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S7 EP3 - Winter Has Arrived and So Has the Transfer Window.

When we left the journey last time out we were entering into December. We had been on a fine run of form scoring plenty and nicking wins against the big teams when it look impossible.


Now it was time to push on and cement our place among the best in the country.


We will cover December first, Followed by a very busy January transfer window and then no stop action all the way through February.


So lets get to it.


December 2026


Match 15 - Leeds United (A) 0-0


After the thrills of the last minute wins in the last two games we came down to earth with a bump in this drab affair. We were much the better team but sadly couldn't make the crucial break through.


Match 16 - Brighton (H) 3-1


This is more like it as we punish a poor Brighton. Guendouzi, Clarke and Ortega with the goals as we get back to winning ways.


Match 17 - Newcastle (A) 1-3


An absolute night and day performance from the Brighton game. We were poor but the game could have been so different. 2-0 at half time we were given a lifeline after a Ferguson goal had dragged us back to 2-1.


We then had an Ortega effort ruled out for offside which if allowed would have completely changed the game.


EFL Cup Quarter Final - Bournemouth (A) 3-2


A classic striking masterclass from Bigongiari as he scored a fantastic hattrick to secure our place in the semi-final for a second season in a row.


We were made to work for it however as Bournemouth played very well.


Our reward is a mouth watering two leg tie against Chelsea in the Semi Final.


Match 18 - Aston Villa (A) 2-1


Another solid performance away from home saw us leave the second city with all three points. Goals from Clarke and Almada sealed the win.


Match 19 - Sheffield United (H) 3-1


Our decent league form continued through Christmas as we dispatched Sheffield United at the Madjeski Stadium.


Harwood-Bellis grabbed is first goal for the club as we got off to a fast start. Bigongiari and Almada rounded off the scoring and only a late Villa consolation took the shine off of a great performance.


Not a bad string of results as we only lose once in the league and progress to the Semi Finals of the league cup.


January 2027


Lets Start off with covering the Ins and Outs during January as we make some moves in the transfer market.


Ins


The two signings that immediately stand out are Marcelo Henrique and Mesut Coskun who both cost north of £19 million.


Henrique is an exciting young striker who will compete with Bigongiari to lead the line.


Coskun is a dynamic Left back who has immense potential. He was also signed to cover a position we were suddenly left short of numbers in. Find out more about that in the Outs section.


The other to players to join are Armando Guerra, a young Mexican central midfielder and Juan Diego Mora another young player signed on loan from PSG. Both will offer strong competition for places in the centre of the park.


Outs


I made some tough decisions during this window as I felt the squad had expanded slightly too much for a club of our stature.


Players like Sosa, Adam and Leferve hadn't quite cut it over the last few seasons. I was delighted with the 8.5 million we received for Sosa as he was a free signing a couple of seasons ago. Andrew Gutman was aging and sold for a nominal fee.


The big departure was Luciano Tulelli our star left back. Signed for free from Atlanta. We tried to keep him but he was tempted by the huge pay rise and joined Shanghai Shenhua, leaving for a possible £30 million pounds.


Three young lads went out on loan with Jose Mora getting some much needed first team experience in the MLS with Toronto. Cesar Pedrosa has gone back to Mexico with Guadalajara and young Goalkeeper Kenneally has joined Barrow.


January 2027


FA Cup 3rd Round - Arsenal (H) 0-2


One of the toughest possible draws we could have had in our opening round. Sadly they dominated from first to last whistle and we bow out of the FA Cup with a whimper.


EFL Cup Semi Final First Leg - Chelsea (A) 1-4


From one Cup competition to another as we face the daunting task of facing Chelsea at home.


We fell behind early but recovered well through Matteo Guendouzi we looked to hold on for half time but conceded late in the first half to go into the sheds 2-1 down.


The second half Chelsea really put the pressure on and we conceded two late goals to possible end the tie as a contest after the first 90 minutes.


Match 20 - Norwich (H) 4-4


In what can only be described as "One for the neutrals" we were 4-3 down at half time. Harwood-Bellis put through his own net early to set the tone of defending from both teams for the day.


First half goals from Bigongiari, Clarke and Almada actually dragged us back to 4-3 at half time. The second half was a lot more cagey and it looked like were destined for a very unexpected defeat.


But cometh the hour cometh the man, a new man in fact as January signing Marcelo Henrique came off the bench for his debut and rescued us a point in the dying seconds. Hell of an introduction to the Wycombe Faithful.


Match 21 - Liverpool (A) 1-4


After his game saving heroics against Norwich, Henrique was given his first start for the club and after 6 minutes he was at it again. Catching the back 4 of Liverpool completely cold in the 6th minute as he latched on to a Clarke through ball to finish with ease. Keep an eye on this guy I just have a feeling about him.


Sadly that was the highlight of the game for us as we conceded 4 first half goals for a second game in a row to lose away from home.


Match 22 - Arsenal (H) 3-1


Back to winning ways and against a top side in Arsenal too. We stormed into a commanding first half lead thanks to goals from Almada and Contento.


Arsenal couldn't work us out and Marcelo Henrique was a constant thorn in the sides of the defenders. He got his reward in the 77th minute as he got in front of his marker at the near post to nod home. 3 in 3 for our new star signing.


We conceded late on but all in all an impressive return to form.


Match 23 - Manchester United (A) 0-1


Next up was a trip trip to runaway league leaders Man United. We set up defensively hoping to hit them on the counter when possible. I thought we had made it through to half time unscathed but we conceded late in the first half to go 1-0 down.


No more goals in the second half however Bruno Fernandes had a penalty saved which is always nice to see.


EFL Cup Semi Final Second Leg - Chelsea (H) 1-1 (2-5 0n Agg)


We needed a small miracle to turn around the 3 goal deficit from the first leg and we got off to the perfect start as Jack Clarke put us 1-0 up after 20 mins. We had a few more first half chances but couldn't convert them and this eventually cost us as Chelsea equalised soon after half time.


Back to back semi final exits in this competition is still a strong performance from the lads and this is obviously our best chance of silverware over the next few years.


Match 24 - Wolves (H) 1-0


Back to the league and we finish the long month of January with a win.


An even contest was eventually settled in the 91st by that man Henrique who secured all three points as he latched onto a long clearance out of defence to round the keeper and slot home.

Phew what a month. Sadly out of both cups but some strong results in the league and the performances of Marcelo Henrique are some strong positives.


February 2027


Just four more games to cover in a monster episode.


Match 25 - Bournemouth (A) 2-1


A perfect start to the month as we keep the wins coming in the league. Two first half goals from Henrique sealed a comfortable win as Bournemouth get a late consolation.


Match 26 - QPR (H) 1-1


That man Henrique again but sadly we were forced to settle for a point after he had a second goal disallowed. Although that wasn't the most disappointing thing to happen.


Almada picked up a hamstring injury which will see him out for 2 months at least.


Match 27 - Burnley (A) 1-1


With the loss of Almada in the last game we were lacking a bit of creativity up front.


Our saviour was young winger Cabellero who grabbed his first goal for the club as he latched on to a deflected shot to slot home into an empty net.


Match 28 - Leicester (H) 1-1


Three draws in a row after our trip to the King Power. Henrique is back amongst the goals as he slots home comfortably just before half time. Leicester left it late but a draw was a fair result in the end.


An unbeaten month but with too many draws. Marcelo Henrique got 4 in 4 as he continues to impress.


League Table

Entering into the business end of the season and we are right in the centre of a race for Europe. That's right I said it Wycombe are in with a shout of a European place.


Join us next time when we look to close out the season, hopefully in the top 6.


Cheers


Panda


If you have enjoyed this episode and want to fully catch up with our Journey so far you can start way back at the beginning here -



We also recently had our turn in a joint save with other FM creators called "The Far East Express. Please check out our three episodes with the link below. One hell of a journey going on in that save.


We also have an fascinating International save going as we attempt to take Jamaica to Gold Cup and World Cup glory after acquiring some new recruits who have been ignored repeatedly by England






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