A Football Manager 2015 Team Guide About Leicester City FC
Welcome to my first FM2015 team guide, and it has to be the team I have supported since I was born! (Blame my Dad for that) and for anyone wanting to know that’s 34 years.
For anyone who wants to know about what my team guides will contain I wont rabble on, Ill just try and focus solely on FM15 and what the club looks like within the game. If anyone has any tips/advice ill be happy to hear your comments whether they are good or bad
Background & History of Leicester FC
Founded in 1884 Leicester City are currently celebrating their 130th Birthday. After 10 years out in the wilderness, Nigel Pearsons boys won the SkyBet Championship by a canter in 2013/14. Expectations are high this season from fans and media alike. But in FM15 expectations are a little lower, Media predict they will come 19th.
Leicester have a long history but not many trophies to show for it. Only when it came to the Martin O’Neill era did Leicester win their first “major” trophy, in 1997 they lifted the League Cup, they repeated this feat in 2000. This was probably the clubs most successful time in their history.
- English Premier Division: 2nd (1929), 3rd (1928)
- English SkyBet Championship: 1st (1925, 1937, 1950, 1957, 1971, 1980, 2014)
2nd (1908, 2003), 3rd (1899, 1907, 1923, 1970, 1983)
- English League 1: 1st (2009)
- English FA CUP: 2nd (1949, 1961, 1963, 1969)
- English Capital One Cup: 1st (1964, 1997, 2000), 2nd (1965, 1999)
- English Community Shield: 1st (1971)
Leicester FC’s Club- / Player Records
- Highest Attendance: 47298 (vs Tottenham, FA CUP, 18.02.1928)
- Biggest Win: 13-0 (vs Notts Olympic, FA CUP, 13.10.1894)
- Biggest Defeat: 0-12 (vs Nottm Forest, Premier Division, 21.04.1909)
- Most Games Won in Row: 10 (26.12.1962 – 16.03.1963)
- Most Games Lost in Row: 9 (10.03.2001 – 28.04.2002)
- Most Games Without Losing: 17 (06.12.1924 – 28.02.1925)
- Most Games Without Winning: 18 (12.04.1975 – 01.11.1975)
- Most League Goals: 259 (Arthur Chandler)
- Most League Appearances: 528 (Adam Black)
- Top League Goal Scorer: 44 (Arthur Rowley)
Leicesters Club & Training Facilities
In 2003 Leicester moved from their fairly small ground on Filbert Street to the more lush surroundings (only 200 meters down the road) of the Walkers Stadium – now called the King Power Stadium.
A suggestion at the beginning of the game would be to make a board request to upgrade the Youth Facilities and Youth Coaching
Leicester FC’s Stadium: King Power Stadium
- Stadium Sponsor: 6 year deal at £500K (ends 2017)
- Capacity: 32312 (all seater)
- Year Built: 2002
- Stadium Condition: Very Good (Under Soil Heating)
- Roof: No
- Surface: Grass
- Pitch Dimensions/(Max): 101/(101) (L) x 68/(69) (W)
- Pitch Conditions: Perfect
- Corporate facilities: Average
- Training facilities: Impressive
- Youth facilities: Great
- Youth Level: 1
- Junior Coaching: Average
- Youth Recruitment: Average
Leicesters Finances – Transfer Budgets / Wage Budget – Season Expectations
The finances are secure with an estimated value of €120Mill (€33.5Mill debt).
Dependent on how ambitious you are in FM2015 you could increase your budgets by increasing expectations. Budgets are shown below. My personal opinion is the squad is good enough for survival and £9m is more than enough for a starting budget. Keep your expectations low and with a couple of additions you can definitely exceed them.
- Other expectations: FA Cup – 4th Round and Captial One Cup – 3rd Round
The finances are OK. Nothing exciting. The chairman is classed as an Underwriter Sugar Daddy in Football Manager 2015, but from experience in other FM versions he wont put money in unless you are in serious trouble. There are 2 bank loans/debts which are being paid off. One finishes in 12 months time, the other finishes in 2030. The short loan will take nearly £900k a month off of your finances so that will need to be managed
Leicester Backroom Staff
Leicester have quite a large number of staff. A lot of the staff are for the U18s squad, in my personal opinion this could be thinned out due to the poor quality of U18 players. You don’t need two Under-18 fitness coaches, 2 U18 GK coaches and 3 U18 Coaches. Thin it down to 1 in each category.
Also you may want to mutually terminate the contract of some of the other members of staff as members such as Steve Walsh don’t have incredibly good attributes and you could easily find better coaches for low wages and no compensation
- Best Backroom Staff (Coaching Stars):
- Alex Martin – Fitness Coach (4 Strength / Aerobic)
Mike Stowell – GK Coach (4 Shot Stopping)
Steve Beaglehole – U21 Manager (3.5 Def/Att)
The First Team Squad – 4-4-2 formation
For a team that has just come up from the Championship Leicester have a decent team with many experienced players, especially in the defence. You have 2 players for every position. Also a mixture of experienced players and young potential. As you can see from the screenshot there are a few injuries, especially in Midfield, but they are all less than 2 months.
- Kasper Peter Schmeichel, 27yo, Denmark (€6.25Mill, €44K pr week): A highly determined player with international experience. Great reflexes and rushing out makes him capable as a decent shot stopper. Has been the first choice for the last 3 seasons.
- Paul Konchesky, 33yo, England (€160K, €37.5K pr week): An experienced limited fullback capable of delivering accurate tackles and work rate. Lacks tactical intelligence and concentration to be a great marker, but offers team work and stamina which makes him able to support the midfield.
- Wes Morgan, 30yo, Jamaica (€4.3Mill, €22K pr week): Seems like an lder version of Liam More, but features better positioning and composure. An overall good defender noted for his marking abilities.
- Liam Moore, 21yo, England (€5.25Mill, €25K pr week): A strong central defender I would use in DCR position. The 186cm tall defender is fairly good in aerial situations, but features more the playing style of Carles Puyol as he possession high bravery and concentration. Recommended for the stopper duty.
- Danny Simpson, 27yo, England (€5.5Mill, €31.5K pr week): Obviously the first choice in the right fullback position. With much quickness, stamina and work rate he is able to roam down the right flank and offer overlaps. Is tactical intelligent and defensive strong with tackling s his main strength. Tends to play long range passes and get forward whenever possible.
- Jeffrey Schlupp, 21yo, Ghana (€2.8Mill, €15.75K pr week): A young wide midfielder with unfulfilled potential. Looks like a younger version of Danny Simpson featuring high acceleration and pace. The highly versatile player can also play as an complete wing back, winger or wide midfielder as well. An overall skilled player highlighted by fairly decent finishing, crossing and off the ball. Lacks defensive skills to play as a fullback.
- Danny Drinkwater, 24yo, England (€9.5Mill, €31.5K pr week): There are a number of choices here depending on your football philosophy, but I picked Danny Drinkwater due to his playmaker abilities. He likes to dictate tempo and play one-twos which will help me set the passing tempo. The roaming playmaker has good stamina, passing, technique and anticipation.
- Esteban Cambiasso, 33yo, Argentina (€975K, €53K pr week): The experienced defensive midfielder likes to dictate tempo from deep and is the obvious leader of the squad. Features excellent work rate, positioning and team work. With his high aggression and bravery, Cambiasso might suit the role as an defensive ball winning midfielder.
- Riyad Mahrez, 23yo, Algeria (€8Mill, €22K pr week): A good winger with the ability to do the unpredictable with good dribbling, flair and acceleration. As a left footed winger at AMR position he should fit the inside forward role where he cuts inside opening up space for D. Simpson to attack from deep in.
- Leonardo Ulloa, 27yo, Argentina (€9.75Mill, €25K pr week): A 185cm tall forward with great heading abilities. The nomadic striker has scored 102 goals in 282 apps featuring great finishing but poor positioning and fairly good off the ball. The strong striker possesses also fairly good pace.
- David Nugent, 29yo, England (€7.25Mill, €37.5K pr week): A defensive forward who likes to shoot with power. Selected for his tendency to move into channel and working tirelessly to create space for his striking partner. Features good anticipation, composure and concentration.
- Ben Hamer, 26yo, England (€1.3Mill, €10K pr week): A fairly good player, but obviously a second choice goalkeeper. Decent aerial ability and handling.
- Ritchie de Laet, 25yo, England (€3.2Mill, €18.75K pr week): Can play in a number of positions, but should be regarded as a right fullback. His strengths are his aerial abilities Tends to dive into tackles.
- Marcin Wasilewski, 34yo, Poland (€250K, €15.75K pr week): A strong and tall central defender with strong mental attributes. Is as good in the air as tactical intelligent. The commanding centre-back features excellent concentration and determination.
- Anthony Knockaert, 22yo, France (€8Mill, €25K pr week): The attacking midfielder is labelled as the next Michel Platini. Likes to run with the ball often and features the flair, dribbling and agility to do so. Great passing, technique and vision makes him a likely chance creator too.
- Andy King, 25yo, Wales (€4.5Mill, €31.5K pr week): A central midfielder capable of playing as attacking midfielder. Features good long shots, off the ball movement, work rate and team work. Decent back up who tends to get forward whenever possible and play short simple passes.
- Nick Powell, 20yo, England (€9Mill, €15K pr week): A promising attacking midfielder currently on loan from Manchester United. Can play in a number of roles as his overall skills are fairly decent. Possesses excellent flair and good first touch. Can use either foot. Matty James may be a likely substitute for Powell when he leaves.
- Chris Wood, 22yo, New Zealand (€3.7Mill, €25K pr week): The attacking midfielder is labelled as the next Michel Platini. Likes to run with the ball often and features the flair, dribbling and agility to do so. Great passing, technique and vision makes him a likely chance creator too.
- Hamza Choudhury, 16yo, England (€325K, €100 per week): Described as a ball winning midfielder due to his excellent work rate, aggression and bravery. Has the potential to become a future key player for the first team. Has overall good physical attributes. With his professional personality and decent determination he might progress well.
In overall is the Under-21 and youth section very mediocre. This is where Leicester fail in my opinion. The have very little in terms of quality in reserve. Tom Lawrence is classed as Leicesters hot prospect, I’d suggest sending him out on loan to a LGE1 or LGE2 team for experience. Other than that there is not much else to recommend, unfortunately.
Personal Recommended Tactical Setup
This is my personal opinion about the best formation for Leicester. I have not added Team Instructions or player instructions, just the formations you could play and the roles that fit the players. I have picked two formations; a classic 4-4-2 and a 4-1-2-1-2 narrow diamond formation.
Summary of FM2015 Leicester
Leicester definitely have the squad that can easily avoid relegation but its clearly not a job for the faint hearted. Patience is needed in building up the team but with the right signings and offloads you could definitely turn Leicester into a mid table Premier League team, or if you are a miracle worker a contender for Europe!
I hope this guide has been of some use. I have a list of teams that people want me to do so if you have any advice and tips for me then please don’t hesitate to comment. This is the first write-up I’ve ever done and I want to make it the best I can.
Many Thanks for reading