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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.

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 relegaiton. 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


PositionPlayerCurrent RatingPotential RatingAgeNationalityValue
GoalkeeperVictor Valdes3.53.534Spain£1.7m
GoalkeeperBrad Guzan3.53.531USA£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.


PositionPlayerCurrent RatingPotential RatingAgeNationalityValue
DefenderCalum Chambers3.53.521England£9m
DefenderDaniel Ayala3325Spain£9.5m
DefenderBen Gibson33.523England£7.75m
DefenderAntonio Barragan3.53.529Spain£7.25m
DefenderGeorge Friend3328England£6m
DefenderJames Husband2.5322England£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.


PositionPlayerCurrent RatingPotential RatingAgeNationalityValue
Midfielderemilio Nsue2.52.526equitorial Guinea£4.8m
MidfielderAdam Forshaw33.524England£5.25m
MidfielderAdam Clayton3327England£8.75m
MidfielderGrant Leadbitter3330England£4.8m
MidfielderMarten de Roon3.53.525Netherlands£12.25m
MidfielderViktor Fischer3.5422Denmark£9.75m
MidfielderAdama Traore3420Spain£7m
MidfielderChristian Stuani3.53.529Uruguay£8.5m
MidfielderStewart Downing3331England£1.7m
MidfielderCarlos De Pena3324Uruguay£5.5m
MidfielderGaston Ramirez3325Uruguay£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.


PositionPlayerCurrent RatingPotential RatingAgeNationalityValue
StrikerDavid Nugent3331England£2.9m
StrikerAlvaro Negredo4.54.530Spain£9.75m
StrikerJordan Rhodes3.53.526Scotland£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

Football Editor

Oli graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in History and has been RealSport's football editor since September 2016.

He's a Tottenham Hotspur fan first and objective football writer second!

Oli is also a defensive end for American football club the London Blitz, starting his career on the offensive line with his Bristol university team.

FM17: Middlesbrough Player Ratings Revealed

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