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Ranking of Potential (8th October, Season 4 - Turn 24)

1. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (87) 

2. David Brooks (87)

3. Dan James (85) [+2]   

4. Max Aarons (83) [-1]

5. Reece James (82) [-1]

6. Jamal Lewis (83) [+2] 

7. Chris Mepham (83) 

8. Dwight McNeil (83) [+1]  

9. Patrick Roberts (84) [-3] 

10. Todd Cantwell (80) [+12]

11. Aaron Ramsdale (75) [+32]

12. Joe Rodon (77) [+5]  

13.  Joao Carvalho (82) [-2] 

14. Jack Clarke (77) [-2] 

15. Ben White (76) [+25]

16. Jake Clarke-Salter (82)    

17. Bailey Peacock-Farrell (80) [-2]    

18. Ebere Eze (80) [+1] 

19. Michael Johnston (73) [+2]  

20. Adalberto Penaranda (83) [-7]

21. Jayden Bogle (78) [-4] 

22. Billy Gilmour (75) [+8]   

23. Aaron Connolly [New Entry]  

24. Josh Maja (80) [+4]   

25. Michael Obafemi (76) [+1]

26. Steven Alzate [New Entry]

27. Tom Edwards (78) [-9] 

28. Antonee Robinson (80) [-3]  

29. Matty Cash (82) [-2]  

30. Marcus Tavernier (77) [-10] 

31. Lukas Nmecha (80) [-2]  

32. Tosin Adarabioyo (82) [-18]

33. Rabbi Matondo (76) [-8]

34. Mallik Wilks (78) [+5]

35. Ben Wilmot (78) [-3] 

36. Felix Nmecha (73) [-3] 

37. Marc Guehi [New Entry]

38. Andre Green (78) [-3] 

39. Rakeem Harper (76) [-8] 

40. Ewan Henderson (70) [-3]   

41. Glenn Middleton (76) [-17]

42. Herbie Kane (78) [-4]

43. Allan Campbell (76) [-7] 

44. Mark Travers [New Entry]

45. George Hirst (78) [-3] 

46. Ryan Nyambe (78) [-5] 

47. Dylan Levitt (70) [-3] 

48. Nathan Wood (67) [-3]

49. Tom Dele-Bashiru (73) [-3]

50. Marcus McGuane (75) [-4]

 

Biggest Risers: Aaron Ramsdale (75) [+32], Ben White (76) [+25]Todd Cantwell (80) [+12]Billy Gilmour (75) [+8]   

Biggest Losers: Tosin Adarabioyo (82) [-18]Glenn Middleton (76) [-17]Marcus Tavernier (77) [-10]Tom Edwards (78) [-9] 

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Player News (Goalkeepers)

Aaron Ramsdale (75) is set to be rewarded for his recent form with a new contract at Bournemouth, which will see his wages double. (TeamTalk)

Eddie Howe has spoken of Ramsdale's aim of getting a place in the full England squad, "he's playing for the under-21s now, so he would feel ultimately that's an aim, I'm sure a goal for him the future to try and attain.

Player News (Defenders)

£20 million rated Max Aarons (83) has been tipped as the man to replace Spurs flop Serge Aurier. (FootballFanCast)

Marcelo Bielsa has discussed his loanee Ben White (76), as the man at Leeds who 'doesn't make any mistakes'. "He's a great player. He takes risks and doesn't make mistakes. That's the most difficult thing in football. It's easy when you take risks. It's normal to make mistakes when you take risks. The best players risk and don't make mistakes. Everything seems White is in this band." 

Player News (Midfielders)

Kris Commons isn't happy about Patrick Roberts (84) lack of first team chances at Norwich. "Norwich have the worst defensive record in the league and are relegation fodder. He has the ability to perform for a top-six team who dominate the ball."

Former Forest full-back Colin Barrett has tipped Joao Carvalho (82) to raise the roof at the City ground, like some of their legends of the past. "You need that somebody who gives you that spark, who gets you going. Robbo used to do it in my day. Stan Collymore - it's a little bit different what Stan used to do, but he used to raise the roof and that's what you need. When you get these players performing at their best, there is nothing better to watch."

Todd Cantwell (80) has been compared by formed Norwich City striker to former Barcelona, Porto and Chelsea midfielder Deco. 

Norwich City manager Daniel Farke has publicly praised Cantwell, stating that "to step up his level in the best league in the world is outstanding and you can only praise him."

QPR are bracing themselves for bids in the January transfer window for Ebere Eze (80) who has been likened by former QPR coach Andy Bircham to Raheem Sterling. 

Norwich midfielder Kenny McLean has spoken about the talent of fellow Scot Billy Gilmour (75), "his potential doesn't even need to be spoken about, he's that good."

Former Scottish and Celtic forward Darren Jackson thinks Scotland manager Steve Clarke should have selected Gilmour for the Scotland squad. "I've been lucky enough to work with Billy at the under-19s and the kid is sensational, he's incredible. Could he go into the squad? He'd relish it. I'd have Billy in there and he'd do it no problem, he'd relish the challenge."

Player News (Forwards)

Martin Keown has heaped praise on Daniel James (85), by claiming that he's Manchester United's best player. "Daniel James must be thinking 'who have I signed for here?', he's their youngest player, but he's their best player."

Sean Dyche has praised winger Dwight McNeil's (83) consistency at Burnley, "I think over time it's not surprising how well he's done, t's the consistency he's done it with. Young players coming into a side can have ups and downs, quiet periods. But he's not really had that many quiet periods, he's kept his consistency high."

Jack Clarke (77) is set to cut short his loan spell at Leeds, and return to Tottenham, having not featured in the league this season. 

Former Leeds United winger Noel Whelan believes Leeds United have made a mistake letting Mallik Wilks (77) go to Barnsley in the summer. "Wilks definitely has something. He impressed me. He has strength, pace, a good left foot and looks like a real handful for defenders. His decision-making needs to improve, but that will come with experience. Barnsley got him for a snip. £1 million is nothing for a Championship club these days. Have Leeds dropped a clanger? They will feel this have."Rabbi Matondo (76) made his first start for Schalke, playing as a striker in a new role for the Welsh youngster, and rewarded manager David Wagner with his first Bundesliga goal in a 3-1 win away to Leipzig. 

Aaron Connolly's (73) two goals for Brighton against Spurs has helped him to earn his first call up to the Irish national team, where he's expected to make his full international debut this week.

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Rating Changes

Mikey Johnston, 73 > 78

This is the poorest we've been hit by a poor rating increase since the beginning of the setup. Johnston's been playing fantastically well, and is a regular in the Celtic squad but still doesn't get near the ratings of players he's massively out performing such as Scott Sinclair who's rated as high as 85. We thought he should be getting an 82 rating minimum, and that's definitely what he deserved a regular in their first team this season. I think that's what he'd have got had he not picked up an injury in the beginning of September, but a month's injury should be something that the game take in to account when giving players a review after 17 months. In time, he'll be given the rating he deserves as one of the best players in the league at 85-87, but we're going to have to wait for some time with him given the league he plays in, so we'll be hopeful he can get a move to the Premier League sooner rather than later to be properly and regularly reviewed.

Ewan Henderson, 70 > 73

It's a disappointing rating increase for Henderson, considering he's now a regular at Ross County and has featured plenty for Celtic as well. However, it's not one that really affects us, as we weren't intending to sell him after his rating increase and we still think he can go all the way to the top. That isn't going to change with a poor rating increase, and we think in time he'll be comfortably rated above 80.

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Transfers In

Nathan Ferguson

Age: 19
Rating: 73
Predicted Rating: 80

We've managed to secure the signing of Nathan Ferguson, who's recently been added to the database. We regard Ferguson as playing at the highest level for a British youngster that has been added to the database since Max Aarons was added in January. When new players are getting added to the database, if they're playing for a Chelsea or a Manchester City then regardless of whether the players is known to managers then we'll have five or six rival bids. As Ferguson plays for West Brom, he's slipped by the attention of other managers and we'll certainly take that. 

Ferguson has had spells at both right-back and left-back this season, playing ten of West Brom's first eleven games this season. He's been a big reason for their improvement this season under Slavan Bilic, which see's the Baggies currently sitting on top of the Championship. Ferguson has particularly impressed in televised games away at Nottingham Forest and away to QPR, two games that West Brom won thanks to goal contributions by the full-back. These performances have helped his reputation to grow, and is considered to be one of the best full-backs in the Championship already, drawing comparisons to the emergence of Ryan Sessegnon at this level for Fulham a few seasons ago.

We're over the moon to be bringing in a player of his standard, and it's really helping us to continue to develop as a team. Whilst it's incredibly difficult to pick up talent in a competitive gameworld of a hundred managers, we've managed to bring in to Premier League regulars in Aaron Connolly and Steven Alzate and one of the best full-backs in the Championship in Nathan Ferguson against no competition. 

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Rating Changes

Joe Rodon, 77 > 80

Presumably due to his newly established regular spot in the Welsh national team, Joe Rodon has received a pleasantly surprising rating increase. It's certainly deserved, for one of the best centre halves in the Championship and a player that is certain to be attracting interest from Premier League clubs. We expected him to hit a rating of 82 by the end of the season, which this helps him towards, but if he can stay fit and keep getting appearances for Wales then he could reach an even higher rating. He's now not too far from finding his place in the starting line-up, but misses out to Adarabioyo (82), Clarke-Salter (82) and Reece James (82). 

Aaron Ramsdale, 75 > 80

Ramsdale's form for Bournemouth has been brilliant, and has helped him to earn a place as England U21's first choice goalkeeper which presumably has helped him to be reviewed early. This rating increase see's Ramsdale level with Bailey Peacock-Farrell's rating, and it gives us the option of using Ramsdale in the first team if Peacock-Farrell's performance are poor. Having established himself at a high rating, I think it gives us a better chance of getting a stronger increase when he's reviewed again in the Premier League review and we're hopeful of an increase to around 83. 

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Strongest XI

Ramsdale (80)

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

Cash (82) - Brooks (87)

McNeil (83) - Roberts (84) - D. James (85)

Penaranda (83)

Back-Up XI

Peacock-Farrell (80)

Aarons (83) - Adarabioyo (82) - Rodon (80) - Robinson (80)

Cantwell (80) - R. James (82)

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

Maja (80)

U19's

 

Travers (73)*

Aarons (83) - R. James (82) - Guehi (73) - Ferguson (73)

Gilmour (75) - Harper (76)

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

Obafemi (76)

* (aged 20)

We now have two teams of players rated above 80, which is great to see. We're now exclusively able to look at players with the potential to become 82 rated players or higher.

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HJK  - Squad Number and Statistics

1. Bailey Peacock-Farrell - 135 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 13 MotM,  AvP 6.28
2. Max Aarons - 22 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 MotM, AvP 6.09
3. Antonee Robinson - 22 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 MotM, AvP 5.96
4. Reece James - 32 games, 5 goals, 4 assists, 1 MotM, AvP 6.25
5. Chris Mepham - 109 games, 6 goals, 1 assist, 5 MotM, AvP 6.54
6. Tosin Adarabioyo - 50 games, 4 goals, 0 assists, 1 MotM, AvP 6.24
7. Patrick Roberts - 85 games, 18 goals, 17 assists, 7 MotM, AvP 7.01
8. Joao Carvalho - 70 games, 22 goals, 24 assists, 4 MotM, AvP 6.90
9. Josh Maja - 6 games, 3 goals, 4 assists, 1 MotM, AvP 6.67
10. Adalberto Penaranda - 57 games, 27 goals, 27 assists, 7 MotM, AvP 7.16
11. Dwight McNeil - 30 games, 7 goals, 6 assists, 0 MotM, AvP 6.47
12. Jamal Lewis - 106 games, 3 goals, 1 assists, 0 MotM, AvP 6.31
14. Todd Cantwell - 1 game, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 MotM, AvP 6.00
15. Ebere Eze - 10 games, 3 goals, 2 assists, 0 MotM, AvP 6.48
16. Jake Clarke-Salter - 54 games, 2 goals, 0 MotM, AvP 6.35
17. Lukas Nmecha - 11 games, 4 goals, 1 assist, 2 MotM, AvP 6.46
18. Matty Cash - 47 games, 11 goals, 6 assists, 3 MotM, AvP 6.47
20. David Brooks - 87 games, 14 goals, 9 assists, 11 MotM, AvP 7.02
21. Daniel James - 47 games, 11 goals, 18 assists, 3 MotM, AvP 6.83
22. Joe Rodon - 1 game, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 MotM, AvP 5.00
23. Marcus Tavernier - 1 games, 1 goal, 0 assists, 0 MotM, AvP 7.00
26. Allan Campbell - 5 games, 1 goals, 1 assist, 0 MotM, AvP 5.80
27. Andre Green - 26 games, 14 goals, 15 assists, 1 MotM, AvP 6.42
29. Aaron Wan-Bissaka - 114 games, 10 goals, 7 assists, 5 MotM, AvP 6.69 
30. Marcus McGuane - 11 games, 2 goals, 5 assists, 1 MotM, AvP 6.27

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Season 4, Turn 26 - Update 

Here's an update of Division 3, with 13 games remaining in the season. The league is incredibly tight, as whilst Servette have effectively secured their promotion, there's another seven sides realistically competing for the three remaining promotion places. We're hoping for back to back promotions, but have got tough competition and any rating increases that directly effect our strongest starting line up are incredibly welcome at this stage as they could be the fine margins that earn us our promotion to Division 2. 

David Brooks performances have really grown this season, as his 87 rating is now starting to result in very strong performances and a significant goalscoring contribution from central midfield. Adalberto Penaranda continues to be an exceptional player for us, as the top creator in the division as well as continuing to be our biggest goal threat. Aaron Wan-Bissaka's performances at right back have been superb, whilst Josh Maja's performances as our back up striker have been fantastic and he's been a really strong deputy to Penaranda. 

Division 3 League Table

1. Servette FC (59 points)
2. HJK (45 points)
3. FC Botosani (45 points)
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4. FK Qarabag (44 points)
5. FK Partizani (44 points)
6. Sheriff Tiraspol (42 points)
7. FC Astana (42 points)
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8. Levadia (41 points)

Clubs Top Scorers: Penaranda (10 goals), Brooks (9 goals), Roberts (7 goals)
Clubs Top Assists: Penaranda (13 assists), Roberts (6 assists), D. James (5 assists) / McNeil (5 assists)
Top Average Performances: Brooks (7.58), Penaranda (7.35), Wan-Bissaka (7.17) / Maja (7.17)

 

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October International Break - Appearances (Full Internationals)

Bailey Peacock-Farrell (80), Northern Ireland 1-3 Netherlands - 90 mins (Cap #12)

Dan James (85), Slovakia 1-1 Wales - 90 mins, 1 assist (Cap #7)

Dan James (85), Wales 1-1 Croatia - 90 mins (Cap #8)

Joe Rodon (80), Slovakia 1-1 Wales - 90 mins (Cap #3)

Joe Rodon (80), Slovakia 1-1 Wales - 90 mins (Cap #4)

Aaron Connolly (73), Georgia 0-0 Ireland - 12 mins (Cap #1)

Aaron Connolly (73), Switzerland 2-0 Ireland - 70 mins (Cap #2)

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Full Internationals

Adalberto Penaranda (Venezuela) - 15 caps, 0 goals

David Brooks (Wales) - 12 caps, 1 goal

Bailey Peacock-Farrell (Northern Ireland) - 12 caps, 0 goals

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

Dan James (Wales) - 8 caps, 2 goal

Chris Mepham (Wales) - 8 caps, 0 goals

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

Joe Rodon (Wales) - 4 caps, 0 goals

Rabbi Matondo (Wales) - 3 caps, 0 goals

Ryan Nyambe (Namibia) - 2 caps, 0 goals

Aaron Connolly (Ireland) - 2 caps, 0 goals

Michael Obafemi (Ireland) - 1 cap, 0 goals

Josh Maja (Nigeria) - 1 cap, 0 goals

 

Aaron Connolly becomes our 13th player to pick up full international honours, and looks to in the frame for plenty more caps for Ireland given their lack of attacking options. They're looking to secure qualification to Euro 2020 with a win against Denmark, and I'd expect Connolly to start in a must win game. 

Joe Rodon and Dan James have added to their international caps, which has seen them rise up the list in terms of international experience. Jamal Lewis and Chris Mepham were unable to add to their caps due to injuries. 

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Rating Changes

Given the extent of the talent we have in the squad, we seem to be getting consistent rating increases outside of any sort of schedule which is becoming really useful. In this case, the players aren't being reviewed because of any international duty, but just because they've been really impressive in the Championship.

Ebere Eze, 80 > 82

The go to man for QPR, Ebere Eze's been rewarded with a deserved rating increase after winning the Man of the Match three times in the first eleven games of the season, scoring four goals and assisting a further two in the process. He stands out as being a class above the rest of his side and is so key to their success in the heart of midfield. QPR are being held back by current financial restrictions, not spending any significant money despite bringing in around £8.5 million in player sales in the summer. Next summer I think it's very likely that Eze will be the man sold due to similar reasons, although whilst they still have him they have an outside chance of making the play-offs with the club currently sat in ninth position. 

Eze's current rating increase means there's a chance that at the end of the season he could get a further rating increase to 83/84, and it also means he's now at a rating where he could be a really useful option for us in league games. He's just edged out in rating to Dwight McNeil, who's likely to start ahead of him, but any drop in form from any of the attacking midfielders could see Eze or Joao Carvalho take their place. 

AM: Brooks (87), James (85), Roberts (84), McNeil (83), Carvalho (82), Eze (82), Cantwell (80)

Ben White, 76 > 80

In a similar rating increase experienced by Joe Rodon last week, Ben White gets a deserved rating increase due to his form this season for Leeds. He's been one of the best centre backs in the Championship this season, and like Rodon we'll be expecting a further rating increase to at least 82 come the Championship review at the end of the season. Similar to Rodon, he's still a bit off getting first team football but it does provide us with lots of depth at centre back. 

CB: Mepham (83), R. James (82), Clarke-Salter (82), Adarabioyo (82), Rodon (80), White (80)

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Minutes played - 2019/20 

Premier League

Dwight McNeil, 879 mins, 3 assists

Daniel James, 828 mins, 3 goals, 1 assist, 1 MotM

Aaron Ramsdale, 810 mins, 1 assist

Jamal Lewis, 810 mins

Todd Cantwell, 770 mins, 2 goals, 2 assists

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 720 mins

Max Aarons, 634 mins

Steven Alzate, 457 mins, 1 assist

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

Aaron Connolly, 347 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, 1305 mins, 1 MotM

Matty Cash, 1167 mins, 2 goal, 2 assists

Joe Rodon, 1149 mins, 1 assist

Ebere Eze, 1148 mins, 6 goals, 3 assists, 5 MotM

Antonee Robinson, 1147 mins, 2 MotM

Thomas Edwards, 807 mins, 1 assist

Mallik Wilks, 776 mins, 1 goal

Jayden Bogle, 522 mins, 2 assists

Joao Carvalho, 494 mins, 1 goal, 1 assist

Marcus Tavernier, 471 mins

Ryan Nyambe, 369 mins

Tosin Adarabioyo, 356 mins

Andre Green, 227 mins, 1 goal

Ben Wilmot, 202 mins

Jake Clarke-Salter, 173 mins

Jack Clarke, 116 mins

Rakeem Harper, 96 mins

Nathan Wood, 90 mins

Other

Allan Campbell (SPL), 1159 mins, 1 goal, 1 assist

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

Marcus McGuane (Eerste Divisie), 461 mins

Ewan Henderson (SPL), 440 mins

Glenn Middleton (SPL), 406 mins, 2 assists

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

Rabbi Matondo (Bundesliga), 142 mins, 1 goal

Josh Maja (Ligue 1), 138 mins, 1 goal

Lukas Nmecha (Bundesliga), 80 mins

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2019/20 Stats

Most Goals

1. Eberechi Eze (6)

2. Michael Johnston (4)

3. Daniel James (3), Aaron Connolly (3)

Most Assists

1. Michael Johnston (4) 

2. Eberechi Eze (3), Dwight McNeil (3)

3. Glenn Middleton (2), Jayden Bogle (2), Matty Cash (2), Todd Cantwell (2)

Most Man of the Match Awards

1. Eberechi Eze (5)

2. Antonee Robinson (2), Aaron Connolly (2)

3. Daniel James (1), Chris Mepham (1), Ben White (1)

Most Minutes Played

1. Ben White (1305)

2. Matty Cash (1167) 

3. Allan Campbell (1159)

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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 > 88

Dwight McNeil, 83 > 86/85

Chris Mepham, 83 > 84/85 (INJ)

Jamal Lewis, 83 > 84/85

Max Aarons, 83 > 84/85

Reece James, 82 > 83/84

Todd Cantwell, 80 > 83/84

Aaron Ramsdale, 80 > 83/84

Aaron Connolly, 73 > 82/80

Steven Alzate, 72 > 80/82

Bailey Peacock-Farrell, 80 > 80

Michael Obafemi, 76 > 78/80

George Hirst, 78 > 78

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 > 82/80

Bundesliga

Lukas Nmecha, 80 > 82/83

Rabbi Matondo, 76 > 80

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Other League Predictions

Championship

Ebere Eze, 82 > 83/84

Matty Cash, 82 > 82/83

Jake Clarke-Salter, 82 > 82

Joao Carvalho, 82 > 82

Tosin Adarabioyo, 82 > 82

Ben White, 80 > 82/83

Joe Rodon, 80 > 82/83

Antonee Robinson, 80 > 82/80

Jayden Bogle, 78 > 82/80

Thomas Edwards, 78 > 80

Mallik Wilks, 78 > 78/80

Marcus Tavernier, 77 > 78/80

Andre Green, 78 > 78

Ryan Nyambe, 78 > 78

Ben Wilmot, 78 > 78

Jack Clarke, 77 > 77

Nathan Ferguson, 73 > 80

Rakeem Harper, 76 > 76

Nathan Wood, 67 > 70

SPL

Mikey Johnston, 78 > 82

Allan Campbell, 78 > 80

Glenn Middleton, 76 > 80

Ewan Henderson, 73 > 76

Other

Adalberto Penaranda, 83 > 83

Marcus McGuane, 75 > 76/78

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Highlight Performances (25th October to 28th October)

Aaron Ramsdale (80) is establishing himself as one of the in form goalkeepers in the Premier League, after a clean sheet draw away at Watford followed up a clean sheet at home to Norwich. His place as Bournemouth's number one goalkeeper this season is becoming more and more assured with each week, and with Jordan Pickford bitterly out of form he's putting himself in contention to be a part of the next England squad. On form, then you'd say Ramsdale, Henderson and Pope would be England's top three goalkeepers, and if he can retain this form throughout the season then it's only a matter of time that he does make the squad.

Ben Wilmot (78) makes his first start of the season for Swansea in his loan spell there, having had to be patient due to the form of fellow HJK defender Joe Rodon (80) and boy did he make an impact. His first start came on a huge occasion for the club, in their first South Wales derby in over five years and he rose to the occasion by scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win for the Swans in what has to be his career highlight. Hopefully from here he can kick on and begin to play a lot more football, as he impressed defensively and there should be more opportunities for him this season whether it be at centre half or in holding midfield.

Reece James (82) had an encouraging weekend,  with his first real appearance in the Premier League as he had 27 minutes off the bench in their 4-2 win against Burnley. He wasn't at fault for either goal, and played very well at right-back where he's showing just how good he can be at this level. I think in time he'll replace Marcos Alonso from the side, and Azpilicueta will move to left-back. 

Dwight McNeil (83) got his first goal of the season in that defeat to Chelsea, to add to the three assists he has this season. He scored three goals last season, and the aim for him will to be to try and beat that and he's on the way to doing that now. He was named as Burnley's Man of the Match, which was definitely deserved, and despite only being 19 with every performance he's becoming more and more essential to there side with every game. He's really in with a great chance of getting a move in the summer, and if a club does come in for him then Burnley aren't going to be in a position to turn down some of the bids their likely to receive.

Daniel James (85) is making a habit of just being brilliant, with an assist and a penalty won away at Norwich. His assist was sublime for Rashford, his second of the season and he'd have had another assist had Marcus Rashford slotted away his penalty. It's nothing new really, but with each performance the more likely he is to hit an increase to 88 next month and it will be fully deserved. 

Steven Alzate (72) and Aaron Connolly (73) look to be establishing themselves as regulars in Brighton's side, with both again starting in their win against Everton. Alzate was particularly impressive, starting his fifth game for the club this season and was comfortably one of the best players on the pitch. He looks a real talent, and I think adds a lot to this Brighton side in lots of aspects of his game. They're both definitely somebody who can move on to bigger things than Brighton, but for the time being it's great to have been able to bring in two Premier League regulars for a combined £650k. The only thing that might go against them in the next review is that the review might come a little too soon for them to get strong rating increases, but with them playing at this level they'll get regularly reviewed so it's not nearly as big of an issue as it was for players in the Scottish Premiership.

Rabbi Matondo (76) is the highlight out of the players playing outside of Britain. He started his third game for Schalke in the Bundesliga so far this season, in their 0-0 draw with rivals Borussia Dortmund, all of which he's played as a striker. He's clearly highly rated by manager David Wagner, who's trusting him in the big games and I think he's going to be a key part of their season. The club are currently in the mix at the top, in seventh place, and if Matondo is able to continue starting games up top then he could get a really good goal return which would see his rating increase quickly and could even see him take over Penaranda's place up top by the end of this season.

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2019/20 Stats

Most Goals

1. Eberechi Eze (6)

2. Michael Johnston (4)

3. Daniel James (3), Aaron Connolly (3)

Most Assists

1. Michael Johnston (4), Eberechi Eze (4) 

2. Dwight McNeil (3)

3. Glenn Middleton (2), Jayden Bogle (2), Matty Cash (2), Todd Cantwell (2), Daniel James (2)

Most Man of the Match Awards

1. Eberechi Eze (5)

2. Antonee Robinson (2), Aaron Connolly (2)

3. Daniel James (1), Chris Mepham (1), Ben White (1)

Most Minutes Played

1. Ben White (1395)

2. Allan Campbell (1249)

3. Eberechi Eze (1238)

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Player Update

Steven Alzate has been called up to the full Colombian squad for their friendly games next month with their friendlies against Peru and Ecuador. That's no mean feat, given the strength in depth that Colombia have to choose from, with their entire squad all playing in the biggest leagues or for the biggest clubs in the world. Alzate was born in Camden, but both his parents are Colombian and he's chosen to represent them. He's the third HJK player, eligible to play for England that has represented a country outside of Britain at full international level after Antonee Robinson (United States) Josh Maja (Nigeria) and Ryan Nyambe (DR Congo).

HJK players still eligible to represent multiple countries at full international level:

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (England / DR Congo)

Max Aarons (England / Jamaica)

Eberechi Eze (England / Nigeria)

Tosin Adarabioyo (England / Nigeria)

Lukas Nmecha (Germany / England / Nigeria)

Felix Nmecha (England / Germany / Nigeria)

Glenn Middleton (Scotland / England)

Marcus McGuane (England / Ireland / Ghana)

Marc Guehi (England / Ivory Coast)

Tom Dele-Bashiru (Nigeria / England)

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Minutes played - 2019/20 

Premier League

Daniel James, 998 mins, 3 goals, 2 assist, 1 MotM

Dwight McNeil, 969 mins, 3 assists, 1 goal

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 960 mins

Aaron Ramsdale, 900 mins, 1 assist, 2 clean sheets

Jamal Lewis, 876 mins

Todd Cantwell, 815 mins, 2 goals, 2 assists

Max Aarons, 724 mins

Steven Alzate, 547 mins, 1 assist

Chris Mepham, 451 mins, 1 goal, 1 MotM 

Aaron Connolly, 427 mins, 3 goals, 2 MotM

Reece James, 264 mins, 1 goal, 1 assist

Michael Obafemi, 188 mins, 1 goal, 1 assist

Mark Travers, 180 mins, 1 clean sheet

Marc Guehi, 180 mins

Billy Gilmour, 166 mins

Patrick Roberts, 113 mins

Tom Dele-Bashiru, 18 mins

Herbie Kane, 8 mins

Big Five Leagues

Josh Maja (Ligue 1), 240 mins, 2 goal

Rabbi Matondo (Bundesliga), 222 mins, 1 goal

Lukas Nmecha (Bundesliga), 149 mins

Championship

Ben White, 1395 mins, 1 MotM

Ebere Eze, 1238 mins, 6 goals, 4 assists, 5 MotM

Antonee Robinson, 1237 mins, 2 MotM

Matty Cash, 1167 mins, 2 goal, 2 assists

Joe Rodon, 1149 mins, 1 assist (INJ)

Nathan Ferguson, 1103 mins, 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 MotM

Thomas Edwards, 807 mins, 1 assist

Mallik Wilks, 808 mins, 1 goal

Jayden Bogle, 612 mins, 2 assists

Marcus Tavernier, 561 mins

Joao Carvalho, 494 mins, 1 goal, 1 assist

Ryan Nyambe, 459 mins

Tosin Adarabioyo, 446 mins

Ben Wilmot, 292 mins, 1 goal

Andre Green, 227 mins, 1 goal

Jake Clarke-Salter, 173 mins

Jack Clarke, 116 mins

Rakeem Harper, 96 mins

Nathan Wood, 90 mins

Smaller Leagues

Allan Campbell (SPL), 1339 mins, 1 goal, 1 assist

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

Marcus McGuane (Eerste Divisie), 551 mins, 1 goal

Ewan Henderson (SPL), 504 mins

Glenn Middleton (SPL), 451 mins, 2 assists

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

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Season 4, Turn 31 - Update 

With eight games left in the season, we're very much in the race for the final two automatic promotion places. We've been doing well recently, but the sides around us have being doing similarly well. In our final eight games of the season, we still have to play the two teams above us Botosani and Partizani at home, which are crucial games that will determine our fate come the end of the season. 

Even though our form has been matched by our automatic promotion play off rivals, our good form looks to have guaranteed us a place in the play-offs with us having a comfortable eleven point gap on eighth place with eight games remaining. If we aren't to get promoted automatically, then we'd certainly back ourselves as the favourites to get promoted through the play-offs. At that stage, we may even have the benefit of having first team players with improved ratings with the beginning of the review of the top five leagues set to occur at the end of this month. 

We definitely feel when the big five leagues are reviewed that we'll have a squad worthy of being in Division 2, and if we don't get promoted then we'll definitely be one of the early favourites to get promoted next season. It would be nice to make that step though as soon as possible though, and put us on our way to the ambition of becoming a top flight club. 

The stand out players this season have been David Brooks and Adalberto Penaranda, with David Brooks surprisingly currently our top scorer despite playing in holding midfield. Despite playing in a more advanced role, Penaranda has specialised in being the main creative spark in our side, and currently has more assists than any other player in the division. 

Division 3 League Table

1. Servette FC (67 points)
2. FC Botosani (57 points) 
3. FK Partizani (57 points)
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4. HJK (56 points) 
5. FC Astana (53 points)
6. FK Qarabag (49 points)
7. Levadia (49 points)
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8. Sheriff Tiraspol (45 points)

Clubs Top Scorers: Brooks (13 goals), Penaranda (12 goals), Roberts (8 goals)
Clubs Top Assists: Penaranda (17 assists), Roberts (6 assists), D. James (6 assists), Maja (6 assists)
Top Average Performances: Brooks (7.62), Penaranda (7.37), Wan-Bissaka (7.10)

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Player Update

With the recent international break coming up, and Steven Alzate choosing to represent Colombia, on a similar front Ebere Eze has turned down the chance to represent Nigeria in their African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho. Nigeria could definitely use a player of Eze's quality, as he's definitely a level above Oghenekaro Etebo of Stoke who's managed to accumulate 35 caps by the age of 23 playing in the same position as him.

Eze has said that he wants time to consider his choice between England and Nigeria, given that he's been assured of a place in England's U21 squad for upcoming qualifying matches and at his age and performing the way he is in the Championship he will feel there's still a chance he could represent England at full international level in time. 

 

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Current Squad

First Team

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

CB: Mepham (83), Adarabioyo (82), Clarke-Salter (82), Rodon (80), White (80)

FB: Wan-Bissaka (87), Lewis (83), Aarons (83), R. James (82), Robinson (80)

CM: Brooks (87), Eze (82), Cash (82), Carvalho (82), Cantwell (80)

WM: D. James (85), Roberts (84), McNeil (83), Nmecha (80)

ST: Penaranda (83), Maja (80)

Reserves

GK: Travers (73)

CB: Wilmot (78), Guehi (73)

FB: Bogle (78), Edwards (78), Nyambe (78), Ferguson (73)

CM: Campbell (78), Kane (78), Harper (76), McGuane (75), Gilmour (75), Dele-Bashiru (73), Henderson (73)

WM: Johnston (78), Wilks (78), Green (78), Clarke (77), Tavernier (77), Middleton (76), Nmecha (73), Alzate (72)

ST: Hirst (78), Matondo (76), Obafemi (76), Connolly (73)

U18's

CB: Wood (67)

CM: Levitt (70)

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Rating Changes

Aaron Connolly, 73 > 78

After becoming a regular for Brighton in the Premier League, along with HJK team mate Steven Alzate, Aaron Connolly has been given a moderate rating increase that helps him on his way to becoming our best striker. We certainly think he has the capability and the talent to lead the line for us in the future, and we expect his rating increase to continue when the Premier League is properly reviewed next month where we expect him to reach a rating of at least 82. 

Since his first Premier League start against Spurs, where he scored twice, he has started all three of Brighton's Premier League games as well as starting in Ireland's crucial Euro 2020 qualifier away to Switzerland. He's failed to find the net in any of those games, but did win a crucial penalty against Everton that helped Brighton to win the match and given how well they are doing I'd fully expect Connolly and Alzate to remain in the starting line up for the most part going in to the Premier League review.

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

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Minutes played - 2019/20 

Premier League

Daniel James, 1078 mins, 3 goals, 2 assist, 1 MotM

Dwight McNeil, 1028 mins, 3 assists, 1 goal

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 1041 mins

Aaron Ramsdale, 990 mins, 1 assist, 3 clean sheets

Jamal Lewis, 966 mins

Todd Cantwell, 821 mins, 2 goals, 2 assists

Max Aarons, 814 mins

Steven Alzate, 637 mins, 1 assist

Aaron Connolly, 513 mins, 3 goals, 2 MotM

Chris Mepham, 451 mins, 1 goal, 1 MotM 

Reece James, 264 mins, 1 goal, 1 assist

Michael Obafemi, 188 mins, 1 goal, 1 assist

Mark Travers, 180 mins, 1 clean sheet

Marc Guehi, 180 mins

Billy Gilmour, 166 mins

Patrick Roberts, 113 mins

Tom Dele-Bashiru, 18 mins

Herbie Kane, 8 mins

Big Five Leagues

Josh Maja (Ligue 1), 246 mins, 2 goal

Rabbi Matondo (Bundesliga), 222 mins, 1 goal

Lukas Nmecha (Bundesliga), 215 mins

Championship

Ben White, 1485 mins, 1 MotM

Ebere Eze, 1328 mins, 6 goals, 4 assists, 5 MotM

Antonee Robinson, 1327 mins, 2 MotM

Matty Cash, 1257 mins, 2 goal, 2 assists, 1 MotM

Joe Rodon, 1149 mins, 1 assist (INJ)

Nathan Ferguson, 1103 mins, 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 MotM

Mallik Wilks, 866 mins, 1 goal

Thomas Edwards, 807 mins, 1 assist

Jayden Bogle, 702 mins, 3 assists

Marcus Tavernier, 651 mins

Ryan Nyambe, 549 mins

Tosin Adarabioyo, 536 mins, 1 goal, 1 MotM

Joao Carvalho, 494 mins, 1 goal, 1 assist

Ben Wilmot, 382 mins, 1 goal

Andre Green, 227 mins, 1 goal

Jake Clarke-Salter, 173 mins

Jack Clarke, 116 mins

Rakeem Harper, 96 mins

Nathan Wood, 90 mins

Smaller Leagues

Allan Campbell (SPL), 1429 mins, 2 goal, 1 assist

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

Marcus McGuane (Eerste Divisie), 641 mins, 1 goal

Ewan Henderson (SPL), 521 mins

Glenn Middleton (SPL), 451 mins, 2 assists

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

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Whoscored.com Ratings - 2019/20 

Strong Performers

Ebere Eze - 7.58

Matty Cash - 7.28

Ben White - 7.25

Jayden Bogle - 7.14

Aaron Wan-Bissaka - 7.00

Antonee Robinson - 6.99

Dwight McNeil - 6.99

Tosin Adarabioyo - 6.95

Nathan Ferguson - 6.84

Joe Rodon - 6.82

Aaron Ramsdale - 6.80

Steven Alzate - 6.80

Average Performers

Thomas Edwards - 6.74

Daniel James - 6.73

Ben Wilmot - 6.70

Aaron Connolly - 6.67

Rabbi Matondo - 6.57

Marcus Tavernier - 6.55

Joao Carvalho - 6.52

Ryan Nyambe - 6.46

Chris Mepham - 6.46

Todd Cantwell - 6.45

Jamal Lewis - 6.44

Max Aarons - 6.34

Reece James - 6.28

Disappointing Performers

Rakeem Harper - 6.25

Mallik Wilks - 6.25

Josh Maja - 6.22

Jake Clarke-Salter - 6.22

Patrick Roberts - 6.20

Lukas Nmecha - 6.19

Andre Green - 6.01

Billy Gilmour - 5.98

Michael Obafemi - 5.94

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