FIFA 18 has been out for a weekend. Partners, jobs, children and responsibilities have all been abandoned in order to plough hours into the new game with Ultimate Team proving as addictive as ever.
One of the most popular modes in FIFA, Ultimate Team, enables you to construct your dream XI by trading players cards and buying packs while playing against other users for coins and glory.
But for those of us who are still starting out or don’t have the time or patience to save up for bona fide superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi or Neymar, there is still plenty of fun to be had with cheaper names.
Football Whispers have compiled a list of seven Premier League stars who won’t cost the earth but will significantly improve your team. Thank us later.
The West Ham United forward is a player designed for Ultimate Team. While he hasn’t always found a natural home in Slaven Bilić’s side – finally getting a run as a striker – the former Tooting & Mitcham attacker should be an automatic pick in your XI.
Blessed with tremendous pace (85), physical ability (82) and dribbling (80) the 27-year-old combines everything Ultimate Team players hold dear in a forward. Once he’s outpaced the opposition backline his shooting (74) isn’t too bad either.
He is the most expensive player on this list by some distance but an equivalent player would cost considerably more if they were a bigger name than Antonio.
Price: Approximately 10,000
New to the Premier League, the combative midfielder starred with Las Palmas last season and was, at one stage, a Tottenham transfer target. But Swansea City swooped instead, signing Mesa for £11million.
Yet to stamp his mark on the Swans’ midfield, making just one Premier League start, Mesa is made for Ultimate Team.
Despite being quite short, the Spaniard is an intimidating specimen and his physical rating (80) reflects that. His defensive score (73), dribbling (77) and passing (76) mean he is quite well-rounded for a defensive midfielder and could be converted to play further forward. Mesa is even rated at 77 for pace meaning he can get about and cover the ground well.
Price: Approximately 1,200 coins.
Reportedly a Chelsea transfer target over the summer, Bertrand remains at Southampton where he has shone since leaving Stamford Bridge in 2014. Currently England’s first-choice at left-back thanks to Danny Rose’s injury issues, the 28-year-old defender remains under-rated.
Perhaps that is because of want-away Tottenham star Rose who is seen as the better player and rated two points higher overall on FIFA 18.
But in this year’s Ultimate Team there is little to separate the pair. Bertrand scores highly in pace (79), passing (71), dribbling (77), defending (79) and physicality (75) while the Tottenham man posts scores of 81, 73, 77, 81 and 78 in the same attributes.
Price: Approximately 1,500 coins
That has yet to be reflected in the England international’s price but it won’t be long until that is the case.
Jones is marked highly for defending (79) and physical attributes (80) and while the rest of his on-the-ball scores aren’t as impressive, he is solid and reliable. Play him alongside a quicker, more mobile defender and you’ll be laughing.
Price: Approximately 1,000 coins
The Peruvian winger joined Watford on loan from Benfica this summer amid little fanfare following an underwhelming stint in Portugal.
But he has already impressed Hornets supporters in the early weeks of the season with his directness and dribbling.
Boasting four-star skill moves and weak foot strength, Carrillo is the kind of cheap, quick, tricky wideman who is under-priced because he is not a particularly glamorous name.
Carrillo is rated at 84 for pace, 73 for shooting, 78 for dribbling and 67 for physical. There are higher-rated alternatives but he is a very handy and cost-effective option to start with at least.
Price: Approximately 1,000 coins.
Six goals in the last two seasons is hardly a return to excite Stoke City supporters or boss Mark Hughes. The former Manchester United forward has even been converted into a right wing-back this season despite nominally being a striker.
However, it’s a different story on Ultimate Team as the Senegalese scores highly in several crucial attributes for FIFA.
He can shoot (75), is strong (78) and surprisingly pacy (83). Diouf is unlikely to be a long-term solution as his dribbling (68) isn’t great. But he’s a more than capable forward to get your Premier League team going.
Price: Approximately 1,300 coins.
Last season was the Bournemouth hitman’s breakout Premier League campaign. With 16 goals in the top flight it was no surprise to see him linked with bigger clubs and Tottenham transfer rumours would not go away.
If you’ve saved up a few coins from your first few matches then King could be the ideal addition to your Ultimate Team.
The Norwegian is a good finisher (82), a handy dribbler (75) and – best of all – absolutely rapid, boasting a score of 90. While he hasn’t had a good start to the season for the Cherries he is cheap. But if King replicates last season’s form that will not remain the case.
Price: Approximately 4,000 coins.