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The series is back for FIFA 15! In these articles I look at the best cheap, high potential players in FIFA 15, with tonight’s post focusing on centre backs. I’ll go through a few recommendations, then show you the full list of top quality players afterwards. For a full run down of how I choose the players and what the different columns in the table mean, click on “What are these articles all about?” below.
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The articles in this series should give you some ideas if you’re looking for a new signing in a key area. There is one article for each position on the pitch to make it easy for you to quickly find players to bolster your squad.
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]
Now, let’s have a look at the centre backs I recommend tonight.
Chancel Mbemba: potential 83 / Jores Okore: potential 82
First up we have a joint recommendation of Chancel Mbemba and Jores Okore. These two are both fantastic buy xanax online no rx options because they excel in key defensive areas whilst also bringing what many centre backs don’t: pace. Their excellent speed means that if they are caught out at the back, they have the ability to catch up and the strength to win the ball back. They’re also powerful in the air and should bag you plenty of goals on set pieces.
Okore is slightly better in the air, while Mbemba is better at tackling. He also has decent passing and dribbling for a centre back, so as he develops you may want to deploy him as a defensive midfielder if the need arises. Aston Villa want £7m for Okore but I got him for £6m. His wages are £25,000. Mbemba, meanwhile, has an asking price of £8.5m, which I brought down to £6.5m. His wages are £20,000.
Niklas Süle: potential 83
If you feel these two centre backs are too expensive for you then fear not, because there’s another excellent option at a lower price: Niklas Süle. He’s just 18 but already has 90 strength, which will make him a brick wall as he develops. He’s 6’5″ and has 79 heading, so he’ll be a real danger in the air thanks to his sheer size. Add to that his excellent starting OVR for his age and you’ve got an exception young centre back on your hands.
His club, 1899 Hoffenheim, ask for £3.5m for him, and I was able to get him for £3m. His wages are £5,000, which makes him much more affordable than either Mbemba or Okore.
John Anthony Brooks: potential 81 / Sergey Bryzgalov: potential 80
If you’re looking for a cheaper option but still want to bring in quality, then you’d struggle to beat John Anthony Brooks and Sergey Bryzgalov.
Brooks is a superb player if you like Okore and Mbemba but can’t afford their price tags. He’s fast but also strong, so will be able to cope regardless of whether your opponent attacks with crosses or ground passes. His stand tackling is almost 80, which is brilliant for his OVR, while his height of 6’4″ will ensure he keeps it safe at the back and scores a few himself going forward. You can get him for as little as £1m, but beware: he’s a popular player and other teams may bid for him, pushing his price up.
Sergey Bryzgalov is an even cheaper option: Spartak Moskva want just £650,000 for him, amazing considering he’s 70 OVR with potential 80. He’s also fast and is competent on the ball, so could be played as a defensive midfielder (in fact, that was his position in FIFA a few years ago). Though he is 5’11”, his 81 jumping makes that irrelevant and he’ll be able to compete in the air against much taller opponents. You could get him for as little as £500,000, which is a great bargain for a talented young centre back.
Now here are the other cheap, high potential centre backs in FIFA 15:
|Pos||Name||OVR||Pot.||Age||Cost (£)||They want (£)||Wages (£)||Club||Avai?||Foot||Weak foot||Skills||Traits||Notes|
|CB||Jonathan Tah||68||83||18||500,000||*||3,000||F. Düsseldorf||-||Right||3||2||On loan from Hamburger SV|
|CB||Niklas Süle||71||83||18||825,000||3,500,000||5,000||1899 Hoffenheim||Y/3||Right||3||2||Aerial threat, strength|
|CB||Chancel Mbemba||73||83||19||1,400,000||8,500,000||20,000||RSC Anderlecht||Y/3||Right||3||2|
|CB||Karim Rekik||73||83||19||1,400,000||*||40,000||PSV||-||Left||4||2||On loan from Manchester City|
|CB||Kaan Ayhan||67||82||19||375,000||2,400,000||8,000||FC Schalke 04||Y/3||Right||4||2|
|CB||Björn Engels||72||82||19||1,400,000||8,500,000||15,000||Club Brugge||Y/3||Right||3||2|
|CB||Diego Reyes||72||82||21||1,500,000||5,000,000||20,000||FC Porto||Y/4||Right||3||2|
|CB||Jores Okore||73||82||21||1,500,000||7,000,000||25,000||Aston Villa||Y/3||Right||3||2||Strength, power header|
|CB||Eric Dier||73||82||20||1,500,000||-||30,000||Spurs||N/5||Right||3||2||Strength, power header|
|CB||Lucas Hernández||63||81||18||170,000||1,700,000||3,000||Atlético Madrid||Y/2||Left||3||2||Long passer, power header|
|CB||Marian Sarr||63||81||19||180,000||1,100,000||5,000||Bor. Dortmund||Y/2||Left||3||2|
|CB||Dario Del Fabro||67||81||19||375,000||*||6,000||Leeds United||-||Right||3||2||On loan from Cagliari|
|CB||Jamaal Lascelles||67||81||20||425,000||*||8,000||Nott'm Forest||-||Right||3||2||On loan from Newcastle Utd|
|CB||José María Giménez||71||81||19||875,000||5,000,000||25,000||Atlético Madrid||Y/4||Right||3||2|
|CB||Alessio Romagnoli||70||81||19||875,000||*||20,000||Sampdoria||-||Left||3||2||On loan from Roma|
|CB||John Anthony Brooks||71||81||21||975,000||1,000,000||15,000||Hertha BSC||Y/3||Left||3||2||Power header|
|CB||Borja López||70||81||20||975,000||6,500,000||15,000||AS Monaco||Y/3||Right||3||2||Strength|
|CB||Flávio Ferreira||72||81||22||1,500,000||4,500,000||15,000||Málaga CF||Y/2||Right||3||3|
|CB||Paulo Oliveira||72||81||22||1,500,000||-||15,000||Sporting CP||N/5||Right||2||2|
|CB||Tiago Ilori||73||81||21||1,500,000||*||40,000||Bordeaux||-||Right||3||2||On loan from Liverpool|
|CB||Sergey Bryzgalov||70||80||21||975,000||650,000||20,000||Spartak Moskva||Y/2||Right||4||2||Injury prone|
|CB||Miguel Rodrigues||72||80||21||1,500,000||4,800,000||15,000||CD Nacional||Y/1||Right||3||2|
|CB||Martin Hinteregger||72||80||21||1,500,000||6,500,000||15,000||RB Salzburg||Y/4||Left||3||2||Long shot taker|
|CB||Luca Caldirola||73||80||23||1,800,000||6,000,000||30,000||Werder Bremen||Y/3||Left||3||2||Power header|
|CB||Jan Kirchhoff||73||80||23||1,800,000||*||45,000||FC Schalke 04||-||Right||3||2||On loan from FC Bayern|