Top120 – Squad Build at Crvena Zvezda


This was quite a challenge – build a 21 man squad with just 40million, and with no players over 30.

With 10 teams per division the seasons are quite short – Season 1 will kick off on Aug 22nd and the last turn will be on Oct 21. To me these dates were crucial, as they meant that any players bought could not be transferred out during the season due to the 10week transfer ban period. So whoever we buy now, that’s our squad for S1.

In SM there are are 2 ways of adding value to a squad – via transfers, or prizemoney. My plan was to attack both of these. Build a first 11 that would be very competitive in the division for S1, then try to maximise potential profit from the squad. For the latter part I tried to pick a number of options from the Free Agent list, so at least I am guaranteed the 25% extra as I bought the for less than CV to start with. Because the squads all start empty it meant there were some very good value players available on that Free Agent list, and with 2 Brazilian teams involved a chance for a quick profit with their review in progress at the moment.


Below is a summary of the squad I have assembled. I would be interested in opinions!

My first 11 will average 86 rating / 26 years old / 3.6m value.

The squad will have an initial value of around 46.2m, boosted by the free agents that were picked up for less than their CV.

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Goalkeepers

Jose Sa (87/28yrs) – New GK at wolves and was a free agent. Should last me a while and so a bargain at 3m

Dayne St Clair (78/24yrs) – young MLS keeper who has recently been added to the Canadian squad. Just a cheap option for 2nd GK really!

Defenders

Stuart Dallas (88/30yrs) – Very versatile, can play all over midfield and cover both fullback options. Another free agent so very decent value (and right on the 30yr old limit!). Will start at fullback for S1.

Omar Richards (84/23yrs) – I pick him up in as many GWs as possible at the moment. Now at Real Madrid in a back-up capacity, but he has already impressed in pre-season and I hope to see him get some game time at least in cups. A future talent for sure.

Nayef Aguerd (86/25yrs) – Another free agent. 2.6m, for an 86 CB was a bargain. Currently being pursued by West ham, so we might get to to see him in the PL this season.

Marcilio Nino (83/24yrs) – Yet another free agent! The Brazilian recently put in some very decent performances for Brazil at the Olympics and is touted as a long term option for the national side. May also get a small rise when SM finally get around to finishing the brazilian reviews!

Lucas Calegari (78/19yrs) – Another Free agent. Picked up due to the brazil reviews and chance of a rise and some profit!

Oliveira Vanderson (70/20yrs) – As above – Free Agent and Brazilian reviews in mind.

Levi Colwill (70/18yrs) – Another player I have picked up in a few game worlds recently. The young Chelsea defender is highly regarded, and is out on loan to Huddersfield this season, so hopefully he gets good game time there.

Midfielders

Rani Kheidra (87/27yrs) – Another solid free agent. Can cover D/DM/M and cost just 2.9m for an 87 rating.

Martin Hongla (85/23yrs) – Hongla made a decent impression last season but has now gone on loan to Hellas Verona and I hope that will further boost his profile (and rating) in the winter reviews.

Ui-Jo Hwang (86/28yrs) – 2.5m for a very decent winger/forward player. I don’t expect a rise from him but will do a job in S1.

Emile Smith-Rowe (86/21yrs) – The jewel in my squad. we took a risk and invested 8m, which is a big chunk of our initial budget. However, seeing he has the #10 shirt at Arsenal he seems in line for a lot of game time this season and should be nailed on to see a rise or two over the next few PL reviews and significantly increase in value. The plan at the moment is to raise a lot of £££ from him in a few seasons time.

Guelor Kanga (86/30yrs) – I felt we should have at least one real CZ player in the squad and he was cheap and a free agent! 1.6m for an 86 rating in S1 makes good financial sense. Most likely will sell him on for a small profit once his TB is up, but gives us a good rating in S1.

Jens-Lys Cajuste (82/22yrs) – Young midfielder from FC Midtjylland but picked up as a free agent. Newcastle and a few championship teams have been rumoured to be looking at him, so worth a punt I though.

Matheus Martinelli (75/19yrs) – A free agent and a Brazilian. should get a rise when Fluminese get reviewed I would hope.

Andre Trindade (73/20yrs). Copy and paste – young/brazilian/free agent/brazil reviews pending!

Omari Hutchinson (67/17yrs) – This is now the 2nd GW where I have both Emile Smith Rowe and Hutchinson, who is another youngster from Arsenal who is highly regarded. At 67, his rating and value can only go up, surely!!

Miguel Azeez (70/18yrs) – ..and a third young arsenal talent (and no, I don’t support them!). Azeez did impress in preseason and it will be interesting to see what Arsenal do with him this season. Would be good to see him get a run in the cups.

Forwards

Miguel Borja (87/28yrs) – Columbian international currently playing for Gremio in Brazil. 87 rated and bought for just 2.8, as a free agent. what’s not to like?!

Roko Simic (75/17yrs) – the next Erling Haaland apparantly! just signed with Salzburg and gone out on loan. one for the future.
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So there we go, thats what Crvena Zvezda will look like for Season 1. Really looking forward to this challenge, and now with business done I head off on holiday for a week and will return in time for kick off!

Good luck to all my fellow 120’ers.

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