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Best FIFA 16 career mode players to sign first

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Helping you pick the best FIFA 16 players in the career mode, saving you having to do all the homework.

Making your first signings in FIFA 16 can be quite the daunting process. There are so many names and figures, how can you know which are the best FIFA 16 players?

After all, it's down to you to seek out the FIFA 16 wonderkids, discovering your very own Messi.

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We're loving the new global transfer network in the game, even if it is a little depressing when your transfer budget is negatively effected by on-pitch performance.

It's not quite Football Manager levels of detail in FIFA 16, but this year scouting and making signing is a lot more realistic.

Now we know not everyone wants to go to the trouble of assigning scouts to trawl the leagues across the world, so we've done the hard work for you and found a collection of hot prospects, bargain buys and rough diamonds.

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Whether it's for a lower league promotion push or you've got money to burn like Man City, we've extensively scouted and here's our findings on the best players to buy in FIFA 16 Career mode.

Kepa Arrizabalaga – Goalkeeper – Real Valladolid

Current average: 74 | Potential average: 87

If you're in the hunt for a keeper who can keep hold of the number one jersey for seasons to come, the 21-year old Spaniard already has the qualities to walk into the first team. With strong diving, handling and reflexes stats, Kepa is currently on loan at Athletic Bilbao and is valued at around £4.2m. You'll probably have to go close to doubling that figure to get him, plus get close to his £30,000 weekly wage.

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Bartlomiej Dragowski – Goalkeeper – Jagiellonia Bialystok

Current average: 71 | Potential average: 86

Poland have a produced some of the finest keepers in recent years and Dragowski looks set to be added to that illustrious list. Currently one of the hottest prospects in world football, the 17-year old already shows great maturity and should be a calming presence in between the sticks. Valued at £2m, Jagiellonia Bialystok should be willing to do business for around £5-6m. Improving on his £1,000 wages shouldn't be a problem either.

Jose Gaya – Left full back – Valencia

Current average: 80 | Potential average: 87

After Jordi Alba and Jeremy Mathieu, Gaya is next in line to fill that left full back berth at the Mestalla. He's represented Spain at every youth level and has already been called up to the senior Spanish squad. If you want a nippy full back, who's good on the ball and will offer your team good width, he's valued at £12.5m so expect to pay close to £15m to get him. His £50,000 wages might prove a stumbling block for some potential suitors though.

Tin Jedvaj – Centre back, Right back, Left back – Bayer Leverkusen

Current average: 73 | Potential average: 86

A product of the famous Zagreb academy, Jedvaj is a defensive utility man who can play all the way across the back line and can even put put a shift in as a deep lying midfielder. The imposing 6ft defender already possess solid defensive attributes and can hold his own against the toughest centre forwards. Jedvaj is valued at £4m and is currently on a decent £25,000 weekly wage. So don't expect Leverkusen to let him go on the cheap.

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Niklas Sule – Centre back – Hoffenheim

Current average: 78 | Potential average: 88

If there's one country that's not struggling for talent, it's Germany. The young centre half who has already represented Die Mannschaft at youth level, is quick, powerful and already has defensive stats into the early eighties. With a 6ft 5-inch frame, he's not going to be pushed about by Diego Costa-type forwards either. Hoffenheim value Sule at £8m and he earns a decent £25,000 wage, so this looks like a move for a top 6 side with money to spend.

Jeremiah St. Juste – Centre back – SC Hereenveen

Current average: 70 | Potential average: 84

The Dutch have not been blessed with great defenders in recent years, but Juste is currently regarded as one of the hottest prospects in Holland right now. The 19-year old is pacey and a tough tackler who will show plenty of growth if you give him enough game time and work on his strengths and weakness in training. The good news is that he is only valued at £1.7m and is on just £4k wages so should prove a bargain buy.

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Ruben Neves – Central defensive midfielder/Central midfielder – FC Porto

Current average: 74 | Potential average: 86

Some have called him the next Sergio Busquets, which is some billing for the 18-year old. If you need a player to sit in front of the back four or three and dictate the tempo or pace of play, Neves is certainly a good fit. He also has an eye for a killer pass. Porto value him at £1.8m and pay him £9,000 in wages, so getting hold of him at a decent price shouldn't be too much of a problem for a host of clubs.

Youri Tielemans – Central midfielder – Anderlecht

Current average: 78 | Potential average: 90

Adding to Belgium's already abundant collection of talented attacking midfielders, the Anderlecht man is one of the hottest prospects in football right now and would make a good purchase for a mid-table Premier League side with a bit of cash to spend. Valued at £7.5m and with wage demands of £19,000, you'll need to be willing to go into double figures to grab him but he'll be a mainstay in your side for years to come.

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Ryan Gauld – Central Midfielder/Left midfield – Sporting CP

Current average: 73 | Potential average: 86

The Scottish Messi, Gauld currently plies his trade at Sporting Lisbon, the same club that also produced prodigious young talents like Nani and a certain Cristiano Ronaldo. The nimble central midfielder, who has enough pace and trickery to play out wide, is valued at £3.7m, but £5-6m will be enough for Sporting to be willing to do business. Current wages are £20,000, so you'll need at least to find parity or add another £10k for him to sign on the dotted line.

Julian Brandt – Left Midfielder – Bayer Leverkusen

Current average: 74 | Potential average: 88

Yet another talented young German to make it onto our list, Brandt is already an integral part of Levekusen's first team. A world class player in the making, the 19-year old can play across the midfield and has the pace and trickery to get in behind defences. While he might not like to get back and defend, he's a great addition for any side that yearns for a two-footed player who loves to run with the ball.

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Hachim Mastour – Attacking Midfielder – AC Milan

Current average: 66 | Potential average: 87

The young Moroccan midfielder has worked his way up the Milan youth ranks and is currently out on loan to La Liga side Malaga. Mastour's best position is just behind the striker with the freedom to use his close ball control and dribbling to great effect. He's not the most physically imposing player but you can grab him on loan and he has all the potential to turn into a formidable creative force for most sides.

Kelechi Iheanacho – Striker/Attacking Midfielder – Man City

Current average: 67 | Potential average: 85

The young Nigerian forward has broken into Manchester City's first team squad this season and recently featured in the Super Eagles' Under-20 World Cup side in New Zealand earlier this year. With bags of pace, slick movement and an eye for a pass, Iheanacho would make a good loan signing for Championship clubs or mid-table purchase with a value of around £1m. You should be able to snap him up for in and around that price.

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Angel Correa – Striker/Central attacking midfielder – Atletico Madrid

Current average: 76 | Potential average: 87

Argentina have a habit of breeding small, zippy forwards and Correa is the latest to add to the list. If you can convince Atletico to part with the forward valued at £6.5m, you'll get a hard working striker with an excellent burst of pace who should keep defenders busy. One stumbling block from picking him up on the cheap will be his £50,000 weekly wages.

Tamas Priskin – Striker – Free agent

Current average: 68 | Potential average: 68

The former Watford striker whose wonder goal helped his native Hungary to their first major tournament for 30 years, is without a club in the first season of Career mode. While you can't expect Priskin to develop beyond his current ability, his strengths of holding up the ball along with solid finishing and heading accuracy stats will be a valuable addition to a high-flying Championship side.

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Paulo Dybala – Striker – Juventus

Current average: 78 | Potential average: 88

Juventus is unlikely to let the 21-year old Argentinean go on the cheap, but if you can strike a deal, you should get one of the best young strikers in the game. Whether he's employed behind the striker or entrusted to play further forward, Dybala has the pace, the technical ability and the finishing stats to make him well worth the investment.

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Other Career mode players to consider:

Goalkeepers and Defenders

Andre Moreira – Goalkeeper – Uniao da Madeira

Current average: 70 | Potential average: 85

Abdul Baba Rahman – Left back – Chelsea

Current average: 78 | Potential average: 85

Fabinho – Right back – Monaco

Current average: 78 | Potential average: 86

Alessio Romagnoli – Centre back/Left back – AC Milan

Current average: 75 | Potential average: 87

Vallejo – Centre back/Right back – Real Zaragoza

Current average: 74 | Potential average: 86

Jetro Willems – Left back – PSV

Current average: 78 | Potential average: 86

Jairo Riedewald – Centre back/Left back/Central defensive midfielder – Ajax

Current average: 75 | Potential average: 86

John Stones – Centre back – Everton

Current average: 77 | Potential average: 87

Aymeric Laporte – Centre back – Athletic Bilbao

Current average: 83 | Potential average: 87

Marquinhos – Centre back – PSG

Current average: 81 | Potential average: 87

Jonathan Tah – Centre back – Bayer Leverkusen

Current average: 73 | Potential average: 86

Regan Poole – Centre back – Manchester United

Current average: 55 | Potential average: 77

Jesus Vallejo – Centre back – Real Zaragoza

Current average: 74 | Potential average: 86

Tobias Figueiredo – Centre back – Sporting Lisbon

Current average: 76 | Potential average: 85

Jairo Riedewald – Centre back – Ajax

Current average: 75 | Potential average: 86

Jerome Junior Onguene – Centre back – FC Sochaux

Current average: 58 | Potential average: 80

Jose Gimenez – Centre back – Atletico Madrid

Current average: 76 | Potential average: 86

Chancel Mbemba – Centre back – Newcastle United

Current average: 77 | Potential average: 86

Jonathan Tah – Centre back – Bayer Leverkusen

Current average: 73 | Potential average: 86

Samuel Umtiti – Centre back – Lyon

Current average: 79 | Potential average: 85

Matthias Ginter – Centre back – Borussia Dortmund

Current average: 77 | Potential average: 85

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Midfielders

Riechedly Bazoer – Central midfielder – Ajax

Current average: 75 | Potential average: 88

Jesus Marimon – Central defensive midfielder – Once Caldas

Current average: 56 | Potential average: 78

Alen Halilovic – Central midfielder – Gijon

Current average: 73 | Potential average: 87

Marco Asensio – Central attacking midfielder – Espanyol

Current average: 75 | Potential average: 87

Ross Barkley – Central attacking midfielder – Everton

Current average: 79 | Potential average: 87

Max Meyer – Central attacking midfielder – Schalke

Current average: 78 | Potential average: 88

Olivier Torres – Central attacking midfielder – Atletico Madrid

Current average: 79 | Potential average: 87

Denis Suarez – Central attacking midfielder – Sevilla

Current average: 78 | Potential average: 85

Corentin Tolisso – Central midfielder – Lyon

Current average: 77 | Potential average: 86

Danilo – Central defensive midfielder – Valencia

Current average: 78 | Potential average: 87

Mateo Kovacic – Central midfielder – Real Madrid

Current average: 78 | Potential average: 86

Levin Oztunali – Central attacking midfielder – Werder Bremen

Current average: 71 | Potential average: 86

Nabil Bentaleb – Central midfielder – Tottenham Hotspur

Current average: 75 | Potential average: 86

Will Hughes – Central midfielder – Derby County

Current average: 73 | Potential average: 85

Fabian Pena – Central attacking midfielder – Real Betis

Current average: 69 | Potential average: 85

Sofiane Boufal – Central midfielder – Lille

Current average: 78 | Potential average: 85

Godfred Donsah – Central midfielder – Bologna

Current average: 69 | Potential average: 85

Nathan – Central attacking midfielder – Vitesse

Current average: 72 | Potential average: 85

Zachary Elbouzedi – Central attacking midfielder – West Bromwich Albion

Current average: 61 | Potential average: 81

Lucas Romero – Central midfielder – Velez

Current average: 74 | Potential average: 85

Balde Diao Keita – Left winger/Right winger/Striker – Lazio

Current average: 76 | Potential average: 86

Gelson Martins – Right midfielder/Left midfielder – Sporting CP

Current average: 74 | Potential average: 85

Steven Bergwijn – Left winger – PSV

Current average: 66 | Potential average: 85

Goncalo Guedes – Left midfielder – Benfica

Current average: 70 | Potential average: 88

Julian Draxler – Left midfielder – Wolfsburg

Current average: 80 | Potential average: 85

Gerard Deulofeu – Right midfielder – Everton

Current average: 78 | Potential average: 85

Vaclav Cerny – Left winger – Ajax

Current average: 66 | Potential average: 86

Bernardo Silva – Right midfielder – Monaco

Current average: 79 | Potential average: 86

Balde – Left winger – Lazio

Current average: 76 | Potential average: 86

Adnan – Left midfielder – Manchester United

Current average: 75 | Potential average: 86

Dani Ceballos – Left midfielder – Real Betis

Current average: 73 | Potential average: 87

Moises Gomez – Left midfielder – Getafe

Current average: 78 | Potential average: 85

Steven Bergwijn – Left winger – PSV

Current average: 66 | Potential average: 85

Victor Andrade – Right winger – Benfica

Current average: 73 | Potential average: 85

Samuel Castillejo – Left midfielder – Villarreal

Current average: 77 | Potential average: 85

Domenico Berardi – Right winger – Sassuolo

Current average: 80 | Potential average: 85

Bruma – Right midfielder – Real Sociedad

Current average: 76 | Potential average: 85

Iuri Medeiros – Right winger – Moreirense

Current average: 73 | Potential average: 85

Anwar El Ghazi – Right winger – Ajax

Current average: 76 | Potential average: 85

Munir El Haddadi – Right winger – Barcelona

Current average: 73 | Potential average: 85

Francois Kamano – Right midfielder – Bastia

Current average: 71 | Potential average: 85

Strikers

Anthony – Striker – Manchester United

Current average: 77 | Potential average: 86

Luciano Vietto – Striker – Atletico Madrid

Current average: 79 | Potential average: 86

Divock Origi – Striker – Liverpool

Current average: 76 | Potential average: 86

Antonio Sanabria – Striker – Sporting Gijon

Current average: 73 | Potential average: 86

Bertrand Traore – Striker– Chelsea

Current average: 74 | Potential average: 85

Breel Embolo – Striker – Basel

Current average: 76 | Potential average: 88

Antonio Sanabria – Striker – Real Sporting de Gijon

Current average: 73 | Potential average: 86

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Homegrown Talent

Myles Boney – Goalkeeper – Blackpool

Current average: 51 | Potential average: 73

Jack Walton – Goalkeeper – Unattached

Current average: 49 | Potential average: 69

Matthew Hudson – Goalkeeper – Preston North End

Current average: 47 | Potential average: 65

Dael Fry – Centre back – Middlesbrough

Current average: 52 | Potential average: 70

Joe Kearns – Centre back – Crewe Alexandra

Current average: 49 | Potential average: 68

James Bree – Right back – Barnsley

Current average: 58 | Potential average: 78

Harry Chapman – Central Attacking midfielder – Middlesbrough

Current average: 53 | Potential average: 74

Jodi Jones – Right midfielder – Dagenham & Redbridge

Current average: 55 | Potential average: 73

Matthew Stevens – Striker – Barnet

Current average: 51 | Potential average: 72

Spotted any great FIFA 16 Career mode players we've missed out? Let us know in the comments section below.

Femi Oladehin

February 19, 2016, 10:19 pm

Got Iheanacho to 91 by 2018

John Spencer

March 5, 2016, 12:12 pm

Hi. My young son wants to know how to buy players, in career mode on fifa16, on an xbox 360?
Thanks

Tim Wolfe

March 10, 2016, 4:36 pm

This video at www.FUTMillionaires.info is causing a MAJOR upset within the FUT community! Some FIFA gamers have revolted and are saying this is an UNFAIR advantage. Others who have it are making over 1 million coins a week. Whether you want FIFA coins to build your dream team, or to sell the coins for real money on eBay, this trading robot will trade for you 24 hours per day and get you ALL the coins you need on AUTOPILOT. It may even help you achieve the goal of getting paid $1000 a month to play FIFA by selling the coins! Best of luck fellow gamers :)

Tim Wolfe

March 10, 2016, 4:36 pm

FYI: The video at WWW.FUTMILLIONAIRES.INFO is causing a MAJOR upset within the FUT community! Some FIFA gamers have revolted and are saying this is an UNFAIR advantage. Others who have it are making over 1 million coins a week. Whether you want FIFA coins to build your dream team, or to sell the coins for real money on eBay, this trading robot will trade for you 24 hours per day and get you ALL the coins you need on AUTOPILOT. It may even help you achieve the goal of getting paid $1000 a month to play FIFA by selling the coins! Best of luck fellow gamers :)

Tim Wolfe

March 10, 2016, 4:36 pm

How?

Tim Wolfe

March 10, 2016, 4:37 pm

FYI: The video at WWW.FUTMILLIONAIRES.INFO is causing a MAJOR upset within the FUT community! Some FIFA gamers have revolted and are saying this is an UNFAIR advantage. Others who have it are making over 1 million coins a week. Whether you want FIFA coins to build your dream team, or to sell the coins for real money on eBay, this trading robot will trade for you 24 hours per day and get you ALL the coins you need on AUTOPILOT. It may even help you achieve the goal of getting paid $1000 a month to play FIFA by selling the coins! Best of luck fellow gamers :)

ThomasDepay

June 20, 2016, 11:07 am

You go to transfers>search players>type the name>click the player in the little bar below>press y>click the player (using a)>you click on buy player or enquire (this will give you an indication of how much money they want after a couple of days)>then you make an offer and see if they accept or not.

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