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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?
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 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
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
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.
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