FIFA 17 best cheap central midfielders

FIFA 17 | Best cheap high potential central 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 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 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 central midfielders that I recommend.

Pablo Galdames: potential 85

FIFA 17 best cheap central midfielders

Pablo Galdames is a tireless midfield ball-winner

If you’ve read my guide to the best cheap high potential defesive midfielders in FIFA 17, you’ll see that I said Santiago Ascacibar was a lot like N’Golo Kanté. Well, now we’ve found another ‘new Kanté’ in the form of Pablo Galdames. He’s the perfect midfield ball-winner – he’s got 86 stamina, 85 interceptions and great tackling stats already, despite only being 19 years old.

He’s also very decent going forward. His 4 star skills and 4 star weak foot, plus good dribbling and pace, make him a real threat on the counter. And of course there’s his amazing 85 potential, so he will grow into a superb box-to-box midfielder with a few years of development.

Bid for him now and Union Española will want £6m, so you can get him for about £4.7m. His wages are very cheap at £2,200.


Lucas Tousart: potential 85

FIFA 17 best cheap central midfielders

Lucas Tousart is a rock solid defensive-minded player

If you’re looking for a bit more midfield steel, Lucas Tousart is the player to go for. He’s just 19 but already has 84 strength and 75 stand tackling, making him a defensive rock in midfield. Add in his 74 heading accuracy and 74 interceptions and you’ll have a commanding player who will score plenty of goals too.

He’s not slow either, and his 81 stamina means he can last all game. He’s also very decent at picking out a pass, which means he could be useful for starting attacks on the break.

OL-Lyon want £6.5m for him, so you can negotiate that down to about £5.3m. His wages are £16,500.


Yassin Ayoub: potential 81

FIFA 17 best cheap central midfielders

Yassin Ayoub is a great attacker with huge versatility

For a more attacking option, try out Yassin Ayoub. With 78 ball control, 75 dribbling and good distance shooting stats, he’s very useful in the opposition’s half. He’s also got 83 crossing and decent pace, making him a fantastic supply man to provide his teammates with goalscoring opportunities.

He’s not just an attacker, though. His tackling stats are good, and his 85 stamina will mean he can track back and get forward without getting exhausted. That makes him a versatile player who can offer much in defence as well as attack.

FC Utrecht want £7m for him, but you can knock that down to about £6m. His wages are £9,500.


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

PosNameOVRPot.AgeCost (£)Enquiry (£)Wages (£)ClubAvai?FootWeak footSkillsTraitsNotes
CMSeko Fofana7586216,000,000-17,500UdineseN/5Right33Long shot taker
CMDenis Zakaria7185192,800,0005,000,0007,800BSC Young BoysY/4Right42Team player
CMMarko Grujić7185203,000,000-38,500LiverpoolN/4Right32
CMPablo Galdames7285193,100,0006,000,0002,200Unión EspañolaY/3Right44Engine
CMManuel Locatelli7385183,700,000-21,500MilanN/4Right33
CMLucas Tousart7385193,900,0006,500,00016,500OL-LyonY/4Right32
CMJakub Jankto7485204,900,0006,500,00017,500UdineseY/7Left33
CMFranck Yannick Kessié758519,5000,0009,000,00014,000AtalantaY/5Right42
CMKarol Linetty7585215,500,000-21,500SampdoriaN/5Right32Long shot taker
CMCarles Aleñà6984181,700,0002,400,00031,000FC BarcelonaY/1Left33
CMHarry Winks7084202,500,0003,900,00033,500SpursY/6Right32
CMOlivier Ntcham7084202,500,000*14,000Genoa-Right32On loan from Manchester City
CMMario Pašalić7484214,600,000*29,500Milan-Right43On loan from Chelsea
CMRiechedly Bazoer7584194,800,000-24,500WolfsburgN/5Right33Long shot taker
CMWill Hughes7584215,500,0008,500,00034,000Derby Countyy/4Left33
CMSalih Özcan638317525,000-2,400KölnN/4Right33
CMFilippo Melegoni638317525,000-2,700AtalantaN/4Right33
CMNicolò Barella6783191,200,0001,700,00013,000CagliariY/5Right32
CMAbdülkadir Ömür6783171,200,0001,800,0007,100TrabzonsporY/2Left43
CMAntonio Otegui6883181,400,0002,000,0006,700CA OsasunaY/4Right32
CMIgor Bezdenezhnykh6883191,500,0002,200,0007,700FC UfaY/2Right32Long shot taker
CMRodrigo Bentancur6983191,700,0002,500,0006,500Boca JuniorsY/2Right33
CMDonny van de Beek7283192,800,0003,500,0005,500AjaxY/4Right42
CMAntonio Cotán7383203,900,0006,000,0005,100Sevilla AtléticoY/2Right33
CMJosé Mauri7383203,900,000*8,100Empoli-Right42On loan from Milan
CMSalih Uçan7483224,400,0006,500,00036,500FenerbahçeY/1Right54Flair
CMRémi Walter7483214,400,000-20,000OGC NiceN/4Left43
CMAndré Horta7583194,500,000-6,400SL BenficaN/5Right33Acrobat, long shot taker
CMOrbelín Pineda7583205,000,00010,000,00019,500GuadalajaraY/7Right33Acrobat
CMLucas Torreira7583205,000,00010,000,00021,500SampdoriaY/4Right33
CMGodfred Donsah7583205,000,000-30,500BolognaN/4Right22
CMDanilo Cataldi7583215,000,000*19,500Genoa-Right33Long shot takerOn loan from Lazio
CMRoberto Gagliardini7583225,000,000*38,000Inter-Right22On loan from Atalanta
CMNedim Bajrami628217450,000825,0001,800Grasshopper ClubY/4Right32
CMDante Rigo648217700,0001,100,0002,600PSVY/3Right43
CMTom Davies648218700,0001,100,0009,700EvertonY/5Right33
CMRyan Ledson648218700,000-950Oxford UnitedN/3Right22
CMGerson6682191,100,000-7,100RomaN/5Left24
CMRolando Mandragora6982191,500,000-22,500JuventusN/5Left22
CMGianluca Gaudino6982191,500,000*4,700FC St. Gallen-Right33On loan from Bayern
CMAleix Febas6882201,600,0002,200,00043,000Real MadridY/2Right33
CMChristopher Nkunku7082181,700,0002,500,00021,000ParisY/2Right33
CMYoussef Ait Bennasser7282192,900,000*9,200ASNL-Right32On loan from AS Monaco
CMBryan Cristante7282212,900,000*14,000Atalanta-Right32Long passerOn loan from SL Benfica
CMLewis Baker7482214,200,000*8,500Vitesse-Right53Long passer, long shot taker, takes finesse free kicksOn loan from Chelsea
CMDJ Buffonge618117375,000700,0007,900Manchester UtdY/4Right33
CMFabio Castellano618118375,000-1,275VercelliN/4Left23
CMAndre Dozzell628117450,000-2,600IpswichN/2Right43Flair
CMBen Stevenson638119575,000825,0001,300Coventry Cityy/4Left33
CMAleix García638119575,0001,000,0008,400Manchester CityY/4Right33
CMFrancesco Cassata648118700,000-1,275AscoliN/1Right32
CMMathieu Cafaro658119900,0001,200,0003,800Toulouse FCY/3Right33
CMMattia Vitale6681181,000,0001,200,0001,275CesenaY/1Left32
CMAnto Grgic6681191,100,000-3,200StuttgartN/4Right32
CMIgor Zubeldia6781191,200,0001,600,0007500Real SociedadY/5Right32
CMMoses Odjer6781191,200,0001,800,0001,800SalernoY/3Right22Engine
CMJordan Leborgne6781201,300,0001,800,0009,200SM CaenY/2Right43
CMTeddy Bishop6981191,400,0002,100,0008,200IpswichY/2Right43
CMAssane Gnoukouri7081191,800,000*8,900Udinese-Right32On loan from Inter
CMNathaniel Chalobah7081211,900,0002,800,00043,500ChelseaY/2Right32
CMCameron Brannagan7081201,900,000*5,000Fleetwood Town-Right32On loan from Liverpool
CMLeonardo Capezzi7081211,900,000*6,500Crotone-Right22On loan from Sampdoria
CMAlexander Fransson7181222,200,0004,200,00014,000FC BaselY/4Right32
CMAdama Traoré7181212,200,000*5,000Rio Ave-Left32On loan from AS Monaco
CMCarlos Soler7481193,500,0004,700,00013,500Valencia CFY/2Right33
CMValentin Vada7381203,600,0006,500,00025,000Girondins de BxY/4Right43Corner specialist
CMEbenezer Ofori7381213,600,0006,500,00015,500StuttgartY/4Left22Acrobat
CMFilipe Augusto7481224,000,0007,000,0009,900SL BenficaY/6Left23Flair, long passer
CMRodolfo Pizarro7481224,000,000-21,500GuadalajaraN/1Right43
CMDidier Ndong7481224,000,000-27,500SunderlandN/5Right32
CMYassin Ayoub7581224,700,0007,000,0009,500FC UtrechtY/2Left33Corner specialist
CMPierre-Emile Højbjerg7581204,700,000-38,000SouthamptonN/5Right43Long shot taker
CMBen Liddle618017375,000-3,100MiddlesbroughN/4Right33
CMJean-Victor Makengo638018550,000775,0002,100SM CaenY/2Left32
CMMatty Cash638018550,000825,0002,600Nott'm ForestY/3Right23
CMMaxime D'Arpino638020625,000-4,400OL-LyonN/3Right43
CMPepelu648017700,0001,000,0001,700UD LevanteY/5Right33Long passer
CMZaydou Youssouf648016700,000-3,200Girondins de BxN/4Left32
CMAlberto Picchi658018850,000-1,700EmpoliN/4Left32
CMLassana Coulibaly658020975,0001,700,0004,400SC BastiaY/4Right33
CMJean Thierry Lazare Amani6780181,000,000-3,800KAS EupenN/3Right43Long shot taker
CMSander Berge6780181,000,000-4,800KRC GenkN/5Right22
CMKristoffer Ajer6680181,000,000*1,200Kilmarnock-Right33Finesse shotOn loan from Celtic
CMLiam Kelly6680201,100,0001,400,0005,500ReadingY/3Right23Acrobat, corner specialist, takes finesse free kicks
CMVincent Marchetti6880181,100,000-5,500ASNLN/4Left33
CMOlivier Kemen6680191,100,000*1,200Gaz Ajaccio-Right32On loan from OL-Lyon
CMSuat Serdar6880191,200,0001,700,0007,600MainzY/5Right32
CMBryan Heynen6880191,200,0001,800,0004,800KRC GenkY/3Right42
CMAndres Tello6880191,200,000*3,500Empoli-Right32On loan from Juventus
CMLuca Valzania6880201,300,000*1,500Cittadella-Right32On loan from Atalanta
CMRaphael Guzzo6980211,500,000-3,500CF Reus DeportiuN/5Right33
CMSofyan Amrabat7080191,600,0002,800,0004,400FC UtrechtY/2Right33
CMJaime Carreño7180191,900,0003,300,0002,800Uni. CatólicaY/2Right33
CMMarcos Bolados7180202,100,000-6,300Colo-ColoN/5Right34Flair
CMAlberto Grassi7180212,100,000*14,000Atalanta-Right32On loan from Napoli
CMValerio Verre7180222,100,000*11,000Pescara-Right43FlairOn loan from Sampdoria
CMFlorian Grillitsch7280202,600,0002,100,00011,500BremenY/1Right32
CMRenato Tapia7280202,600,000-8,300FeyenoordN/4Right42
CMLee Jae Sung7380233,400,0006,500,0009,100Jeonbuk HyundaiY/7Left42Engine
CMCristian Portu7380243,400,000-9,000Girona FCN/3Right42
CMBryan Dabo7580244,600,000-24,000ASSEN/4Right33Flair, power header
CMJosé Rodríguez7580214,600,000*15,000Málaga CF-Right32Long passerOn loan from Mainz
CMSérgio Oliveira7580244,600,000*20,500FC Nantes-Right34On loan from FC Porto
CMSaphir Taïder7580244,600,000*33,500Bologna-Right33On loan from Inter

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