FIFA 18: Everton Career Mode guide, player ratings, tactics, formations & tips

In the midst of a tricky campaign, can you take Everton to where they should be and fight for European places and silverware on FIFA 18?


It hasn’t been the easiest campaign for Everton. The Toffees flirted dangerously close to the relegation zone earlier in the season, with Ronald Koeman losing his job. Sam Allardyce steadied the ship, taking the club into the top half, but there has been a lack of consistency. There is no clear philosophy and Allardyce does not know his best team.

Backed by the riches of an Iranian owner, Everton are a fantastic club to manage on FIFA 18 Career Mode. With four competitions to contend with, it’s a tough task, but you will inherit a club with the potential to hijack the top six. 

Team rating

Everton receive a four-and-a-half star rating on FIFA 18, reflecting their 79 overall. This consists of an 80 rated attack, 80 midfield and 78 defence.

Formation

Various systems have been used at Goodison Park this season as Everton try to shoehorn their best players onto the pitch. To get the most out of your top talent go for Everton’s default 4-2-3-1 formation, but you can also opt for a 4-3-3, 4-4-2 or even go for a five at the back system.

The promising Jordan Pickford (POT 85) is in goal, with Seamus Coleman, Michael Keane, Ashley Williams and Leighton Baines in the back four.

Midfield ball winner Idrissa Gueye (86 sliding tackle) is partnered by Morgan Schneiderlin in defensive midfield, with Davy Klaassen operating as the number 10. 

Theo Walcott and record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson provide the width, and the experienced Wayne Rooney (88 composure) leads the line in attack. 

On the bench you should have Maarten Stekelenburg, Phil Jagielka, one of Jonjoe Kenny, Cuco Martina or Luke Garbutt, James McCarthy, Yannick Bolasie, Oumar Niasse and Cenk Tosun. 

Tactics

Everton have struggled tactically this season, but with so much talent on the pitch you only need to keep it simple. Gylfi Sigurdsson may be pushed out to the left side, but he is the chief architect in this team. Get the ball out wide to the Icelander and he can whip the ball into the box (86 crossing) or cut inside and look to shoot (85 long shots).

On the other flank you have the pace of Theo Walcott (91 sprint speed), so use the winger to stretch the defence. When the opponents have the ball, Idrissa Gueye will be vital in winning the ball back (87 interceptions) and starting counter-attacks.

Training

Training provides the opportunity to improve your players, especially those who aren’t playing every week. To make the most of your time, use the high growth players in your squad. At Everton these include Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tom Davies, Mason Holgate and Jordan Pickford

The Transfer Market

Starting transfer budget: £57 million

Starting wage budget: £251,000 a week

Who should go

With so much transfer activity this season, the Everton squad has grown tremendously, and it now needs thinning out. The highest profile casualty is back-up goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, who at the age of 34 will soon become of no use to you. You can sell the former Dutch international for around £2 million, saving on his £53,000 a week wages.

Cuco Martina is the only other first team name that should go, with the full back only offering a 70 overall. Sell the ex-Southampton defender for £1 million and free up £47,000 a week in wages. 

For the fringe players, you should get rid of Morgan Feeney, Antony Evans, Matty Foulds, Conor Grant and Shani Tarashaj. None of them are rated above 68 with all their potentials lower than 78. For all five you should be able to collect a combined fee of £2.4 million, saving a useful £71,000 a week in wages.

Loans

Only one man is worth loaning out from Everton, defensive midfielder Beni Baningime. The 18-year-old can improve to a potential of 82, but his current overall of 64 means he will struggle for first team minutes this season. One year out on loan should be all it takes to enable him to challenge for a place in your side. 

Who to sign

New transfer budget: £62 million

New wage budget: £422,000 a week

Starting right winger

In terms of wide options, you only have Theo Walcott, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Yannick Bolasie who can be called upon on a regular basis. With Walcott one of the weaker players in the starting lineup (OVR 79), you should look to bring in a new wide man on the right side.

Top of your shopping list should be Spartak Moscow man Quincy Promes. The Dutchman can operate on either flank or as a striker, and holds stats of 91 sprint speed, 87 agility and 86 acceleration. Those give the 25-year-old an overall of 83, which can improve to a potential of 84. To sign him you will need close to £40 million with wages upwards of £67,000 a week.

Alternative options:

  • Ricardo Quaresma – Besiktas, Age 33, OVR 83, POT 83, Cost: £20 million, Wage: £59,000
  • Juan Cuadrado – Juventus, Age 29, OVR 83, POT 83, Cost: £32 million, Wage: £114,000
  • Pedro – Chelsea, Age 29, OVR 83, POT 83, Cost: £30 million, Wage: £136,000
  • Jose Callejon – Napoli, Age 30, OVR 83, POT 83, Cost: £30 million, Wage: £77,000
  • Thorgan Hazard – ‘Gladbach, Age 24, OVR 82, POT 85, Cost: £34 million, Wage: £38,000

Contracts

Just three players have contracts running out at the end of the season, but you should only look to renew one of those deals. Joel Robles may struggle to get any minutes on the pitch this season, but you need a back-up goalkeeper, try giving him a one or two-year deal to give yourself some time to find a long-term option.

As for Matty Foulds and Conor Grant, you should look to sell the pair in the transfer window so there is no need to give them new contracts. 

Managerial objectives

The managerial objectives at Everton are very demanding. First up, your domestic success goal, which has a high importance, requires you to finish in a Champions Cup place and reach the FA Cup semifinals.

For brand exposure you will need to gain £44 million from shirt sales over the season. If you maintain good form and score plenty, this should take care of itself, with bringing in big names a massive bonus.

For continental success you will be asked to win the Euro League, which will be difficult given your other objectives.

Youth development requires you to use an academy player in half of the games next season, so make sure you send your youth scouts out immediately.

Lastly, your financial goal is to finish the season with a profit margin of £66 million. To be safe, don’t spend all your transfer budget in January.

Bridge the gap or target silverware?

With such tough objectives, prioritisation is the key with Everton. Your first thought should be start the league campaign strongly, to give you room to manoeuvre by the time the Euro League kicks off. If you’re still there or thereabouts by the end of the group stage, tap yourself on the back. 

One or two signings will make a massive difference for the Toffees as you may run out of steam in the second half of the season. These goals are not impossible to achieve, but it will take only the finest of FIFA managers to check them all off.

Full Everton player ratings

Player

Age

Pos

Country

OVR

POT

V

W

Goalkeepers

Jordan Pickford

23

GK

England

79

85

£23m

£62k

Maarten Stekelenburg

34

GK

Holland

75

75

£2m

£53k

Joel Robles

27

GK

Spain

74

75

£4m

£53k

Defenders

Seamus Coleman

28

RB

Republic of Ireland

81

81

£23m

£101k

Michael Keane

24

CB

England

80

83

£28m

£80k

Leighton Baines

32

LB

England

80

80

£13m

£97k

Ashley Williams

32

CB

Wales

79

79

£11m

£97k

Phil Jagielka

34

CB

England

79

79

£5m

£97k

Eliaquim Mangala

26

CB

France

78

81

On Loan

£88k

Ramiro Funes Mori

26

CB

Argentina

77

80

£10m

£78k

Mason Holgate

20

CB

RB

RWB

England

72

82

£7m

£35k

Jonjoe Kenny

20

RB

RWB

England

70

80

£3m

£35k

Luke Garbutt

24

LB

LWB

England

70

74

£2m

£40k

Cuco Martina

27

LB

RB

Curacao

70

70

£1m

£47k

Morgan Feeney

18

CB

England

60

77

£600k

£5k

Matty Foulds

19

LB

CB

England

57

74

£100k

£5k

Midfielders

Gylfi Sigurdsson

27

LM

CAM
LW

Iceland

82

82

£40m

£114k

Idrissa Gueye

27

CDM

CM

Senegal

82

82

£31m

£101K

Davy Klaassen

24

CM

CAM

Holland

81

84

£34m

£92k

Morgan Schneiderlin

27

CDM

CM

France

81

81

£22m

£97k

Wayne Rooney

31

CAM

ST

CM

England

81

81

£20m

£106k

James McCarthy

26

CDM

CM

Republic of Ireland

79

80

£19m

£97k

Theo Walcott

28

RM

LM

ST

England

79

79

£19m

£110k

Yannick Bolasie

28

RM

ST

LM

DR Congo

78

78

£15m

£92k

Tom Davies

19

CM

CAM

England

74

85

£18m

£40k

Nikola Vlasic

19

RM

CAM

Croatia

68

82

£4m

£24k

Shani Tarashaj

22

CAM

Switzerland

68

75

£1m

£37k

Conor Grant

22

CM

England

66

74

£700k

£18k

Beni Baningime

18

CDM

CM

DR Congo

64

82

£2m

£10k

Attackers

Cenk Tosun

26

ST

Turkey

80

82

£30m

£114k

Oumar Niasse

27

ST

Senegal

75

75

£9m

£78k

Dominic Calvert-Lewin

20

ST

LM

England

71

83

£8m

£44k

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