FIFA 16 best cheap young central midfielders

FIFA 16 | Best cheap high potential central midfielders


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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.

What are these articles all about?

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The articles in this series should give you some ideas if you’re looking for a new signing in a key area. There is one article for each position on the pitch to make it easy for you to quickly find players to bolster your squad.

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.

So without further ado, let’s see the cheap young central midfielders that I recommend.

Leon Goretzka: potential 85

FIFA 16 best cheap young central midfielders

Leon Goretzka is one of the most well-rounded midfielders in the game

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

FIFA 16 best cheap young central midfielders

James Ward-Prowse will be the creative heart of your midfield

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

FIFA 16 best cheap young central midfielders

Renato Sanches is an amazing young player and is full of potential

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

FIFA 16 best cheap young central midfielders

Daniel Amartey is an absolute beast and can play in midfield or defence

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:

PosNameOVRPot.AgeCost (£)Enquiry (£)Wages (£)ClubAvai?FootWeak footSkillsTraitsNotes
CMRenato Sanches6986171,400,0002,400,0004,000SL BenficaY/6Right42Long shot taker
CMDele Alli7086191,900,000-15,000SpursN/5Right33Flair, long shot taker
CMGodfred Donsah6985191,500,000*5,000Bologna-Right22On loan from Cagliari
CMLeon Goretzka7585204,700,0007,000,00025,000FC Schalke 04Y/3Right44Flair
CMViktor Kovalenko7084191,900,0003,000,00010,000Shakhtar DonetskY/4Right43
CMBruno Zuculini7484223,900,000*20,000Middlesbrough-Right32On loan from Manchester City
CMSebastián Gamarra6783181,000,000Right33Free agent
CMDaniel Amartey7083201,800,0003,500,00010,000FC KøbenhavnY/4Right42Long shot taker
CMLucas Romero7283212,600,0004,800,00015,000Vélez SarsfieldY/5Right22Long shot taker
CMDanilo Cataldi7383203,300,0004,100,00025,000LazioY/2Right33
CMOkay Yokuşlu7483213,700,000-20,000TrabzonsporN/3Right42Flair
CMNabil Bentaleb7583204,300,0005,000,00025,000SpursY/5Left32
CMJames Ward-Prowse7583204,300,0008,000,00020,000SouthamptonY/5Right33Crosser, early crosser, long passer
CMVíctor Camarasa7583214,300,0008,000,00020,000Levante UDY/4Right33
CMBruno Fernandes7583204,300,0008,500,00020,000UdineseY/3Right33
CMPajtim Kasami7583234,300,0008,500,00025,000Olympiakos CFPY/3Left42Long shot taker
CMSérgio Oliveira7583234,300,000-35,000FC PortoN/5Right34
CMMarco van Ginkel7583224,300,000*20,000Stoke City-Right43On loan from Chelsea
CMJoseph Minala6782181,000,000*1,500Latina-Right33On loan from Lazio
CMAssane Gnoukouri6982181,200,0001,600,0004,000InterY/2Right32
CMFrancisco Ramos6882201,400,0002,000,0007,000FC PortoY/4Right32
CMRaphael Guzzo6982201,400,0002,500,0001,500TondelaY/6Right32
CMAdama Traoré6882201,400,000-7,000AS MonacoN/5Left32
CMVincent Koziello7182191,800,0003,000,00010,000OGC NiceY/3Right33
CMJoshua Kimmich7182202,000,000-20,000FC BayernN/5Right33
CMJosé Mauri7282192,200,000-15,000MilanN/4Right42
CMBryan Cristante7282202,400,0004,700,00015,000SL BenficaY/4Right32Long passer
CMPierre-Emile Højbjerg7382192,800,000*25,000FC Schalke 04-Right43On loan from FC Bayern
CMYannick Gerhardt7382213,200,0006,000,00020,0001. FC KölnY/3Left33
CMBen Swanson628117400,000725,0001,000Columbus Crew SCY/4Right42
CMGianluca Gaudino6881181,000,0001,400,0006,000FC BayernY/3Right33
CMRenato Tapia7181191,700,0002,500,00010,000FC TwenteY/2Right42
CMLeander Dendoncker7181201,900,0002,400,00010,000RSC AnderlechtY/5Right42Long shot taker
CMSimon Tibbling7281202,300,0004,300,00010,000FC GroningenY/4Right33
CMErick Gutiérrez7281202,300,0004,300,00010,000PachucaY/6Left32
CMJefferson Lerma7281202,300,000*10,000Levante UD-Right32On loan from Atlético Huila
CMEbenezer Ofori7381193,000,0005,000,00020,000AIKY/2Left22Acrobat
CMWill Hughes7381203,000,0005,500,00020,000Derby CountyY/3Left33
CMAdrien Thomasson7381213,000,000-20,000FC NantesN/3Right32
CMSalih Uçan7381213,000,000*30,000Roma-Right54On loan from Fenerbahçe
CMMarco Benassi7481213,400,0005,500,00020,000TorinoY/3Right33
CMPedro Obiang7481233,400,000-25,000West HamN/4Right32
CMOgenyi Onazi7581224,000,0007,000,00030,000LazioY/3Right33Long shot taker
CMMarcelo Brozović7581224,000,0007,000,00030,000InterY/4Right42Long passer, long shot taker
CMJean Michaël Seri7581234,000,000-25,000OGC NiceN/5Right32Long shot taker
CMRyan Ledson618017300,000450,0002,250EvertonY/2Right22
CMPepelu628016375,000650,0002,000Levante UDY/6Right33Long passer
CMLucas Tousart628018400,000-2,000Olym. LyonnaisN/5Right22
CMAlexis Blin658018725,0001,000,0002,000Toulouse FCY/3Right32
CMTeddy Bishop678018850,0001,600,0002,000IpswichY/3Right43
CMGustavo Hebling678019900,000*5,000PEC Zwolle-Right33On loan from PSG
CMNathaniel Chalobah6780201,000,0001,000,0007,000NapoliY/3Right32
CMJoão Teixeira7080211,500,0001,700,00015,000SL BenficaY/6Right32
CMCésar Fuentes7080221,500,000-15,000Uni. CatólicaN/4Right32
CMGastón Gil Romero7280222,200,0003,800,00015,000EstudiantesY/2Right32
CMWallyson Mallmann7280212,200,000*15,000OGC Nice-Left33On loan from Sporting CP
CMKyle Ebecilio7280212,200,000*15,000Nottingham Forest-Right33On loan from FC Twente
CMTonny Vilhena7380202,900,0003,100,00020,000FeyenoordY/1Left43Flair
CMYassin Ayoub7380212,900,0004,500,00020,000FC UtrechtY/1Left33
CMFilipe Augusto7380212,900,000*20,000SC Braga-Left23On loan from Rio Ave
CMLorenzo Crisetig7380222,900,000*20,000Bologna-Left33On loan from Inter
CMSaleh Gomaa7380212,900,000Right43Free agent
CMCésar Meli7480233,300,0005,500,00025,000Boca JuniorsY/5Right33
CMAfriyie Acquah7480233,300,000-25,000TorinoN/4Right42
CMRyan Mason7580243,900,0006,500,00035,000SpursY/5Right33
CMJosé Rodríguez7580203,900,000-20,000GalatasarayN/4Right32Long 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.

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Comments 4

  1. I love Daniel Amartey. I bought him for my Fulham career and he is now an 89 rated midfielder. Dude has an incredible engine and seems to never get tired. Can’t recommend him enough.

  2. Hey
    I’ve been using Benassi a lot and I turned him into a goalscoring midfielder. I’m halfway through the season and he’s got 7 goals and 5 assists for my Derby side after selling a couple of players. He’s amazing!

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