FIFA 22 Newcastle United Career Mode Guide: Starting Lineup and Who to sign

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Newcastle United have been going through a tough spell, with little money being spent, attacking football a rarity, and life in the Premier League never feeling quite secure.

After their takeover we expect to see a far bigger budget for the club next game, so we're taking one last go at the manager's job on a budget.

This is a massive task, so if you want to do a total rebuild job with restrictions on FIFA 22 Career Mode, look no further than Newcastle United.


Table of Contents

Team Rating

Newcastle United have a four-star rating on FIFA 22.

That is due to their team rating of: 79 ATK, 74 MID, and 74 DEF.

Starting Lineup and Formation

Newcastle line up as a 5-3-2, and we will be keeping it like this as the defence needs as much help as it can get.

FIFA 22 Newcastle United starting line up
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REINFORCEMENTS NEEDED - This defence isn't up to Premier League standards

It's a front two of new signing Callum Wilson and the flair and speed of Allan Saint-Maximin.

We've brought Miguel Almiron into the midfield, with defensive protection given by Isaac Hayden and then the box-to-box Joe Willock.

It's fresh wing-backs on both sides, with Jamal Lewis and Jacob Murphy replacing Matt Ritchie and Manquillo, as both offer more speed to get up and down the pitch.

The three centre-backs all lack pace, so we've made the best of a bad bunch, and included Paul Dummett and Fabian Schar to partner Jamaal Lascelles.

The joint-best player at the club, Martin Dubravka, is hoping to keep the goal safe.

Jonjo Shelvey and Ritchie are both decent players that can come off the bench, although they won't offer much pace, and will be used to control games.


Ryan Fraser, Joelinton and Dwight Gayle can give some speed, but the most is offered by Fraser with 82 PAC.

Tactics and Instructions

Until we've brought in more steller players, the tactics will stay the same, being hard to break down, bringing the opposition onto you, then springing fast on the counter.

This means the defensive style is to Drop Back and is quite deep, leaving more space behind the opponent.

Offensively it's Fast Build Up with Forward Runs, making the attacks quick and direct.

Saint-Maximin will stick with Drift Wide and Get In Behind, as he has the pace to arc his runs in towards goal.

When attacking, we want the whole team to go for it, meaning Almiron and Willock are told to Get Forward, and both wing-backs are on Join The Attack and Overlap, giving some width to the team.


Only Hayden will be told to Stay Back While Attacking, meaning with him and the back three you shouldn't be out-manned if you are countered on.

Development Plans

There is very little to be excited about here, with only six players having a potential of 80+ OVR.

Those six are Saint-Maximin, Willock, Freddie Woodman, Elliot Anderson, Lewis and Dubravka - with Dubravka too old to be worth training.

Focus on the young ones in training, and also new players you will bring to the club.

You will also want to change the player positioning of Saint-Maximin, making his base position a ST.

Transfer Market

Starting transfer budget: £29 million


Starting wage budget: £195,000 a week

Who should go

With only the six players making 80+ OVR, you will be looking to get rid of most of the squad in the long term.

Other players you will be wanting to hold onto for another season or two are Hayden, Sean Longstaff, Wilson, Almiron, Joelinton and Lascelles, who can play a part in the rebuilding job.

From there, go for a big clear out, just make sure you're finding replacements!


Once you've done your big clear out of players, you probably won't want to be sending any out on loan in case you're left short, but if you've got the cover then send Anderson out to get some more game time.


There are a few players out on loan, but the only one worth keeping hold of on their return is Matthew Longstaff, who could become an 81 OVR.

Who to Sign

The whole team needs rejuvenating, but by far the most pressing area is at centre-back.

Look to bring in a couple of young, promising players, who will probably be rated better than your current starters.

Centre-back options

Player Age Club Cost Wage OVR POT
Jurrien Timber20Ajax£19m£9k7787
Josko Gvardiol19RB Leipzigq£13m£24k7687
Goncalo Inacio19Sporting CP£13m£6k7686
Leonidas Stergiou19FC St. Gallen£2.2m£2k6786
Tanguy Nianzou19Bayern Munich£3.6m£15k7185

Whilst you're at it you may as well look to fix the whole backline, and see about picking up a new LWB and RWB.

Even on this tight budget, you have a great couple of options for each position, with our top picks being Luca Netz and Devnye Rensch.


Left-back options

Player Age Club Cost Wage OVR POT
Luca Netz18Borussia Monchengladbach£2.9m£3k6985
Alex CentellesDavies21UD Almeria£10m£7k7585
Rayan Ait Nouri20Wolves£5.6m£30k7384
Miranda21Real Betis£13m£13k7684
Ryan Sessegnon21Tottenham Hotspur£7.7m£35k7483

Right-back options

Player Age Club Cost Wage OVR POT
Devyne Rensch18Ajax£6m£3k7385
Sergino Dest20Barcelona£13m£58k7685
Jeremie Frimpong20Bayer Leverkusen£10m£23k7584
Tariq Lamptey20Brighton£7.7m£25k7484
Lutsharel Geertruida20Fetenoord£13£7k7684

Board Expectations

There are two high priority expectations from the board, Brand Exposure and Financial.

Brand Exposure shouldn't be too difficult to complete, having to get a streak of 3 clean sheets in away matches, and also signing 2 young players.

Financial asks that you reduce player wages by £64,000 a week, and once you've got rid of some of the dead weight in the team that should free it up.

Of medium priority is Youth Development, where you will need to sign 4 players in your Youth Academy; a goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward.

Newcastle United FIFA 22 Career Mode Board Expectations
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DEVELOP THE TEAM AND STAY UP - It's pretty simple demands from the board to meet

Domestic Success is a low priority asking you to finish mid-table in the Premier League and reach the round of 16 of the FA Cup.

You aren't in European competitions, so Continental Success is a low priority, as there is nothing to be fought for!