Goodbye, Lincoln. It’s been emotional.
Lincoln has been one of my main players from the very start. He was my first ever signing, a promoted Youth, and has been a faithful servant for 6 (SIX) full seasons, longer than many nuPES players ever get.
His silky skills, and of course those goals, pre-October patch, have gone a long way to define the PES2019 experience.
But now the finances in Master League have forced my hand. For most of the past six seasons, as the wages bill has crept up and crept up, I have relied on Loanee players to bulk out my squad. It’s time for that to start coming to an end.
This season – Season 7 – is my maiden season in the Premier League. I need to equip myself with the players I need long-term to make it big in the Premier League. And for this I need a solid squad of players of my own. I need to reorganise my finances. Hence Lincoln being sold.
This is not something I can do in one go – as will be seen, I will have a load of Loanees again this season. Possibly next season too. Depending on what happens budget-wise, where I finish, what I win, etc.
Lincoln was snapped up immediately for £10m. More significantly, his salary of £1.3m was removed from my budget.
All my Season 6 loanees departed. This was literally my entire squad on Day 1 of Season 7:
Rabiot is a Loanee who’d just arrived. Lincoln is about to be sold (and looks like he knows it).
I got cracking and went straight for the 20-year-old free agent Forlan up front, plus a CB at the back, Cabezas. Getting both of these used up all my wages bill and I was back to shopping for loans.
Here’s the squad I ended up with after deadline day:
Rabiot is a major coup, and is showing a lively lofted pass. Jack Wilshere is a sublime passer of the ball and has bags of immediately apparent individuality, which took me by surprise – he was a bench-filler, but has started nearly every match he can (his famous Weetabix ankles are a thing here too). My new reserve GK has an amusing name. Lozano might be the best Loanee I’ve had yet, and is a Level 3 star player who will put a few hundred thousand per month.
I won my first match, with Gomez (top scorer in the Championship again last season) getting the solitary goal.
That result made me wonder if the Premier League was going to be all I needed it to be, to continue the PES2019 experience.
But I needn’t have worried.
Played 9, won 1, drawn 3, lost 5. Second from bottom.
Whatever I do, I can’t do anything.
Forlan hasn’t been great so far. I got him because Jarvis was only getting about 10 goals a season. I thought Forlan might be the answer – 20+ goals a season, surely?
Well, in 9 matches so far, he’s scored just 1, a routine side-footer from 8 yards. I won’t let him sit in my team indefinitely, earning big money in seasons to come, without a return on investment. I’ll give him 2 seasons at least. He was one of my heroes of PES2012. There’s never yet been a case of a hero of one PES becoming a hero of another, so we’ll see if that curse can be lifted.
Forlan’s other key contribution was a nice assist for a consolation goal in a defeat by Man City.
It’s a type of goal I rarely post on the blog, so here it is for connoisseurs of neat near-post headers – and also to see my new Home kit in action:
Last week another official patch arrived for the game, and as is now the tradition, a whole host of imagined changes were soon reported by the busy PES community in traditional ‘I know it sounds crazy but you gotta believe me!’ style.
As a committed patch sceptic, I feel almost embarrassed to confess that I now find the patch has loosened up the ball a touch. There is a palpable Sensible Soccer-style tendency for the ball to roll away from players in certain contexts, that simply wasn’t there before. The AI also now plays loose passes more often. I know it sounds crazy but you gotta believe me.
PES2019 seems better than ever. Life in the Premier League is good.
I do miss Lincoln. Something feels missing in my team. I think I made a mistake, now. It was a toss-up between getting rid of him or Giorza. I should have got rid of Giorza. I can always buy Lincoln back in the future I suppose.