With the club finance being unsecure, I worked hard to get the players under contract with high salaries to be sold. Most of them got sold quickly, however, the only really lucrative deal was with the transfer of young Swedish defender, Adi Tezic, for 155k pounds. The other players’ departure helped us decrease our above budget for wages. The free transferred players where really bad, and would not add much to the squad. Therefore, I had to bring in quite a few players.
We had a few loaned players from our Senior Affiliate BK Halken, and the rest of the incoming 21 players came from the free transfer market. I can say that most of them where already on my shortlist from the previous season, with Vastra, and most of the players spend at least 3 weeks on trial before being offered a contract. I was very excited in the signing of the forwards Vahid Hambo and Edo. Both where offered by their agents. The Portuguese Bruno Loureiro and the Cypriot Adamos Andreou are the other two most valuable signings in my opinion. I will build the team around these four, and expect them to play a big role this season.
Our preseason friendly games was like stealing candy from children. Although we where defeated twice, we did impress with a lot of goals scored. I was very impressed with how Edo and Hambo played well together with the Poacher – Targetman roles. Andreou also impressed me with a very expansive game as a deep lying playmaker. Other than that, I was not really impressed with my defenders, and still not sure who will be my starting defensive line.
After the transfer window closed, I noticed a big mistake, that could probably cost me later. I signed too many non-swede players. In a league where the match squad has to have at least 9 homegrown players, it will be hard to field my best players, that tend to be non-swede! Anyway, under my policy of keeping players with above 3 star potential rating, I have done a good job reinforcing the squad. There are only a few players below that policy, and they are not really important to my scheme. They are backup, and will be used sparingly.
Our most important players for the season are:
Philipp Posch – Austrian right full back, great crossing skills
Adamos Andreou – Cypriot midfielder, considered to be a good player for the Swedish 1st tier
Bruon Loureiro – Portuguese box-to-box midfielder
Edo – Italian poacher, expect him to be my leading scorer
Vahid Hambo – tall and strong, will be my target man.
I decided to keep playing the 4132, with a poacher and a targetman upfront as last season at Vastra. At this level, I thing it is the best option when you don’t have wide midfielders to play a 442.
As I like to do, after I closed the transfers for the season, I took a look at the team comparison bars. Syrianska can be considered a “powerfull” team. Amoghst the physical attibutes, we lead the league in balance, jumping, stamina and strength. That will be good, especially using the targetman role. For the rest of the physical attributes, we are above average. Except acceleration and pace, where we can consider ourselves to be one of the weakest on the league.
Moving on to mental attributes, we have the best average on seven bars. And above average on all other bars for mental attributes. Finally, on technical attributes, we again hold best in the league for key attributes like finishing, marking, tackling and passing. And all other attributes above average.
That being said, Syrianska is a serious contender for direct promotion by winning the Swedish Third Tier.
The Chairman announced his expectation of promotion through winning the league. Looking at the team comparison, I believe that we are able to meet that expectation. Especially because the media also expects us to end the season as champions. We have a good team, and the likes of Edo and Hambo will make a difference at the end of the season.
Financially, we managed to get over the above budgeted wage spending. However, our balance is still negative. Mostly because of the low gate receipts, no TV money and low money from sponsors. Therefore, Syrianska might only survive financially with board injections until they get back to the second tier. Or start revealing young Swedish stars and selling them for high prices. However that might take a while.