FIFA 16 Lower League Gems: left backs

FIFA 16 | Best bargain left backs 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.

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

Rico Henry: potential 80

FIFA 16 Lower League Gems: left backs

Rico Henry is rapid and has huge potential

If you love your full backs to harry the flanks all game long, Rico Henry should be the first player you consider. His 93 acceleration, 90 sprint speed and 81 stamina will cause problems for the opposition from the first minute to the last, and even the quickest players will struggle to keep up with him. His technical stats are a little raw, but his 80 potential will ensure that he will develop quickly into a fantastic player. Get him now while his price is still low.

And speaking of price, Walsall want £975,000 for his services, but you can get that down to around £700,000. His wages are just £1,000.


Pierre-Yves Polomat: potential 77

FIFA 16 Lower League Gems: left backs

Pierre-Yves Polomat has some excellent defensive stats

If you want a player who is a little more technical developed than Henry – especially in defensive areas – then Pierre-Yves Polomat is your man. With 69 OVR, it’s very lucky that he’s available for less than £1,000,000, and with 77 potential he’ll be great for years to come. His defensive stats are the best of any player in the table below, and he’s also fairly strong, which will help him deal with opposition wingers. Add in excellent pace and very good interceptions and you’ve got a nicely well-rounded player for the money.

AS Saint-Étienne want you to pay £1,000,000 for him, but that can be reduced to around £800,000. His wages are £6,000.


Abner: potential 76

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Abner will hold down the left back spot for years to come

Granted, Henry and Polomat may be a little too expensive for your team. But having a more restrictive budget doesn’t mean you can’t get quality, because Abner is hugely affordable for what he offers. I picked him out in my recent ‘good teams for carer mode’ guide to Real Oviedo, and it’s easy to see why: with excellent pace and stamina, plus well-balanced defensive and attacking stats, he’s going to grow into a great player at both ends of the pitch.

Even better, he’s super cheap, as Real Madrid only want £500,000, which can be negotiated down to around £350,000. His wages are £5,000.


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

PosNameOVRPot.AgeCost (£)Enquiry (£)Wages (£)ClubAvai?FootWeak footSkillsTraitsNotes
LBRico Henry648017525,000975,0001,000WalsallY/3Left22Speedster, acrobat, flair
LBBen Chilwell648018525,000-2,250Leicester CityN/1Left32
LBAngeliño647918525,000725,0003,000Manchester CityY/1Left32
LBCameron Borthwick-Jackson677918675,000950,0005,000Manchester UtdY/2Left32Early crosser
LBFaitout Maouassa607816230,000-1,250AS NancyN/4Left32
LBCheick Keita637818425,000700,0001,500ChiavariY/1Left22
LBSergio Akieme587717160,000300,0002,000Rayo VallecanoY/6Left32
LBKieran Tierney637718425,000750,0001,000CelticY/4Left32
LBUlisses Garcia637719450,000-2,000Werder BremenN/4Left33
LBPierre-Yves Polomat697721925,0001,000,0006,000AS Saint-ÉtienneY/4Left32
LBJoe Riley617618275,000450,0002,250Manchester UtdY/3Right33
LBToni Lato627617350,000-2,000Valencia CFN/2Left33
LBAbner647619450,000500,0005,000Real MadridY/1Left33
LBMaximilian Wittek667619550,000950,0003,0001860 MünchenY/2Left22
LBUrtzi Iriondo667620625,0001,100,0001,250Bilbao AthleticY/3Left32Early crosser
LBBirger Solberg Meling667621625,0001,100,0004,000Stabæk FotballY/6Left32

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