Onward to mid-season, where it seems I might struggle to lay my hands on Old Forlan after all. In the space of half a season his transfer fee has mysteriously risen from £5m to £7m. I can only afford £5m. Entering into further negotiations over the fee only knocked off a few hundred thousand.
£5m is all I have in the bank. So I’m about £1.75m short of the final asking price. I could make up the extra cash by selling a player or two, but my squad is already quite threadbare as it is.
I’ve got the whole transfer window to do some sort of wheeler-dealering, but it’s not looking good.
This is the greatness of old-style ML, right here. These decisions really mean something. Old Forlan’s guile and goals might make the difference between a relegation scrap and a mid-table finish (or even better than that). But to get Forlan now I’d have to offload a good player (or players), and none of them are expendable. (I’ve still got Baumann and El Moubarki knocking around, but I’d be lucky to get half a million for them combined.)
Here is the table at the halfway stage:
Not far off the relegation places. I can hold my own against the supposedly big boys, but I keep getting thumped 3-0 by the likes of Swansea and Sunderland. Same old PES, of course.
I’m in the semi-finals of the FA Cup! It would be massive to win this trophy this season. I beat CSKA Moscow 3-1 in the quarter finals. Two of my goals were from the little magician, Shimizu. Both good goals too – here they are:
First a swiping half-volley, lofted over the keeper, from an aerial through-ball that I delayed and delayed until Shimizu’s surging run was just far enough advanced to enable the chance.
Second, a proper Bobby Charlton-style howitzer into the postage stamp corner, from 25 yards. Boom.
Shimizu in PES2011 might be the best Shimizu since the very first Shimizu I remember, which was in PES5. I’ve always thought Shimizu since that game was weak and lacked shooting prowess, but this PES2011 one, for some reason, goes on strong runs and has the kind of shooting power that is more than adequate for an AMF in one of my lineups.
So it’s official. I now love Shimizu.