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Ben Wilmot, Watford > Swansea City (Loan)

Ben Wilmot gets a loan move to Swansea City for the season, which will see him potentially pair with fellow HJK player Joe Rodon in defence. Wilmot comes with plenty of rave reviews from Watford, and I'm looking forward to seeing how he does in what will be his best taste of professional football. I expect him to get a lot of games next season and to potentially play plenty in holding midfield as well which will be interesting.

If he's able to have a successful season, then I can see his rating reaching 82 by the end of the season, and playing his way in to Watford's plans for next season. There was quite a while where he'd kept Wilmot with little word on his progress, and few minutes professionally to show for it but he's definitely one that we'll be keeping hold of now for some time to come. 

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Transfers In

Tom Dele-Bashiru

Age: 19
Rating: 73
Predicted Rating: 75

This is an interesting signing for us, and is one that we've taken a calculated risk with, following his real life transfer to Watford. He's signed for Watford from Man. City after his contract had expired, and he chose to turn down an extension at City to join Watford on a 6 year deal. On the announcement of his signing, the club talked the player up and said that he'd be joining the first team training camp for pre-season so I do expect this player to be a part of the clubs first team plans, particularly given the length of the contract he was given. I'm hoping he can feature in the first team to the extent that Domingos Quina had done for Watford last season, his first team minutes for the club have already helped him reach an 82 rating and I'd certainly take that for Dele-Bashiru this time next year.

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Season 4 - Squad

Looking through the thread, as it can be quite hard to keep track of exactly how the squad looks like, with us now having 47 players at the club I thought I'd do a quick post just to show the squad we've assembled and the depth that we have in each position. We're fortunate enough to have plenty of players who can play in multiple positions, but this list only puts players in their most natural position. 

 

GK: Peacock-Farrell (80), Ramsdale (75)

CB: Mepham (83), Clarke-Salter (82), Adarabioyo (82), Nyambe (78), Wilmot (78), Rodon (77), White (76), Wood (67)

RB: Wan-Bissaka (87), Aarons (83), R. James (82), Edwards (78), Bogle (78)

LB: Lewis (83), Robinson (80)

CM: Cash (82), Cantwell (80), Kane (78), Harper (76), Campbell (76), Cochrane (76), McGuane (75), F. Nmecha (73), Dele-Bashiru (73), Henderson (70), Levitt (70)

AM: Brooks (87), Carvalho (82), Eze (80), Tavernier (78), Gilmour (75)

WF: Roberts (84), McNeil (83), D. James (83), Green (78), Clarke (77), Matondo (76), Johnston (73), Middleton (70),

ST: Penaranda (83), Maja (80), L. Nmecha (80), Wilks (78), Hirst (78), Obafemi (76)

 

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Player Update - Todd Cantwell

With little in the way of rating increases or transfers, I thought I'd take the time to give another player update of another player that is exceeding his expectations.

Last season he played lots of minutes for Norwich on their way to promotion, but as the season came to a close he found himself largely on the bench and it was only enough for him to get a disappointing rating increase to 80.

This season though, and having signed a contract extension in the summer, Cantwell is making a name for himself in the Premier League. I thought at the start of the season that he may have to go out on loan to the Championship for regular football, but he's found it as a crucial part of Norwich's early hopes in the top flight.

In Norwich's first five games of the season, he's started all five and played all bar ten minutes. In this time he's scored two goals, against Manchester City and Chelsea, as well as assisting a further two against Newcastle.

Cantwell looks to have really come into his own, and if he can keep this up until the first set of rating changes in November then we could be looking at a rating increase to 83/84. If he's able to achieve that then he might be able to earn himself a place in the starting eleven alongside David Brooks in central midfield.

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Player Update - Aaron Ramsdale

Last February we picked up Aaron Ramsdale, whilst he was playing for League 1 strugglers Wimbledon. Usually we wouldn't pick up players playing at that level, but the most challenging aspect of this set up has been trying to find suitable goalkeepers.

There was only a couple of goalkeepers playing in the Championship aged 21 and under last season, of which we had one and Ramsdale was the only goalkeeper in League 1 at that age to be playing regular football. 

Goalkeepers develop later, and sides in Britain tend to trust more experienced heads so it's rare that anyone gets a chance at a decent standard that we'd be able to sign. Ramsdale was impressing for Wimbledon, so he was worth a punt and we were rewarded with a modest rise to 75 at the end of the season for our back up goalkeeper. Going in to the new season we were hoping for a Championship loan for Ramsdale, which would help him to approach the 80 rating mark.

This season, things have dramatically improved for us in what is our weakest position at the moment. Ramsdale trained with Bournemouth in pre-season, and despite Asmir Begovic and Artur Boruc being completely fit, Eddie Howe has decided that he is their new first choice goalkeeper.

Ramsdale has started all five of Bournemouth's league matches, with him particularly impressing against Aston Villa and Everton, and looks comfortable in the top flight. As well as this he's become the new England U21 first choice goalkeeper, taking over from Dean Henderson, and started in their two most recent qualifiers against Turkey and Kosvo, keeping two clean sheets.

We're hoping that he can keep his place until the first Premier League rating changes, and if he can then he could be in line for a rating increase above 80. If he manages that, then he could oust all time HJK record appearance holder Bailey Peacock-Farrell from the starting line up.

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In Contention for Sale

Harry Cochrane (76)

With the set up rules limiting the amount of players we can have to 60, we are beginning to think about letting one or two players go. We're still fine for the time being, but there is going to come a point where player sales will be needed.

The first player were considering letting go is Harry Cochrane. Cochrane burst on to the scene as a 16 year old for Hearts scoring against Celtic to end their unbeaten record under Brendan Rodgers. The player clearly has talent, but this is the sort of signing that shows 16 year old signings might be too young in this set up as you may have to wait 5 years for them to live up to their potential.

Cochrane may come good still, but last season he featured sporadically for Hearts and this season he's out on loan at Scottish Championship club Dunfermline so we don't expect his rating to increase any time in the next year so it might be best off us selling the player.

Cochrane has made 19 appearances in the League for HJK, scoring once, but has not featured since season 1. 

Marcus McGuane (75)

Another Season 1 signing that we're still waiting on delivering to their potential is Marcus McGuane. McGuane left Arsenal for Barcelona in 2018, and brought in headlines when he became the first English player to play for Barcelona since Gary Lineker when he played for the first team in the Catalan Super Cup Final.

However since then he's been limited to sporadic appearances for Barcelona B, featuring 24 times in total and seems miles of featuring for Barcelona's first team. This season he's gone out on loan to Dutch second division side Telstar and is featuring for their first team, but we really don't know how good McGuane is and whether he's going to increase to any real degree from his current rating. We could wait to see how he does for Telstar, and if he can get a rating increase to around 78 ahead of a bigger move next season, or we could cut our losses on this one given were looking for players who can reach an 82 rating or higher.

McGuane featured 11 times for HJK in Season 1, scoring twice and setting up five goals which still puts him among HJK's top ten all time assisters to this date.

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Player Update - Mikey Johnston

A player that deserves an update more than anyone is Mikey Johnston, considering the game just won't give him one. It's been 14 months since the SPL ratings were last reviewed, and since then Johnston has come on leaps and bounds.

He was always a really highly regarded youngster in the Celtic academy, and enough so for us to pick him up in June 2018. Since then though he's established himself in the first team and is one of the main attacking threats of the side that achieved 8 in a row, and are now competing for a 9th successive league title in a row.

Last season Johnston played 23 times for Celtic in his breakthrough season, scoring 5 goals. This season he's already well on his way to improving on that as he's played 10 games already, of which he's started 9, and scored 4 goals. He has firmly put himself above 87 rated Scott Sinclair and 83 rated Jonny Hayes in the pecking order, and I think he should firmly receive an increase to 82 for the time being. Unfortunately though, when he is next reviewed it could be his only review for an awful long time, so anything shy of this would be bitterly disappointing.

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Club Record Update (Season 4 - Turn 18)

As near the half way point I'd thought I'd update the club records. Some of the old guard that have left the club are beginning to slip down the rankings, whilst players brought after our first season such as David Brooks and Patrick Roberts are now scoring highly in all categories. 

Bailey Peacock-Farrell maintains his place as our most capped player, and that will remain the case until he's challenged more by Aaron Ramsdale's due rating increase. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Chris Mepham both join him with a century of appearances, with Jamal Lewis on the verge of becoming the fourth HJK player to hit the feat. Jake Clarke-Salter has now joined this list, having reached 52 appearances for the club.

keinan Davis is still clinging on to the top scorer spot despite leaving a season and a half ago, Penaranda will eventually catch him though having already scored 9 league goals this season. Dwight McNeil is the only new addition to this list, and with the likes of McNeil and Dan James were hoping to have some good contenders for the very top of this list.

Penaranda has overtaken Joao Carvalho as our top assisted, with Carvalho only managing to make one league appearance this season due to rating increases in the attacking midfield area. Dan James isn't too far behind the top of this list considering he's not featured too often for the first team, whilst David Brooks is the new entry on this list having notched up eight assists for the club.

Most League Appearances:

1. Bailey Peacock-Farrell - 128 appearances
2. Aaron Wan-Bissaka - 107 appearances
3. Chris Mepham - 102 appearances

4. Jamal Lewis - 99 appearances
5. David Brooks - 80 appearances
6. 
Patrick Roberts - 78 appearances
7. Joao Carvalho - 69 appearances
8. Reece Oxford - 63 appearances
 9. Keinan Davis - 60 appearances
10. Ryan Ledson - 52 appearances
= Jake Clarke-Salter - 52 appearances

Most League Goals:
1. Keinan Davis - 28 goals
2. Adalberto Penaranda - 26 goals 
3. Joao Carvalho - 22 goals

4. Patrick Roberts - 16 goals 
5. Andre Green - 14 goals
6. David Brooks - 11 goals

 7. Aaron Wan-Bissaka - 10 goals
= Matty Cash - 10 goals 
= Daniel James - 10 goals
9. Bright Enobakhare - 8 goals
10. Chris Mepham - 6 goals

= Dwight McNeil - 6 goals

Most League Assists:

1. Adalberto Penaranda - 24 assists
2. Joao Carvalho - 22 assists

3. Daniel James - 18 assists
4. Keinan Davis - 17 assists 

5. Patrick Roberts - 16 assists
6. Andre Green - 15 assists
7. Bright Enobakhare
 - 13 assists 
8. David Brooks - 8 assists
9. Aaron Wan-Bissaka - 7 assists
= Tristan Nydam - 7 assists

 

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Player Update - Joe Rodon

I thought I'd do another one of these if there are people viewing the story, because this story is ultimately about rhe progress of players I've spotted and signed in an incredibly competitive set up of 100 managers all looking for the next future stars. In the case of many of these players, such as Joe Rodon, their rating just doesn't come near to telling the full story.

Rodon got his big break at Swansea at the beginning of last season, and looked brilliant from day one really. He was asked a lot of in his first season, with no real back up for him, and eventually he picked up an injury that cut his season short. At the time of the injury he was being linked with a move at twice the price Dan James was valued at, and was regarded more highly by Swansea fans. He played a few games towards the end of the season, but his injury meant he only managed to get an increase to 77 which puts him as our sixth highest rated centre back and nowhere near getting any first team football for HJK.

This season though, he's back and better than ever. He's looking incredibly assured and confident for a player of his age, and is the main man in defence for a Swansea side that have started the season off brilliantly. As well as this, he's earned his first two caps for his country and got Welsh fans questioning why a player this good and reassured hadn't been called up earlier to the squad. His recent performances have put him as the standout centre back for Wales, and his center back partner for Wales moving forward looks to be our very own Chris Mepham.

It's going to be a long time until the Championship is reviewed, and the only thing in the way of Rodon receiving the 82 rating he deserves is injury. Moving forward, if Swansea don't earn promotion then he could be the next start that is moved on for a fee similar to the one which saw Dan James and Oli McBurnie leave the club.

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Full Internationals

Adalberto Penaranda (Venezuela) - 15 caps, 0 goals

David Brooks (Wales) - 12 caps, 1 goal

Jamal Lewis (Northern Ireland) - 11 caps, 0 goals

Bailey Peacock-Farrell (Northern Ireland) - 10 caps, 0 goals

Chris Mepham (Wales) - 8 caps, 0 goals

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

Dan James (Wales) - 6 caps, 2 goal

Rabbi Matondo (Wales) - 3 caps, 0 goals

Ryan Nyambe (Namibia) - 2 caps, 0 goals

Joe Rodon (Wales) - 2 caps, 0 goals

Michael Obafemi (Ireland) - 1 cap, 0 goals

 

An update after the summer and the most recent international break. Two new internationals in Joe Rodon and Ryan Nyambe who decided to pledge his international allegiance to Namibia which allowed him to play in the African Cup of Nations. 

Dan James recent winning goal against Belarus makes him the clubs top international goalscorer as he continues to shine.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka was on the verge of becoming our first player to play for England, but had to withdraw from the squad due to injury. It would have been some achievement for the club, but surely it's only a matter of time.

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Player Update - Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Another player I thought deserved a player update is our star man in real life at the moment, Aaron Wan-Bissaka. 

Wan-Bissaka has had such a meteoric rise since we signed him as a 70 rated prospect back in May 2018. Since then he's gone on to step up to a Premier League regular, and looked instantly among the best right backs in the league. His pace, strength and ability in one-on-one duels are his real strengths, and he excels in the basics of defending. 

He earned a £50 million move to Man. United in the summer, and has really impressed home supporters who are more than satisfied that he is their right back option for years to come. He's played every minute of their campaign so far, helping United to two clean sheets in five matches and is among their stand out players.

We expect this season for him to go on and play for England, and compete with international competitors Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kyle Walker to make it in to the PFA Team of the Year.

We are expecting a strong rating increase in the next review, to a minimum of 89 but we think there's a good chance that when he's next reviewed he will become the clubs first ever 90 rated player. Whilst that  be an impressive feat in itself, to achieve it with a player that we have signed from the very start of the set up as a 70 rated player is incredibly impressive. He's been an important figure at the club since his first season, and has racked up over 100 appearances for the club already, and we imagine he'll play many more times for the club given his form in real life.

 

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Rating Changes

The game is in the habit of giving sporadic updates, largely to players that they deem to be their favourites. I can't complain in this instance, as it has benefitted us at a time where we could do with that extra quality in a fiercely competitive Division 3.

Dan James, 83 > 85

Since signing for us in October 2018, this is the fourth time that James has been reviewed and he certainly is a favourite of the game. That's not to say it's not been deserved though as over the summer his shooting has improved, and he's established himself as a first team player for Man, United which many might have thought would take some time for him to do. He's now firmly our strongest attacking player in terms of rating, and we're hoping this will help him push on to contribute more in front of goal. We're still expecting a rating increase up to 88 by the time the league is reviewed, but the more times our top players are reviewed the better and hopefully Wan-Bissaka receives an increase sooner than we expected as well.

Glenn Middleton, 70 > 73

Just a small increase that we hadn't yet reported for Glenn Middleton, but anything for our SPL players are a boost. He's been loaned out to Hibs this season and I think he's been unfairly treated by Gerrard, who I think could have made more use of him. He's not really had a break recently, but we still think he's talented enough to keep hold of.

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Transfers In

Marc Guehi

Age: 19
Rating: 73
Predicted Rating: 76

In comes Marc Guehi, as our only signing of the mid season transfer window so far. Guedhi has yet to make his professional debut, but biggest achievement in youth football came as a member of the England U17 side who won the world cup. Since then, he's won more or less everything there is to win in youth football with Chelsea and has been capped twice for England U21's.

In the last couple of weeks he signed a new three year contract with Chelsea, and was on the bench for their Champions League defeat to Valencia as he looks to be one of the youngsters that Frank Lampard sees a future for at Chelsea. We anticipate that he will get some first team opportunities this season, even if they are sporadic and are largely in cup competitions.

If he's able to get those occasional chances, then we still anticipate his rating to increase at a steady pace due to the size of Chelsea as a club. He joins fellow Chelsea players Reece James, Jake Clarke-Salter and Billy Gilmour at HJK.

With the signing of Guehi, we've now reached 48 out of maximum of 60 players and as a result are considering the sales of Ryan Nyambe, Harry Cochrane, George Hirst and Marcus McGuane as the wage bill is beginning to rise slightly beyond our means.

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Full Internationals

Adalberto Penaranda (Venezuela) - 15 caps, 0 goals

David Brooks (Wales) - 12 caps, 1 goal

Jamal Lewis (Northern Ireland) - 11 caps, 0 goals

Bailey Peacock-Farrell (Northern Ireland) - 10 caps, 0 goals

Chris Mepham (Wales) - 8 caps, 0 goals

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

Dan James (Wales) - 6 caps, 2 goal

Rabbi Matondo (Wales) - 3 caps, 0 goals

Ryan Nyambe (Namibia) - 2 caps, 0 goals

Joe Rodon (Wales) - 2 caps, 0 goals

Michael Obafemi (Ireland) - 1 cap, 0 goals

Josh Maja (Nigeria) - 1 cap, 0 goals

 

An international update that we initially missed and that is definitely worth an update for is the international debut, and allegiance chance to Nigeria of Josh Maja. 

Maja came on as a late substitute in a friendly against Ukraine, showing the progress that he has made to feature for an international side with the attacking options that Nigeria have.

Despite Lee Clark criticizing his decision to leave League 1 Sunderland for Ligue 1 Bordeaux, Maja has gone on to make him look daft as he's featured regularly for Bordeaux's first team whilst Sunderland failed to earn promotion. He's played five times this season already, scoring once, and we expect him to feature more as the club begin to feature in cup competitions.

His form for Bordeaux, which at the moment we predict will lead to a rating increase to 82 in the next French review, helps him to become the 12th HJK player to earn a full international cap for their country.

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Transfers In

Steven Alzate

Age: 21
Rating: 72
Predicted Rating: 78

To be honest we hadn't heard of Alzate before Saturday, but we're rewarded for our research in this competitive gameworld as we manage to clinch this signing before anyone else has heard of him.

Alzate played 90 minutes in the Premier League for Brighton, impressing as the Man of the Match and leaving many neutrals wondering where Brighton had signed this player from. Well, infact he came through their youth team and last season was on loan at League 2 Swindon Town.

Brighton have a very good youth team, and knowing Graham Potter he will give those players chance. I expect Alzate to get plenty more opportunities to impress under Potter, and picking up anyone that's playing Premier League football at this stage of the gameworld is superb.

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Minutes played - 2019/20 

Premier League

Dwight McNeil, 609 mins, 2 assists

Aaron Ramsdale, 540 mins

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 540 mins

Jamal Lewis, 540 mins

Todd Cantwell, 528 mins, 2 goals, 2 assists

Daniel James, 465 mins, 3 goals, 1 MotM

Max Aarons, 364 mins

Chris Mepham, 361 mins, 1 goal, 1 MotM

Steven Alzatez, 270 mins, 1 assist

Patrick Roberts, 181 mins

Michael Obafemi, 92 mins, 1 goal

Tom Dele-Bashiru, 18 mins

Billy Gilmour, 6 mins

Championship

Ben White, 854 mins, 1 MotM

Joe Rodon, 720 mins

Ebere Eze, 718 mins, 2 goals, 3 assists, 3 MotM

Anyone's Robinson, 697 mins, 1 MotM

Mallik Wilks, 680 mins, 1 goal

Matty Cash, 627 mins, 1 goal, 1 assist

Thomas Edwards, 450 mins

Andre Green, 227 mins, 1 goal

Joao Carvalho, 203 mins, 1 goal, 1 assist

Ryan Nyambe, 189 mins

Ben Wilmot, 180 mins

Tosin Adarabioyo, 153 mins

Marcus Tavernier, 128 mins

Jack Clarke, 116 mins

Jayden Bogle, 114 mins, 1 assist

Rakeem Harper, 96 mins

Jake Clarke-Salter, 90 mins

Nathan Wood, 90 mins

Other

Allan Campbell (SPL), 889 mins, 1 goal, 1 assist

Michael Johnston (SPL), 701 mins, 4 goals, 4 assists

Ewan Henderson (SPL), 384 mins

Glenn Middleton (SPL), 244 mins, 2 assists

Marcus McGuane (Eerste Divisie), 219 mins

Adalberto Penaranda (Belgian Pro League), 216 mins, 1 goal

Josh Maja (Ligue 1), 140 mins, 1 goal

Lukas Nmecha (Bundesliga), 16 mins

Harry Cochrane (Scottish Championship), 54 mins

 

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Transfers In

Aaron Connolly

Age: 19
Rating: 70
Predicted Rating: 78

Another Brighton prospect comes in at HJK, and again it's partly due to the faith we know Graham Potter has in young players which has helped the likes of Dan James and Joe Rodon be successful signings for us.

Aaron Connolly looks to have more potential than Alzate, as he is younger and was talked about a lot more going in to this season. He's already picked up eleven caps for Ireland U21's, and is seen as one of their biggest prospects.

Brighton let go of both Locadia and Andone on loan, which leaves Connolly as the clubs third choice striker. He's already scored in the League cup, and played four times for them this season which includes three Premier League appearance. We're expecting him to break the twenty appearances mark for Brighton this season, which could earn him an 80 rating.

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Mark Travers

Age: 20
Rating: 73
Predicted Rating: 76

Another Irish youngster has been brought in, in the form of Bournemouth back up goalkeeper Mark Travers. He joins for £600k, in a deal that sees us a lot more comfortable in the goalkeeping department as we now have three strong options long-term who could all develop in to top goalkeeper.

Travers has been beaten out by fellow HJK goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale to the first choice goalkeeper shirt at Bournemouth, but Travers is still picking up valuable minutes in the cup as his back up. He also made his Premier League debut at the end of last season, in doing so beconing the first teenager to play in goals in the top flight since Joe Hart.

He's also recently made his full Irish debut in a friendly against Bulgaria, and whilst Darren Randolph has the first choice goalkeepers shirt locked down for the time being, he looks to be next in line to the jersey.

We expect him to get a small rating increase, due to his appearances in cup competitions, but nothing too impressive this season unless he comes in to replace Ramsdale. 

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Transfers Out

Harry Cochrane

Age: 18

Rating: 76

Original Rating: 67

Appearances: 18; Goals: 1; Assists: 2; Average Rating: 5.79

It's very rare that we let go of a player, and this is the first time we've sold anyone since the end of Season 2. This is going to have to become more of the norm though, as we begin to approach our squad cap of 60 players. We will give it until the end of the season for the likes of George Hirst, Ryan Nyambe and Marcus McGuane, but with next to no chance of a rating increase in line we've been more decisive on Cochrane's future.

Cochrane is still very young and talented, but with him out on loan for the season to Scottish Championship side Dunfermline he's not going to have any chance of a rating increase for possibly two years at the rate the SPL is reviewed it. He may eventually become good, but I need players to be playing regularly if they're in the SPL unless they're getting interest down South, and Cochrane doesn't fit in to either of those categories.

His early rating increase was quite important for us to get off to a solid enough start in Season 1, as he regularly started alongside Allan Campbell and Ryan Lesson but since the emergence of players like Matty Cash he hasn't been able to get a look in. We imagine that he'll get picked up by another club in the gameworld at some point, and hopefully he's able to make a decent contribution for them in the future.

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Player Update - Billy Gilmour

We've got an unreal talent on our hands in Billy Gilmour, he's always been highly rated but we're just beginning to see how fortunate we got when we won the battle to sign him amongst plenty of competition.

Under Lampard's Chelsea, Gilmour was given his Premier League debut off the bench against Sheffield United and played the full 90 minutes against Grimsby in the League Cup, winning Man of the Match. 

Gilmour ran the game from midfield, and we fully expect him to continue getting sporadic appearances for Chelsea. He's their version of Phil Foden really, and I imagine he'll be capped for Scotland in the near future. We see him as potentially being the regular centre midfield partner for David Brooks by the end of the Premier League season. 

Also in the League Cup against Grimsby, saw the return from injury and Chelsea debut of Reece James who we expect to take off now in the Premier League as well as Marc Guedhi's Chelsea debut which justifies his recent signing.

 

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Player Update - Ben White

The best signing of the beginning of Season 4 for us looks to be Ben White so far, who immediately has come straight in to Leeds United's strongest eleven. He's been an ever present for Leeds, who currently top the Championship and has been earning rave reviews from their supporters who believe he's a certainty to play for England in the future and they feel like they should spend whatever it takes to sign him should he help them to promotion.

His form has helped him to win the PFA Fans Player of the Month for August, with a superb 44% of the vote. It's pretty much the perfect start for him, and Leeds fans feel like he's an improvement on 85 rated Pontus Jansson. We feel like a rating increase to 82 is nailed on for the next Championship review, providing he avoids injury, which would leave us a very competitive battle for Chris Mepham's centre back partner as he, Rodon, Clarke-Salter and Adarabioyo could all be on an 82 rating at that stage.

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Minutes played - 2019/20 

Premier League

Dwight McNeil, 789 mins, 2 assists

Daniel James, 738 mins, 3 goals, 1 MotM

Aaron Ramsdale, 720 mins, 1 assist

Jamal Lewis, 720 mins

Todd Cantwell, 689 mins, 2 goals, 2 assists

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 630 mins (INJ)

Max Aarons, 544 mins

Chris Mepham, 451 mins, 1 goal, 1 MotM (INJ)

Steven Alzate, 448 mins, 1 assist

Aaron Connolly, 302 mins, 3 goals, 2 MotM

Michael Obafemi, 188 mins, 1 goal, 1 assist

Mark Travers, 180 mins

Reece James, 157 mins, 1 goal, 1 assist

Patrick Roberts, 113 mins

Billy Gilmour, 96 mins

Marc Guedhi, 90 mins

Tom Dele-Bashiru, 18 mins

Herbie Kane, 8 mins

Championship

Ben White, 1125 mins, 1 MotM

Joe Rodon, 990 mins, 1 assist

Ebere Eze, 968 mins, 4 goals, 2 assists, 4 MotM

Anyone's Robinson, 967 mins, 1 MotM

Mallik Wilks, 758 mins, 1 goal

Matty Cash, 987 mins, 1 goal, 2 assists

Thomas Edwards, 630 mins, 1 assist

Joao Carvalho, 415 mins, 1 goal, 1 assist

Jayden Bogle, 342 mins, 2 assists

Marcus Tavernier, 309 mins

Andre Green, 227 mins, 1 goal

Ryan Nyambe, 189 mins

Ben Wilmot, 181 mins

Tosin Adarabioyo, 176 mins

Jake Clarke-Salter, 173 mins

Jack Clarke, 116 mins

Rakeem Harper, 96 mins

Nathan Wood, 90 mins

Other

Allan Campbell (SPL), 1069 mins, 1 goal, 1 assist

Michael Johnston (SPL), 701 mins, 4 goals, 4 assists (INJ)

Ewan Henderson (SPL), 440 mins

Glenn Middleton (SPL), 406 mins, 2 assists

Marcus McGuane (Eerste Divisie), 309 mins

Adalberto Penaranda (Belgian Pro League), 383 mins, 1 goal

Josh Maja (Ligue 1), 132 mins, 1 goal

Rabbi Matondo (Bundesliga), 85 mins, 1 goal

Lukas Nmecha (Bundesliga), 64 mins

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Top Five Leagues Predictions (Late November/December)

Premier League

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 87 > 88/89

David Brooks, 87 > 87 (INJ)

Daniel James, 85 > 87/88

Dwight McNeil, 83 > 86/85

Chris Mepham, 83 > 85/84 (INJ)

Jamal Lewis, 83 > 84/85

Max Aarons, 83 > 84/85

Reece James, 82 > 83

Todd Cantwell, 80 > 83/84

Bailey Peacock-Farrell, 80 > 80/82

Aaron Ramsdale, 75 > 82/83

Aaron Connolly, 73 > 80/82

Steven Alzate, 72 > 80/82

Michael Obafemi, 76 > 78/80

Herbie Kane, 78 > 78

Billy Gilmour, 75 > 78

Mark Travers, 73 > 77/78

Marc Guedhi, 73 > 75

Felix Nmecha, 73 > 73

Dylan Levitt, 70 > 70

Ligue 1

Josh Maja, 80 > 80/82

Bundesliga

Lukas Nmecha, 80 > 80/82

Rabbi Matondo, 76 > 78/80

 

These are very early predictions still, given that they've only had about half the first team opportunities that they'll get before they're reviewed. There's plenty of opportunities yet for players to get a crucial run of starting games in the build up to the review that will make a huge chance, whilst there's also time for players who are currently featuring regularly to pick up injuries or have a phase out of the team that will see there ratings suffer. It's particularly the case in the top flight as well, where a couple of weeks ago people might be looking at someone like Aaron Connolly for a small rating increase, but he's since started and scored twice against Tottenham and it makes such a huge difference. If he and Alzate can keep starting games until they are reviewed, then we'll have another two players that will be pushing for a place in the starting line up. 

It is phenomenal to see so many of our players featuring regularly or even sporadically at the highest level. When we started, we only had Aaron Wan-Bissaka getting game time at the level and since we've been able to either acquire young players playing at that level or have players who have made the step up from the Championship.

We thought that we'd really hit the ground running with the reviews towards the end of last season which improved our squad significantly, helping us to win Division 4, but when the Premier League is next reviewed then we're going to go up another level again and it will hopefully give us the boost we need to get promotion to Division 2. We're going from strength to strength, and I'm really pleased with what I've been able to build from scratch. 

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Rating Changes

Glenn Middleton, 73 > 76

After his small rating increase before the Scottish Premiership review, Middleton has received another modest rating increase. I think it's a little harsh, and hasn't put enough weight on the amount of games he played for Rangers last season, but ultimately it matters for little as he'd still be a long way of featuring for our first team even with a rating of 77 or 78. 

He's one of the players we're debating on keeping hold of. We do think he's talented, and could go far, as he's still only just turned 19, but he has to be impressing more for Hibs really as we need players that are able to either excel in the Scottish Premiership or earn a move down south and do well there. Middleton still could be someone who could do that, but he's far from a certainty in the way that Mikey Johnston is looking. 

We have got a bit of time to consider his future yet, as we're still ten players shy of the squad cap. It's worth considering that Aaron Ramsdale was in a similar category to Middleton at the beginning of the season, and since has become a regular in the Premier League and is looking like our first choice goalkeeper long-term which is why I'm not keen to pull the plug like him. Here's the list of players that will be leaving the club should they make little progress by the time we're meeting that cap:

Ryan Nyambe (78), Blackburn Rovers

George Hirst (78), Leicester City

Andre Green (77), Aston Villa on loan at Preston North End

Glenn Middleton (76), Glasgow Rangers on loan at Hibernian

Marcus McGuane (75), Barcelona on loan at Telstar

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