FIFA 22 Career Mode best bargains: Top players for small budgets

FIFA player holding a shirt in Career Mode

There’s no shortage of superstars to draft into your team in FIFA 22 Career Mode, but the Mbappe’s of the world will take up a big chunk of your transfer budget. So, we’ve put together the best bargains forwards, midfielders, defenders & goalkeepers to make your club a success.

FIFA 22 is finally here and fans are diving into yet another season of EA’s football franchise. This year, Career Mode has seen a significant revamp, letting players build their own clubs from the ground up.

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After the club’s kits and stadiums are designed, it’s all about putting together a squad of talent to start climbing the ladder. At the start, funds might be hard to come by, especially if you’re looking to sign the top-rated players in the world.

FIFA 22 PSG players in a line

It can be hard to find a good ideal in the transfer market. Many of the clubs in major leagues will demand high transfer fees for their players, especially the ones in their first team.

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That’s why it can be a much savvier move to make an offer for someone outside of Europe’s top leagues, as they tend to ask for more modest deals. Or, at the very least, aim for players that are nowhere near a club’s starting XI.

We’ve focused our lists on younger players of 24 or under, as these will make great long-term options who can grow alongside your club.

These are some of the top bargains you can bag in FIFA 22 Career Mode.

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FIFA 22 Career Mode bargain forwards

FIFA 22 haaland kicking a ball

There are a whole host of cheap forwards in this year’s game that EA has awarded bags of potential.

Premier League youngsters like Manchester City’s Liam Delap and Kayky, in particular, are players that will rise in rating very quickly, meaning they can be sold within a few seasons for a tidy profit.

Player NameAgeClubPositionRatingPotentialPrice
Dane Scarlett17SpursST6386£450k
Fode Fofana18PSVST6484£1.4 million
Antwoine Hackford17Sheffield UnitedST5984£650k
Liam Delap18Manchester CityST6485£1.6 million
Rodrigo Gomes17BragaRW6383£1.3 million
Kayky18Manchester CityRW6687£800k
Dario Sarmiento18GironaLW6583£1.8 million
Luca Oyen18GenkLW6583£1.8 million

FIFA 22 Career Mode bargain midfielders

Mason Mount in FIFA 22

The midfield is a vital area of the pitch, so you’ll want to invest here pretty early on in your career.

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Granada’s Eteki may seem like a big investment in the first few seasons, but he has a high enough starting rating that he can slip straight into the first team, while still having room to improve.

Fabio Carvalho20FulhamCAM6786£2.4 million
Kacper Kozlowski
17Pogoń SzczecinCAM6885£1.1 million
Caden Clark18RB LeipzigCAM6686£2.1 million
Yan Brice Eteki24Granada CFCM7583£10.5 million
Xavi Simmons19PSGCM6584£1.8 million
Romeo Lavia17Manchester CityCDM6285£300k
Rodrigo Fernandes20Sporting LisbonCDM6883£2.8 million
Largie Ramazani20UD AlmeríaRM6783£100k
Shola Shoretire17Manchester UnitedRM6284£1 million
Anthony Gordon20Preston North EndLM6783£2.7 million
Talles Magno19New York CityLM6785£2.6 million

FIFA 22 Career Mode bargain defenders

Theo Hernandez dribbling the ball in FIFA 22

Solid defenders are generally hard to come by, especially in the full-back positions. Their rarity usually means that you have to pay big money to sign a quality one.

However, Jesus Alejandro Gomez of Malaga is a steal at just £1 million and has the potential to be one of the world’s best.

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It’s best to grab him as early as possible and place him in the starting XI. That way you’ll see a big return on your investment within a few years.

Cesar Montes24MonterreyCB7583£10.5 million
Morato20BenficaCB6884£1.1 million
Malick Thiaw19SchalkeCB6684£1.8 million
Rav van den Berg17PEC ZwolleCB5983£170k
Braian Cufre24Malaga LB7481£7 million
Jesus Alejandro Gomez19AtlasLB6387£1.2 million
Killian Sardella19AnderlechtRB6783£2.1 million
Ki-Janer Hoever19WolvesRB6383£1.3 million

FIFA 22 Career Mode bargain goalkeepers

Alisson Becker in FIFA 22

Keeper is the one position on the pitch that you have no control over, so be sure to invest in a quality stopper at the earliest possible opportunity.

Genk’s Maarten Vandevoordt is the go-to if you want a possible starter straight away, but with a little more patience, the free agent Charis Chatzigavriel is an ideal long-term buy.

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Player NameAgeClubPositionRatingPotentialPrice
Gavin Bazunu19PortsmouthGK6382£1 million
Charis Chatzigavriel17Free AgentGK5884£130k
Bart Verbruggen18AnderlechtGK6583£1.6 million
Gavin Bazunu19PortsmouthGK6483£1.2 million
Maarten Vandevoordt19GenkGK7187£1.3 million

Those were our picks for the best bargains you can secure yourself in this year’s career mode. There’s guaranteed to be plenty more hidden gems, so make sure to make use of your scouting network to uncover them.

For more on FIFA 22, check out our guides on the fastest players in this year’s game, and the best strikers you can buy in Career Mode.

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