FIFA 18 Career Mode: Best cheap high potential attacking midfielders (CAM)

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Finding a young, talented attacking midfielder these days is hard work. With so much awareness needed to play in that position, numbers 10s don’t tend to appear until they are in their 20s. If you look hard enough on FIFA 18’s Career Mode, there are some incredibly talented youngsters, and they won't cost you an arm and a leg.

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How to choose the best cheap high potential players in FIFA 18 Career Mode

Here we are looking at the best cheap high potential attacking midfielders (CAM) on FIFA 18’s Career Mode. All of these players can be bought for £5 million or less, meaning they should fit the budget of the smaller clubs, and not stop you from getting first team stars in the transfer window. These players all have the potential to hit at least 80, so they can progress into important first team players. We have compiled our top 10 by looking at player potential, age and player stats. 

For a full list of our cheap high potential attacking midfielders, please look at the table towards the end of this page. 

Advantages of cheap high potential players

In signing these type of players, you are saving yourself a mountain of cash down the line. If you move early for these players, you can save yourself as much as £80 million. Your aim with these youngsters is to give them game-time where appropriate and use them regularly in training. If that is too much of an ask, then you need to loan them out so they can get the minutes they need on the pitch. 

Angel Gomes (OVR 64 – POT 89)

Age: 16

Positions: CAM, LW, RW, CM

Club: Manchester United

Country: England

Work rate: High/Low

Best stats: 90 balance, 82 agility, 75 acceleration

Cost: £2.4 million (release clause)

Wage: £8,000

Although having made just one appearance for Manchester United, Angel Gomes has been labelled as one of England’s brightest talents. The 16-year-old attacking midfielder, winger or central midfielder has five goals in 11 appearances for England U17s so don’t be surprised if more Manchester United opportunities come the youngster’s way later in the season.

On the game Gomes has a 64 overall rating and his potential of 89 matches the current rating of the best attacking midfielder on the game, Kevin De Bruyne. £2.4 million is a fantastic price for a player of that talent, with his weekly wages of £8,000 no problem at all. 

Elias Abouchabaka (OVR 63 – POT 85)

Age: 17

Positions: CAM

Club: RB Leipzig

Country: Germany

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 74 agility, 71 balance, 67 ball control

Cost: £1.5 million (release clause)

Wage: £5,000

RB Leipzig have a reputation for giving youth a chance, and Elias Abouchabaka looks to be the new kid on the block. The German is yet to turn out for Leipzig, but with 23 goals in 47 appearances for their U17 side, it's only a matter of time. For their U19s he has two goals and eight assists in nine games, and he has eight goals in 14 for Germany U17s.

For the man with an 85 potential you will need just £1.5 million and £5,000 a week wages. For that price, you will get the 63-rated Abouchabaka with 74 agility, 71 balance and 67 ball control. 

Vincent Thill (OVR 64 – POT 84)

Age: 17

Positions: CAM, CF

Club: Metz

Country: Luxembourg

Work rate: High/Medium

Best stats: 86 balance, 80 agility, 76 sprint speed

Cost: £2.6 million (release clause)

Wage: £2,000

With already 12 caps for Luxembourg at the age of 17, you know attacking midfielder or centre forward Vincent Thill is going to be a top talent. He's made just two appearances for French club Metz, and is yet to feature this season, so fans will need to be patient to see him in action.

Luxembourg’s youngest ever goal scorer has earned an 64 overall rating on FIFA 18, with his best skills being 86 balance, 80 agility and 76 sprint speed. £2.6 million is a great price for Thill, who has an 84 potential. With wages of just £2,000 a week, you need to jump in as soon as possible to sign him. 

Brahim Diaz (OVR 63 – POT 85)

Age: 17

Positions: CAM, CF, RM

Club: Manchester City

Country: Spain

Work rate: High/Medium

Best stats: 82 balance, 79 agility, 78 acceleration

Cost: £2.8 million (release clause)

Wage: £13,000

Just one senior Manchester City appearance is as far as Brahim Diaz has got, but the 17-year-old does have 10 goals and seven assists for City’s U23 side. Intentionally, the 17-year-old attacking midfielder, centre forward or right mid has worked his way up to the Spain U21 side, which is no mean feat. 

For just £2.8 million you can get hold of Diaz, but his wages of £13,000 a week may be slightly steep for the 63-rated teenager. With a potential of 85, and stats of 82 balance, 79 agility and 78 acceleration, can you be tempted to make a move for him?

Houssem Aouar (OVR 69 – POT 84)

Age: 19

Positions: CAM, LW

Club: Olympique Lyonnais

Country: France

Work rate: High/Medium

Best stats: 77 balance, 76 sprint speed, 75 acceleration

Cost: £5 million (release clause)

Wage: £15,000

The 19-year-old Houssem Aouar already has more appearances this season than during the whole of the last campaign for Lyon, so he may become a regular by the end of the season. The attacking midfielder or left winger has made four starts for the French club, scoring once, so keep an eye on his progress this year.

On FIFA 18 you will need to bid £5 million and match his £15,000 a week wages to get hold of him, which just squeezes him into our cut-off for cheap players. With a 69 overall, he can already be a valuable member of the squad for a bottom half or second tier club, with his stats of 77 balance, 76 sprint speed and 75 acceleration making him a danger going forward. His potential of 84 makes him good enough for any side. 

Leandrinho (OVR 65 – POT 84)

Age: 18

Positions: CAM

Club: Napoli

Country: Brazil

Work rate: Medium/Low

Best stats: 86 sprint speed, 82 acceleration, 80 balance

Cost: £2.3 million (release clause)

Wage: £7,000

Despite moving to Napoli from his native Brazil in January 2017, Leandrinho is still waiting for first team minutes in Italy. The 18-year-old attacking midfielder has been useful for their youth team, scoring six times and grabbing three assists in 13 games, as well as 11 goals in 16 games for Brazil U17s.

The youngster has a 65 overall on the game, with the potential to hit 84. With 86 sprint, 82 acceleration and 80 balance, he is a clear threat, so you should not hesitate to sign him. Leandrinho will cost you £2.3 million with a further £7,000 a week for his wages.  

Phil Foden (OVR 65 – POT 84)

Age: 17

Positions: CAM, CM

Club: Manchester City

Country: England

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 83 agility, 79 balance, 78 acceleration

Cost: £2.3 million (release clause)

Wage: £13,000

He may be a long way from getting any first team action at Manchester City, but Phil Foden has managed to build a reputation through some great performances for England U17s. The 17-year-old attacking or central midfielder has eight goals in 16 games at that level, and is currently in the squad that has made it to the semi-finals of the U17 World Cup.

The City man’s 65 overall rating consists of 83 agility, 79 balance and 78 acceleration, making him a serious threat in between the lines. With a potential of 84, you should seriously consider making the £2.3 million move for Foden, but with wages of £13,000 a week he may just be outside of your budget. 

Laszlo Benes (OVR 69 – POT 83)

Age: 19

Positions: CAM, CM, LM

Club: Borussia Monchengladbach

Country: Slovakia

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 78 balance, 77 agility, 76 short passing

Cost: £4.6 million (release clause)

Wage: £9,000

After 10 appearances for Borussia Monchengladbach last season, the 19-year-old Laszlo Benes is on the cusp of a breakthrough. He has made just one start so far this campaign, but as the season wears on, expect him to become more important for ‘Gladbach. 

The attacking, central or left midfielder has 78 balance, 77 agility and 76 short passing which contribute to his 69 overall. £4.6 million and £9,000 a week wages may be at the top-end of your budget for a young player, but Benes will not let you down with his 83 overall. 

Mason Mount (OVR 65 – POT 83)

Age: 18

Positions: CAM, CM

Club: Vitesse Arnhem

Country: England

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 75 agility, 75 balance, 72 acceleration

Cost: £2.1 million (release clause)

Wage: £2,000

Mason Mount is in fact on loan from Chelsea at Vitesse Arnhem, but that move has been made permanent on FIFA 18. The 18-year-old is a regular for England U19s, and is becoming more and more prominent at Vitesse with 13 appearances so far this season.

Mount’s 65 overall on FIFA 18 is helped by 75 agility, 75 balance and 72 acceleration. For just £2.1 million you can get hold of the teenager, with only £2,000 a week wages needed to secure his 83 potential.  

Tomas Andrade (OVR 68 – POT 82)

Age: 20

Positions: CAM

Club: River Plate

Country: Argentina

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 84 sprint speed, 82 agility, 82 stamina

Cost: £3.7 million (release clause)

Wage: £9,000

River Plate have produced the likes of Hernan Crespo, Pablo Aimar and Radamel Falcao over the years, and Tomas Andrade could be the next superstar to make the breakthrough. The 20-year-old attacking midfielder made 13 appearances last season, and must now target a starting spot at the club.

You can get hold of Andrade for just £3.7 million on Career Mode, which will get you his 84 sprint speed, 82 agility and 82 stamina. Those skills contribute to his 68 overall, and with a potential of 82, you should be able to stretch for his £9,000 a week wages. 

More cheap high potential attacking midfielders

Player A Pos Club Country OVR/ POT C W
Giorgi Chakvetadze17CAMGentGeorgia64/82£1.7m£3k
Hannes Wolf20CAM CF ST RWRed Bull SalzburgAustria62/82£1.4m£7k
Domingos Quina17CAM CM LMWest HamPortugal62/82£1.5m£7k
Ollie Watkins21CAM LW ST CMBrentfordEngland68/81£3.8m£17k
Kevin Soni19CAM LMGironaCameroon64/81£2m£3k
George McEachran16CAM CMChelseaEngland59/81£878k£4k
Kevin Salazar21CAMSanta FeColombia67/81£3m£2k
Ilzat Akhmetov19CAM CM RMRubin KazanRussia64/81£1.8m£6k
Exequiel Beltramone18CAM LMTalleres de CordobaArgentina61/81£1.1m£1k
Callum Gribbin18CAM LW RWMan UnitedEngland63/81£1.6m£9k
Quentin Boisgard20CAM STToulouseFrance66/81£3.3m£5k
Alexis Claude-Maurice19CAM STLorientFrance63/81£1.7m£880
Oviemuno Ejaria19CAM CMLiverpoolEngland66/81£3m£12k
Oscar19CAM CMReal MadridSpain68/81£3.9m£32k
Caio Henrique19CAMAtletico MadridBrazil67/81£3.8m£13k
Emanuel Vignato16CAMChievo VeronaItaly61/80£1m£1k
Daichi Kamada20CAMEintracht FrankfurtJapan70/80£4.8m£13k
David Brooks19CAMShef. UnitedWales66/80£3m£6k
Romano Schmid27CAMRed Bull SalzburgAustria57/80£506k£2k
Bright Enobakhare19CAM RWWolvesNigeria67/80£3.2m£14k
Gonzalo Maroni18CAMBoca JuniorsArgentina66/89£2.5m£3k
Fredrik Jensen19CAM LMTwenteFinland69/80£2.6m£3k
Niklas Hauptmann21CAM CMDynamo DresdenGermany69/80£2.8m£7k
Dominik Schmid19CAM CMBaselSwitzerland62/80£1.2m£3k
Samuel Bastien20CAM CMChievo VeronaBelgium70/80£4.8m£9k
Jose Cevallos22CAMUnattached*Ecuador69/80n/an/a
Athanasios Androutsos20CAM CMOlympiakosGreece68/80£3m£88A0

A = Age

C = Cost

W = Wage

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