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Player Update - Reece James

Reece James is becoming just sensational at Wigan. He's been man of the match for Wigan on pretty much every occasion this season, and is being considered by their supporters and local journalists alike to be in contention as their best ever player (along with the likes of Leighton Baines and Antonio Valencia) despite him only making his competitive debut at the club at the beginning of the season.

He was initially brought in on loan as cover, and within a couple of training sessions the manager Paul Cook saw it was evident he would be far more than just that. Paul Cook recently spoke about him in his press conference, which I think says a lot about his season "He's player of the month every month, and he's man of the match almost every week. There's nothing else I can say about him."

He's made it in to the Championship team of the season, which is no mean feat in his first attempt, and only missed out on the EFL Young player of the Season to HJK Youth Club team mate Max Aarons which is to be expected given how well Norwich have done this season. 

A large section of Chelsea support now consider James to be their best full back, given that the club have not been too stellar recently and with the club set for a transfer ban in the summer he looks certain to be promoted to the first team squad next season. How much of an opportunity he gets, will be dependent on the manager, as Sarri has been reluctant to give younger English players an opportunity a chance. If he is reluctant to give the opportunity to James, it might be a while in to next season before he begins starting games but under the right manager he'll be thrown in to the first team from the first game in August in the way Aaron Wan-Bissaka was at Palace this season. 

Here's James ripping things up for Wigan last weekend, scoring a contender for the Championship Goal of the Season. 

 

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Rating Changes

Following on from Jamal Lewis' small rating increase, we've got three other rating increases for the players that made their respective SkyBet Team of the Season's. 

 

Reece James, 80 > 82

See above for any detail as to why, but this allows us a lot more strength in depth due to James versatility at right back, centre back and centre midfield. It allows us to be no weaker if there are injuries to Clarke-Salter or Matty Cash, and for the time being I've opted to start with Reece James alongside David Brooks in a centre midfield pairing that could see us in good to stead for years. 

 

Max Aarons, 80 > 82

He's been named as the EFL Young Player of the Season to add to his place in the SkyBet Championship Team of the Season, and the EFL Team of the Season which incorporates players from all three divisions. He's been so consistent for a young player this season, to keep his place in Norwich's side throughout the season and rarely make any sort of mistake defensively whilst also providing such a strong attacking outlet for them on the right side. Norwich look certain to go up now, and he'll be a great player for them to have in the Premier League. He also offers us greater strength in depth, which means if there is an injury to Dan James, then Wan-Bissaka can move further forward and Aarons can slot in to the defence without weakening the rating of the side. I would not be surprised to see him given an additional small rating increase to 83, following his most recent award as the EFL Young Player of the Season. 

 

Herbie Kane, 77 > 78

He's going under the radar still, playing in League 1, but having got in to the SkyBet League 1 Team of the Season he's been rewarded with another small rating increase. This offers us greater strength in depth in centre midfield, which is needed, and it puts him above Todd Cantwell and Marcus Tavernier in the pecking order leading to us recalling him from his current loan spell. 

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2018/19 Individual Awards

Welsh Footballer of the Year - David Brooks

Welsh Young Footballer of the Year - 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)

 

2018/19 Individual Awards (Club Awards)

Crystal Palace Player of the Season - Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Crystal Palace Players' Player of the Season - Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Wigan Athletic Player of the Season - Reece James

Wigan Athletic Players' Player of the Season - Reece James 

Wigan Athletic Goal of the Season - Reece James

Swansea City Newcomer of the Season - Daniel James

Leeds United Young Player of the Season - Jack Clarke

Derby County Young Player of the Season - Jayden Bogle

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Transfer News

Transfer Rumours

Aaron Wan-Bissaka > Manchester United (£70 million)
David Brooks > Tottenham Hotspur (£40 million)
Daniel James > Manchester United (£15 million)
Max Aarons > Tottenham Hotspur (£15 million)
Jack Clarke > Tottenham Hotspur (£10 million)
Marcus Tavernier > Bournemouth (£10 million)
Jayden Bogle > Burnley (£7 million)
Patrick Roberts > Leicester City (£4 million)
Rakeem Harper >  Celtic (Tribunal)
Herbie Kane > Hull City (Loan)

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Player Rating Predictions

With the Premier League rating predictions on the horizon, here's the rating predictions for the Premier League players in the side.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 85 > 88
David Brooks, 85 > 87
Chris Mepham, 83 > 84
Jamal Lewis, 83 > 84
Max Aarons, 82 > 83
Reece James, 82 > 83
Dwight McNeil, 80 > 84
Ben Wilmot, 75 > 77
Michael Obafemi, 73 > 75

As well as the players in strong contention to be Premier League players by the time the league is under review.

Daniel James, 82 > 83
Jayden Bogle, 78 > 82
Andre Green, 77 > 80

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Season 3 Update

After a disappointing Season 2, where we narrowly missed out on the Division 4 play-offs, this season has been far better for HJK. Following the rating increases since the end of last season, and the strong improvements we made to the side over the course of the close season with the signings of Penaranda, Reece James, Matty Cash and Max Aarons we really put our side in place to be strong contenders for promotion. 

With 26 games played, and 12 remaining, we're currently top of the league with 55 points. 

League Table

1. HJK (55 points)
2. Sporting San Miguelito (53 points)
3. CS Herediano (53 points)
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 
4. FC Botosani (48 points)

Clubs Top Scorers: Carvalho (11 goals), Penaranda (10 goals), Roberts (8 goals)
Clubs Top Assists: Penaranda (15 assists), D. James (10 assists), Carvalho (9 assists)
Top Average Performances: Roberts (7.36), Brooks (7.31), Penaranda (7.25)

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Club Record Update

Joao Carvalho now has the club record of 19 assists, overtaking Keinan Davis' career total of 17.

Carvalho's total goals tally of 21 is closing in on Davis' record of 28. 

Bailey Peacock Farrell's extending his record for the most League Appearances for HJK, which currently stands at 99. 

Most League Appearances:
1. Bailey Peacock-Farrell - 99 appearances
2. Aaron Wan-Bissaka - 81 appearances
= Chris Mepham - 81 appearances
4. Jamal Lewis - 74 appearances
6. Reece Oxford - 63 appearances
7. Joao Carvalho - 60 appearances 
= Keinan Davis - 60 appearances
9. David Brooks - 53 appearances
10. Patrick Roberts - 51 appearances

Most League Goals:
1. Keinan Davis - 28 goals
2. Joao Carvalho - 21 goals
3. Andre Green - 14 goals
4. Patrick Roberts - 11 goals
5. Aaron Wan-Bissaka - 10 goals
= Adalberto Penaranda - 10 goals

7. Bright Enobakhare - 8 goals
8. Matty Cash - 7 goals
9. David Brooks - 6 goals
= Daniel James - 6 goals

Most League Assists:
1. Joao Carvalho - 19 assists
2. Keinan Davis - 17 assists
3. Andre Green - 15 assists
= Adalberto Penaranda - 15 assists
5. Bright Enobakkhare - 13 assists

6. Daniel James - 10 assists
= Patrick Roberts - 10 assists
8. Aaron Wan-Bissaka - 7 assists
= Tristan Nydam - 7 assists
10. Marcus McGuane - 5 assists

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Ranking of Potential (26th May, Season 3 - Turn 27)

1. David Brooks (85) 

2. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (85) 

3. Max Aarons (82)  

4. Reece James (82) 

5. Patrick Roberts (84) 

6. Chris Mepham (83) 

7. Jamal Lewis (83) 

8. Joao Carvalho (82)

9. Jake Clarke-Salter (82)  

10. Dan James (82) [+3] 

11. Dwight McNeil (80) [+3] 

12. Adalberto Penaranda (83) [-2]

13. Tosin Adarabioyo (80) [-2]

14. Bailey Peacock-Farrell (80) [-2]

15. Jack Clarke (77) [+2] 

16. Joe Rodon (77) 

17. Tom Edwards (78) [-2]

18.  Jayden Bogle (78) [+6] 

19. Ebere Eze (80) [+6] 

20. Marcus Tavernier (77)  [+9]

21. Glenn Middleton (70) [-3]

22. Todd Cantwell (77) [-3]

23.  Rabbi Matondo (73) [-3]

24. Michael Johnston (73)  [-3]

25. Antonee Robinson (80) [-3]

26. Michael Obafemi (73) [-3] 

27. Matty Cash (82) [-1]

28. Lukas Nmecha (78) [-1]

29. Josh Maja (76) [-1]

30. Billy Gilmour (75) 

31. Rakeem Harper (76) [+3] 

32. Ryan Nyambe (78)

33. Felix Nmecha (73) 

34. Harry Cochrane (76) 

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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Transfer News

Dan James, Swansea > Manchester United (£18 million)

What a meteoric rise it's been for Daniel James. Signed by HJK in October for £240k, following his impressive first few performances at Swansea City and since then his career has only gone one way. He's since gone up level after level with his performances for the Swans, earned himself a call up for Wales and then scored for his country. Now he's gone and got a move from Swansea City to Manchester United and with it a pay rise from £4,000 a week to £67,000 a week. 

The transfer makes him the club's record real life transfer, at £18 million, which beats Joao Carvalho's record. With that move he's now in contention to get reviewed in the up coming Premier League review, and we're expecting a small rating increase to 83, but given the magnitude of the move he's in with an outside chance of an 84. It'll be great to have another player playing regularly in the Premier League, and James will join the likes of Brooks, Wan-Bissaka and Mepham at that level of football. 

Youth Club Record Real-Life Transfer Fees

Dan James > Manchester United (£18 million)

Joao Carvalho > Nottingham Forest (£13.2 million)

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

David Brooks > Bournemouth (£11.5 million)

Josh Maja > Bordeaux (£3.5 million)

 

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Update (Season 3 - Turn 31)

The success this season has been expected to be honest, following last season's disappointing finish outside of the play-offs. With rating increases for our talented side, we went in to season with comfortably the strongest squad in the division and although it took us a bit of time to stamp our dominance on the division we have been able to do so with the season coming to its close. 

The side has been spearheaded so far by Joao Carvalho (scored 12, assisted 12) and Adalberto Penaranda (scored 12, assisted 16), with the only two non-British and Irish players playing a key role in the clubs success. They've been involved in pretty much everything, and Joao Carvalho is now the clubs top assister and closing in on being the clubs top scorer; whilst Penaranda isn't too far behind despite not having completed a full season at the club.

League Table (after 30 games)

1. HJK - 65 points
2. CS Herediano - 61 points
3. Sporting San Miguelito - 59 points
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4. FC Botosani - 55 points

Club Record Update

Most League Appearances:
1. Bailey Peacock-Farrell - 103 appearances
2. Aaron Wan-Bissaka - 82 appearances
= Chris Mepham - 83 appearances
4. Jamal Lewis - 74 appearances
6. Reece Oxford - 63 appearances
7. Joao Carvalho - 62 appearances 
8. Keinan Davis - 60 appearances
9. David Brooks - 55 appearances
10. Patrick Roberts - 53 appearances

Most League Goals:
1. Keinan Davis - 28 goals
2. Joao Carvalho - 22 goals
3. Andre Green - 14 goals

4. Adalberto Penaranda - 12 goals
5. Patrick Roberts - 11 goals
6. Aaron Wan-Bissaka - 10 goals

7. Bright Enobakhare - 8 goals
8. Matty Cash - 7 goals

= Daniel James - 7 goals
10. David Brooks - 6 goals
= Chris Mepham - 6 goals

Most League Assists:
1. Joao Carvalho - 22 assists
2. Keinan Davis - 17 assists
3.  Adalberto Penaranda - 16 assists

4.  Andre Green - 15 assists
5. Bright Enobakkhare - 13 assists

6. Patrick Roberts - 11 assists
7. Daniel James - 10 assists
8. Aaron Wan-Bissaka - 7 assists
= Tristan Nydam - 7 assists
10. Marcus McGuane - 5 assists

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Transfer News

Patrick Roberts, Man. City > Norwich (Loan)

It's another loan for Patrick Roberts, and I think on the whole whilst his career isn't quite on the path I'd like it to be I think this is a positive move for him. He's getting a loan move to a Premier League side in Norwich, that will play a style of football that I think he's well suited to, and I think he's a good fit for a club like Norwich. 

I think if this loan move goes well, then I'd expect him to be rated 86 come the end of the season. It's not a huge gain, and Roberts isn't going to be one of those generational players for me in this set up in the way that Brooks and Wan-Bissaka are, but this will help me on my way up the leagues as any slight boost in player rating is huge at that level within this set up. 

Where I do have doubts, and why I think this loan move isn't a sure thing to do that well, is with injury. It's been a bit of a killer for Roberts career, and certainly stalled his development at Celtic, and could easily end up reoccurring here. 

Youth Club Record Real-Life Transfer Fees

Dan James > Manchester United (£18 million)

Joao Carvalho > Nottingham Forest (£13.2 million)

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

David Brooks > Bournemouth (£11.5 million)

Josh Maja > Bordeaux (£3.5 million)

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Rating Changes

The Premier League ratings have began, and we've also had a couple of rating increases from Brits playing in other big leagues. This is great timing for us really, as it should work out for us that they'll be completed in time for the beginning of the new campaign. As a result our team should be raring to go in Division 3 next season, as we have the ambitious aim of back to back promotion. 

Max Aarons, 82 > 83

Yet another rating increase for Max, and a fully deserved one. We'll be expecting his rating to keep on increasing as he gets experience in the Premier League, but it's always nice for him to be reviewed again in the mean time. He's got such competition at right-back at the club, but his versatility means he's currently the joint highest rated left-back at the club. 

Tosin Adarabioyo, 80 > 82

To be honest I wasn't really expecting this for Tosin, who didn't play too much at the end of the season for West Brom and to be honest didn't have the best of loan spells at a club that played him in his less comfortable position of right-back for a lot of the season. This rating increase puts him in contention with Jake Clarke-Salter for being in our strongest side, so we're delighted with this surprise. 

Todd Cantwell, 77 > 80

Probably a little generous from Cantwell, who has Norwich fans divided on just how good he is. He has nevertheless played a lot of minutes for the side that won the Championship, and on that basis he gets a nice rating increase and helps provide good depth for us in the middle of the park. It'll be an interesting season for Cantwell next season, where I imagine he'll get a loan move to the Championship, he'll be hoping it's at the right club where he'll be able to show off his technical ability.

Josh Maja, 76 > 80

When he left Sunderland, there was a lot of bitterness towards his move to Bordeaux. Come the end of the season, and Sunderland fans now believe that they'd have been promoted had he not been sold. Lee Clark's comments that he wasn't going to play at Bordeaux were wrong, he's got first team football and he managed to get himself a goal in Ligue 1 as well. As a result he gets a nice rating increase, and has crept ahead of Lukas Nmecha as our back up striker. Hopefully he can kick on next season, continue to play from the beginning of the season and get a decent goal return. 

Rabbi Matondo, 73 > 76

Matondo's got some minutes for Schalke which is really promising, and he's added to his Welsh caps. He is closing the gap in terms of value with Reece Oxford, who we let go for Matondo plus £3 million and that deal's looking brilliant for us at the moment. We're hoping he can continue to get minutes for Schalke next season, and push his rating in to the 80s. 

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Full Internationals

Adalberto Penaranda (Venezuela) - 15 caps, 0 goals

David Brooks (Wales) - 12 caps, 1 goal

Jamal Lewis (Northern Ireland) - 10 caps, 0 goals

Bailey Peacock-Farrell (Northern Ireland) - 9 caps, 0 goals

Antonee Robinson (United States) - 7 caps, 0 goals

Chris Mepham (Wales) - 6 caps, 0 goals

Dan James (Wales) - 4 caps, 1 goal

Rabbi Matondo (Wales) - 3 caps, 0 goals

Michael Obafemi (Ireland) - 1 cap, 0 goals

 

Brooks, Lewis, Robinson, Peacock-Farrell, Mepham and Dan James have all established themselves as regulars for their country which is great to see for players at such a young age.

Jamal Lewis and Peacock-Farrell look like they could themselves a century of caps for Northern Ireland. They've both been outstanding and essential to Northern Ireland's four consecutive wins in qualifying. If they can keep fit, they're both guaranteed caps and both could go down as legends for their country.

Dan James has been the star man for Wales over the last couple of games, ahead of Gareth Bale, and I'd expect him to be a really key part of our hopes of qualifying. Mepham also looks clearly the strongest centre back that Wales have at the moment and will rake up the caps. Rabbi Matondo's getting the odd minute off the bench, but looks behind the pecking order at least for the time being. 

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Rating Changes

The Premier League ratings have began, and we've also had a couple of rating increases from Brits playing in other big leagues. This is great timing for us really, as it should work out for us that they'll be completed in time for the beginning of the new campaign. As a result our team should be raring to go in Division 3 next season, as we have the ambitious aim of back to back promotion. 

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 85 > 87

To be honest I'm disappointed with the rating increase, given his performances this season in the Premier League. He's beaten out 90 rated Wilfried Zaha to Crystal Palace player of the season, and has outperformed pretty much every Premier League right back in the league this season, hence his £70 million price tage. For me, he's all day an 88 rated player, and we're going to have to wait for that for the time being unfortunately. Inevitably though, it'll only be a matter of time and if he does get his move to Man. United then we expect him to become our first 90 rated player. 

David Brooks, 85 > 87

We were hopeful of a higher rating increase for Brooks, but this rating increase was more understandable than Wan-Bissaka's. He's had an immense season, and if he continues his form in to next season then he'll continue to increase in his rating next season even if he doesn't get a transfer.

Dwight McNeil, 80 > 83

McNeil's been exceptional for Burnley last season, so I thought this rating increase was a little harsh as well. For me, Burnley were crying out for some more quality going forward at the beginning of the season and a poor transfer window certainly hurt them. For me, the difference for them in the second half of last season was Dwight McNeil who was at the heart of everything they did well and for me he was the biggest reason why they managed to not only stay up last season, but stay up comfortably. I imagine he'll be one of the first names on the team sheet for them going in to next season, which will be put him in line for a further increase in rating even if he doesn't get a move. 

Daniel James, 82 > 83

To be expected following his £18 million move to Man. United, and it's a nice rating increase that see's him keep his place in the side. It's very much wait and see in terms of his rating for next season, but if he can get himself a place in the United team then we're expecting this to just be another rating increase on his way to much higher ratings.

Ben Wilmot, 75 > 78

Quite a nice rise for Wilmot, following some appearances for Udinese. We expect big things for him in the future, hence why he's stayed at the club despite not playing too much football and next season will be a big season for him. He really does need to be playing much more regular first team football now, and I think a loan move to the Championship would be more suitable for him then returning to Udinese. 

Aaron Ramsdale, 73 > 75

He seems to have done superbly at Wimbledon, all be it at a League 1 standard of football. He's still probably got the longest way to go in terms of progress, but it is so difficult in this gameworld to have goalkeepers at the same standard as the outfielders given that there's less of them and in general they're just further behind in terms of progress. We're hopeful of a loan move to either a stronger League 1 side such as Ipswich or Sunderland, or possibly a Championship loan move, although regular football is the priority. 

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Strongest Starting XI

Peacock-Farrell (80)

Wan-Bissaka (87) - Clarke-Salter (82) - Mepham (83) - Lewis (83)

Cash (82) - Brooks (87)

McNeil (83) - Roberts (84) -  D. James (83)

Penaranda (83)

Second XI 

Ramsdale (75)

Aarons (83) - Wilmot (78) - Adarabioyo (82) - Robinson (80)

R. James (82) - Cantwell (80)

Nmecha (78) - Carvalho (82) - Eze (80)

Maja (80)

 

Highest Potential XI

Peacock-Farrell (80)

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

R. James (82) - Brooks (87)

Wan-Bissaka (87) -  Carvalho (82) - McNeil (83)

D. James (83)

 

U19's XI

No GK

Bogle (78) - R. James (82) - Wilmot (78) - Aarons (83)

Cochrane (75) - Harper (76)

McNeil (83) - Clarke (77) - Matondo (76)

Obafemi (76)

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Transfer News

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Crystal Palace > Manchester United (£50 million)

It's not been completed yet, but if the journalists are to be believed than this deal has been agreed by both the players and the club and will completed officially within the next few days before Wan-Bissaka goes on holiday. It's a huge deal for the player, and for us as a club, as it puts him up there as easily our most expensive ever transfer and has put the player a pedigree higher.

He'll be expected to start the season as Man. United's first choice right back, and this move should help his rating move in to the 90's. Hopefully this move can help get him his England debut as well, he's got an awful lot of competition at right-back up against Alexander-Arnold and Kyle Walker but I think he's only one injury away from getting into the side. 

Youth Club Record Real-Life Transfer Fees

Aaron Wan-Bissaka > Manchester United (£50 million)

Dan James > Manchester United (£18 million)

Joao Carvalho > Nottingham Forest (£13.2 million)

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

David Brooks > Bournemouth (£11.5 million)

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Transfer News

Jack Clarke, Leeds United > Tottenham Hotspurs (£10 million)

Jack Clarke might see his rating soar next season if he does manage to get some first team football, following his move to Tottenham. It's a fantastic opportunity for him, and I think it's a perfect move for him to play in a Pochettino side that should bring the best out of him. The transfer is the seventh involving a HJK player in excess of £10 million, and it is great to see so many of our players that we've invested in for the last year or so move up the divisions and test themselves at higher levels. 

That's now Wan-Bissaka, Dan James and Clarke who have earned moves to the big six, and hopefully there'll be more to follow.

Youth Club Record Real-Life Transfer Fees (£10 million and over)

Aaron Wan-Bissaka > Manchester United (£50 million)

Dan James > Manchester United (£18 million)

Joao Carvalho > Nottingham Forest (£13.2 million)

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

David Brooks > Bournemouth (£11.5 million)

Jack Clarke > Tottenham Hotspurs (£10 million)

 

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Ranking of Potential (26th June, Season 3 - Turn 36)

1. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (87) [+1] 

2. David Brooks (87) [-1]

3. Max Aarons (83)  

4. Reece James (82) 

5. Dan James (83)  [+5]

6. Patrick Roberts (84) [-1]

7. Chris Mepham (83) [-1] 

8. Jamal Lewis (83) [-1] 

9. Dwight McNeil (83) [+2] 

10. Jake Clarke-Salter (82)   

11. Joao Carvalho (82) [-2]

12. Jack Clarke (77) [+3] 

13. Adalberto Penaranda (83) [-1] 

14. Tosin Adarabioyo (82) [-1] 

15. Bailey Peacock-Farrell (80) [-1]

16. Joe Rodon (77) 

17. Jayden Bogle (78) [+1] 

18. Tom Edwards (78) [-1]

19. Ebere Eze (80)

20. Marcus Tavernier (77) 

21. Glenn Middleton (70)

22. Todd Cantwell (80)

23.  Rabbi Matondo (76) 

24. Michael Johnston (73)  

25. Antonee Robinson (80) 

26. Michael Obafemi (76)  

27. Matty Cash (82) 

28. Josh Maja (80) [+1] 

29. Lukas Nmecha (80) 

30. Billy Gilmour (75) 

31. Rakeem Harper (76) 

32. Ben Wilmot (78) [+3] 

33. Felix Nmecha (73) 

34. Harry Cochrane (76) 

35. Andre Green (78) [+4] 

36. Allan Campbell (76) 

37. Herbie Kane (78) 

38. Ewan Henderson (70)

39. Ryan Nyambe (78) [-7]

40. Marcus McGuane (75) 

41. George Hirst (70) 

42. Aaron Ramsdale (75) 

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Season 3 - Division 4 Champions

HJK have been crowned Champions of Division 4, with a game to spare as they celebrate getting promoted to Division 3 in style. After two successive seasons of near misses, the club have shown more consistency in their performances and despite losing 1-0 away at CSD Municipal as other results went their way.

The side were frustrated all night by a strong goalkeeping performance from Man of the Match Matvey Safonov, with the club unable to convert their dominance in to goals, and it looked like they'd have to go in to their final game of the season needing a result to secure the championship. Fortunately, FC Botosani slipped up to a 1-1 draw at home to Pakhator, and HJK's frustrating turned to the joy of them securing their first trophy and promotion under their manager. 

They have still got one game to play, but with the season effectively over, the club have announced their end of season awards. 

Player of the Season - Adalberto Penaranda (36 games, 17 goals, 16 assists)
Most Goals - Adalberto Penaranda (17 goals)
Most Assists - Adalberto Penaranda (16 assists)
U19's Player of the Season - Reece James (25 games, 5 goals, 6 assists) 

Penaranda is in with a chance of winning the Division's Player of the Season as well, which will be announced after the final game of the season. 

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Club Record Update (Season 3 - Turn 37)

As we go in to the end of the season, former HJK player Keinan Davis retains his place as our all time top scorer, Peacock-Farrell is clear out in front as our all time appearance maker and the only player to manage 100 appearance for the club and despite struggling to retain his place in the side with the emergence of Dan James and Dwight McNeil, Joao Carvalho has more assists than any other player in our history. 

Most League Appearances:
1. Bailey Peacock-Farrell - 110 appearances
2. Aaron Wan-Bissaka - 91 appearances
3. Chris Mepham - 90 appearances
4. Jamal Lewis - 82 appearances

5. Joao Carvalho - 67 appearances 
6. David Brooks - 64 appearances
7. Reece Oxford - 63 appearances
8. Patrick Roberts - 62 appearances
9. Keinan Davis - 60 appearances
10. Ryan Ledson - 52 appearances

 

Most League Goals:
1. Keinan Davis - 28 goals
2. Joao Carvalho - 22 goals
3. Adalberto Penaranda - 17 goals

4. Andre Green - 14 goals
5. Patrick Roberts - 11 goals
6. Aaron Wan-Bissaka - 10 goals

7. Bright Enobakhare - 8 goals
= Matty Cash - 8 goals
9. Daniel James - 7 goals
10. David Brooks - 6 goals
= Chris Mepham - 6 goals

Most League Assists:
1. Joao Carvalho - 22 assists
2. Keinan Davis - 17 assists
3.  Adalberto Penaranda - 16 assists

4.  Andre Green - 15 assists
5. Bright Enobakkhare - 13 assists

= Daniel James - 13 assists
7. Patrick Roberts - 12 assists
8. Aaron Wan-Bissaka - 7 assists
= Tristan Nydam - 7 assists
10. Marcus McGuane - 5 assists

 

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Transfer News

Transfer Rumours
David Brooks > Manchester United/Tottenham Hotspur (£40 million)
Dwight McNeil > Juventus (£30 million)
Max Aarons > Crystal Palace (£20 million)
Marcus Tavernier > Aston Villa/Watford (£10 million)
Jayden Bogle > Brighton (£10 million)
Joao Carvalho > Olympiakos (£10 million)
Antonee Robinson > Wigan Athletic (£2.5 million)
Rakeem Harper >  Liverpool/Juventus (Tribunal)
Jake Clarke-Salter > Leeds (Loan)
Herbie Kane > Hull City (Loan)
Aaron Ramsdale > Huddersfield Town (Loan)
Mikey Johnston > Panathinaikos (Loan)
Glenn Middleton > Doncaster Rovers (Loan)

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Transfers In

Mallik Wilks

Age: 20
Rating: 77
Predicted Rating: 80

Mallik Wilks was team mates with fellow HJK player Herbie Kane last season, and Wilks 16 goals helped him to pip Kane to the club's Player of the Season. Wilks has seen himself earn a £1.2 million move to Barnsley over the course of the summer, and will be looking to follow in a long line of Barnsley players who have earned moves to Premier League clubs in recent years by impressing for the Tykes. Given the outlay on Wilks, we'll be expecting him to be a key man for Barnsley next season and to get plenty of opportunities in the Championship so to sign him for £400k was a no brainer. 

Ben White

Age: 21
Rating: 76
Predicted Rating: 78

Ben White has earned himself a loan move to Leeds United this summer, and we expect him to replace Pontus Jansson as Liam Cooper's centre back partner. Should he earn himself that regular place in the Leeds side, then he'll be a snip at £500k and we'd expect his rating to improve at a solid rate over the course of the season. 

Dylan Levitt

Age: 18
Rating: 70
Predicted Rating: 70

Levitt's very much a punt for the future, but with good reasoning. He's already forced his way in to Welsh senior sides, due to excellent progress within the Man. United academy. We're hoping that he's going to the next players on the Welsh talent conveyor belt, and if he is then he's a priceless addition at this stage of the gameworld. 

Nathan Wood

Age: 17
Rating: 67
Predicted Rating: 70

We've heard lots of good things about Nathan Wood for some time now, and were tempted to pick him last year when he made his competitive debut for the club. We've held our time with this one, but we feel like now he's at a more suitable age to start making an impact in Middlesbrough's first team. He's already made some bold claims that he's aiming to become a regular for Middlesbrough this season, and ultimately we think he's got enough talent to back up his words. 

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Rating Changes

We've had a couple of rating changes for players who've had summer transfers.

Mallik Wilks, 77 > 78

Following our signing of Wilks, he got a nominal rating increase which makes the signing more impressive on the surface. He'll need to impress for Barnsley next season though, to make it genuinely impressive.

George Hirst, 70 > 78

I'm not really sure he's deserved this rating increase, as I'm not sure he's been particularly successful out in Belgium but we'll certainly take this rating increase which has been a long time in the waiting for a player we signed over a year ago. He's now not too far off being involved in first team games, just narrowly behind the rating of back ups Lukas Nmecha and Josh Maja. 

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Summer Transfers

Antonee Robinson, Everton > Wigan Athletic (£2 million)

This was a deal that was rumoured throughout the summer, and despite other clubs in the Championship being interest he's ended up permanently joining Wigan where he impressed on loan last season. This is good news for the player, who can further establish himself as a regular in the second tier next season. 

Jake Clarke-Salter, Chelsea > Birmingham City (Loan)

As we'd expected, Jake Clarke-Salter follows an impressive season in the Eredivisie to a loan move in the Championship where he'll be expected to be a regular, following in the career path of Mason Mount. There's not going to be too much room for a rating increase for him for the next year, but he's establishing himself a career in England and in a best case scenario could attract Premier League interest for next season if he does well. 

George Hirst, OH Leuven > Leicester City 

An interesting one, in that despite by being no means prolific in the second division of Belgium with Leuven he eventually gets his move to Leicester City as expected. I'm not really sure what to make of him, as he's playing regularly for England U20's, yet seems to have struggled at club level. Hopefully he can show back in England that he's got the talent that justified Leicester very much touching the boundaries of legal transfers to sign him on the cheap. 

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Ranking of Potential (24th July, Season 4 - Turn 2)

1. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (87) 

2. David Brooks (87)

3. Max Aarons (83)  

4. Reece James (82) 

5. Dan James (83)

6. Patrick Roberts (84)

7. Chris Mepham (83) 

8. Jamal Lewis (83) 

9. Dwight McNeil (83) 

10. Jake Clarke-Salter (82)   

11. Joao Carvalho (82)

12. Jack Clarke (77) 

13. Adalberto Penaranda (83)

14. Tosin Adarabioyo (82) 

15. Bailey Peacock-Farrell (80)

16. Joe Rodon (77) 

17. Jayden Bogle (78) 

18. Tom Edwards (78)

19. Ebere Eze (80)

20. Marcus Tavernier (77) 

21. Michael Johnston (73) [+3]  

22. Todd Cantwell (80)

23. Rabbi Matondo (76) 

24. Glenn Middleton (70) [-3]

25. Antonee Robinson (80) 

26. Michael Obafemi (76)  

27. Matty Cash (82) 

28. Josh Maja (80)  

29. Lukas Nmecha (80) 

30. Billy Gilmour (75) 

31. Rakeem Harper (76) 

32. Ben Wilmot (78)  

33. Felix Nmecha (73) 

34. Harry Cochrane (76) 

35. Andre Green (78) 

36. Allan Campbell (76)

37. Ewan Henderson (70) [+1]  

38. Herbie Kane (78) [-1]

39. Mallik Wilks (78) [New Entry]

40. Ben White (76) [New Entry]

41. Ryan Nyambe (78) [-2]

42. George Hirst (78) [-1]

43. Aaron Ramsdale (75) [-1]

44. Dylan Levitt (70) [New Entry]

45. Nathan Wood (67) [New Entry]

46. Marcus McGuane (75) [-6]

 

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