FIFA 12 | Lower League Gems – Target men (winter update)

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

Time for the final article in the series, this time on target men. These players are strong and good in the air. They can be used to hold the ball up for teammates or to dominate the opposition in the air. If you get a target man, make sure you have a least one wide player with good crossing stats, as target men are often (though not always) better with their head than with their feet.

Here are my recommendations:

  • Billel Omrani
  • Lee Jong Ho
  • Daniel Jais

I’m recommending Billel Omrani because he’s a very well-rounded player. He’s got great stamina and, being a target man, is great in the air. However, he’s also got really good short passing ability, so will be able to create goals as well as score them. Furthermore, like Sébastian Haller in the goalscorers article, he is one of the few high-potential strikers in the game that not only cost less than £1m, but have finishing over 70 (in Omrani’s case it’s 72). So he’s good not only in the air but with his feet too. With potential 79, he is a very exciting prospect.

Lee Jong Ho is next up, and believe me, he is worth every penny. I’ve seen first-hand the destruction he can leave in his wake. Not only does he have that awesome combination of being very quick and having great stamina, but he becomes buy xanax online cheap xanax no prescription extremely strong and fantastic in the air. His heading and long shots become a force to be reckoned with. He is so much fun to play with because he can steam through oppositions back lines as defenders just bounce off him.

Finally, my third recommendation is Daniel Jais. Another quick one, he is also very strong. Though he has the same potential as Lee Jong Ho, he is cheaper, so you can bag yourself a similar player and save cash. He also has an excellent weak foot (4 stars) and a wicked shot on him. Not only will he be able to use his strength to hold the ball up, but he has the speed to get past defenders and into goalscoring positions. A bargain for what you get.

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
STJose Adolfo Valencia637919800,0005,000PortlandRight43
STBillel Omrani637917825,0005,000MarseilleRight32
STYaya Sanogo637918825,0004,000AJ AuxerreRight33
STDaniel Jais617619575,0005,0001860 MünchenRight42
STMichael Ngoo627618750,0004,000LiverpoolRight23
CFJimmy Kamghain627618750,0004,000PSGRight23
CFNicolao Dumitru637619775,0004,000EmpoliRight32On loan from Napoli
STLevan Mchedlidze627621775,0004,000EmpoliRight33Injury prone
CFLee Jong Ho627619800,0004,000Chunnam DragonsRight42
STEmiliano Sala607520550,0004,000BordeauxRight33
STOke Akpoveta637519700,0004,000Brøndby IFRight32
STTom Boere637518750,0003,000KAA GentRight42
CFYacine Qasmi587420350,0004,000Stade RennesRight32
STColin Rolfe587421350,0004,000Houston DynamoRight33
STHilaire Momi597421375,0004,000Le Mans FCRight32
STRyan Brunt527418450,0006,000Tranmere RoversRight32On loan from Stoke City
STKalifa Coulibaly627419700,0005,000PSGRight33
STLago Júnior627420750,0004,000CD NumanciaLeft34Flair

Comments 12

  1. Right this is a bit off topic but im like 6 seasons into a career mode game, ive been scouting players constantly with some resaonably decent scouts and so far have found one good LB and a good GK, all the other players worth keeping have been reasonable in terms of ovr’s etc when starting the game but more often than not they end up with one star skill moves! i keep them in my squad because some are worth like 3 or 4 million but when i try and sell them they never want to leave, transfer talks always break dowbn and stuff, why do players who are attackers and playmakers end up with one star moves? and will they increase on this over time?

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      I know, it’s annoying isn’t it? A scouted player’s skill move rating seems to be random whether they’re a goalkeeper or a winger, which doesn’t make sense. Unfortunately a scouted player will always have the same skill moves rating as well. It’s not so much of a problem for me because I sim a lot, but a lot of players like to use skill moves so it can be frustrating. Hopefully it’s something they’ll address in FIFA 13.

      In regards to selling youth players, you have to wait at least a season until you can sell them, because the game treats them as players you’ve just bought. Try creating a save at the start of the transfer window, advance a week, then if you get no offers in that week reload and try again. That usually works for me, although it takes a bit of patience. (Obviously wait a year so you can actually sell the players).

      What’s worth trying is a ‘long-term loan’. Sell a player to a team that you know will play them (click stall and check them out in the transfer screen), wait a few seasons to let your player grow with plenty of first-team action, then buy him back. You’ll probably pay a fair amount if he’s grown well, but it means he will actually grow, rather than struggle for game time in your squad. That way he’ll be much better (and players on AI teams seem to grow really fast if they have a guaranteed starting place).

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      Have you tried searching for his name? And do you definitely have the winter squads? Not sure why he wouldn’t be at 1860 Munchen, he’s not on loan :/

      Have you tried looking in the free agents? A semi-random selection (they’re usually all from the same country) go there at the start of each season, he may have ended up in there. In which case, you can get him for free! 😀

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      Well just from watching the Spain vs Croatia game today we can answer that – they provide a focal point for your team on the attack. Today (and against Italy) Spain really struggled to get shots on goal because all their attacking players were skillful midfielders who wanted to walk the ball into the net. A target man is someone to aim for. If you hit your opposition on the break then you can play the ball up to a big strong target man, who will then hold the ball up whilst the rest of his teammates join the attack. Also, if you like to cross a lot when attacking then a target man will be an excellent choice, as he will be good in the air.

      If you prefer to score goals by passing the ball around to create openings, then you’re better off looking at the goalscorers article instead.

  2. What about Patrick Burger hes only worth around a million I’ve scored 40 goals playing on world class in npower 75% with the head try him he’s dominant plays for sv mattersburg

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      If you’re short on cash then he’s definitely a good option because he’s incredible in the air. He won’t grow much, but I guess that doesn’t matter if he’s banging in 40 goals a season!

  3. I’ve been playing for a while and consider myself quite the expert on getting talents and getting them to grow. (example: Got a LB that was 67 at 16, 87 now at 23) (example: Got a ST that was 65 at 16, 85 now at 21)

    However, when I scout, I’m always wondering if there are certain period, country, scoutinglength and searchtype combination that proof more succesful than others.

    Right now I only accept talents with a current ovr-max of above 70(example: that 87 LB showed as ovr57-78, with a 91ovr potential when he was first scouted), since they usually turn into ovr 65+ 16year olds when I add them to the squad. And in turn these turn out to have a minimum ovr75+, thus slightly worth while.

    To many months of scouting reports though of 100% rejections at the offers by the scouts.(5stars, btw)

    So what could I do to get better scout results,
    better talents,
    and I also seem to be unable, most of the time to sell players. Often after weeks into to TP, an offer comes, and then when I accept, the player still doesnt get sold half the time. (Example: Last time I put up for offer my entire team in frustration, bunch for full season loan as well, however I sold only 1mediocre talent and loaned out 2 starplayers, when I wanted to get rid of 5 minor talents that I could use anymore, but that still valued around 3-5million.)

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      To be honest I don’t think there’s much you can do to maximise your chances apart from 3 points already covered:

      1) Get 5/5 scouts
      2) Send them to their own country
      3) Reload your reports

      Other than that you can’t really do much else. There are several countries that are more likely to produce better results, so it’d be best to get a scout from one of those places and send him to his own country. Someone has had a look at the game code and worked out the best places to scout, and he’s posted it up here:, so hopefully that’ll be useful 🙂

      I know exactly what you mean, I had to abandon one CM because I just couldn’t sell anyone. I think it’s something to do with the amount of players you’ve sold/loaned that season. Plus there’s a minimum squad size, so you can’t go below that. The annoying thing is that there is no way of knowing how many people you can send out per season. The only way to know for sure what the problem is is to just try and release a random player – if you get a message saying you’ve released too many players already, then you know you’ve reached your limit. Other than that there’s no other way to tell :/ hopefully this will get fixed in FIFA 13 🙁

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      Well I use FIFA Fanatic’s data to make the various tables and my own research for the scouting guide, so I have to wait until 1) FIFA Fanatic has released his list of high potential players, and 2) until I’ve scouted enough to work out enough about it to write a guide. Hopefully I’ll have some stuff up within a week or two of the game’s UK release date, although it depends on how busy I am at work, etc. I’ll try to get articles up as soon as possible, though 🙂

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