Back on track and with the goals flowing, Steam FC is steaming through the Conference South. It can’t all be perfection can it?
We played twelve games in November and December. We won them all bar a draw against Basingstoke. We had back-to-back 8-0s. Jordan Ferri won’t stop scoring long range screamers. Nearly everybody is playing superbly. We’ve tightened up at the back considerably. So, is this the perfect side?
Far from it.
Problem 1 – Sebastian Czapa is an appalling striker. Honestly the worst finisher I have seen in all my years in football. The boy couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat. He turned down the Ekstraklasa to join us and I was excited by that. Oh, hindsight. He’ll be sold in January because I can’t take it anymore. He’s scored once all season – against a side in the league below us. And even then it was a struggle. Not my best signing.
Problem 2 – Anthony Stewart. Every single time he plays we concede. He can’t defend and this is someone who was a regular in League 2. I can see why Wycombe released him.
Problem 3 – Injuries. Where do I start with injuries? It seems no matter what I and the physios do, we always get some kind of injury in a game. Ryan Mason has had it the worst – groin strain, thigh strain, bruised shin – but we’ve also lost Jospeh Yobo to a bad hip injury for a couple of months, Jordan Richardson to a broken foot, Shane Ferguson to a number of injuries and so many more. The squad is starting to look a little threadbare.
We’ve even had to blood a couple of youngsters during international breaks because of the number of players we have that are starting to become international regulars at youth and senior level. Marnick Vermijl has just made his Belgium debut, Rafael Floro is a regular for Portugal’s U21s, Etien Velikonja has forced his way back into the Slovenia side while Kristian Kostrna is knocking on the door of Slovakia’s side. Add in the regular leavers – Jordan Ferri, Zak Bakkali, Kaspars Gorkss, Shane Ferguson – and we struggle to fill out a 16 man squad at times.
Still, we’re heading into January top of the league and in the FA Trophy with a second round tie against Conference Premier side Nuneaton which should be a good test.
As for transfer business, the key areas of improvement will be a cover full back and new cover striker because Sebastian Czapa is out of here. Neither major overhaul nor massive signings. We’ve got a good group here and I don’t want to rock the boat.
Especially since Seb wouldn’t hit water if I did…
If you want to do this challenge yourself on Football Manager, the link to the Steam workshop is here.
Catch up with the last part of Steam Powered here.