When you start as a manager in Career Mode, you’re going to want to make some big changes to your squad, no matter which club you take over. Knowing the best way to approach the opening transfer window to overhaul your team will give you the best chance of having an excellent first season. A good squad of first team-quality players will pull you through the more testing times of multiple injuries and suspensions.
We’ve put together some tips to make sure your team is ready from the first game of the season, and hopefully bring in some big name players to bring home the title.
Sell your dead weight
Don’t think you need to give players a chance in the team to evaluate whether they should be sold or not. Assuming you have taken control of a team you’re pretty familiar with, you know who is good, who is bad and who has the potential to be great. Go into the “Sell Players” section and list players for transfer who you believe aren’t good enough to be in the starting 11. It can be a while before bids start to come in, but at least put them in the window so they stand a chance of bringing in some much needed money to spend on new players.
When it comes to your younger players, sell anybody who is reaching an age where they need first team football and still aren’t good enough to earn it with your team. For example, as Man United, I knew Will Keane and Larnell Cole were too old to develop into Man United-quality players, so I sold them. But, Nick Powell and Adnan januzaj have great potential, both being very young and an overall in the 70’s, therefore I opted to loan out these guys to develop them for the second season to become starters.
If you aren’t somebody who spends hundreds of hours playing FIFA, don’t focus on developing youth as much, as you won’t be playing Career for many seasons. Concentrate on buying good players in the short term and raising funds.
Loan out potential
As touched on above, players with potential need to be loaned out. You’re going to want to play your best players for most of the season, so young stars won’t have as much of a chance to develop as they would in a lower league club.
Sending your best talent on loan will help them come back with drastic overall improvements, and prevent you from the selection headaches over the course of the year, where you can only field weaker players in league cup fixtures or when you play against poor opponents. It’s too risky to sim most games with your second string, unless it’s a match of little importance.
Adjust your budgets
If you don’t have enough money to bring in that last transfer target, but have a chunk of money leftover in wages, go and adjust your budgets. By tweaking the balance between money assigned to wages and to transfers, you might be able to get an extra player or two. Moving money from wages to transfers is more drastic than the other way around, so take note if you can’t afford a player’s wage that you’ll need to take quite a hit from your transfer budget.
The best time to have a look at your budgets is after making a sale. If you have offloaded a player who was on huge pay but didn’t sell him for much, re-balancing to get those gained wages towards spending on new players can be crucial.
Haggle over price
Some more well-known players will have all stats and market value information available immediately, others won’t. The last thing you want to do is pay way too much for a player when you could have got him for half the initial bid (look at the whole Man United/Fellaini saga). What you need to do is send a scout to find their market value, then bid below it.
Trying to get the best deal for your club is the number one priority, so make sure you get the right player at the right price. If they reject a bid, and in the email state the asking price, try and bid below once more, maybe by £1 million or £500,00. Don’t undercut a club too much, though, as a club can cease negotiations and prevent you from bidding further for a player.
Knowing how to approach Deadline Day is important. In an ideal world, you handle your business early in the window, but a lot of the time bids for your players don’t come until late August, leaving you little time to chase your targets.
You need to know how to work the clock. If you have one hour left, it’s too late. Any ongoing negotiations will be cancelled once you press ‘Advance’. The downside to DD is that you have to pay more than you would at any other time in the window, or be left without significant reinforcements until January.