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

Newly promoted side Wolves are flying high in the Premier League this season, but how far can you take them on FIFA 19's Career Mode.


Many see Wolverhampton Wanderers as the surprise package in the Premier League this season, with the promoted side sitting the highest in the top-flight outside of the top six. Now, there has been eyebrows raised at the transfer business of Wolves even when they were in the Championship, with the club going through super agent Jorge Mendes to sign a lot of quality Portuguese talent, with Rui Patricio, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Diogo Jota, Ivan Cavaleiro, Helder Costa and Ruben Vinagre all hailing from the European Champions.

With rich Chinese owners, if Wolves continue this trend, we may not far away from seeing the midlands club back in Europe for the first time since the start of the 80s. That has to be your target on FIFA 19’s Career Mode, with just so much potential in this Wolves squad. 

RealSport gives you all you need to know as you take charge at Molineux on FIFA 19. 

Team Rating

Wolves have a four star rating on FIFA 19, which consists of a 75 attack, 78 midfield and 76 defence. 

Formation

Wolves have had success with a five at the back formation this season, but with a shortage of quality centre backs, you should change this to a 4-3-3 holding. If you prefer the protection, go for a 5-3-2 or 5-2-3. 

Rui Patricio (85 GK diving) is a top quality goalkeeper, with the back four made up by Matt Doherty, Conor Coady, Willy Boly and superb new signing Jonny (83 stamina).

Quality loanee Leander Dendoncker (89 stamina) is the backbone to a class midfield, and is his joined by orchestrator Joao Moutinho (86 composure) and distributor Ruben Neves (86 long passing).

In attack, Ivan Cavaleiro and Diogo Jota flank another loan signing in Raul Jimenez.

On the bench go for John Ruddy, Ryan Bennett, Ruben Vinagre, Romain Saiss, Morgan Gibbs-White, Adama Traore and Helder Costa. 

Tactics and instructions

Usually set up with a back five, Wolves are set up to counter attack, and you can still implement this with the 4-3-3. It does also allow you to take more control of the ball when you play against teams in the bottom half of the division, and of course, gives you the opportunity to rotate your squad as the season wears on. 

The midfield trio is well-balanced, and it explains why current manager Nuno Espirito Santo flipped the system from a 5-2-3 to a 5-3-2 this season. Leander Dendoncker (87 strength) can play in midfield or defence, making him the perfect man in defensive midfield, which allows Joao Moutinho (84 balance) and Ruben Neves (84 vision) to strut their stuff higher up the pitch. Use the trio to set the front three away, or to control the ball when play slows down. 

In switching from a back five to a traditional four-man defence, you will lose your wing-backs. Matt Doherty (90 stamina) and Jonny (82 aggression) like to get forward and then can still afford to do this with the protection in midfield and the wingers linking up with the striker. 

Speaking of the forward, Raul Jimenez (90 penalties) is a traditional number 9, standing at 6’3”, so look to swing balls into him with your players in wide areas. 

Your instructions can help you implement these tactics, with your first port of call needing to be Leander Dendoncker’s attacking support changed to ‘stay back’ to provide defensive cover. 

Ruben Neves (83 long shots) is lethal from range, so on his crossing support he should be set to stay on edge of box for cross’. 

Diogo Jota (83 composure) has played up front alongside Raul Jimenez this season, so to allow Jonny to bomb on from left back, the winger should get into box for cross’ on crossing support. 

On the other flank, Ivan Cavaleiro (87 sprint speed) is blessed with pace so his support runs should be on ‘get in behind’. Speedster Adama Traore (97 acceleration) is likely to come on off the bench for Cavaleiro, making this instruction suit him even more. 

Training

To make the most of your training sessions, use players with high development. At Wolves, this includes Jonny, Leander Dendoncker, Ruben Neves, Diogo Jota, Adama Traore, Morgan Gibbs-White and Ruben Vinagre

The Transfer Market

Starting transfer budget: £57 million

Starting wage budget: £106,000 a week

Who should go

The only players you should consider selling at Wolves are the youngsters who won’t have the ability to represent the first team in the future. These are Oskar Buur Rasmussen, Cameron John and Harry Beasley, who you should all sell for a combined fee of £240,000, freeing up £8,000 a week in your transfer budget. 

Loans

With there a big gulf between the first team and the rest of the squad with Wolves, there are plenty of contenders to send out on loan. Don’t loan out more than five, with squad numbers likely to come an issue, so Ryan Giles, Elliott Watt, Austin Samuels, Niall Ennis and Andreas Sondergaard should your men to send away, with all of them holding a potential of 75 or higher. 

Who to sign

New transfer budget: £57 million

New wage budget: £116,000 a week

Starting centre half

Centre backs are the clear weak link in the Wolves squad, let alone starting lineup, with just three first team options – all of which start week-in, week-out for Wolves. Add to this that it’s the weakest position in the starting lineup, this needs to be addressed. 

A big statement needs to be made, and you should move for Liverpool’s Joel Matip in the summer transfer window. The Cameroonian has an 80 overall on FIFA 19, which can grow to a potential of 82, and at the age of 26 it is a perfect time to sign him. You should be able to strike deal for around £19 million with his wages of £87,000 a week likely to come down. The defender’s best stats include 84 standing tackle, 83 interceptions and 82 heading accuracy. 

Alternative options

Player

Age

Club

Country

OVR

POT

C

W

Mateo Musacchio

27

AC Milan

Argentina

80

80

£15m

£75k

Dejan Lovren

28

Liverpool

Croatia

81

82

£20m

£101k

Raul

28

Braga

Brazil

80

81

£16m

£16k

Sven Bender

29

Bayer Leverkusen

Germany

81

81

£16m

£61k

Nicolas Nkoulou

28

Torino

Cameroon

80

80

£14m

£44k

Long-term striker

Raul Jimenez is good enough to see you out the season, but for one, he is only on loan, and second, he is the only striker in your first team. Look to bring in someone who can provide competition for Jimenez and possibly take the responsibility of being your first-choice striker next season. 

Kasper Dolberg burst onto the scene two seasons ago, netting 22 goals in the 2016-17 season, as Ajax reached the Europa League final. He scored just nine times last season however, but looks to be back on it this year with 10 goals so far. On FIFA 19, his 76 overall rating can improve to a potential of 85, with is best stats 87 shot power, 77 long shots and 77 composure. You can sign him by matching his £16.9 million release clause with wages starting at just £13,000 a week. 

Alternative options

Player

Age

Club

Country

OVR

POT

Cost

Wage

Jonathan Calleri

24

Alaves

Argentina

77

82

£17m

£21k

Rafael Santos Borre

22

River Plate

Colombia

77

83

£15m

£20k

Divock Origi

23

Liverpool

Belgium

77

82

£17m

£73k

Breel Embolo

21

Schalke

Switz.

76

85

£18m

£21k

Davie Selke

23

Hertha Berlin

Germany

77

82

£17m

£24k

Contracts

Just two players have contracts expiring at Wolves, youngsters Pedro Goncalves and Harry Beasley. Unless Goncalves shows tremendous development this season, you are likely to sell him, with Beasley someone you should be selling as soon as the season starts. 

Managerial objectives

Wolves just have three objectives you to follow, with league placing having a low importance – so be sure to prioritise your off the pitch duties. Youth development has a medium importance and here you must bring a player through the youth academy and play them in 50% of your matches next season. Be sure to get your scouts sent out straight away as you are looking for a player who at least going to on the bench next year.

For brand exposure you must increase season ticket holders to 10% of the stadium’s capacity within three seasons. If you bring in big names, rack up the goals and victories, and essentially make the side a joy to watch, this should be no problem at all. 

Lastly, for domestic success you will be expected to finish mid table in the Premier League and reach the round of 16 in the FA Cup. Barring tough draws in the third and fourth rounds of the FA Cup, you should be fine. This also gives you the opportunity to play your youngsters in the EFL Cup and at the backend of the season, whilst also keeping your star players fresh for the big games. 

Wolves on the prowl

This Wolves side has areas of quality, but in spending big on some players, there have been gaps left on the pitch and the overall depth of the squad. It means that in your first season, a mid-table finish is the minimum you should be achieving, but you will face matches in which the ball won’t go in the back of the net or a defensive error will cost you a result. 

It won’t get easier next season with two first team starters only in on loan, so you are looking at perhaps a three year project in developing Wolves into a side that can not only qualify for Europe, but also compete in it.

The good news is, that there is potential in the squad already to achieve that, led by Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota, with support coming in from Adama Traore, Morgan Gibbs-White and Ruben Vinagre. That should be enough to see Wolves become a genuine Premier League force. 

Full Wolves player ratings

Player

Age

Pos

Country

OVR

POT

Value

Wage

Goalkeepers

Rui Patricio

30

GK

Portugal

83

83

£15m

£65k

John Ruddy

31

GK

England

71

71

£1m

£24k

Will Norris

24

GK

England

66

70

£500k

£9k

Andreas Sondergaard

17

GK

Denmark

54

77

£100k

£1k

Harry Beasley

19

GK

England

52

63

£60k

£1k

Defenders

Jonny

24

LWB

Spain

79

83

£12m

£52k

Willy Boly

27

CB

France

77

79

£8m

£51k

Matt Doherty

26

RWB

Rep. Ireland

77

78

£8m

£51k

Conor Coady

25

CB

England

74

77

£5m

£40k

Ryan Bennett

28

CB

England

73

73

£3m

£41k

Ruben Vinagre

19

LWB

Portugal

68

83

£2m

£8k

John Kitolano

18

LWB
LB

Norway

62

77

£500k

£3k

Ryan Giles

18

LWB
LW

England

58

75

£200k

£3k

Ed Francis

18

CB
LB

England

58

74

£200k

£3k

Oskar Buur Rasmussen

20

RWB
RB

Denmark

57

71

£200k

£4k

Maximilian Kilman

21

CB
LB
CM

England

56

70

£200k

£4k

Cameron John

18

CB
LWB

England

54

72

£100k

£3k

Midfielders

Joao Moutinho

31

CM
CDM
CAM

Portugal

82

82

£17m

£81k

Ruben Neves

21

CM

Portugal

80

87

£18m

£52k

Leander Dendoncker

23

CDM
CB
CM

Belgium

79

85

On Loan

£18k

Romain Saiss

28

CM
CDM

Morocco

74

74

£5m

£48k

Morgan Gibbs-White

18

CM
CAM
LW

England

67

86

£1m

£8k

Paulo Alves

20

CM
CAM

Portugal

59

70

£200k

£6k

Pedro Goncalves

20

CM

Portugal

58

74

£200k

£5k

Sadou Diallo

19

CM
CDM

England

55

73

£200k

£3k

Elliott Watt

18

CM

Scotland

54

75

£100k

£4k

Attackers

Diogo Jota

21

LW
ST

Portugal

78

86

£14m

£49k

Raul Jimenez

27

ST

Mexico

78

79

On Loan

£13k

Ivan Cavaleiro

24

LW
RW

Portugal

75

78

£8m

£48k

Adama

22

RW
RM

Spain

74

82

£8m

£44k

Helder Costa

24

RW

Portugal

74

76

£6m

£44k

Niall Ennis

19

ST

England

58

75

£200k

£4k

Austin Samuels

17

ST

England

54

77

£100k

£4k

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