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FIFA 16 Sunderland: Complete Guide For Career Mode

For those gamers that don’t like playing online, manager mode is their FIFA haven. A place where you can take apart any team you want, and completely construct a new one, however you please. Sometimes though, it helps to have a helping hand in explaining how to best use different teams on Career Mode. So, RealSport have devised a team-by-team guide for anyone looking to start a manager mode on FIFA 16. A list of some other useful FIFA guides: Complete Premier League Team-By-Team Guide For Completing Career Mode: 

General Tips

  • Always choose the lenient option when selecting your ‘financial strictness’. This way you get 85% of the money that the board receives from outgoing transfers to spend on new players
  • Use the new ‘Training’ feature – even if you can’t be bothered to always carry out the drills, simulate 5 drills every week, it’s a useful way to help your players grow outside of matches


  • Transfer budget – £20m
  • Wage budget – £90k

What the team needs

  • Right-back
  • Centre-back
  • Striker

Who you should get rid of

A general rule here is to sell off players that are old (31+), as on FIFA, their ratings can deteriorate pretty fast, so it’s best to cash in on them while their still valuable. Below are the names of the Sunderland players you should get rid of and the lowest value at which you should sell that player:

  • Emanuele Giaccherini – Recall from loan for £420k, then sell for £3.4m
  • Steven Fletcher – £3.5m
  • Danny Graham – £2.5m

Total Received = £9.4m New Budget = £30.4m

Who you should buy (with the smaller budget)

If you can, aim to sign younger players, as FIFA has this thing for making a majority of all decent young players develop pretty well, even if they don’t in real life. If you can’t sell the ‘deadweight’ players, the following are those you can sign within your original budget (£20m):

Name: M’Baye Niang (74) Cost: £4.5m from AC Milan

Is he worth it? 

  • Sunderland are crying out for pace up-front and given that we have to stretch the £20m budget to sign 4 quality players. Niang ticks all boxes here

Alternative option – Gabriel (75) – £6.5m (Santos)

Name: John Stones (77) Cost: £8m from Everton

Is he worth it? 

  • Stones immediately takes Sunderland defence up another level and brings some much-needed quality needed to the Black Cats back-four
  • Stones partners up nicely with Kaboul at the back, leaving your pick of John O’Shea/Wes Brown/ Sebastian Coates, to be your backup centre-half

Alternative option – John Brooks (76) – £6.5m (Hertha BSC)   Name: Jonny (76) Cost: £7m from Celta Vigo

Is he worth it? 

  • Jonny would enter your team as Sunderland’s best full-back, and someone who actually be relied on to be a key cog of an ever-improving back four, as you would now have at Sunderland
  • The back four of Van Aanholt, Stones, Kaboul and Jonny is miles better than who you start the game with. Plus, it all fits nicely within your budget

Alternative optionAissa Mandi (79) – £11m (Stade de Reims). Mandi is the better player, but if you sign him, you may be unable to sign one of Niang/Stones, which makes him not worth the risk

Who you should buy (with the larger budget)

If a best case scenario occurs, and you’re able to sell of £9.5m worth of dead weight players, you should look to add another forward, just in case Niang or Defoe gets injured.

Name: Breel Donald Embolo (76) Cost: £9.5m from Basel

Is he worth it?

  • Having Embolo, Niang and Defoe at your disposal is leaps and bounds better than having to rely on Steven Fletcher or Danny Graham if Defoe doesn’t score
  • Embolo and Niang will grow handsomely, which is useful because Defoe, who by virtue of FIFA’s dodgy algorithms, will see his ranking deteriorate pretty quickly as he ages

Name: Imoh Ezekiel (75) Cost: £7.5m from Anderlecht

Is he worth it?

  • Ezekiel is slightly less of a finished product than Embolo, but is still a talented young alternative to Defoe, and is also someone who’s rating will grow by 8 within a few seasons, to around 83 

More gaming guides:

FIFA 16:

Complete Team-By-Team Guide To Starting A Career Mode (Premier League) including:

Top 5 FIFA 16 Goals

The Real Picture: What FIFA 16 Needs To Fix


FM 16:

Wonderkids Guides

Premier League Best Wonderkids

Europe’s Best Wonderkids

La Liga Wonderkids

Bundesliga Wonderkids

Serie A Wonderkids

Best Wonderkids From Smaller European Leagues

Best XI’s

Premier League Wonderkids Best XI

The 11 Best ‘Big Budget’ Signings On FM15

Europe’s Best Wonderkids XI

La Liga Wonderkids Best XI

The 11 Best Signings On FM15

Bundesliga Wonderkids Best XI

Smaller European Leagues Wonderkids XI

The Premier League On-Loan XI

The Best FM15 Signings Under £5m


FM 16 Stories

Celtic In The Premier League

Barcelona In League 2

Ronaldo & Messi At Aston Villa

Barcelona In The Premier League

Messi On A Cold Night In Stoke


General Guides

How To Sign Any Player For Cheap On FM16

6 Reasons To Buy FM16 

5 Bargains You Won’t Find In FM16

6 Teams To Try On FM16

What Happened When We Played FM16 For The First Time

The 5 Best Free Transfers At Every Position

Best Signings From Relegation-Prone Teams 


Transfer Budgets

Premier League Teams Transfer/Wage Budgets Revealed

Every European Team’s Transfer/Wage Budgets Revealed

La Liga Teams Transfer/Wage Budgets Revealed

Serie A Teams Transfer/Wage Budgets Revealed

Bundesliga Transfer/Wage Budget Revealed

Smaller European Teams Transfer/Wage Budget Revealed

The 20 Teams With The Highest Transfer/Wage Budgets

FIFA 16 Sunderland: Complete Guide For Career Mode

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