Aswijan Assignment: Part 22 – Season 5 Reflection

Welcome back to the Aswijan Assignment, a Football Manager 2020 save in the fictional country of Aswijan – using a database created by @Chilled_Moose.

Khaliza Unidi became champions of Aswijan for the first time and claimed their first ever piece of silverware as we romped to the Liga Regale title in 2023/24.

This article will take a look back at our key performers this season and see how our players racked up against the rest of the league.

Key performers

Our main man this season was exciting 19-year-old attacking midfielder Ulrich Awono. The Belgian was involved in 36 goals in 46 appearances, scoring 17 goals and creating 19 at an average rating of 7.47. Awono also made his debut for Belgium, scoring 6 goals in 3 appearances. This kid really is a special talent.

He was closely followed by 20-year-old striker Michele Mari. The Italian was our top scorer with 23 goals in 32 matches, which included an incredible streak of scoring in 9 successive games and the outrageous overhead kick that effectively won us the title.

Another central figure was 25-year-old right winger Calvin Stengs, who scored 15 goals and got 13 assists in 42 appearances. And left winger Thaaqib Solar was nearly as impressive, scoring 10 and assisting 9 in 36 matches.

While central midfielder Ilaix Moriba chimed in with 9 goals and 8 assists, most of which came at crucial times. The Spaniard ended the season particularly well, averaging 7.82 over the final 5 league matches.

An impressive stat about this squad is that our oldest player at the end of the season was 26-year-old right-back Silvan Hefti and only 4 other players were 24 or 25.

Equally impressive is that all of our regular starting outfield players and 16 of our 24-man first-team squad averaged above a 7.00 throughout the season.

Liga Regale team stats

In addition to finishing top of the league, Khaliza Unidi also scored by far the most goals in the league. We ended up with 79 goals from 34 games, 24 more than next highest scorers Aswijan Malikiy.

Interestingly, for my teams certainly, we only had the 13th-highest possession in the league with an average of 47%. Hadria and Aldaia led the way with 56%.

We were also impressive with our crossing, completing the second-most in the league with 281 and having the third-highest cross completion ratio with 24%. And our total of 8 goals from corners and 13 from indirect free-kicks were both the most in the league.

We also created the most chances in the league with 124, which was 24 more than Malikiy and 42 more than third-highest total of Manouza. And we had the most shots on target with 321, which was a huge 43 more than Hadria’s second-highest tally, and the joint-highest conversion rate of 11%.

We also completed the most dribbles per match with an impressive 21, which was 3 more than any other side.

Having said all of that, we also spent far more money than any other team in the league. Our net transfer spend of £143 million was nearly three times that of next highest spend with Marrador FC’s £59.93 million.

However, we only have the 7th highest wage spend in the league with a salary of £34.7 million per annum. That’s significantly lower than Aswijan Malikiy’s £122 million per annum and Aswijan Siti’s £86.24 million per annum

Liga Regale player stats

Mari ended the season as the top scorer in Liga Regale with 19 goals in 25 appearances. He finished up with a league-best record of a goal every 94.58 minutes, well clear of next-best Leroy Sané, who scored every 167.18 minutes.

Mari finished well ahead of Malikiy’s Domenico Vanja, who scored 14 in 28, and Aldaia’s Hugo Nazario with 12 in 28. Stengs and Awono came in joint fourth with 11 league goals each, while Moriba and Solar both scored 9.

Awono also came home with the most assists in Liga Regale with 14, two clear of Stengs, last year’s assist leader Thomas Ioannou from Aldaia and Marrador’s Lovro Majer.

While Stengs got the second-most player of the match performances with 6, only bettered by Sané’s 8. Moriba came joint-third with 5.

Unsurprisingly, we had three of the top four most frequent shooters in the league. Awono racked up 124, followed by Marrador FC striker Kareem Chardin on 116, then Stengs on 110 and Mari with 107. Mari had the most shots on target with 62, followed by Stengs on 56. While Awono only had 45 shots on target, despite having the most shots in the league.

However, only Mari made it into the top 20 best shots on target ratio with 57%. The Italian also had the third-best conversion rate with 17%, while Moriba had a good ratio of 16%.

Onto passes, where we had four players in the top 10 for key passes. Holding midfielder Gustavo Assuncao came in 5th with 62, well behind the league-high 94 by Manouza’s Zakiyah Hajime.

Interestingly, Stengs was right up there with the most mistakes in the league. He made 67, which was the 8th-highest in the league, and Gustavo Assuncao made 65 and Hefti made 63, so that’s something to keep an eye on.

Defensively, left-back Wilfrid Ganim made the second-most key tackles in the league with 15 . Dan-Axel Zagadou made the third-most key headers in the league with 79, a sixth-highest interceptions tally of 97, and the fifth-most shots blocked with 24.

Our goalkeeper Rune Azevedo and centre-back Zagadou were the only players to play in all 34 Liga Regale matches this season.

Award winners

Awono rightfully won the fans’ player of the season award with 57% of the vote, followed by Assuncao (18%) and Stengs (15%). He also won signing of the season and young player of the season. While Mari unsurprisingly won the goal of the season with THAT goal.

Mari broke the club’s goalscoring record while Awono’s 19 assists was also a new club record.

Awono also won the league’s Iuvento di la Temprad (player of the season) award, Mari understandably won Gola di la Temprad (goal of the season), and I won Trenor di la Temprad (manager of the season). We also had all but 4 players in the Quip di la Temprad (team of the season).

A look around Europe

Liverpool won a fifth successive Premier League title, Bayern won Bundesliga after Dortmund had won the previous 2, Real Madrid won La Liga after Barcelona won the previous 2, and Juventus won a 13th successive Serie A.

Liverpool also won the Champions League for the second time in 3 years, beating Man United 1-0 in the final with a goal by Wilfred Ndidi.

Aldaia was the best performing Aswijan side, making it to the quarter finals, while Malikiy went out to Tottenham in the first knockout round.

Interestingly, Aswijan had 3 of the 4 teams comprising the Europa League semi-finals. If only we’d done a little better against Leicester! Wabani and Hadria contested the final, with Hadria winning it on penalties after a 0-0 draw.

Summer plans

Given the youth in our squad and the amount of money we spent last summer, I don’t think we need too much transfer activity. One area I’m looking to improve is at right-back and we need a little more support in midfield.

While Mari has been fantastic this season, 19-year-old striker Gustavo Collado has come out of nowhere to suddenly become rated as our best player ability-wise. So that’s certainly something to look forward to next season!

In terms of our plans with this save, we’ve already ticked off winning Liga Regale. My other big aim with the save is to try and win the Champions League, as well as eventually trying to become the manager of Aswijan. So there’s still plenty to come with this save and I’m excited to see how good we can make this Khaliza side.

I hope you’re enjoying our success in the fictional nation of Aswijan. If you have any questions or want more info on specific players in the squad, just let me know in the comments or get in touch on Twitter.

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