FIFA 15 | Best young central midfielders (So You Want A)

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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 central 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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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]

Let’s have a look at tonight’s recommended central midfielders.

Youri Tielemans: potential 88

FIFA 15 best cheap central midfielders

Youri Tielemans is one of the most promising players in the game and well worth the financial outlay

If you’re after quality and have the money to spend, buy xanax no prescription needed Youri Tielemans is the obvious choice. With potential 88 he is going to become one of the best players in the game, and he is by far the best 17 year old in career mode. With a five star weak foot and the flair trait, he has the flexibility and trickery to become a serious asset to your squad.

But it’s not just his OVR and potential that make him so good. He is ridiculously well-balanced and can adapt to whatever role you want to play him in. His passing and dribbling are in the mid/upper 70s and will make him a real threat going forward. However, he can tackle as well, and so can combine this with his passing ability to make him into an accomplished deep-lying playmaker. He can even play on the wings, where his excellent crossing will come to good use.

All this quality comes at a price – RSC Anderlecht want £14.5m for him, and I got him for £10.2m (his wages are £8,000). But if you’ve got the funds and are looking out for the next big thing, he’s your man.

Tonny Vilhena: potential 84

FIFA 15 best cheap central midfielders

Tonny Vilhena is ideal if you’re looking for a central midfielder with attacking ability

If you want a multi-talented central midfielder with an attacking streak, have a look at Tonny Vilhena. The man from Feyenoord has the whole gamut of attacking skills, from 72 finishing and 70 long shots to 72 dribbling and 72 crossing. He’s got decent pace but has a strength and toughness that will make him hard to knock off the ball. He also has superb vision and passing, and even his tackling isn’t bad. He is, in short, a player for any occasion.

And with 84 potential and 73 OVR at age 19, he’s got the ability to become very special indeed. However, high quality doesn’t have to break the bank – strangely, Feyenoord want just £5m for him. My first bid of £3.4m was accepted, so you may be able to get him for around £3m. His £20,000 wages aren’t expensive either, so you can get a fantastic bargain for an awesome all-rounder.

Adrien Rabiot: potential 83

FIFA 15 best cheap central midfielders

Adrien Rabiot is strong enough to hold his own and has the vision to become a deadly playmaker

My next recommendation is Adrien Rabiot, and I chose him for a number of reasons. Firstly, he’s an ideal choice if you’re looking for a playmaker, as his passing is better than that of both Tielemans and Vilhena. He’s also very strong, which will enable him to shrug off challenges that smaller players couldn’t, thereby giving him more of a chance to complete a pass. This combination of vision and strength is rare in a central midfielder, so he’s one you should give serious consideration to.

Another reason I wanted to recommend him is his price. Thanks to his one year contract, PSG only ask for £3.5m for him. Bear in mind we’re talking about a player with 73 OVR and 83 potential, and he’s just 19 years old. I got him for £2.5m, so you don’t have to shell out much to get your hands on this strong, creative talent.

See below for the full list of cheap, high potential central midfielders in FIFA 15:

PosNameOVRPot.AgeCost (£)They want (£)Wages (£)ClubAvai?FootWeak footSkillsTraitsNotes
CMYouri Tielemans7388171,600,00014,500,0008,000RSC AnderlechtY/2Right53Flair
CMRúben Neves698617600,000-5,000FC PortoN/3Right33
CMAlen Halilović7086181,000,000-5,000FC Barcelona BN/5Left34Finesse shot, flair
CMTonny Vilhena7384191,700,0005,000,00020,000FeyenoordY/2Left43Flair
CMArturo González7083191,100,0004,300,0003,000AtlasY/6Left33Flair
CMNathaniel Chalobah688319650,0003,500,0006,000BurnleyY/4Right32
CMWill Hughes7083191,100,0008,500,00015,000Derby CountyY/4Left33
CMAdrien Rabiot7383191,700,0003,500,00040,000PSGY/1Left32
CMDaniele Baselli7383221,800,0008,500,00025,000AtalantaY/3Right33
CMPedro Obiang7383221,800,00011,000,00025,000SampdoriaY/3Right32
CMLucas Romero7283201,800,00014,500,00015,000Vélez SarsfieldY/6Right22Long shot taker
CMBruno Zuculini7383211,800,000*40,000Valencia CF-Right32On loan from Manchester City
CMWallyson Mallmann698220700,0003,300,0006,000Sporting CPY/5Left43Flair, long shot taker
CMGedion Zelalem628217200,0001,600,0003,000ArsenalY/4Right43
CMPierre-Emile Højbjerg678218450,0003,500,0006,000FC BayernY/2Right43
CMNabil Bentaleb7082191,100,0002,600,00020,000SpursY/4Left32
CMSalih Uçan7182201,100,000*15,000Roma-Right54On loan from Fenerbahçe SK
CMFilipe Augusto7182201,100,000*15,000Valencia CF-Left23On loan from Rio Ave FC
CMKyle Ebecilio7282201,800,00010,500,00015,000FC TwenteY/3Right33Power header
CMJordan Veretout7382211,800,00011,000,00025,000FC NantesY/3Right33
CMGastón Gil Romero7282211,800,00011,000,00015,000EstudiantesY/3Right32
CMNicolò Barella608117140,000-2,250CagliariN/4Right32
CMBryan Cristante7081191,100,000-20,000SL BenficaN/5Right32Long shot taker
CMMario Pašalić7081191,100,000-15,000Elche CFN/4Left53
CMPajtim Kasami7281221,800,000-15,000Olympiakos CFPN/3Left42Long shot taker
CMSeko Fofana58801990,000850,0003,000Manchester CityY/2Right33Long shot taker
CMRyan Ledson59801690,000-2,250EvertonN/3Right22
CMGodfred Donsah618018140,000-2,250CagliariN/5Right22
CMJosé Campaña698021700,000*7,000FC Porto-Right33On loan from Sampdoria
CMYassin Ayoub7280201,800,0007,000,00015,000FC UtrechtY/2Left33
Thanks for reading! If you have any player recommendations of your own and have some ideas for the website, make sure you let me know in the comments below.

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Comments 14

  1. Great article! I just have a question. In your goalkeeper video Jordi Masip’s OVR was an 83 while his potential is listed as 71. Do players outgrow their listed potentials and if so by how much?

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      Ah yeah, he was a weird one. Over the course of that three-year testing period I think either ter Stegen or Bravo (or both) got sold, so Masip was the main keeper in the squad. Players seem to be able to massively outgrow their potential again this year, so I guess that’s just what happened with Masip! The good thing about FIFA 15 is that players can now keep growing even if they’re in their 30s, so there’s always a chance a player will outgrow his potential.

      For example, here’s Masip in another career back when I was making videos for the scouting guide:

      As you can see, he’s 33 and has still grown 2 points this year. Plus he’s 13 points over his potential! He could well grow more.

      So yes, keep the faith with your players because they could exceed their potential even if they’re in their late 20s or 30s.

  2. I don’t know how it happened, but I asked Arsenal how much Zelalem was in the summer of 2015 and when the answer came, I went crazy: 70.000 euros. Maybe it has something to do with never playing and being on the loan list for a year, but 70k for a player that was 66 OVR when I bought him, is mental. Zelalem is a great passer btw and unlike Fifa 14 he is able to run with the ball as well. I am still looking around though for a better CM.

    1. Zelalem is great, used him in fifa 14 for my Plymouth Argyle career mode, my only problem is that hes more of an CAM than a CM. Even an attack minded CM has alright defence, but Zelalem has nothing.
      I had a similar thing happen with Oztunali, 2nd season, worth 850k, so you’d expect to pay around 3-5 mil, they only wanted 400k, his wages were 20k though, very expensive for my Plymouth Argyle career.

        1. 2nd season.

          I have a hypothesis that I need to test out. I think otzunali as well as yesil from Liverpool were on the loan list for an entire season without being picked up. Additionally I didn’t bother to scout either player at all. Maybe this has something to do with the super cheap prices. I’ll test it a bit

          1. Interesting! After all, you’d normally expect players to get more expensive as time passes, especially high-potential youth.

            High five, I picked up both Yesil and Oztunali too, but both in my first window (Jan) with my budget club. 😀 I assume you got Yesil on a huge discount as well? I paid 800K.

  3. Hello Alex,

    I was wondering how you felt overall about the improvements in Manager Mode from FIFA 14 to FIFA 15? It seems as if they’ve addressed a few niggling issues but having not played the game wondered what you thought before I take the plunge.



  4. Had Tielemans for Two years and he only went up by two points, same thing happened with Max Meyer and Brandt. Seems very odd as all three were playing most games

  5. Is Yesil price glitched? Seems I can get him cheap even in start of CM in summer same with Evertons Garbutt . Then the rest of young talent def higher than what my 5 star GTN scouts comeback with. Why is there such huge difference in prices as scout list value like 900k then go offer rejected then see executive say they want 3-4m big price difference

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      How about Carlos Peña of Club León in Mexico? Strong, fast, can play in basically any position. If you’ve got a bit more cash then maybe either Fredy Guarín or Moussa Sissoko.

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