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Moff's Spearhead 4-4-1-1/4-2-3-1 - bags of goals for your star striker

High intensity short passing football. Lots of movement off the ball, lots of chances created. There's an optimisation but not a reliance on the brilliant @DeliciousStory's set piece routines.

This tactic thrives on getting the most out of one central striker. The match engine generally favours more physical strikers, but it still works with smaller, pacier strikers as well.

All tests were done on holiday with no team cohesion/maximum familiarity boosts. Please see the screenshots for the league positions/top goal scorers but here are some headline figures for overall goals in one season:

Haaland - 131 goals
Lewandowski - 113 Goals
Ronaldo - 111 Goals
Mbappe - 99 Goals
Darwin Nunez - 86 Goals
Scamacca - 82 Goals
Benzema - 80 Goals
Mitrovic - 73 Goals
Osimhen - 71 Goals
Gabriel Jesus - 53 Goals

The 4-4-1-1 or 4-2-3-1 shape depends on the players you have available. Wide Midfielders in the MR/ML positions generally play really well and drift inside to act as your playmakers. They seem to cause fullbacks more problems than wingers in my experience - even if your players have relatively low star ratings for these positions, their average ratings tend to be really good. When playing in-game I tend to start in the 4-4-1-1 and switch to the 4-2-3-1 if it looks like the opposition are too comfortable.

I think there's still a bit of tweaking to with the DM roles, as the Segundo Volante can blow very hot and cold. Whilst it is generally well structured, the tactic does concede goals (particularly away from home) and so dropping the mentality down to balanced and the wingbacks to support can sometimes be necessary.

This tactic isn't gamebreaking by any means - I still couldn't win the title with Arsenal or Man U - but if you have a star striker then either shape will work well. I don't normally use OIs, but for weaker teams I press the CBs at every opportunity.

Please let me know how you get on and if there are any improvements to be made!

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