What Happens On Football Manager 21 When Premier League Clubs Lose Their Best Player
Ever wondered how Aston Villa would get on without Jack Grealish or what would happen if Bruno Fernandes' penalties dried up at Old Trafford? Using Football Manager 21 we decided to find out.
Whenever a team has a star man they rely on it's derided as them just being a 'one man team,' and there's concerns for that team if they lost the player through injury.
We made sure that every club lost their star man using the Football Manager 21 editor and it certainly made for some interesting reading.
It was easier to decide which player should leave for some clubs than it was others, but here's a run down of who left - Arsenal ; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Aston Villa; Jack Grealish, Brighton; Neal Maupay, Burnley; Nick Pope, Chelsea; Timo Werner, Crystal Palace; Wilfried Zaha, Everton; James Rodriguez Fulham; Aleksandar Mitrovic, Leeds United; Kalvin Phillips, Leicester City; Jamie Vardy, Liverpool; Mohamed Salah, Manchester City; Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester United; Bruno Fernandes, Newcastle United; Allan Saint Maximin, Sheffield United; Sander Berge, Southampton; Danny Ings, Spurs; Harry Kane, West Brom; Matheus Pereira, West Ham; Declan Rice, Wolves; Raul Jimenez.
After scattering players across the continent, including Vardy finding a new home with Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid, Salah heading to Barcelona and De Bruyne and Kane both going to Real Madrid, we simmed the entire season.
With one game left the title was already sewn up, with Manchester City confirmed as champions, and clearly not missing De Bruyne, but there still stuff to sort.
Yep, that is Fulham guaranteed a top SEVEN spot before their final day fixture against Leeds, clearly Mitrovic isn't that important to the Cottagers, maybe Ademola Lookman or Ruben Loftus-Cheek should have been sent back to their parent clubs.
The final day didn't change too much with Brighton escaping relegation from two points, after Palace failed to win on the final day.
Without usual top goalscorer candidates Salah, Aubameyang, Vardy, Kane, Ings, Werner or even Fernandes' penalties in the running, the award was shared by Gabriel Jesus and Callum Wilson of all people
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Along with Fulham's 7th place finish, the biggest shocks are definitely Chris Wood as joint third highest scorer and teammate Johann Berg Gudmundsson being joint top assister, all that whilst Sean Dyche's team go down!
Spurs finally won silverware as Jose Mourinho got one over on former side Chelsea in the FA Cup final but lost in the final of the Europa League to another former Jose side, Inter.
Liverpool ended Manchester City's reign in the Carabao Cup by beating Pep Guardiola's side at Wembley but they won't mind as they finally won the Champions League, beating Atletico Madrid in the final.
To be honest, we may never get over Fulham finishing 7th!
It might be time to reinstall just to make sure there isn't something wrong with our version of the game...
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