Name: Brighton and Hove Albion
League: English Championship
Stadium: AMEX Stadium
Media Prediction: 10th
In the first season you will get a choice of top half finish, Promotion or title challenge. I would pick either top half finish or promotion, as they both have the least pressure
Expectations../.......Transfer Budget.........Wage Budget
Top half finish...........£725K............................£140K
Title Challenge........£1 Million.....................£160k
First off, I would terminate Maurico Tarrico's contract as he is pretty terrible. There are plenty of people you could replace him with, but I settled with Melvyn Day. Bobby Downes in an excellent coach it bring in, and if you can negotiate him down, Steve Nickson is an excellent scout with 17 judging CA and 20 judging PA.
The 31 year old Spanish right back has been an impressive signing so far for Brighton in real life, and his stats on FM are also very good. Excellent work rate and team work, and very good physical stats for a player of his age.
On loan from Manchester City. Bridge is a very well rounded defender, who is good at the back, but also does well going forward as a wing back.
Greer is a really good, tall, powerful defender. Being club captain, he has an excellent influence on all the younger players. Possesses good strength, heading and tackling.
Dunk has a very bright future ahead of him, and has the right stats to make him a fine defender. He already has good physical ability, meaning you can focus on training is technical and mental stats.
My favourite Brighton player, and is always a joy to watch. He has bags of pace and flair, meaning he always excites the home crowed. His mental stats do need working on, but with the right tutoring he will turn out good.
Several of Brightons players are already wanted at the beginning of they game, and lucky they are all ones who can be spared. I offered out the following players:
Marcos Painter: £675k
Offers From: Nottm Forrest, Leicester
Romain Vincelot: £500K
Offers From: Nottm Forrest
Peter Brezovan: £300k
Offers From: Blackpool, Hull
Ryan Harley: £350k
Offers From: Burnley, Hibernians
Vincente: £2.5 Million (A very hard decision as he is arguably the best attacking player at the club, due to high injury proneness though, he probably wont get to play much, and at 31 its best to cash in on him now.)
Offers From: Sc Heerenveen
You may have guessed, that as their top 3 players are defenders, you will need to invest in some strikers. I would also recommend investing in another central defender, and El-Abd isnt that great. Some players you could look at are:
Jamie Mackie: Very determined striker who can be picked up on loan from Q.P.R.
Steven Mouyokolo: Can also be picked up on loan from Wolves. A very solid defender, who would easily get into the first team.
Rory Delap: Can be bought for £250k, but due to his age, I would recommend getting him on loan. Will easily walk into the first team.
Ivan Hurado: Avaliable on a free at the beginning of the game. A fantastic defender, probably better than Greer. Many other clubs will offer him a contract though, so offer him good money! Work permit may also be an issue.
Karim Ait Fana: A must buy if you decided to sell Vincente. plays the same positions as him, and can also be picked up for the same price you hopefully sold Vincente for, £2.5 Million.
As you can only get 2 more players on season long long loans, you will have to decide which you feel you need most.
With the players I signed, I decided to play a fairly attacking, wide 4-5-1 formation. I have them playing short passing, with the wingers getting in lots of crosses. I am no tactical genius, so this bit is mostly up to you. (Where would the fun be then )
Training and Tutoring
In this section I will just give a quick review on what focus you should put certain players on and what new positions to train them too.
Karim Ait Fana: Crossing
Kazenga Lualua: Crossing
Will Buckley: Crossing
Lewis Dunk: Tackling
Liam Bridcutt: Tackling
Adam El-Abd ---> Lewis Dunk
Just a short guide but I hope it helps a few people. If you feel I have left anything out, feel free to comment and I will see where I can add it