Season Two: Down To Business!
The new season is approaching us and if we're going to continue to build on our fantastic first season we know we cannot just sit and rest on our laurels, we need to be prepared.
We have some very tough teams in this league. Relegated teams include Rio Ave
, whereas other teams like Portimonense
are yo-yo teams and regularly find themselves in the top division.
Other tough teams that are regularly in the higher reaches of the league could be a big challenge to us, so anything above the three relegation spots is fine for me!
The Transfer Market
This window had to be busy for us. We had so much to prepare for in our new league and signings were the first step in creating a side that could stay up. We had to get what we needed against what we saw, and that meant choosing our signings very carefully and remaining financially intact in terms of being under the wage budget, something the chairman had not forgotten to remind me about.
We made many signings that could improve our team but not wreck team chemistry or morale. Here's some of the key
signings we came away with (alot more were made).
is a promising young keeper. His best attributes are his strength, balance and positioning. As well as having these great attributes Rafael is still only twenty-three, meaning we've got years to develop him and mould him into the player we want. He and Tiago Mota are evenly matched ability wise so it will be interesting to see if that sparks some good performances.
is an Italian winger/wide midfielder who will assume the left midfield position in the team. He's able to cross and pass, and will work all day. Despite this, his pace and stamina are a worry, but it's not like we can't work on that and try and improve it. After the season we will assess whether he will still be apart of our plans.
Young Brazilian winger André Tonon
joins from Moura and will be backup to Tiago Mota on the right after Nogueira's contract expired. He's quick, can cross and finish - and he's still got time to develop. Could be sold for profit in the future, or if we develop him correctly he could be a very good player. We will have to wait and see!
What Ruben Caetano
brings to the table is a driven personality and a sharp mind. As well as this, he is a rare player in our team over 30 - which can be good for us. This experience and his great technique are something we will need very much in the league next season. He and Feliciano Condesso will more likely than not be the two midfielders in the middle, Caetano acting more as a playmaker.
Here are the rest of the signings
Due to my lack of organisation - screenshots come at a rarity. The two crossed out are signings made in January and will be announced later.
That concludes our preparation for the new season.
We are going to adopt a counter attacking philosophy because we know a lot of the teams in this league will be much better passers of the ball, controlling the play etc. If we can hit them on the break with pace and accuracy, we can snag a few upsets!
Next update is on preseason. How did we fare and will it be enough? Stay tuned.