You don’t need to spend thousands of pounds on FIFA Ultimate Team coins to build an elite club. Taking advantage of cheaper players is something that almost every Ultimate Team fan will do at some stage during their gaming career – and it is certainly worth it. You won’t be able to afford a Harry Kane or Sergio Aguero but you will be able to build a talented group of top-flight stars. Here are the players you should target for your FIFA Ultimate Team starting line-up.
Goalkeeper: Jack Butland (Stoke City, England)
With a rating of 81, Butland ranks as one of the better options for those who can’t afford to sign David de Gea or Hugo Lloris. Similarly, Joe Hart’s stock has dropped sharply due to his struggles at West Ham United. Not only is Butland affordable, he is also very talented and the future England number one is only going to get better. Butland gets the nod between the posts for us here…
Estimated cost: 750 coins
Right back: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool, England)
Clyne is everything you want in a fullback. With 83 pace, 82 acceleration, 86 for tackling and 79 for crossing, he is the perfect option here. Kyle Walker is slightly better in most areas but only just, and it really isn’t worth paying a premium sum of money for a right-back. Costing less than 1,000 coins, he is an absolute bargain. Clyne won’t necessarily shine in this squad but he does the job and slots in perfectly.
Estimated cost: 950 coins
Centre back: Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City, France)
The first non-Englishman to make the list. Mangala has struggled to inspire confidence since moving to Manchester City but he is overpowered in FIFA 18. With an overall rating of 79, he is not one of the first central defenders to spring to mind but at an all-time low value of approximately 700 coins, he is well worth considering. He is very quick for a defender and his 85 rating for physicality gives him the edge over some of his peers.
Estimated cost: 700 coins
Centre back: Eric Bailly (Manchester United, Ivory Coast)
From the Etihad Stadium to Old Trafford, Bailly might just be the most complete central defender in FIFA 18. Coming in at a higher price of around 38,000, Bailly isn’t cheap but he is well worth the investment. Every Ultimate Team needs a stud and the United man can lead your team to glory. A key figure for Jose Mourinho’s side when fully fit, Bailly has the talent to mature into one of the best defenders in world football – keep an eye on his progress.
Estimated cost: 38,000 coins
Left back: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton, England)
Like Clyne, Bertrand is a fairly safe pick but you know what you are getting from the Saints star and that is everything you want in a full-back. An overall ranking of 80 puts him above the likes of Luke Shaw and the higher-rated Danny Rose, especially as Bertrand’s estimated price tag of 950 coins is very affordable indeed. Southampton have a very talented player at their disposal and Bertrand could complete your Premier League back four.
Estimated cost: 950 coins
Right midfield: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City, England)
Another English star makes the list. Sterling has been a real hit for Pep Guardiola’s City this season, scoring a hatful of goals whilst assisting plenty more. On FIFA 18, he is registered as a right winger rather than an outright right midfielder but it is worth investing in a position change card for Sterling. Again, he isn’t mega cheap but at 3,100 he represents real value at the position. His price continues to fluctuate so keep an eye out; you could get a bargain.
Estimated cost: 3,100 coins
Centre midfield: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool, England)
A positional change card is needed but The Ox can slot into central midfield. Again, another 80 rated player should help to boost that average rating up and another English star will lift that team chemistry too. In recent weeks, Oxlade-Chamberlain has starred for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and he has shone since making the move from Arsenal earlier this season – he is well worth a second look in the market at approximately 950 coins.
Estimated cost: 950 coins
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Of players that have attempted at least 25 dribbles in Europe’s top five leagues this season, Oxlade-Chamberlain has the best success rate (81.5%)https://t.co/8XrNWLRkgR pic.twitter.com/NT8t1EzUO7
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) November 12, 2017
Centre midfield: Ross Barkley (Everton, England)
Barkley has been an outcast at Goodison Park in recent months and a transfer away from Everton could be exactly what he needs to reignite his career. Fortunately, his lack of action on the pitch has helped to drop his FIFA 18 Ultimate Team price and gamers can acquire the Toffees man for a very appealing price. Barkley was once labelled as the golden boy of English football and he could still turn things around; don’t turn your back on him on FIFA 18, he is overpowered.
Estimated cost: 850 coins
Left midfield: Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur, South Korea)
Look no further than Son if you are wanting a conventional left midfielder. Although he isn’t exactly blessed with blistering pace, Son is a competent option out wide and he is a pivotal figure in Mauricio Pochettino’s side. As of November 13th, South Korea are 250/1 for World Cup glory with most bookmakers linked to Oddschecker and he could be set for a big year individually. His price is only going to increase further…
Estimated cost: 4,500 coins
Striker: Danny Welbeck (Arsenal, England)
Welbeck has been a fantastic servant of English football for many years and the former United man, now at Arsenal, of course, could play a key role for Gareth Southgate’s side in Russia next summer. For the time being, he will do his best to lift Arsenal up the Premier League table and he can fire your Ultimate Team up the divisions as well. Arguably the best-priced player on this list, Welbeck is available for less than 1,000 FIFA coins.
Estimated cost: 900 coins