FIFA 15 | Best young goalscorers (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 goalscorers and strikers. 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.

Tonight I’m looking at goalscorers – strikers who excel with the ball at their feet. They are often fast and have excellent shooting and dribbling ability, so if you enjoy scoring goals with the ball on the deck, these are the players for you. If you’re looking for a strong striker who can dominate the aerial battles, you’ll need my article on target men.

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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]

So, here are tonight’s recommended goalscorers.

Luciano Vietto: potential 85

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Luciano Vietto is the most purchase alprazolam no rx technically gifted striker in this article and well worth his price tag

If you’re looking for a deadly striker who can pretty much do it all, go for Luciano Vietto. He is the most technically accomplished striker in this article, and excels at almost every aspect of attacking. His 78 finishing is the best out of everyone in this article, and he’s lethal from range as well thanks to his 78 long shots and 80 shot power. His 80 acceleration, 80 sprint speed and 82 balance will see him breeze past defenders, aided by his 76 dribbling and four star skill moves. His short passing is good too, so he can set up chances for his teammates, while his 80 stamina will help him last the full 90 minutes.

All that comes at a price. You can’t buy him in the first window, but enquire near the end of January and Villarreal CF will want £12.5m for him. That can be brought down to the £9m – £10m range, while his wages are £25,000. He is expensive, but you won’t find a more technically astute player with that OVR and that potential for less. So if you have the cash, he’s an option you should seriously consider.


Luis Muriel: potential 81

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Luis Muriel is incredible cheap for the talent and dribbling ability he possesses

A much cheaper option is Luis Muriel of Udinese. He’s the perfect embodiment of this ‘goalscorer’ category, with the highest dribbling and ball control in this article. His 85 ball control is superb, and his 85 dribbling is only one point short of giving him the Dribbler speciality. His 88 acceleration and 88 sprint speed will be devastating when combined with his technical ability, and his four star skill moves complete the picture of a dribbling master.

He’s got good finishing too, and his powerful shot means he can score from distance if he gets the opportunity. His 75 positioning will also prove very useful, and he’ll get into excellent positions to create opportunities and score goals.

The price Udinese ask for varies, but it’s usually either £3.3m or £4.3m. For a player with 73 OVR and who is the best dribbler in this article, that’s a very low price. You can get him for between £2m and £3m depending on the enquiry price, which is an absolute steal. His wages are £30,000.


Breel Donald Embolo: potential 83

FIFA 15 best cheap goalscorers and strikers

Breel Donald Embolo brings good strength, and can hold off defenders to create opportunities on goal

There are several reasons I’ve chosen to recommend Breel Donald Embolo tonight. His OVR is excellent for his age, and his high potential will see him develop into a world class striker. He’s got very good finishing and shot power, but is also skilled at dribbling past opponents and passing to his teammates. His fantastic ball control (79) means he can quickly get the ball moving, and his 84 stamina will seem him running all game long for your team.

As well as that, he’s got 80 acceleration and 84 sprint speed, but also 81 strength. It’s very rare to find a goalscorer who is both quick and strong, and it means that he’s going to be able to hold off defenders who are rated much higher than him. He’ll be able to create more space for himself and take chances that would see weaker strikers pushed off the ball. That’s a property that will make him play better than his OVR would suggest – an OVR that is already excellent for his age.

You can’t buy him in the first transfer window, but enquire in January and FC Basel will want £3.9m for him. You can get that down to around £2.5m, and combined with his £3,000 wages that makes him a very affordable player indeed.


See below for the full list of cheap, high potential goalscorers and strikers in FIFA 15:

PosNameOVRPot.AgeCost (£)They want (£)Wages (£)ClubAvai?FootWeak footSkillsTraitsNotes
STLuciano Vietto7385202,000,000-25,000Villarreal CFN/5Right34Long shot taker
STBreel Donald Embolo678317500,000-3,000FC BaselN/2Right33Finesse shot
STEnes Ünal688317700,0006,500,0003,000BursasporY/2Right44Flair
CFPaulo Dybala7083201,300,0001,1000,00015,000PalermoY/2Left24Acrobat, finesse shot
STÁngelo Henríquez7383202,000,000Right43Free agent
STYounes Bnou-Marzuk638218230,0001,600,0003,000JuventusY/2Right33
STNeal Maupay648217375,0002,400,0002,000OGC NiceY/3Right33
STLuka Đorđević688219775,000*9,000Sampdoria-Right43On loan from Zenit
STJames Wilson638118230,0001,300,0003,000Manchester UtdY/1Left42
STBård Finne658119375,0002,600,0004,0001. FC KölnY/3Right33
STAbdul Majeed Waris7181221,300,000-15,000TrabzonsporN/4Right32Speedster
CFLuis Alberto7281212,000,000*25,000Málaga CF-Right43On loan from Liverpool
STLuis Muriel7381232,300,0003,300,00030,000UdineseY/4Right44Flair
STDonis Avdijaj608017160,0001,400,0002,000FC Schalke 04Y/5Right43
CFAdam Armstrong608017160,000-2,250Newcastle UtdN/1Right32
STDenis Davydov648019375,0003,700,0006,000Spartak MoskvaY/4Right32
STMunir668018500,000-5,000FC BarcelonaN/7Left24
STBritt Assombalonga688021775,000-7,000Nottingham ForestN/5Right32
STDiego Rubio698021775,000*7,000Sandnes Ulf-Right33On loan from Sporting CP
STHéctor Villalba7080191,200,0003,700,00015,000San LorenzoY/6Right43Speedster, acrobat, flair
CFBranimir Hrgota7080211,300,0004,200,00015,000Bor. M'gladbachY/2Left43Flair
STLuc Castaignos7380212,000,0008,500,00030,000FC TwenteY/2Right23
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  1. I’m so glad you chose Vietto as your top goalscorer. I thought the same thing when I saw him. In fact, he’s the main reason why I chose to do a Villarreal career mode.

    Speaking of, when you get around to good teams for career mode, you HAVE to include Villarreal. They have a ton of talent + high potential players such as the Dos Santos brothers (Giovani and Jonathan), Sergio Asenjo, Mateo Musacchio, Manu Trigueros, Moi Gomez, Victor Ruiz (even though he’s on loan), and, of course, Vietto. They have a decent budget at 8,000,000 euros, and even play European football in the first season. The only thing they really lack in is wing support, but their transfer budget is enough to bring in some quality wingers (I personally brought in Joel Campbell. Such a beast!). In my opinion, Villarreal are THE best Tier 1 team to do a career mode with on FIFA 15. Check them out!

    1. I also did a Villarreal career mode and they are one of the best teams for career mode. I’ve played with them for two and a half seasons now but I stopped playing with them because I find it more difficult to maintain possession against the CPU on Fifa 15 than on the previous games and the teams in La Liga are very good at keeping the ball. Some might think that’s a fun challenge but I don’t like having to counter attack at home against Rayo Vallecano. Hopefully I will get better at taking the ball from the CPU so I can pick up my Villarreal career mode again because they such an awesome team.

      1. Awesome! How did you do? Any trophies, notable players, etc? I know what you mean by you taking a break from it. I did that once, when I was still on Semi-pro, and just focussed on Seasons Mode in FIFA 14 so I could get some game experience. I became a great player in a matter of weeks (now I’m on World Class). Keep practicing, and go back when you feel like you’re ready!

        1. I finished fourth in my last season and I believe I might have won the spanish cup but I am not sure. I think the biggest signing I made was Dybala who is a fantastic player i you are good at dribbling which I am. Other than Dybala I signed some really young players like Tah, Embolo, Unal, Campos, Grimaldo, Rojas, Castellon and Scuffet (got a lot of money for Asenjo so I needed another goalkeeper). I also invested quite a lot in my youth academy and have a few youth products in my first team already. Currently I play an Arsenal career mode and a bit of Ultimate Team, Arsenal is the team I support so I always make a career mode with them even if it’s a bit too easy. Just like you I play on world class.

          1. Awesome! It looks like you made some smart moves.

            Arsenal are my team as well. I’m undecided whether I will play with them or not. On one hand, they’ve got a good team, but it seems incomplete. I feel like they need a proper striker and a defensive mid, not to mention a center-half. I’ll probably wait for January and play with them once they fix their problems.

          2. In Fifa they don’t need a striker because Welbeck is a beast, to solve the problem with defensive depth I bought Kongolo and William Carvalho, both of them are playing and growing very well. Carvalho is already 82 which is extremely good for a 22 year old CDM.

          3. Did Mateo Musacchio ask to leave in your Career mode? In one of mine he did, but in another he stayed. I really don’t want to lose him; he’s one of my favorite defenders!

  2. Any idea why some players simply Dont improve. Had two saves and bought tielmans, Werner, Meyer and they hardly improved by more than a point over a season and in some cases no more than three points over a few years.

    1. It depends on a ton of factors. How often did you play them? Did you loan them out or keep them? Remember, not all players will grow in a given season. There are some exceptions, like Vieto from this article. He grows 2 overall points from the time you start your career mode to the time you play your first game. However, some players are much slower to grow, especially if you don’t play them or loan them out. Form is also a factor, as the better the player plays the higher and faster he’ll grow. If he is in a slump, you’ll find that he doesn’t grow at all until he finds his groove again. Lastly, sometimes you just have to be patient. If you do all the above properly and he still doesn’t grow, play him in a game every once and a while and give him time. Generally by the time a player hits 24 he’s well on his way to instilling himself as a first-team regular. Hope that helps!

      1. That’s the strange thing. I simmed as a test and some players who wouldn’t have played were going up whereas Tielmans, Meyer and Werner were all in the first eleven and didn’t go up at all. I even went to the trouble of simming the best part of three seasons on one save and the same thing applied. Locadia for example went up very quick yet that trio didn’t and they are ones with the biggest apparent potential didn’t rise. I’m tempted to try it on the easiest difficulty and sim and see if that changes anything.

        1. Thanks for mentioning Locadia. I think I’ve got an answer for you. Your trio of Meyer, Werner, and Tielemans are 19, 18, and 17 respectively. Meanwhile, Locadia is 20. My theory is that because that trio are all teenagers, you’re going to have to wait a while before they start experiencing their “growth spurts.” In three seasons, Meyer (the oldest of the trio) would be hitting the tender age of 22. Not every prospect is a Mario Gotze who has huge talent at such a young age. In fact, I’d be surprised if you got Meyer up to an 80 at 22. How many 22 year olds in FIFA 15 are rated 80+? Only 12, in fact, and that’s a very elite list that includes players like Pogba, Lukaku, and El Shaarawy (full list here: http://www.fifa-almanac.com/search/player?versions=fifa15_7&overall=80&overall=99&age=16&age=22).

          Meanwhile, in three season Locadia would be hitting 23 or 24, the prime age for growth for most prospects. There are currently 42 players 24 years old or younger with ratings of 80+ (full list here: http://www.fifa-almanac.com/search/player?versions=fifa15_7&overall=80&overall=99&age=16&age=24). That’s nearly 4 times as many players, and that’s only a 2 year difference. I think if you wait for your players to hit 22-24 years old each, you should see substantial growth from all of them. Give them 5 or 6 seasons given their current ages and ratings and you should see them nearing, hitting, or even surpassing that 80 overall threshold. From there, the sky’s the limit. Hope I helped!

          P.S. I don’t think changing the difficulty will help. Difficulty only affects you in-game. If you’re siming, it won’t change anything.

          1. Cheers. Seems very odd if that’s the case when youth products who are promoted are improving at 17\18\19 whereas bought players are not. When I bought Meyer on a test save for United he rose a couple of points before Xmas yet in a couple of seasons as a first team player on another save he hardly rose at all. Tielmans is the strangest in many way as in two saves he’s done no improving at all, when even factoring in a dip in potential when signing is strange when he has potential above most young players.

            Never had this problem on 14 when players with potential whoever they were and what age (normally under 19 as I like to build a young team) would rise from the start each and every time. Never needed to use or even knew about the loan thing.

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          Some good tips there from Malik. The only other thing I’d say is that sometimes players’ potential changes when you buy them. Sometimes it improves, sometimes it decreases, and it could be that their potential took a hit when you signed them (it’s quite unpredictable). One way of fixing it is to send them out on loan, then instantly recall them. Check their status message on the squad report screen and make sure they have the appropriate potential status message (“Showing great potential”, etc). That way you can restore their potential to what it should be (if indeed it has decreased), and they should start growing properly after that.

          1. That’s also true. I generally try to avoid that technique, however, because I try to play as realistic as I can. Plus, it costs money to utilize that strategy. But it definitely works, and if you’re the kind of player who’s trying to get the max out of your prospects, go for it!

            Personally, if I think my player has been hit, I loan them out for the season without recalling them unless I need them in my squad later on. Seems more realistic and is a strategy that is used in real-world football as well. Again, it’s all about personal preference and what you’re trying to accomplish with your career mode!

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            Yeah definitely, it’s just one thing to try but I understand why a lot of people don’t like doing it!

          3. Cheers. Seems very odd if that’s the case when youth products who are promoted are improving at 17\18\19 whereas bought players are not. When I bought Meyer on a test save for United he rose a couple of points before Xmas yet in a couple of seasons as a first team player on another save he hardly rose at all. Tielmans is the strangest in many way as in two saves he’s done no improving at all, when even factoring in a dip in potential when signing is strange when he has potential above most young players.

            Never had this problem on 14 when players with potential whoever they were and what age (normally under 19 as I like to build a young team) would rise from the start each and every time. Never needed to use or even knew about the loan thing.

          4. Should point the save with a season simmed was as Schalke so no signing dip for Meyer. And surely even at 17 Tielmans should have at least one attribute rising which he didn’t.

          5. Hey, Alex, talking with James above had me thinking that you should have a FIFA help forum. Either on your own website or on a Reddit/Subreddit or the equivalent, FIFA Scouting Tips should have a place where we can talk about our experiences and ask questions about our career modes without spamming your comment threads. I think it would be a great addition to the site if you did that. Just a thought to consider! 🙂

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          7. With that loan thing. Will it work on players already at the club like Meyer for example at Schalke (or anyone for that matter)?

            I’ll try it tomorrow and see if it works, if not it seems pointless to play it as I always get the types of players suggested on here and then after the first season bring through the youth prospects as by that point the signing from the first season are decent enough to be first team players to a decent level.

          8. I believe it should work for players already at the club. I think the only exception for the loan rule is when the player hits a certain age; Then it might not work. At any rate, don’t give up! Developing your youth players in FIFA require patience; it is tedious at best to develop a raw player into a world-beater, but that’s why we play! Good luck!

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            Yep it should do. If he’s on your squad already then just try loaning/recalling and it could make a difference.

          10. I’ll do a test game later with Schalke and buy the same players again and loan tielmanns and werner out, should I bring them back after a few days, weeks or months?

          11. The way the technique works is that as soon as you loan them out and bring them back their Potentials change immediately. You can send them out and bring them back instantly and it should work.

            However, if you’re like me, you’re thinking “that’s crazy unrealistic.” Personally, I don’t care for this technique, although it works magnificently. If I were to loan a player out, it would be for the season without having to recall them (unless I needed to, i.e. I need to fill a squad absence). However, the length of the loan does not directly affect the end potential.

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            You can bring them back on the same day if you like, the potential changes as soon as they rejoin your team.

          13. Cheers Malik. I’ll try it as a test just to see if it gets Tielmann and Werner moving a little (providing I can actually loan them of course).

            If not then I suppose buying them in January might be an option? and i’ll just concentrate on scouting youth players and building a squad that way.

          14. You could wait until January, but don’t count on them having higher Overalls or Potentials. It is a good tactic, however, if you focus on youth scouting in the summer then buying players in January using any leftover money, or any money you earn from competitions. Good luck!

          15. Bit of an update. Started a new game (again) and bought Tielmanns and Locadia, well actually did a straight swap for Tielmanns and gave him a deal as a squad player rather than first team and he has gone up a bit before the season has even begun. Did another test again offering him a deal as squad player and put him in the bench and he went up. Maybe the squad role plays a part as its the only thing that was changed.

  3. Hey I tried looking for Angelo Henriquez in free agents and he’s not in there or in the game period. I tried the truck where you create a player at maximum age into free agents to bring up the hidden free agents, but only a small portion show up, never Henriquez. Also, a lot of your player values are off. Florentina (I think) always want 6,500,000 for bernandeschi, not 0. Not a big deal, but most of the values in game aren’t what you quote here for whatever reason. Any idea why I can’t get most of the free agents to show up? Thanks.

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      Do you have the latest squads? I think he only just got added to the game. Also, with each squad update it seems some players’ prices occasionally change (which is why I say that the articles are a guide only), so they can sometimes be slightly off. But hopefully they should give a good idea of some of the good young players in the game.

  4. Nice article once again.
    My only remark is, what is a youth player?
    For me it is some younger than 20 so only Embolo is a possibility here. As a second backup striker I took Maupay. Both grow fast but are already past in OVR by one of my youth players who is only 16 still!
    About some of the others mentioned by James, I also have Tielemans who grows a lot and Werner who does not at all or maybe +1 a year. And as written by some I prefer to leave it like it is … more realistic. Unfortunately in real life some wonderboys do not grow to their full potential and this can happen too in FIFA and makes the game so great otherwise we would be all using the same players 😉

    1. For me, a youth player is any player 23 or younger, for multiple reasons. First, 23/24 is generally when a player gets his big bump in overall (that’s my theory anyway; I haven’t played enough of FIFA 15 to find out for sure). Second, 24 is the age when you can start purchasing players on free pre-contract deals. Not a decisive point, but I think it holds some weight as a way to figure out when players mature enough.

      I have to agree with you about how players not growing is realistic. You’re right; after all, sometimes players just don’t reach their potentials!

      1. Thx 4 ur feedback Malik.
        Wel that 24 is for me also a benchmark.
        But one to tell the player is too old to buy and mostly I sell them then too unless I am sure they will achieve 90+ that is 😉

  5. I really like Moussa Dembele from Fulham, I hope to see him in your target man article, as he isn’t here.
    Which is weird cause I don’t really feel Dembele is great in the air, he play very much like a goalscorer rather than a target man. Great speed, good dribbling after some growth. He’s very much like Embolo.
    Anyways I bought him at the start of the 2nd season, for 275k 5k wages.
    Really good if your playing a 4-2-3-1, fast enough to get behind the back four for your wide men and creative midfielder to play the ball into, but also strong enough to hold it up and pass it on to your wide men as they run into the box.
    Only issue I have with him is his curve is soooo low, trying to do a finesse past the keeper 1v1 is almost impossible, but u can use his pace and dribbling to take the ball around the keeper and tuck it in.

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      Yeah he’s in the target man one. It was really hard to choose which article to put him in because he could easily have gone in either. In the end I felt his high strength and jumping, combined with his 6’0″ height, just edged him into the target man category. Also his heading is only a couple of points behind his finishing. But as you rightly pointed out, he could easily have gone in this article because he’s very versatile.

  6. With regards to Werner and Meyer and their potentials (even though it is not the right article). I played a season as the Hotspur and used a 4-3-3 with my front line as Werner – Musa – Meyer and noticed that, playing 30+ games Werner only went up 1 pt while the other two were more substantial in growth, Meyer was +5 for the year and Musa was +4. When I switched to the year end, they all increased a couple of more points, though Werner lagged behind.

    I do suggest getting Ahmed Musa from CSKA Moscow as a goal scorer if you can. He is a bit older and is a 75 overall to start but you can get him for less than Vietto and you get a teeny tiny goal machine

  7. I know his potential is too low to make this list, but you should take a look at Nadir Ciftci from Dundee United.

    He starts at 68 overall with 76 potential, but he plays much better than his rating in my opinion. Plus I’ve had him much higher than the 76 potential – bang in some goals with him and he’ll grow no problem.

    He’s not the greatest finisher or target man (Both finishing and heading start somewhere between 65-70) but what sets him apart is his physical stats in combination with his skill moves. He has around 80 acceleration, speed, agility and strength all at the start. To top it all off, he’s a 5 star skiller with a 4 star week foot. He’s also fairly versatile with listed positions of ST, CAM, LM and RM.

    The strength and skill moves make him very difficult to knock off the ball, which helps create the extra space you need to make up for his low finishing.

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  9. One very underrated player on figs 15 is Samed yesil from liverpool. He starts as a 19/20 y/o on 63 stats , I bought him for Burton Albion for around 450k I am now in the year 2022/23 season and he is 89 stats I don’t know how as it states he will only grow till 77 but his finishing is 98 and has 5 specialities including; speedster, poacher, dribbled, acrobat and complete striker. And still his stats slowly go up he may even hit 90 but definitely a true bargain as I had liverpool wanting to buy him back for 90 mil

    Just a heads up is all

  10. Danny Ings is great striker to have also. Especially after the updates happen. He is available for cheap (6 million pounds) and is super quick.

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