FM17: Leicester Player Ratings Revealed

Here’s the Leicester team on Football Manager 2017 with all the player ratings and values revealed and broken down to help you understand your squad.

oliver stein by Oli Stein

Although they won the title last season, some serious work will have to go into your squad if you’re to replicate this feat on Football Manager 2017. With a small starting budget, it’s going to be hard work.

Seeking out young, cheap gems will be your best course of action as, unless you offload Riyad Mahrez or Jamie Vardy for big bucks (which you most definitely shouldn’t do), you lack the funds for a marquee signing.

Most of the work will be tailored around the defence as none particularly stand out.

Leicester’s starting transfer and wage budgets are as follows:

Transfer budget: £9,500,000

Wage budget: £1,582,319

GOALKEEPERS

Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel 3.5 3.5 29 Denmark £13.25m
Goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler 3.5 3.5 27 Germany £6.75m

No need for changes in the goalkeeping department as you have two ready-made three-and-a-half star ‘keepers in Zieler and Schmeichel. It’s up to you to figure out who is going to be your number one. It’s especially not worth the hassle of selling to buy given Leicester’s small transfer budget of £9.5million.

DEFENDERS

Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Defender Danny Simpson 3 3 29 England £7.25m
Defender Luis Hernandez 2.5 2.5 27 Spain £9m
Defender Christian Fuchs 3.5 3.5 30 Austria £11.75m
Defender Marcin Wasilewski 2.5 2.5 36 Poland £475k
Defender Robert Huth 3 3 31 Germany £3.8m
Defender Wes Morgan 3.5 3.5 32 Jamaica £2.5m
Defender Yohan Benalouane 2.5 2.5 29 Tunisia £4.5m

I know Leicester were champions last season and had one the tightest defences around, but, in truth, a lot of that was due to their mentality, attitude and team spirit. In actual fact, the quality of player falls well below what you’d need to actually win a title on Football Manager. Christian Fuchs and Wes Morgan are your best defenders (3.5 stars), but to win titles, you’re going to want to upgrade, even on them. Hernandez, Benalouane and Wasilewski can be sold to finance new signings. Moreover, the youngest player in this defence is 27; be sure to bring in some young talent for the future.

MIDFIELDERS

Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Midfielder Nampalys Mendy 2.5 3 24 France £10.75m
Midfielder Daniel Amartey 2.5 3 21 Ghana £6.75m
Midfielder Marc Albrighton 3 3 26 England £16.25m
Midfielder Jeffrey Schlupp 3 3 23 Ghana £12.25m
Midfielder Andy King 3 3 27 Wales £12.75m
Midfielder Matty James 2.5 3 24 England £8m
Midfielder Danny Drinkwater 3.5 3.5 26 England £19.25m
Midfielder Riyad Mahrez 4 4 25 Algeria £33m
Midfielder Ahmed Musa 3 3.5 23 Nigeria £13.75m
Midfielder Demarai Gray 2.5 3.5 20 England £10.5m
Midfielder Shinji Okazaki 3 3 30 Japan £8m

Leicester have a solid, if not spectacular, midfield, the majority of players rated at the three-star potential ability mark. Riyad Mahrez is the club’s best player at four stars, and you should go all out to ensure he signs a new contract to discourage other clubs from making an offer. Keep your eyes on Ahmed Musa and Demarai Gray, both of who can rise to 3.5 stars. In terms of sales, you could look to offload Okazaki, James and even King if you’re short of money. That could bring you a combined total in excess of £30 million.

STRIKERS

Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Striker Leonardo Ulloa 2.5 2.5 29 Argentina £7.75m
Striker Islam Slimani 3.5 3.5 28 Algeria £31.5m
Striker Jamie Vardy 4 4 29 England £23.5m

No need for immediate changes up front as Jamie Vardy still has a few good years left in him, and he’s rated at four stars also. It’s worth mentioning, however, that Vardy’s main asset is his pace, which will begin to decline as he ages, thus hampering his ability. Islam Slimani, too, will make for a good back-up or second striker if you decide to follow Ranieri and play two up front. Ulloa could be sold as Okazaki can also backup your strikers. Make sure you keep at least one of them around though to ensure you have enough cover for when the fixtures start coming thick and fast.

Oli Stein

Oli graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in History and has worked with RealSport since September 2016. Currently assistant football editor and Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @steinoliver_

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