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Ranking of Potential (13th February, Season 2 - Turn 38)

1. David Brooks (85) 

2. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (85) 

3. Patrick Roberts (84)

4. Max Aarons (78) [New Entry]

5. Joao Carvalho (82) [-1]

6. Chris Mepham (83) 

7. Reece Oxford (80) [-2]

8. Jake Clarke-Salter (82) 

9. Jamal Lewis (78)

10. Tosin Adarabioyo (80) [-3]

11. Tom Edwards (76) [-1]

12. Bailey Peacock-Farrell (75) [-1]

13. Michael Johnston (73) [-1]

14. Glenn Middleton (70) [-1]

15. Joe Rodon (70) [-1]

16. Jack Clarke (75) [+14]

17. Dan James (78) [-1]

18. Todd Cantwell (73) [-1]

19. Antonee Robinson (80) [-1] 

20. Dwight McNeil (70) [+11]

21. Michael Obafemi (73) [-2]

22. Jayden Bogle (78) [+4]

23. Ebere Eze (78) [-3]

24. Ryan Nyambe (78) [-3]

25. Harry Cochrane (76) [-10]

26. Matty Cash (80) [New Entry]

27. Lukas Nmecha (78) [-5]

28. Josh Maja (76) [-5]

29. Marcus Tavernier (76) [-4]

30. Ben Wilmot (75) [-6]

31. Allan Campbell (76) [-2]

32. Ryan Ledson (78) [-5]

33. Keinan Davis (78) [-5]

34. Rakeem Harper (73) [New Entry]

35. Marcus McGuane (75) [-2]

36. Herbie Kane [New Entry]

37. Andre Green (77) [-3]

38. George Hirst (70) [-3]

39. Jordan Thorniley (73) [-3]

40. Ashley Baker (70) [-3]

41. Ellery Balcombe (67) [-3]

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Transfer In

Billy Gilmour

Age: 17

Rating: 75

Predicted Rating: 75

He's very much a long term signing, as he's yet to make his professional debut, but he does look to be really talented having signed a long-term deal with Chelsea and already cementing himself as a regular in Scotland's U21 side. He's still very much in Chelsea's youth set up, and given his age it might be a while before he's even loaned out but if he does manage to turn in to even someone like Ethan Ampadu then he'll be invaluable in a set up like this at a fee of £600,000. 

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Rating Changes

Eberechi Eze, 78 > 80

Expected, but nice nevertheless as it really adds some depth to our side in midfield. Hopefully he can keep playing well at QPR and push on when next reviewed as he does look to have good potential.

Tom Edwards, 76 > 78

He's started to establish himself as a regular in Stoke's side, so might have had a greater increase in rating if it wasn't for Stoke's poor form. If he keeps playing at this level he'll be a real asset for us. This rating increase does provide us with depth, but now that we've got so much quality at right back he'll likely go out on loan next season if possible.

Jordan Thorniley, 73 > 77

Lost his place in Sheffield Wednesday's side in December, and they've not been doing great themselves. It's still a decent rating increase and his value has increased enough for us to make a profit on him, but he doesn't look to have the most potential and is low down on the pecking order at centre back so he'll be now let go. 

Ashley Baker, 70 > 75

Not a great increase in value, as he's also lost his place in Sheffield Wednesday's side since December. We'll let him go now and take a small profit on him, as he's really low down the pecking order at right back and doesn't have much potential. 

 

Strongest XI

Peacock-Farrell (75)

Adarabioyo (80) - Clarke-Salter (82) - Mepham (83) - Robinson (80)

Cash (80) - Brooks (85)

Wan-Bissaka (85) - Carvalho (82) - Roberts (84)

Davis (78)

Back-Up XI

Balcombe (67)

Aarons (78) - Nyambe (78) - Thorniley (77) - Lewis (78)

Ledson (78) - Oxford (80)

Bogle (78) - Eze (78) - James (78)

Nmecha (78)

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Rating Changes

Matty Cash, 80 > 82

Very pleased with this. It was a possibility, but not necessarily expected because whilst he's in the Forest side at the moment he's spent large parts of the season on the bench as well but we've got an immediate return on our signing and this definitely does boost our team going in to the season. 

Joe Rodon, 70 > 77

Disappointed with this one. He's picked up an injury in January, that I guess has effected the rating he'd have earned, and I think his performances definitely warranted an 80. We'll definitely keep hold of him, as he's still quite likely to earn a big money move in the summer, and if not he'll be a star man at Swansea City next season. For this season, he'll start out on loan, but may be recalled for cover if required.

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Transfers Out

Reece Oxford

Age: 20

Rating: 80

Predicted Rating: 80

Appearances: 63; Goals: 4; Assists: 0; Average Rating: 6.49

Leaving the club is Reece Oxford, who was initially our marquee signing at the beginning of the set up. He leaves in a deal for £3 million plus Rabbi Matondo (see below), which is a considerable profit on a player who hasn't progressed since we've signed him and has only aged. Oxford's career seems to have generally stood still, and despite the odd loan move out to the Bundesliga, manager after manager at West Ham haven't rated him enough to play him. Despite West Ham not having the solidest of defences, Oxford didn't come close to playing a minute at West Ham this season. He's now out on loan to Augsburg until the end of the season, which might see him play enough minutes to rise to 82, but he had a loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach last season at a stronger club where he was getting minutes, but not enough for him to increase in rating. 

On the whole I still definitely think he's a talented footballer but we're not in need of him at centre back next season, so we were happy to cash in on him when a good deal was offered which allowed us to bring in a really talented player that is destined to shoot up the ratings in exchange. 

Keinan Davis

Age: 21

Rating: 78

Predicted Rating: 78

Appearances: 60; Goals: 28; Assists: 17; Average Rating: 6.85

Last seasons Division 4 top scorer and key player has also left the club. In game, his 28 goals led us to the play-offs in Season 1 and came close to doing the same in Season 2 but despite being our all time top scorer we decided that his lack of first team football meant that we had to look elsewhere. We were offered a cash bid double his value, of £2.4 million, that we felt we just couldn't turn down for a player that's only played a few minutes off the bench this season in a game that was already lost for Villa. He's not even making it on to the bench, and is behind 17 year old academy prospects, and when he was playing for the club last season I wasn't fully sure what to make of him as he was hardly prolific in front of goal. This does leave us short up top, but as it stands we've got Lukas Nmecha to lead the line for the new season and we'll hopefully be able to bring in an attacking option that we've got our eye on to replace Davis and his goals. 

 

Ellery Balcombe

Age: 19

Rating: 67

Predicted Rating: 67

Appearances: 0; Average Rating: NA

We've let go of Balcombe in a deal for Aaron Ramsdale (see below), he's not played in the Football League yet and he may well be talented but it's really hard to pick up young goalkeepers and be sure if they are any good at such a young age. We've ultimately just decided to bring in the goalkeeper that's playing more football at a higher level.

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Transfers In

Felix Nmecha

Age: 18

Rating: 73

Predicted Rating: 73

We've picked up Lukas Nmecha's younger brother, Felix, despite him playing very little competitive football. He's made just the one appearance for Man. City this season as a substitute against Burton Albion, but we've signed him on the basis that he's really highly rated by Man. City fans, and is regularly playing and impressing for the U23 side. We fully expect him to go out on loan next season, and at this stage of the game I think he's an invaluable talent to be bringing in for purely cash so we've beat off competition to sign him for £600,000.

 

Rabbi Matondo

Age: 18

Rating: 73

Predicted Rating: 75

Joining the club in exchange for Reece Oxford was Rabbi Matondo. Matondo was having a good season at Man. City, playing regularly for their U23 side and doing enough to earn himself his Welsh international debut before his first professional club appearance. What makes Matondo very valuable though is that he has recently joined Schalke for an £11.3 million transfer fee, and since then he's been given opportunities in Schalke's first team having picked up 150 minutes in three first team appearances since joining late on in the January window. He's likely to get a similar amount of minutes to Oxford in the Bundesliga, is two years younger  and it's of course always nice to bring in a Welsh talent as well. 

Aaron Ramsdale

Age: 20

Rating: 73

Predicted Rating: 75

In comes Aaron Ramsdale, a Bournemouth goalkeeper that's playing regular League 1 football on loan at AFC Wimbledon. He seems to be doing well enough, and is the only English goalkeeper aged 21 or under that's playing regular football in the top three tiers of English football that isn't Dean Henderson (a player we'd certainly sign if we were able to). If he is ever needed, then I think his current rating would be much less likely to let us down that Balcombe, who's rating was too low to stomach ever playing. 

 

Youth Club Record Real-Life Transfer Fees

Joao Carvalho > Nottingham Forest (£13.2 million)

Chris Mepham > Bournemouth; Patrick Roberts > Manchester City (£12 million)

David Brooks > Bournemouth (£11.5 million)

Rabbi Matondo > Schalke (£11.3 million)

Josh Maja > Bordeaux (£3.5 million)

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Full Internationals

Name Age Rating International Team International Caps
International Goals
David Brooks 21 85 Wales 9 0
Antonee Robinson 20 80 United States 6 0
Jamal Lewis 20 78 Northern Ireland 6 0
Bailey Peacock-Farrell 22 75 Northern Ireland 5 0
Chris Mepham 21 80 Wales 4 0
Michael Obafemi 18 73 Ireland 1 0
Rabbi Matondo 18 73 Wales 1 0
Dan James 21 70 Wales 1 0

U21 Internationals

Name Age Rating International Team International Caps
International Goals
Aaron Wan-Bissaka 21 85 England U21 2 0
Joao Carvalho 21 82 Portugal U21 20 6
Jake Clarke-Salter 21 82 England U21 7 1
Lukas Nmecha 20 78 England U21 3 0
Joe Rodon 21 77 Wales U21 9 0
Allan Campbell 20 76 Scotland U21 13 0
Billy Gilmour 17 75 Scotland U21 8 1
Ashley Baker 22 75 Wales U21 3 0
Michael Johnston 20 73 Scotland U21 6 1
Glenn Middleton 19 70 Scotland U21 6 0

U20 Internationals

Name Age Rating International Team International Caps
International Goals
Patrick Roberts 21 84 England U20 8 4
Ebere Eze 20 80 England U20 2 0
Tom Edwards 19 78 England U20 2 0
Ryan Ledson 21 78 England U20 3 0
Andre Green 20 77 England U20 2 0
Marcus Tavernier 19 76 England U20 4 0
Ben Wilmot 19 75 England U20 1 0
Aaron Ramsdale 20 73 England U20 5 0
George Hirst 20 70 England U20 9 5

U19 Internationals

Name Age Rating International Team International Caps
International Goals
Max Aarons 18 78 England U19 4 0
Harry Cochrane 17 76 Scotland U19 5 0
Marcus McGuane 20 75 England U19 4 0
Felix Nmecha 18 73 England U19 1 1
Rekeem Harper 18 73 England U19 5 0

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Rating Changes

Jamal Lewis, 78 > 82

Nice and deserved rating change, with Lewis overtaking Antonee Robinson as our strongest left back. He's had a really good season, and looks like he might well make that step up to the Premier League next season so he's definitely worth keeping hold of. 

Max Aarons, 78 > 80

I know he's only recently been added to the database, and it is only his first season professional but I was still slightly disappointed he didn't increase in the way that Jamal Lewis did. Phenomenal talent.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell, 75 > 80

This is the most important rating increase for us in terms of results this season in the game, as we've finally strengthened the rating of our first choice goalkeeper. He might have had a bigger rating increase had it not been for Leeds signing of Kiko Casilla last month, but nevertheless we're definitely happy with Peacock-Farrell as our first choice goalkeeper given that it's always going to be a hard position to do well in with so few goalkeepers playing regularly in the football league. 

Marcus Tavernier, 76 > 77

This was a nice bonus for us, given that he was only recently reviewed and offers us some nice depth in midfield. 

Jack Clarke, 75 > 77

Again, a nice bonus for us, as he was only recently reviewed and he's increased his rating by 12 in the last month. Another really big talent, and we're glad that he should play at least some part in the first team for us this season. 

Todd Cantwell, 73 > 77

I think this was slightly harsh to say the least, as he's been in the Norwich team for a lot of this season as they've pushed for the Premier League. He'll be back up this season, but is definitely one to keep hold of as a player of his ability should be rated 80 in no time. 

Reekem Harper, 73 > 76

This rating change has probably come a little soon for Harper, who's only recently had his break through in the West Brom side. Hopefully he'll keep hold of his spot in the West Brom side, and will increase in rating again before long. 

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Transfers In

Adalberto Penaranda

Age: 21

Rating: 83

Predicted Rating: 83

We've broke our transfer record, spending a hefty £4.7 million on Adalberto Penaranda. It's a lot of money, and it's the maximum fee we could have paid for him but he came available at an external club and we had to pay the maximum fee to give ourselves a chance with nearly ten teams in for him. We won the raffle, in being selected randomly out of the several sides willing to pay the maximum fee for him. 

We were willing to spend the maximum fee on him, because we want to keep to signing British based players, and whilst he is Venezuelan and the second foreigner to play for the club, he is ultimately based at Watford. He's just got visa at Watford, and made his debut for them last month. We're hoping he can now push on and start getting minutes for them, and finally showcase the talent that he is. 

We were also quite weak up top going in to the season, with it being our weakest position before this signing. Penaranda provides immediate quality with his signing, and replaces Keinan Davis who was our top scorer last season and was sold for £2.4 million. 

Ewan Henderson

Age: 18

Rating: 70

Predicted Rating: 73

He's been touted as a top talent for years in Scotland, and has recently got his Celtic debut in which he was Man of the Match and set up a goal. Hopefully he'll continue to get football towards the end of the season, but we had to pick up a player of his potential when he's been added to the database.

Strongest XI

 

Peacock-Farrell (80)

Adams (80) - Clarke-Salter (82) - Mepham (83) - Lewis (82)

Cash (82) - Brooks (85)

Wan-Bissaka (85) - Carvalho (82) - Roberts (84)

Penaranda (83)

 

Back-Up XI

 

Ramsdale (73)

Edwards (78) - Nyambe (78) - Adarabioyo (80) - Robinson (80)

Ledson (78) - Tavernier (77)

Bogle (78) - Eze (80) - James (78)

Nmecha (78)

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Transfers In

Reece James

Age: 19

Rating: 80

Predicted Rating: 82

On the deadline day of the window, we've managed to pull of a great signing as Reece James joins internally for a fee of £3.9 million. I think this represents excellent value for us, as he's such a great talent for the future. We are now absolutely overloaded with quality at right back, but fortunately James can play as a centre back as well and also in holding midfield, so he's effectively replacing Reece Oxford in the team.

James has had his break through season this year at Wigan and has been sensational. He's been by far and away their best player this season and will contest fellow HJK player Max Aarons as the number one right back in the Championship come the end of the season. He is currently on loan from Chelsea, and could potentially be brought in to the first team squad for next season but if not then it's likely that he'll get a loan move to a lower Premier League side as I imagine any of the teams going up from the Championship this season that have had the opportunity to see him properly will be more than happy to bring him in on loan. 

Transfers Out

Ryan Ledson

Age: 21

Rating: 78

Predicted Rating: 78

Appearances: 52; Goals: 4; Assists: 2; Average Rating: 6.16

Leaving the club to finance the deal is Ryan Ledson, who leaves for his market value. He of course does have talent, but his career has stalled a little this season as he's not been impressive enough in the Championship to establish himself in the Preston side. In time, I'd definitely expected him to be a good player in the Championship, but that may take a couple of years so we've had to let him go to bring in a talent like Reece James. He's been a really good player for us in the first two seasons, but the signing of Matty Cash should have kept him out of the side this season anyway. 

Right Backs

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (85)

Max Aarons (80)

Tosin Adarabioyo (80)

Reece James (80)

Tom Edwards (78)

Ryan Nyambe (78)

Jayden Bogle (78)

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Transfers Window 1: Season 3

 

Ins

Adalberto Penaranda (83) #10

Matty Cash (82) #26

Reece James (80) #7

Billy Gilmour (75) #30

Felix Nmecha (73) #32

Rabbi Matondo (73) #21

Aaron Ramsdale (73) #42

Ewan Henderson (70) #38

 

Outs

Reece Oxford (80) #7

Keinan Davis (78) #33

Ryan Ledson (78) #32

Jordan Thorniley (77) #39

Ashley Baker (75) #40

Ellery Balcombe (67) #41

 

Strongest XI

 

Peacock-Farrell (80)

Adams (80) - Clarke-Salter (82) - Mepham (83) - Lewis (82)

Cash (82) - Brooks (85)

Wan-Bissaka (85) - Carvalho (82) - Roberts (84)

Penaranda (83)

 

Back-Up XI

 

Ramsdale (73)

James (80) - Nyambe (78) - Adarabioyo (80) - Robinson (80)

Ledson (78) - Tavernier (77)

Bogle (78) - Eze (80) - James (78)

Nmecha (78)

 

Third XI

 

N/A

Edwards (78) - Wilmot (75) - Rodon (77) - Matondo (73)

Campbell (76) - Cantwell (77)

Clarke (77) - Harper (76) - Green (77)

Maja (76)

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Ranking of Potential (28th February, Season 3 - Turn 1)

1. David Brooks (85) 

2. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (85) 

3. Patrick Roberts (84)

4. Max Aarons (80) 

5. Joao Carvalho (82) 

6. Chris Mepham (83) 

7. Reece James (80) [New Entry]

8. Jake Clarke-Salter (82) 

9. Jamal Lewis (82)

10. Adalberto Penaranda (83) [New Entry]

11. Tosin Adarabioyo (80) [-1]

12. Bailey Peacock-Farrell (80) 

13. Tom Edwards (78) [-2]

14. Michael Johnston (73) [-1]

15. Joe Rodon (77) 

16. Jack Clarke (77) 

17. Dan James (78) 

18. Glenn Middleton (70) [-4]

19. Todd Cantwell (77) [-1]

20. Dwight McNeil (70) 

21. Rabbi Matondo (73) [New Entry]

22. Antonee Robinson (80) [-3]

23. Michael Obafemi (73) [-2]

24. Jayden Bogle (78) [-2] 

25. Ebere Eze (80) [-2] 

26. Matty Cash (82) 

27. Lukas Nmecha (78) 

28. Josh Maja (76) 

29. Marcus Tavernier (77) 

30. Billy Gilmour (75) [New Entry]

31. Ryan Nyambe (78) [-7]

32. Felix Nmecha (73) [New Entry]

33. Harry Cochrane (76) [-8]

34. Rakeem Harper (76) [New Entry]

35. Ben Wilmot (75) [-5]

36. Allan Campbell (76) [-5]

37. Herbie Kane (73) [-1]

38. Ewan Henderson (70) [New Entry]

39. Andre Green (77) [-2]

40. Marcus McGuane (75) [-5]

41. George Hirst (70) [-3]

42. Aaron Ramsdale (73) [New Entry]

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Youth Club Record Real-Life Transfer Fees

Joao Carvalho > Nottingham Forest (£13.2 million)

Chris Mepham > Bournemouth; Patrick Roberts > Manchester City (£12 million)

David Brooks > Bournemouth (£11.5 million)

Adalberto Penaranda > Watford (£9.5 million)

Josh Maja > Bordeaux (£3.5 million)

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Top Goalscorers (2018/19)

Name Rating League Goals
Josh Maja 76 League 1/Ligue 1 16
Matty Cash 82 Championship 8
Herbie Kane 73 League 1 7
David Brooks 85 Premier League 6
Glenn Middleton 70 SPL 5
Andre Green 77 Championship/Ligue 1 5
Eberechi Eze 80 Championship 4
Mikey Johnston 73 SPL 3
Joao Carvalho 82 Championship 3
Marcus Tavernier 77 Championship 3
Daniel James 78 Championship 3
Max Aarons 80 Championship 2
Lukas Nmecha 78 Championship 2
George Hirst 70 Belgian Division 2 2
Allan Campbell 76 SPL 2
Jack Clarke 77 Championship 2

 

Top Assists (2018/19)

Name Rating League Assists
Herbie Kane 73 League 1 9
Joao Carvalho 82 Championship 6
Max Aarons 80 Championship 5
Dwight McNeil 70 Premier League 4
David Brooks 85 Premier League 4
Jamal Lewis 82 Championship 3
Jayden Bogle 78 Championship 3
Eberechi Eze 80 Championship 3
Daniel James 78 Championship 3
Lukas Nmecha 78 Championship 3
Josh Maja 76 League 1 2
Reece James 80 Championship 2
Todd Cantwell 77 Championship 2
Jack Clarke 77 Championship 2

 

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Rating Changes

Herbie Kane, 73 > 77

Another unexpected, but more than welcome rise for Herbie Kane, who might play a part in the squad depth for us this season. Fantastic season for him at Doncaster, and we'll keep hold of him as long-term we're expecting a move to the Championship next season and the way he's playing  I'll expect him to do incredibly well at that level. You can see from his goal contributions just how much a talent he is, with seven goals and nine assists from central midfield at an average League 1 side. 

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Rating Changes

Dwight McNeil, 70 > 80

Having been shockingly overlooked completely in the Premier League review, Dwight McNeil finally gets his long overdue rating change having began to establish himself as a Premier League regular for Burnley. He's now on the fringes of the first team, and we can hope for an even greater rating change when the Premier League get reviewed for the second time this season in a month or so.

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International Switch

Lukas Nmecha, England > Germany

Nmecha has swapped his allegiance to his country of birth. Nmecha had played over 30 times for England at youth level, including 3 caps for England U21. He's now been called up to the German U21 squad, that will face Nmecha's old side during this international break. 

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Rating Changes

Dan James, 78 > 82

DJ gets the least he deserves for being all round brilliant. His form in televised games against Brentford, Man. City and Slovakia has given himself plenty of attention which has got himself this rating increase. The rating increase is valuable, as it means he'll replace Max Aarons in our strongest starting line-up, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka moving back to full back as we now have an outfield made up exclusively of players rated above 80. We're expecting this rating increase to be just one of many for James though, who's one of our biggest talents and someone we expect to play in the top flight next season.

Strongest Starting XI

Peacock-Farrell (80)

Wan-Bissaka (85) - Clarke-Salter (82) - Mepham (83) - Lewis (82)

Cash (82) - Brooks (85)

Roberts (84) - Carvalho (82) - James (82)

Penaranda (83)

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Transfer Rumours

David Brooks (85) > Manchester United/Tottenham Hotspurs - £50 million

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (85) > Manchester United - £40 million

Patrick Roberts (84) > Leicester City - £10 million

Dan James (82) > Manchester City/Bournemouth/Leeds United - £10 million

Jamal Lewis (82) > West Ham United - £10 million

Max Aarons (80) > Tottenham Hotspurs - £15 million

Ebere Eze (80) > Crystal Palace/Leeds United - £10 million

Jayden Bogle (78) > Burnley/Bournemouth - £8 million

Marcus Tavernier (77) > Bayer Leverkusen - £8 million

Jack Clarke (77) > Tottenham Hotspurs/Manchester United - £12 million

Rakeem Harper (76) > Tottenham Hotspurs - Tribunal (Out of Contract)

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Ranking of Potential (1st April, Season 3 - Turn 12)

1. David Brooks (85) 

2. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (85) 

3. Max Aarons (80)  [+1]

4. Reece James (80) [+3] 

5. Patrick Roberts (84) [-2]

6. Chris Mepham (83) 

7. Jamal Lewis (82) [+2] 

8. Joao Carvalho (82) [-3]

9. Jake Clarke-Salter (82)  [-1]

10. Adalberto Penaranda (83) 

11. Tosin Adarabioyo (80) [-1]

12. Bailey Peacock-Farrell (80) 

13. Dan James (82) [+4] 

14. Dwight McNeil (80) [+6] 

15. Tom Edwards (78) [-2]

16. Joe Rodon (77) [-1]

17. Jack Clarke (77) [-1]

18. Glenn Middleton (70) 

19. Todd Cantwell (77) 

20.  Rabbi Matondo (73) [+1] 

21. Michael Johnston (73) 14 [-7] 

22. Antonee Robinson (80) 

23. Michael Obafemi (73) 

24. Jayden Bogle (78)  

25. Ebere Eze (80)  

26. Matty Cash (82) 

27. Lukas Nmecha (78) 

28. Josh Maja (76) 

29. Marcus Tavernier (77) 

30. Billy Gilmour (75) 

31. Rakeem Harper (76) [+3] 

32. Ryan Nyambe (78) [-1]

33. Felix Nmecha (73) [-1]

34. Harry Cochrane (76) [-1]

35. Ben Wilmot (75) 

36. Allan Campbell (76) 

37. Herbie Kane (73) 

38. Ewan Henderson (70)

39. Andre Green (77) 

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 

40. Marcus McGuane (75) 

41. George Hirst (70) 

42. Aaron Ramsdale (73) 

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Rating Changes

Jamal Lewis, 82 > 83

This could be in response to his international form, as he's established himself as one of Northern Ireland's best players and looks to be set to be their starting left back for the next decade. He's already got himself eight caps, and with Chris Brunt retired internationally there doesn't look to be anyone even close to competing with him. 

This could also be in response to him being named in the Championship team of the season, ahead of the EFL awards. This would be a fully justified rating increase on that basis, as really he should be at least bordering on the league's rating cap of 85 if he is the best left back in the division. Reece James and Max Aarons also got themselves included in this team of the season, and I'd expect those two to possibly get rating increases as a result before the end of the season is up as there isn't many if any better footballers than those two in the division. The only thing that has prevented James and Aarons getting higher rating increases is that they are both still so young, and are both still in their first season of professional football. 

Either way, it's a nice rating increase for Lewis to deservedly get. He and Aarons at full back have been really key to the way Norwich play, and are a big reason for their success this season. Norwich are seven points ahead of third place, with seven games to go and are closing in a return to the Premier League which would be great for HJK as you'd expect both Aarons and Lewis to maintain their places in their side and push on. 

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Strongest Starting XI

Peacock-Farrell (80)

Wan-Bissaka (85) - Clarke-Salter (82) - Mepham (83) - Lewis (83)

Cash (82) - Brooks (85)

Roberts (84) - Carvalho (82) - James (82)

Penaranda (83)

Second XI 

Ramsdale (73)

Aarons (80) - Nyambe (78) - Adarabioyo (80) - Robinson (80)

James (80) - Tavernier (77)

Bogle (78) - Eze (80) - McNeil (80)  

Nmecha (78)

 

Highest Potential XI

Peacock-Farrell (80)

Aarons (80) - Clarke-Salter (82) - Mepham (83) - Lewis (83)

James (80) - Brooks (85)

Wan-Bissaka (85) - Carvalho (82) - Roberts (84)

Penaranda (83)

 

U19's XI

No GK

Bogle (78) - James (80) - Wilmot (75) - Aarons (80)

Cochrane (75) - Harper (76)

Clarke (77) - Gilmour (75) - McNeil (80)

Obafemi (73)

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Transfer News

Ben Wilmot, Watford > Udinese (End of Season Loan)

This is a bit of transfer news that went completely over my head at the time, but on deadline day in the January transfer window Ben Wilmot was loaned out to Udinese for the rest of the season. Since then, he's appeared once for Udinese, playing the first half of a 4-1 defeat away to Juventus before being substituted at half time with the scores at 2-0. It was a strange game to start a 19 year old who's never played in Italian football before, and he's not featured since that game at the start of March.

He's not really got his big break this season, restricted to cup appearances and the occasional late substitution at Watford and I'm not so sure he's going to get much of an opportunity at Udinese either. It is promising on the whole, as Wilmot is still very young for a centre half, aged 19, and he is in and around the fringes of the first team for both Watford and Udinese. It does seem only a matter of time before he does get that break through at club level, and begins to play regular football in the top flight.

He's also started for England U20's against Portugal in the recent international break, in a side with the likes of Dwight McNeil, Ebere Eze, Marcus Tavernier, Reece James, Tom Edwards and Georgie Hirst which is always good and looks to be highly rated by the England set up. 

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2018/19 Individual Awards

Welsh Footballer of the Year (2018) - David Brooks

EFL Young Player of the Season - Max Aarons

EFL Team of the Season - Max Aarons

SkyBet Championship Team of the Season - Reece James, Max Aarons, Jamal Lewis 

SkyBet League 1 Team of the Season - Herbie Kane

EFL Young Player of the Month - Josh Maja (August), Jamal Lewis (September)

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