Welcome to the end of season two in my Manchester United save on the FM17 Beta. If you missed the previous Youth Development: Homegrown post go back to read it here.
In this post we will see the players one year on to see how they have all progressed. We are looking solely at our homegrown stars here. For our scouted players you can look for Youth Development: Scouted over the coming days.
2017/2018 Season Overview
Champions again. For the first time since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United are PL holders. The ability to win games meant that we beat Arsenal to the crown, despite losing three games more than they did.
We crashed out of the Champions League Playoff, losing to Gladbach 1-0 over two legs. This lead to our Europa League run, culminating in a thrilling 5-4 loss to Napoli in the final.
We were unable to lift consecutive FA Cups but did manage to win the EFL Cup (League Cup) by beating rivals Liverpool 3-0.
How have our homegrown players progressed over our second season in charge?
Off The Ball +1
Marcus increased attributes in several areas. It was good to see him increase his off the ball movement again, showing his ability to read the play and get into better positions to receive scoring chances. Rashford was a key part of the first-team squad that won the title, playing in 44 games and starting 27. He scored 15 goals and bagged 8 assists over the course of the season, excelling in Europe where he scored 8 in 11 starts.
Timothy, like Marcus, improved several attributes by one over the last year. However in my opinion he hasn’t progressed as much as he should have done. He has played very regularly for me, starting 40 games with 5 appearances off of the bench. Yet his skills haven’t improved enough to suggest that he is, as labelled, a wonderkid. I am hoping for an improvement in season three.
Again, another player who has improved steadily but not dramatically. Axel made his Man Utd debut this year and went onto make 3 starts with 4 appearances off the bench. We then sent Tuanzebe on loan to Premier League side Burnley, where he played 11 times. His progression hasn’t exactly stalled but with the other options at centre-back at the club Axel will not make the grade. We will be saying goodbye to Axel in this series.
OTB, Decisions, Anticipation, Pace, Agility and Balance +2
Wow. Young Angel Gomes has improved a lot over the past season. Given his chance in and around the first-team, Angel has responded with rapid development in several key areas. He made 15 appearances last year, including six starts, and bagged two goals and one assist. He developed his determination by shadowing Juan Mata. This, I believe, helped integrate Gomes into the first-team when given his opportunities. One for the future.
Concentration, Positioning, Strength and Pace +2
Another youngster who has improved significantly throughout our second season is Lee O’Connor. Yet despite his development, one glaring weakness is staring me in the face. He is fairly short with a jumping reach of just 7. It could be worth training Lee to play as a full-back, however with weak crossing he wouldn’t be as effective in attack as I like my full-backs to be. One to keep an eye on for a year further.
Tahith Chong was rated as potentially a 4 and 1/2 star player when we joined the club. Unfortunately Tahith has failed to live up to that assessment, developing slowly over the first two seasons. Chong made 17 starts for Port Vale in League Two before joining Charlton on loan in the Championship. This proved too much for Chong who averaged a low rating of 6.25 in 6 starts. Like Axel Tuanzebe, this is the end of the line for Chong. Goodbye Tahith.
With two players leaving the series, there are spaces open for an extra homegrown talent to follow. You will find out who we are going to oversee in the next part. I hope you enjoyed! If you have any requests of homegrown players to see the progress of I would be happy to post a GIF in the next part and report on their progress. Let me know either by commenting below or Tweeting me @VivaLaVidaFM. Thanks for reading