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  1. Confirmed Transfers Ben White, Brighton > Arsenal (£50 million) Marc Guehi, Chelsea > Crystal Palace (£18 million) Lukas Nmecha, Man. City > Wolfsburg (£11 million) Michael Olise, Reading > Crystal Palace (£8 million) Ben Wilmot, Watford > Stoke City (£2 million) Ajani Burchall, Bournemouth > Aston Villa (Undisclosed) Felix Nmecha, Man. City > Wolfsburg (Free) Conor Gallagher, Chelsea > Crystal Palace (Loan) Billy Gilmour, Chelsea > Norwich City (Loan) Sam McCallum, Norwich > QPR (Loan) Close to Completion Transfer Rumours (First Team) Max Aarons, Norwich > Spurs Aaron Ramsdale, Sheffield United > Arsenal (£30 million) Tosin Adarabioyo, Fulham > Newcastle Todd Cantwell, Norwich > Aston Villa (£40 million) Dwight McNeil, Burnley > Aston Villa/Everton Josh Maja, Bordeaux > Middlesbrough (Loan) Transfer Rumours (Reserves) Rabbi Matondo, Schalke > Stoke (Loan) Michael Obafemi, Southampton > Swansea Lewis Ferguson, Aberdeen > Rangers Transfer Rumours (Youth Team) Brennan Johnson, Nottingham Forest > Brentford Teden Mengi, Manchester United > Derby County (Loan) Liam Delap, Manchester City > Stoke City (Loan) Transfer Updates The big news is that Ben White (87) has got a huge move to Arsenal for £50 million. It's beyond the fee that Man. United paid for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, making him the most expensive HJK player ever. It should result in him playing regularly for Arsenal, and it shouldn't be too long before he's pushing a rating of 89 and above and really helping to establish a top quality back four. With Wan-Bissaka, White and Reece James we surely have three defenders who can push us towards a title challenge in the long-term. Marc Guehi (82) has also got himself a big move to a Premier League club, as he's permanently joined Crystal Palace on a fee worth £18 million. For a fee of that size, he should find his way into Palace's side next season and with that we hope a rating increase to around 85 or so come the first review of next season. He's another one that in the long-term we feel has the potential to be part of a defence that could be challenging for the Division 1 title. Another move to Crystal Palace, is their loan signing of HJK player Conor Gallagher (85). We're hoping Gallagher's able to play regularly at a club that has more success than his loan club for last season, West Brom. If he can stay out of a relegation battle and play regularly, then we could be looking at a rating increase next season, and he'll begin to apply some more pressure on Tom Davies and Todd Cantwell for a regular starting place. Felix Nmecha (73) has also made a permanent move, by joining his brother Lukas Nmecha (86) at Wolfsburg. With his contract ending at Man. City, it represents some good business for Wolfsburg, and we're hopeful that he can have some sort of first-team action for them next season. Also worth noting, is the media speculation linking Aaron Ramsdale (85) to Arsenal and Todd Cantwell (86) to Aston Villa. It seems that Arsenal's interest in Ramsdale is pretty clear, but Sheffield United are holding pretty firm with their stance that they want £30 million for him to go. We're certainly hopeful this move will come off, even though we don't think it'd be the best business for Arsenal. Todd Cantwell seems to be being lined up as a potential replacement for Jack Grealish, should he go to Man. City, with the talk being that Norwich are holding out for £40 million for him. Again, it's a move we'd certainly be happy with, as we'd certainly want both Aarons and Cantwell to be joining clubs that have a more solid foundation in the Premier League.
  2. Transfers In ST: Adam Idah (78) In comes a relatively notable addition, in Adam Idah. Idah's been on the scene at Norwich for some time now, and is a rare internal signing from Division 5 Bengaluru. His last season at Norwich was relatively disappointing, as injury restricted him to just 17 games and 3 goals in their promotion winning season. I do think that he could be used for them in the Premier League though, even if it's mainly as a substitute and a squad player and he's someone that's rated really highly long-term by both Norwich and Ireland. He's got 7 caps already for Ireland, and is regarded more highly for them then Michael Obafemi who we have on the books at the club. It's far from guaranteed to work out, and we might find that his progress stalls, and at a rating of 78 that might result in him moving on from us, but I think it's a gamble that could work out and he could be someone that ends up playing regularly in the Premier League and could well be rated 82 by the end of the season if things work out. ST: Ademipo Odubeko (70) It's always difficult to assess players before they've made that jump to professional football, but it's what we've got to with the nature of the setup being so competitive. We need to find players who are going to make our first team in the long-term and your standard Championship regulars aren't necessarily going to do that. We've gambled on 18 year old Adempio Odubeko, who currently plays up front for West Ham U23's. Internationally, he's currently playing for Ireland but is in an international tug of war between Ireland, Nigeria and England. He played twice for West Ham last season, both times in the FA Cup, and has been very impressive for their U23 side. In 9 games, he managed to score 10 goals as well as getting a further assist and winning 2 penalties. In all, only Liam Delap scored more goals per game then him, and as a result he's been involved plenty in pre-season for West Ham alongside fellow HJK youngster Jamal Baptiste. If he's someone that might get a few opportunities for them over the course of the season, whether it be in the league, cup competitions or in the Europa League, I definitely think it's a gamble worth taking. He seems to know where the back of the net is, and a couple of goals for West Ham will dramatically increase his value. AM: James Mcatee (70) We're only in with a one in two chance of signing James Mcatee, having had a bid accepted for the attacking midfielder, but are hopeful that he'll be another one to come through the door at HJK. Mcatee's another we're trying to sign on the back of his record at youth level, with him having just had an impressive season with Man. City U23's. Last season he scored seven goals, and assisted a further seven, which saw only fellow HJK prospect Tommy Doyle assist more goals than him. At just 18, he's got plenty of time to develop and get opportunities at Man. City, and even if isn't to come at Man. City then we believe he's got the talent to excel in professional football and be an asset for us in time. Lukas Nmecha's recent season at Anderlecht has shown that you don't need to be making it there, to be successful and to force your way in to our starting line up. RB/DM: Fin Stevens (70) Another one through the door is Fin Stevens, who's only recently turned 18. Stevens is a product of the Brentford B team system, having joined them from Worthing last season and featured five times for the Championship club as they earned promotion to the Premier League. In his appearances for Brentford, he featured at both right-back and in holding midfield as he showed his versatility. He's also earned two caps for Wales U21's, and is seen as one of the top prospects for the national side moving forward. Generally speaking, Brentford fans are very surprised at just how young he is, and Thomas Frank has plenty of faith in him, so we're hopeful that he can continue to play the odd appearance for Brentford in cup competitions. GK: Dan Barden (70) It's always a gamble with a young goalkeeper, as by having to sign them before their 22, you're often signing players without a proven track record of performing consistenlty in professional football. That's the case with our new goalkeeping recruit Dan Barden, who despite playing four times for Norwich last season, establishing himself as the first choice goalkeeper for Wales U21 and earning a loan move to SPL club Livingston this summer might have to wait sometime before playing regular professional football. We expect him to be largely second choice at Livingston this season, but that is fairly normal for a goalkeeper of his age, and we think that he's got the potential to be a top goalkeeper in a few years time. We're having to wait a little more patiently with goalkeeping prospects, but do have the security blanket of having an establish goalkeeper in Aaron Ramsdale who's making England squad and has a strong rating, so we're able to take our time with bringing in prospects that may eventually be able to eclipse him. Transfers Out LW: Mikey Johnstone (80) One we're disappointed to have to let go is Mikey Johnstone, who just hasn't progressed in the last few seasons. He's got talented, but it's been marred by injury up until now, and after another injury in pre-season for Celtic recently we've decided to let go of him. I just think it's going to take him some time before his career really starts going in Scotland, and even then if that is to happen it'll take a long time for his rating to reflect that improvement. I just think long-term it's going to be a very hard ask for him to fight his way back in to first-team plans ahead of players younger than him, who are rated 6 or 7 ratings higher and in order to bring in new young blood who might be able to make it in a few years time we've had to let him go. CM: Marcus Tavernier (80) In a similar position to Johnstone, even though he's been playing regularly for Middlesbrough and has retained his fitness. It's going to be another season for Tavernier at Middlesbrough, and at 22 and with younger players rated significantly ahead of him, I'm not sure how much more time we can invest into him. I think realistically, in the next couple of years, I struggle to see him moving beyond an 82 rating and it just isn't quite what we need at the club. We need players who in the long-term have the potential to reach ratings of 85 and above, and I just don't really see that happening for Marcus, so we've decided to let him go and give younger blood a chance. RW: Arvin Appiah (78) Another one we've let go is Arvin Appiah, after a really disappointing season in Liga Adelante. Despite joining Almeria for big money, he's not kicked on there, and last season saw him feature just twice for the club, with him playing most of his games for Almeria B in the third tier and at second tier Lugo on loan. He's not particularly impressed for either, and hasn't come close to justifying the fee that Almeria invested on him. With little progress being made, and his future career swamped with uncertainty, we've decided to cut our losses on him and free up space for someone like Adam Idah, who have a lot more assurance will have some part to play in a top tier club in England next season.
  3. This is how we predicted our strong side would be shaping up now, at this point last season. We've got some things right, but others have fallen off for a variety of reasons. We were spot on with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Reece James, Dwight McNeil, Todd Cantwell and David Brooks. We were pretty close with both Dan James, Ben White and Ebe Eze, all of which are one rating below what we predicted and all of which could have been argued for higher. We were just the one rating off for Josh Maja and Jamal Lewis as well, but both of their current ratings are fair and neither did as well as we'd have hoped for last season. Aaron Ramsdale is the main disappointment from our predictions. Sheffield United in general didn't have as good a season as we hoped, which has definitely negatively impacted his rating. At the time of the prediction we were hoping for another solid mid-table season for Sheffield United, which obviously was a long way from happening. Overall though he's fresh off a place in England's squad at the Euros, and linked with a move with Arsenal so it's not all doom and gloom. We were spot on with our predictions for Chris Mepham, Antonee Robinson and Conor Gallagher but on the whole we were some way off on this prediction, with some of the second side harder to predict. The main disappointments here are Mark Travers and Nathan Ferguson, who are both significantly lower then we'd hoped for. Travers had started the season as Bournemouth number one, but after a couple of weeks was replaced by Asmir Begovic which really hindered his season. We're still keeping faith with him for now, and hoping that he develops a little later on his career like most good goalkeepers do. The other one in Nathan Ferguson was equally disappointing, but entirely due to an injury which prevented him from playing at all last season after his move to Crystal Palace. We had some marginal dissapointments, with Max Aarons failing to get a move from Norwich which meant he was one rating lower than we'd hoped. Steven Alzate and Aaron Connolly didn't get enough game time at Brighton, so are two ratings lower than predicted, whilst Jayden Bogle didn't feature enough for Sheffield United and their disappointing season didn't help him either. Rabbi Matondo isn't nearly at the level we'd have hoped at this stage, with a very disappointing season at Schalke, he had a slightly better loan spell at Stoke but he's not really where we want him to be in terms of what he's producing in goals and assists. Then there's the positive news of Matty Cash, who's two ratings higher than we'd have thought at this stage after a very successful season at Aston Villa. Predicted Ratings - End of the 2020/21 Season First Team Ramsdale (85) Wan-Bissaka (90) - R. James (91) - White (89) - Lewis (86) Cash (88) - Cantwell (87) - Eze (88) - McNeil (88) D. James (88) Nmecha (88) Second Team Travers (77) Aarons (87) - Rodon (87) - Guehi (87) - Robinson (85) Davies (86) - Dasilva (86) Brooks (87) - Gallagher (86) - Olise (86) Maja (85) There's some
  4. Confirmed Transfers Lukas Nmecha, Man. City > Wolfsburg (£11 million) Michael Olise, Reading > Crystal Palace (£8 million) Billy Gilmour, Chelsea > Norwich City (Loan) Ben Wilmot, Watford > Stoke City (£2 million) Sam McCallum, Norwich > QPR (Loan) Ajani Burchall, Bournemouth > Aston Villa (Undisclosed) Felix Nmecha, Man. City > Free Agent (End of Contract) Close to Completion Ben White, Brighton > Arsenal (£50 million) Marc Guehi, Chelsea > Crystal Palace (£15 million) Transfer Rumours (First Team) Max Aarons, Norwich > Spurs Aaron Ramsdale, Sheffield United > Arsenal Tosin Adarabioyo, Fulham > Newcastle Todd Cantwell, Norwich > Aston Villa Conor Gallagher, Chelsea > Crystal Palace (Loan) Dwight McNeil, Burnley > Aston Villa Josh Maja, Bordeaux > Middlesbrough (Loan) Transfer Rumours (Reserves) Rabbi Matondo, Schalke > Stoke (Loan) Michael Obafemi, Southampton > Swansea Lewis Ferguson, Aberdeen > Rangers Transfer Rumours (Youth Team) Brennan Johnson, Nottingham Forest > Brentford Teden Mengi, Manchester United > Derby County (Loan) Liam Delap, Manchester City > Preston (Loan) Update Lukas Nmecha (86) has joined Wolfsburg for £11 million, with Man. City retaining a sell-on fee and a buy back clause. We're going to hope that he features far more for their side than he did a couple of seasons ago, and we've got every reason to believe that he will given the reputation he's developed in Europe from his season at Anderlecht and his successful Euro U21's tournament this summer. They're also in a position where they've committed decent money to signing him, so are likely to give him a fairer chance then they did when he was on loan their. It's ultimately a move for him to a top five league, which is where we want all of our first teamers playing regularly, and we're hopeful he can play regularly in the Bundesliga and the Champions League which would help his rating to increase further. Ben White (87) has earned himself a likely big move to Arsenal, with a fee of £50 million being agreed between Brighton and Arsenal. With that sort of fee, he's going to have to be a regular for Arsenal next season which should see him rated 89 before too long. It's a great move for us, and his future prospects and we're very happy with it. Marc Guehi (82) is reportedly very close to joining Crystal Palace for around £15 million, with Chelsea retaining a buy-back clause. With plenty of players being released at Palace over the summer such as Scott Dann and Gary Cahill, Guehi will be a starter for Crystal Palace next season and again this move is going to be great for his future rating. I think before long he'll be rated 85, and be knocking on the first team door for us. Brennan Johnson (76) has had a bid for him turned down by his club Nottingham Forest, from Brentford. Brentford bid £3.5 million, with Forest wanting somewhere in the region of £8-10 million. I'm not sure he'll end up at Brentford, but it's good for his prospects that they want him, and are willing to spend decent money for him. If Forest keep hold of him, I'd expect him to be a strong part of their first team plans, and if he's able to establish himself as a regular at the club he should be looking at a rating above 80 before long.
  5. Transfers In Morgan Gibbs-White (82) Transfers Out Jayden Bogle (83) - 3 games, 0 goals, 0 assists Jayson Molumby (82) - 0 games Transfer Update We've made a double swap, letting go of both Jayden Bogle (83) and Jayson Molumby (82) in exchange for Morgan Gibbs-White. On the face of it, it's a very unfavourable deal for us with us losing two players of an equal or greater rating for just the one in Gibbs-White. Gibbs-White is also older than Jayden Bogle, and all have only recently been reviewed. I'm happy with the deal though, as I do think that Gibbs-White has the highest ceiling, even though it doesn't appear obvious. Jayden Bogle is also in a position at right-back where he's never going to get a game for us again, he's just not going to be on the level of Matty Cash, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Max Aarons or Reece James and I fully expect him to spend at least the next year with Sheffield United in the Championship and staying with a pretty static rating. He may well go on to be a Premier League right-back, but it matters for little if he doesn't make a first team impact for us. Also, with Jayson Molumby, he didn't have the most impressive loan spell at Preston and I wouldn't be expect him to be a part of Brighton's first team squad next season. I expect him to have another loan in the Championship, and whilst it might be a successful one, I've got a feeling with Molumby that he's going to have a few more Championship loan spells without having particular success at any of them. If that's the case then I can see him staying at an 82 rating for some time. Then it comes to Gibbs-White, who I think has the potential to go on to be a good Premier League player. He was starting to get a bit of a run in the Wolves side towards the end of the season, and whilst it wasn't enough for a rating increase or any guarantees of game time for next season I feel like he's someone who can make that step up and push on at Premier League level. I think in our side as well, he's more likely than either of the other two players to eventually make that step up in to the first side which is what all this is ultimately about. We've also reduced the squad cap, and have managed to free up some space for us to bring in some younger talent that can hopefully make the step up in to the first team squad in time. We're more than happy to make deals like this happen, and let go of more than one reserve player in exchange for another one more talented and we're actively pursuing some more deals to do so which could see players like Michael Obafemi, Ben Wilmot & Rabbi Matondo move on in similar fashion.
  6. Player Records Update Most League Appearances: 1. Aaron Wan-Bissaka - 268 appearances 2. David Brooks - 237 appearances 3. Chris Mepham - 223 appearances 4. Jamal Lewis - 217 appearances 5. Daniel James - 198 appearances 6. Reece James - 171 appearances 7. Dwight McNeil - 167 appearances 8. Bailey Peacock-Farrell - 153 appearances 9. Aaron Ramsdale - 148 appearances 10. Josh Maja - 121 appearances Most League Goals: 1. Daniel James - 54 goals 2. David Brooks - 39 goals 3. Josh Maja - 34 goals 4. Adalberto Penaranda - 32 goals 5. Keinan Davis - 28 goals 6. Patrick Roberts - 25 goals 7. Joao Carvalho - 23 goals 8. Todd Cantwell - 18 goals 9. Matty Cash - 17 goals 10. Dwight McNeil - 15 goals Most League Assists: 1. Daniel James - 74 assists 2. Adalberto Penaranda - 38 assists 3. David Brooks - 32 assists 4. Josh Maja - 27 assists 5. Joao Carvalho - 24 assists 6. Patrick Roberts - 22 assists 7. Dwight McNeil - 20 assists 8. Keinan Davis - 17 assists 9. Todd Cantwell - 17 assist 10. Andre Green - 15 assists Aaron Wan-Bissaka is some distance clear as the HJK player with the most appearances, and the first players to reach 250 appearances for the club. There shouldn't be much getting in his way from playing every league game he's fit for, as he's made that right back spot his own and Reece James has the ability to play centre-back. A lot of the current first team have now established themselves in the top ten appearances for the club, with only Bailey Peacock-Farrell holding a spot in the top ten who's since moved on. Dan James is some way clear as the clubs all time top scorer, and was the first player to reach 50 goals for the club as he hunts down the 100 goal mark. Josh Maja has leapfrogged a lot of former leading marksmen for the club, and is now third in the standings behind just James and David Brooks. Not too many of the current side have a particularly impressive number though, and we're hoping to have more goal contributions from the likes of Dwight McNeil next season who's struggled in front of goal. Dan James is a mile ahead of anyone else as the leading assister, as he now nearly has double the amount of assists as second placed Adalaberto Penaranda with a very impressive 74. Brooks, Maja, McNeil and Cantwell all also feature in the top ten, but formers players Penaranda, Carvalho, Patrick Roberts, Keinan Davis and Andre Green all still feature in the clubs top ten.
  7. Confirmed Transfers Michael Olise, Reading > Crystal Palace (£8 million) Billy Gilmour, Chelsea > Norwich City (Loan) Ben Wilmot, Watford > Stoke City (£2 million) Sam McCallum, Norwich > QPR (Loan) Ajani Burchall, Bournemouth > Aston Villa (Undisclosed) Felix Nmecha, Man. City > Free Agent (End of Contract) Transfer Rumours (First Team) Max Aarons, Norwich > Spurs Ben White, Brighton > Arsenal/Everton Aaron Ramsdale, Sheffield United > Arsenal Tosin Adarabioyo, Fulham > Newcastle Todd Cantwell, Norwich > Aston Villa Conor Gallagher, Chelsea > Crystal Palace Dwight McNeil, Burnley > Aston Villa Lukas Nmecha, Man. City > Porto Josh Maja, Bordeaux > Middlesbrough (Loan) Transfer Rumours (Reserves) Rabbi Matondo, Schalke > Stoke (Loan) Michael Obafemi, Southampton > Swansea Lewis Ferguson, Aberdeen > Rangers Transfer Rumours (Youth Team) Teden Mengi, Manchester United > Derby County (Loan) Liam Delap, Manchester City > Millwall (Loan) Update There's been three transfers since the last update, and both are very much positive pieces of news. The main one being Michael Olise's step up to the Premier League, with his £8 million move to Crystal Palace. We think, especially with Ebe Eze's injury, that he'll be playing regularly for them in the top flight which will be huge for his development and his potential rating increase. Sam McCallum's joined QPR on loan for the season from Norwich, it's an opportunity to show he's good enough to play regularly for an established Championship club. How well he does at QPR will probably decide for us whether he's in our long-term plans, or whether he'll be one to let go of. The other news, is Aston Villa's signing of Ajani Burchall after his contract at Bournemouth expired. He's definitely one for the long-term future, but we're hopeful that him joining a top academy can aid his development and our investment in him will pay off in the next few years.
  8. Full Internationals Daniel James (Wales) - 24 caps, 4 goals David Brooks (Wales) - 21 caps, 1 goal Chris Mepham (Wales) - 21 caps, 0 goals Jamal Lewis (Northern Ireland) - 20 caps, 0 goals Joe Rodon (Wales) - 18 caps, 0 goals Antonee Robinson (United States) - 12 caps, 0 goals Dara O'Shea (Ireland) - 9 caps, 0 goals Jayson Molumby (Ireland) - 9 caps, 0 goals Reece James (England) - 7 caps, 0 goals Rabbi Matondo (Wales) - 7 caps, 0 goals Aaron Connolly (Ireland) - 6 caps, 0 goals Steven Alzate (Colombia) - 4 caps, 0 goals Billy Gilmour (Scotland) - 3 caps, 0 goals Mark Travers (Ireland) - 3 caps, 0 goals Ben Cabango (Wales) - 3 caps, 0 goals Ben White (England) - 2 caps, 0 goals Josh Maja (Nigeria) - 1 cap, 0 goals Michael Obafemi (Ireland) - 1 cap, 0 goals Owen Otasowie (United States) - 1 cap, 0 goals
  9. Squad Numbers and First-Team Statistics 1. Aaron Ramsdale - 148 games, 0 games, 0 assists, 21 MotM 2. Max Aarons - 114 games, 5 goals, 0 assists, 0 MotM 3. Jamal Lewis - 217 games, 4 goals, 1 assists, 0 MotM 4. Reece James - 171 games, 11 goals, 5 assists, 3 MotM 5. Chris Mepham - 223 games, 12 goals, 1 assist, 6 MotM 6. Tom Davies - 119 games, 12 goals, 10 assists, 4 MotM 7. David Brooks - 237 games, 39 goals, 32 assists, 22 MotM 8. Todd Cantwell - 106 games, 18 goals, 17 assists, 3 MotM 9. Josh Maja - 121 games, 34 goals, 27 assists, 6 MotM 10. Ebere Eze - 80 games, 12 goals, 13 assists, 0 MotM 11. Dwight McNeil - 167 games, 15 goals, 20 assists, 3 MotM 12. Antonee Robinson - 30 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 MotM 14. Rabbi Matondo - 26 games, 8 goals, 8 assists, 2 MotM 15. Josh DaSilva - 4 games, 1 goals, 0 assists, 0 MotM 16. Tosin Adarabioyo - 77 games, 6 goals, 0 assists, 1 MotM 17. Lukas Nmecha - 40 games, 12 goals, 4 assists, 3 MotM 18. Matty Cash - 109 games, 17 goals, 10 assists, 4 MotM 19. Marcus Tavernier - 1 games, 1 goal, 0 assists, 0 MotM 20. Ben Wilmot - 2 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 MotM 21. Daniel James - 198 games, 54 goals, 74 assists, 20 MotM 22. Joe Rodon - 3 game, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 MotM 23. Ben White - 70 games, 2 goals, 0 assists, 0 MotM 24. Michael Obafemi - 1 game, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 MotM 26. Jayden Bogle - 3 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 MotM 27. Dara O'Shea - 1 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 MotM 29. Aaron Wan-Bissaka - 268 games, 13 goals, 8 assists, 10 MotM 30. Steven Alzate - 1 game, 1 goal, 0 assists, 0 MotM 33. Conor Gallagher - 6 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 MotM 47. Billy Gilmour - 2 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 MotM Squad Numbers (Yet to Make a First-Team Appearance) 13. Mark Travers 25. Marc Guehi 28. Lewis Ferguson 31. Sam McAllum 32. Mikey Johnston 34. Andrew Omobamidele 35. Michael Olise 36. Max Bird 37. Niels Nkounkou 38. Jayson Molumby 39. Nathan Ferguson 40. Brennan Johnson 41. Aaron Connolly 42. Ajani Burchall 43. Jonathan Panzo 44. Ben Cabango 45. Jack Clarke 46. Rhys Williams 48. Liam Delap 49. Teden Mengi 50. Jeremy Ngakia 51. Nathan Wood 52. Felix Nmecha 53. Tommy Doyle 54. Owen Otasowie 55. Jamie Bynoe-Gittens 56. Hayden Roberts 75. Jamal Baptiste
  10. Season 8 Player Awards Dan James has won the player of the season award for the fourth consecutive season for the club. He's writing his name in the club's folklore, and has been our best player in front of goals as the club's leading goal scorer and top assister. He managed a total of 25 goal contributions, and had a slightly better average rating than he managed last season. His rating means he's on the verge of not making the strongest eleven, but as it stands there's still a place for him in the side and given his goal returns we'll continue to have him at the centre of our plans. Josh Maja managed to win the top goalscorer award with an impressive 15 goals. It's a significant improvement on his return last season, as he managed 8 goals, and is finally starting to become a prolific player for us after a few seasons leading the line in Division 1 and his rating increase to 85 has helped his form. Lukas Nmecha is now rated higher than Maja, so is likely to lead the line going in to next season. Billy Gilmour won last season's Young Player of the Season award, but he turned 20 this season. Michael Olise was the standout candidate to win the award this season, with his loan spell at Real Esteli in Division 5. Olise managed 21 goal contributions for Real Esteli, as they won promotion to Division 4. He was the third top assister at that level with 13, and we'd expect Olise to make the step up to a higher level in his next loan spell. The most improved player this season didn't have a lot of contenders, with so many of our top squad well established already. Teden Mengi, Owen Otasowie and Brennan Johnson all share the award having each increased their rating by three, but we expect that there's plenty of our side who can get a more significant rating increase next season. Player of the Season: Dan James (37 games, 13 goals, 12 assists, AvP 6.87)Most Goals: Josh Maja (15 goals)Most Assists: Dan James (13 assists)U19's Player of the Season: Michael Olise (33 games, 8 goals, 13 assists, AvP 7.00) [Out on Loan]Most Improved Player of the Season: Brennan Johnson, Teden Mengi, Owen Otasowie, 73 > 76 (+3)
  11. Season 8, Turn 38 - Update We've finished our eighth season with HJK, and have achieved our aim of breaking our highest points total in a Division 1 season, as overall we had our most successful campaign as manager. We're starting to establish ourselves as a top ten Division 1 club, and weren't too far off the places above us in the league. We've had a strong season, and we've got a strong squad that I'm confident in. In the last few seasons, the first priority has been to stay up in the Division, but now we do have a confidence about us in staying in the division and we want to be pushing for as high up the table as possible. It's going to take some time, but I think long-term we can win trophies and push for the title. It's been particularly a pleasing season in terms of scoring goals, as in previous seasons nobody managed to get to double figures for the club. This season Josh Maja scored 15 goals, and Dan James scored 13 goals as both led the attack for the club. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Reece James both had particularly good seasons for the club defensively. Division 1 League Table 6. Barcelona SC (62 points) 7. Hapoel Be'er Sheva (61 points) 8. HJK (59 points) 9. Mamelodi Sundowns (55 points) UNAC Cup: Round 3 UNAC Shield: Round 4 Clubs Top Scorers: Maja (15 goals), D. James (13 goals), Nmecha (7 goals), Brooks (4 goals) Clubs Top Assists: James (12 assists), Maja (7 assists), Brooks (7 assists), McNeil (6 assists) Top Average Performances: Alzate (7.00), Wan-Bissaka (6.98), D. James (6.87), R. James (6.87)
  12. Season 8, Turn 36 - Update We're coming to the close of our eight season at HJK, and again chasing and breaking plenty of our own records. We've equaled our highest points total in a Division 1 season with 56, and a draw in either of our final two games will see us beat that record. We're also looking in a strong position for an 8th placed finish, which will match our previous highest total, although we're still in with a chance of catching 7th placed Hapoel. In terms of individual records, Josh Maja has smashed our goals record for a single campaign in a Division 1 season with 15. The previous highest was Dan James last season with 8 goals. Maja has the most goals for us in a single season since Adalaberto Penaranda scored 17 goals in our Division 4 winning campaign. Dan James again has provided more assists than any other HJK player with 13, it's his fifth consecutive season with the most assists for the club. We've general disappointed in the cups, but I think with the strength in depth that we've got, we're in a position to push for them long-term. Hopefully next season is the season we can turn it around in that respect, and we'll be aiming for at a place in the Semi-Final in one of the competitions. Division 1 League Table 6. Universidad de Chile (61 points) 7. Hapoel Be'er Sheva (58 points) 8. HJK (56 points) 9. Mamelodi Sundowns (52 points) UNAC Cup: Round 3 UNAC Shield: Round 4 Clubs Top Scorers: Maja (15 goals), D. James (13 goals), Nmecha (6 goals), Brooks (4 goals) Clubs Top Assists: James (12 assists), Maja (7 assists), Brooks (7 assists), McNeil (6 assists) Top Average Performances: Alzate (7.00), Wan-Bissaka (6.98), D. James (6.86), R. James (6.86)
  13. Confirmed Transfers Billy Gilmour, Chelsea > Norwich City (Loan) Ben Wilmot, Watford > Stoke City (£2 million) Felix Nmecha, Man. City > Free Agent (End of Contract) Ajani Burchall, Bournemouth > Free Agent (End of Contract) Transfer Rumours (First Team) Max Aarons, Norwich > Spurs Ben White, Brighton > Arsenal/Everton Aaron Ramsdale, Sheffield United > Arsenal Tosin Adarabioyo, Fulham > Newcastle Todd Cantwell, Norwich > Aston Villa Conor Gallagher, Chelsea > Crystal Palace Dwight McNeil, Burnley > Aston Villa Lukas Nmecha, Man. City > Porto Josh Maja, Bordeaux > Middlesbrough (Loan) Transfer Rumours (Reserves) Michael Olise, Reading > Leeds Rabbi Matondo, Schalke > Stoke (Loan) Michael Obafemi, Southampton > Swansea Lewis Ferguson, Aberdeen > Rangers Transfer Rumours (Youth Team) Teden Mengi, Manchester United > Derby County (Loan) Liam Delap, Manchester City > Millwall (Loan)
  14. Squad Depth First Team GK: Ramsdale (85) CB: White (87), Mepham (85), Adarabioyo (85), Rodon (85) RB: Wan-Bissaka (90), R. James (90), Cash (88), Aarons (86) LB: Lewis (86), Robinson (85) CM: Davies (86), Cantwell (86), Gallagher (85) AM: Brooks (87), Eze (87) WF: McNeil (88), James (87) ST: L. Nmecha (86), Maja (85) Ramsdale (85) Wan-Bissaka (90) - R. James (90) - White (87) - Lewis (86) Cash (88) - Cantwell (86) - Eze (87) - McNeil (88) James (87) Nmecha (86) Reserves GK: Travers (76) CB: O'Shea (83), Guehi (82), Wilmot (82), Panzo (82), R. Williams (82) RB: Bogle (83), Ferguson (80) LB: McCallum (78) CM: DaSilva (83), Alzate (83), Molumby (82), Ferguson (82), Gilmour (82) AM: Olise (83), Tavernier (80) WF: Matondo (83), Johnston (80) ST: Connolly (83), Obafemi (82) Travers (76) Bogle (83) - O'Shea (83) - Guehi (82) - DaSilva (83) Alzate (83) - Molumby (82) - Ferguson (82) Matondo (83) - Obafemi (82) - Connolly (83) Youth Team GK: CB: Cabango (80), Mengi (76), Roberts (73), Baptiste (67), Wood (67), Omobamidele (65) RB: Ngakia (78) LB: Nkounkou (76) CM: Bird (80), Otasowie (76), Doyle (73) AM: Johnson (76), F. Nmecha (73) WF: Clarke (77), Bynoe-Gittens (67), Burchall (65) ST: Delap (76) GK Cabango (80) - Mengi (76) - Roberts (73) Ngakia (78) - Otasowie (76) - Bird (80) - Nkounkou (76) Clarke (77) - B. Johnson (76) Delap (76)
  15. Rating Predictions Premier League Reece James, 89 > 90 (90) Dwight McNeil, 87 > 88 (88) Matty Cash, 87 > 88 (88) Ebe Eze, 86 > 87 (87) Daniel James, 87 > 87/88 (87) Ben White, 86 > 87 (87) Lukas Nmecha, 84 > 85 (86) Joe Rodon, 83 > 84 (85) Conor Gallagher, 83 > 84 (85) Marc Guehi, 82 > 83 (82) Rhys Williams, 80 > 82 (82) Billy Gilmour, 80 > 82 (82) Owen Otasowie, 73 > 75 (76) Teden Mengi, 73 > 75 (76) Haydon Roberts, 70 > 73 (73) Andrew Omobamidele, 65 > 73 Championship Tosin Adarabioyo, 83 > 84 (85) Antonee Robinson, 83 > 83 (85) Ben Cabango, 80 > 82
  16. Rating Predictions Premier League Reece James, 89 > 90 Dwight McNeil, 87 > 88 (88) Matty Cash, 87 > 88 (88) Ebe Eze, 86 > 87 (87) Daniel James, 87 > 87/88 Ben White, 86 > 87 (87) Lukas Nmecha, 84 > 85 Joe Rodon, 83 > 84 Conor Gallagher, 83 > 84 Marc Guehi, 82 > 83 Rhys Williams, 80 > 82 Billy Gilmour, 80 > 82 Owen Otasowie, 73 > 75 (76) Teden Mengi, 73 > 75 Andrew Omobamidele, 65 > 73 Championship Tosin Adarabioyo, 83 > 84 (85) Antonee Robinson, 83 > 83 (85) Ben Cabango, 80 > 82
  17. Rating Changes Dwight McNeil, 87 > 88 It's what we expected, and definitely deserved but very good news for us nonetheless. He's a player we've had since he was 70 rated, and he's now one of just the third player to reach the rating of 88. For him to get any higher than this rating he's going to have to move on from Burnley, and we're hopeful of that this summer, but for the time being we've got a rating increase that will help us to compete more with the top clubs in the division. Ben White, 86 > 87 I think this is unlucky for White, after making the England squad I'd have hoped for an increase to 88. I'm not too concerned though, as he looks set to join Arsenal for big money and I've got no doubt that he'll reach that rating before long. It's still a rating increase that continues to improve our first team squad. Tosin Adarabioyo, 83 > 85 A very welcome and deserved rating increase, but not one that we expected. We thought after their relegation to the Championship, that Adarabioyo would only get a marginal rating increase, but in the end he gets a deserved 85. He's now rated the same as Chris Mepham, and will end up in our starting eleven for rest of the season. The rating increase is particularly pleasing for someone that we've had from the very start of the setup. He's not played a good amount of games for the club since Season 5, but overall has more than 70 appearances for the side and this increase might help his chances of making a century of appearances. Antonee Robinson, 83 > 85 A very suprising rating increase for us. He's played well this season, but after Fulham's relegation we were hopeful of an 84 but even that was from a certainty. In the end he's got a rating increase to 85, which means that he's now strong competition for Jamal Lewis at left-back. Again, it's particularly pleasing as he's another player we've had since the start of the setup. He's not played many games for the club, with most of his appearances coming in Seasons 1 and 2, but could be in line for some sub appearances going forward.
  18. Rating Predictions Premier League Reece James, 89 > 90 Dwight McNeil, 87 > 88 (88) Matty Cash, 87 > 88 Daniel James, 87 > 87/88 Ben White, 86 > 87 (87) Lukas Nmecha, 84 > 85 Joe Rodon, 83 > 84 Conor Gallagher, 83 > 84 Marc Guehi, 82 > 83 Rhys Williams, 80 > 82 Billy Gilmour, 80 > 82 Teden Mengi, 73 > 75 Andrew Omobamidele, 65 > 73 Championship Tosin Adarabioyo, 83 > 84 (85) Antonee Robinson, 83 > 83 (85) Ben Cabango, 80 > 82
  19. Full Internationals Daniel James (Wales) - 22 caps, 4 goals Chris Mepham (Wales) - 20 caps, 0 goals Jamal Lewis (Northern Ireland) - 20 caps, 0 goals David Brooks (Wales) - 19 caps, 1 goal Joe Rodon (Wales) - 16 caps, 0 goals Antonee Robinson (United States) - 12 caps, 0 goals Dara O'Shea (Ireland) - 9 caps, 0 goals Jayson Molumby (Ireland) - 9 caps, 0 goals Reece James (England) - 7 caps, 0 goals Rabbi Matondo (Wales) - 7 caps, 0 goals Aaron Connolly (Ireland) - 6 caps, 0 goals Steven Alzate (Colombia) - 4 caps, 0 goals Billy Gilmour (Scotland) - 3 caps, 0 goals Mark Travers (Ireland) - 3 caps, 0 goals Ben Cabango (Wales) - 3 caps, 0 goals Ben White (England) - 2 caps, 0 goals Josh Maja (Nigeria) - 1 cap, 0 goals Michael Obafemi (Ireland) - 1 cap, 0 goals Owen Otasowie (United States) - 1 cap, 0 goals International Update Billy Gilmour (80) starred for Scotland in their draw against England, and won Man of the Match. With a performance like that, you would hope that he'd now be a mainstay in the Scottish side moving forward. We feel he's deserved a rating increase for a long time, and hopefully that performance and another cap against Croatia can help bring the inevitable forward. Joe Rodon (83) and Chris Mepham (85) have both done well for Wales in their opening two games. They've formed a solid partnership so far, and should continue to start for Wales throughout the Euros. Dan James (87) has performed really well as well, although he's yet to get a goal or assist, and has now broken our club record for the most international caps with his 21st and 22nd caps. He's another certainty to continue playing if fit and has been Wales stand out performer since his debut. David Brooks (87) also came off the bench for Wales, and should have some involvement in the rest of the tournament although not in the strongest eleven at the moment. Antonee Robinson (83), Jayson Molumby (82) and Dara O'Shea (83) had all also got caps prior to the tournament. Aaron Ramsdale (85) has also been called up to the England squad, and is another player from the club to make it to the tournament although he's very unlikely to feature as England's third choice goalkeeper.
  20. Full Internationals Jamal Lewis (Northern Ireland) - 20 caps, 0 goals Daniel James (Wales) - 20 caps, 4 goals David Brooks (Wales) - 18 caps, 1 goal Chris Mepham (Wales) - 18 caps, 0 goals Joe Rodon (Wales) - 14 caps, 0 goals Antonee Robinson (United States) - 11 caps, 0 goals Dara O'Shea (Ireland) - 8 caps, 0 goals Jayson Molumby (Ireland) - 8 caps, 0 goals Rabbi Matondo (Wales) - 7 caps, 0 goals Aaron Connolly (Ireland) - 6 caps, 0 goals Reece James (England) - 6 caps, 0 goals Steven Alzate (Colombia) - 4 caps, 0 goals Mark Travers (Ireland) - 3 caps, 0 goals Ben Cabango (Wales) - 3 caps, 0 goals Ben White (England) - 2 cap, 0 goals Billy Gilmour (Scotland) - 2 caps, 0 goals Josh Maja (Nigeria) - 1 cap, 0 goals Michael Obafemi (Ireland) - 1 cap, 0 goals Owen Otasowie (United States) - 1 cap, 0 goals International Update Chris Mepham, Joe Rodon and David Brooks all featured for Wales in their final warm up game going in to the Euros, in a 0-0 draw with Albania. Ben Cabango and Dan James were both rested going in to the tournament, but all five could feature in the tournament for Wales. Ben White got his second cap for England, in a 1-0 friendly win over Romania, and played well. His performances helped to secure his place in England's side, as the replacement for Trent Alexander-Arnold. He could be in line to feature in England's opener against Croatia, given Harry Maguire is injured and Tyrone Mings hasn't impressed in friendlies. His selection in England's squad certainly helps his case for the 88 rating, a player of his ability deserves. Billy Gilmour also came on as a second half substitute against Luxembourg, in Scotland's final Euro 2020 warm up game. Gilmour impressed, but did pick a knock that led to him being brought off as a precautionary measure. He's certainly good enough to start for Scotland, but Steve Clarke's very difficult for young players to please and he's not one to give them chances. If he was Welsh, he'd have 20 caps by now, but he's biding his time and it's only a matter of time before someone of his class is playing regularly for Scotland.
  21. Full Internationals Jamal Lewis (Northern Ireland) - 20 caps, 0 goals Daniel James (Wales) - 20 caps, 4 goals David Brooks (Wales) - 17 caps, 1 goal Chris Mepham (Wales) - 17 caps, 0 goals Joe Rodon (Wales) - 13 caps, 0 goals Antonee Robinson (United States) - 11 caps, 0 goals Dara O'Shea (Ireland) - 8 caps, 0 goals Jayson Molumby (Ireland) - 8 caps, 0 goals Rabbi Matondo (Wales) - 7 caps, 0 goals Aaron Connolly (Ireland) - 6 caps, 0 goals Reece James (England) - 6 caps, 0 goals Steven Alzate (Colombia) - 4 caps, 0 goals Mark Travers (Ireland) - 3 caps, 0 goals Ben Cabango (Wales) - 3 caps, 0 goals Brennan Johnson (Wales) - 2 caps, 0 goals Josh Maja (Nigeria) - 1 cap, 0 goals Michael Obafemi (Ireland) - 1 cap, 0 goals Owen Otasowie (United States) - 1 cap, 0 goals Ben White (England) - 1 cap, 0 goals International Update Antonee Robinson (84) helped to further establish his place back in the US side, starting in their 1-0 win over Honduras in the CONCACAF Nations League. The US now face Mexico in the finals of the tournament, in what will be a big game given the rivalry between the two nations to determine the first ever winners of the tournament. Dara O'Shea (83) also earned himself another cap for Ireland, in their 4-1 win over Andorra. His versatility will hopefully lead to him getting many more caps for the Republic.
  22. Full Internationals Jamal Lewis (Northern Ireland) - 20 caps, 0 goals Daniel James (Wales) - 20 caps, 4 goals David Brooks (Wales) - 17 caps, 1 goal Chris Mepham (Wales) - 17 caps, 0 goals Joe Rodon (Wales) - 13 caps, 0 goals Antonee Robinson (United States) - 10 caps, 0 goals Jayson Molumby (Ireland) - 8 caps, 0 goals Rabbi Matondo (Wales) - 7 caps, 0 goals Dara O'Shea (Ireland) - 7 caps, 0 goals Aaron Connolly (Ireland) - 6 caps, 0 goals Reece James (England) - 6 caps, 0 goals Steven Alzate (Colombia) - 4 caps, 0 goals Mark Travers (Ireland) - 3 caps, 0 goals Ben Cabango (Wales) - 3 caps, 0 goals Brennan Johnson (Wales) - 2 caps, 0 goals Josh Maja (Nigeria) - 1 cap, 0 goals Michael Obafemi (Ireland) - 1 cap, 0 goals Owen Otasowie (United States) - 1 cap, 0 goals Ben White (England) - 1 cap, 0 goals International Updates Ben White (86) made his England debut off the bench against Austria, and made a last minute goal line clearance to help England win the game. With Trent Alexander-Arnold injured, and Harry Maguire an injury doubt, he's in with a chance of being a late replacement in to the squad. He's only our second player to play for England, and we're hopeful that his appearance can help him towards an 88 rating sooner rather than later and it certainly cements an increase to 87. Dan James (87), David Brooks (87), David Brooks (87) and Joe Rodon (83) all featured for Wales against France in their 3-0 defeat. Dan James is now our joint all time most capped player with 20 caps, and should beat that total against Albania on Saturday.
  23. Players at Risk of Sale #1 - Arvin Appiah (78) #2 - Mikey Johnston (80) #3 - Mark Travers (76) #4 - Jack Clarke (77) #5 - Jayson Molumby (82)
  24. Squad Depth First Team GK: Ramsdale (85) CB: White (86), Mepham (85), Adarabioyo (83), Rodon (83), O'Shea (83) RB: Wan-Bissaka (90), R. James (89), Cash (87), Aarons (86), Bogle (83) LB: Lewis (86), Robinson (84) CM: Davies (86), Gallagher (83), DaSilva (83), Alzate (83) AM: Brooks (87), Cantwell (86), Eze (86), Olise (83) WF: James (87), McNeil (87), Matondo (83) ST: Maja (85), L. Nmecha (84), Connolly (83) Ramsdale (85) Wan-Bissaka (90) - Mepham (85) - White (86) - Lewis (86) Cash (87) - R. James (89) - Eze (86) - James (87) Brooks (87) Maja (85) Reserves GK: Travers (76) CB: Guehi (82), Wilmot (82), Panzo (82), Cabango (80) RB: Ferguson (80), Ngakia (78) LB: McCallum (78) CM: Molumby (82), Ferguson (82), Gilmour (80), Bird (80) AM: Tavernier (80) WF: Johnston (80), Appiah (78) ST: Obafemi (82) Travers (76) Ferguson (80) - Wilmot (82) - Guehi (82) - Panzo (82) Molumby (82) - Gilmour (80) - Ferguson (82) Tavernier (80) - Obafemi (82) - Johnston (80) Youth Team GK: CB: R. Williams (80), Mengi (73), Roberts (70), Baptiste (67), Wood (67), Omobamidele (65) LB: Nkounkou (76) CM: Doyle (73), Otasowie (73) AM: Johnson (76), F. Nmecha (73) WF: Clarke (77), Bynoe-Gittens (67), Burchall (65) ST: Delap (76) GK R. Williams (80) - Mengi (73) - Roberts (70) Clarke (77) - Otasowie (73) - Doyle (73) - Nkounkou (76) F. Nmecha (73) - B. Johnson (76) Delap (76)
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