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Darren – Newcastle’s pre-season and Y2G analysis 2016/17

Hey guys, welcome back to the North East and my FM 2011 Newcastle story. The 2015/16 season was full of silverware, money and success but we need to build on the quadruple to sustain the toon armies rise to glory. A lot of you ask what my goals are and where I want to take such things as finances and the club in general.

Well the main goal is to make Newcastle the richest club around, this will take some time but I’d also like to break records along the way. Moving past Manchester United’s 19 EPL titles would be my top target, but this all comes down to my games length and if you guys want to read about Newcastle for such a long time. We still have 11 EPL titles to go if United’s record is to be beaten (bearing in mind Newcastle won the title in 1905, 1907, 1909 and 1927.)

A quick glance at the richest clubs list bodes well for the toon. Last season saw us rise to 6th with a value of £308 mill, so where are we now….4th! A great improvement considering the clubs around us, and Newcastle have overtaken Man United. Newcastle are now valued at £401 million…a great achievement for the club and one step nearer to my goal. Hopefully we can overtake Arsenal by the end of this season.

With the start of every pre-season comes the boards expectations and media title odds. For the first season ever, my board offered no alternatives and demanded the EPL title…I guess this shows how far the club has come, but the media share an entirely different view. For the fourth year running I am second favourite for the title behind Manchester City, I guess the bookies like throwing money away lol ;) My transfer budget is irrelevant because I’ve openly admitted a desire to make a profit on transfers every season…but the board offered me £147 mill! You can keep your money Mr. Myers and maybe I’ll add to that fortune your amassing.

Before we sort through the ins and outs of the transfer market, I’d like to update you on the clubs facilities. I have already upgraded the youth facilities once and will do so again this year. However, the board won’t even let me ask to upgrade the youth recruitment and training facilities, well I guess we only just did them. I will keep trying though as the finances are there.

Below is the clubs updated facilities, another interesting stat is the squads average age of 20 years old. After the latest upgrade, my youth facilities should be very reasonable but I am desperate to upgrade the youth recruitment further.

Now its time to look at the all important transfers, but don’t get your hopes up. I struggled to find top notch youth this year and have continued my search into the season itself. A few more targets will enter Saint James Park, but lets see the ones that left. You already know about Paloschi’s record sale to Man City for £50 mill. You should also know that Gaitan left for Spurs in an £11 mill deal. Both offers were too good to turn down, but there’s more :) Micah Richards has reached an awkward age, he can still play but won’t leave for a big amount should I prolong his departure. With this in mind I offered the right back to clubs and Aston Villa paid me £11 mill, a £10.25 million profit from his original transfer. Then last but not least, the sale of Adrien who was signed last year on a free transfer. With my youngsters developing well in the reserves I decided to promote a few and cash in on the midfielder. Werder Bremen offered me £10.75 mill and all that was profit, yey!!

An astounding £83 million was raised from players sold. £73.3 mill of this was profit from the players original fee, not to mention I already have replacements brewing in the reserves and youth system for each and every player. Meaning the young rotation players from last year will now be first teamers and the reserves or bench warmers from last year will now be apart of my rotation system.

The system seems to work a gem which brings me to the summer transfers in. Jack Wilshere will need replacing in around three years time so I had to find a young right winger. Must admit the market was bleak, but I did find someone with plenty of potential. Eric Diop is 18 years old, his current ability is rated at 1* and potential ability 3.5*. This massive gap from CA to PA suggests the winger can make huge improvements. I hope this is the case, but at £2.1 mill the risk is minimal. My scout reckons Diop has the potential to be better than Wilshere and this became my main buying point.

With Nicolas Gaitan’s sale, Kakuta makes the step up to first team football and Goetz will be my rotation on the left. With Kakuta turning 25 years old, he’ll need replacing in three years. So enter another Brazilian named Gilson. Costing just £2.7 mill means the 18 year old has minimal risk. Gilson could be a great player but needs to develop quickly, one of many concerns would be his pace but I hope to improve this. My coach rates Gilson’s current ability at 1.5* and potential ability as 3.5*. This kid may not have joined the club if the usual level of talent was available. Either way he has three years before playing first team football, so lets hope he develops quickly.

Now I always save the best until last. I have been tracking a young Spanish midfielder for the last two years pondering a bid. Abel Padin was signed for a whopping £15 mill from Real Madrid, its a lot of cash but this kid is guaranteed success and I think doubling my money is possible. His current ability is 2.5* and potential ability 4*. Jack Rodwell is an exceptional midfielder but my coaches think Padin has the potential to be better.

I spent a total of £19.75 mill this summer and expect more faces to join the Newcastle reserves. These will be for very small amounts and bought purely for potential and future transfer income.

So not too many transfers this year, but lets see how they’ve effected the squad. You may notice a few new faces that aren’t on my transfers in list, these have been developing within the reserves and deserve a promotion.

I would like to analyse my youth to gold system and showcase a few youngsters development since signing on at Saint James Park, but first lets see how the Community Shield went. My opponents were Manchester City, but this match wasn’t exactly straight forward. The Olympics are in progress and with my side been very young I have a tonne of players away on international. Below is a screenshot from one of Spain’s victories, can you tell who the goal scorers are? Shame on you if not, their all Newcastle youngsters. Santos is 20 years old, Hernandez the same and Fernando is a developing 18 year old. Great to see them be pivotal in Spain’s national side but bad for my Community Shield hopes.

As I clicked ‘team selection’ prior to the Man City match, my eyes grew wide. 9 players were out on international duty and this would remain the same for the first two Premier League fixtures. Looks like my new wingers will get some first team football quicker than anticipated. Not to mention I have no strikers!

With the Olympics standing in my way I fielded an extremely weak starting XI in terms of attack. Thankfully the defence wasn’t too bad but Manchester City have a much older team and hardly none of their key players are missing. Ow well, lets watch the highlights and see what happens.

OK I wasn’t expecting that! While the match stats show an even game, I always felt in control. Wilson looked deadly from set pieces and Anconetani managed some great deliveries despite playing out of position in the lone striker role. But the massive bonus came in the form of Paloschi’s goalless debut for City. lol :)

Now we can check in on my progress with the Y2G system, lets start with player development. A huge part of this system is been able to develop young players into stars, without that your wasting your time. I have watched at least 7 players comeon leaps and bounds since joining but below are my favourites. We’ll begin with my two new options upfront following Paloschi’s departure, obviously Sanogo and Santos are first choice but these guys will cover.

Fernando (striker) attributes when joining aged 16 in 2014

Fernando (striker) current attributes aged 18 in 2016

Fernando is one of the most exciting strikers around and classed as a wonderkid, he’ll be getting some game time this year and deserves it after making massive improvements since joining two years ago. The most amazing part is he hasn’t been out on loan, just played in the reserves. I think his £2.7 mill transfer fee was more than justified.

Diego Sanchez (striker) attributes when joining aged 18 in 2015

Diego Sanchez (striker) current attributes aged 19 in 2016

Sanchez has had no first team football and still made great improvements during his one year at Saint James Park. I am focusing on the strikers quickness in training and hoping to develop his pace and acceleration. His £2 mill fee should be at least trebled by the time I sell.

Now we move onto my favourite young stars. Both have made incredible improvements and summarise my system, I really recommend checking their old and new profiles below.

Peter Kalu (centre back) attributes when joining aged 16 in 2013

Peter Kalu (centre back) current attributes aged 20 in 2016, brace youself!!

Kalu’s original fee of £4 mill seems like nothing now, poor old Leeds made a bad decision in letting him go so cheap. My main concerns lied in the defenders pace, acceleration, composure, natural fitness and jumping. I had no reason to be concerned though as pace went from 9 to 14, acceleration from 10 to 14, composure from 10 to 13, natural fitness from 7 to 11 and jumping from 10 to 12. I focused Kalu’s training on quickness and this paid off massively. Now lets see my top asset!

Luis Hernandez (central midfielder) attributes when joining aged 16 in 2013

Luiz Hernandez (central midfielder) current attributes aged 20 in 2016

A rather large fee of £14 mill was paid to Rayo, but Hernandez is worth every penny. His development has staggered me and the Spaniard still has a long way to go! I think we can safely say that developing youth has a big tick in my Y2G system, but without money management this could go to waste.

Which brings me to finances, my wage budget was around £1.5 million per week two seasons ago. I have now lowered it by a third and pay just £970K per week on player wages. Very good going and that amounts to a saving of around £24 mill per year.

Back in 2014, my balance was almost in the red and tipped that way just after the seasons first game. The club now holds a whopping £144 million in the bank. A lot comes from TV revenue and prize money but the biggest chunk is from players sold. Since 2014 I have earned £227 million from selling players, after working out each players profit (selling price minus what I bought them for) the total profit is £192 million. By purchasing players young and cheap I have managed to sell them at a huge profit and my transfers out have been greater than transfers in for the last 3 years.

I think you have a good idea of what my Y2G system is about and hopefully the above screenshots and figures prove how successful its been. This post has almost reached its conclusion but first let me answer a few profile requests. Matt Clark wanted the profile of Canales and Shelvey, so just click on the players names for their screenshots. In addition to these I’d like to share Neymar’s profile below…notice his value? Well Barcelona just paid Napoli £73 mill for the Brazilians services, and you thought Paloschi’s fee was inflated lol :)

I think that we’re done for today, as always I have a lot to share but would rather stop now before you give up reading. :) Thanks for following me and I look forward to your comments as always. By the way, just out of interest, what would you do with Newcastle’s new found riches? Let me know in the comments box as I’m intrigued to hear your thoughts. The next post will feature Newcastle’s start of season and probably take us up until the end of November, so until then thanks for reading. :)

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Laxeyman
Laxeyman
10 years ago

Very good young signings Darren, and I can barely believe the development of the youngsters, Kalu looks like an incredible player! And still only 19! The amount of young players in your side means that you’ve got a fantastic squad for the next 8 years at least, and that’s without having to buy anyone. Anyway, I’m sure you’ll win the league again, and good luck in the Champions League!

LTN
LTN
10 years ago

Hey Darren,

I find quite remarkable that you spent so little on transfers, I mean, when the board gives me money I always look to spend them all. You are doing great in terms of economic managment and that’s a good thing. I just want to ask you one thing: How come you haven’t yet promoted a player that belonged to your youth system? Newcastle must have a good academy since you must have invested some money in the academy growth. This has always been my dream, to get to my starting eleven a player that was actually born through the team’s system. Haven’t succeded that yet, although I am managing Arsenal.

Looking forward to your next post.

Matt Clark
10 years ago

Brilliant in the

Matt Clark
10 years ago
Reply to  Matt Clark

Transfer window looks like the y2g system is really working thanks for the profiles but I’ve never seen shelvey reach his potential
By the way sorry this is in 2 parts I’m having technical difficulties with my ipad

Kieran
Kieran
10 years ago

Cracking signings darren! Filled with potential!
Kalu has improved leaps and bouns with Luiz Hernandez too, i noticed his passing has risen from 12 – 17! Thats astonishing!

Good Luck in your season! Look forward to your next post!

Jack
Jack
10 years ago

Awesome job Darren! I like how you’ve built up Newcastle’s finances to a ridiculous amount! Do you actually make profit every month? Have you also introduced an imaginary kind of wage cap in order to keep the wages low? Also, what training are you using? Because it seems to be working an absolute treat. If I had the money I’d probably be buying up all the wonderkids… MUHAHAHA!

Sayam Khan
10 years ago

Hi Darren, well what can I say, it must be soo satisfying for you that the Y2G system is working, after all the effort you put into it. You squad is amazing, despite most of your team not available, you still won the City game! I always liked Kalu, and he has turned out to be brilliant! If you were given a transfer embargo of 5-10 years, with your current squad, I think you would still be at the top. Anyway good luck!

Excessive
10 years ago

Cracking signings first off, but I swear that Padin will be much better off at right back than he will in the centre of midfield. Might just be me ;)

Finances again are looking on course, although you do have a long way before you can contend with Barca. Although, them spending £73m might have just helped your cause!

I agree with Kieran, Kalu has improved no end. Have you stuck a rocket up is backside or something, as those physical and quickness attributes have gone through the roof.

Anyway, good luck as ever mate :)

Sibo
10 years ago

Congrats Darren. I think this post just shows how brilliant the Y2G system is… you have done remarkable things with the toon and I honestly believe you are going to create a very rich and sustainable club. In fact, I honestly believe that you will do better than Barca in terms of talent being produced, you have created an incredible system and, yeah, just brilliant!

Aaah, just thought of it… instead of the Busby babes you might have to start using Darren’s darlings… too cheesy? I’ll turn off the lights on the way out… :D

Sibo
10 years ago
Reply to  Darren Smith

Haha thanks! :D

I agree, it would be great to see someone in your starting XI with birthplace: Newcastle!

Oh yeah, I remember you being asked if you ever saw someone with 5 star PA, I have, Fraser Fyvie! But that is for a much lower standard of league so I don’t know if that counts… ;-)

Sibo
10 years ago
Reply to  Darren Smith

Haha! I am sure you will find one, one day! If it’s any consolation he is only 4.5* now as I have been strengthening the team :D !

Johnny Karp
10 years ago

The system is working like clockwork, way to go! The Olympic Games might be the system’s biggest enemy though, I had some problems with that as well a few seasons ago ;)

MRDNRA
MRDNRA
10 years ago

Well done on making so much money so far. Also your youth development has been excellent. What is your training schedule?

MRDNRA
MRDNRA
10 years ago
Reply to  Darren Smith

Do you know where I could download a program to extract the files too? Unfortunately I don’t currently have one on my computer, hence I can’t extract the files once they’re downloaded.

Stromson
10 years ago

Fantastic signings there Darren, and your Y2G system seems to be in full swing! I’m amazed at how quickly you’ve been able to turn the club around and you’re quickly closing in on that richest club mark! Your players progress is equally impressive, and it’s great to see a lot of their potential being fulfilled. What training schedules are you using? Your own or something you’ve downloaded?

vikingmarius
10 years ago

Kalu turned out to be absolutely outstanding the kind of player anyone would want on a team let alone an english player in an english squad, you must be basking in all the glory of the y2g system and you deserve to be it has worked a treat, in a few years I will try it with Woking maybe :D

As for what to do with all that money, personally since you are making that much money anyway and you still have about 60 million trade profit (and I know you don’t want to spend it) I would buy one 23-24 year old superstar for about 20-30 mill and play him for 4-5 years and most likely sell him for around 40 mill, but that is just me as that would definately keep me more competetive

one more question, if you saw a player at 18 who had the qualities of lets say Babacar when he was 18 would you spend likee 15-20 mill on him or leave him be as he would be too expensive

Kevin
10 years ago

Hi Darren
Great win over Man City despite having so many players unavailable.This really shows that your Y2G is working wonders for you and your training and developement schedules seem to be paying off also with vast improvements to your players. This is a real excellent system / idea you have come up with and thanks for sharing this with the community at large. Hopefully I will get to implement this at some point – if I ever get to load up the game again :(

vaibhavc
vaibhavc
10 years ago

Hey Darren
Your Y2G strategy is working very well. Look at your finances and money spent and you will find that out. I actually think you bought average players who have a great potential level and if you can develop them to be world-class, you will be unstoppable.

CsAtlantis
10 years ago

Poor Thiago, looks like he’s not going to be able to make any more contribution to your team, he looks like a pretty weak link now with only 2 stars PA, those are some nice improvements made by your youth players those 4 star PA players should turn out to be amazing, that Neymar fee was mad, not sure if he is as good as Paloschi, anyway maybe you can just sit tight and aim to have 1 billion bank balance :P

Paul Meeks
10 years ago

Very impressive indeed Darren. I am sure Magpies fans up and down the land would give you the real job of managing the club if you could replicate this in real life ;)

I am really looking forward to seeing how your new look team gets on next season and whether Paloschi comes back to haunt you in Sky Blue?

joe lance
joe lance
10 years ago

Incredible! If only Wenger read your posts… Btw, you’re playing on what patch? I’m playing with the original and Paloschi is available for free. My scouts don’t think much of him. But from your story…. Plus clubs don’t bid high for my players. I’m in the 3rd year in my Liverpool game.

Lye
Lye
10 years ago

Hi Darren,

You have good pretty reserves players. Just look at those screenshots you show us especially Kalu. But disappointed mate, how can you bring in so few players? lol. As i always said, don’t keep too much money for your chairman. So much money, i will use it to break the record transfer. Spend 100 million. Haha. This will be your season again. Looking forward to another successful season.

Sears
10 years ago

£147 million?!?! Absolutely amazing lad! I bet the old you would have spent all of it as well, but with the Y2G system in full throttle you did well to only spend £20 or so million… Phenomenal! Your youngsters are looking extremely well too, especially Hernandez. He was always gonna be a superstar!! Anyhow, well done and good luck for the new season, I anticipate another quadruple.

Ana Garcia
10 years ago

LoL! £73 million for Neymar! Who is the Barca boss and where did they get that money!

How much did Napoli pay for him? Just curios to see how much profit they made!

But back to you, LoL! Congrats on getting up to fourth in the the richest clubs amazing that you are still £400-500 million behind Real and Barca but at least you are going in the right direction.

Your new signings look great and nice to see the Spanish U23’s doing well! Your youngsters are improving really well so the system you have in place it working perfectly.

Well done on winning the cup final and good luck on your season. :)

Martin
10 years ago

Hey Darren! Ace post as per!

You’ve been a pro with your transfers yet again…i’d love to try and implement your Y2G at Club Brugge…maybe in a few seasons lol. Padin looks like he’ll be a demon in years to come.

Congrats in the Charity Shield great to see you boss Man City.

I know you’ve probably said before but which training scheldules do you use…they seem to make beasts out of your youngsters.

Not sure I agree with you wanting to beat Man Utd’s 19 titles lol but good luck in your quest mate :)

Liddane
Liddane
10 years ago

Great system and i’ve been following your story discretely but i tried it myself using your tactics and your guide on how to beat every premier league team but when i done it, it was an absolute disaster i really need help on tactics!!

Liddane
Liddane
10 years ago
Reply to  Darren Smith

yea with barton,tiote and smith in the middle you aint got much hope like haha could you maybe send me some screenshots to my email: liddane1986@hotmail.co.uk that would be great mate, tiote is so underestimated aswell!

Liddane
Liddane
10 years ago
Reply to  Liddane

screenshots of like a recomended line up

Liddane
Liddane
10 years ago
Reply to  Liddane

Thanks a lot mate!

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