Lower league scouting

As you probably know, FM16 has been out for a few months now and I’m sure many of you will be entrenched in one or two careers.

It took me longer than usual to get going with the new game though. I don’t have as much free time as when I was unemployed. In those days I spent all day most days sat playing and watching TV/ applying for jobs.

But the game is never far from my mind. I wanted to recapture my enjoyment of the greatest football management sim and I’ve done it, with… Southport!

Every year I want to get a career going with a big club and enjoy managing top players but I always get bored. I know the players already. I don’t look far for new players; it’s easier just to sign players I’ve heard of. There’s no mystery and it’s harder to create history with a club, such as Manchester United.

So I often turn to the lower leagues where it’s easy to find the simple joy of football. There’s lots of room to develop a team in your own image and a vast pool of young talent to sift through.

So let me tell you about a few players who have impressed me:

Michael West

Michael West is the best!

If you’re managing in any division lower than League 2 sign Michael West! He’s probably one of the most gifted players in the lower leagues and has 11 assists in 20 (2) appearances in the 2016/17 season so far.

Jordan Jowers, the Fox in the Box

Jordan Jowers, the Fox in the Box

I had never heard of Jowers before managing Southport in the Vanarama North but he’s been a revelation. If you put a cross to the back post, sure enough, he’ll be there to knock in a goal. Fourteen goals and seven assists in 25 (5) appearances isn’t a bad return at all and he links up marvelously with his strike partner, Sam Hillhouse.

Hillhouse

Sam Hillhouse

Speaking of Sam, he’s another highlight of a fun first season with recently relegated Southport. He has a fantastic 16 goals and 12 assists in 19 (1) appearances. In truth, he could have 30 goals if he hadn’t missed some sitters. Hillhouse is definitely worth a look. I took him off Halifax’s hands who, incidentally, seem to have a knack of signing good young players.

To be continued…

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