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  1. Re: PORTUGAL – 1st and 2nd Division extensive thread - Discussion Thread Oblak got a rise to... 87. Fair enough he's young, but it seems pretty stingy for a keeper that starred in Benfica's tripple winning season (and almost quadruple winning). I thought he'd be a strong candidate for 88. Still, by the looks of it there were a few other possible risers that might have missed out pending changes today.
  2. Re: Young GK riser Depends on your budget and rating requirements (given that GK are never unavailable it seems, 2nd or 3rd keepers are just for rising and selling tbh) but I'd say Jan Oblak of Benfica is a good investment. 21yrs old, superb season for Benfica (who narrowly missed out on domestic and European clean sweep) and just 86 rated. He's a shoe in for a +2 to 88 imo and almost certainly will rise further.
  3. Re: Serie A Rating Predictions Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I just hope Italy gets reviewed before England
  4. Re: Serie A Rating Predictions I'm guessing Florenzi is a cert to 90 this time? Or is there any reason to doubt this will happen? I'm weighing up a player + cash trade for Eriksen but Florenzi is the only player I've got who is dispensible in any way and looking at his stats and Roma's performance I'm assuming a rise.
  5. Re: The New Players Thread Bentaleb continues to be picked for Spurs and seems to have become a regular starter ahead of a fit Capoue and Sigurdsson in a team that has picked up 16 out of 18 points in the league. He didn't look great in the cup game against Arsenal, but then again none of the spurs midfield did that day. The best feature of his game that I noticed was that he's very calm under pressure and picks out the right pass, but I think he needs to work on his movement in the attacking third as too often he lets the opponents cut off the passing angle into him when other players are in posession. It's far too early to know whether he's got the potential to be a 90+ player but at the moment he's doing everything right for a rise to the mid 80's at the end of the season.
  6. Re: English Premiership Rating Predictions Bendtner has his own SM database in which he's rated 102.
  7. Re: English Premiership Rating Predictions I'd roughly agree with those Arsenal changes but who knows whether SM will be a little cautious ahead of likely elimination in the CL against Bayern and a tougher end to the season (Liverpool, Chelsea, Everton, Spurs all away). I think SM might save the 50/50 risers until season end.
  8. Re: English Premiership Rating Predictions Speaking as someone who signed Neymar as soon as he hit the database, I can tell you that his rise was certainly not meteoric. If anything it felt a little slow considering the strides he was making in the league and National team. In fact, when I initially quit SM about 18 months ago he still wasn't of the level where he was making my subs bench... for Grimsby! These things take time, SM gets it right in the end faaaar more than other football games out there.
  9. Re: English Premiership Rating Predictions The SM rating system is slow but effective. Yeah, I'd argue that Adnan probably should have got a bigger rise based on his influence and growing status as a first team starter but... 90? Hell, he's only played a handful of games and if Man Utd had been playing as a team as well as they did under Fergie his performances would not have stood out as much as they do now. Barkley is a tough one, but considering he's played about less games than Townsend in the top level, and about as many (less impressive) England appearances, it's faaar too soon to be talking 89 or more. 88 is debateable. Despite the schedules and ad-hoc update changes, it's still very much the case that SM rewards consistency over time rather than ZOMG NEW SUPERSTAR hype that surrounds some players. It's far harsher to rate a player highly, then drop them down if they're overhyped, than it is simply to increase them slowly as they prove themselves week-in-week-out.
  10. Re: The New Players Thread Yup, Bentaleb started for Spurs against Arsenal in the FA Cup, which was probably a bad idea (especially in a pseudo 4 man midfield away from home) but he played very well in his previous substitute appearances since Sherwood took the manager post. As Sherwood was previously heavily involved in the youth set-up it's pretty clear he must rate Bentaleb if he's thrown him into games like that so quickly. Shaquille Coulthirst is actually regarded pretty well at Spurs but I doubt he's worth picking up straight away unless you're willing to take a gamble.
  11. Re: andros townsend Townsend might only be grabbing headlines now but he's been putting in displays similar to this for years in the reserves and on the odd chances he's been given a run out in League Cup or Europa matches. I'm a Lennon fan, but Andros delivers more consistent end product and decisions. Where Lennon crosses the ball when he's in position, Townsend waits until his team-mates are in position before playing the ball. One of the more contentious parts of his game is his shooting, which it could be argued he does too often. Still, by always threatening to shoot he does give defenders more to worry about than simply 'getting to the byline'. Time will tell whether he's a 90+ player but I can see him getting to 89 before the end of the season IF he doesn't lose form. If he does, then there is unbelievable competition in Lennon and Lamela both waiting for their opportunity. Being versatile, Townsend can also play on the left (as he has done plenty of times before in Spurs reserve games).
  12. Re: English Premiership Rating Predictions 2012/13
  13. Re: Stadium Building This thread still going eh? My Grimsby in EC1548 are still plodding along winning 5 x Division 1 titles in the last 6 seasons, including 1 perfect (won all domestic and European trophies) season, £150m-£200m in the bank and a total squad of about 130 players to buy/sell in order to pay wages of first teamers... Still playing in 22,900 capacity stadium though. Hasn't seen an increase in a long time so I guess that's as far as it'll go. Similar to others, I'd love to have a smaller squad of about 50-60 players and a stadium big enough to at least partially cover wages but at the moment I'm forced to MEGASQUAD my way to continued success. Not only is this a pain in the ass for me, but it also means that other teams find it harder to compete as I have to hog all the talent for future sell value.
  14. Re: 352 is not effective anymore ?!?! I agree that it's not as effective (or so it seems). I usually (last 5/6 seasons) win the league and most cups with my Grimsby side playing 3-5-2. Last season, about 2/3 of the way through, it suddenly seemed to lose it's magic - and not in the usual 'dodgy streak' kind of way. I lost a significant lead to a lower av rating team playing 4-3-3 wingers and continued to experience dodgy results at the start of this season. After 5-6 seasons of dominance with 3-5-2 I think it might be time to look elsewhere...
  15. Re: Iago Falque Well, he's on loan at Southampton at the moment and has played just 56 minutes of a 2-0 loss to Leicester. He performed quite well in the Europa for us though.
  16. Re: Oxlade chamberlaine There's no reason why... I dunno... about 50 other young players couldn't get 94 either - but the odds are hugely stacked against them developing their talent that far. Nani got his 93 after a season where he was playing out of his skin, scoring goals from all angles and looking like a threat whenever he got the ball. He was also playing for the top side in England and a genuine CL contender. OK, since that season he's looked no better than a 91 rated player but at least he's got SOME justification for getting that high. The fact that Nani hasn't pushed on from that season to become one of the world's top players shows just how hard it is - and why 94 for Ox is a very, very long shot at this stage in his development.
  17. Re: Some interesting player ratings which surprise me... Nani could well be in for a drop back to 92. Gomez will reach 94 by the end of the season if his form continues. Could have got it last time, but you have to remember that he probably deserved a drop after his first season with Bayern but SM (wisely) decided to see how it would play out in the long run. Falcao is at a upper-midtable team and only his first season in a genuinely top league. Should get 92 by the end of the season if form continues. Hart is probably the most consistent 'keeper in the Premiership at the moment and statistically the best last season. Deserves his rating. Lloris would have probably got a rise if Lyon had maintained their position as the top club in France but fragility of their defence in the last couple of seasons hasn't helped him. Sure, he's been their saviour on a number of occassions but you also have to look at doubts raised over his ability to marshall a defence and command his area. It's not all about shot stopping. Hazard, for the reasons listed above. Probably on for a 92 in the near future but his age, national team and league counts against him slightly. Maybe SM had their fingers slightly burned with Gourcuff skyrocketing after 1.5 decent seasons? Definitely a future 92/93+ player though.
  18. Re: Oxlade chamberlaine 94 would make him one of the top 3 or 4 wingers in the world. Speculation is fine but that... is massive overhyping. 86/87 in the next changes, with 88 possible by the end of the season if he continues to play regularly at the level he's doing now. Based on the talent he's showing now, his physical attributes and technique I'd say he's a great bet for 90/91 in the next 2 years. Anything above that would require him to continue to develop his game in the way that other players (such as Walcott) have struggled to do past a certain level.
  19. Re: Do Goalkeepers ever get injured??? Yup, never seen it. Don't get injured, don't get sent off, don't suffer excessive fatigue - there is no reason why anyone would rotate their keeper unless they're unhappy... and I don't tend to see that happening either.
  20. Re: Rating Analysis of the Big Leagues The big difference between real life performance and SM ratings is the manager. Fergie knows how to get the best out of players that would look ordinary at other clubs - players such as Fletcher. I think it's entirely fair to say that Utd don't have the best squad in the Premier League but they are battling for the title because SAF is in charge.
  21. Re: English Ratings Review Absolutely. For Walker to be rated higher than Corluka after one season (Villa and Spurs) of regular top flight football isn't what SM does. Corluka has years of good top-flight performances before this season and has played regularly at international level for Croatia. Walker has been good this season, but is still making progress. He's improving steadily in terms of his defensive awareness and positioning, which was sorely lacking in some of his early appearances this season. I don't think SM want to 'do a Glen Johnson' and bump him up too quickly into the low 90's without seeing him perform constantly at club and international level. My prediction is that Walker will be 89 at the end of the season but I don't think Corluka will slip to 88 just yet. As with the World Cup, the Euro's might well be a big factor in the ratings that players achieve early next season (see Coentrao for a good example). If Corluka fails to impress on the big stage then he'll be dropping again for sure.
  22. Re: English Ratings Review Lots of people on here need to realise that SM rewards consistency over time far more than form over a few months. Modric hasn't been as good as last season, but last season he was playing well above 92 level. This season he was poor in a couple of early matches but has still put in some of the best performances seen in a Spurs shirt against Liverpool, Villa and Bolton - where he was exceptional. Add in the fact that he's been a consistent part of a team in 3rd place (who have no players rated over 92) and you've got your 93 reasoning. Overall, his consistency over the last 3-4 years (and time at Zagreb) is what has earned him his rating - not the last half a season on it's own.
  23. Re: Szczesny Arsenal Kepper Good shot stopper but some of his saves look better than they are because his positioning isn't great, so he has to move more to make the stop. Certainly shouldn't be getting to 90 yet.
  24. Re: Brazil Série A Rating Predictions I think Nem might get a little higher, maybe 82/83. Getting named 'revelation of the season' should certainly help his cause.
  25. Re: Bernd Leno - 79 rated GK talent So, who is the biggest young GK talent in Germany? Leno? Ter-Stegen? Zieler?
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