We have gained promotion in consecutive seasons:
Despite no significant signings following promotion we now sit top of The Championship. I wasn't expecting this, and it's the main reason I am posting the formation here.
There is nothing original about the formation but it has proved very effective for my team:
Out of Possession:
Clearly you don't need world beaters, but if you can get players with the right strengths, it works.
FB: Decent pace and crossing ability.
CB: Pace is the most important quality!
DM: Preferred role of DLP. Once I signed a DLP their average rating was crazy.
CM: Preferred role of Mezzala.
W: Pacy with good finishing ability, Crossing is a bonus because the FB is the main source of assists from crosses. They swap sides and you need to set personalised instruction so that they are a Winger on their strong foot side, and an Inside Winger on their weak foot side.
ST: Pacy with good finishing.