Season 15 of my so-far-epic PES2019 Master League career has got off to a decent start.
4 wins, 1 draw, 1 defeat.
I’ve had great starts before and won nothing, so this means nothing right now.
My new signings are struggling to bed in. Only one is standing out at the moment and feels like part of the team.
Hamsik at CMF is almost on the verge of becoming a regular starter in my midfield. Xavi and Mascherano are immovable, so if it happens Hamsik would probably see Buonanotte move to the bench. Or even (whisper it) the ageing Castledine. Yes, I am thinking about retiring the old man to the subs’ bench from now on.
It’s been a few seasons since the now 33-year-old Castledine was able to wrap his foot around a loose ball in the AMF area and give the GK something to think about.
Hamsik was bought with that exact purpose in mind. Even if a long shot doesn’t score (and it almost never scores), a corner or a rebound can result.
Castledine’s passing years are manifesting in two ways.
First is his now very poor stamina – he’s usually almost done by halftime, and always has to go off around 60 minutes.
Second, that famous left foot possesses a lot less venom than it used to.
I’d be satisfied if Castledine announced his retirement at the end of this season, as it would get me off the hook of a difficult decision. I doubt I could ever sell him, but with his rate of decline he would become a very occasional player.
The young pretenders, Xavi and Modric and Hamsik, are more than capable of filling his boots. But even if they have another 15 seasons at the club, they won’t come close to emulating the esteem and affection that Castledine has earned for himself. As soon as he does retire and then pop up as a Regen, he’ll be hired again.
Before anyone writes in, I am 100% aware that Castledine is ‘only’ a bunch of pixels animated by computer code and imagination.
The table:Promising, but we’ll see. I’m conceding too many goals for comfort right now.
Mathieu is settling in reasonably well. He plays a bit more than I thought he would. The fixture pileup of League, Cup, and Europa League, all see to that.
He’s big and cumbersome, not great, but dependable, a true individual. I miss the magnificent Footballer Of The Century that he was in PES5, of course.
In PES2019 his most notable contributions are first-time sweeping crosses to the far post. Like this one: