Dial Square – Season Review 2018/19

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2018/19 Season Review

Our second season in the Premier League, and we had to show that staying up last season was no fluke. All the top teams are chasing me as a manager, with no less than twelve approaches during the season (including Barcelona, Bayern, Leverkusen, Liverpool and Marseille amongst others) but this is far too interesting a project to leave now, especially as I hope to usurp the lot of them at the top, eventually, while still managing this club.

 Barclays Premier League (stats)

At first glance, it looks as though we had an excellent season. And to be honest, we have. But we had an abysmal end to the season, losing four games on the trot, dropping us from fourth to sixth, with our fierce rivals To**en**m overtaking us by a point on the final day of the season, too. We had some excellent results along the way, beating Chelsea 4-0 a particular highlight! But that run-in at the end has left a sour taste in the mouth when we should really be happy with what we did achieve.

 FA Cup (stats)

We had it easy against Chesterfield, and Sunderland gave it a good go, but we were unlucky versus Arsenal. A close game which could genuinely gone either way, but it was us who lost out in the end. It would have been nice if we’d have gone further, but there is always next year…

Capital One Cup (stats)

Admittedly this cup is of no real priority to me at the moment. Sure winning it is a cup, but the league has to be a priority, so I sent out weaker sides in these games, and the flattening by Chelsea was well deserved.

My Player of the Season

He only joined in January, but did plenty enough to earn this accolade from me. Has an excellent work-rate as well as great goalscoring attributes and I have a feeling he’ll be a future Ballon d’or winner. We really missed him in those last games of the season when he was injured.

Transfers

IN:  Medina is a good young left back who instantly became first choice. Hélder is a backup CB, Aneke is an ex-Arsenal CM who will provide cover, and Colwill was bargain of the century, and as you can see above, had already made a mark on both myself and the squad!

OUT:  Dummett was surplus to requirements when Medina joined, whilst Lipman and Hajrovic aren’t up to the standard of player we need.

Youth Intake

Nothing.

Next Season

We’ll need to strengthen and add depth for an assault on the league as well as our European adventure. Success or failure hinges on who we can bring in.

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