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


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

We move on to the midfield now, and start with defensive mids, or CDMs. You can find CDMs of the Xabi Alonso mould, who sit back and distribute the ball all over the pitch. There are those who fit equally well into the back four, some at full back and others at centre back. Then there are those who are of a more “modern” flavour, who are skilled at dribbling and shooting and can thus contribute at both ends of the pitch. This guide contains players of all three types. My recommendations are below:

  • Wilfred Chinoye Osuji
  • Guaraci
  • Julian Korb

Along with Giuseppe Rizzo, Wilfred Chinoye Osuji is the highest potential player in this list. He is much cheaper (relatively speaking), however, and demands only 2/3 of what Rizzo does in terms of wages. He has good passing and tackling, and so can not only win the ball but can start a counter attack. He’s not actually that far down the Padua pecking order, however, so make a move for him before they starting using him and his price increases.

Guaraci‘s strength lies in his flexibility, and as you may have gathered from my previous articles, this is something I am fond of! He has a high attacking work rate and good passing and dribbling, but at the same time he has strength 84 and solid tackling. I would almost be tempted to use him more as a defender than as a CDM, but he would certainly work well as a first line of defense before opposition players reach your back line. He’s also got stamina 81, so will be fit and ready game in, game out, meaning his growth will be rapid.

Finally, Julian Korb is a very cheap option if you are low on funds, but he’s certainly no dud. He’s actually very well-rounded: his dribbling & crossing, his passing, his tackling stats, even his penalties, are all fairly even, so as he improves they will all improve together. Many players develop certain stats very well but others poorly, but he will end up being very competent in all manner of positions. Not bad for £500,000!

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
CDMWilfred Chinoye Osuji637820675,0004,000PaduaRight23
CDMGiuseppe Rizzo6478201,000,0006,000RegginaLeft33
CDMJulian Korb617619500,0004,000Bor. M'gladbachRight32
CDMPape Maly Diamanka627621700,0004,000Rayo VallecanoRight32
CDMKevin Pannewitz647619950,0006,000Hansa RostockRight32
CDMDiego de Buen6576191,000,0005,000U.N.A.M.Right32Long passer, long shot taker
CDMKevin Vogt6576191,000,0005,000VfL BochumRight32
CDMGianelli Imbula6476181,000,0005,000EA GuingampLeft33
CDMJordan Ferri617519450,0005,000Olympique LyonRight22
CDMAlexandar Stevanović637519650,0004,000Werder BremenRight32
CDMGuaraci627518700,0003,000CoritibaRight32
CDMPål Erik Ulvestad657520825,0005,000Molde FKRight32
CDMRoly Bonevacia657519925,0005,000NAC BredaRight32On loan from Ajax
CDMChina6475181,000,0004,000A. Minas G.Right32
CDMYassine Jebbour6475191,000,0005,000Stade RennesRight33
CDMOscar Lewicki597418300,0003,000BK HäckenRight32
CDMLenine607420450,0003,000BahiaRight32
CDMKevin Escamilla617417475,0003,000U.N.A.M.Right32
CDMChristoph Kramer617420475,0004,000VfL BochumRight42
CDMDavid Davis627420550,0003,000ChesterfieldLeft22
CDMLee Cox637421600,0002,000Swindon TownRight33
CDMHope Akpan647419850,0004,000Crawley TownRight32
CDMObiora Nwankwo647419900,0005,000GubbioRight32On loan from Parma

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      It’s OK, you can try again in the January transfer window and I’ve heard that most will then be available to buy 🙂 alternatively, you might be able to loan some in at the start and then buy them at the end of the season.

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