indeed, they expected that the squad would be increased in depth but instead, they have 25 players to choose from for the season which may go against them at times during the season.

    Prediction: 12th.

    Dermotron

    Top Goalscorer: Gabriel (19).
    Best Performer: Gabriel (8.27).

    Southampton have certainly been this season's surprise package and an absolute delight to watch. With Gabriel and Ehsan Hajsafi rated as the best players in the Premiership, Dermotron's team fought their way to a third place finish despite only being promoted from the First Division last season. The only blot on his copybook was a shock 4-1 defeat to Wigan in the FA Cup Final that denied Dermotron a chance of silverware for a first time.

    That's a huge testament to the work that Dermotron has put into his squad since taking over from Angelis. He has now completely transformed the squad and got his team playing the way that he wants to. There are some top quality players at the club now as demonstrated by Gabriel (19 goals), Lacina Traore (17 goals), Roberto Firmino (11 goals) and Ehsan Hajsafi (15 assists) along several highly rated players.

    Transfers In: Sebastian Corchia, Saul Niguez, Ander Herrera, Vincent Enyeama, Andrea Seculin, Bernardo Silva, Filip Djuricic, Jannik Vestergaard, Cristian Ansaldi, Javier Mascherano, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Liam Bridcutt, Lukas Vacha, Aleksandar Dragovic, Loic Perrin.
    Transfers Out: Javier Pastore, Nikola Maksimovic, Sergio Mota, Jetro Willems, Luciano Vietto, Marco Verratti, Youssef Msakni, Balazs Dzsudzsak, Nathaniel Clyne, Jose Fonte, Mehmet Topuz, Cosmin Iosif Moti, Adrian Ropotan, Itumeleng Khune, Didier Ya Konan, Ali Gadzhibekov, Niklas Sule, Jon Toral, Marc Bartra, Ignacio Camacho, Artjoms Rudnevs, Danny Ings, Alex McCarthy, Dayro Moreno, Leandro Paredes, Vladimir Stojkovic, Alvaro Dominguez, Alexandru Maxim.

    Dermotron has continued where he left off last season in wheeling and dealing his way through the transfer market as he upgraded on the players he chose to sell. There were some deals made early on which delighted the Southampton fans, especially the arrivals of Ander Herrera and Javier Mascherano. However, they were then surprised that Javier Pastore, Marco Verratti and Nathaniel Clyne were sold. There is no discontent at all though from them as they remain grateful to Dermotron for the turnaround in their club's fortunes and they look forwards to seeing Champions League football.

    Prediction: 4th.

    ebfatz

    Top Goalscorer: Rickie Lambert (7).
    Best Performer: Silvio Proto (7.57).

    The Norwich supporters are crying out for their manager to put more focus on the tactical side of the game and start to invest some of the huge fortune that he has amassed into the playing squad. Why? Simply because ebfatz has now led Norwich to 15th, 16th and 15th in the table. ebfatz has insisted that he is happy at just keeping Norwich in the Premiership but surely the time has come for his expectations to be increased? The supporters are certainly not impressed at the record of just 1 goal per game in the Premiership this season as not a single player managed to get into double figures for goals or assists. A cup run wouldn't go amiss either, they claim!

    Transfers In: Jeremy Menez, Mathieu Valbuena, Remy Cabella, Joel Campbell, Robbie Brady, Enzo Perez.
    Transfers Out: Bruno Uvini, Anderson, Rafael Toloi, Jeffren, Luuk de Jong, Junior Hoilett.

    ebfatz was once again very quiet in the transfer market as just six players were moved on from an average squad while also bringing in six new faces. In fairness though, you'd argue that each of the new faces are by far heads and shoulders above their counterparts and that can only be good for the team. Jeremy Menez and Remy Cabella should hopefully set up a great partnership between them. Whether or not that'll be enough to break from their slumber down in the lower parts of the Premiership remains to be seen.

    Prediction: 14th.

    Erkifino

    Top Goalscorer: Lucas Moura (22).
    Best Performer: Lucas Moura (7.62).

    Erkifino's squad has a reputation of being real hard workers but there were occasions where their work rate let them down this season. Especially during a horror run midway through the season where Aston Villa went from being 5th to 13th in the space of eight games. Erkifino did change things around and managed to steady the ship, taking the Villians up to 6th but endured a tough end to the season and finished 9th overall.

    Why did they finish so low? Nobody can quite understand. Lucas Moura certainly put in the effort over the season as did Arturo Vidal (17 goals and 11 assists), Shinji Kagawa (13 goals) and Sebastian Rode (11 assists) but they couldn't take the team over the finishing line alone. It wasn't all bad though. Erkifino managed to get to the League Cup Final but was denied by ajvonkrondor while also reaching the Semi Final of the Champions League only to be beaten by Real Madrid.

    Transfers In: Shkodron Mustafi, Arjen Robben, Neto, Jeremain Lens, Mikel Arteta, Yaya Toure, Vlad Chiriches, Yohan Gourcuff, Rafael van der Vaart, Nikola Maksimovic, Jetro Willems, Luciano Vietto, Balazs Dzsudzsak, Daniel Agger, Thiago Heleno, Silvestre Varela, Edwin Cardona, Wayne Rooney, Darron Gibson, Cesc Fabregas, Sofiane Feghouli, Thorgan Hazard, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
    Transfers Out: Saul Niguez, Alex Silva, Marquinhos, Arturo Vidal, Lucas Moura, Allan, Diego Renan, Fabinho, Lima, Rafael, Vlad Chiriches, Daniel Agger, Remy Cabella, Marko Marin, Demy de Zeeuw, Benat, Anthony Knockaert, Cheikhou Kouyate, Matias Fernandez, Nacho Monreal, Paulo Dybala, Muhammed Demirci, Shinji Kagawa, Massimo Bruno, Rodrigo, Demba Ba, Sercan Yildirim, Naoki Yamada, Stijn Schaars, Kevin Trapp, Kim Bo-Kyung, Martin Kelly.

    Perhaps understandably after a season below his own expectations, there was a LOT of activity at Villa Park during the transfer market. Lucas Moura, Arturo Vidal and Shinji Kagawa had been the top three at Aston Villa in the past couple of seasons but that didn't stop Erkifino from selling the trio and completely transforming his midfield. For the supporters, their departures were soon forgotten as they were replaced by Cesc Fabregas, Yaya Toure, Arjen Robben AND Wayne Rooney. Their only concern is that the goalkeeping and defensive department don't quite match the top end of the pitch but as long as the performances pick up on the pitch, they won't care too much.

    Prediction: 2nd.

    Fodster

    Top Goalscorer: Jermain Defoe (10).
    Best Performer: Nani (7.49).

    Fodster's squad has some talented players but ultimately, they all underperformed as Everton only finished 12th in the Premiership without ever going any higher than 10th all season. That caused a lot of frustration at Goodison Park where Fodster needs to get the balance right between defending and attacking.

    Transfers In: Kevin Strootman.
    Transfers Out: Thiago Heleno, Thiago Motta, Ilsinho, Adam Matthews, Jermain Defoe.

    It seemed as though Fodster would be the only manager not to make a single change to his squad in readiness for the season before he suddenly burst into life to flog five players and reinvest the money in a single player in the form of Kevin Strootman. It is indeed a big statement of intent from the Everton manager but it may well have come too late for Everton to significantly make any change to their usual pattern of finishing in mid-table.

    Prediction: 15th.

    Janis89

    Top Goalscorer: Sergio Aguero (30).
    Best Performer: Sergio Aguero (7.98).

    It seems amazing that despite the efforts of Sergio Aguero (30 goals and 11 assists), Mario Gomez (28 goals), Younes Belhanda (12 goals and 14 assists), Pedro (11 goals and 12 assists), Ilkay Gundogan (12 assists), Mikel Arteta (10 assists) and Koke (10 assists), the only achievement for Janis89 this season was a 1-0 win against ajvonkrondor in the Charity Shield where Mariano scored a 90th minute winner.

    The Manchester United defence wasn't too shabby either, conceding only 22 goals in the league which is the second best record behind rivals Man City. Nobody can quite put a finger on what went wrong for Janis89 as he could only manage a 4th place finish despite being favourites to reclaim the title that he'd won the previous season. He did though, manage to go as far as the Semi Final of the Champions League and League Cup but was beaten both times by ajvonkrondor.

    Transfers In: Mathieu Debuchy, Borja Valero, Arturo Vidal, Johan Martial, Jose Fonte, Cheik M’Bengue, Daniel Caligiuri, Ricardo Alvarez, Oliver Torres, Nikola Ninkovic, Victor Ruiz, Charles N’Zogbia, Scott Dann, Juan Quintero, Emre Colak, Andy Najar.
    Transfers Out: Muhamed Besic, Casemiro, Mariano, Elias, Mikel Arteta, Romulo, Mathieu Debuchy, Mario Gomez, Hatem Ben Arfa, Silvio, Imoh Ezekiel.

    Mario Gomez had been the key player for three years now at Manchester United and you could see the pain in Janis89's face when he agreed to let him go. Unfortunately, the striker doesn't seem to be the same player as he used to be but the general feeling from Manchester United supporters is that he hasn't been replaced. The midfield has certainly been strengthened though with Arturo Vidal a big name signing but compared to previous years, there isn't a feel of a 'galactico' in the new faces at Old Trafford.

    Prediction: 5th.

    Jesus

    Top Goalscorer: Andres Iniesta (24).
    Best Performer: Andres Iniesta (7.88).

    "That's the sort of signing that can win you titles." one pundit exclaimed after learning that Man City boss had snapped up Andres Iniesta during the auction process last season. That certainly turned out to be the case as Iniesta scored 24 goals and created 14 to put Man City at the top of the pile early on. However, for 16 games, Man City dropped away from the top but soon fought their way back and pipped Spurs to the title only by goal difference. Some may point at Iniesta, Welliton (16 goals) and Adam Szalai (13 goals) as the main reasons for winning the title but you cannot overlook the fact that Man City conceded just 28 goals in the Premiership all season. That's a staggering statistic when you consider that there are no particular big names in their defence.

    Transfers In: Cesar, Jonjo Shelvey, Manuel Neuer, Gael Kakuta.
    Transfers Out: David Braz, Nuri Sahin, Luis Pedro Cavanda, Joel Ekstrand, Yassine El Ghanassy, Roberto Canella, Victor Obinna, Obafemi Martins, Ola John.

    For a team that had just won the Premiership trophy, it was surprising when Jesus was nowhere to be seen for quite some time during the transfer market. Once he did turn up though, we saw a few of the fringe players at Manchester City being moved on but Jesus seemed to have a reluctant to join a transfer market that was spending big money. He was eventually tempted to do so and invested all of his cash in one Manuel Neuer who may well have the effect that Andres Iniesta managed last season. Will it be enough for Jesus to become the first to retain the Premiership title though?

    Prediction: 3rd.

    Mark

    Top Goalscorer: Olivier Giroud (16).
    Best Performer: Mathieu Valbuena (7.08).

    After leading Newcastle to a Champions League spot following his takeover from Goofy, Mark found himself in a disappointing season where Newcastle could only finish 7th in the Premiership without pulling up any major roots in the domestic and Champions league campaigns. With the poorest defensive record in the top 9, Mark was reliant on Giroud (16 goals), Rodrigo Palacio (10 goals), Yaya Toure (10 goals) and Valbuena (14 assists) to ensure a top eight finish.

    Transfers In: Doria, Luiz Eduardo, Luiz Adriano, Andrigo, Giuliano, Stefano, Danilo, Willian Magrao, Elano, Gomes, Casemiro, Mariano, Elias, Alex Silva, Marquinhos, Douglas, Fagner, Manoel, Lucas Moura, Allan, Diego Renan, Fabinho, Lima, Rafael, Cassio, Julio Cesar, Romulo, Bruno Uvini, Sergio Mota, Edu Dracena, Frauches, Rhodolfo, Michel Bastos, Anderson, Rafael Toloi, Luisao, Rafinha, Antonio Carlos, Neto, Carlos Eduardo, Leo Baptistao, Thiago Carleto, Jefferson, Fabricio, Titi.
    Transfers Out: Martin Caceres, Reto Ziegler, Olivier Giroud, Ever Banega, Erik Pieters, Jan Kirchhoff, Rodrigo Palacio, Guillermo Ochoa, Gary Medel, Mathieu Debuchy, Borja Valero, Neto, Jeremain Lens, Dennis Diekmeier, Papy Djilobodji, Emanuele Giaccherini, Yaya Toure, Vlad Chiriches, Yohan Gourcuff, Rafael van der Vaart, Willy Caballero, Leon Osman, Paolo Cannavaro, Szabolcs Huszti, Zeljko Brkic, Gotoku Sakai, Youssouf Mulumbu, Gareth Barry, Johnny Heitinga, Mirko Vucinic, Jeremy Menez, Mathieu Valbuena, Stefano, Frauches, Sergio Mota, Luiz Eduardo.

    Despite his best players being Mathieu Debuchy, Valbuena and Giroud (all Frenchmen), Mark has stripped his Newcastle squad apart this season with only Robinho, Wendel, Thiago Neves and Pato remaining at the club. It is understood that he wants to provide the Newcastle faithful with Samba football and has managed to complete the transformation with a staggering Brazilians at the club.

    There have been a staggering 45 players turning up at Newcastle as the 'foreigners' were moved on. Some do have the quality to help Newcastle to improve on their 7th place finish but the pundits are all in agreement that there just isn't enough quality overall for Newcastle to do so.

    Prediction: 13th.

    pyromyst

    Top Goalscorer: Goran Pandev (26).
    Best Performer: Goran Pandev (7.63).

    pyromyst makes a welcome return to the Dream Team League in taking over a squad at Fulham that he had initially put together two seasons ago. Since his departure, Fulham had dropped out of the Premiership but fortunately for pyromyst, they managed to return to the top flight last season thanks to beating Brighton & Hove Albion in the First Division Play Off Final.

    Transfers In: Erik Pieters, Jan Kirchhoff, Tolga Zengin, Jelle Vossen, Marcelo Diaz, Ozer Hurmaci, Emiliano Alfaro, David Mendes da Silva, Kevin McDonald, Scott Sinclair.
    Transfers Out: Stefano, Danilo, Willian Magrao, Younis Mahmoud, Li Jianbin, Chris David, Pavlo Ksenz, Ibou.

    One of the stars in the First Division was a pyromyst signing, Goran Pandev, who chalked up 26 goals and 10 assists and he'll need to make the step up to the next level if pyromyst is going to keep them up. The trouble is that others in the 'DTL' have improved their teams immensely since he left Fulham in the first place and unfortunately, despite the time to improve his squad, it looks like pyromyst has once again gone down the road of signing players who aren't particularly big names and can just 'do a job'. With just 22 players in his Fulham squad, we expect it to be a struggle for pyromyst this season.

    Prediction: 17th.

    Redknapp69

    Top Goalscorer: David Villa (26).
    Best Performer: David Villa (7.73).

    With 26 goals and easily the squad's best performer, many saw Swansea City as a one man club as others struggled to get anywhere near the same level as David Villa last season. Only Juan Mata (11 goals) managed to get into double figures for goals while not a single player did so with regards to assists. Such a statistic is rather surprising given the flair that Redknapp69 has in his squad with the likes of Villa, Mata and Kevin Volland, Max Meyer, Ibrahim Afellay, Alen Halilovic, James Milner, Danny Welbeck and a very disappointing Alexis Sanchez.

    Redknapp69 certainly didn't have a lot to cheer about at the start of the season when being denied of a spot in the UEFA Cup after being beaten in the Inter-Toto Cup by BobMem. He also endured a poor start to the season that saw him in a relegation spot but in fairness did improve dramatically to climb all the way to the very top towards the end of the season before stuttering his way to an eventual finish of 5th place.

    Transfers In: Luisao, Winston Reid, Ricardo van Rhijn, Stefano, Frauches, Javier Manquillo, Marco Reus, Cristian Tello, Papiss Cisse, Jose Enrique, Emil Krafth, Tarik Elyounoussi, Emiliano Viviano, Nathan Redmond, Juan Bernat.
    Transfers Out: Alen Halilovic, Per Mertesacker, Pepe Reina, Sebastian Coates, Johan Djourou, Kenneth Omeruo, Luisao, Fito Rinaudo, Taxiarchis Fountas, Miguel Lopes, Leandro Fernandez, Jordi Amat, Samed Yesil, Federico Fernandez, Quincy Promes.

    Known as something of a tough negotiator in the transfer market, the Swansea supporters have seen Redknapp69 adopt the same approach once again during this transfer window and pleased the supporters no end when adding Marco Reus to his squad. But with some many midfielders and forwards, who does he pick? There is also suspicion that the Swans have a weakness defensively that can be exploited. Unless Redknapp69 can get the balance right early on, we suspect that he may not be able to break into the top four once more.

    Prediction: 6th.

    trunky

    Top Goalscorer: Ezequiel Lavezzi (21).
    Best Performer: Alvaro Pereira (7.81).

    trunky exceeded expectations in his first year at Hull City by winning the League Cup. That may have increased the expectations at The Kingston Communications Stadium as his squad of just 27 players endured something of a topsy turvy season. The league form suffered somewhat as trunky dropped to an alarming 15th place after 11 games but managed to progress slightly as the season went on to finish 11th. Sadly, the highest Hull ever went in the Premiership was 10th towards the end of the season while they only went as far as the 4th Round in the League Cup and the 5th Round in the FA Cup.

    Most pundits put the poor domestic form down to their participation in the UEFA Cup, believing that the size of the squad struggled to cope with a heavy playing schedule. Indeed, Hull played 12 games in total and did ever so well to reach the Semi Final of the UEFA Cup but were undone by VfB Stuttgart just 5-4 on aggregate.

    Goals don't seem to be the problem for trunky as Ezequiel Lavezzi (21 goals), Edin Dzeko (20 goals) and even Hulk (11 goals) were all supported by Andre Schurrle (14 assists) and Hulk (13 assists). The defence were highlighted as a weak link and the Tigers supporters certainly hoped that their manager would address that in the Summer.

    Transfers In: Guillermo Ochoa, Gary Medel, Pepe Reina, Sebastian Coates, Vlad Chiriches, Thiago Motta, Kerem Demirbay, Arkadiusz Milik, Sergio Perez Moya, Leandro Castan, Ciro Immobile, Jean, Ruben Botta, Ousseynou Cisse, Faouzi Ghoulam, Duvan Zapata, Luis Jimenez.
    Transfers Out: Sebastian Corchia, Elano, Gomes, Vedran Corluka, Ashley Young, Dirk Kuyt, Johan Djourou, Daniel Agger, Vurnin Anita, Moussa Dembele, Pablo Osvaldo, Yann Sommer.

    Ciro Immobile looks to be the marquee signing for Hull City during this transfer window as trunky seems to be have focused more on strengthening the defence, signing 9 new defenders. That sees the size of his squad increase by four to 31 overall which may well be enough to help trunky improve on last season especially without the distraction of European football.

    Prediction: 9th.

    vinjwoods

    Top Goalscorer: Facundo Ferreyra (19).
    Best Performer: Alex Teixeira (7.48).

    Liverpool were one of the surprise packages at the start of the season in starting the season in the top four before vinjwoods took over and proved to be a steady hand in keeping the team in the top eight before eventually finishing in 7th place. To do so with just a 22 man squad was an even bigger achievement as names such as Facundo Ferreyra (19 goals), Alex Teixeira (17 assists) and Romelu Lukaku (13 goals) rose to the challenge in order to earn Liverpool a European spot.

    Transfers In: Mason Bennett, Gaston Ramirez, Danilo D’Ambrosio, Rodriguinho.
    Transfers Out: Gabriel Torje, Facundo Ferreyra.

    All eyes were certainly on vinjwoods during his first pre-season as Liverpool manager but the supporters were left bewildered by a very cautious approach in the transfer market as their manager signed just 4 players who won't exactly rip up trees and let go of just two to leave him with a squad of players. To make matters worse for the upset locals, Facundo Ferreyra was one of the two to depart the club. This should have been the perfect opportunity for vinjwoods to stamp his authority on the Liverpool squad and mould it into his own but it appears that he has failed to do so and it could prove costly.

    Prediction: 16th.

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    Great read

    I shipped out ~35 players

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    Amazing write up Mark, top effort on this!

    Anything worse than a top 10 finish for me this season and I'll be disappointed

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    14th for Norwich is an improvement.

    They should be happy with me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dermotron View Post
    Great read

    I shipped out ~35 players
    It's interesting to take a backwards step and look at who has bought whom overall.

    I went for a 4th place finish for you simply because you're in the Champions League as well. I think it'll be a case of you sustaining your momentum rather than improving

    Quote Originally Posted by Cafcjgreen View Post
    Amazing write up Mark, top effort on this!

    Anything worse than a top 10 finish for me this season and I'll be disappointed
    I kind of didn't want to go against your 10th place finish last season and I've been impressed with your defensive drive. But I think the sales of those three players without properly replacing them (and thus decreasing the size of your squad as well) means you won't do so well.

    Quote Originally Posted by ebfatz View Post
    14th for Norwich is an improvement.

    They should be happy with me!
    I wasn't going to say 14th at first. If there'd been a bit more activity, I'd have gone a bit further up the table for you but as you've still got a lot of the 'deadwood', I think you'll stay down there. But the quality in your signings has definitely improved so therefore you will improve by a single place

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    Except for trading Verratti for Herrera I didn't sell a single player of my starting XI so I'll be hoping (and expecting) to maintain the momentum if not improve on it. I'd have liked one more superstar signing but I've got a far better bench than last season which was a big problem in defence.

    Hoping the amount of players I have doesn't lead to 'Believes the Squad needs more depth' complaints

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    A bit of expectation on Villa this year. We couldn't hack it last year, League Cup finalists and Champions League semi finalists count for nothing. At least we won't have distractions outside the domestic competitions. Delighted to add the bigger names (sorry to let Vidal and Moura go but I like to keep things fresh!), I felt the lack of a great finisher let us down last year so I've brought in what I believe to better creators and scorers. We had the best defensive record for the first half of the season but faltered as I sacrificed clean sheets for goals. Not this year! Stars and depth sorted!
    Good luck to all you guys in European competitions as domestically ye can go to hell!

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    Firsty - a helluva'n effort on writing this up!

    I have a right to respond to the critics though................

    "a very disappointing Alexis Sanchez" - Really?! - He had 2nd best average at the club of 7.63! To be fair I have no idea on his best position though!

    "stuttering his way to an eventual finish of 5th place" - can't argue that much about that as we were top of the league in week 33. Then 3 draws and a loss in last 5 games Maybe we threw the league away

    "Swans have a weakness defensively" - 3rd best defence last season! We have Krafth this season as well as Van Dijk and Badstuber. Not many better wing backs around than Moreno, Jose Enrique, Trasch and Van Rhijn either!


    Have to agree though I have feck all idea of best formation or first XI

    Great stuff once again Mark!

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    Great read as usual mate but I'd argue that my top signing was Reina.

    If I hit the top 10 then I'll be very happy.

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    That was one hell of a story, Mark. great to see you did it anyway...

    The Spurs' faithfull may be disappointed at the sale of Herrera, but in the end he deserved his big move as he was going to be benched this season.

    We'll try to keep our main focus on winning the league this season by playing a bit less adventurous nd employ DMC's instead of AMC's in the center of midfield.

    We feel that with Falcao we have found a perfect partner for Ibracadabra and with Giroud and Huntelaar we even have good backup for the strikers.


    All in all Spurs are happy with the transfer window and feel they can make a good push for the title. We feel that Man Utd and Swansea are our main rivals this season, but we'll keep an eye out for the Villans and Jesus' City.

    Let it be a glorious season with tons of goals, excitement, ups and downs and in the end a winner deserving of all that glory. Have fun guys.

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    Excellent write up Mark. It's a mixed feeling for me this season, on one hand I missed out on some bargains from a P2P perspective but on the other hand I haven't really destroyed the core of my squad. It could ultimately come down to other squads improving more than us and as we won the league on goal difference it's hard to see us as firm favourites. We will be giving it our best shot but maybe next transfer window I'll have to keep my eye on the ball a bit more and set my sights firmly on those players I want to improve my squad.. Here's hoping Neuer lives up to his price tag and keeps us sound defensively.

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    Fantastic effort Mark, I agree West Ham will probably end up around 7th, although a slightly deeper squad this year might allow us to threaten the Champions League places!

    With a 6th, an 8th and an expected 7th I'm becoming the David Moyes of the DTL!

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    Ran a quick test. Ended up in second place, tied on points and goals scored with Janis, who conceeded 3 goals less than us...Villa 3rd, Swansea 4th, ManC 5th.

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    how did the CL go?

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    didnt even check, stupid that. Didnt check the cups either. Was just looking at league performances and with 5 draws and 3 losses was quite pleased.

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    Norwich?

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    Just quickly scouted top 5. I'll do a more detailed test in the weekend

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    We must have been 6th then!

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    Interesting...










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    Great read as normal Mark.

    Sorry I missed the transfer stuff and Auctions, was away on hols and missed it all!

    Quite hapy with the Strrot signing tho !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dermotron View Post
    Except for trading Verratti for Herrera I didn't sell a single player of my starting XI so I'll be hoping (and expecting) to maintain the momentum if not improve on it. I'd have liked one more superstar signing but I've got a far better bench than last season which was a big problem in defence.

    Hoping the amount of players I have doesn't lead to 'Believes the Squad needs more depth' complaints
    You've definitely strengthened the squad overall. It's been a case of upgrading on your current backup players so you've done well there.

    Quote Originally Posted by Erkifino View Post
    A bit of expectation on Villa this year. We couldn't hack it last year, League Cup finalists and Champions League semi finalists count for nothing. At least we won't have distractions outside the domestic competitions. Delighted to add the bigger names (sorry to let Vidal and Moura go but I like to keep things fresh!), I felt the lack of a great finisher let us down last year so I've brought in what I believe to better creators and scorers. We had the best defensive record for the first half of the season but faltered as I sacrificed clean sheets for goals. Not this year! Stars and depth sorted!
    Good luck to all you guys in European competitions as domestically ye can go to hell!
    Last year was definitely a blip for you as far as I'm concerned. You still have the quality in midfield to take the game by the scruff of the neck and I'm expecting you to certainly improve on that midtable finish at the very least.

    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Firsty - a helluva'n effort on writing this up!

    I have a right to respond to the critics though................

    "a very disappointing Alexis Sanchez" - Really?! - He had 2nd best average at the club of 7.63! To be fair I have no idea on his best position though!

    "stuttering his way to an eventual finish of 5th place" - can't argue that much about that as we were top of the league in week 33. Then 3 draws and a loss in last 5 games Maybe we threw the league away

    "Swans have a weakness defensively" - 3rd best defence last season! We have Krafth this season as well as Van Dijk and Badstuber. Not many better wing backs around than Moreno, Jose Enrique, Trasch and Van Rhijn either!


    Have to agree though I have feck all idea of best formation or first XI

    Great stuff once again Mark!
    You can't deny that just 7 goals and 7 assists from a player of Sanchez's quality is not disappointing? He should be terrorising defences in every game as far as I'm concerned!

    You do look weak at the back in terms of names. Those names in defence are not exactly world class. Jose Enrique and Christian Trasch among the best wingbacks in the world? You've got to be joking!

    Quote Originally Posted by trunky View Post
    Great read as usual mate but I'd argue that my top signing was Reina.

    If I hit the top 10 then I'll be very happy.
    Hmm, I'm not so sure. Reina passed his peak a few seasons ago now! Still, I do like that you've bulked the squad up.

    Quote Originally Posted by ajvonkrondor View Post
    That was one hell of a story, Mark. great to see you did it anyway...

    The Spurs' faithfull may be disappointed at the sale of Herrera, but in the end he deserved his big move as he was going to be benched this season.

    We'll try to keep our main focus on winning the league this season by playing a bit less adventurous nd employ DMC's instead of AMC's in the center of midfield.

    We feel that with Falcao we have found a perfect partner for Ibracadabra and with Giroud and Huntelaar we even have good backup for the strikers.


    All in all Spurs are happy with the transfer window and feel they can make a good push for the title. We feel that Man Utd and Swansea are our main rivals this season, but we'll keep an eye out for the Villans and Jesus' City.

    Let it be a glorious season with tons of goals, excitement, ups and downs and in the end a winner deserving of all that glory. Have fun guys.
    Herrera must be very upset at the thought of being benched after scoring 20+ goals! Looks like you are aiming to be stronger defensively which of course let you down in the goal difference last season. Interesting that you've gone for Swansea as a main rival for this season. All opinions though!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus View Post
    Excellent write up Mark. It's a mixed feeling for me this season, on one hand I missed out on some bargains from a P2P perspective but on the other hand I haven't really destroyed the core of my squad. It could ultimately come down to other squads improving more than us and as we won the league on goal difference it's hard to see us as firm favourites. We will be giving it our best shot but maybe next transfer window I'll have to keep my eye on the ball a bit more and set my sights firmly on those players I want to improve my squad.. Here's hoping Neuer lives up to his price tag and keeps us sound defensively.
    It is noticeable that you've kept the same team, flogged a few of the fringe players and added some additional quality. I was very tempted to tip you for the title again, especially with Neuer signing but something just held me back.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobMem View Post
    Fantastic effort Mark, I agree West Ham will probably end up around 7th, although a slightly deeper squad this year might allow us to threaten the Champions League places!

    With a 6th, an 8th and an expected 7th I'm becoming the David Moyes of the DTL!
    I thought you've cut your squad down a bit actually. You had a lot of random names in the squad and it looks like they've been moved on in favour of better quality. I can see an improvement, that's for sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by ajvonkrondor View Post
    Ran a quick test. Ended up in second place, tied on points and goals scored with Janis, who conceeded 3 goals less than us...Villa 3rd, Swansea 4th, ManC 5th.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dermotron View Post
    how did the CL go?
    Quote Originally Posted by ajvonkrondor View Post
    didnt even check, stupid that. Didnt check the cups either. Was just looking at league performances and with 5 draws and 3 losses was quite pleased.
    Quote Originally Posted by ebfatz View Post
    Norwich?
    Quote Originally Posted by ajvonkrondor View Post
    Just quickly scouted top 5. I'll do a more detailed test in the weekend
    Quote Originally Posted by ebfatz View Post
    We must have been 6th then!
    Quote Originally Posted by Erkifino View Post
    Definitely ebz

    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus View Post
    Interesting...









    The trouble with these tests is that they're not representative of how the season will actually pan out. No doubt it is all just holidayed without the tactical restrictions which makes a big difference!

    Quote Originally Posted by Fodster View Post
    Great read as normal Mark.

    Sorry I missed the transfer stuff and Auctions, was away on hols and missed it all!

    Quite hapy with the Strrot signing tho !
    I knew you were away. It was great to see you come back just in time to blast everyone away with the Strootman signing. He's going to be heads and shoulders above everyone else in your squad but I just think it'll be the same case of midtable for you without anything exciting happening until you get to revamp your squad completely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    I knew you were away. It was great to see you come back just in time to blast everyone away with the Strootman signing. He's going to be heads and shoulders above everyone else in your squad but I just think it'll be the same case of midtable for you without anything exciting happening until you get to revamp your squad completely.
    I agree with that mate, roll on Xmas and a little bit of wheeling dealing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fodster View Post
    I agree with that mate, roll on Xmas and a little bit of wheeling dealing...
    There won't be a mid-season window if that's what you're thinking?

    It involves too much tampering via save game editors so I'm steering well clear!

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    Europe in July

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    West Ham 3:0 Split - A fine start to the Inter-Toto Cup campaign with Nick Powell bagging two goals along with Muhamed Besic. The only downside is an injury to Alvaro Negredo.
    Split 0:2 West Ham - The professional job continues for West Ham with Fernandinho and Christian Atsu on the scoresheet to confirm a 5-0 aggregate scoreline to put BobMem into the Semi Final. Once again though, he suffers a blow with Erik Lamela going off injured.
    Minsk 0:3 West Ham - Muhamed Besic gets a second goal of the season with Seydou Doumbia and Stefan Kiessling also on the scoresheet. For a third game running though, BobMem loses a player to injury as Per Mertesacker is taken off in the first half.

    Dermotron

    Dermotron will make his eagerly awaited debut in the Champions League having been drawn into the Third Qualifying Phase at home. Who his opponents will be will have to wait as it'll be either Dinamo Zagreb or Sutjeska Niksic.

    Janis89

    Janis89 has been drawn into the Third Qualifying Phase of the Champions League. His Manchester United squad will play the first leg away from home and will face either Debrecen or Viktoria Plzen.

    Mark

    Newcastle 0:1 Asteras Tripolis - The Magpies suffer a nightmare start as the Brazilians lost despite more chances and a Man of the Match performance for Luisao.
    Asteras Tripolis 1:3 Newcastle - A 2nd minute penalty for Asteras Tripolis looked to continue the nightmare for Mark but they fought back to qualify thanks to goals from Thiago Neves, Maxwell and Luiz Adriano.
    Sturm Graz 0:3 Newcastle - No hiccups this time from Newcastle as they recorded a first clean sheet and a good advantage for the second leg thanks to a brace from Thiago Neves and Luisao's first goal for the club.

    pyromyst

    There is news for pyromyst as he is the only manager to be drawn into the First Round of the League Cup. Fulham will play at home against Wycombe.

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