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In these articles I look at the best cheap, high potential players in FIFA 17, with tonight’s post focusing on goalkeepers. 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 75, 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.
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 17 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 without further ado, let’s see the cheap young goalkeepers that I recommend.
Alban Lafont: potential 86
If you’ve got the cash to spend on him, Alban Lafont is one of the must-buy players of FIFA 17. Already rated 74 at 17 years old, he’s got a whopping 86 potential. Because he’s so young and already so good, he should be able to easily exceed that with a bit of training and some good performances. His stats are very well-balanced too, so when he hits that 86 potential he’s going to be extremely difficult to beat in almost any situation.
Toulouse FC want £6.5m for him, but you can bring that down to around £6.1m. His wages are £7,200. He’s absolutely worth that expense, though, thanks to his amazing potential.
Nicola Leali: potential 81
If you’ve played FIFA for a while then you’ll know that Nicola Leali is something of a career mode legend. He doesn’t have 88 potential any more, but is still a very good choice if you can’t afford Lafont. His main strengths lie in his reflexes and diving, meaning he can quickly react to close-range shots and get down quickly to keep them out. Just work on his positioning using training and you’ll have an excellent, well-rounded keeper.
Olympiacos CDP want £4.6m for him but you can convince them to sell for around £4.1m, making him a cheaper alternative to Lafont. His wages are £15,000. Better yet though, you can get him for free in the January transfer window. Just approach him in January and click ‘approach to sign on contract expiry’, and he’ll join your team at the start of the second season. That alone makes him an even more attractive option.
Mile Svilar: potential 83
But you don’t need to spend millions to get a high potential goalkeeper in FIFA 17; you don’t even need to spend £1m. That’s because you can get Mile Svilar, a goalkeeper with 83 potential, for just £700,000. For that outlay you get a very well-balanced goalkeeper – there isn’t one element of his goalkeeping that is really lacking. Considering he’s got 83 potential, that means he’s going to be excellent at everything once he develops a bit. And getting that kind of potential for less than £1m is a real bargain.
So how much exactly does he cost? Well, RSC Anderlecht want £925,000 for him, but a bit of negotiating will get that down to around £700,000. His wages are also cheap at £1,275.
NOTE: Tomáš Koubek is a free agent, so will be assigned to a different team each time you start a career mode. That means his price, wages and contract length will be different each time, so they have been left blank in the table below.
|Pos||Name||OVR||Pot.||Age||Cost (£)||Enquiry (£)||Wages (£)||Club||Avai?||Foot||Weak foot||Skills||Traits||Notes|
|GK||Alban Lafont||74||86||17||3,700,000||6,500,000||7,200||Toulouse FC||Y/4||Right||3||1|
|GK||Simone Scuffet||74||85||20||4,400,000||8,000,000||11,500||Udinese||Y/3||Right||2||1||Comes for crosses|
|GK||Axel Werner||69||84||20||1,700,000||*||6,000||Boca Juniors||-||Right||2||1||Rushes out of goal||On loan from Atlético Madrid|
|GK||Timon Wellenreuther||72||84||20||2,900,000||4,500,000||9,200||Schalke||Y/1||Right||3||1||GK long throw, comes for crosses|
|GK||Rubén Blanco||73||84||20||3,700,000||7,000,000||9,900||Celta Vigo||Y/4||Right||3||1|
|GK||Miguel Silva||73||84||21||3,700,000||7,000,000||5,000||V. Guimarães||Y/4||Right||3||1||Comes for crosses|
|GK||Yann Mvogo||75||84||22||4,700,000||8,500,000||11,500||BSC Young Boys||Y/2||Right||3||1||Comes for crosses|
|GK||Mile Svilar||63||83||16||475,000||925,000||1,275||RSC Anderlecht||Y/3||Right||3||1|
|GK||Paul Nardi||72||83||22||2,700,000||*||14,000||Stade Rennais||-||Right||3||1||On loan from AS Monaco|
|GK||Augusto Batalla||66||82||20||1,100,000||2,000,000||2,600||River Plate||Y/2||Right||3||1|
|GK||Ethan Horvath||69||82||21||1,500,000||2,500,000||2,300||Molde FK||Y/2||Right||3||1||Rushes out of goal, comes for crosses|
|GK||Thomas Didillon||69||82||20||1,500,000||2,600,000||5,100||FC Metz||Y/4||Left||2||1|
|GK||Kim Dong Joon||70||82||21||1,800,000||3,300,000||2,600||Seongnam FC||Y/3||Right||2||1||Cautious with crosses|
|GK||Jérôme Prior||71||82||20||2,100,000||3,900,000||12,000||Girondins de Bx||Y/4||Right||2||1|
|GK||Álex Remiro||72||82||21||2,600,000||4,300,000||3,900||Levante UD||Y/3||Right||3||1||GK long throw, cautious with crosses|
|GK||Stefanos Kapino||75||82||22||4,200,000||8,000,000||15,000||Olympiacos CFP||Y/2||Right||2||1|
|GK||Djordje Nikolic||63||81||19||52,5000||-||1,300||FC Basel||N/4||Right||5||1|
|GK||Loïc Badiashile||66||81||18||925,000||1,400,000||3,200||AS Monaco||Y/2||Right||3||1|
|GK||Unai Simón||66||81||19||975,000||1,700,000||1,700||Athletic Bilbao||Y/2||Right||3||1|
|GK||Alex Meret||67||81||19||1,100,000||*||1,275||Ferrara||-||Right||2||1||On loan from Udinese|
|GK||Kepa Arrizabalaga||73||81||21||3,200,000||4,600,000||9,900||Athletic Bilbao||Y/2||Right||4||1||GK long throw, comes for crosses|
|GK||Nicola Leali||73||81||23||3,200,000||4,600,000||15,000||Olympiacos CFP||Y/1||Right||2||1|
|GK||David Soria||73||81||23||3,200,000||5,500,000||8,600||Sevilla FC||Y/3||Right||3||1||Comes for crosses|
|GK||Tomáš Koubek||73||81||23||3,200,000||Right||2||1||Cautious with crosses||Free agent|
|GK||Yoan Cardinale||75||81||22||4,100,000||6,500,000||15,500||OGC Nice||Y/1||Right||3||1||Comes for crosses|
|GK||Alessandro Confente||60||80||18||275,000||525,000||1,700||Chievo Verona||Y/3||Right||1||1|
|GK||Justin Bijlow||63||80||18||500,000||825,000||1,275||Feyenoord||Y/2||Right||2||1||GK long throw, comes for crosses|
|GK||Bingourou Kamara||65||80||19||825,000||1,300,000||1,063||Tours FC||Y/2||Right||2||1|
|GK||Sondre Løvseth Rossbach||67||80||20||1,100,000||1,700,000||1,700||Odds BK||Y/2||Right||3||1||GK long throw|
|GK||Paul Bernardoni||68||80||19||1,100,000||-||5,800||Girondins de Bx||N/5||Left||2||1|
|GK||Anton Mitryushkin||66||80||20||1,100,000||-||2,500||FC Sion||N/3||Right||3||1|
|GK||André Moreira||70||80||20||1,600,000||2,800,000||14,000||Atlético Madrid||Y/2||Right||2||1|
|GK||Alfred Gomis||72||80||22||2,300,000||*||17,000||Bologna||-||Right||3||1||On loan from Torino|
|GK||Alexandr Selikhov||73||80||22||3,000,000||4,800,000||11,500||Amkar Perm||Y/2||Right||3||1|
|GK||Hayrullah Mert Akyüz||73||80||22||3,000,000||5,000,000||13,000||Adanaspor||Y/3||Right||2||1|
|GK||Mykyta Shevchenko||73||80||23||3,000,000||5,000,000||14,000||Shakhtar Donetsk||Y/6||Right||3||1|
|GK||Pau López||73||80||21||3,000,000||*||31,000||Spurs||-||Left||3||1||On loan from RCD Espanyol|
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.