It’s intake day! Hooray!
This is the man who makes it all happen.
It will be interesting to see what happens with youth intakes. I have always been seduced by stats in my staff but recently it has been made clear to me that personality can trump the attributes. Especially in such an important role. Still. Those are some damn sexy stats. So I will give him a few intakes to prove he can do the business.
In such a save as this I really need the youth intake to be reasonably good every year in order to maintain the squad where I can’t (or won’t) fill gaps with other hot prospects from around the globe. This year was fairly handy with some decent potential players that can be used for 1860 in the years to come. Obviously the difficulty lies in the 2. Bundesliga and Bundesliga restrictions which mean that some of these players are going to have to wait years until they are able to don the fabled shirt of the real Munich.
With that in mind, let’s see what we have and what stands out in terms of my first youth intake.
Hot tip: Niklas Reinert is already attracting large bids from Borussia Dortmund and Kaiserslautern. This is both wonderful as it seems to confirm his talent, but also horrifying as things will only get worse as he develops.
It’s not a bad intake in general. A nice spread of players but there seems to be a preponderance of players who fit more advanced roles. There could be a lot of competition for places in the coming years but, at the same time, our defence may be under pressure. I will be looking to retrain some players depending on how this all pans out. Again, we have at least two years on the majority of these players before they are even eligible for first team action. A blessing and a curse at the same time.
Here is the showpiece. (SPOILER) Already attracting bids from the abovementioned teams, he looks to be the goods. Moraes says? Gun. My scouts say? Gun. My coaches… You get the idea.
The thing that stands out for me is his determination. That should stand him in good stead for his development and he is resilient which should (?) work to his benefit. Genuinely a chance to be a future star. And given he is 14, by the time he is looking at being brought into first team action, I should have a developed Colidio and Ribimar starting to blossom. This should make for a pretty fearsome strikeforce.
I’m not too sure about this guy. His mentals are pretty bad and his physicals aren’t exactly screaming talent! But my scouts and coaches think he has excellent potential and training him for an IF position will be a priority.
An Aussie with 14 passing at 15? Yes please. Glacially slow, Meredith will likely be used as the more advanced of the midfielders. That can cover for his lack of pace, allowing him to create and develop moves as the team goes into the final third.
Another talented 14yo striker. Professional personality. High determination. I am a bit worried about his physical stats but he seems to have a certain something. What that is? Time will tell.
Handy. I need CBs and he should fit the bill with some development. I hope (but fear) that being “fairly professional” may possibly hurt his development. But all I need is a solid central defender who makes few mistakes.
There you have it. 16 current Bundesliga players came from 1860. When we get promoted the number will rise but here’s hoping the numbers improve more.
In the end, it was a decent intake. A bit top heavy with 3 really good talents and a bevy of distinctly average players, I will be looking to see them develop to where they can provide cover and replacement for our current squad as they age, with a few to improve firther and become mainstays.
That’s all for now. Stay tuned for the Rückrunde update where we see if 1860 can seal the deal. Wish us luck, it will probably be a nail biting finish with Stuttgart snapping at our heels.
FÜR IMMER WEIß UND BLAU!