FM17: Middlesbrough Player Ratings Revealed

Here’s the Middlesbrough 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

For a team that has just arrived in the Premier League, I think Middlesbrough have invested in their squad pretty well and they should have enough quality to survive relegation. Unless you find a way to drastically improve your squad, that should be the aim in your first season.

A few seasons in the Premier League and the club will become richer and, in turn, you’ll have some more room for manouevre in the transfer market. Until then, stay put with what you have; don’t try and make any big money signings or you risk bankrupting the club.

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

Transfer budget: £3,000,000

Wage budget: £728,206


Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Goalkeeper Victor Valdes 3.5 3.5 34 Spain £1.7m
Goalkeeper Brad Guzan 3.5 3.5 31 USA £4.4m

Victor Valdes is a good experienced ‘keeper, as is Brad Guzan, and they’re both rated at 3.5 stars. There’s no need to upgrade them in the immediate transfer window, but that time is only round the corner and it should be in the back of your mind.


Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Defender Calum Chambers 3.5 3.5 21 England £9m
Defender Daniel Ayala 3 3 25 Spain £9.5m
Defender Ben Gibson 3 3.5 23 England £7.75m
Defender Bernardo 3.5 3.5 26 Colombia £9.75m
Defender Antonio Barragan 3.5 3.5 29 Spain £7.25m
Defender Fabio 3 3 25 Brazil £5.25m
Defender George Friend 3 3 28 England £6m
Defender James Husband 2.5 3 22 England £2.2m

Boro’s defence is actually pretty solid for a team that’s just won promotion. Your lowest rated defender is James Husband, 2.5 stars, though he does have the potential to reach three. Calum Chambers is on loan and you have to be mindful that he’ll be returning to Arsenal after a year. To stay in the league, this should be enough, but any additions you’d want to make would certainly be welcome.


Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Midfielder Emilio Nsue 2.5 2.5 26 equatorial Guinea £4.8m
Midfielder Adam Forshaw 3 3.5 24 England £5.25m
Midfielder Adam Clayton 3 3 27 England £8.75m
Midfielder Grant Leadbitter 3 3 30 England £4.8m
Midfielder Marten de Roon 3.5 3.5 25 Netherlands £12.25m
Midfielder Viktor Fischer 3.5 4 22 Denmark £9.75m
Midfielder Adama Traore 3 4 20 Spain £7m
Midfielder Christian Stuani 3.5 3.5 29 Uruguay £8.5m
Midfielder Stewart Downing 3 3 31 England £1.7m
Midfielder Carlos De Pena 3 3 24 Uruguay £5.5m
Midfielder Gaston Ramirez 3 3 25 Uruguay £15.5m

Midfield could do with a little improvement. Viktor Fischer and Adama Traore are good players now, at 3.5 stars, and can improve to four stars, but around them, you lack a little quality. Stuani and de Roon can do a good job at 3.5 stars, but the former is 29 and a replacement should be sought when the funds become available. If you’re in need of some money, you could sell Downing, Nsue and Leadbitter to scrape together a little something.


Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Striker David Nugent 3 3 31 England £2.9m
Striker Alvaro Negredo 4.5 4.5 30 Spain £9.75m
Striker Jordan Rhodes 3.5 3.5 26 Scotland £10.5m

Other than Jordan Rhodes, who has fulfilled his 3.5 star potential, your striker core is aging. Negredo is 4.5 stars and probably your likeliest source of goals, but at 30, his best days are behind him and he won’t have the fitness to play consistently.

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_