FM20 : Dresden 2020-2021 We Have A Dream : Part One

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Welcome to the latest blog post from my Dynamo Dresden save. After a fantastic first season which saw us promoted back to the Bundesliga it’s time to prepare for the season ahead back in the top flight since the clubs relegation at the end of the 1994-1995 season. A 25 year absence from the top flight.

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‘We Have A Dream’

Dynamo Dresden is an anchor of identity for an entire region. Its animated, traditional past is what makes the brand Dynamo Dresden what it is today. At home games, the loyal fans ensure an atmosphere fit for the Bundesliga and support their black-yellow club with lots of enthusiasm and passion. The dream of the 100. European Cup game is still alive among the fans, even if it is still a long way to go. ( Source http://de.lagardere-se.com/#/en/sportrights/teams/dresden )

Dynamo’s fans dream of the 100th European Cup game is a an inspiration to me to get this great club back in to European competition to reach that 100 game mark which currently stands at 98, however whilst dreaming of the 100 we have to make our return to the Bundesliga a long one.

The boards Five year vision has taken a change from establishing the club in the mid table of Bundesliga 2 over a five year period to :

  • 2020-2021 Fight bravely against relegation from the Bundesliga
  • 2021-2022 Remain in the Bundesliga
  • 2022-2023 Remain in the Bundesliga
  • 2023-2024 Remain in the Bundesliga
  • 2024-2025 Remain in the Bundesliga

To do this the board have given me a transfer budget of £7.5m and a wage budget of £290,000 per week.

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Transfers

Leaving us in the Summer Window Baris Atik who joined Fenerbahce for a club record sale of £6.5m. I had not planned on selling Atik but when Fenerbahce made their move the offer was just too good to turn down. Two of our Under 19 squad ended up leaving the club after Jan Siefert our Head Of Youth Development negotiated the moves. The first of the two Danilo Zimmerling joined 1.FC Heidenheim for £230k and Oliver Lippert joined FC Bayern Munich for £2.2M that could see the fee reach £8m with future addons.

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Emil Bohinen : First through the door is the 21 year old Midfielder who joins us from Stabaek for a fee of between £1.4m and £1.9m. The son of former Nottingham Forest Midfielder Lars is my first signing using data. For each position in our team I have created shortlists of 10 players and then using data and scouting reports I filter the players down to 5 for each position and then I have our data analyst provide me with reports on the 5 before I make a move to start negotiations with the player that I think is the right fit for our game model. Bohinen was my choice to sign for our Deep Lying Playmaker role in the Centre of our midfield and he comes with the added bonus of being able to play in a number of roles if we need him too. Bohinen signed a two and a half year contract that will see him earn £10,750 per week. Bohinen stayed on loan at Stabaek for the first six months of his contract.

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Lawrence Shankland : 24 year old Forward Shankland joins us from Dundee United after I had identified him early last season as being a potential target. At £1.5m Shankland signed a three year contract and will earn £18,250 per week. The Scottish Forward was in fine form for Dundee United last season with 24 goals and I believe that Shankland can make a contribution to our return to the top flight giving us more depth in the attacking third. The Dresden family welcome Shankland in to his new home and hope he can produce the goods when called upon. I am not 100% sure but I think Shankland may well be the first British player to sign a permanent deal with Dynamo. I am sure somebody can confirm this or tell me different.

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Christian Conteh : The 20 year old German Winger joins us on a free transfer after St Pauli run his contract down. Conteh is predominantly a left Winger but he can also play on the right which gives us more depth in cover for the season ahead. With St.Pauli being relegated to the 3.Liga I can only assume that Conteh’s contract was left to run down for financial reasons because I can tell you this kid can play. Conteh has signed a 4 year contract worth £10,500 per week. Conteh looks to have the potential to challenge and become a first choice starter at the club and it will be very interesting if he can dislodge Sascha Horvath on our left side when the season kicks off.

 

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Moritz Nicolas : One of my main objectives in the transfer window was to bring in a good young goalkeeper who can come in and challenge Kevin Broll to be the number 1 keeper at the club.  Moritz Nicolas fits the description and after Borussia Monchengladbach run his contract down to the last gear , I am very pleased to be able to sign the young shot stopper for £950,000 on a 3 year contract worth £5000 per week.  Nicolas is a good shot stopper who portrays a big frame that at 22 years of age reminds me of a certain Kasper Schmeichel.  Nicolas played a lot of games for Borussia Monchengladbach II in the first half of last season before being promoted to the clubs first team squad after the winter break.

 

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Linton Maina : The 21 year old right Winger became the clubs all time record signing when we paid £4.1m to Hannover 96 surpassing the previous record purchase surpassing the £2.16m that the club paid FC Zurich for Moussa Koné in January 2018. Maina becomes the clubs 2nd highest earner funnily enough behind Koné on £21,500 per week on a three year contract. The Winger had a fantastic season in Hannover scoring 8 goals along with 9 assists. The right wing position at Dynamo was the position that lacked depth behind Patrick Möschl last season so I believe the signing of Maina gives us all round quality.  A player with enormous potential Maina will provide us with another position that provides competiveness going in to the Bundesliga.

 

The Final Day Of The Transfer Window 

We all get that message Take Part or Decline, I chose to take part and I am pleased that I did when continuing through the day I notice that a certain player who I had been tracking had been transfer listed with an asking price of£8m by request, so with 2 hour until the deadline closed I made a move in an attempt to get a loan deal in place.

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Asier Villalibre : The 22 year old Basque Forward born in Guernica and coming through Athletic Club’s youth set up was transfer listed by request for £8m which at the moment is a price tag that is out of our reach however after making a Loan offer to the Basque club we managed to bring the 6ft powerful Forward to the club on a year long loan with the option of making the transfer permanent for £8m. Villalibre will cost us 50% (£4500) of his weekly wage of £9000 with Athletic Club paying the other 50%. The signing of Villalibre is a all be it on loan a massive coup for the club. Depending on the performance of Villalibre this season whilst on loan and cheap wages could pave away for us to make the deal a permanent one but I am pretty sure that will involve us staying in the Bundesliga.

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So with our transfer business complete we now look forward to our return to the Bundesliga and my job is to keep us in the top tier of the German pyramid. We are favourites for the drop and I am in no doubt that it will take us having a big season to do that but I am hoping that I have made the right decisions in the transfer market.  During the window we spent £6.5m and in sales we brought in to the club £9m.

My next blog post will focus on the first half of our return to the Bundesliga and should be released over the next week or so. Until then I would like to thank you for taking the time to check out this blog and hope you return to see what progress we have made.

Michael

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