In the previous two articles in this project part 1 part 2 I revealed my admiration for Barcelona’s front three and how I plan to produce three world class attackers with similar skills. A new Messi, new Suarez and new Neymar.
I chose Newcastle United as my starting point knowing changes would need to be rang and I hoped I’d have the opportunity to create my own team (despite being influenced by the unpopular chairman Mike Ashley who’s actually been quite nice in FM).
I made some exciting loan signings and a couple of permanent ones.
I sold Moussa Sissoko to Barcelona and they thanked me with four players on loan some of whom I hope to tie down for the long term.
At this stage, although I’m signing prospects, it’s mostly about creating a style of play similar to Barcelona’s to fit my fantastic three in to. I’m figuring out what formation, mentality and roles to use.
It started out as a honeymoon. We won our first four competitive games, against Palace, Stoke, Peterborough and Man United. We then had a rocky patch broken up by a nice 2-0 victory over Chelsea.
After about eight more games where we struggled we won three games comfortably, including a morale-boosting 4-0 beating of arch rivals Sunderland.
Most recently, we’ve won three in a row and sit sixth in the table. The board are very happy. I’ve been given an extra two years on my contract on top of the one I had remaining.
In terms of my front three which is made of two attacking inside forwards and an advanced forward although this is open to development, Ayoze Perez and Remy Cabella are the stand-out players so far. Perez has scored 18 in 27 with five assists and Cabella has weighed in with 10 goals and 11 assists in 19 appearances.
- Cabella’s natural position is attacking midfield (centre) but he’s warming up nicely.
- Perez’s performances have been very pleasing but not surprising. He is teacher’s pet. I’m a big fan of him and the way he plays. Out of everyone I have in the squad I reckon he fits in to my future plans the best.
- Munir started slowly but he’s showing signs of great potential.
- I bought Kenedy, a young Brazilian forward. He’s fairly well known and has bags of ability. He hasn’t performed very well at inside forward though – much better at striker – and that’s where my favourite player plays! Who knows what the future will bring though.
Even if we keep players like Munir and Adama Traore after their loan spells I’m not sure they’re good enough or appropriate to follow in the footsteps of the great Barcelona three so I’m going to keep developing the way we play until we produce great, winning football, and hopefully by then, I’ll have found some attackers who I think can become part of the best front three ever seen and I’ll be sure to update you all if this happens.
Next time I think I’ll put more focus on each individual attacker and how they’re progressing, their stats, etc, especially the ones I want to keep hold of.