FIFA 13

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With the UK launch of FIFA 13 only 2 days away (not including the early release), head on over to my other site, www.fifascoutingtips.com for all the latest FIFA 13 young player and scouting guides. Content will be going up within the next few days and weeks.

I’ve started work on the latest edition of the “So You Want A…” articles. Come release day they’ll only need a few minor details added (player costs, wages, etc), so that should mean that they’ll be up very soon after the game comes out.

Once that’s done I’ll begin work on the scouting guide. Obviously I’ll need to scout a bit myself to get a feel for the scouting system and to work out how to get the most out of it. Once it’s ready I’ll be posting the guide up on this site, followed by the next edition of the Lower League Gems series.

If you have any comments or suggestions I’d love to hear them! Feel something is missing and want to see another column added in the guide tables? Maybe you have a great tip for scouting or player development. For example, based on a suggestion on the FIFA 12 scouting guide, this year (space permitting) I’ll be adding a column on whether or not each player is available to purchase in the first transfer window, as well as detailing how many years are left on their contract. Whatever it is, don’t be afraid to comment and let me know :)

IMPORTANT – SITE MOVING

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My blog is moving – from now on, all new posts will be made at: www.fifascoutingtips.com

This is so that I can have more control over how it looks and what features I can use – for one thing, I can get rid of those damn awful tables and put better, sortable ones in. I will also be able to have wider tables, which means more info – I’ll be adding in things like skill moves rating, weak foot rating, etc.

If there is any extra info that you would like me to include in the tables, please let me know. I want to make these articles as useful to you as possible.

Stay posted for updated tables, both in terms of style and in terms of content; when the winter roster update is released I’ll be adding new and updated tables to the site. I’ll keep the old posts in place too, so now matter which version you’re using, there should be something of use to you.

New series of articles

Over at my new site (http://www.fifascoutingtips.com/) I’m in the process of putting up a new series of articles.

Really, my articles on finding promising young gems in the game (‘So You Want A…’) are most useful to those who play with medium to large clubs, i.e. those with decent budgets. Most of the players in these articles cost at least a few million pounds, and even the cheapest cost at least £1m in almost every case.

Yet there are a huge number of clubs in the game that simply don’t have the funds to be able to afford players that cost that much (at least not right away). So where can they find great young players with bags of potential?

Over the coming days and weeks I’ll be posting a new series of articles. Like the ‘So You Want A…’ articles they’ll focus on finding promising young players, one position at a time. However, the players in this new series will cost no more than £1m and will be aged between 16 and 21 (in order to keep it concise!). They will all have potential of at least 74, meaning even those teams with the most restrictive of budgets will be able to buy players that can carry them forward and develop well.

Hopefully this will now mean that even those who start out with the likes of Crawley Town or CD Alcoyano will be able to build for the future without breaking the bank.

Winter Roster Update

EA recently released an updated squads file covering all the winter transfers. As usual, players’ OVRs and potentials were also changed; in some cases they were tweaked, in others they were massively overhauled. What this means is my “So You Need A…” articles have to be updated. I am in the process of updating them and releasing new ones, so be sure to have a look at the new site – www.fifascoutingtips.com

Because I can’t put the tables I use there onto this wordpress site, none of the updated articles will be appearing here. However, I will continue to respond to your comments at this wordpress.com account as usual.

So be sure to head over to www.fifascoutingtips.com to see all the latest young player potentials and my recommendations.

So You Want A… Target Man

The final guide is n target men. These guys are often very tall, strong, and excellent in the air. Not only will they score you plenty of goals in the air, but they can be great providers too – couple them with a speedy striker and use them to nod the ball down into their path.

As usual, in an attempt to make this relevant to as many players as possible, I have not included any target men whose OVR is above 73 – this way you can keep your costs down and have some cash left over for other purchases (be they real players or new scouts). Furthermore, I have listed the players by cost, with the cheapest at the top of each sub-group (players are grouped by potential). However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the lowest-OVR players are at the top – notice how Ji Dong Won is better than Levan Mchedlidze and is younger than him, yet is close to £2m cheaper than him.

Here are my final recommendations:

  • Manolo Gabbiadini
  • Jerry Mbakogu
  • Milan Djuric

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So You Want A… Goalscorer

Moving onto the final section of these guides, here’s the first of two parts on strikers – first goalscorers, then target men. These are the guys you rely on week in, week out to get you the goals. Often they are quick, and these are the ones you want to combine with a decent target man. Some specialise in long shots, others are better from close range. Either way, you need at least one decent goalscorer in any team.

As always, in an attempt to make this relevant to as many players as possible, I have not included any goalscorers whose OVR is above 73 – this way you can keep your costs down and have some cash left over for other purchases (be they real players or new scouts). Furthermore, I have listed the players by cost, with the cheapest at the top of each sub-group (players are grouped by potential). However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the lowest-OVR players are at the top – notice how Leandro is 7 OVR points better than Alexandr Kozlov and is the same age as him, yet is cheaper than him.

Anyway, here are my recommendations:

  • Lucas Piazon
  • Cenk Tosun
  • Sergio Araujo
  • Valentin Viola / Ignacio Colombini

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So You Want A… Left Midfielder

In the second part on wide players, this is the article on wide-left players, both LMs and LWs – there is often a lot of overlap (i.e. LWs are often mislabelled as LMs in the game, etc). As before, there is a distinction – the LM and the LW. The left midfielder (LM) plays deeper than a left winger (LW), and his job is to provide service to the strikers from the flanks. These players are usually very good at crossing and long balls, and can be relied upon to provide quality service into the box. Left wingers, on the other hand, usually play a little further up the pitch, and directly contribute to the attack, along with a (usually) lone striker. These players are often very fast, have great dribbling skills, and often have a trick or two up their sleeve. They are usually decent at shooting as well. When determining which player from the list below you want, bear in mind your team’s needs – do you need a left midfielder or a left winger? Looking at the player’s stats should help you determine which type of wide player they are.

As always, in an attempt to make this relevant to as many players as possible, I have not included any left midfielders whose OVR is above 73 – this way you can keep your costs down and have some cash left over for other purchases (be they real players or new scouts). Furthermore, I have listed the players by cost, with the cheapest at the top of each sub-group (players are grouped by potential).

Here are my recommendations:

  • Ryo Miyaichi
  • Nicolás Colazo
  • David Templeton

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