With the possible impending transfer of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, we look at the team you could assemble for the rumoured £125 million evaluation of the Welsh winger.
So here is FC GMS - including substitutes and a reserve team - and of course I’ll be keeping track of their stats and progress throughout the year.
Budget: £125 million
Lets start with the formation, as much as the standard 4-4-2 is solid, the formation that worked best and most often in the Premier League last season was the 4-2-3-1 so we’ll use that and build the team around it.
Vital to any football team is a good goalkeeper, and having a good shot stopper is an easy way to help build a fairly decent team, after all a team who never concede are more likely to win games than a team that do, its simple really.
This is why a great keeper should be our first piece of the puzzle.
Simon Mignolet - £9.3 million
Still young but already with a brilliant few seasons with Sunderland behind him, Mignolet who recently transferred to Liverpool is more than reasonable at only £9.3 million.
At only 26-years-old and already with 90 Premier League games behind him not only is he a fantastic keeper now, he’s also a great prospect for the future if he keeps improving at the same rate.
Total Spent: £9.3 million
Remaining Budget: £115.7 million
So we’ve got our keeper but he's not much help without a strong back four. With our formation we need strong fullbacks and where better to start than left back.
Oscar Wendt - £2.6 million
The experienced left back has had some great seasons at Borussia Monchengladbach and is only getting better with the more games he plays.
With a low price tag he’s a great choice for the squad’s left back, without risking too much.
Phil Jagielka - £7.5 million
Jagielka has been one of the Premier League's best centre-backs over the last few years and is well worth his £7.5 million price tag. And let's not forget, if all else fails he can also play in goal if required.
Chico Flores - £5.7 million
Our second centre-back is Swansea’s star defender from last season Chico Flores. Signing for only £2 million last summer, Chico’s performances for the Swans have boosted his price dramatically and shown what a real talent the 26-year-old is.
Sam Byram - £3.1 million
After a huge breakout season at Leeds United, the 19-Year-old has attracted the attention of some huge clubs, especially after his fantastic performances in Leeds’ cup runs, which included keeping the aforementioned Gareth Bale quiet in their encounter with Tottenham hotspur.
Total Spent: £28.2 million
Remaining Budget: £96.8 million
The Midfield is the spine of the football team, and FC GMS’s midfield will have a mixture of enough creativity and power that any team will envy them. Let us start with our central pairing.
Tom Huddlestone - £4 million
Huddlestone has been around for what seems like years now, and surprisingly he’s only 26-years-old.
His main skill is he can weight a pass better than many others in the Premier League, but still we find him relatively cheap as he has seen a lack of game time recently, but can surely do a job for any team still.
Marco Verratti - £13 million
The most expensive player on FC GMS, but for good reason. The youngster tipped as the next Andrea Pirlo made 27 appearances for the mega rich PSG last season, which was impressive considering the other star centre midfielder on the team was David Beckham.
Having been chased by Napoli and Manchester United, the 20-year-old will be a brilliant addition to FC GMS.
Kevin Grosskreutz - £6.2 million
Having scored twice and assisted 6 times for Dortmund in the 2012/13 season, Grosskreutz may not be the most prolific winger there is, but he’s only 25-years-old so has many years left in him.
One thing he is, is a great team player, contributing wherever he can. He has scored 68 and assisted 38 goals throughout his career to date.
Michu - £12.5 million
Miguel Michu came from relative obscurity last season into the Premier League. He was signed for only £2.2 million and he’s perhaps one of the best signings in Premier League history, scoring 18 goals and creating three in his debut season.
As the second-most expensive signing, Michu has a lot to do to prove himself, but can surely score plenty of goals for FC GMS
David Villa - £4.1 million
The biggest bargain on FC GMS, and perhaps the biggest bargain of this actual transfer window, Villa signed for Atletico Madrid for £4.1 million earlier this summer.
Given his record and ability there’s not many better forwards under £10 million, and Villa will is an excellent addition to any team.
Total Spent: £67.1 million
Remaining Budget: £57.9 million
Strikers need the support of everyone to do their job and who better to lead from the front than one of the best attackers around right now:
Carlos Tevez - £7.9 million
A proven goalscorer despite the odd outburst, Tevez is a fearless striker, who is one of few players to switch between Manchester rivals and succeed.
With his record for only £7.9 million Tevez is a bargain and can cause trouble for any defence.
Total Spent: £79.4 million
Remaining Budget: £45.6 million
Everyone knows a team’s bench is just as important as the first XI. Whether they are called in for injured players or to change the game, having a strong bench is pivotal.
Gerhard Tremmel - £875,000
Not a starting keeper but he filled in very well for Swansea last season when Vorm was injured, and played especially well in the cup games.
Although he’s no spring chicken, the 32-year-old is hitting his prime as a keeper and as a backup to any starter.
Kurt Zouma - £6.2 million
Our substitute centre back will be synonymous with Football Manager users all over.
But if you’ve never heard of him before, Zouma is a very talented 18-year-old who currently playing for French side St Etienne. Scoring twice in 18 appearances, Zouma is highly sought-after by various sides across Europe. And he is a great talent to come off the bench
Jetro Willems - £3.5 million
The youngest player at Euro 2012 Willems was drafted in at the last minute as a replacement to starting left back Erik Pieters.
He was thrust into the limelight and shone, and quickly began attracting attention from the big European clubs, still young though Willems has a bright future ahead of him
Ross Barkley - £4 million
Barkley is a talented young English midfielder who can change a game quite easily, as Sheffield Wednesday found out last season.
Currently at Everton, new manager Roberto Martinez expects big things of him this season, and for £4 million as a bench option for FC GMS or any club he’s a great deal.
Pablo Hernandez - £7.9 million
Another gem found by the scouts at Swansea. Hernandez had a great season for the Swans last season and is more than worth the £7.9 million price tag on his head, and as a back up to Snodgrass, the Premier League doesn’t offer much better.
Lucas Piazon - £4.4 million
Another youngster snapped up by a big European club, Piazon signed a Chelsea full-time contract in 2012, and spent the year on loan at Spanish side Malaga.
Although he has not played as often as many would like, Piazon has shown real talent and is a great prospect for Chelsea and FC GMS.
Robert Snodgrass - £5.3 million
Having been one of the Premier League's most accurate crossers last season, Robert Snodgrass is a relatively young talent worth every penny.
With pace, power, and accuracy, the Scottish winger will be an excellent addition to the team and surly make a big impact, especially if he finds the form he had at former club Leeds United.
Gary Hooper - £5.5 million
Hooper has been one of the SPL’s most prolific strikers over the last three years with Celtic, and has just joined Premier League Side Norwich for just under £5.5 million.
Although yet to break into the national team, Hooper is one of the best English strikers around, scoring all five in Celtic's 5-0 win over Hearts last season. `
Total Spent Bench: £38.57 million
Grand Total: £117.97 million
Remaining Budget: £7.09 million
Signed for Chelsea from Fulham, the 40-year-old is reaching what surely must be the end of his long and illustrious career, but as a back-up keeper he’s more than talented enough to live out the rest of his career with Chelsea.
The long serving PSG left back’s contract recently ran out with the Parisian club, and after 9 years Armand and the team decided it best to move on.
Now with Stade Rennais, the 33-year-old can finally get some more game time in again before finally calling it a day.
Finally back to full fitness after a successful liver transplant, Abidal and Barcelona decided to part ways and the left back was quickly snapped up by former club Monaco and was officially unveiled in an emotional ceremony in July.
After signing for Manchester City last year for former manager Roberto Mancini, new boss Manuel Pellegrini decided the 32-year-old right back was no longer needed and released him on a free transfer.
He quickly signed for AS Roma where hopefully he’ll get more playing time than at City.
Demichelis has played for some of the best teams around in his career, and the next stop is Atletico Madrid.
At only 32-years-old the Argentinian still has much to offer to Atletico and could be a pivotal part of this year's European push for them.
The older of the two Toure brothers, Kolo has proven himself as a top level Premier League defender and midfielder, and his latest move takes him to Anfield.
A player such as Kolo Toure for free is a bargain, if ever there was one in the Premier League - city might actually rue this decision.
Roque Santa Cruz
One of Manchester City's first big signings after they became billionaires, Santa Cruz hasn’t been much in favour in Manchester recently.
Spending the last three seasons on loan, City have finally released the striker to move to his previous loanee club Malaga permanently.
After scoring 12 goals there last season, the fans seemed to take to him and this new permanent deal could launch his career all over again
Probably the definition of a journeyman striker, having played for 11 clubs in 18 years.
West Brom mark his 12th club and sixth in the Premier League, where the 32-year-old will most likely see out his footballing days after being quoted according to the BBC as saying: "I think I'll finish in England, I'm happy here. I also hope it will be with this club."
So that’s it then using the £125 million proposed transfer fee for Gareth Bale. I’ve built a football team including starting 11 and a bench and if that’s not good enough, a set of reserves that all cost nothing.
In all seriousness though, this was a bit of fun to show how much and how extraordinary the proposed fee actually is and to show Spurs fans that, even though you may be losing your star player, there’s plenty more fish in the sea, most of them for a fraction of the cost.
Stay tuned because I'll post regular updates of how FC GMS are doing along with approximate fantasy points.
Please note that all Transfer values are those according to TransferMarkt.com or the latest fee received for the player and all stats come from the official league sites of the player in question.
And don't forget, if you think you can create a better starting 11 for £125 million post it in the comment section below.
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