I miraculously placed fourth in the top division last season in my gameworld, thanks to an incredible run of good luck and form. However, my Ajax team is high on prospective young talent but relatively low on SM ratings.
Things have come crashing down this season, and with 20 games played and only 16 points, I'm sitting in 18th place and looking at relegation. I'm a decent tactician, but most of the clubs I'm playing have multiple 92+ rated players and I just can't seem to compete any more! My idea is to sign some key veteran, high SM rating players that will hold their value or possibly even rise in the future, but also pay dividends now and move me up the league ladder.
Here's who I've got (omitting most of my youth prospects that will never see the starting roster):
LLORIS, Hugo Gk 24 92
SUAREZ, Luis Fwd 23 91
CAVANI, Édinson Fwd/Wing 23 90
MARIN, Marko Wing/Fwd 21 90
LENNON, Aaron Wing 23 90
PJANIC, Miralem AM/Wing 20 90
PASTORE, Javier AM 21 90
DE ZEEUW, Demy CM/RM 27 90
VIDAL, Arturo DM/Def 23 90
BADSTUBER, Holger CB/LB 21 90
HUMMELS, Mats CB/DM 22 90
VAN DER WIEL, Gregory RB 22 90
STEKELENBURG, Maarten Gk 28 90
HAZARD, Eden Wing/AM 19 89
PALACIOS, Wilson CM/DM 26 89
EMANUELSON, Urby LM/LB 24 89
VERTONGHEN, Jan Def/DM 23 89
BONUCCI, Leonardo CB 23 89
As you can see, I've got some good talent, but they're all hovering around 90, and that's not cutting it!
Prospects - All currently or shortly available at unmanaged or external teams in my gameworld at the moment:
RIBERY, Franck Wing/AM FC Porto 27 95 £33.4M
LISANDRO, López Fwd/Wing Lyon 27 92 £15.4M
CARRICK, Michael CM/DM Valencia 29 92 £14.7M
ROSSI, Giuseppe Fwd/AM Bordeaux 23 91 £16.1M
VALENCIA, Antonio Wing FC Twente 25 91 £15.1M
MONTOLIVO, Riccardo CM Fiorentina 25 91 £14.9M
MOUTINHO, João CM/RM Sporting CP 24 91 £16.4M
I only have $20 million in the bank as I have only very recently signed Lloris, but could free up more if I wanted to start selling off lower rated prospects I've been collecting. (RENAN, Jordi ALBA, Felipe ANDRE, Bruno CESAR
I suppose I should just get Ribery, but the price tag is a bit steep for one player, will he at least be holding his 95 rating for a few years? I really like Rossi and Lisandro as options as well. But, who on that list stands a chance of continuing to rise in SM rating?
Also, I most often play a 4-5-1 (usually defensive) and I counter attack hoping to win low scoring games. It worked great last season, but not very well this season.
As always, thoughtful input is greatly appreciated!