Football Manager 2017 brought a number of new features to the table, but for the most part, fans got exactly what they expected from the game. It was another year of minor tweaks and adjustments over complete innovation, and while additions like the social feed helped FM 2017 stand-out from 2016, the gameplay was largely unchanged.
This is what fans have come to anticipate from Sports Interactive, but that's okay. You don't mess with a winning formula, and FM's unparalleled depth, longevity, and social life-destroying addictiveness can't be topped. SI don't need to reinvent the wheel to produce a great game every year, and they're never going to tear Football Manager apart and start anew.
That being said, there are a number of gameplay innovations that SI could bring to the table in order to drive the series forward. The annual data updates and match engine tweaks are appreciated, but let's be honest: new versions of FM are always a lot more satisfying when they amount to more than a glorified patch.
Football Manager 2018 hasn't even been announced yet, but it's never too early to speculate on what the new game might bring. Here are 10 things FM fans would love to see included in this year's version...
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