FIFA 16 best cheap young target men strikers

FIFA 16 | Best cheap high potential target men strikers


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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 target men strikers. These strikers are usually strong and good in the air; for strikers who are pacey and have good dribbling, you’ll want my goalscorers guide.

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 target men strikers that I recommend.

Sébastien Haller: potential 83

FIFA 16 best cheap young target men strikers

Sébastien Haller is one of the best target men you can buy in FIFA 16

If you want a big, strong striker who will demolish defences in the air, there are few better forwards than Sébastien Haller. He starts with a massive 90 strength, 87 jumping and stands at 6’3″ tall. That alone makes him more than a handful for most defences, but he’s also got 75 heading accuracy and 79 finishing, so he’s going to be scoring goals whether with his head or his feet. A powerful shot and excellent pace rounds out this superb target man.

You can’t get him in the first transfer window, but enquire in January and FC Utrecht will want £8.5m for him. Sounds expensive, but it can be reduced to around £6.5m with a bit of negotiating; his wages are £25,000. He’s more than worth that figure given his amazing stats and 83 potential.


Jerry Mbakogu: potential 80

FIFA 16 best cheap young target men strikers

Jerry Mbakogu is so good that any team will benefit from having him

I call Jerry Mbakogu ‘The Legend’ because he’s just so good – if you’ve been following my website for a while you’ll know I’ve recommended him year after year. Even just a quick glance at his stats reveals what a beast he is – 87 acceleration, 91 sprint speed and 85 strength combined will make him almost unstoppable. His 91 jumping and 70 heading accuracy will bag him plenty of goals from crosses, and he’s good with the ball on the deck too thanks to his 78 finishing. He’s a player any team would be glad to have, and with 80 potential he’s got plenty of growth left in him.

Carpi want £5m for him but you can get that down to around £4m. His wages are 25,000. If you can’t afford Haller – or just want a bit of a quicker player – put Mbakogu at the top of your list.


Yussuf Poulsen: potential 80

FIFA 16 best cheap young target men strikers

Yussuf Poulsen is big but also skillful

Yussuf Poulsen is a target man with a bit of a difference – while many big strikers have good finishing, few come with good dribbling, and even fewer with four star skill moves, but that’s exactly what you get with Poulsen. He’s also extremely fast – 87 acceleration and 86 sprint speed will be too much for many defences. But he’s physically strong too – with 81 jumping, 74 strength and standing 6’4″ tall, he’s got the ability to be a force in the air too.

RB Leipzig ask for a mere £2.9m for his services, which can be brought down to around £2.2m; his wages are £15,000. For a target man with skills as well as power, that’s an absolute bargain.


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

PosNameOVRPot.AgeCost (£)Enquiry (£)Wages (£)ClubAvai?FootWeak footSkillsTraitsNotes
STAndré Silva7084192,000,0003,400,00015,000FC PortoY/4Right33
STAaron Leya Iseka658317725,0001,200,0002,000RSC AnderlechtY/5Right33
STDominic Solanke668317875,0001,700,0002,000VitesseY/3Right33
STDavie Selke7283202,700,000-15,000RB LeipzigN/5Right32
STSébastien Haller7583214,500,000-25,000FC UtrechtN/4Right23Strength
STRichairo Živković6982181,200,000*3,000Willem II-Right43Power headerOn loan from Ajax
STIsaac Success7082191,600,0002,400,00015,000Granada CFY/2Right33
STMoussa Konaté7282222,500,0004,200,00015,000FC SionY/2Right43
STMunas Dabbur7482233,700,0006,500,00025,000GrasshopperY/2Right43
STKhouma Babacar7582224,300,0006,500,00025,000FiorentinaY/4Right43Power header
STMoussa Dembélé668118875,0001,400,0002,000FulhamY/1Right33Long shot taker
STJuan Muñoz6781191,100,0001,400,0008,000Sevilla FCY/1Right33
STHarold Preciado7381213,100,0005,500,00025,000Deportivo CaliY/3Right43Acrobat
STBenik Afobe7381223,100,000-25,000WolvesN/3Right33
STIgnacio Jeraldino658019775,0001,400,000750Unión La CaleraY/6Right32
STObbi Oulare6880191,000,000-6,000WatfordN/5Right33Strength, injury prone
STMauro Caballero6880201,100,0002,100,0001,250FC VaduzY/3Left43Power header
STCarlos Strandberg7080191,400,000*4,000FC Ural-Left22StrengthOn loan from CSKA Moscow
STŁukasz Zwoliński7080221,600,0002,500,00015,000Pogoń SzczecinY/1Right42
STYussuf Poulsen7080211,600,0002,900,00015,000RB LeipzigY/4Right34Flair
STGonçalo Paciência7180201,900,0002,900,00015,000AcadémicaY/1Right34Flair
STAndrea Belotti7180211,900,000-15,000TorinoN/5Right33Power header
STFlorin Andone7280222,300,0003,900,00015,000Córdoba CFY/2Right33
STBorja Bastón7280222,300,000*6,000SD Eibar-Right42On loan from Atlético Madrid
STJerry Mbakogu7380223,000,0005,000,00025,000CarpiY/3Right33Finesse shot
STJhon Córdoba7380223,000,000*25,0001. FSV Mainz 05-Right33Power headerOn loan from Granada CF
STÁlvaro7480243,400,0005,000,00025,000Getafe CFY/1Right33
STJonathan Calleri7480213,400,0006,000,00025,000Boca JuniorsY/2Right23Flair
STJohn Guidetti7480233,400,000-25,000Celta VigoN/5Right33Injury prone
STRobert Berić7480243,400,000-25,000AS Saint-ÉtienneN/4Right32
STJürgen Locadia7580214,100,0008,000,00025,000PSVY/4Right42
STLuc Castaignos7580224,100,000-25,000Eint. FrankfurtN/3Right23

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