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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 attacking 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]
Now let’s take a look at tonight’s recommended attacking midfielders.
Farès Bahlouli: potential 84
Farès Bahlouli may only have 65 OVR, but don’t be fooled – he brings far more to the table than his OVR would suggest. For starters, his 80 dribbling, 73 ball control and four star skill moves will make him a nightmare for defenders, and he’ll play with the technical skill of a much higher rated player.
Furthermore, he’s got good pace but is also very strong, with 78 strength. This will help him compete with centre backs and will give him a real advantage if you play him out wide, where full backs will simply be unable to cope with his physical presence.
Although Olympique Lyon want £2.1m for him, you can pick him up for around £1.5m. For a player with his potential and his stats, that’s an almost unbelievable bargain. His wages are £6,000.
Ryan Gauld: potential 81
If you’re looking for a pacey, technically gifted attacking midfielder who won’t break the bank, take a look at Ryan Gauld. The little Scottish midfielder is one of the fastest players in this article, with 90 acceleration and 83 sprint speed. His small stature of 5’5″ combines perfectly with his 90 agility and 91 balance to make him extremely difficult for defenders to get hold of.
His good ball control and dribbling add further strings to his bow and another reason for defenders to worry. His 72 vision is another of his key stats, and shows that he has the ability to create chances for his teammates as well as for himself.
He’s only just joined Sporting CP so you can’t buy him straight away, but if you enquire in January they ask for £3m. A bid of between £2m and £2.5m should make him yours. His wages are very affordable at £2,000.
Vitinho: potential 81
Bahlouli and Gauld make excellent choices if your budget is restricted, but if you’ve got a bit more money to spend then Vitinho can be a fantastic option. His main strengths are his pace and dribbling ability, and with 82 dribbling and 76 ball control he’ll be making light work of defences. He’s also got five star skills moves, which is brilliant by itself, but finding a player with Vitinho’s potential for a similar price tag is very rare.
Another important asset Vitinho brings is his shooting ability. He’s got a powerful shot and great long shot technique, so don’t be afraid to try a shot from distance if he gets the chance. His finishing is also very good, so he can help chip in with goals as well as creating them for others.
CSKA Moskva want between £10m and £11m for him (their asking price seems to vary), but I got him for £7.4m. His wages are £20,000.
Hans Vanaken: potential 81
Finally we’ve got Hans Vanaken of Sport. Lokeren in Belgium, and he is a very different type of attacking midfielder to the norm. At 6’4″ he’s a big guy, and he’s got excellent strength to go with that. So although he’ll be attracting a lot of defenders around the box, he’ll be able to hold them off and fire off shots and passes that weaker players wouldn’t be able to.
This enables him to make the most of his superb passing ability. His 83 vision and 76 short passing will see him creating a ton of chances for your forwards, but the big guy can score as well thanks to his 70 finishing and 72 heading. He’s the type of player to go for if you’re looking for a less typical attacking midfielder who can use his physical presence to cause problems for the opposition.
Sport. Lokeren ask for £8.5m for him, and I was able to get that down to £5.9m. His wages are £25,000.
See below for the full list of cheap, high potential attacking midfielders in FIFA 15:
|Pos||Name||OVR||Pot.||Age||Cost (£)||They want (£)||Wages (£)||Club||Avai?||Foot||Weak foot||Skills||Traits||Notes|
|CAM||Farès Bahlouli||65||84||19||375,000||2,100,000||6,000||Olympique Lyon||Y/3||Right||4||4|
|CAM||Marcos Lopes||67||83||18||500,000||*||7,000||LOSC Lille||-||Left||3||4||On loan from Manchester City|
|CAM||Daley Sinkgraven||68||82||18||725,000||6,000,000||3,000||SC Heerenveen||Y/3||Left||3||3|
|CAM||Diego Rojas||65||81||19||375,000||2,900,000||4,000||Uni. Católica||Y/6||Left||3||3||Injury prone, flair|
|CAM||Joseph Minala||64||81||17||375,000||*||3,000||Bari||-||Right||3||3||On loan from Lazio|
|CAM||Ryan Gauld||66||81||18||500,000||-||2,000||Sporting CP||N/6||Left||5||3||Acrobat, flair|
|CAM||Yuya Kubo||69||81||20||775,000||6,000,000||7,000||BSC Young Boys||Y/3||Right||3||2|
|CAM||Adryan||70||81||19||1,200,000||9,000,000||15,000||Leeds United||Y/4||Right||4||4||Finesse shot, flair|
|CAM||Luciano Acosta||70||81||20||1,300,000||10,500,000||15,000||Boca Juniors||Y/7||Right||3||4||Acrobat, flair|
|CAM||Bernard Mensah||72||81||19||1,900,000||11,000,000||15,000||Vit. Guimarães||Y/4||Right||3||3||Long shot taker|
|CAM||Riccardo Saponara||72||81||22||2,000,000||8,000,000||25,000||Milan||Y/4||Right||4||3||Outside foot shot|
|CAM||Hans Vanaken||73||81||21||2,000,000||8,500,000||25,000||Sport. Lokeren||Y/2||Right||5||3||Flair|
|CAM||Anderson Talisca||73||81||20||2,000,000||-||35,000||SL Benfica||N/5||Left||4||3||Long shot taker|
|CAM||Marc Stendera||65||80||18||375,000||3,500,000||2,000||Eint. Frankfurt||Y/3||Right||3||2|
|CAM||Leandro Paredes||71||80||20||1,300,000||*||15,000||Roma||-||Right||4||5||On loan from Boca Juniors|
|CAM||Bryan Rabello||72||80||20||2,000,000||*||20,000||FC Luzern||-||Right||4||3||On loan from Sevilla FC|