FIFA 16 Lower League Gems: target men strikers

FIFA 16 | Best bargain target men strikers 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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In my Lower League Gems series, target man strikers are usually strong forwards who are good in the air; for pacey strikers with good dribbling, you’ll want my goalscorer guide.

Here’s who I picked out as the best cheap, bargain target men strikers under £1m.

Tammy Abraham: potential 80

FIFA 16 Lower League Gems: target men strikers

Tammy Abraham has great heading accuracy for his OVR

One of the obvious things you want from a target man is for him to be good in the air, and that’s exactly what you get with Tammy Abraham of Chelsea. He’s 6’3″ so already has a height advantage, but don’t be fooled by his 63 OVR – he’s got 73 heading accuracy, which is amazing for his OVR and one of the highest heading stats in this article. That combination of height and heading will be deadly.

He’s also very fast for such a tall player, so if you want to play him in with a through ball along the ground, he’ll still be able to outpace defenders and get there first. His 80 potential rounds him off and makes him a very tempting choice.

Chelsea want £850,000 for him but you can get that down to around £700,000; his wages are £3,000.


Grejohn Kyei: potential 79

FIFA 16 Lower League Gems: target men strikers

Grejohn Kyei is a talented all-rounder

For a stronger, more well-rounded player, take a look at Grejohn Kyei of Stade de Reims. He’s 6’2″ and has 81 strength, so can bully defenders when going forward, and his 78 jumping and good heading makes him a threat in the air.

But he’s also got decent pace and dribbling (unusual for a target man), as well as good finishing, making him a good all-rounder who can adapt to different attacking situations. As he grows towards his 79 potential, there’s going to be very little he won’t be good at, and his great physical stats mean you can train him without having to worry about ending up with a physically-stunted player.

Stade de Reims want you to pay £1.1m for his services, but you can negotiate them down to about £850,000; his wages are £4,000.


Benjamin Tetteh: potential 76

FIFA 16 Lower League Gems: target men strikers

Benjamin Tetteh is a physical powerhouse

If you just glanced at his OVR, you probably wouldn’t think Benjamin Tetteh looked particularly special, but you’d be wrong. His physical stats make him a monster on the pitch – 79 acceleration, 77 sprint speed and 81 strength combine to make a real train of a player who will be all but impossible to stop once he gets going.

He’s also 6’4″, so will have no trouble winning aerial duels. Like Kyei, his physical stats make him a great player to train, and even if you don’t, he’s going to perform much better than his OVR would suggest thanks to that excellent combination of pace and power. He’s a great option for lower league teams where you need to get as much bang for your buck as possible.

He’s not available in the first transfer window, but send an enquiry to Standard Liège in January and you’ll get a price of £650,000. That can be knocked down to around £500,000; his wages are £1,500.

Alternative: Stéphane Emaná: potential 76

FIFA 16 Lower League Gems: target men strikers

Stéphane Emaná is pacey and strong, making him a great target man

If you don’t feel like waiting for Tetteh, go for Stéphane Emaná of Gimnàstic in Spain. He’s very similar to Tetteh, the only differences being that he’s slightly smaller at 5’10”, but his technical stats are a little better than Tetteh’s. Gimnàstic want £950,000 for him, so you can get him for about £800,000; his wages are £2,000.


Now here are the other cheap, high potential target men strikers under £1m in FIFA 16:

PosNameOVRPot.AgeCost (£)Enquiry (£)Wages (£)ClubAvai?FootWeak footSkillsTraitsNotes
STTammy Abraham638017475,000850,0003,000ChelseaY/4Right32
STGrejohn Kyei667919800,0001,100,0004,000Stade de ReimsY/4Right33
STNigel Robertha627817400,000-1,500FeyenoordN/3Left34Flair
STMateo Casierra647818625,0001,0000,002,000Deportivo CaliY/6Right32
STRey Manaj617718325,000-2,000InterN/3Right33
STMason Bennett627718400,000*1,000Burton Albion-Right33On loan from Derby County
STSadiq Umar637718475,000*2,000Roma-Right33On loan from La Spezia
STChuba Akpom637719500,000*3,000Hull City-Right33On loan from Arsenal
STFelix Platte637719500,000*3,000SV Darmstadt-Right32On loan from FC Schalke 04
STMaximiliano Romero607616250,000-1,000Vélez SarsfieldN/2Right32
STCedric Diomandè Gondo607618275,000*1,500Terni-Right32On loan from Fiorentina
STFlorian Ayé617618325,000-1,250AJ AuxerreN/3Right33
STPavel Dolgov637618400,000450,0002,000ZenitY/6Right23
STAniekpeno Udo627618400,000725,0001,000Viking FKY/4Right32
STBenjamin Tetteh627617400,000-1,500Standard LiègeN/3Right42
STNorbert Balogh627619425,000650,0002,000PalermoY/3Right33
STWesley647618475,000775,0002,000Club BruggeY/4Right33Strength
STJordan Morris647620575,000925,0003,000Sounders FCY/6Right32
STEzequiel Ponce657618575,000-3,000RomaN/5Right32
STStéphane Emaná657621675,000950,0002,000GimnàsticY/4Right33
STAlexandre Mendy667621725,000950,0004,000OGC NiceY/6Right33

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