FIFA 17 best cheap left backs

FIFA 17 | Best cheap high potential left backs

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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 left backs. 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 left backs that I recommend.

Elmir Nabiullin: potential 84

FIFA 17 best cheap left backs

Elmir Nabiullin is an excellent left back with very high potential

Elmir Nabiullin is like the perfect left back. He’s absolutely rapid with 92 acceleration and 91 sprint speed, and he’s got decent stamina too so won’t get tired too early. He can use that pace to great effect in attack, and his 72 crossing, 73 dribbling and 80 balance will also help out when attacking.

But unlike a lot of full backs who like bombing forward, his defending is excellent too, with all of his tackling and marking stats in the mid 70s. And to round it all off, he’s got 84 potential, making him one of the most promising cheap left backs in the game.

Rubin Kazan want £5.5m for him, but you can buy him for around £4.7m. His wages are £17,000.


Charlie Taylor: potential 80

FIFA 17 best cheap left backs

Charlie Taylor is available for a free transfer in January

If you need a full back who can double as a centre back if needed, Charlie Taylor is a great choice. That’s because he’s tall at 6’1”, has good jumping and his strength isn’t too bad either. But he’s not just a mispositioned centre back – he’s good at full back too.

He’s pacey and has great crossing, so will be an excellent player on the break, and he can tackle and read the game as well. Plus he’s got 82 stamina, so will last all game wherever you end up playing him.

Leeds United want you to pay £3.5m for him, so you’ll get him for about £2.9m. His wages are £13,500. Better yet, you can actually get him for free if you find him in the January transfer window and select ‘approach to sign on contract expiry’. He’ll then join your team at the start of the second season.


Declan John: potential 80

FIFA 17 best cheap left backs

Declan John is a great cheap option if your team doesn’t have much budget

If Nabiullin and Taylor are too expensive for your team, take a look at Declan John. He’s available for just £1.5m, but that doesn’t mean you’re getting a mediocre player. He’s very pacey with 86 acceleration and 82 sprint speed, and like Nabiullin his stamina will enable him to put that speed to good use all game.

His attacking and defending stats are very well balanced so he can chip in all over the pitch, and it means that he’s going to be a very versatile player once he gets close to his 80 potential. He’s perfect for lower league teams who have restricted budgets.

Cardiff City ask for £2m for him, but you only have to pay around £1.5m, making him very cheap indeed. His wages are £12,000.


Now here are the other cheap, high potential left backs in FIFA 17:

NOTE: Cristian Ramírez is a free agent, so will start on a random team every time you start a career mode. That means his price, wages and contract length will be different every time too.

PosNameOVRPot.AgeCost (£)Enquiry (£)Wages (£)ClubAvai?FootWeak footSkillsTraitsNotes
LBTheo Hernández7286183,100,000*6,800Deport. Alavés-Left32On loan from Atlético Madrid
LBBenjamin Henrichs6884191,300,0002,500,00010,500LeverkusenY/4Right43
LBRafa Soares7184212,400,0004,500,0004,400Rio AveY/4Left32Takes finesse free kicks
LBFederico Mattiello7284202,800,0004,600,00033,000JuventusY/2Left43Long shot taker
LBElmir Nabiullin7284212,800,0005,500,00017,000Rubin KazanY/4Left23Speedster
LBAdrián Marín7383193,100,000*9,500CD Leganés-Left22Injury proneOn loan from Villarreal CF
LBAndrew Robertson7583224,400,0007,000,00022,500Hull CityY/1Left22
LBFederico Ricca7583214,400,000-13,500Málaga CFN/4Left33
LBBlas Riveros648218625,000-3,000FC BaselN/5Left22
LBKieran Tierney6782191,100,0002,100,00011,500CelticY/5Left22Early crosser, long passer
LBCameron Borthwick-Jackson7082191,600,000*9,800Wolves-Left32Early crosserOn loan from Manchester Utd
LBSaúl7182212,100,000*5,100Girona FC-Left33On loan from RC Deportivo
LBAfonso Figueiredo7582234,200,000-25,000Stade RennaisN/4Left32
LBRico Henry658118775,000-3,900BrentfordN/5Left23Speedster, acrobat, flair
LBCheick Keita668119975,0001,700,0001,275ChiavariY/7Left22
LBMatt Targett6781201,200,0002,100,00020,000SouthamptonY/3Left22
LBJoe Gomez6981191,200,0002,400,00019,500LiverpoolY/4Right32
LBStephen Kingsley7081211,700,0003,100,00024,000Swansea CityY/4Left22
LBFrancisco Varela7181212,000,000-4,500Real OviedoN/2Left32
LBLudwig Augustinsson7281222,400,0004,500,00010,000FC KøbenhavnY/3Left22Corner specialist
LBIñigo Lekue7381233,100,0006,000,00015,000Athletic BilbaoY/3Right32
LBDavid Juncà7581224,000,0006,500,00013,500SD EibarY/2Left32
LBDouglas Santos7581224,000,000-26,500HamburgN/5Left32Long shot taker, outside foot shot
LBArthur Masuaku7581224,000,000-54,000West HamN/4Left22
LBDiego Rico7581234,000,000-15,500CD LeganésN/2Left22Early crosser
LBAngeliño658019825,0001,000,00010,500Manchester CityY/1Left32Takes finesse free kicks
LBBen Chilwell6880191,000,0001,800,00014,000Leicester CityY/5Left32
LBDeclan John6980211,300,0002,000,00012,000Cardiff CityY/2Left32
LBGeorgiy Tigiev7080211,600,0002,900,00011,500Anzhi MakhachkalaY/3Right52
LBCristian Ramírez7080211,600,000Left42Free agent
LBNicola Murru7180211,900,0003,300,00019,500CagliariY/4Left32
LBCharlie Taylor7280222,300,0003,500,00013,500Leeds UnitedY/1Left22Early crosser
LBNathan Aké7280212,300,0003,900,00020,500BournemouthY/4Left32
LBJérôme Roussillon7480233,300,0006,000,00018,500Montpellier HSCY/3Left32
LBAdam Masina7580223,900,0008,000,00030,500BolognaY/3Left32

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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