FIFA 16 Lower League Gems: defensive midfielders

FIFA 16 | Best bargain defensive midfielders 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!

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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.


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

Assane Dioussé: potential 81

FIFA 16 Lower League Gems: defensive midfielders

Assane Dioussé is a real bargain for his potential

It’s not often that you see a player with over 80 potential featuring in one of my Lower League Gems articles, purely because it’s so hard to find players with that much potential for less than £1m. And yet we have exactly that in Assane Dioussé. He’s not just about his future potential, though, as his passing stats are already very impressive. He’ll develop into a brilliant little playmaker, so go for him if you like to start attacks from deep in midfield and want a Pirlo-type player who can orchestrate your moves.

Empoli say he’s not available in the first transfer window, but ask again in January and you’ll be quoted a price of £750,000, so you should be able to buy him for around £500,000; his wages are £2,000. That’s incredibly cheap for a player with that much promise.

Max Christiansen: potential 77

FIFA 16 Lower League Gems: defensive midfielders

Max Christiansen is a rock solid defensive midfielder

If, however, you’re looking for more of a defensive rock, Max Christiansen is the player to go for. With 78 strength, he’s the strongest player in this article, and that’s when he’s only 18; by the time he hits his 77 potential, his strength should be in the late 80s or perhaps even higher. His passing and tackling stats are also decent, so buy him if you want a solid ballwinner in the middle of the park. Combine him with Dioussé, in fact, and your central midfield will be sorted for years to come.

FC Ingolstadt want you to pay £1.1m for him, but you’ll be able to get that down to around £850,000. His wages are £2,000.

Ramón Azeez: potential 76

FIFA 16 Lower League Gems: defensive midfielders

Ramon Azeez will cover every blade of grass in midfield

Anyone who has been watching the Premier League will know how much of an impressive season N’Golo Kanté has been having. If you want that sort of player – an energetic ballwinner who will harass opposition players from the first to the 90th minute – but don’t have the budget for Kante, then Ramón Azeez is a great alternative. His 90 stamina and 79 sprint speed mean he’ll be constantly nipping away at the opposition, and his tackling and passing abilities will see him start attacks of his own from midfield. He’s a fantastic player to go for if you want a midfield engine who won’t give enemy players a minute’s rest.

UD Almería want £950,000 for him, but occasionally quote as low as £875,000. That means you can get him for around £700,000 – £800,000; his wages are £6,000. But it’s also worth noting that you can get him for free if you approach him in the January transfer window, so if you don’t mind him joining at the start of the second season, you can grab an amazing bargain.

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

PosNameOVRPot.AgeCost (£)Enquiry (£)Wages (£)ClubAvai?FootWeak footSkillsTraitsNotes
CDMAssane Dioussé638117400,000-2,000EmpoliN/5Right33
CDMEslem Öztürk637917400,000650,0001,500BeşiktaşY/2Right32
CDMAbdou-Aziz Thiam637918425,000650,0002,000AS MonacoY/2Right32
CDMHarrison Reed677920825,0001,000,0005,000SouthamptonY/3Right32
CDMKrystian Bielik617817275,000-2,250ArsenalN/6Right33
CDMCalvin Verdonk637818425,000700,0001,500FeyenoordY/2Left42Long passer
CDMJesús Marimón617716275,000-1,000Once CaldasN/3Right32Long shot taker
CDMKim Geon Woong617717275,000-1,250Ulsan HyundaiN/3Right32
CDMAntonio Otegui627717350,000650,0001,250CA OsasunaY/5Right32
CDMDenis Will Poha637718425,000-1,750Stade RennaisN/3Right32
CDMMax Christiansen677718600,0001,100,0002,000FC IngolstadtY/3Right32
CDMLeandro Silva677721750,0001,100,0005,000AcadémicaY/2Right22
CDMSandi Lovric597617190,000325,0001,250SK Sturm GrazY/2Right32
CDMJohn Souttar637618350,000650,0001,000HeartsY/4Right32
CDMKellyn Acosta657619525,000650,0003,000FC DallasY/5Right52Long shot taker
CDMGideon Jung657620575,000875,0003,000Hamburger SVY/3Right32
CDMRoman Zobnin667621625,000975,0004,000Dinamo MoscowY/3Right32
CDMRani Khedira677621700,0001,100,0005,000RB LeipzigY/2Right32
CDMRamón Azeez687622800,000950,0006,000UD AlmeríaY/1Right33

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