Still injured and not happy about my contract terms due wanting more promises of first team football.
And still turning them down, getting labelled as a rebel by the media.
Was not available to be loaned out, so was a back up for the first team, made appearances for the team in Champions League, most as a sub but at least I am getting experiences at the highest level
Finally I get given a new contract with a sizable wage boost, tying me down for another 3 seasons.
End of the season saw me make 8 league appearances and 17 total appearances with two goals in all games.
CSKA Moscow did poorly in the league this season, dropping down to eighth. We still qualified for the Europa Cup.
But we still won the Russian Cup!
My 3rd trophy in my career so far and I am only 20!
My attributes continue to grow considerably.
Internationally I have made 6 more appearances since the world cup in friendlies, netting 3 goals! Bringing my total up to 26 apps and 6 goals.
I would call this season a major break through for me, 24 League appearances, played in all the cup competitions including group stages of Europa Cup. Despite the appearances I am still being used as a sub but at least I am versatile for the manager to be used which means I am often around the first team.
A poor season for CSKA Moscow, 7th in league and crashed out of Europa Cup, only consolidation is the Russia Super Cup, which is now my 4th trophy in my career.
My Attributes are increasing slowly, starting to see most of them reaching 14.
Scored another 2 goals and picked up 11 more apps with NZ, bringing it up to 39 apps and 8 goals.
Lucky break for me last season, only just picking up the flu.
Hope I can crack on more next season, also might upload some updates of other leagues if anyone requests them
Lets start with NZ being knocked out of World Cup Playoffs by Jamaica
A good riddance as I didn't want to play in Qatar anyway!
Before our promotion campaign even began, I spoke out against the club as I felt they were no longer big in the Russian Leagues due to poor performances and the relegation from the last season.
And oh boy it backfired on me, banished to the U21s and only 3 substitution appearances for the first team for the whole season, putting my regular NZ spot under pressure. And never got transfer listed at all, looks like I will have to walk out on a free after next season.
CSKA Moscow continue to under perform as usual. WTF happened to this club?
Next season looks like to be my last with CSKA Moscow, I won't be accepting another contract and my current one does not expire till Jun 2023. Hopefully I can get more first team football before then to start impressing suitors.
Last Season at CSKA Moscow Knowing this was going to be my last season with CSKA Moscow, the manager decided he needed me after all, making 27 appearances for the first team, most of them starting. 3 goals and 8 assists with 1 PoM and an average rating of 6:86.
The media hit out at me early in the season after a few underwhelming performances that caused concern for the club and international selections. But I shut them up with some spectacular games!
One of the best games I ever played, 3 assists!
Despite my performances CKSA Moscow continued to under-perform in the league
At 24 years old, I am starting to reach my peak years and with my contract running out I need to find another club to continue my development. Also I have passed the 50 caps mark with NZ, now on 55 caps and 8 goals!
Compare it to my first screenshot! Look at my composure, from 3 to 10!
With July rolling around, I wonder who my next club will be....
Got released from CSKA Moscow and there was no initial interests in me. Fast forward later in the month, a few Russian clubs are sniffing after me but no offers.
Still nothing. Just a few call ups for NZ. Not fazed yet.
Nothing! Not even a foreign club is looking.
Might have to reconsider my career!
Paranoia kicks in! Living in a rundown Moscow apartment now to save money. Will I ever find work again?
What has gone wrong with my life? Forever cast aside to play meaningless games for NZ?
01st January 2024
A lifeline! My agent told me Volga NN were interested in me. With tears streaming down my hairy face I promptly accept a contract for half of the money I was earning at CSKA Moscow. Time for me to play in the Russian First Division again!