F. FRIDAY became my star striker in the first half of Season 2 – after I’d agreed to sell him, to Rotherham, for about £2.5m.
Naturally gutted, I attempted to buy him back at the first opportunity, which arose only now, at the end of the season.
Rotherham wanted a lot of money…
I didn’t have £17.8m, as you can see.
I started selling players, shipping them out at a rate of knots. It was like the scene in a sinking ship when everybody starts chucking ballast overboard. All so I could get the Black Schwarz back on board.
Bye-bye NIVET, it was nice knowing you, even if you did next to nothing as first-choice right-sided AMF for most of the season. Still, you brought in £8m when I really needed it, so there’s that.
Bye-bye DOST, I liked the way you sometimes seemed to be the White Friday but somehow never were. Another £8m. Impressive.
Friday is a Coventry City player once more. Lets see if he’s a rare example of a player going back to a club and being a success again…
Season 2 has indeed ended – miserably. My last few sessions were low quality, but still enjoyable. A hell of a lot of costly draws long since put paid to any faint chance of finishing in the top 10, or even in the top 6.
If just half of those 20 draws had been the wins that they could have been (I love conceding late equalisers), I’d have been in contention.
I’m still in the player-acquisition phase of my post-season 2/pre-season 3 period.
I’ve made some interesting signings that have prompted some very interesting formation thoughts, but I’ll get to all that next time. I’ve played the first match of Season 3 with my squad and formation both still very much a work in progress.
I think the effort required to get Friday back is going to cost me. I have had to resort to the old ‘padding out a threadbare squad with Youths’ stratagem. Which always sounds good in theory, (‘I’m totally going to focus on Youth development!’) but rarely translates to anything by way of success on the pitch.
Here’s what happened 10 minutes into Game 1 of Season 3:
I won that match 2-0 and currently sit 4th in the table.
Season 3 hasn’t yet properly got underway. That won’t happen until the transfer window is completely over and I’ve got my settled squad and formation in mind.
I spent a few matches toward the end of the season experimenting with some alternative formations. This PES seems the most formation-critical PES ever. I rarely bother tinkering as the seasons go by, but I can see myself having several formations stored and brought out whenever the situation demands.
I tried the unthinkable – a 3-5-2, and it didn’t really work out. Also a 4-3-3, something I haven’t played with in PES for many editions – and it likewise didn’t really work out.
Of course much of the not-working-out will be down to other factors. The players I was using, the fact that I’ve yet to really hit my stride with PES2017 (a puzzle in its own right), and the tendency this game has to just nullify you if it feels like it.
Next time I’ll be well through the transfer window and embarked properly on Season 3.
Which has to be a promotion year, I feel, or things really will be taking a turn for the bizarre.