FIFA 17 Career Mode: Free agent XI

RealSport pick their free agent XI from FIFA 17, ideal for Career mode stars.


Everyone loves a bargain. Whether you are in the Premier League or in the lower divisions, there are still some useful free agents you can get hold of in FIFA 17’s Career Mode. RealSport picks a side of players you can pick up for free.

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Strikers

Defenders (CBs, RBs & LBs)

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Goalkeeper

Martin Silva (75)

Age: 33
Nationality: Uruguay
Position(s): GK
Potential (POT): 75
Wage: £9,500 a week

Who? You may not have heard of Martin Silva, but if you are managing a Championship side, or in charge of an MLS club, Silva would be a great signing. At the age of 33, the Uruguayan international could offer you a couple of seasons and is a perfect stop-gap if you have a young goalkeeper coming through.

Defence

Cristian Sapunaru (75)

Age: 32
Nationality: Romania
Position(s): RB/CB/CDM
Potential (POT): 75
Wage: £8,400 a week

If you are looking for a player to cover a range of positions, Sapunaru is your man. The Romanian can play at right back, centre back, and defensive midfield, and is once again a player of high Championship or low Premier League standard. At 32 years’ old, you will possibly only get one season out of him at his full potential.

Ricardo Carvalho (79)

Age: 38
Nationality: Portugal
Position(s): CB
Potential (POT): 79
Wage: £10,000 a week

A name you will definitely recognise is Ricardo Carvalho. The two-time Premier League winner was released by Monaco at the end of last season, but his involvement with Portugal at Euro 2016 keeps him on FIFA 17. At 38 years’ old, it’s only a matter of weeks before his level starts to drop, but if you fancy a novelty signing with heaps of experience, Carvalho has to be your man.

Gil (79)

Age: 29
Nationality: Brazil
Position(s): CB
Potential (POT): 79
Wage: £63,000 a wek

Currently playing for Chinese side Shandong Luneng, Gil is one of the must have free agents on the game. At the same rating as Carvalho but nine years younger at 29, he can do a job for your side for around five seasons, and would also be a useful backup on the bench. The only downside to the Brazilian is that he has maxed out his potential and barring a string of exceptional performances, will not improve.

Alvaro Pereira (75)

Age: 30
Nationality: Uruguay
Position(s): LB
Potential (POT): 75
Wage: £3,700 a week

Chelsea tried to sign Uruguay left-back Alvaro Pereira a number of years ago and judging by his current FIFA rating, it was a good job they missed out. That said, the former Inter Milan man would be a more than capable starter for any Championship side or even clubs in the bottom half of top divisions around Europe.

Midfield

Balazs Dzsudzsak (79)

Age: 29
Nationality: Hungary
Position(s): LM/RM
Potential (POT): 79
Wage: £17,000 a week

Balazs Dzsudzsak just sneaks into our team to give us a more balanced midfield. Having just transferred to UAE side Al Wahda, he is a free agent on FIFA 17, but after his strong performances at Euro 2016 for Hungary, you would definitely want him in your squad. He probably has just enough ability to cut it at most top flight sides and at 29 years’ old he can offer you a couple of seasons before his overall rating falls.

Tomas Rosicky (81)

Age: 35
Nationality: Czech Republic
Position(s): CAM/CM/RM
Potential (POT): 81
Wage: £12,000 a week

At 35-years-old, signing Tomas Rosicky may seem a risk, but with a rating of 81, it’s one worth taking. If you are managing a Hull City or a Burnley, the ex-Arsenal man would be a great player to bring in with his superb technical ability. The only worry is his injury proneness, which could be magnified now that his career is coming to a close.

Paulinho (81)

Age: 27
Nationality: Brazil
Position(s): CM/CDM
Potential (POT): 81
Wage: £88,000 a week

The best free agent on the game. Everybody thought that Paulinho was running away from the challenge of the Premier League when he left Spurs for China, but his performances over there warrant his 81 rating. At 27, he could comfortably sit in a top-flight midfield for four or more seasons. The only sad aspect is that, like the vast majority of free agents, he has already maxed out his potential.

Gervinho (80)

Age: 29
Nationality: Ivory Coast
Position(s): LW/RW
Potential (POT): 80
Wage: £71,000 a week

The second ex-Arsenal player on the list is Ivory Coast winger Gervinho. Having left Roma a couple of seasons ago to head to China, Gervinho finds himself on the free agent list. But at 29 years’ old he still has enough to give, especially with his useful pace, a weapon that has returned in FIFA 17. A winger that loves to get inside the box, one for sides looking to play a 4-3-3.

Attack

Graziano Pelle (80)

Age: 30
Nationality: Italy
Position(s): ST
Potential (POT): 80
Wage: £32,000 a week

Graziano Pelle didn’t quite hit top form at Southampton last season and even had a decent Euros, so it was slightly disappointing when the Italian was persuaded by the money of the Chinese Super League. The Premier League’s loss can be your gain however, and you can snap the striker up for free in Career Mode. An old-fashioned forward who is useful in the air, a fantastic option for any side.

Lucas Pratto (80)

Age: 28
Nationality: Argentina
Position(s): ST
Potential (POT): 80
Wage: £30,000

Currently playing out in Brazil is Argentine striker Lucas Pratto. The 28-year-old only made his debut for Argentina this year, but with one goal in his first two games, he should get more opportunities. With a rating of 80, he is bound to be worth bringing on board. With finishing rated at 82, and composure at 84, give him the ball and he will find the net.

 

RealSport’s FIFA 17 Career Mode Free Agent XI

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Alastair Pusinelli

I am RealSport's Editor-in-Chief having covered almost everything across the board on the platform. Starting with content on football and the Chinese Super League, I have expanded into esports and gaming, via a stint as rugby editor.

With RS now focused on gaming and working alongside Gfinity, I led the site's coverage on the football titles of FIFA, Football Manager and PES. This has enabled me to cover official esports events such as the FIFA eWorld Cup, FUT Champions Cups and the Gfinity FIFA Series.

Elsewhere, I have been published in The Sunday Times and Variety magazine, as well as working in the offices of Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Hampshire CCC.

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