Determination as a factor has certainly changed in training. This relook at Determination all started when I observed an anomaly in my squad. We had this striker who was 20 years old, who was outperforming even my model professionals in training. It was something I couldn’t quite place. So Herne in the forums decided to go ask Seb a few questions. Seb well he is the guy who’s supposed to know whats happening under the hood. He knows a heckuva lot more than me. And those who know me, know which Seb I am talking about.
Prior to FM17, the community was united, in one belief, Determination played a minor role in training. In fact, everyone looked for players who had the perfect personality. These included Model Professionals right through to Resolute personalities. The common denominator here was that these personalities all had either high professionalism or high professionalism and good determination. These players once trained under the right conditions would almost always develop ideally. Sweet, life was simple.
Problem for me was my anomaly. He was a fairly determined player but he was out stripping the development of my model professionals. For the longest time I have believed that player development is a function of:
Personality + Ambition + Determination + Facilities + Quality of Coaching + Playing time + Player Performances.
This was a simple equation to get my head around. This however did not explain my anomaly. He was part of a team that included 4 resolute players 2 model professionals and 3 professionals. Now how was it possible for him to be outperforming the rest. And to top it off he went through a period where he was generating 6.7 for nearly 2 months, something wasn’t quite adding up. There was something else happening under the hood that was different than in FM16.
Then Herne popped around asking Seb the magical question. Does determination play a big part in training? The answer was a big yes. In fact, Determination is now integral to a players training and progression. You see FM17 has seen under the hood changes to how progression works. To put it in simple terms:
Basically each player is given a potential to progress, this is known as a Progression Score. A higher PS gives a player a higher chance to receive a temporary boost to training known as a Progression Factor.
A player now has the chance to receive a higher bonus to training, every player has the potential to receive this. And this bonus can last for either 1 month or until an in game scenario occurs which could include player transfers for example. This bonus is known as a Progression Factor and it has a range. The higher the factor the quicker he will develop and have a higher Current Ability cap for that period of time. There are many variables that go into calculating this Progression Score and these include: Determination, Professionalism and Ambition.
To put this in the simplest terms that would explain my anomaly:
A player with high determination has the potential to receive good progression provided certain factors are met. This could include positive performances, playing time, personality and ambition. So it would seem that now, determination is the mother of all attributes.