Every week at RealSport, Ajay Rose brings you The Real Picture – a column dedicated covering to the bigger picture topics in football, with one important issue coming under focus in each article. Last time, Ajay looked at if Premier League clubs are more, or less successful for fielding more English players.
A list of other useful FM 16 guides:
- Every Premier League Team’s Transfer & Wage Budget
- Best Premier League Wonderkids
- Premier League Wonderkids XI
- Europe’s Best Wonderkids From Every European League
- Every European Team’s Transfer & Wage Budget
- Best XI of Wonderkids From Every European League
The Youri Tielemans of FM15, i.e. those fantastic bargains you sign in nearly every game save you play, will soon become the Douglas Costa’s of FM16; players that are now either out of your reach or too expensive to justify the outlay. Lucky for us, a new wave of youngsters will seep through, and the whole bargain-hunting process begins once again. It will also be interesting to how many from FM15’s best signings under £5m list will still be cheap.
Searching for players is easier
FM16 has made searching for players a lot easier. There are now 22 filters to use as criteria when searching for players, with over 120 sub-filters. What this does is make searching for players far easier, and much more adaptable to your situation. E.g. using the ‘squad status’ – ‘backup’ filter to show who’s on the fringes of other sides that you may want to offer first team football to, or using ‘minimum release clause’ filter to easily search for players from La Liga at whatever price you choose. We have far more options to search with now, e.g. searching by ‘minimum release clause’ or ‘contract expiry date’, which makes searching for players that bit more efficient.
Better contract features
FM16 has made offering contracts a lot easier, as there is a lot of more relevant information available to us every time you choose to offer somebody a contract. Now, we are told the ‘average wage’ by position. For example, if I want to offer Jesse Lingard a new contract at Man Utd, I’m now told that the average wage for a ‘backup’ player at Man Utd is £42k, so his demands for £16.75k a week are indeed reasonable. Before, I didn’t readily know what the average wage per squad status was. Also, at the bottom of your contract negotiation screen is an overview of your finances, so you can see how each contract impacts your wage budget both now, and in future. This is particularly useful for contract renewals, whereby it isn’t always clear how much each internal contract actually costs us. Now we know.
READ: USEFUL FM16 GUIDES
- The 5 Best Free Transfers At Every Position
- The Premier League On-Loan XI
- Every Premier League Team’s Ratings, Transfer And Wage Budget Revealed
More realistic expectations
Before, you could only vaguely state to your board how will perform that season, which was mostly centred around your performance in the league. Now, there is far more variety when you select your expectations, meaning you can pinpoint exactly how you intend on performing, and why you need the money you are demanding. FM16 accounts for a team’s performance in important cup competitions now too, which influences how much money you receive. E.g. If I’m Chelsea and tell my board I will only finish in the top 4 in the league and reach the Champions League quarter-finals, I’m given £93.2m.
Now, if I keep the same domestic expectations, but predict a strong season in Europe and tell my board I’ll reach the final, I’m awarded an extra £7.8m. So now, we have a lot more control over how we’re awarded our respective transfer and wage budgets.
Taken from the official FM website (which has the full list of new features), here are our 3 new features we’re most excited about:
You can now set up set piece routines with an easy to use set-piece creator
Routines can vary between tactics, with different set pieces for each set piece taker and new zonal marking options
Fantasy Draft Mode
Play against your mates in the new fantasy draft mode
Depending on your starting budget, each player builds a team from nothing, competes against the others to sign the best talent, squaring off in a mini-league
New cross-save feature
You can now save games on the device you play on, but now, also the cloud
Say goodbye to the days of ever losing a game save due to a dodgy laptop or broken charger!
Because it’s FM16
If you’re not already convinced, then I guess Football Manager isn’t for you.
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