FIFA 17 | Best cheap high potential defensive midfielders

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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 defensive 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 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 defensive midfielders that I recommend.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah: potential 87

FIFA 17 best cheap defensive midfielders

Timothy Fosu-Mensah is a must-buy defensive midfielder

Timothy Fosu-Mensah is the ultimate future defensive midfielder; if you need to shore up your midfield, buy him. He’s fast but also strong, perfect for covering ground and winning the midfield battles his position requires. He’s also great at tackling, and can intercept well, so will make it difficult for opposition attackers when they’re on the attack.

He can also pass, and he’s pretty good in the air too, so don’t be surprised if he scores and assists a few goals every season. And of course the best bit is his 87 potential – he’s going to develop into an absolute world beater.

You can’t buy him in the first transfer window, but wait until January and Manchester United will want £6.5m for him. That means you can get him for around £5.7m, and his wages are £25,000. Considering he’s one of the best young defensive midfielders in FIFA 17, that’s quite a bargain.

Santiago Ascacibar: potential 84

FIFA 17 best cheap defensive midfielders

Santiago Ascacibar is like the next N’Golo Kanté

N’Golo Kanté was essential to Leicester City’s title winning season, and Santiago Ascacibar is the perfect player to buy if you’re looking for the next Kanté. Ascacibar can run for days thanks to his 92 stamina, and combined with his 83 interceptions he’ll be almost impossible to get past in the middle of midfield. He’s ideal if you want a ball-winner who can last all game long.

His tackling stats are also superb – some of the best out of any player in the table below – and are far better than what you’d expect from a player with 71 OVR. That means if you like playing counter-attacking football, you need Ascacibar in your midfield to quickly break up attacks and start your own.

Estudiantes want £4.1m for him, so you can buy him for around £3.5m. His wages are £5,000, making him very affordable too.

Ozan Tufan: potential 83

FIFA 17 best cheap defensive midfielders

Ozan Tufan is incredibly well-rounded and can play almost anywhere

You’d be extremely hard pressed to find a player as well balanced as Ozan Tufan. He can play in literally any outfield position and still do well (even as a striker). But we want to use him as a defensive midfielder, and of course he excels there too. He’s fast, has great stamina, 76 interceptions and decent strength too, so he can win midfield fights and cut out opposition passes with ease.

He can tackle, but also shoot from distance and score headers, so he’s useful at both ends of the pitch. And let’s not forget his positioning, dribbling, composure, agility… the list goes on. He’s amazingly well balanced and can provide cover almost anywhere if you need him to.

Fenerbahçe want £8m for him but you can drive that down to around £6.1m. His wages are £29,000. Considering you’re buying a player as flexible as Tufan, that’s a price worth every penny.

Now here are the other cheap, high potential defensive midfielders in FIFA 17:

PosNameOVRPot.AgeCost (£)Enquiry (£)Wages (£)ClubAvai?FootWeak footSkillsTraitsNotes
CDMTimothy Fosu-Mensah7287183,100,000-25,000Manchester UtdN/4Right42
CDMAlexis Blin7586194,800,0008,500,00011,500Toulouse FCY/4Right32
CDMOnyinye Ndidi7485193,900,000-23,000Leicester CityN/6Right32Engine, long throw-in, long passer
CDMRúben Neves7585194,400,0008,500,0007,400FC PortoY/3Right33Long passer
CDMÁdám Nagy7485214,400,000-27,000BolognaN/5Right52
CDMMikel Merino7585205,000,000-27,500DortmundN/5Left32Power header
CDMDenis Will Poha668419975,0001,600,0004,400Stade RennaisY/3Right32
CDMFede6984191,600,000-1,900Sevilla AtléticoN/3Right33
CDMSantiago Ascacibar7184192,200,0004,100,0005,000EstudiantesY/3Right32
CDMDaniel Amartey7484214,100,000-34,000Leicester CityN/3Right32
CDMJaïro Riedewald7584194,200,0007,000,0006,500AjaxY/4Left32
CDMRonaldo Vieira6883171,300,000-6,900Leeds UnitedN/3Right33
CDMAssane Dioussé7083181,700,0002,900,0003,500EmpoliY/4Right33
CDMMarc Roca7483193,400,0005,500,00010,500RCD EspanyolY/6Left32
CDMAndrés Cubas7383203,500,000*12,500Pescara-Right32AcrobatOn loan from Boca Juniors
CDMWalace7483213,900,0007,000,00023,500HamburgY/5Right33Long shot taker
CDMJean-Philippe Gbamin7483203,900,000-15,500MainzN/5Right32
CDMOzan Tufan7583214,500,0008,000,00029,000FenerbahçeY/4Right33Long shot taker
CDMJefferson Lerma7583214,500,000-7,200Levante UDN/4Right42
CDMLorenzo Callegari648218650,0001,000,0007,200ParisY/2Right32
CDMYan Brice Eteki6882181,300,0002,100,0001,900Sevilla AtléticoY/3Right32
CDMGiorgi Aburjania7182212,100,000-3,200Sevilla AtléticoN/4Right53
CDMLucas Torró7182212,100,000*4,500Real Oviedo-Right33On loan from Real Madrid
CDMStefano Sensi7282202,600,0004,300,00019,500SassuoloY/4Right43
CDMGuillermo Celis7382233,300,000*7,500V. Guimarães-Right32On loan from SL Benfica
CDMSergi Samper7482213,700,000*12,000Granada CF-Right32Long passerOn loan from FC Barcelona
CDMMagomed Ozdoev7482233,700,000*21,500Terek Grozny-Right32On loan from Rubin Kazan
CDMHernani7582224,200,0008,000,00034,500ZenitY/5Right22Long shot taker
CDMSoualiho Meïté7582224,200,000*11,000Zulte-Waregem-Right32On loan from LOSC Lille
CDMKouassi Eboue668118925,0001,700,0005,600CelticY/5Right32
CDMKevin Medel6681201,100,000*900Everton de Viña-Right22On loan from Uni. Católica
CDMRodrigo6981201,400,0002,500,00010,000Villarreal CFY/3Right33Long passer
CDMCristian Higuita7181212,000,0003,800,0003,800Orlando CityY/6Right32
CDMPaddy McNair7281212,400,000-15,500SunderlandN/4Right32
CDMLuca Mazzitelli7381203,200,000-27,000SassuoloN/2Right42
CDMWilmar Barrios7381223,200,000-15,000Boca JuniorsN/6Right32
CDMAtakan Akkaynak598017250,000-2,500LeverkusenN/3Right32Long passer
CDMJordan Rossiter678019975,000-11,500RangersN/4Right42Injury prone
CDMJoaquín6780201,100,0001,100,0004,000UD AlmeríaY/1Right33
CDMKevin Balanta6880191,100,0001,700,000950Deportivo CaliY/7Right33
CDMPatrick Erras6780211,100,0001,700,0004,8001. FC Nürnberg Y/2Right32
CDMHarrison Reed6880211,200,0001,300,00020,000SouthamptonY/5Right32
CDMOmar Govea6880201,200,000-6,400FC PortoN/4Right42
CDMAndrés Schetino6880221,200,000*3,000Sevilla Atlético-Right32Long passerOn loan from Fiorentina
CDMKevin Stewart7280222,300,0003,100,00038,500LiverpoolY/5Right33
CDMUche Agbo7280202,300,0003,700,0008,400Granada CFY/2Right33
CDMDerrick Luckassen7280202,300,0003,800,0006,500AZY/2Right32Takes finesse free kicks
CDMDamian Dąbrowski7280232,300,0003,800,0003,100CracoviaY/2Right33Long shot taker
CDMIbrahim Amadou7280232,300,0004,300,00018,000LOSC LilleY/3Right32
CDMFranco Mussis7580244,000,0006,500,00014,000San LorenzoY/2Right33
CDMDominik Kohr7580224,000,0008,000,00016,000AugsburgY/3Right32

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