FIFA 19: Leicester Career Mode Guide, Tactics, Formations & Tips

Who can forget Leicester's Premier League shock triumph in 2016, but can you recreate it this year on FIFA 19's Career Mode?


Leicester’s 2015-16 Premier League success was one of the most remarkable triumphs the world of football has ever seen, but where are the Foxes now? Two and a half years on, the Foxes are in the bottom half of the division, and you wonder if their recent title success is going to be a missed opportunity to join the Premier League top six. 

It’s now over to you on FIFA 19’s Career Mode, as you look to propel Leicester up the Premier League table and fight for European football. The board have chosen not to spend big and bring star names to Midlands club, but it’s now your opportunity to build this side you want and fight for European places. 

RealSport gives you all there is to know about taking over Leicester on FIFA 19. 

Team Rating

Leicester receive a four star rating on FIFA 19, made up by an 82 attack, 76 midfield and 79 defence. 

Formation

Leicester’s default formation is a 4-2-3-1 wide, and you shouldn’t stray too far from this, with a 4-3-3 defend or 4-5-1 your only possible alternatives. 

One of the league’s best goalkeepers Kasper Schmeichel (88 GK reflexes) is behind a useful back four of the energetic Ricardo Pereira (88 acceleration), Jonny Evans, hard man Harry Maguire (89 strength) and Ben Chilwell

Loanee Youri Tielemans partners the mobile Wilfred Ndidi (92 stamina) in defensive midfield, with James Maddison in the number 10 role. On the flanks you have Marc Albrighton and Demarai Gray with the pacey Jamie Vardy (90 sprint speed) leading the line.

On the bench go for Danny Ward, Wes Morgan, Daniel Amartey, Nampalys Mendy, Rachid Ghezzal, Harvey Barnes and Kelechi Iheanacho. 

Tactics and instructions

Leicester are well set up to counter-attack on FIFA 19, and you still need to keep in mind that title winning side of 2016 and how brilliant they were on the break. Your main asset to this is one of only four players remaining from that side, Jamie Vardy (90 aggression). The former England international’s pace, tenacity and finishing ability will dictate your success this season, but he will need help from new catalyst James Maddison (85 agility) to open up the defence. 

There is a strong defensive platform with the Foxes, built from Kasper Schmeichel (82 GK kicking) in goal and Harry Maguire (87 heading accuracy), and this continues in midfield with the coveted Wilfred Ndidi (90 jumping). The Nigerian will be in charge of winning the ball back in the middle of the park, and spreading the ball to the various attacking options. 

This extends to the full backs with Ricardo Pereira (87 sprint speed) and Ben Chilwell (85 stamina) both known for getting forward. With numbers out wide, this should spread the opposition defence and midfield, which would open up space for Maddison to thrive, and Youri Tielemans (88 shot power) to strike from range. 

Altering the team’s instructions can help your tactics to greater effect. A few have already been set for you at Leicester, with Jamie Vardy’s support runs on ‘get in behind’, James Maddison on ‘free roam’ for positioning freedom, Ricardo Pereira’s attacking runs set to ‘join the attack’ and Ben Chilwell on ‘overlap’ for his run type. 

The only thing you should change is Marc Albrighton’s defensive support to ‘come back on defence’ as right back Ricardo Pereira will be flying forward. 

Training

In your training sessions look to use players with high growth, as denoted by the ‘promising player’ icon. At Leicester, this includes Youri Tielemans, Ben Chilwell, James Maddison, Demarai Gray, Kelechi Iheanacho, Caglar Soyuncu and Daniel Amartey. 

The Transfer Market

Starting transfer budget: £48 million

Starting wage budget: £137,000 a week

Who should go

Leicester have aims of getting back into Europe, so there are a handful of names who won’t help you get there. Danny Simpson has been displaced in the first team by new signing Ricardo Pereira, and is likely to behind Daniel Amartey as well in the pecking order by right back, so you can sell the former Newcastle man. He should collect you around £23 million, saving his wages of £40,000 a week. 

Matty James seems to have been at Leicester for ages, but the central midfielder is only 26. With a long contract to his name, he could fetch you £2 million in the transfer market which will put £36,000 a week back into your wage budget. 

The remainder are young fringe players you won’t make the grade at Leicester, so look to sell Sam Hughes, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Admiral Muskwe for a combined fee of £500,000. This will free up £14,000 a week in your wage budget. 

Loans

Leicester have some promising youngsters on their books, but with a competitive first team squad, it would be more beneficial to send them out on loan. Layton Ndukwu, Callum Wright, Alexandru Pascanu and Khanya Leshabela can all be sent away for the campaign. 

Who to sign

New transfer budget: £51 million

New wage budget: £191,000 a week

Pacey left winger

Demarai Gray has talent, but with a 75 overall he isn’t going to show the consistency to help you push for Europe. With the workmanlike Marc Albrighton on the other flank, bring in a pacey winger who can be found by your attacking midfielder and link up with Vardy in attack. 

Steven Bergwijn should squeeze into your budget, with the Dutch international a real speed merchant. Abilities of 89 sprint speed, 89 balance and 88 acceleration provide him with an 80 overall which can grow to an 86 potential. The 20-year-old PSV man will set you back around £25 million, with wages starting at just £15,000 a week. 

Alternative options

Player

Age

Club

Country

OVR

POT

Cost

Wage

Stephan El Shaarawy

25

Roma

Italy

81

82

£25m

£68k

Rafa

25

Benfica

Portugal

80

83

£26m

£15k

Franco Cervi

24

Benfica

Argentina

79

84

£25m

£13k

Cristian Pavon

22

Buenos Aires

Argentina

79

85

£24m

£24k

Alain Saint-Maximin

21

Nice

France

79

86

£27m

£28k

Experienced number 10

James Maddison has been a superb signing for Leicester this season, but with it being his first in the Premier League, he has failed to churn out the performances week-in, week out. With a fantastic potential, you need an experienced head in there for just two seasons. 

Juan Mata would be an exceptional acquisition, with the Spaniard one of the finest creators in the Premier League. By bringing him to Leicester, you can revert him back to his preferred number 10 role and show off those 89 balance, 88 ball control and 87 composure stats. His overall lies at 82, and the Manchester United man will cost you £20 million, with his wages of £136,000 a week likely to decrease. 

Alternative options

Player

Age

Club

Country

OVR

POT

Cost

Wage

Franco Vazquez

29

Sevilla

Argentina

82

82

£26m

£24k

Aaron Ramsey

27

Arsenal

Wales

82

82

£23m

£114k

Emil Forsberg

26

RB Leipzig

Sweden

82

83

£27m

£59k

Dimitri Payet

31

Marseille

France

84

84

£30m

£66k

Kevin Kampl

27

RB Leipzig

Germany

83

83

£27m

£65k

Contracts

A fair few players at Leicester have contracts expiring at the end of the season, with a wave of their Premier League winning heroes likely to get the axe. Club captain Wes Morgan may be on the bench, but aged 34, he won’t be for much longer. He along with Danny Simpson, Christian Fuchs and Shinji Okazaki should all be released if you don’t sell them earlier. 

Alexandru Pascanu looks to have promise, so extend his contract, but fellow youngsters Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Admiral Muskwe and Ryan Loft can all be shown the door. 

Managerial objectives

Leicester’s objectives are strange, with none of them marked as a high or critical importance. This may be down to the fact that the Foxes don’t know what they are fighting for, with their Premier League victory such a one-off that even European football or cup success seem farfetched.

For domestic success, you will be asked to finish mid table in the Premier League and also reach the round of 16 in the FA Cup. In the long term, you will need to finish in a Europa League spot (fifth) within the next two seasons.

Financially, you must increase the club worth by 20% within two seasons and for brand exposure you will need to increase season ticket holders to at least 10% of the stadium’s capacity. Maintain a profit, bring in big names and lifting silverware will help achieve both of these. 

Lastly, for youth development you will be expected to sign two players younger than 20 who have a high potential. This must be higher than the average overall of player in the same position in your squad. Not only that, you need to bring in a youth player to the senior team and play them in five matches. 

Attack the top six once again

Those objectives don’t leave a lot to get excited about in your first season at the King Power stadium, but that does mean you have one campaign to build the team in your image. Get a feel for the side, line up some transfer targets, and next season you could be line for a shot at European qualification, especially with some young talent on the cusp of breaking through. 

Leicester may have failed to capitalise on their Premier League success, but this squad is still good enough to strike again. Make sure you finish at least seventh in your first season, and if any of the top six slip up, you must be there to pounce. 

Full Leicester player ratings

Player

Age

Pos

Country

OVR

POT

Value

Wage

Goalkeepers

Kasper Schmeichel

31

GK

Denmark

83

83

£14m

£63k

Danny Ward

25

GK

Wales

73

76

£7m

£48K

Eldin Jakupovic

33

GK

Switz.

72

72

£1m

£27k

Defenders

Harry Maguire

25

CB

England

82

85

£21m

£68k

Ricardo Pereira

24

RB
RM

Portugal

81

84

£16m

£56k

Ben Chilwell

21

LB

England

78

85

£11m

£37k

Jonny Evans

30

CB

Northern Ireland

78

78

£7m

£52k

Wes Morgan

34

CB

Jamaica

76

76

£2m

£46k

Caglar Soyuncu

22

CB

Turkey

74

82

£6m

£35k

Daniel Amartey

23

RB
CDM
CM

Ghana

74

78

£5m

£35k

Danny Simpson

31

RB

England

74

74

£3m

£40k

Christian Fuchs

32

LB

Austria

74

74

£3m

£40k

Sam Hughes

21

CB

England

64

75

£600k

£7k

Alexandru Pascanu

19

CB
RB

Romania

61

77

£400k

£3k

Midfielders

Wilfred Ndidi

21

CDM
CM

Nigeria

81

85

£18m

£47k

Youri Tielemans

21

CM
CDM

Belgium

78

87

£14m

£41k

James Maddison

21

CAM
LM

England

77

85

£11m

£40k

Marc Albrighton

28

RM
LM

England

77

77

£8m

£56k

Nampalys Mendy

26

CDM
CM

France

76

78

£7m

£46k

Demarai Gray

22

LM
CF

England

75

82

£8m

£42k

Rachid Ghezzal

26

RM
RW

Algeria

75

75

£7m

£48k

Shinji Okazaki

32

CAM
CF

Japan

75

75

£4m

£48k

Matty James

26

CM
CDM

England

72

72

£3m

£36k

Hamza Choudury

20

CDM
CM

England

71

80

£3m

£21k

Layton Ndukwu

19

RM
LM

England

62

77

£600k

£4k

Callum Wright

18

CAM
LM

England

60

78

£400k

£3k

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall

19

CDM

England

59

71

£200k

£3k

Khanya Leshabela

18

CAM

South Africa

58

77

£200k

£3k

Attackers

Jamie Vardy

31

ST

England

82

82

£18m

£85k

Harvey Barnes

20

LW
CAM

England

74

84

£8m

£37k

Kelechi Iheanacho

21

ST
CF

Nigeria

74

82

£8m

£37k

Admiral Muskwe

19

ST

Zimbabwe

58

69

£200k

£4k

Ryan Loft

20

ST

England

57

69

£200k

£5k

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