FIFA 17 Career Mode: Best Bargain Defenders

There are many top class defenders out there these days, but many will cost you an arm and a leg to get hold of. RealSport brings you the best defenders who can be bought for cheap on FIFA 17’s Career Mode. 

Alastair Pusinelli by Alastair Pusinelli

There is a lot of defensive talent out there at the moment, but if you don’t have a wealthy bank account in FIFA 17’s Career Mode, you could struggle to find someone to bring in. If a few clubs under financial scrutiny from the board, finding top players inside your budget is as tough as ever this year. Here at RealSport, we have found the top 10 defenders to bring in on the cheap.


Andrew Robertson (OVR 75 – POT 83)

The Hull City left back can be signed for just £7 million, and with a potential of 83, that is an absolute coup. The 22-year-old starred in Hull’s promotion from The Championship last season, and with just one year left on his contract, it is likely the Scottish international will move on to bigger and better things next summer. Robertson has 85 sprint speed, 83 agility and 81 stamina – the core ingredients for a promising full back. His starting wages of £720 are more than likely to increase, but his salary will still be very cheap for a player of his quality and potential.

Pablo Zabaleta (OVR 82 – POT 82)

Pablo Zabaleta looks to have lost out in the battle for the right-back spot in Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side, and with one year remaining on his contract, now would be the perfect time for him to make one last move in his career. The 31-year-old Argentine has 86 marking, 86 reactions and 85 standing tackles, making him a reliable acquisition for any top flight side, if even just as a backup. The former Espanyol man will only set you back £7 million with wages of £65,000.

Bacary Sagna (OVR 82 – POT 82)

Fellow right-back rival Bacary Sagna looks to be leaving The Etihad as well, as he enters the final year of his contract. The Frenchman has been a fantastic servant for both City and former club Arsenal, but with the defender now 33 years old, his career will start to wind down very quickly. His marking, standing tackles, sliding tackles, jumping, stamina and composure are all rated 84, still making him one of the best full-backs in the world. A move to an MLS club would be absolutely ideal, but a lesser top tier club in Europe wouldn’t say no to him. He can be yours for just £5 million with £43,000 wages.


Mattia De Sciglio (OVR 76 – POT 81)

Mattia De Sciglio has clocked up over 100 appearances for AC Milan and is beginning to receive more international recognition with Italy. The 23-year-old left and right back has 87 stamina, 83 sprint speed and 79 acceleration on FIFA 17, which can be yours for just £6 million and £36,000 wages per week.

Rivaldo Coetzee (OVR 69 – POT 82)

Ajax Cape Town centre-back Rivaldo Coetzee is a free agent on FIFA 17, so he will be assigned to a random club on Career Mode. The 19-year-old South African is showing great promise, with 79 marking, 75 acceleration and 73 jumping. Despite that high potential, he can be signed for just £2 million, with very cheap wages in the early thousands.


Philipe Sampaio (OVR 70 – POT 81)

Brazilian centre-half Philipe Sampaio is much the same, with a growth of 11 overall points over his career. The 21-year-old Boavista F.C. man has whopping 90-rated strength, with 78 standing tackles and 71 reactions. He will cost just £2.6 million, with his starting wages even cheaper, coming in at £720 per week.

Axel Tuanzebe (OVR 67 – POT 81)

The biggest bargain of them all is Manchester United up and comer, Axel Tuanzebe. The 18-year-old centre-back can be bought for just £850,000, and given his 81 potential, he is an absolute must for any rising side. With 77 jumping, 77 sprint speed and 74 strength, he has enough to be called upon even at this early stage of his career. His wages of £2,000 sweeten the deal even more.

Gael Clichy (OVR 80 – POT 80)

Manchester City veteran Gael Clichy looks to be another man to be leaving The Etihad next summer, but at the age of 30, he still has something left in the tank. The former Arsenal man has 85 sprint speed, 85 sliding tackles, and 82 stamina, which can be bought for just £5.2 million. The Frenchman’s wages of £43,000 may be the only hurdle for smaller clubs, but he won’t let you down should you take him on.

Branislav Ivanovic (OVR 80 – POT 80)

It looks to be the end of the road for Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic after a very successful spell at the club. Very few Premier League clubs would turn their noses up at the Serbian right or centre back, even in this final phase of his career, especially with his 90 aggression, 87 marking and 86 standing tackles. He can be brought in for just £4.4 million, with wages of £43,000.

Andre Pinto (OVR 77 – POT 80)

Braga centre back Andre Pinto completes our top 10, with a transfer price of just £9 million. The Portuguese has 91 strength, 82 sliding tackles and 79 aggression, which will improve as the 26-year-old enters his prime. His wages of £43,000 are perhaps worth the relatively large investment, considering he will deliver for six or more seasons for your club.

Come across any other bargain defenders? Let us know in the comments.

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Alastair Pusinelli

First console: GameBoy Color / Favourite Game: Assassin's Creed 2 / Currently playing: Football Manager 2020