FIFA 12 | Lower League Gems – Central midfielders (winter update)

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

Plenty of choice on offer again today, and a lot of very cheap players full of potential especially when compared to other positions. Let’s get stuck straight in to my recommendations:

  • Alessio Esposito
  • Scott Allan
  • Christopher Missilou

Like Joseph Hu in the goalkeepers article, Alessio Esposito is one of the only players in the game who reaches at least 80 OVR and yet still costs less than £1m. With that in mind he was more or less an automatic choice for me! Don’t worry about his OVR, that will shoot up because he’s got a lot of growing to do. Go for him, you’ll be glad you did.

Really, Scott Allan is an attacking midfielder rather than simply a CM. His ball control and dribbling are already 70 and 72 respectively and his balance is 72, so don’t be surprised if he gets the dribbler speciality fairly early on. He’s also quick, so use him to make darting runs forward in support of your forwards. His wages are also buy brand xanax online very affordable for an attacker, so get him quick before his they rise.

Christopher Missilou is my final recommendation, and he’s more of a holding midfielder than Allan. His reading of the game is excellent, and he especially excels at both positioning and interceptions. He’ll be the one to stop opposition attacks and then link a through ball on to your strikers. At £525,000 you can’t go far wrong either!

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
CMAlessio Esposito568016825,0007,000LecceRight32
CMScott Allan637919800,0004,000West BromRight33Long shot taker
CMMarcel Ritzmaier637818800,0004,000PSVLeft33
CMRaphael Holzhauser627818800,0003,000VfB StuttgartRight32
CMPanagiotis Tachtsidis617720500,0004,000H. VeronaLeft33Strength
CMChristopher Missilou617718525,0003,000AJ AuxerreRight33
CMPhousseyne Diaby537616450,0006,000LB ChateaurouxRight32
CMChoi Young Jun617619525,0004,000GyeongNam FCRight42
CMGael Bigirimana607617525,0003,000Coventry CityRight32Acrobat
CMJorginho607619525,0004,000H. VeronaRight33
CMLouise Essenque Parfait607620525,0004,000AscoliRight23
CMMarco Romizi607621525,0004,000BariRight33
CMMehdi Abeid607618550,0003,000Newcastle UnitedRight33
CMOmar Elabdellaoui637619725,0005,000Manchester CityRight33Injury prone
CMLoïc Damour627620725,0004,000US BoulogneRight42
CMValerio Verre567617800,0004,000RomaRight32
CMJohn Bostock6476191,000,0006,000Sheffield WednesdayLeft43Long shot taker
CMMartin Ovenstad Rønning597517325,0002,000Strømsgodset IFRight32
CMÁdám Simon597521350,0003,000BariRight22
CMAndrea Doninelli617520450,0004,000H. VeronaRight32
CMDaniele Baselli617519475,0004,000CittadellaRight33
CMHernán Hinostroza617517500,0003,000Zulte-WaregemRight32Long passer
Conor Thomas617517525,0003,000Coventry CityRight32
CMNika Piliev607520550,0004,000CSKA MoskvaRight32Long passer
CMChristian Landu Landu637519625,0004,000Viking FKRight32
CMDaniel Kofi Agyei637519675,0004,000FiorentinaRight22
CMPortu637519675,0005,000Valencia CFRight32Injury prone
CMXavier Kouassi627521675,0004,000Servette FCRight33
CMHannes Van der Bruggen637518700,0003,000KAA GentRight42
CMStuart O'Keefe627520700,0004,000Crystal PalaceRight32
CMRémi Mulumba627518725,0003,000FC LorientRight33
CMSimon Thern627518725,0003,000Malmö FFRight42
CMAnton Sosnin627521750,0004,000Kuban KrasnodarRight32
CMRyan Woods557517800,0002,000ShrewsburyRight32
CMSean Murray597417350,0003,000WatfordRight32Flair
CMNicolaj Thomsen537418450,0006,000Aalborg BKRight32
CMEmanuele Panzeri617418475,0003,000NovaraRight32
CMOscar Branzani607421475,0003,000CittadellaRight22
CMDarko Jevtic537418475,0006,000FC BaselLeft33
CMJore Trompet607418500,0002,000Sport. LokerenRight32
CMLuís Gustavo617418525,0003,000FC Barcelona BLeft22Long shot taker
CMFran Carnicer617420525,0004,000CA OsasunaRight32
CMAndré Biyogho Poko607418525,0003,000BordeauxRight32
CMFredrik Ulvestad627419675,0004,000Aalesunds FKRight33Flair
CMKhassa Camara567418800,0003,000ES TroyesRight42
CMHakan Calhanoglu557417800,0003,000Karlsruher SCRight32
CMKevin Jansen647419950,0005,000SBV ExcelsiorRight42On loan from Feyenoord
CMLlorente647420975,0005,000Villarreal BRight32Finesse shot, long shot taker
CMAnouar Kali6574201,000,0005,000FC UtrechtRight33

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  1. Great list mate, got Sean Murray on a loan for my Port Vale career and in eight matches in the League 2 he scored three times and gave four assists, very good player despite his OVR.

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      I know I absolutely love him! He’s perfect as a winger or a CAM, but he’s mispositioned as a CM unfortunately. So he’s a massive bargain 🙂 Unfortunately I think he starts at £1.3m though, so he’s too expensive for this list, but you will find him on my 80+ potential list!

  2. Thanks for the list man! but one problem, all the players(atleast the ones I looked at) are all more expensive then what you have stated eg, espisto is 1M plus etc, I am in my first season, first transfer term, should I wait longer and will the prices drop?

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      That’s odd. From time to time EA tweaks players OVR and potentials, so that could be why. Whenever I start a new career I always set the squads to “current customised”, not “download latest”, because that way I know for sure what every player’s potential will be. If you choose “download latest” then EA may have tweaked a player’s potential or OVR since this article was made, thus making their price change. They don’t publish these changes either, so if you really want to be sure of the OVR/potentials of players you’re interested in, stick with “current customised” squads.

      1. i don’t think its the download latest, as my xbox is kind of whimsy on connecting to the wireless…… and I think my live membership has expired if that makes a difference. I dont even know if I have the winter squads, I just got my game a few days ago…… any ideas?

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          Well I don’t *think* you need a gold xbox live membership to get the latest squads (although don’t hold me to that), just an internet connection. Could you try an ethernet cable instead of wireless?

  3. Jasmin Kurtic from Palermo has been great for me solid all around MF very strong and good freekicks especially for a lower league team (Blackpool)

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