FIFA 12 | Lower League Gems – Centre backs (winter update)

I realise I may not have made it clear at first – this article refers to players’ stats after the winter update.

Next up – centre backs. Absolutely loads of players to choose from here! Whoever said lower league teams would struggle to get cheap, high potential players? Ha! (Note: it may have been me…)

We really are spoiled for choice here, but if I had to pick three players I’d recommend the following:

  • Eric Dier
  • Felice Natalino
  • Luca Antei

First up, Eric Dier. One of several promising young defenders on Everton’s roster, Dier is certainly one of the best bargains they have on offer. A mere £500,000 for someone who grows into a powerful, talented defender. He is my number 1 choice, and shouldn’t be missed.

My second choice is Felice Natalino. Although in real life he is merely on loan to Crotone from Inter, for some reason he is a permanent player for Crotone in FIFA 12 (much like Vid Belec). Anyway, you can take advantage of this by grabbing yourself a bargain – because he plays in the Italian 2nd division, other clubs are unlikely to come for him, so you can take your time and buy him when you feel you need him. His potential of 78 makes him among the most promising players available on this list.

Finally, my final recommendation is Luca Antei. Although he has the same potential as Jasmin Sudić and his OVR is one point lower, I feel the fact that he is two years younger than Sudić works in his favour; he will have more time to grow than the former. With this in mind, £475,000 is an incredibly low price to pay for him, and his wages are also very affordable. If you need a cheap yet talented option then he is definitely your man.

These figures refer to the winter update stats. As always, please bear in mind that these figures may not be exactly the same on your game. These stats are taken from my own personal experiences, but are likely to be very similar to those on your own game. The best thing to do is to make sure you keep checking these players, as their prices may change radically after a while.

Players are ordered by potential, then cost, so it should be pretty simple to find someone who meets both your budget and ability/potential requirements.

Finally, if you’ve had any experiences of good players’ prices changing wildly (especially if their price drops), please post it in the comments!

So, without further ado, here are the players:

PosNameOVRPotAgeCost (£)Wages (£)ClubFootWeak foot *Skills *Specialities/TraitsNotes
CBFelice Natalino637819700,0004,000CrotoneRight22
CBAndré Hoffmann627818750,0003,000MSV DuisburgRight12
CBChristopher Dibon657820975,0006,000AdmiraRight32
CBEric Dier617717500,0004,000EvertonRight32
CBDaniel Cappelletti627719725,0004,000C. StabiaRight22
CBKarim Rekkik627716750,0004,000Manchester CityLeft32
CBSebastian Neumann6577201,000,0006,000Hertha BSCLeft32
CBJasmin Sudić617620475,0004,000Malmö FFRight22
CBLuca Antei607618475,0003,000GrossetoRight22
CBMenno Koch607616500,0002,000PSVRight32
CBJanek Sternberg607618500,0003,000Hamburger SVLeft32
CBMikael Dyrestam637619625,0004,000IFK GöteborgRight42
CBSébastien Faure637620675,0005,000Olympique LyonRight22
CBFrancesco Bossa547621775,0007,000GrossetoRight22
CBKevin Dure557618800,0006,000Fredrikstad FKRight32
CBDaniel Devine557618800,0007,000Aston VillaRight12
CBSteven Saunders657620925,0005,000MotherwellRight23
CBLoïc Landre657619975,0005,000Clermont FootRight32On loan from PSG
CBBjarne Thoelke647619975,0007,000VfL WolfsburgRight32
CBGia Grigalava6576211,000,0005,000VolgaRight32Strength
CBRicardo Chará617521450,0004,000EmpoliRight32
CBFraser Kerr617518475,0003,000Birmingham CityRight32
CBDavide Adorni617518475,0003,000ParmaRight32
CBGuti617520475,0004,000Santa CatarinaRight22
CBWilfried Rother607520475,0004,000ES TroyesRight32
CBMatteo Bianchetti607518525,0004,000InterLeft22
CBJørgen Paulov Hammer637520600,0004,000Stabæk FotballRight32
CBThomas Fontaine637520625,0005,000Olympique LyonLeft23
CBJoseph Baffo627518650,0003,000Helsingborgs IFRight32
CBGiuseppe Prestia627517700,0003,000PalermoRight22
CBAarón Sandoval627517725,0003,000U.N.A.M.Right32
CBAlessio Di Falco627518725,0004,000NapoliRight32
CBRaffaele Rosato557517800,0003,000LecceRight32
CBLuke DeVere657521925,0005,000GyeongNam FCRight32
CBJulian Dudda587418325,0003,000Eint. FrankfurtLeft32
CBAndrea De VIto617419425,0004,000CittadellaLeft22
CBJeff Henderson607419450,0004,000Newcastle UnitedRight32
CBAmara Morike Kallé607420450,0003,000AJ AuxerreRight22
CBPietro Perdichizzi607417475,0002,000Club BruggeLeft22
CBAntonio Rüdiger607418475,0002,000VfB StuttgartRight32
CBMark Beevers637421600,0004,000Sheffield WednesdayLeft22
CBSimon Skou Jakobsen627420600,0004,000Silkeborg IFRight32
CBKalidou Koulibaly637420675,0004,000FC MetzRight32Strength
CBStefan Thesker627420675,0004,0001899 HoffenheimLeft32
CBMichael Hector557418750,0002,000BarnetRight32On loan from Reading
CBAntonio Briseño567417800,0003,000AtlasLeft32
CBAndre Wisdom567418800,0004,000LiverpoolRight32
CBAleksejs Giļničs557418800,0003,000CesenaRight32
CBJonatan Tollås Nation647421875,0005,000Aalesunds FKRight32
CBVujadin Savić657421925,0005,000Dynamo DresdenRight32On loan from Bordeaux
CBMarc Hornschuh647420925,0005,000FC IngolstadtRight32On loan from Bor. Dortmund
CBJohn Anthony Brooks647418975,0004,000Hertha BSCLeft22

Comments 14

  1. excellent so far… theres already a few players on this and the GK list that i have on my current team at Crewe Alexandria. Daniel Cappelletti from this list and Matthew Ryan from the GK list. Both are doing excellent.

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  2. ryan kinda stalled out after 2-3 years so i got rid of him. by that time i had more $ for a better one. capelletti became worth a few mil, and i sold him since i have a gem i found through scouting the next year.

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      Players do stall sometimes. There’s a striker on my CM that Wycombe have scouted (of all people). He’s incredible (for a scouted player on an AI team), something like OVR 82 or 83 age 25. Anyway, when he was aged 22 ish he just stopped growing for a season or two, but then shot up loads in the following couple of seasons. I happens differently with different people – some players grow quick at the start, others later in their careers, others just grow steadily throughout.

      Anyway, glad to hear they worked out well for you 🙂

  3. Eric Dier and Fraser Kerr have been beasts for me, but since I have some cash to spare now, I’m thinking of getting Gavin Gunning or Danny Wilson (Gunning is cheaper and faster, but Wilson has better defensive stats). Who would you recommend?

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      Awesome 🙂 I think it depends what you’re looking for really – have you already got a good tackler who is a bit too slow in defense? If so, go for Gunning. If you feel the opposition are breezing past your defenders too easily, then go for Wilson.

  4. All that players that I looked at through Lower League Gems, have really poor stats… like 60 stamina for example. I’m in league 2 with about £900,000, are there any players who have decent stats to fit into my team this season?

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      I would suggest loaning in players at first. Build up a little more money, maybe £1.5m or so, before you try buying anyone outright. The problem is that teams often ask for slightly more than the asking price for a player, so £900,000 can maybe only get you one or two players at the moment. If you patiently build up your finances and your team through loans, then you’ll have more money to play with and will be able to get more players that you’re after.

      There are some players who have really exceptional stats, which could be the ones to look out for. Billel Omrani, Graham Burke and Sébastien Haller are all strikers who cost less than £1m but who have things like finishing or shot power way above comparable players, which will come in really useful. There are some players, such as Lee Jong Ho (centre forward) who develop really good all-round physical stats, as well as having high potential. This means they are quick, they can run all game and are very hard to knock off the ball, so even when they’re rated 65 they’ll perhaps play like they’re rated 10, 15 points higher.

      Hope this is useful. All the players I recommend have good potential, so the glaring issues should resolve themselves with development 🙂

  5. Lots of these prices have gone up now. also the same for the other sections, but only by a little bit so doesnt matter that much. Im really loving ur website, much easy to use than fifafanatic which was what i used to use. some guy posted a link to this on fifafanatic and it helped a lot.

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      Yeah occasionally EA tweak players’ stats and potentials, which in turn may affect their prices. I use FIFA Fanatic’s data to make these lists, and the problem is that he doesn’t update his tables every time EA tweak details, he only does it on the major updates (when the game is released and the winter update). This means that if, when starting a career, you select ‘download latest’ squads then you don’t actually know for sure what a player’s potential will be. You could buy Nastasic, thinking his potential is 88, but actually EA may have tweaked it to 82, so you’re potential wasting your money (that was just an example I made up, I don’t know whose potentials have or have not been tweaked).

      Thanks for the compliment though. I really like the FIFA Fanatic site because it’s so broad. My lists are tailored towards specific purposes (i.e. getting great players cheaply), but if cost isn’t an issue, or if you want to find out, say, Aguerro’s potential, then his site is great too.

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  6. Dier has developed disappointingly slowly, so loaned him out.. Did well though, in 2.Bundesliga. I played CDM Landu-Landu as his CB partner. Was a good combo. Once Dier gets up to speed, he can keep up with most players, but his acceleration is woeful.

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      Unfortunately that’s a problem with a lot of CBs, they’re pretty slow. Has his growth caught up? Sometimes it slows down a bit, sometimes it speeds up again, but it usually reaches its final goal.

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