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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 right 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]
Here are the right backs I recommend tonight.
Nathaniel Clyne: potential 81
With these articles I set an upper starting OVR limit at 73. This ensures players aren’t too expensive and also gives a good number of results. However, for some reason there weren’t many right backs in the game with a minimum potential of 80 and a maximum OVR of 73, so I had to raise the OVR limit to 75 for this article.
The good news is that that means I can include Nathaniel Clyne. Physically he’s very impressive, with great pace but also long-lasting stamina, so he’ll be running the flanks all game long.
In terms of his technical ability, his attacking stats are more or less as good as his defensive ones, so he’ll be useful no matter where he gets the ball. Combine that with his stamina and you’ve got a player who will put his all in for the team whether going forward or back.
Southampton wanted £8.5m for him but I got him for £5.5m. That was my first bid, so you may be able to get him for even less. His wages are 30,000.
Felipe Campos: potential 80
If you’re looking for a cheaper option then Felipe Campos is well worth a try. Though his club, CD Palestino in Chile, want £3.7m for him, you can knock around a third of that off and get him for £2.5m. Even better, his wages are extremely affordable at £750. Even if you think you can’t afford him, try re-adjusting your budget ratio and you may have enough, given how cheap his wages are.
And what do you get for your money? A versatile and highly useful player who can hold his own against most opponents. Unlike many full backs, Campos is very strong but also quick, so he’ll be able to shrug off other defenders or opposition attackers whether going forward or defending. He’s good defensively but can also pass and cross very well, enabling him to fulfill a number of roles on the pitch. For his high potential and very low cost, he’s worth every penny.
DeAndre Yedlin: potential 82
Although DeAndre Yedlin is actually on loan from Spurs in the first season, I wanted to recommend him because he has some outstanding stats. He’s among the fastest players in the game, with 94 acceleration and 93 sprint speed to his name, and defenders simply aren’t going to catch him if he goes forward. Likewise, he can use his pace to chase down attackers, and with 90 stamina he can keep going right up until the 90th minute.
He is more of an attack-minded full back but is still very competent in defense, and this will only benefit from being on loan for a year. It’s worth enquiring about him when he returns from his loan spell, as players loaned from AI teams often grow way more on loan than they would on your team. Moreover, you often find that despite their massive OVR improvement, their price actually doesn’t go up as much as you’d expect, so send an enquiry in the second season and you may get a pleasant surprise.
Now here are the other cheap, high potential right backs in FIFA 15:
|Pos||Name||OVR||Pot.||Age||Cost (£)||They want (£)||Wages (£)||Club||Avai?||Foot||Weak foot||Skills||Traits||Notes|
|RB||DeAndre Yedlin||68||82||20||600,000||*||8,000||Sounders FC||-||Right||3||3||On loan from Spurs|
|RB||João Cancelo||70||82||20||975,000||*||20,000||Valencia CF||-||Right||3||2||On loan from SL Benfica|
|RB||Hugo Mallo||75||82||23||2,400,000||10,500,000||30,000||Celta Vigo||Y/5||Right||2||2||Early crosser|
|RB||Felipe Campos||67||80||20||425,000||3,700,000||750||CD Palestino||Y/6||Right||3||2|
|RB||Javier Manquillo||70||80||20||975,000||*||25,000||Liverpool||-||Right||3||2||On loan from Atlético Madrid|
|RB||Fabinho||72||80||20||1,500,000||*||15,000||AS Monaco||-||Right||2||2||On loan from Rio Ave FC|
|RB||Sébastien Corchia||75||80||23||2,400,000||-||30,000||LOSC Lille||N/4||Right||3||3|