How are player attributes changed during five seasons? | FM Test

Changing player attributes is an unpredictable process and depends on several factors, such as age, a club-league, the training facilities, the number of matches played and the like.

No one can say with confidence that a player will improve certain attributes for one, two or more points during the season.

Don’t forget that the “injury history” makes the story more interesting.

That’s why I decided to do an FM test or an experiment that would show the gradual development of one player, and the time limit is five seasons (2016-2021).



Whose attributes will be subject to analysis?

His name is Aleksa Denkovic and plays for OFK Beograd. He’s only 19 years old and is one of the best players in the club.

If you are looking for a good player in the middle of the pitch (the price is EUR 100K), Aleksa is an excellent choice.

His main advantage is height, but strength can also be said. Favorite position is (A) MR.

What happens after 249 days?

We can not expect a major shift for such a short period.

My player has managed to improve two attributes: leadership +1 and strength +1.

The achieved result is for any praise given that OFK Belgrade doesn’t have top trainers and training facilities.

If we talk about the league, it is ranked 110th in Europe. If Aleksa would play for a Premier League club, that would be another story.

Limit is moved

We look at the period from June 2017 to June 2018. But …

Before we turn our attention to the player’s attributes, I would like to mention two interesting things.

First, Alex was motivated for training and his “player traits” list is no longer empty, as it writes the following – plays short simple passes.

Second, he is no longer a player OFK Beograd because he moved to another club.

Red Star is competing in a strong league and the club has excellent infrastructure.

In addition, the Champions League is something special.

As you can see in the picture above, some attributes have made a step forward: dribbling, long shots, long throws, passing, anticipation, composure, flair, vision, agility, stamina, and strength.

Will the result be the same next season? Let’s see …



More than 10 attributes have a good rating

More than expected. I didn’t notice that some attribute made a big change.

What is perhaps interesting is the international experience of player – 7 caps for the national team of Montenegro.

This means more matches during the season, which are an additional motivation for training.

And when it comes to attributes, I will only say that the improvement is +12 compared to the previous season.

A disappointing result ?

Unfortunately, only three attributes have attracted attention this season: decisions, off the ball, and teamwork. Why?

It is difficult to find the cause of the problem because Aleksa had a sufficient number of matches (26) and he has been out of the pitch for 5 days.

However, the mental side of the player got acceleration +3 and it should be respected.

Player attributes at the end of the test

The market value of the player has increased 10 times. The new contract brought peace and security.

But what’s more important is the fact that the seven attributes received a +1 rating.

At the same time, this is the last part of the puzzle, so it’s time to draw some conclusion from the whole story.

That’s why it’s best to show some more indicators.



That’s it. The goal of this article is the gradual development of a young player (19-24) in the not-so-famous league.

I believe, if you play Football Manager for the first time, this experiment can be of great help. But …

Each player has a story, and I love to read between the lines.

Thank you for your attention and time.

Author: Alen Stefanovic     Game: Football Manager 2017

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