Football Manager: The top ten Bristol Rovers players ranked by management game

Joey Barton has assembled a good squad but what does Football Manager think? (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)Joey Barton has assembled a good squad but what does Football Manager think? (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)
Joey Barton has assembled a good squad but what does Football Manager think? (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images) | Getty Images
Football Manager 2022 has been released and as a result, the player ratings of Bristol Rovers have been revealed to the football public.

After going through a two-week Beta period in which players were able to report any bugs within the game, the full game is now available on platforms such as PC, Mac, XBOX, as well as FM Touch for Mobile and Nintendo Switch.

FM is a game which has been popular amongst football fans as it gives them the opportunity to step into the shoes of managers who they claim they can do better than.

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As well as being for pleasure, this game is also used as a research tool for football clubs in real life.

Managers such as David Moyes and Ole Gunnar Solskjær have admitted to using it in the past.

For those interested in taking over Bristol Rovers, we’ve tried to make success for you as easy as possible.

We’ve looked at the top ten players in the Gas squad, ranked by Current Ability (how good they are now).

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  • Sam Nicholson- 105/200
  • Josh Grant - 103/200
  • Anssi Jaakkola - 103/200
  • Sam Finley - 102/200
  • Trevor Clarke - 101/200
  • Harry Anderson - 101/200
  • Aaron Collins - 101/200
  • James Belshaw - 98/200
  • Alfie Kilgour - 98/200
  • Cian Harries - 98/200
Sam Nicholson is the best player in the squad according to the FM22 database. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)Sam Nicholson is the best player in the squad according to the FM22 database. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Sam Nicholson is the best player in the squad according to the FM22 database. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images) | Getty Images

The best rated player at the Memorial Ground is Scottish wing wizard Sam Nicholson, who by a whole two points is clear in second.

In what was a torrid campaign last year, Nicholson was one of the only shining stars of an otherwise poor season for the club.

Nicholson last season made 35 appearances across all competitions, scoring eight goals and getting three assists.

Both tied on a rating of 103 out of 200 are first-team captain Josh Grant and goalkeeper Anssi Jaakola.

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The versatile Josh Grant joined last year after leaving Chelsea, having played there from Under-8 level. After numerous loan spells at Yeovil and Plymouth, Grant found a permanent home with Rovers and made over 30 outings last season.

Three-time Finland international Jaakola, tied with Grant, was equally as important and has made half a century of appearances since joining in 2019. This season he has played on two occasions, owing to an achilles problem.

In third is summer-signing Sam Finley, who joined from Fleetwood Town, reuniting with Barton after working together last season.

Centre-midfielder Finley has established himself as the midfield engine for Rovers, occupying the defensive midfield role.

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There is a second tie amongst three Rovers players with Harry Anderson, Trevor Clarke, and Aaron Collins both registering a rating of 101, the latest of the players in three figures.

Another summer signing, Harry Sanderson joined from Lincoln City in the summer and has played in a majority of Rovers’ league fixtures this season.

He’s joined by Trevor Clarke, who arrived from Rotherham United, in what was a strong recruitment drive. Clarke’s minutes have been limited however this season, playing just 40 minutes of league action.

Aaron Collins, who excelled for Forest Green Rovers last season, scored 11 goals as they reached the play-offs.

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He’s yet to find the net however for his new club, despite 14 appearances this season. Collins did however earn a penalty in the 2-2 draw with Oxford United on Sunday.

Dropping out of the 100s now and into the final summer signing on this list is goalkeeper James Belshaw.

Belshaw signed from league rivals Harrogate Town in the summer, helping them to survival in their first season. His personal record for them was 11 clean sheets in 38 matches, something he has tried to carry over to Rovers, earning four shutouts in his 13 appearances.

Alfie Kilgour, an academy product of Rovers, joining the club at seven-years-old is a welcome name on this list. Establishing himself in the defence fully in the 2019/20 season, Kilgour has not looked back since.

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Cian Harries has found it difficult to get into the first-team picture before but Rovers have offered him the opportunity since leaving Swansea CIty.

The 24-year-old has racked up nine appearances this season, even scoring once in the defeat to Mansfield Town.

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