Bryan A's football manager posts have prompted me to post some info on one of my saves from FM2013. This save is with the February update, so Tottenham Hotspur have Lewis Holtby, who's natural position is a number 10 in the game. My goal in this save was to not have huge transfer deficits and manage more as though I had the real Daniel Levy as my chairman, rather than the one that hands out 30 million. I had a pretty busy first transfer window.
My first move was activating Mohamed Diame's release clause of 3.5 million pounds. My goal was to sell Parker after this and make up the transfer that way. I loaned Clint Dempsey to LOSC Lille for a solid 130k per month fee, with option to purchase in the future. I purchased Nathan Redmond from Birmingham for 5.25 million pounds to be my future replacement for Aaron Lennon. Redmond was only 18 but he was already a good rotation option and had potential to be a great player. I also offered a contract to 16 year old Neal Maupay of OGC Nice. Maupay wouldn't offer much right away, but he looked to have great promise. I payed Nice 1.3 million in compensation for Maupay. My next move was definitely the deal of the year. I managed to sell David Bentley to Sunderland for 3 million pounds. I remained idle for the rest of August until the end of the month when I decided to test the waters for Jermain Defoe. I ended up getting an 8.75 million pound offer from Chelsea that I couldn't refuse. I got Eduardo from Shakhtar on loan for cover while Defoe was gone. I also received multiple offers from Manchester City for Younes Kaboul which I declined, but on deadline day their offer of 23 million was too good for me to refuse, and I sold him to City.
That was the extent of my Summer transfer moves, and I moved to set my tactics. I don't really have a set philosophy that I use, but generally tailor my tactics to the players I have. So with Tottenham my primary tactic was a 4-2-3-1. I have a balanced style, and play with an attacking strategy. I employ high pressure, aggressive tackling and zonal marking. I play a very high line, very wide, a fast pace and rarely waste time. I play counterattacking and have an offside trap. I employed Lloris as a sweeper keeper and have him in the defend function. I play with one Ball winning midfielder and one deep lying playmaker. My attacking trio is two wingers and an advanced playmaker.
The season started very well, and my easy schedule helped give the squad time to assimilate into my tactics. I don't remember the finer details of the season that well, since I'm into my fourth season, but I was challenging for the title in the first half of the season. I had lost to Man U in the 4th round of the Carling Cup. Gylfi was my leading scorer with about 11 goals, and also my leading assist man with 8 or 9. Adebayor was having a pretty good year as well, but I knew he'd be off to ACON soon and my team would be at the mercy of Eduardo. I ended up winning both of my FA Cup ties without Adebayor and put a decent league record out. Thankfully he was back for my Euro Cup tie with Athletic, which I won handily.
I made several more moves in the January window, purchasing Wil Hughes, a central/attacking midfielder from Derby for 5.5 million, Jetro Wilems a LB from PSV for 8.5 million, and Mason Bennet 16 year old Derby striker for 2.8 million. I also sold Scott Parker for 4.7 million in this window. So for the year my net transfer profit was 12.5 million, which I was satisfied with.
Anyway, let me know if you are interested, I can post the rest of the season/subsequent seasons, or go into more detail if you have any questions on tactics.