I’ve reached mid-season in my first season as Anderlecht—again. This has all happened before. Will it all happen again…?
The last time I restarted Master League in PES2011, I got as far as mid-season before it went horribly wrong.
Back then, what happened was I picked up a couple of Youth players and then the first few matches afterward were so despicably awful that I restarted all over again. Those two Youth players were Palmieri and The Myth of Castolo.
In this new transfer window, I’ve only gone and got them again.
Below is my post-window new squad. I’ve sold some of the dead wood that come in the Anderlecht squad. The only ‘proper’ transfer in is UCHE.
I also snapped up Ruskin, possibly my favourite Default player of the next-gen PES years.
Palmieri needs no justification. Starting at an incredible 81 OVR at the age of 16, I expect him to evolve into an amazing player.
As for Castolo on his risible 59 OVR, well, that fits his mythic status.
In relation to Castolo, I definitely use the terms ‘myth’ and ‘mythic’ in their pejorative senses. In my view Castolo hasn’t been anything more than a decent player at best, and at worst a terrible player, for several versions of PES.
I think you’d have to go all the way back to PES3 to see the great Castolo. And he was great—often kept on for his entire career, uniquely among the Defaults at that time. Back then was where the legend, the myth, was created. (Rather like The Myth of Pro Evolution Soccer itself. Oooh, now there’s a topic for a rainy day…)
A year ago I had the regen Castolo towards the end of my PES2010 career. He was indeed a very useful squad player. We’ll see how things go with him this time around.
The table here at mid-season looks like this:
How has the gameplay held up after the break? Pretty well, actually.
I haven’t noticed the sudden surge in AI pressure, nor the increase in instances of the stumble animation that so appalled me a week ago. This is most likely due to my change in approach to the game. I no longer try to hold onto the ball for longer than I know the game will ‘allow’ me to. I might not like that very much, but I’m learning to live with it.
Today’s Lukaku update. As I’ve mentioned in the past few posts, the wunderkind of Anderlecht career #1 seems to be just a decent young striker here in Anderlecht career #2.
Actually, that was selling him short. He’s still not banging in the 25-yarders with the thundering regularity of before, but he’s actually got more goals for me (10) at this stage than in career #1 (he got 9 by mid-season last time). So while the formidable shooting power and technique seem to be lacking in Lukaku mk II, there’s nothing wrong with his general finishing and strength.
And Lukaku mk II also has a certain amount of finesse. Today’s Lukaku goal (these could become a regular feature in the weeks ahead) is a little different.
It’s an instance of what I’ve called the ‘auto-lob’ in PES2011. This is where, depending on the context, your player will execute a lob instead of the vicious laces shot that you expect and want.
Here it is—I wanted this shot to rifle into the far top corner, but got something else instead:
Lukaku was sent off about ten game-minutes after this goal was scored. Two yellow cards in quick succession for rash tackles when there was no need. My own fault.
Oh, the confidence meter. This is the thing I introduced on Monday and thought I’d forget about, and nearly did. I’d say I’m at around 85% today. The trend is upward. Long may it continue.