FIFA 16 Lower League Gems: left midfielders

FIFA 16 | Best bargain left 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!

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.

Click here to find out what Lower League Gems are

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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 midfielders and left wingers under £1m.

NOTE: Beto da Silva and Florin Tănase are free agents. They will be assigned to random teams at the start of every career mode, so their price tags, wages, clubs and contract lengths will be different every time. Try enquiring about them to see how much they cost in your career.

Christian Pulisic: potential 83

FIFA 16 Lower League Gems: left midfielders

Christian Pulisic has amazing potential for his price

The most noticeable thing about Christian Pulisic is his 83 potential. Players who are that promising aren’t often available for less than £1m, so that alone makes him warrant serious consideration.

But he’s a good player in his own right. His 84 acceleration and 77 sprint speed are very impressive indeed, and should grow well provided you don’t over train him – it shouldn’t be long until he gets over 90 for both stats. His dribbling is also very good for his age, and that combined with his pace makes him very difficult to stop. His four star weak foot sweetens the deal, and means you can easily play him on either wing.

Bor. Dortmund want £1m for him but you can get that down to around £800,000. His wages are £3,000.


Marius Wolf: potential 77

FIFA 16 Lower League Gems: left midfielders

Marius Wolf is pacey and super skillful

Marius Wolf is next and I’ve picked him out because he’s just got so much going for him. He’s lightening quick thanks to his 85 acceleration and 87 sprint speed, and his 79 stamina – the best of anyone in this article – means he can keep running all game. His dribbling is good and it’s well complemented by his four star skill moves, so he’s a great player if you like beating defenders with tricks.

Like Pulisic, he’s also got a four star weak foot, so is comfortable on either side of the pitch. And added to all that, he’s 6’2″, so should win a fair few headers for you as well.

Hannover 96 want you to pay £1.1m for him but that can be reduced to around £900,000. His wages are £3,000.


Nathan Oduwa: potential 76

FIFA 16 Lower League Gems: left midfielders

Nathan Oduwa’s tricks will dominate lower league defenders

Just as it’s rare to get a player with 83 potential for under £1m, it’s also very rare to get a player with five star skills for that amount, yet that’s exactly what you get with Nathan Oduwa. Those skill moves, combined with his 72 dribbling, are going to make him a real threat at lower league level, where defenders are just not going to be able to cope with him.

He’s also got great pace with 83 acceleration and 77 sprint speed, and his 78 balance means he can beat the opposition even when he’s not using tricks.

Spurs only want £550,000 for him and that can be further negotiated down to around £400,000; his wages are £3,000. That makes him an absolute bargain for what you get.


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

PosNameOVRPot.AgeCost (£)Enquiry (£)Wages (£)ClubAvai?FootWeak footSkillsTraitsNotes
LMChristian Pulisic658316725,0001,000,0003,000Bor. DortmundY/1Right43
LWDennon Lewis638218475,000-2,250WatfordN/3Right33
LMPhilipp Ochs628018400,000-2,0001899 HoffenheimN/4Left33
LMSheyi Ojo638018450,000725,0003,000LiverpoolY/4Left43
LMIsmail Azzaoui607917250,000-2,000VfL WolfsburgN/6Right43
LWBeto da Silva637918475,000Right33Free agent
LMVíctor Pastrana647918600,0001,000,0002,000AD AlcorcónY/6Left32
LMAndré Green627816375,000-2,250Aston VillaN/3Right33
LWJason Flores627818400,000725,000750Unión EspañolaY/6Right32
LMSinan Kurt637818450,000725,0002,000Hertha BSCY/4Left33
LWRafik Zekhnini637817450,000825,0001,000Odds BKY/3Right34Flair
LWLevi García647817600,0001,100,0002,000AZY/4Left33
LWAlexandr Zuev657819675,0001,100,0003,000Spartak MoscowY/3Right42
LMAlfonso6978191,000,000875,0005,000Villarreal CFY/1Left23
LMMats Köhlert627717375,000650,0002,000Hamburger SVY/4Left33
LMDevante Parker637719475,000425,0002,0001. FSV Mainz 05Y/1Right33
LMViv Solomon-Otabor637719475,000700,0002,000Birmingham CityY/4Left43Flair
LMSantiago Rosales647719550,000925,0001,000Mar del PlataY/6Right44
LMGrégory Berthier647719550,0001,000,0003,000AJ AuxerreY/3Left22
LMIñigo Córdoba657718575,000-1,250Bilbao AthleticN/6Left43
LWAndy Kawaya657718575,000*2,000Willem II-Left33On loan from RSC Anderlecht
LMMarcos Astina677719750,0001,000,0005,000LanúsY/6Right33Acrobat
LMMarius Wolf667720750,0001,100,0003,000Hannover 96Y/4Left44
LMBen Osborn677720825,0001,100,0005,000Nott'm ForestY/4Left23
LWRoger Assalé677721850,000775,0002,000SD EibarY/1Left33
LMMartín Benítez687721950,0001,100,0006,000IndependienteY/5Right23
LMJosh Sims607618250,000400,0002,250SouthamptonY/3Left32
LMNathan Oduwa637619425,000550,0003,000SpursY/2Right35Flair
LMLukas Haraslin637619425,000-1,000Lechia GdańskN/3Left22
LMJohn Swift627620450,000400,0002,000BrentfordY/1Right33
LWAleksandar Boljević647619500,000700,0003,000PSVY/2Left53
LMKim Seung Joon647620550,000725,0001,250Ulsan HyundaiY/4Right43
LMGerrit Holtmann647620550,000-3,000BraunschweigN/4Left32Speedster
LWFlorin Tănase647620550,000Left33Free agent
LMJakub Jankto657619575,000875,0001,500AscoliY/1Left32
LWBoli Bolingoli687620925,0001,100,0006,000Club BruggeY/4Left22Engine

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