FIFA 17 best cheap attacking midfielders

FIFA 17 | Best cheap high potential attacking midfielders

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In these articles I look at the best cheap, high potential players in FIFA 17, with tonight’s post focusing on attacking 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 17 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 attacking midfielders that I recommend.

Viktor Kovalenko: potential 87

FIFA 17 best cheap attacking midfielders

Viktor Kovalenko will develop into one of the best attacking midfielders in FIFA 17

If you’ve got the budget, there’s only one attacking midfielder you should consider buying: Viktor Kovalenko. His 87 potential will make him one of the best attacking midfielders in the game, and with that kind of talent he’s going to get snapped up fast – so make sure you don’t miss out!

While some CAMs are fast and quick, and others are great playmakers, Kovalenko can do a bit of everything. His dribbling, positioning and finishing will make him a goal threat, while his great passing makes him a useful supplier to the rest of his team. He’s pretty quick and has 87 stamina, so won’t ever stop running, and he can take free kicks too. If he’s this good now, imagine how good he’ll be at 87 OVR!

Shakhtar Donetsk recognise his talent and want you to pay £9m for him, which can be negotiated down to around £7m. His wages are £18,000. That’s a small price to pay for one of the most promising young players in FIFA 17.


Leandrinho: potential 84

FIFA 17 best cheap attacking midfielders

Leandrinho is hugely cheap for his potential

If you want a high potential player but can’t afford Kovalenko’s price tag, opt for Leandrinho instead. He’s perfect if you’re looking for a pacey player who can also play out wide, but who won’t break the bank. And with 84 potential, he’ll develop into a phenomenal attacking midfielder in a few years’ time.

His main strengths lie in his speed (83 acceleration and 77 sprint speed), and his ability to beat defenders. His 75 dribbling and 80 balance mean he can take on and beat defenders rated much higher than himself, and he shouldn’t need much development before that gets even better. His passing isn’t great, but if you want a winger-type player rather than a playmaker, he’s a great option.

Napoli only want £1.7m for him as well, which means you can get him for around £1.2m. His wages are £7,100. If you can’t quite afford him, try Leonardo Da Silva Lopes. He’s a very similar player to Leandrinho but only costs £1.1m (so you can buy him for about £800,000), and has 81 potential.


Amato Ciciretti: potential 82

FIFA 17 best cheap attacking midfielders

Amato Ciciretti can be bought for free, making him an amazing bargain

Leandrinho and Amato Ciciretti are quite similar players, but if you don’t want to wait for Leandrinho to grow and wanted someone a little more developed, go for Ciciretti. He’s blisteringly fast (86 acceleration and 85 sprint speed), so will make light work of opposition full backs. He’s also got 75 dribbling and 4 star skills, further adding to his attacking repertoire. Add in 82 potential, great passing and decent long shots and you’ve got yourself a very talented player.

But the icing on the cake is his price: £0. Ciciretti’s contract is expiring, meaning you can get him for free in the January transfer window. Just find him in January and select ‘approach to sign on contract expiry’, and he’ll join your team at the start of the second season. His wages are very cheap as well at £4,700.


Now here are the other cheap, high potential attacking midfielders in FIFA 17:

PosNameOVRPot.AgeCost (£)Enquiry (£)Wages (£)ClubAvai?FootWeak footSkillsTraitsNotes
CAMViktor Kovalenko7587206,500,0009,000,00018,000Shakhtar DonetskY/3Right43Engine
CAMFrancisco Geraldes7486215,000,00010,000,0008,900Sporting CPY/5Right43Flair
CAMGiovani Lo Celso7486205,000,000-41,000ParisN/5Left33Takes finesse free kicks
CAMEzequiel Barco648517775,000-2,800IndependienteN/3Right33
CAMMatheus Pereira7085182,200,000*27,000Juventus-Left35FlairOn loan from Empoli
CAMJosh Onomah7185192,900,0004,600,00024,000SpursY/4Right33
CAMOleksandr Zinchenko7385194,000,000*9,200PSV-Left34FlairOn loan from Manchester City
CAMMarko Rog7585205,500,000-34,500NapoliN/1Right33
CAMMarcus Edwards618417400,000-6,400SpursN/2Left34
CAMLeandrinho658417850,0001,700,0007,100NapoliY/5Right23
CAMGrigoris Kastanos6684181,000,0001,400,0002,900PescaraY/1Left34Finesse shot
CAMJeisson Vargas6984181,700,000-5,000EstudiantesN/1Right33
CAMLewis Cook7084192,300,000-16,500BournemouthN/4Right43
CAMBersant Celina7084192,300,000*3,200FC Twente-Right32Takes finesse free kicksOn loan from Manchester City
CAMAmine Harit7184192,500,0004,500,0009,500FC NantesY/4Right34Flair
CAMAbdelhak Nouri7284193,000,0004,200,0005,500AjaxY/4Right44Flair, corner specialist
CAMDonis Avdijaj7284193,000,0004,200,0009,900SchalkeY/3Right43Flair, long shot taker
CAMRyan Gauld7384204,200,0007,000,0008,900Sporting CPY/4Left43Acrobat, flair
CAMDaniel Crowley648318725,000*1,500Go Ahead Eagles-Right33On loan from Arsenal
CAMOviemuno Ejaria6683181,000,0001,600,00011,000LiverpoolY/2Right33
CAMCaio Henrique6683181,000,000-6,000Atlético MadridN/6Left23
CAMHan Chan Hee6783191,300,0002,200,0002,300Jeonnam DragonsY/4Right43Injury prone
CAMJames Maddison6883191,500,000-12,000NorwichN/3Right43Finesse shot
CAMMartin Ødegaard7083171,900,000*4,000SC Heerenveen-Left44FlairOn loan from Real Madrid
CAMJarlan Barrera7083202,200,0002,800,0002,300JuniorY/7Left44Acrobat, finesse shot, flair
CAMEdimilson Fernandes7083202,200,000-38,500West HamN/4Right43
CAMHany Mukhtar7283213,100,000*9,600Brøndby IF-Right43On loan from SL Benfica
CAMMaxime Lopez7483183,700,0007,000,00018,000O. de MarseilleY/5Right33
CAMGabriel Boschilia7383204,000,0008,000,00029,000AS MonacoY/4Left33
CAMGonzalo Martínez7483234,500,0008,500,00015,500River PlateY/4Left24Flair
CAMJoaquín Correa7483214,500,000-11,000Sevilla FCN/5Right34Finesse shot, flair, long shot taker
CAMJuanmi7583235,000,000-19,500Real SociedadN/5Right33Backs into player
CAMBrahim Díaz648217700,000-12,500Manchester CityN/3Right43Flair
CAMIlzat Akhmetov658218875,0001,100,0005,500Rubin KazanY/1Right43
CAMLászló Bénes658218875,000-4,400MönchengladbachN/5Left33
CAMHoussem Aouar658218875,000-4,800OL-LyonN/4Right43Flair
CAMKasey Palmer6982191,500,0002,200,0004,600HuddersfieldY/3Right43
CAMJoão Carvalho6882191,500,0002,800,0002,700V. SetúbalY/5Right33Flair
CAMTomás Andrade6882191,500,0002,800,0005,900River PlateY/4Left24Flair
CAMRuben Loftus-Cheek6882201,600,0002,000,00036,500ChelseaY/5Right42
CAMArnaud Lusamba7182192,200,000-10,500OGC NiceN/5Right32
CAMLeonardo Suárez7182202,400,0003,700,00014,000Villarreal CFY/2Left33
CAMYusuf Yazıcı7382193,400,0006,500,00012,000TrabzonsporY/6Left43Finesse shot, flair
CAMAmato Ciciretti7382223,800,0006,000,0004,700BeneventoY/1Left44
CAMFilip Krovinović7382203,800,0007,000,0006,900Rio AveY/3Right43
CAMThomas Touré7582225,000,0009,000,00028,000Girondins de BxY/3Right34Flair
CAMSam Schreck588117240,000-3,000LevekusenN/5Right43
CAMSebastian Pasquali598116275,000-1,275AjaxN/2Right32
CAMNicolas Janvier618117375,000625,0003,400Stade RennaisY/2Left32
CAMFrancesco Antonucci618117375,000700,0004,000AS MonacoY/3Right43
CAMAdrien Bongiovanni628116450,000-2,400AS MonacoN/3Right43
CAMAlexis Claude-Maurice638118550,000-2,100FC LorientN/5Right22
CAMArianit Ferati638118550,000*2,400Düsseldorf-Left33On loan from Hamburg
CAMLeonardo Da Silva Lopes648117700,0001,100,0001,700PeterboroughY/1Right33Acrobat
CAMKieran Dowell658118875,0001,700,0009,700EvertonY/3Right23Flair
CAMJorge Carrascal6681181,000,000-1,063Sevilla AtléticoN/5Right23Flair
CAMKevin Salazar6781201,400,000*2,100Ind. Sante Fe-Right53FlairOn loan from Fortaleza
CAMAndrés Felipe Roa7381233,700,0006,500,0002,900Deportivo CaliY/7Right34Corner specialist
CAMOndrej Duda7381213,700,000-17,500BerlinN/5Right44Flair
CAMAlex Pritchard7381233,700,000-30,500NorwichN/4Right43Long shot taker, takes finesse free kicks
CAMBernard Mensah7381213,700,000*7,500V. Guimarães-Right33Long shot takerOn loan from Atlético Madrid
CAMRobin Quaison7481224,100,0008,000,00019,500MainzY/5Right33Finesse shot, flair
CAMKyle Edwards618018375,000600,0003,400West BromY/4Right33
CAMDomingos Quina628016450,000-4,600West HamN/3Right34Flair
CAMNiklas Schmidt628018475,000-2,200BremenN/4Left33
CAMLim Min Hyuk638019575,0001,100,0001,063FC SeoulY/4Right33
CAMEmil Hansson648017700,0001,100,0002,400FeyenoordY/2Right33
CAMBerkay Özcan658018875,000-3,200StuttgartN/3Right43
CAMHugo Rama658019925,0001,200,0003,100RC DeportivoY/1Right33
CAMOğuzhan Aydoğan658019925,000-7,600BeşiktaşN/4Right33
CAMDaichi Kamada6780191,100,0002,000,0001,900Sagan TosuY/4Right43
CAMAthanasios Androutsos6780191,100,000-8,300Olympiacos CFPN/2Right33
CAMJari Schuurman6780191,100,000*3,300Williem II-Right43Finesse shotOn loan from Feyenoord
CAMFrancisco Rodríguez6880201,300,000*5,000FC Luzern-Right43Finesse shotOn loan from Wolfsburg
CAMShani Tarashaj6980211,500,000*9,600Frankfurt-Right42Finesse shotOn loan from Everton
CAMFran Villalba7080181,600,0002,800,0009,600Valencia CFY/4Right33Takes finesse free kicks
CAMIsaiah Brown7080191,700,0002,900,0005,500HuddersfieldY/3Right33Injury prone
CAMEduardo López7080211,900,0003,300,00014,000GuadalajaraY/6Left43Backs into player
CAMAndrézinho7180202,200,0004,100,0005,500Paços FerreiraY/3Right43Corner specialist
CAMLuciano Acosta7180222,200,000-4,800D.C. UnitedN/7Right34Flair
CAMAlexey Miranchuk7380203,500,0005,000,00026,500Lokomotiv MoscowY/1Left33Flair
CAMAlfonso González7380213,500,000-32,000MonterreyN/1Left33Flair
CAMEmre Akbaba7380233,500,000-18,500AlanyasporN/3Left33Long shot taker
CAMJonathan Williams7380223,500,000*21,000Ipswich-Right33Acrobat, injury prone, flairOn loan from Crystal Palace
CAMİrfan Can Kahveci7480204,000,000-12,500BaşakşehirN/5Left44Flair, long shot taker
CAMAdam Maher7480224,000,000*19,000Osmanlıspor-Right33FlairOn loan from PSV
CAMLucas Zelarayán7580244,700,0009,000,00040,000TigresY/6Right34Flair, takes finesse free kicks

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