Top tips for Football Manager 18

December 22, 2017

- Grant Whittington

On November 10th this year, Football Manager 18 was released worldwide. This title, which has rivalled Championship Manager since Sports Interactive split with the Eidos development team in 2003, is hugely popular among fans and widely considered to be the best sports management game in the world.

With Football Manager 18 promising to be the best instalment yet, it’s important that you know how to get the most out of the experience.

In this post, Bethut offer some top gameplay tips to help you to evolve into the Pep Guardiola of the virtual world.

Keep your influential players happy
There’s no doubt that Football Manager 18 is an authentic and intricate game and one that boasts multiple facets. It’s not enough to invest in top quality players and select the best formation, you also need to manage your squad and ensure that its most influential players are kept happy.

There are several simple ways to achieve this, starting with the identification of your team leaders and the players that boast the highest levels of influence. Then, you need to ensure that these players are being rewarded with the amount of game time that they expect to receive, with ‘key players’ starting the majority of your matches and ‘rotation players’ used more sparingly.

This should help you to maintain a harmonious and happy squad, which in turn enables you to focus on game management and affording your opponents the respect that they deserve.

Having said that, don’t be afraid to occasionally sign a potentially disruptive influence, so long as the player in question boasts an exceptionally high level of ability. If his talent outweighs the negative effect that he may have on the squad, he can still deliver superb results. Just bear in mind that you may need to make some adjustments, such as signing players with similar personalities and those from the same country of origin.

Exploit the best release clause bargains
For years, the world’s top football clubs have achieved greatness on the back of bargain buys and hidden release clause bargains. The same is usually true in the Football Manager franchise, although it’s fair to say that this year’s instalment has less bargains in the release clause market than previous games.

There are some gems in this market however, so the key is to identify these players early and snap them up before one of your rivals begins to pursue them.

Younger players tend to offer the best value in the release cause market, as they usually have the potential to develop and increase their skill-sets considerably over time. You can reaffirm this by analysing each player in the editor mode, so that you have an idea of how your bargain basement buys will develop as they grow older.

One of our picks from this market is CSKA Moscow’s talented and technically gifted midfielder Aleksandr Golovin, who starred in appearances against Manchester United in the Champions League this season. This 21-year old, who can operate in the centre of the park and on the left-hand side of midfield, can be purchased for just £13.25 million at the beginning of the game. He is sure to become one of the most accomplished players of the next generation.

Another world-beating bargain lies in the form of the exotically named Maximiliano Romero, who currently plies his trade as a striker with Velez Sarsfield. This 18-year old should be well known to Football Manager fans as one of the game’s true wonderkids, with the forward boasting tremendous pace, strength and tremendous potential for development.

Incredibly, this gifted striker has a release clause of just £10.75 million and while he may take time to settle in, he’s sure to add long-term value to your squad.

You’ll need to move quickly on this deal however, as there will be a huge swarm of clubs chasing the young Argentine when the season commences.

By following these tips, you should be able to build a progressive and talented squad that is united in the quest for success. Identifying those release clause bargains can really help your cause, particularly if you’re operating on a relatively tight budget.




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