The position of CM brings with it a lot of variety, so as with the article on centre backs, this article on sees my recommendations broken down into three categories to reflect this. My choices will either be categorised as box-to-box, passer or attacker. Box-to-box midfielders are just as good defending as they are attacking, and often have a high stamina value to enable them to get up and down the pitch. Passers will be your main goal providers, while the attackers will be able to chip in with goals of their own. Here’s who I’ve chosen:
- Gueïda Fofana
- Emre Can
- Adrien Rabiot
- James Ward-Prowse
- Pavel Mamaev
- Jonathan Dos Santos
- Miloš Jojić
- Gary Gardner
Emre Can is my second choice in this area. Like Fofana he’s very strong and has excellent passing and tackling, but one extra thing he brings is his dribbling ability. 77 ball control, 78 dribbling and four star skills should make him a real threat going forward, and he’s also pacier than Fofana, so could even push out wide if you need him to. He’s not available straight away, but your patience will be rewarded should you choose to wait.
Adrien Rabiot rounds off the box-to-box section, and he is a very similar player to Can. He’s not quite as fast but has better passing, so if you’re looking for a young player like Can but don’t want to wait for him to become available, try putting an offer in for Rabiot.
Pavel Mamaev is up next, and he’s one of the most well-rounded passers in this article. He starts off with 78 short passing, 75 long passing and 74 vision, which is one of the best combinations here. He’s got pace to burn as well with 84 sprint speed, so combine that with his good long shots and dribbling and he’ll be a real threat to defenses. As well as that, though, he can defend, so should fit in wherever you choose to play him. He’s a hidden gem who can do a bit of everything, but you’ll need to get him early before he starts getting older.
Finally we’ve got Jonathan Dos Santos. You wouldn’t think it judging by his OVR and wages, but this guy is a real bargain. Barca place him on their transfer list straight away and don’t demand a certain price for him, so you can get him for as little as £1.9m, perhaps even less. For a 73 rated player with 82 potential that’s a fantastic deal, but it gets even better when you realise he has 82 ball control, 81 short passing and 80 vision. He can instantly control the ball and provide the killer pass to your forwards, so try pushing him a little further forward, where he’ll be a superb link between midfield and attack.
The final attacker recommendation comes in the form of Gary Gardner, a name I’m sure is familiar to many. He has the obligatory excellent passing skills, but his attacking skills are so good as to almost make him a striker – 82 show power, 82 long shots, 77 heading and 73 finishing are the mark of a born goalscorer. I’d keep him in midfield, though, where he can surge forward unmarked and fire shots off from the edge of the box. On my career he was already rated 78 after one season (on an AI team, not on mine) with some crazy stats – 85 heading, 95 long shots, 86 free kick accuracy and 86 short passing to name a few, so it may even be worth leaving him at Aston Villa for a year to allow this kind of growth (more or less impossible on a human-controlled team). Either way, in a test I got him for £750,000, so you can’t really lose whether you decide to buy him straight away or not.
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All of the players given here have a minimum potential of 80, so you know you’re getting quality. The maximum OVR for each player is 73, both to keep transfer prices down and to avoid presenting you with too many options and thus making it too difficult to choose the player you need.
The ‘Avai?’ column is short for ‘available?’ and refers both to whether or not you can buy the specified player at the start of the first season and how long their current contract is. Let’s take Y/2 as an example – Y means that yes, you can buy him at the start of a new career, and the number means he has two years left on his contract. Similarly, N/3 would mean that no, you can’t buy the player straight away, and he has three years left on his contract. These ‘no’ players are often available for transfer if you wait until the January transfer window, however. For some players this column is blank – this means that they are out on loan at the start and are therefore unavailable for purchase until the second season.
Initial player costs may seem very low this year. The figure in the player cost column refers to the price you are given if you scout the player. But I’ve also added a new column this time round – ‘They want’. This refers to the price the other team want for the player if you enquire about him. Often there is a large difference between the player cost obtained through scouting and that obtained through an enquiry. This leaves a lot of room for negotiation, so don’t be put off if a price in the ‘They want’ column is high, as you can usually get the player for much less. Try bidding lower than what you think will be accepted – you may be surprised at their response. If the ‘They want’ column is blank it’s because the team refused to give a price, either because the player has just joined them or because they are loaning him in.
And as a final note, in FIFA 14 EA update player OVRs and potentials every week. Mose of the time these are very minor changes, and most players won’t be affected at all unless they have had a very noteworthy week. Furthermore, some players occasionally disappear if they have been put in the reserve squad that week. So just bear in mind that these figures should be read as a guide only and not a definitive account of player costs, potentials, etc, for the entire season.[/expand]
Here’s the list in full:
|Pos||Name||OVR||Pot.||Age||Cost (£)||They want (£)||Wages (£)||Club||Avai?||Foot||Weak foot||Skills||Traits||Notes|
|CM||Will Hughes||71||85||18||1,000,000||4,600,000||5,000||Derby County||Y/3||Left||3||3|
|CM||James Ward-Prowse||73||85||18||1,600,000||6,500,000||8,000||Southampton||Y/4||Right||3||3||Early crosser, long passer|
|CM||Henri Lansbury||71||83||22||1,100,000||4,700,000||15,000||Nottingham Forest||Y/3||Right||3||2||Injury prone, flair, long shot taker|
|CM||Emre Can||72||83||19||1,700,000||-||20,000||Bayer 04||N/4||Right||4||4||Flair|
|CM||João Mário||72||83||20||1,800,000||*||15,000||Vitória FC||-||Right||3||3||On loan from Sporting CP|
|CM||Danilo Cataldi||62||82||18||200,000||*||2,250||Crotone||-||Right||3||3||On loan from Lazio|
|CM||Filipe Augusto||68||82||19||650,000||2,900,000||6,000||Rio Ave FC||Y/4||Left||2||3||Flair|
|CM||Jordan Veretout||71||82||20||1,100,000||4,600,000||15,000||FC Nantes||Y/2||Right||3||3|
|CM||Kyle Ebecilio||70||82||19||1,100,000||-||15,000||FC Twente||N/4||Right||3||3||Power header|
|CM||Tom Carroll||70||82||21||1,100,000||*||20,000||QPR||-||Left||2||3||On loan from Tottenham|
|CM||André Gomes||72||82||19||1,700,000||5,000,000||20,000||SL Benfica||Y/5||Right||4||2|
|CM||Nenad Krstičić||73||82||22||1,800,000||6,500,000||20,000||Sampdoria||Y/4||Left||3||3||Injury prone|
|CM||Jonathan Dos Santos||73||82||23||2,000,000||40,000||FC Barcelona||Y/2||Right||4||2||Long shot taker||Transfer listed|
|CM||Pierre-Emile Højbjerg||64||81||17||325,000||-||4,000||FC Bayern||N/3||Right||4||3|
|CM||Gary Gardner||68||81||21||700,000||1,100,000||8,000||Aston Villa||Y/1||Right||3||3||Injury prone, long passer, long shot taker|
|CM||Federico Viviani||69||81||21||700,000||*||10,000||Latina||-||Right||4||3||Long shot taker||On loan from Roma|
|CM||Fillipe Soutto||71||81||22||1,100,000||4,200,000||15,000||Atl. Mineiro||Y/2||Left||2||2|
|CM||Gastón Gil Romero||71||81||20||1,100,000||4,300,000||15,000||Estudiantes||Y/4||Right||3||2|
|CM||Campaña||70||81||20||1,100,000||*||15,000||1. FC Nuremberg||-||Right||3||3||On loan from Crystal Palace|
|CM||Pavel Mamaev||73||81||24||1,900,000||-||20,000||FC Krasnodar||N/4||Right||3||2|
|CM||Medrán||63||80||19||210,000||1,300,000||1,000||RM Castilla||Y/4||Right||4||2||Long passer, long shot taker|
|CM||Florent Cuvelier||64||80||20||375,000||*||4,000||Port Vale||-||Right||3||3||Long shot taker||On loan from Sheffield Utd|
|CM||Nicola Bellomo||69||80||22||700,000||*||6,000||La Spezia||-||Right||3||3||Long shot taker||On loan from Torino|
|CM||Miloš Jojić||73||80||21||1,800,000||4,600,000||40,000||Bor. Dortmund||Y/5||Right||3||3||Flair|
|CM||Lucas Romero||70||80||19||1,100,000||4,100,000||15,000||Vélez Sarsfield||Y/4||Right||2||2||Long shot taker|
|CM||Tiago Rodrigues||70||80||21||1,100,000||*||20,000||Vit. Guimarães||-||Right||3||3||Long passer||On loan from FC Porto|
|CM||Gueïda Fofana||73||80||22||1,800,000||6,500,000||40,000||Olympique Lyon||Y/4||Right||3||2||Long shot taker|
|CM||Afriyie Acquah||72||80||21||1,800,000||*||15,000||Parma||-||Right||4||2||On loan from 1899 Hoffenheim|
|CM||Óscar Trejo||72||80||25||1,900,000||-||15,000||Toulouse FC||N/4||Right||4||4||Flair|