Welcome to the latest blog post following my FM22 save with Millwall FC. After losing to Sheffield United in the play off final it meant that I would be looking to make sure any dealings regarding player contracts and new signings would financially be correct for the club. We can only sign players who have been scouted by our scouting team.
Millwall FC 2022-2023
With 5 loanee’s returning to their clubs it was time to get down to business in the close season and the first big decision was to sell last seasons EFL Championship Player Of The Year Jake Cooper to Burnley for £10m. This was a difficult decision to make however £10m makes a big difference to the club’s finances.
The £10m was paid upfront by Burnley with the board giving us 10% of the fee towards our transfer budget. The club’s board had made it clear that before making any signings that we had to sell so my decision to sell Cooper was made easier with the knowledge that the fee would go a long way in turning the club’s immediate financial situation around.
The first signing through the door at The Den was the loan signing of Tottenham Forward Troy Parrott who joins us on a season long deal. We have agreed to pay £8000 per week for the duration of the loan period for the 20 year old Forward. I feel Troy Parrott is a quality player who comes in to the club to be a key part in a Forward line that comprises of competition for the Central Forward role along withTom Bradshaw and Mason Bennett.
The next two signings have been brought in to the club to fill the void left by the departure of Jake Cooper to our backline. The first of the two signings is the free signing of Norwegian Defender Stefan Strandberg who at the age of 32 gives us an experienced head to call on. Strandberg was released by Italian club Salernitana at the end of his contract.
The second of the two defensive signings is the £165k capture of 23 year old Liam Scales from Celtic who can play at both left back /wing back and in Central Defence. Scales signed a 3 year contract worth £4.7k per week. The versatility of Scales means we don’t have to think about bringing other players in to the defensive unit apart from what we have already at the club.
Our fourth and final signing of the summer is that of 21 year old Attacking Midfielder/Forward Dapo Mebude who we have signed for £39.5k from Watford. Mebude is a former Glasgow Rangers youth who has been capped at under 19 level for Scotland. Mebude comes in to the club on a 3 year contract worth £5000 per week. There is no denying Mebude is a little rough around the edges but I have no doubt that he can develop and do a job for the squad focusing on his strengths.
Looking ahead to the new season we will be playing a 4231 system with a positive mentality whilst in possession we will be using slightly more direct passing whist setting our wide men to use whipped crosses and play for set pieces. For anyone who doesn’t bother setting up set pieces I would highly recommend spending a bit of time creating your own whilst playing to your teams strengths because it could be the difference between losing a game or drawing or winning tight matches. It’s also nice to see your work play out on the pitch.
In transition I want my goalkeeper to distribute the ball quickly using short kicks. We will look to counter and counter press whilst out of possession we will use tight marking.
We are all ready for the new season whilst keeping the nucleus of the squad together I have added 4 new signings to the squad and also welcomed both Mahlon Romeo and Hayden Muller back to the club from their respective loan deals and in to the first team squad. Jed Wallace, Mason Bennett, Connor Mahoney, Mahlon Romeo and Mikhail Kieftenbeld have all signed new contracts whilst we have triggered a contract clause in Billy Mitchell’s contract for an extra year.
The board have also offered me a new 3 year contract that I have signed which gives us stability going forward. The boards expectation this season is to finish in the top half of the table but my own goal is to again reach the playoffs like last season.
That is all for now please come back soon to see how season 2 of the save is going but until then happy gaming……