FIFA 16 Lower League Gems: goalscorers strikers

FIFA 16 | Best bargain goalscorers strikers under £1m – Lower League Gems

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If you’re a team on a tight budget in FIFA 16 career mode, getting talent doesn’t have to be costly – just get one of these super cheap high potential players. If you liked my series on the best cheap high potential players in FIFA 16 but felt they were too expensive, these are the articles for you – every player will cost you £1m or less!

If you’re not sure what these articles are all about, click the bold link below. Otherwise, let’s get straight in to the article.

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These articles aim to highlight young, high potential players that are priced at £1m or less. If a player is not available to buy straight away, their maximum price (in the ‘Cost’ column; see below) is £500,000. Most articles will showcase players with a minimum potential of 76 (although in some cases having a minimum potential of 77 brought back more than enough players).

This year I made a couple of exceptions to the price rules. I have included players whose clubs want £1.1m for them (as opposed to a maximum price of £1m) because you can negotiate this down to under £1m, and in some cases excluding these players meant to articles were lacking players you could actually buy straight away! For the same reason I have bumped the £500,000 rule up to just under £600,000 (e.g. £525,000, £575,000, etc).

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.

The figure in the player cost column refers to the price you are given if you scout the player. There’s also another column – ‘Enquiry’. 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 ‘Enquiry’ 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 ‘Enquiry’ 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 16 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.


In my Lower League Gems series, goalscorer strikers are usually pacey and have good dribbling; for strong forwards who are good in the air, you’ll want my target men guide.

Here’s who I picked out as the best cheap, bargain goalscorer strikers under £1m.

Thomas Olivier Amang: potential 79

FIFA 16 Lower League Gems: goalscorers strikers

Thomas Olivier Amang is well-rounded in every way

Overtraining players can stunt their physical growth, but Thomas Olivier Amang is the perfect player to train because his physical stats are already great. His 86 acceleration and 83 sprint speed make him absolutely rapid, and his 85 balance will help him weave in and out of defenders. He’s also pretty strong for his size and his 90 jumping means he can win aerial battles too.

What I also like about him is that his technical stats are all nicely balanced. He can dribble, shoot and head the ball pretty much equally well, which means that as he develops he’ll become a lethal striker in all areas. Don’t forget that you can train him plenty and he should still be fine, meaning he could well exceed his 79 potential.

Molde FK want £550,000 for him so you can get him for as little as £400,000. His wages are £1,000.

Emre Mor: potential 79

FIFA 16 Lower League Gems: goalscorers strikers

Emre Mor has incredible dribbling for his OVR

Don’t be fooled by his 61 OVR; Emre Mor is far better than you’d expect. That’s because he comes with 80 ball control and 80 dribbling – yes, you read that right – which is absolutely sensational for that kind of OVR. It will make him near unstoppable in the box at lower league level, and defenders just won’t be able to get close to him.

He’s pacey, too, so can easily be played on the wing if you like (and his OVR goes up to 64 on the wing). But with his dribbling skills, I’d keep him up front, where his amazing close control will bag him plenty of goals. Just imagine how good he’ll be when he gets near his 79 potential!

You can’t buy him straight away, but enquire in the January transfer window and FC Nordsjælland will want £600,000 for him. You can negotiate that down to around £425,000; his wages are £1,250.

Conor Chaplin: potential 76

FIFA 16 Lower League Gems: goalscorers strikers

Conor Chaplin’s pace will be devastating at lower league level

Here’s another player who will perform better than you’d expect: Conor Chaplin. He’s not as well-rounded as Amang or as good at dribbling as Mor, but Chaplin is a different type of striker – he’s a single-minded poacher. His finishing is almost in the 70s and is much better than you normally see on players with 60 OVR, and combined with his lightning pace – 86 acceleration and 83 sprint speed – it means he’ll be getting into dangerous spaces and putting away his chances.

At lower league level that’s going to be highly effective, where defenders won’t be able to cope with his pace and goalkeepers won’t keep out his shots. Buy him and he’ll play much better than his OVR suggests.

He’s cheap, too. Portsmouth want £450,000 for him but you can get that down to around £300,000. His wages are £750.

Now here are the other cheap, high potential goalscorer strikers under £1m in FIFA 16:

PosNameOVRPot.AgeCost (£)Enquiry (£)Wages (£)ClubAvai?FootWeak footSkillsTraitsNotes
STTyler Roberts608016250,000-2,250West BromN/6Right33
STDimitri Oberlin618017325,000-1,250RB SalzburgN/3Right32
STCristo González648017600,000925,0002,000CD TenerifeY/1Right34Flair
STYann Karamoh597916220,000400,0001,750SM CaenY/3Right33
STMaximiliano Lovera597916220,000425,0001,000Rosario CentralY/3Right33
STThomas Olivier Amang617917325,000550,0001,000Molde FKY/6Right32
STEmre Mor617917325,000-1,250FC NordsjællandN/4Left32Flair
STTaiwo Awoniyi617917325,000-1,500FSV FrankfurtN/3Right33
STKasper Dolberg627917400,000-1,500AjaxN/3Right32
STDavid Faupala637918475,000-3,000Manchester CityN/3Right32
STAdemola Lookman597816220,000-1,750Charlton AthN/5Left42
STRushian Hepburn-Murphy607816250,000-2,250Aston VillaN/2Right33
STNicola Dalmonte617817325,000525,0001,500CesenaY/6Left32
STBradford Jamieson IV627818400,000600,0001,000LA GalaxyY/6Right33
STDawid Kownacki637818475,000775,0001,000Lech PoznańY/2Right23Injury prone
STRamil Sheydaev647819650,000775,0005,000ZenitY/1Right43
STGeorge Miller557716140,000240,0001,000BuryY/3Right32
CFKuki Zalazar617717325,000-2,000Málaga CFN/4Left33
STAndre Wright617718325,000-2,250West BromN/1Right32
STChe Adams627718400,000725,0001,000Sheffield UtdY/3Right43Acrobat
STGian-Luca Waldschmidt627719425,000625,0002,000Eint. FrankfurtY/2Left33Injury prone
STSander Svendsen657717575,000775,0002,000Molde FKY/2Right43Finesse shot, flair
CFAnton Terekhov577617160,000275,0001,750Dinamo MoscowY/4Right33
STBright Enobakhare587617190,000-1,750WolvesN/2Right32
STConor Chaplin607618275,000450,000750PortsmouthY/3Left33
STIlyes Chaïbi607618275,000425,0001,750AS MonacoY/2Right33
STJordan Larsson627618400,00062,50001,000Helsingborgs IFY/3Left32
STYaw Yeboah637618400,000*1,750LOSC Lille-Right23On loan from Manchester City
STRyan Seager627619425,000450,0002,250SouthamptonY/3Right32
STVittorio Parigini627619425,000*2,000Perugia-Right33On loan from Torino
STYounes Bnou-Marzouk647619525,000525,0003,000Angers SCOY/1Right33
STPatrick Joosten647619525,000-3,000FC UtrechtN/3Right33
STYoussef Benali647620575,000700,0003,000Toulouse FCY/1Right43
STSouleymane Coulibaly647620575,000*750Newport County-Right43On loan from Peterborough
STJoão Paulo667618625,0001,100,0002,000São PauloY/4Left23
STAbdul Rahman Al Ghamdi677620825,0001,000,0005,000Al IttihadY/5Left33

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      1. It really puts me off using those players with no picture.

        I mean how hard it is in today’s digital world to get one photo, I’m sure most players would happily provide one themselves if EA just asked them!

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          It’s something to do with licensing, but I don’t know if it’s down to the player, their club, their agent, their league or some combination. I’m sure it’s fairly complicated but you’d think a company of EA’s size would be able to throw its weight around a bit.

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      Sure. FIFA calculates a player’s growth based on both physical and technical stats. E.g. growing a point in strength can help a centre back increase his OVR as much as growing a point in marking can (roughly).

      So for argument’s sake, let’s say a player could grow +1 strength and +1 marking and that would result in him growing +1 OVR. Alternatively, he could grow +2 marking and grow nothing in strength and he’d still grow +1 OVR, because both physical and technical stats contribute to OVR growth.

      The problem is that training only affects technical stats (except stamina). So if a player is consistently growing lots in his technical stats because he’s being trained lots, the game will think that he doesn’t need to grow anything in his physical stats because he’s had so much technical stat growth, and that’s contributing towards his OVR growth.

      You can therefore end up with a player who grows absolutely loads in terms of his technical stats, but grows nothing in his physical stats, because he hasn’t needed the physical stat growth to help his OVR increase. That’s what I mean by his physical growth being stunted through overtraining.

      Hope that all makes sense!

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