The Squad | Ostersunds FK #2.2 | An FM18 Story

Oscar Friberg has been with Ostersund for just over 18 months now and has had time to put his own stamp on the squad. In this time, he has finished 5th and 2nd in the Swedish top division – an impressive feat for the young Swede.

In the previous post, we saw how Ostersund managed a 2nd place finish in the 2018 Allsvenskan. If you missed this post then do catch up by following this link. This post will just be an overview of our current squad and our plans for the team as we move forward and begin to push for the title.

For each player I’ll state their importance for both the short term and long term of Ostersund. Short-term relates to the 2019 season whereas long-term indicates a players importance for the next five years.

Ostersunds FK Squad Overview | End of Season Two

Goalkeepers

  • Josh Wicks
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Josh Wicks | Ostersunds FK

Josh Wicks was signed on a free by Oscar Friberg in January 2018. He made 28 appearances in all competitions, keeping 12 clean sheets and conceding 25.

Importance for the future

Short Term: Low

Long Term: None

  • Aly Keita
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Aly Keita | Ostersunds FK

Aly Keita has been with Ostersund since 2014 and was first-choice goalkeeper for Friberg before the arrival of Wicks. Though he played just 7 games in 2018, he may well re-establish himself as the #1 due to Wicks’ decline.

Importance for the future

Short Term: High

Long Term: Low

Defenders

  • Lucio
lucio
Lucio | Ostersunds FK

Lucio was signed by Friberg as a backup and more of an experienced head to support the players behind the scenes. His excellent determination and professionalism has already rubbed off on some of the younger players and we’ll certainly miss this when he retires at the end of 2018.

Importance for the future

Short Term: None

Long Term: None

  • Sotiris Papagiannopolous
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Sotiris Papagiannopolous | Ostersunds FK

Papagiannopolous joined Ostersund in 2015 and has become a crucial member of their defence, playing in all but two league games in the 2018 season.

Importance for the future

Short Term: High

Long Term: High

  • Joel Ekstrand
joel ekstrand
Joel Ekstrand | Ostersunds FK

Joel Ekstrand was Oscar Friberg’s second signing as manager of Ostersund. He joined in the summer of 2017 on a free after leaving Rotherham but has been more of a backup in Friberg’s squad.

Importance for the future

Short Term: Medium

Long Term: Low

  • Hakon Skogseid
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Hakon Skogseid | Ostersunds FK

Hakon Skogseid signed for Ostersund for £58K at the beginning of the 2018 season and became their first-choice right-back, playing 25 of 30 league matches.

Importance for the future

Short Term: High

Long Term: Low

  • Sam Mensiro
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Sam Mensiro | Ostersunds FK

Ghanaian Sam Mensiro first joined Ostersund in 2011. He did leave the club for Orebro before re-signing for Ostersund two seasons later. Sam has become backup to fellow right-back Skogseid under Friberg’s reign.

Importance for the future

Short Term: Medium

Long Term: None

  • Tom Pettersson
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Tom Pettersson | Ostersunds FK

Pettersson is a relatively new signing to the club having joined just months before Friberg himself. The centre-back has established himself as a key member of the side, making 20 appearances in the 2018 season.

Importance for the future

Short Term: High

Long Term: Medium

  • Taye Taiwo
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Taye Taiwo | Ostersunds FK

Taye Taiwo is a well-known name to many players of previous FM’s. Now aged 33 Taiwo is still a very decent player in our Ostersund side. He was signed by Friberg in 2018 and has been rotated frequently with fellow African Patrick Kpozo.

Importance for the future

Short Term: Medium

Long Term: Low

  • Patrick Kpozo
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Patrick Kpozo | Ostersunds FK

Kpozo joined Ostersund from AIK in the months before Friberg was approached. The Ghanaian has potential to grow still and will become our first-choice left-back once Taiwo’s attributes begin to fade.

Importance for the future

Short Term: Medium

Long Term: High

Midfielders

  • Brwa Nouri
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Brwa Nouri | Ostersunds FK

Brwa Nouri has been with Ostersund since 2014 and has become an important member of the squad. Under Friberg, Nouri played in 24 out of 30 league matches last season, averaging a rating of 7.10 per game.

Importance for the future

Short Term: High

Long Term: Medium

  • Cole Grossman
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Cole Grossman | Ostersunds FK

Cole Grossman was Oscar Friberg’s first signing as Ostersund manager. The American is a regular in the first-team but will now face competition from youngster Dejan Kulusevski for the Mezzala role in central midfield.

Importance for the future

Short Term: Medium

Long Term: Medium

  • Fouad Bachirou
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Fouad Bachirou | Ostersunds FK

Like Nouri, Bachirou was signed in 2014 from Scottish side Morton. The Comoran made 27 appearances last season under Friberg and is a key member of the squad.

Importance for the future

Short Term: High

Long Term: High

  • Dejan Kulusevski
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Dejan Kulusevski | Ostersunds FK

Here is Cole Grossman’s competition moving forward. Friberg has managed to extend Kulusevski’s loan from Atalanta until December 2020 – a fantastic piece of business for the Swedish club. Not only is he a player with great potential but he also helps with the Swedish player quota.

Importance for the future

Short Term: Medium

Long Term: High – if we can keep him!

  • Curtis Edwards
curtis edwards
Curtis Edwards | Ostersunds FK

Curtis Edwards is a well-rounded midfielder that provides excellent backup for our first-choice central midfielders. Under Friberg he’ll likely continue in this role for the coming years.

Importance for the future

Short Term: Low

Long Term: None

  • Gustav Marcussen
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Gustav Marcussen | Ostersunds FK

Marcussen signed for Ostersund for £160K in the 2018 season as a player with high potential. He hasn’t developed as expected so far in his first year and will need to improve quickly in the coming seasons.

Importance for the future

Short Term: Low

Long Term: Medium – if he can get close to his potential

  • Ken Sema
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Ken Sema | Ostersunds FK

Ken Sema is the star player in this Ostersund side. He’s played in 60 of the last 60 league games across 2017 and 2018 and, despite looking to leave the club over our previous season, has signed a contract extension until 2021.

Importance for the future

Short Term: High

Long Term: High

  • Ludvig Fritzson
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Ludvig Fritzson | Ostersunds FK

Ludvig Fritzson is essentially a backup player who has remained with us due to his versatility and nationality. He has yet to make any useful impact for Ostersund in his limited appearances.

Importance for the future

Short Term: Low

Long Term: None

  • Jamie Hopcutt
jamie hopcutt
Jamie Hopcutt | Ostersunds FK

Englishman Jamie Hopcutt has been with Ostersund since 2012 and has made over 150 league appearances for the club. He made 30 appearances for the Swedish club in 2017.

Importance for the future

Short Term: Medium

Long Term: Low

Strikers

  • Mathias Bringaker
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Mathias Bringaker | Ostersunds FK

Bringaker joined Friberg’s side in 2018 for £150K and made 16 appearances in the league. He hasn’t developed as much as expected but will remain in Friberg’s plans moving forward.

Importance for the future

Short Term: Medium

Long Term: Medium

  • Saman Ghoddos
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Saman Ghoddos | Ostersunds FK

Saman Ghoddos is our star striker. He’s scored 10+ league goals in his last three seasons for Ostersund, including 14 in the most recent year. Friberg will be batting off the numerous clubs interest in his services.

Importance for the future

Short Term: High

Long Term: High


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Oscar Friberg will be very happy with his current squad having just seen them finish 2nd in the Swedish Allsvenskan.

However, the ambitious manager will be pushing for top spot in the coming years and therefore will need to continue to improve the squad. Several players stand out as being crucial to the squad moving forward but if the bigger clubs unsettle them we could be in trouble.

In the next post, we will take an in-depth look at our tactic with Ostersund. I look forward to sharing this with you all!


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