10 bargain strikers for FIFA 18 Career Mode
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Struggling to find the back of the net? You don’t need to break the bank to bag yourself one of these goalscorers.
There’s nothing more expensive in football than goals. Just look at the transfer fees players such as Neymar, Romelu Lukaku and Gonzalo Higuain have commanded over the past few years.
It’s the same in the world of FIFA 18. Want a star striker for your Career mode team? You’re going to have to hope that your club’s chairman is feeling generous, because goalscorers don’t come cheap.
But there are some deadly marksmen available for under €20m, you just need to know where to look, which is why we’ve compiled this list of under-the-radar strikers – and there’s one for every budget.
All are under the age of 30, so you’ll get a few seasons out of them yet, and most even have the potential to improve their stats over time. The prices we’ve given are the figures we agreed with the selling clubs, but you might be able to knock them down a bit by adding in sell-on clauses.
Cenk Tosun (Beşiktaş)
Cenk Tosun has been linked to a number of Premier League clubs this season and you only need to look at his record to see why. The 26-year-old’s 38 goals have helped Beşiktaş to two Turkish titles since he joined in 2014, and watching Mario Gomez bag 26 while on loan from Fiorentina clearly helped. He’s a similar player, in the sense that he does his best work within the penalty box, and with 81 for finishing and jumping, and 82 for heading and penalties, that’s exactly where you’ll want him. Tosun will cost you around €18.5m and is rated 79 overall, but that could increase by a couple of points if he performs well.
Moussa Dembélé (Celtic)
Not to be confused with Tottenham’s Mousa Dembélé, Celtic’s 20-year-old striker has big things ahead of him (and an extra S in his name). Rated a respectable 75 right now he’s showing all the signs of becoming a top-class striker, with the potential to hit 85 overall. With 78 for acceleration, 83 for sprint speed and 80 for strength he’s strong yet mobile, and his 77 for finishing will only get better. Celtic will want €15m for him but the opportunity to test himself against better opposition will only help him improve.
Mark Uth (Hoffenheim)
Uth’s contract at Hoffenheim expires in the summer of 2018, so he’s one of those players you can either gamble on picking up for nothing, or take advantage of the fact that Hoffenheim won’t be in the mood quibble too much over the fee. Offering less than the €15.5m asking price shouldn’t be a problem and for your money you’ll get a sharp striker with great movement and good finishing skills. 84 for reactions means he’ll be quick to pounce on loose balls in the box, but it’s from further out that he’ll really show off his talents, with 82 for long shots and 83 for shot power.
Omar Al Soma (Al Ahli)
Omar Al Soma might be relatively unknown in Europe but to Syrians he’s the talisman of their national team, scoring the goals that took them to the verge of World Cup qualification. A clinical 80 for finishing and 84 for shot power, plus good numbers for strength and stamina, mean the 28-year-old can’t be ignored when he’s in the box, and while he might not be the fastest over the ground he makes up for it with sharp positional awareness and good reactions. Just because Al Soma plays his football in Saudi Arabia doesn’t mean you’ll be able to pick him up for peanuts; he’ll set you back around €14m.
Joshua King (Bournemouth)
One of the surprise hits of last season, Josh King spent most it playing in a deeper role, but his goalscoring exploits show he’s got the skills to play in a more advanced position. Searing pace and intelligent positioning mean he makes great runs in behind the defence and with 80 for finishing King rarely fluffs his lines. He’s also deceptively strong, with good control and skilled dribbling, so once he’s gone he’s rarely caught. The Cherries will want around €12.5m for the Norwegian international, which, considering his flexibility, is a real bargain.
Danny Ings (Liverpool)
Since his move from Burnley in 2015, Danny Ings has spent more time on Liverpool’s treatment table than the pitch, and with Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané, Mo Salah and even Daniel Sturridge ahead of him for a place in the first team, just €10m will convince the Reds let him go. Fortunately, the 24-year-old has lost none of what took him to Anfield in the first place and still has time to improve. With more than enough pace to beat the last man, his 77 for dribbling and finishing mean you can back him to beat the goalkeeper when he gets one-on-one. Ings is just as comfortable playing out wide, although his crossing could do with work, plus he’ll put a shift in without the ball too.
Alfreð Finnbogason (Augsburg)
Part of the Icelandic side that reached the quarter-final of Euro 2016, Finnbogason originally made his name by scoring 53 goals in 65 games for Eredivisie side Heerenveen. And while he hasn’t been as prolific since, he’s still a powerful striker with the stats to bag goals in a mid-table top-division team. 81 for finishing stands out but it’s backed up by an 85 for positioning, 83 for composure and 80 for reactions. He’s not the fastest but that doesn’t stop him trying to get in behind the defence, and if you can draw a foul in the box, 85 for penalties suggests you’d back him to stick it away. Augsburg will want €9m for him but if you can get him back to his best, that’ll seem like loose change.
Wout Weghorst (AZ Alkmaar)
Looking for a striker you can aim crosses at? Look no further than AZ’s Wout Weghorst. In fact, it might be hard not to considering he measures 1.98m tall, which is bigger than Petr Čech and only just shorter than Thibaut Courtois. That means a relatively low jumping stat of 77 shouldn’t matter too much, particularly when his strength is 86 and heading accuracy is 81. A finishing stat of 78 means he can do it with his feet too and while it’ll come as no surprise that he’s not very quick, his positioning and composure should make up for it. Offer AZ €8m and he’s yours.
Simon Terodde (VfB Stuttgart)
Stuttgart’s Simon Terodde scored goals for fun in Germany’s second division, and while he’s not finding the net quite so often in the Bundesliga, his stats show he still has the potential to do well at the top level. Measuring 1.93m tall, with 84 for strength, 80 for heading accuracy and 79 for finishing, he knows how to make a nuisance of himself in the opposition’s box. He’s 29 years old, so won’t improve on his overall rating of 76, but for just over €7m he’s got all the right qualities at an affordable price.
Stipe Perica (Udinese)
Having failed like so many others before him to make his mark at Chelsea, Croatian U21 striker Perica has found himself at Udinese. The 1.93m-tall frontman is a danger in the air, and with 79 for positioning, 74 for finishing and 77 for heading accuracy, if you can find him with crosses he’ll pay you back with goals. A modest overall rating of 74 means he’ll only set you back about €5.75m, but at just 21 years old he’s got plenty of time to improve. And improve he will if given the necessary game time and training, all the way to an overall rating of 81. Sign him up and make Chelsea regret ever letting him leave.