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Welcome to the next installment in the FIFA Scouting Tips series on the best free transfers in FIFA 17. Today we’re taking a look at right backs that you can get for no transfer fee – you just pay for their wages.
What is a pre-contract?
A pre-contract is an agreement by a player and an agreeing to take his registration at a later date. A club may sign a pre-contract with a player while he is still with another club, by which the player agrees to move to the club at a future date, usually after his contract with his current club expires. Under the Bosman ruling, a player can sign a contract with a new club up to six months before his existing contract expires. There is no transfer fee involved in FIFA 17, and you have the January transfer window only to sign pre-contract players.
Full backs are often overlooked players when compared to strikers or goalkeepers, but they’re hugely important in their own right. Having a player who can defend with skill and attack with power is vital to any team, and that’s exactly what a good full back can do. This article should help you pick up an affordable right back who will win you games.
I’ve reviewed players of at least 78 potential and narrowed my list below down to 3 players who I feel will really benefit your side. I have taken into account age, OVR rating, potential, and wages mainly to give my honest opinion on who will fit your side.
Stephan Lichtsteiner – 83 overall, 83 potential
Stephan Lichtsteiner is known for his athleticism and frequent attacking runs for his club Juventus – so much so that he’s earned the nickname ‘Forrest Gump’, of all things. That makes him perfect if you want a full back who bombs forward in attack. His 83 sprint speed, 88 stamina and 82 crossing mean he’s got the pace to outrun defenders, and the crossing ability to feed his strikers all game.
He’s also great at defending, and will cut out opposition attacks thanks to his 82 interceptions, 82 stand tackle and 82 slide tackle. He’s a tough player to beat, which makes him my first choice.
Antonio Valencia – 81 overall, 81 potential
Antonio Valencia has had to accept a more defensive role at Manchester United in the last couple of years, but his conversion from a midfielder into a defender means that, like Lichtsteiner, he’s good at both ends of the pitch.
Not only that, but he’s also great physically – in fact his physical stats are almost perfect. Take a look at this score sheet: 85 acceleration, 84 sprint speed, 84 balance, 83 reactions, 85 stamina and 84 strength. That’s pretty incredible. He’s also flexible enough to play as a defensive midfielder if you need that option. If you want versatility, Valencia is the player to go for – just be aware of his 1 star weak foot.
Josh Risdon – 71 overall, 78 potential
Of course, the main problem with Lichtsteiner and Valencia is that, while you don’t have to pay a transfer fee for them, you do have to pay their sizeable pay packets. Not so with Josh Risdon – his wages will only set you back £3,900, making him affordable to almost any club.
But that doesn’t mean you’re getting a mediocre player. He’s got pace, strength, stamina and superb balance and jumping, making him a player who can compete physically. His tackling stats are also superb – 74 marking, 77 stand tackle and 74 slide tackle are much better than what you’d expect for a player of his OVR. If you’re playing on a budget, get him.
|Name||OVR||Potential||Age||Wages (£)||Club||Nation||Foot||Weak foot||Traits|
|Pablo Zabaleta||82||82||31||110,000||Manchester City||Argentina||Right||3*||Tactician, team player|
|Bacary Sagna||82||82||33||110,000||Manchester City||France||Right||4*||Early crosser|
|Antonio Valencia||81||81||30||96,000||Manchester Utd||Ecuador||Right||1*||Backs into player|
|Branislav Ivanović||80||80||32||100,000||Chelsea||Serbia||Right||3*||Long throw-in, power header|
|Josh Risdon||71||78||23||3,900||Perth Glory||Australia||Right||3*|
|Ximo Navarro||76||78||26||10,500||UD Almería||Spain||Right||3*|
Thanks for reading! Want to get some more free players? My guest writer Olly has already covered the best free goalkeepers and centre backs, so if you’re looking for high quality players who won’t break the bank, make sure to read those.