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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 defensive midfielders. 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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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 tonight’s recommended defensive midfielders.
Guilherme: potential 81
If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a multi-talented defensive midfielder who can excel in a number of different roles, Guilherme is your man. He is a superb box-to-box midfielder and can dribble and pass as well as he can tackle and intercept. In fact his shooting from distance is one of his main assets, so he will score a hatful of goals from long range if you give him the chance.
As he develops, this trend continues. In a few seasons he becomes a fantastically well-balanced player, able to perform whatever you ask of him. He’s the ideal central midfielder and means you can save yourself the money and effort of having to buy multiple players in this position.
He’s only just joined Udinese, so you can’t buy him straight away. However, in January they ask for about £7m, so a bid in the region of £4.5m – £5m should be enough. His wages are £30,000.
Sebastián Cristóforo: potential 82
As far as bargains are concerned, they don’t come much better than Sebastián Cristóforo. Despite his good OVR and potential of 82, Sevilla FC only ask for £1.1m for him (with £9,000 in wages). I got that down to £750,000, which is almost unheard of for a player with his starting OVR and potential.
For that you get an excellent player, one who will function as a sort of hybrid between ball winner and deep-lying playmaker. With 75 interceptions, breaking up play is going to be a speciality of his. He can tackle, too, and his 76 aggression means he won’t give up on getting the ball back. Once that’s done, his 74 long passing and 72 short passing will enable him to start attacks with a range of excellent passing.
His long shots aren’t bad either, so he could pop up with a goal or too. For the peanuts you have to pay and the promise he shows, he’s a bargain you won’t want to miss out on.
NOTE: I had previously recommended Junior Malanda, but decided to remove that particular entry out of respect for his passing. RIP.
See below for the full list of cheap, high potential defensive midfielders in FIFA 15:
|Pos||Name||OVR||Pot.||Age||Cost (£)||They want (£)||Wages (£)||Club||Avai?||Foot||Weak foot||Skills||Traits||Notes|
|CDM||Levin Öztunali||63||84||18||160,000||1,600,000||2,000||Bayer 04||Y/4||Right||4||3|
|CDM||Sebastián Cristóforo||69||82||20||550,000||1,100,000||9,000||Sevilla FC||Y/4||Right||3||2|
|CDM||Óscar Gil||62||81||19||170,000||1,200,000||4,000||Athletic Bilbao||Y/2||Right||3||2|
|CDM||Guilherme||73||81||23||1,700,000||-||30,000||Udinese||N/5||Right||3||2||Long shot taker|
|CDM||Wilfrid Jaures Kaptoum||58||80||17||70,000||-||1,000||FC Barcelona B||N/1||Right||3||2|
|CDM||Ozan Tufan||68||80||19||500,000||3,800,000||6,000||Bursaspor||Y/4||Right||3||2||Long shot taker|
|CDM||Mohammed Abu||71||80||22||900,000||-||15,000||Strømsgodset IF||N/4||Left||3||3|
|CDM||Anderson||70||80||20||900,000||-||15,000||Estoril||N/4||Right||3||2||Strength, power header|
|CDM||Oriol Romeu||72||80||22||1,400,000||6,000,000||15,000||VfB Stuttgart||Y/3||Right||3||2|
|CDM||Gustavo Cuéllar||72||80||21||1,400,000||*||15,000||Junior FC||-||Right||3||2||On loan from Deportivo Cali|
|CDM||Andile Jali||73||80||24||1,900,000||-||30,000||KV Oostende||N/3||Right||3||4|