FM 16 Crystal Palace – Palace find themselves in a decent position at the start of any game save, as they have a decent budget, some decent players and decent facilities. But how do you make the jump from decent to something more with just £6-8m to spend? With a bit of luck, a top-half finish is a very realistic target in your first season, whilst the Mourinho’s amongst us may well achieve European football, which again isn’t impossible. In real-life their lack of a goalscorer hasn’t helped, so addressing that is crucial if you are to succeed. So what’s the solution here?
We’ve given you the minimum and maximum budget available, depending on what your expectations are. Transfer Budget – £6.3m – 8.5m Wage Budget – £1.04m – 1.2m
Key players to build your team around
The following players should never be sold and should form the spine of your team for the foreseeable future. Some are obvious choices, others less so, but none of the following players are easily replaced.
Yohan Cabaye (29)
A mainstay in midfield even into his 30’s. Someone to orchestrate play from the centre of park and is also excellent from set pieces. Cabaye is your best player, but if you do decide to cash in on him, do it whilst his transfer value is still high in your first season (£21.5m).
Joel Ward (26)
A consistently solid right-back, always a strong performer and hopefully in your game save, he will get an England call-up, because he was overlooked time after time during my time at Selhurst Park.
James McArthur (27)
Your centre mids are sorted for the next few seasons as McArthur allows Cabaye to play a slightly more advanced role, whilst McArthur breaks up play and does the dirty work not many others want to. However, he starts to decline after a few seasons, but by then you should have the money to go after someone younger.
Best youngsters to keep an eye on
Tbe best players on your side that are 21 or younger that you need to keep an eye out for in future. If the player is under 21 and is already someone to build your team round, they won’t be included in this list. Keep the following players either to integrate into your first-team or to sell for a high price later on.
Wilf Zaha (22)
We’re going to have bend the rules a bit here to include Wilf, who can become a quality Premier League winger in future at a top-level if you’re team is successful.
Ryan Inniss (20)
A great prospect to loan out for a season or two then slowly integrate into your first team in future.
Players you should consider letting go of
The following are players who could be easily replaced for one reason or another.
Campbell’s market value starts at £5m but quickly dwindles. You can usually get around £2-2.5m for him though which will become useful in trying to sign the out-and-out goalscorer you need.
Lee Chung Young
Palace need to sign a top forward so if you sell Chung Young for £2.5m, you should have around £11-13m to play with depending on what your season expectations were.
Breel Donald Embolo (18)
Basel – £11-13m Using this guide, I signed Embolo but it only took £5.25m from my transfer budget. Palace need a striker to build around for the years to come, and Embolo is exactly that, and is good enough to put away a fair few goals in his first season.
Divock Origi (20)
Liverpool – Loan Selling Campbell & Chung Young leaves you a little light for attacking options, but Origi is a great option to have. Like Embolo, he can also double up as a winger, and will provide some healthy to competition to Palace’s forward line.
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