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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 defensive 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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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.[/expand]
So without further ado, let’s see the cheap young defensive midfielders that I recommend.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah: potential 87
Timothy Fosu-Mensah is the ultimate future defensive midfielder; if you need to shore up your midfield, buy him. He’s fast but also strong, perfect for covering ground and winning the midfield battles his position requires. He’s also great at tackling, and can intercept well, so will make it difficult for opposition attackers when they’re on the attack.
He can also pass, and he’s pretty good in the air too, so don’t be surprised if he scores and assists a few goals every season. And of course the best bit is his 87 potential – he’s going to develop into an absolute world beater.
You can’t buy him in the first transfer window, but wait until January and Manchester United will want £6.5m for him. That means you can get him for around £5.7m, and his wages are £25,000. Considering he’s one of the best young defensive midfielders in FIFA 17, that’s quite a bargain.
Santiago Ascacibar: potential 84
N’Golo Kanté was essential to Leicester City’s title winning season, and Santiago Ascacibar is the perfect player to buy if you’re looking for the next Kanté. Ascacibar can run for days thanks to his 92 stamina, and combined with his 83 interceptions he’ll be almost impossible to get past in the middle of midfield. He’s ideal if you want a ball-winner who can last all game long.
His tackling stats are also superb – some of the best out of any player in the table below – and are far better than what you’d expect from a player with 71 OVR. That means if you like playing counter-attacking football, you need Ascacibar in your midfield to quickly break up attacks and start your own.
Estudiantes want £4.1m for him, so you can buy him for around £3.5m. His wages are £5,000, making him very affordable too.
Ozan Tufan: potential 83
You’d be extremely hard pressed to find a player as well balanced as Ozan Tufan. He can play in literally any outfield position and still do well (even as a striker). But we want to use him as a defensive midfielder, and of course he excels there too. He’s fast, has great stamina, 76 interceptions and decent strength too, so he can win midfield fights and cut out opposition passes with ease.
He can tackle, but also shoot from distance and score headers, so he’s useful at both ends of the pitch. And let’s not forget his positioning, dribbling, composure, agility… the list goes on. He’s amazingly well balanced and can provide cover almost anywhere if you need him to.
Fenerbahçe want £8m for him but you can drive that down to around £6.1m. His wages are £29,000. Considering you’re buying a player as flexible as Tufan, that’s a price worth every penny.
|Pos||Name||OVR||Pot.||Age||Cost (£)||Enquiry (£)||Wages (£)||Club||Avai?||Foot||Weak foot||Skills||Traits||Notes|
|CDM||Timothy Fosu-Mensah||72||87||18||3,100,000||-||25,000||Manchester Utd||N/4||Right||4||2|
|CDM||Alexis Blin||75||86||19||4,800,000||8,500,000||11,500||Toulouse FC||Y/4||Right||3||2|
|CDM||Onyinye Ndidi||74||85||19||3,900,000||-||23,000||Leicester City||N/6||Right||3||2||Engine, long throw-in, long passer|
|CDM||Rúben Neves||75||85||19||4,400,000||8,500,000||7,400||FC Porto||Y/3||Right||3||3||Long passer|
|CDM||Mikel Merino||75||85||20||5,000,000||-||27,500||Dortmund||N/5||Left||3||2||Power header|
|CDM||Denis Will Poha||66||84||19||975,000||1,600,000||4,400||Stade Rennais||Y/3||Right||3||2|
|CDM||Daniel Amartey||74||84||21||4,100,000||-||34,000||Leicester City||N/3||Right||3||2|
|CDM||Ronaldo Vieira||68||83||17||1,300,000||-||6,900||Leeds United||N/3||Right||3||3|
|CDM||Marc Roca||74||83||19||3,400,000||5,500,000||10,500||RCD Espanyol||Y/6||Left||3||2|
|CDM||Andrés Cubas||73||83||20||3,500,000||*||12,500||Pescara||-||Right||3||2||Acrobat||On loan from Boca Juniors|
|CDM||Walace||74||83||21||3,900,000||7,000,000||23,500||Hamburg||Y/5||Right||3||3||Long shot taker|
|CDM||Ozan Tufan||75||83||21||4,500,000||8,000,000||29,000||Fenerbahçe||Y/4||Right||3||3||Long shot taker|
|CDM||Jefferson Lerma||75||83||21||4,500,000||-||7,200||Levante UD||N/4||Right||4||2|
|CDM||Yan Brice Eteki||68||82||18||1,300,000||2,100,000||1,900||Sevilla Atlético||Y/3||Right||3||2|
|CDM||Giorgi Aburjania||71||82||21||2,100,000||-||3,200||Sevilla Atlético||N/4||Right||5||3|
|CDM||Lucas Torró||71||82||21||2,100,000||*||4,500||Real Oviedo||-||Right||3||3||On loan from Real Madrid|
|CDM||Guillermo Celis||73||82||23||3,300,000||*||7,500||V. Guimarães||-||Right||3||2||On loan from SL Benfica|
|CDM||Sergi Samper||74||82||21||3,700,000||*||12,000||Granada CF||-||Right||3||2||Long passer||On loan from FC Barcelona|
|CDM||Magomed Ozdoev||74||82||23||3,700,000||*||21,500||Terek Grozny||-||Right||3||2||On loan from Rubin Kazan|
|CDM||Hernani||75||82||22||4,200,000||8,000,000||34,500||Zenit||Y/5||Right||2||2||Long shot taker|
|CDM||Soualiho Meïté||75||82||22||4,200,000||*||11,000||Zulte-Waregem||-||Right||3||2||On loan from LOSC Lille|
|CDM||Kevin Medel||66||81||20||1,100,000||*||900||Everton de Viña||-||Right||2||2||On loan from Uni. Católica|
|CDM||Rodrigo||69||81||20||1,400,000||2,500,000||10,000||Villarreal CF||Y/3||Right||3||3||Long passer|
|CDM||Cristian Higuita||71||81||21||2,000,000||3,800,000||3,800||Orlando City||Y/6||Right||3||2|
|CDM||Wilmar Barrios||73||81||22||3,200,000||-||15,000||Boca Juniors||N/6||Right||3||2|
|CDM||Atakan Akkaynak||59||80||17||250,000||-||2,500||Leverkusen||N/3||Right||3||2||Long passer|
|CDM||Jordan Rossiter||67||80||19||975,000||-||11,500||Rangers||N/4||Right||4||2||Injury prone|
|CDM||Kevin Balanta||68||80||19||1,100,000||1,700,000||950||Deportivo Cali||Y/7||Right||3||3|
|CDM||Patrick Erras||67||80||21||1,100,000||1,700,000||4,800||1. FC Nürnberg||Y/2||Right||3||2|
|CDM||Omar Govea||68||80||20||1,200,000||-||6,400||FC Porto||N/4||Right||4||2|
|CDM||Andrés Schetino||68||80||22||1,200,000||*||3,000||Sevilla Atlético||-||Right||3||2||Long passer||On loan from Fiorentina|
|CDM||Uche Agbo||72||80||20||2,300,000||3,700,000||8,400||Granada CF||Y/2||Right||3||3|
|CDM||Derrick Luckassen||72||80||20||2,300,000||3,800,000||6,500||AZ||Y/2||Right||3||2||Takes finesse free kicks|
|CDM||Damian Dąbrowski||72||80||23||2,300,000||3,800,000||3,100||Cracovia||Y/2||Right||3||3||Long shot taker|
|CDM||Ibrahim Amadou||72||80||23||2,300,000||4,300,000||18,000||LOSC Lille||Y/3||Right||3||2|
|CDM||Franco Mussis||75||80||24||4,000,000||6,500,000||14,000||San Lorenzo||Y/2||Right||3||3|
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.