Fifa 21 content will begin to released in 7 days time, 2nd October, this includes the web app, early access for players with EA Access and possibly the first team of the week for Fifa Ultimate Team. So for all you Fifa gamers I have looked across all of the top 5 leagues in Europe and picked one cheap, my opinion, midfielder that you should look to get in your starting Fifa 21 squad. Now when I say cheap, I am looking at players that in my opinion will be lower that 5k on the transfer market and someone you can build your starting squad around.
Premier League – Jean-Philippe Gbamin
The Ivorian international will go under the radar this year as an Everton player due to the three midfielders that Carlo Ancelotti brought in to strength his team but Gbamin for Fifa has some very well rounded stats that could see him being a very popular player at the start of the game. With 78 pace he certianly isn’t the slowest player and his defensive stats of 78 defending and 80 physical make him a very useable holding midfielder.
However, his passing and dribbling stats may go under the radar as he only boasts 74 dribbling and 73 passing but for the start of Fifa these are very useable. Don’t expect him to pop up with any goals for you with his 57 shot but the CDM will be great to hold up play in the middle of the park and help out with your centre backs as well. At 6’1 and with high defensive and medium attacking work rates Gbamin will cuase a lot of headaches for players at the start of Fifa and may possibly be a card that is used until a few months into the game when people begin to play Futchamps.
La Liga – Mikel Merino
Real Socciedad’s midfield was improved over the summer with the free transfer of David Silva from Man City, but with the midfielder being high rated he will be expensive for the start of the game. Step forward Mikel Merino.
The Spanish international has a very nice card for the start of Fifa with at least 70 on all attributes and sitting with 81 on his dribbling Merino will be a solid player to have a central midfielder. With 78 passing and physical, 77 defending and 76 shooting, Merino is all round great card showing the key components that are required when looking for a soild middle of the park player.
At 6’2 with ,medium/medium work rates, Merino will hold the midfield and although he won’t contribute too much going forward or defending he will control the play for you and be able to release the ball on a counter attack. I would highly recomend looking into this guy for your La Liga teams at the start of the game.
Bundesliga – Matheus Cunha
The Brazilian centre attacking midfielder had a great winter refresh card last year and his base card this year looks to be very capable of causing lots of problems for your opponents at the start of Fifa.
The 21 year old has good looking starting card for Fifa this year with 79 pace and shooting with 83 dribbling. He also has 4 star weak foot and 4 star skills that can cause defenders a lot of problems. Although he isn’t the greatest looking card in the Bundesliga, he does look like he could cause a few problems playing in the CAM or CF position behind a striker and could pop up with a few goals for you as he does have 82 finishing.
Passing at 72 and physical at 70 aren’t the greatest of stats but with a chemistry style on him to boost both of these he could be a very useable card for the first month of Fifa 21.
Serie A – Rodrigo De Paul
Although he has been linked with a move to the Premier League with Leeds United, I have opted for the Argentine who has a very well rounded card. However, there is one downside to De Paul’s card this year.
The centre mid has great stats with 82 dribbling and 78 passing being the two stand outs from his card. But De Paul also have low defensive work rates and high attacking work rates, which means he would be best suited to a midfield 3 where he can have cover defensively from two other players.
The upsides though do out weigh the downsides as De Paul will be a great link up player on the edge of the box and with 76 shooting and 75 pace he could become a decent player to grab a goal for you in key situations. Built more for the possesion style of play, De Paul will shine in a team with a pacey striker to play the ball forward to and behind the defence as well as being able to dribble his way out of pressure you opponent will place on you.
Ligue 1 – Florent Mollet
I think it’s safe to say I could have picked any Ligue 1 midfielder as the league isn’t in high demand when it comes to Fifa. But I have gone with a player that I believe could be the cheapest bargin of all of these players.
Mollet has had a very well rounded card for a few years in Fifa but has been underused due to the league he plays in. The CAM has some great stats this year with 80 dribbling and 79 passing, Mollet could possibly be the best attacking midfielder to try and link up with Ben Yeddar for the start of Fifa. Also having 4 star weak foot and 4 star skill moves means that he will be a handful for most players especially in the hands of the players who use skill moves.
With a high attacking work rate and only 75 stamina may be an issue but he will get you a foot hold in the begining of the game and his 88 balance means he will be hard to stop once he begins driving at the defence. The other option for this league is Golovin from Monaco but I imagine he will be a lot more expensive than Mollet.
That’s my list of 5 midfielders that will be cheap bargins at the start of Fifa 21, as the game is released next Friday let me know if there is a specific league or nation you would like me to look into. The next list will be centre backs, give me you opinons below who you think should be in the next list.