Re: Total Fulham FC!
Been a long, long time, hasn't it?
I have played a bit again recently, so I decided to pop in and give some opinions on the current FFC squad ratings on SM. Hope here's an adequate place to put it
First off, the squad itself.
I feel that it should be notes that Matt Saunders and Eddie Johnson do not form part of the Fulham squad any longer, so that could be sorted.
On a different note, how come when I view the Fulham squad that's going to be included in a new English Championship, players like Dalla Valle and Salcido (both out on loan) do not show up, yet Halliche and Stockdale, again, both out on loan, DO show up in my team?? I find it strange. Finally, Hoesen is also currently out on loan, yet it doesn't show it in-game.
From a ratings point of view:
Schwarzer - Well, what can I say? He was brilliant in his first season, but has slowly declined in consistency since. He's very slow to get down, not great in the air (depending on his mood really - sometimes he can relieve the pressure on the defense, yet sometimes he actually causes the panic himself by coming out badly), and his kicks are probably the worst in the Premier League. I'd say he's on par with the likes of Jaaskelainen and Given, so I reckon he should be 89, not 90. (side-note: I actually prefer Given in goal!).
Stockdale - Oh my! The difference between Schwarzer and Stockdale is certainly not this big! Stockdale could easily be rated 85, rather than 83, and this would greater reflect his real life ability. He showed his quality last season with Fulham, and is doing so again with Ipswich this season. He hasn't been called up to the England squad just for the sake of it.
Briggs - Currently at 78 - that's low. He's shown in pre-season that he is more than capable of playing at a high level. I'd say 81/82 is more around his mark.
Salcido - Maybe the 88 rating he's given is based on how nice his name sounds, not his actual footballing ability! Seriously, 86/87 at most. Never seen a defender so out of position during a match.
Since we're going on about defenders, I'd like to mention that some English defenders or those who are playing in England are not judged as highly as the foreign ones in other leagues. Players like Richards, Cahill and even Hangeland seem to be underrated. Compare them to, for instance, Bonucci, and you've got one clear winner all day long - yet Bonucci is on par with these three, all rated at 89, again, if I'm not mistaken. That said, where has the 89 for Yobo come out of?!
Moving on, the Fulham central midfield is overrated. It's the weak point of the team.
Murphy - 88? Better than Joey Barton and David Dunn? Oooo that's sooooo wrong. Maybe 88 refers to the number of times he gives the ball away or loses his temper per match. 87 for old man Murphs I'm afraid. He's slow, bad tempered and in the last two seasons has only managed 1 breathtaking pass.
On the CM note, Etuhu should also fall to 86.
Kasami, my friends, has played RM for Fulham and I hear he can play AM. CM is simply not enough. In fact, he's rarely played there. Also, 83/84 would be a more fair assessment in my opinion - he'd played much more than Gecov (82), for instance.
Sorry I'm going to have to rush the end of this post.
Upfront and on the wings we seem decent. However, in which world Dempsey is better than Duff and Zamora I still cannot figure out. He's not consistent enough for an 89 - or else Duff and Bobby should be 89's too. Demps is lazy at times, and pretty slow too. Thankfully he does bag a few goals, but still not worthy of being higher than Duff and Bobby.
Finally, the farce of the team. AJ. How he's rated 88 is a mystery. 86/87 would be much more realistic I'm sure.
Pity much negativity has come out of my post, in the sense that more drops are needed than ups - but in truth, Fulham are not a definite top 8 team, (average team rating of 88 is the 7th best team on SM alongside Everton) and will struggle to be in the top 12 this season. Unfortunately, anything other than my opinion (such as last season's league position) DOES show the contrary of what I'm saying.
Hehe it's gd to be here