I'm coming up on January and everything is running very smoothly, actualy way better than I'd imagined. I'm currently lying in top spot, a point above United and having played a match less. I'm out of the Carling Cup due to rotating, ofc still in the FA Cup and have qualified to the KO stages of EL as group winner. I bought Demba Ba and Dzagoev in the sommer, signed Kolarov on loan with option to buy for around 12 mil and got Zanetti and Hitzlsperger as free agents (just for some much-needed depth). I don't really have that much to spend yet, but I'll offload Glen Johnson and possibly Joe Cole, Steward Downing, Jose Enrique and Jordan Henderson if the right offers come in.
I play a 4-3-3 system, similar to the one of Barcelona. Sometimes I change into a more attack-minded formation with the holding midfielder shifting to attacking midfielder. This is my most usual line-up:
Joe Allen/Alan Dzagoev/Gerrard/Nuri Sahin/Jonjo Shelvey
So have any of you tried something similar to this with the same succes as I have, and who should I buy as a class AM? Should be someone who scores around 10 goals a season, can create chances on his own and assist the two wings, while not being too costly. I'm thinking about going for Llorente on a free as well, but I think it would only cause problems in my squad, in which I already have a classy Borini on the bench, who scores for fun. Are there any other suggestions which could help me keep my lead?
PS: Did any of you have succes with playing Sahin? He is horrible at times for me, don't know why.