This is a huge part of the game, as this links a lot of things together. I will go straight into what i am looking to achieve.
I want my team to be good on the ball, including defenders and keeper, intelligent off the ball and fast. It goes along with the Ajax Football Club TIPS philosophy
T – Technique
I – Intelligence
P – Personality
S – Speed
With this in mind, i want to compare the current crop of players to what i ultimately want. The core attributes i want in a perfect world (excluding keepers) are the following, regardless of position.
Concentration – The likelihood of a player losing focus during a game. With high pressing and a lot of the ball, the players need to focus on the overall game plan.
Composure – Cool when put under pressure with the ball, and in front of goal
Technique – The ability to pull off any of the technical attributes such as passing, first touch.
First Touch – Being able to control the ball, and set himself up for the his next move.
Teamwork – Willing to work for the team and be unselfish
Passing – How accurate they can pass the ball to their target.
Decisions – When playing a pressing game, it is important they know the right time to do press, when to make runs, when to pass etc
Acceleration – Speed off the mark. i need the players to be quick to get in position with the ball, and back into shape when they lose it.
Determination – The mother of all attributes. The higher this is, the more committed he will be to the cause. Also helps with other factors like training.
( I will call this CLUB DNA View)
This might be a bit of an ask for players of the standard i am going to work with. So i am going to narrow this down to:
Determination, work rate, Acceleration, composure, Decisions. (Call this LLM Club DNA)
As you can see i can look at my squad to see who fits in and who doesn’t. The ones that aren’t quite what i am looking for, i will decide if i want to keep them or not. I don’t have the budget to get a whole new team and i will have to work with what i have to certain degree, but this is something to work towards in the future. The views also include Personality, so i can see the range of different ones in the squad.
I will then use the attributes in the LLM Club DNA view for my player searches. Once i have found a batch of players that fit, they go into the shortlist.
Here, i use views based on the squad views to see how they measure up. There will be attributes that i call ‘swing’ attributes that determine if i will sign them or not.
For Keepers, Aerial reach and Handling
Centre Back – Positioning, Acceleration and Jumping
Full back – Work rate, Acceleration, Crossing
Defensive Midfield – Positioning, Tackling, first touch
CMS – Off the ball, passing, tackling
IF’s – crossing, balance, off the ball
ST – Off The Ball. Finishing, Strength, Acceleration
These are what i consider to be most important for the position. You may have your own ideas on this, like i said this is how I play the game and by no means how everyone else should.
I try to sign players under 26 where possible. When i am looking for younger players i will use the same filters but maybe a few notches down.
How do you know that the attribute rating is good enough for your league?
In the team comparison section, you will see how you measure up against the league in terms of your average attributes. Here is a screen shot which i will explain
So, if you want your strikers to be more often than not faster than the fastest defenders in the league they will have to be rated 11 or more for acceleration (or whatever rating the best team has). Now, when you search for players you can use these figures as a guide so you can get as close as you can to the best in the league.
Now i need to have a look at some players. I have identified what i need according to what my current squad is lacking. I will break this down by position:
I need a top keeper in short. The ones i have are lacking in Aerial Reach and Handling and compared to the rest of the league aren’t as good. So this is job one.
Lacking in Positioning and Pace. No where near good enough compared to the rest of the league. So at least one new centre back, plus my best right back is not quick enough so another one needed here
This department is pretty good to be fair, only real thing i need is better tacklers, so this is the main thing i will look for.
Wide players are no problem here, too many if anything! I will need a Centre Forward though as the ones i have are too slow.
So i need:
Keeper, Centre Back, Right Back, Centre Mid, Striker. 5 Players. Could end up getting 7 if i go for 2 x CB’s and 2 x Strikers.
I have done a search using the LLM club DNA and it did not come up with a lot! So i will use the swing attributes mentioned a few paragraphs back to find players for these positions, and then use the LLM Club DNA view in the shortlist to see who is the best fit for the club.