Goals win you games and defences win titles, but on FIFA 20 you mustn’t forget about the wingers.
While many people on FIFA 20 do like to try and play “proper” football, passing the ball around and moving it up through the centre of the pitch, you can’t take away the importance of wing play.
If you play with a lone striker, you need wingers to be able to get the ball into the box. Whether it’s through pace and trickery or having magical crossing abilities, wingers can make or break a good team.
Just look at the impact the likes of Lionel Messi and Eden Hazard have had on title-winning teams in the past. But who is the best winger for you and your budget on FIFA 20 Career Mode?
We’ve taken a look at some of the best options across an array of transfer fees to make your job just a bit easier. We only ask for a thank you in your press conferences after the league has been won.
Best cheap wingers on FIFA 2020 Career Mode (Under £1m)
Arjen van der Heide (Heerenveen)
It seems FIFA 20 agrees on the importance of wingers, as there aren’t too many cheap options that would significantly add to a team on a budget. But one who does is Dutch teenager Arjen van der Heide.
The 18-year-old – who starts FIFA 20 aged 17 – has an initial rating of 60 and uses his nimble frame to run around opponents. At 5’8″, the Dutchman has 70 dribbling and 77 balance, which works well alongside his 77 pace on the left wing. Van der Heide also has the potential to rise to 79 overall, turning into a decent player at a lower level. He is valued at £375k at the start of Career Mode but with 12 months left on his contract with Heerenveen you can get Van der Heide for around £250k.
Marouane Azarkan (Feyenoord)
Staying in the Eredivisie, Marouane Azarkan represents another left-wing option for cheap, who could grow.
The 17-year-old starts FIFA 20 with an overall rating of 62 and also boasts 70 dribbling and 77 agility, with 78 pace. For his level and position, Azarkan also has respectable finishing of 58 and crossing of 54, which will only improve if you get him to his potential overall of 81. If Azarkan is your man, you can get him from Feyenoord for around £550k.
Jeremy Doku (Anderlecht)
Anderlecht are known for being one of the best talent factories in Europe, and they have another gem on their hands in Jeremy Doku.
Doku, 17, has an initial rating of 66 but already has 88 pace and 87 balance, meaning it’ll be pretty tough for opponents to get the ball off of him. The Belgian can also be a threat in the air, despite his 5’7″ frame, boasting 88 jumping – although his strength of 33 may be a slight hindrance. The biggest selling point, though, may be Doku’s potential overall rating of 86. Now, the right winger is actually valued a £1.1m, but you can get him for around £950k with the right negotiation.
Best lower mid-range wingers on FIFA 20 Career Mode (£1m-£10m)
Antonio Marin (Dinamo Zagreb)
Moving slightly up the price range, Antonio Marin represents a good option on both wings without breaking the bank.
The Dinamo Zagreb man, who is capable of playing on both the right and left, starts with an overall of 66 and has 76 dribbling and four-star skill moves, already posing a big threat to opposition defenders. Not only that, but Marin also has four-star weak foot which means you won’t have to waste too much time trying to cut onto his favoured side. Marin is valued at £1.2m but you can get him for slightly lower at around £1.05m, and he is certainly worth it, potentially rising to 85.
Pedro de la Vega (Club Atletico Lanus)
If you have a little bit more money to play with, it might be worth taking a trip to Argentina to look at Pedro de la Vega.
Plying his trade for Club Atletico Lanus, the teenager kicks FIFA 20 off with an initial rating of 70 – meaning he is already a decent addition for lower league teams. His 86 pace and 77 dribbling will be vital as you advance down the wings and, like Marin, De la Vega is capable of playing on either flank. With a potential of 88, De La Vega can become one of the best wingers in the game, so act early as he can be snapped up for around £3.7m – though his release clause isn’t much higher at £7m.
Fernando (Sporting CP)
Another solid wing option without breaking the bank is Brazilian winger Fernando, currently playing for Sporting CP in Portugal.
The 20-year-old is 72-rated but has an electrifying pace of 86 and solid dribbling of 78, making him a danger on the left wing. His crossing isn’t too bad either, at 62, but that will only improve if he reaches his potential overall of 86. Fernando is only on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk in real life, on FIFA 20 Career Mode he counts as Sporting’s player, so can be bought in the first window for around £6.4m.
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Best upper mid-range wingers on FIFA 20 Career Mode (£10m-£20m)
Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea)
Moving up to the slightly more expensive players, one man you should look to secure early is Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The teenager starts FIFA 20 with an initial rating of 74 but already has 82 dribbling and 67 finishing to go with his 85 pace. Four-star skill moves also ensure Hudson-Odoi will be causing serious problems down both wings. But perhaps the biggest selling point is his potential to rise to 88 – a jump of 14 if you use him right. Despite Bayern Munich offering close to £40m for the teenager in real life, his value on FIFA 20 career mode starts at £10.5m. Chelsea will push for around £12m, but at that price it’s still a steal for someone of Hudson-Odoi’s potential.
Calvin Stengs (AZ Alkmaar)
An exciting young talent, Netherlands international Calvin Stengs can be one to boost your Career Mode save.
The 20-year-old starts with an initial rating of 76, consisting of 83 ball control, 77 short passing and 72 long passing. His pace is 77, but Stengs may be more of a creative option from the right wing, rather than one to destroy opponents with his pace. Like most others on this list, Stengs has the potential to grow, reaching a rating of 86 overall – also coming with four-star skill moves. He is valued at £11m and though AZ Alkmaar will ask for around £15.m, it’s definitely worth the money.
Brahim Diaz (Real Madrid)
If you have a bit more money in your bank, it might be worth looking into Real Madrid winger Brahim Diaz.
Diaz is impressive from the start, with an initial rating of 73 – boosted by five-star weak foot and four-star skill moves and the ability to play on either wing. Naturally, his dribbling is pretty good at 81, combining well with a balance of 86. His decent finishing of 67 will only improve if you get him to his potential overall of 86. Real Madrid won’t be interested in selling Diaz early on but you can bypass this by paying his release clause of £17.4m.
Expensive wingers on FIFA 20 Career Mode (£20m and above)
Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid)
Another player to potentially poach from Real Madrid, without spending ridiculous amounts of money, is Vinicius Jr.
The Brazilian has an initial rating of 72, with five-star skill moves and four-star weak foot. He’s fast with pace of 93 and dribbling of 85 will make him key on the left wing. But perhaps the biggest selling point for Vinicius Jr is that he can potentially grow to 92 – becoming one of the best wingers in the game. And he can be yours for around £25m – only £4m more than his initial value.
Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad)
Sticking in La Liga, if you want a more established winger early on, then Mikel Oyarzabal could be the one for you.
The Spaniard has an initial rating of 83, which comes with 86 finishing and 85 dribbling. Cutting in from either the left or right and shooting is how you’d get the best out of Oyarzabal, however he is also a decent creator with 82 crossing and 81 short passing. With the potential to grow to 89, Oyarzabal won’t come cheap and Real Sociedad will ask for around £42m. But he’s worth it.
Leroy Sane (Manchester City)
Finally, the marquee signing, if you have the funds then signing Leroy Sane is the way to go.
The 23-year-old is already rated at 86 and has solid stats across the board, including a mouthwatering 95 pace. But his 81 finishing, 87 shot power, 83 crossing and 80 short passing really makes Sane a must have – not to mention his potential rise to 92. Understandably, Manchester City will play hardball on Sane – though not as much as they do on Raheem Sterling, for whom they want £120m. Instead, you can tempt Man City with around £75m for Sane, “only” paying £20m above his value.