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In these articles I look at the best cheap, high potential players in FIFA 16, with tonight’s post focusing on central 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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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 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.[/expand]
So without further ado, let’s see the cheap young central midfielders that I recommend.
Leon Goretzka: potential 85
Simply put, Leon Goretzka is one of the most well-rounded midfielders in FIFA 16. He can play in pretty much any position on the pitch, in fact – he’s rated 75 both at right back and at centre forward, for example. With his 84 sprint speed, 78 dribbling powerful shot and accurate heading he’s going to be a real goal threat, while his strong passing and crossing will mean he can create chances for teammates. Even his tackling is good, so he can drop deeper to play a holding role (or even in defence) if you need him to.
FC Schalke 04 are understandably reluctant to let him go and quote a price of £7m if you enquire, but you can probably get that down to around £6m; his wages are £25,000. For the flexibility he brings, he’s absolutely worth the outlay.
James Ward-Prowse: potential 83
James Ward-Prowse may be rated 75 but he has some insane stats for an OVR like that: 88 crossing and 86 curve, for example, mean he already has the Crosser speciality and will cause havoc from wide positions. His 82 vision, 81 short passing and 80 long passing also make him a fantastic playmaker – put him just behind the strikers or in a holding midfield role, wherever he goes he’ll be supplying his teammates with unerring accuracy. And with 83 potential, he’s just going to get better and better.
Renato Sanches: potential 86
Renato Sanches may only be 17 but he is good enough to slot right into a whole host of teams. He’s got very decent pace but is also fairly strong, useful for the central midfield battles that he’ll no doubt be involved in. He has a very powerful shot, while his dribbling is one of his best stats, so get him in the box and unleash a shot and he’s got a good chance of scoring. He’s also a good passer thanks to his 71 short passing and 70 vision, so will be distributing the ball with a maturity that belies his young age.
For a player with 86 potential, he is remarkably cheap. Send off an enquiry to SL Benfica and you’ll get back a price of just £2.4m, which can be knocked down to around £1.7m. His wages are also cheap at £4,000.
Daniel Amartey: potential 83
Daniel Amartey is my final choice, and you should go for him if you want a real midfield beast. His 79 sprint speed and 88 strength combined make him a brick wall and almost impossible for the opposition to get past. He’s a scrapper, and with 92 stamina, great interceptions and strong tackling he’ll be able to win the ball back wherever the opposition players are. But he’s also an impressive passer and absolutely lethal in the air (87 jumping and 74 heading), so will be creating and scoring plenty of goals.
Now here are the other cheap, high potential central midfielders in FIFA 16:
|Pos||Name||OVR||Pot.||Age||Cost (£)||Enquiry (£)||Wages (£)||Club||Avai?||Foot||Weak foot||Skills||Traits||Notes|
|CM||Renato Sanches||69||86||17||1,400,000||2,400,000||4,000||SL Benfica||Y/6||Right||4||2||Long shot taker|
|CM||Dele Alli||70||86||19||1,900,000||-||15,000||Spurs||N/5||Right||3||3||Flair, long shot taker|
|CM||Godfred Donsah||69||85||19||1,500,000||*||5,000||Bologna||-||Right||2||2||On loan from Cagliari|
|CM||Leon Goretzka||75||85||20||4,700,000||7,000,000||25,000||FC Schalke 04||Y/3||Right||4||4||Flair|
|CM||Viktor Kovalenko||70||84||19||1,900,000||3,000,000||10,000||Shakhtar Donetsk||Y/4||Right||4||3|
|CM||Bruno Zuculini||74||84||22||3,900,000||*||20,000||Middlesbrough||-||Right||3||2||On loan from Manchester City|
|CM||Sebastián Gamarra||67||83||18||1,000,000||Right||3||3||Free agent|
|CM||Daniel Amartey||70||83||20||1,800,000||3,500,000||10,000||FC København||Y/4||Right||4||2||Long shot taker|
|CM||Lucas Romero||72||83||21||2,600,000||4,800,000||15,000||Vélez Sarsfield||Y/5||Right||2||2||Long shot taker|
|CM||James Ward-Prowse||75||83||20||4,300,000||8,000,000||20,000||Southampton||Y/5||Right||3||3||Crosser, early crosser, long passer|
|CM||Víctor Camarasa||75||83||21||4,300,000||8,000,000||20,000||Levante UD||Y/4||Right||3||3|
|CM||Pajtim Kasami||75||83||23||4,300,000||8,500,000||25,000||Olympiakos CFP||Y/3||Left||4||2||Long shot taker|
|CM||Sérgio Oliveira||75||83||23||4,300,000||-||35,000||FC Porto||N/5||Right||3||4|
|CM||Marco van Ginkel||75||83||22||4,300,000||*||20,000||Stoke City||-||Right||4||3||On loan from Chelsea|
|CM||Joseph Minala||67||82||18||1,000,000||*||1,500||Latina||-||Right||3||3||On loan from Lazio|
|CM||Francisco Ramos||68||82||20||1,400,000||2,000,000||7,000||FC Porto||Y/4||Right||3||2|
|CM||Adama Traoré||68||82||20||1,400,000||-||7,000||AS Monaco||N/5||Left||3||2|
|CM||Vincent Koziello||71||82||19||1,800,000||3,000,000||10,000||OGC Nice||Y/3||Right||3||3|
|CM||Joshua Kimmich||71||82||20||2,000,000||-||20,000||FC Bayern||N/5||Right||3||3|
|CM||Bryan Cristante||72||82||20||2,400,000||4,700,000||15,000||SL Benfica||Y/4||Right||3||2||Long passer|
|CM||Pierre-Emile Højbjerg||73||82||19||2,800,000||*||25,000||FC Schalke 04||-||Right||4||3||On loan from FC Bayern|
|CM||Yannick Gerhardt||73||82||21||3,200,000||6,000,000||20,000||1. FC Köln||Y/3||Left||3||3|
|CM||Ben Swanson||62||81||17||400,000||725,000||1,000||Columbus Crew SC||Y/4||Right||4||2|
|CM||Gianluca Gaudino||68||81||18||1,000,000||1,400,000||6,000||FC Bayern||Y/3||Right||3||3|
|CM||Renato Tapia||71||81||19||1,700,000||2,500,000||10,000||FC Twente||Y/2||Right||4||2|
|CM||Leander Dendoncker||71||81||20||1,900,000||2,400,000||10,000||RSC Anderlecht||Y/5||Right||4||2||Long shot taker|
|CM||Simon Tibbling||72||81||20||2,300,000||4,300,000||10,000||FC Groningen||Y/4||Right||3||3|
|CM||Jefferson Lerma||72||81||20||2,300,000||*||10,000||Levante UD||-||Right||3||2||On loan from Atlético Huila|
|CM||Will Hughes||73||81||20||3,000,000||5,500,000||20,000||Derby County||Y/3||Left||3||3|
|CM||Adrien Thomasson||73||81||21||3,000,000||-||20,000||FC Nantes||N/3||Right||3||2|
|CM||Salih Uçan||73||81||21||3,000,000||*||30,000||Roma||-||Right||5||4||On loan from Fenerbahçe|
|CM||Pedro Obiang||74||81||23||3,400,000||-||25,000||West Ham||N/4||Right||3||2|
|CM||Ogenyi Onazi||75||81||22||4,000,000||7,000,000||30,000||Lazio||Y/3||Right||3||3||Long shot taker|
|CM||Marcelo Brozović||75||81||22||4,000,000||7,000,000||30,000||Inter||Y/4||Right||4||2||Long passer, long shot taker|
|CM||Jean Michaël Seri||75||81||23||4,000,000||-||25,000||OGC Nice||N/5||Right||3||2||Long shot taker|
|CM||Pepelu||62||80||16||375,000||650,000||2,000||Levante UD||Y/6||Right||3||3||Long passer|
|CM||Lucas Tousart||62||80||18||400,000||-||2,000||Olym. Lyonnais||N/5||Right||2||2|
|CM||Alexis Blin||65||80||18||725,000||1,000,000||2,000||Toulouse FC||Y/3||Right||3||2|
|CM||Gustavo Hebling||67||80||19||900,000||*||5,000||PEC Zwolle||-||Right||3||3||On loan from PSG|
|CM||João Teixeira||70||80||21||1,500,000||1,700,000||15,000||SL Benfica||Y/6||Right||3||2|
|CM||César Fuentes||70||80||22||1,500,000||-||15,000||Uni. Católica||N/4||Right||3||2|
|CM||Gastón Gil Romero||72||80||22||2,200,000||3,800,000||15,000||Estudiantes||Y/2||Right||3||2|
|CM||Wallyson Mallmann||72||80||21||2,200,000||*||15,000||OGC Nice||-||Left||3||3||On loan from Sporting CP|
|CM||Kyle Ebecilio||72||80||21||2,200,000||*||15,000||Nottingham Forest||-||Right||3||3||On loan from FC Twente|
|CM||Yassin Ayoub||73||80||21||2,900,000||4,500,000||20,000||FC Utrecht||Y/1||Left||3||3|
|CM||Filipe Augusto||73||80||21||2,900,000||*||20,000||SC Braga||-||Left||2||3||On loan from Rio Ave|
|CM||Lorenzo Crisetig||73||80||22||2,900,000||*||20,000||Bologna||-||Left||3||3||On loan from Inter|
|CM||Saleh Gomaa||73||80||21||2,900,000||Right||4||3||Free agent|
|CM||César Meli||74||80||23||3,300,000||5,500,000||25,000||Boca Juniors||Y/5||Right||3||3|
|CM||José Rodríguez||75||80||20||3,900,000||-||20,000||Galatasaray||N/4||Right||3||2||Long passer, long shot taker, power header|
Thanks for reading! If you have any player recommendations of your own and have some ideas for the website, make sure you let me know in the comments below.