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Author:  Charscot [ Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:32 pm ]
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Curious to see what managers feel is their preferred squad balance.

Not necessarily what you have now, but with all things being equal what would the balance of your squad look like assuming you could find the players at the level you wanted and you had the money to get them.

I have gone back and forth on this for years, from the minimalist 5-5-5 to far larger (mainly due to my teams' ability to get injured so often) and am still not entirely convinced what would be my optimum squad balance (certainly not at Charscot, where to this day my mood can mean anything from grab all the players I can to getting rid of perceived surplus).

Author:  afcbdave [ Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:30 pm ]
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I tend to go 6-6-5 at the start of the season, perhaps one less overall if I have players who can play in multiple positions.

Once forms are up I don't mind a bigger squad...

Cheers
Dave

Author:  Charscot [ Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:38 pm ]
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I always want to go 6-6-5 or 6-5-5 but can rarely stop myself from going way above or below depending on the team :oops:

The one thing I do tend to do is try to keep the number of attackers no higher than 5 (working on the theory that any more than 5 who can actually score would be a waste as some would never get a game - the reality sadly is that normally I am struggling to find any that score :lol: ).

I do find Charscot's squad the hardest to reduce, but that is as much about being wary of letting all brils leave via the market (almost impossible to get Swap deals for them these days) as anything else. In fact, the current squad (6-7-5 with two youths being trained by Razor coming in next season) was the reason I posted this as was and am considering AM'ing one or two but curious to see how others feel they get by with differing numbers (never too long in the game to learn something new about SS from someone else's perspective) :)

Author:  Charscot [ Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:57 pm ]
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Keepers is a good point. Should have really set up a separate post for how many of them as the poll has kind of assumed two but have had sides survive on one and others need 3.

Totally agree re injuries, seem to have definitely spiked up both in terms of frequency and number of long term injuries :(

Author:  Razor [ Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:59 pm ]
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Always 2 G/K's, sometimes 3, & then try & get 6,5,5 :D maybe another Mid, but as Rich days no more than 5 Arts

Author:  Steve Readman [ Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:38 pm ]
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I tend to go for 3 keepers and 6 players in each of the other positions. I had 4 injuries last week across my teams including 2 at the same team.

Author:  ropery [ Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:55 pm ]
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I tend to go for 2 - 5 - 5 - 4 (sometimes 5). Bare minimum and a tad risky with injuries but I like to keep the wage bill down.

Author:  Steve Readman [ Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:17 pm ]
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My Third keeper tends to be somebody from the Youth system.

Author:  smelly [ Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:21 pm ]
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I tend to go for 2 - 5 - 5 - 4 and worry about the injuries when they happen (which at Cair seems to happen regularly :| )
Reason being is that the training staff have less to work with and get around the players fairly regular.

Author:  woody [ Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:55 pm ]
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Usually go 2-5-6-5 like to try to keep squads fairly small.

Author:  Dorrie Boyle [ Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:37 pm ]
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6-6-5 for me is the ideal mix when they are all decent quality players. Most of my squads have slightly more, but that is what I am aiming for with good quality players that are ready to hopefully compete for championships.

Always think 6 defenders is enough, especially when I only play 4 and never have 1 on the bench.

6 midfielders incase I play 4 and need one on the bench.

5 attackers for me is enough at the moment.

The one time, I played a whole season with just 6-6-5, Tigers got promoted from Div 1 to Prem.

U23s are currently 6-5-4 and I am amazed they are still 2nd.

This has got me thinking of a serious cull at the end of the season with the Lions.

Author:  Charscot [ Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:49 pm ]
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Thanks all for your votes and for your measure, informed thoughts in the comments. Both interesting and much appreciated.

Author:  jelly [ Mon Mar 13, 2017 1:54 pm ]
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As I've voted, I should share my views. I don't have any particular rules or aims and it is so different across my teams. In a couple of my longer term teams I have players who can move between positions, but I have a habit of doing that, even if they aren't perfect for the position, just to alter the formation. I perhaps have a tendency to start with a bare minimum at the beginning of the season, stockpile during and then shed at the end. In some teams, their favoured formations are 532, 442 (so I have fewer strikers) or I might play 433, 334, 343 (with more attackers or mids) so there really is no pattern across them. If I have a lot of young players (like in the RH) the squad is larger as the players improving values are helping the team to be stronger financially - I will soon sell off a number of them and be more selective.

Author:  Chunkymunky [ Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:37 am ]
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More mids the better as they can cover other positions

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