FIFA 18 best cheap players to sign in Ultimate Team

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Goal looks at the best players for under 2,000 coins that you can buy for your Ultimate Team, including great value options from Europe's big five

FIFA Ultimate Team is the most popular game mode of the annual football simulation, with gamers trying to build the best XI they can afford through opening packs, completing challenges and buying players on the market.

However, even if you spend real money to buy packs in FIFA 18, there is no guarantee you will get an In-Form Cristiano Ronaldo. As a result, most teams are built with a core group of players, many of which are undervalued and known in the FIFA community as "cheap beasts."

Here, Goal looks at the best players for under 2,000 coins that you can buy for your Ultimate Team without having to break the bank and spend a million coins on Neymar or Lionel Messi!


FIFA ULTIMATE TEAM: BEST CHEAP GOALKEEPERS


FUT Butland

Aside from the elite goalkeepers such as Manuel Neuer or David de Gea, most number ones can be bought for relatively cheaply in FUT. Some of the 84 and 83 goalkeepers can cost up to 5,000 coins each, but really don't represent great value for money when you can get equally talented 81 and 82 shot stoppers for less than a quarter of the price.

Like in FIFA 17, Jack Butland continues to be impressive in FIFA 18 and is a better option than Joe Hart for a similar price. There are a number of viable options in the Bundesliga, with many goalkeepers around the same value once you move down from the highly-rated Neuer or Bernd Leno.

In La Liga, 88-rated Jan Oblak will be out of many people's price ranges, but there are some good affordable options like Athletic's Kepa Arrizabalaga, Barcelona's Jasper Cillessen or Valencia keeper Neto. 

Rating Player Position Club Nation PS4 Price Xbox One Price
82 Gianluigi Donnarumma GK AC Milan Italy 900 1000
82 Oliver Baumann GK Hoffenheim Germany 1100 1000
82 Kevin Trapp GK PSG Germany 1200 1400
81 Jack Butland GK Stoke City England 800 800
79 Kepa Arrizabalaga GK Athletic Club Spain 550 600

FIFA ULTIMATE TEAM: BEST CHEAP DEFENDERS


FUT Smalling

Once again this year, pace is an important factor for whether a defender is useful or not. However, with many gamers setting up more defensively like Jose Mourinho in real life, the defending and physical stats are just as important. As a result, strong and quick defenders come at a premium.

Most of the good defenders this year cost over 2,000 coins, but you can buy talented centre-backs like Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger and Bayer Leverkusen's Jonathan Tah for just under that mark. Look lower down the price range, and you'll unearth some hidden gems such as American defender John Brooks. New Arsenal signing Sead Kolasinac may not have brilliant pace for a full-back, and that helps keeps his price down despite his impressive stats elsewhere.

Rating Player Position Club Nation PS4 Price Xbox One Price
82 Antonio Rudiger CB Chelsea Germany 1900 2000
82 Jonathan Tah CB Bayer Leverkusen Germany 1600 1600
82 Inigo Martinez CB Real Sociedad Spain 1100 1300
81 Chris Smalling CB Man Utd England 1100 1100
81 Nelson Semedo RB Barcelona Portugal 1100 1100
81 Serge Aurier RB Spurs Ivory Coast 1100 1000
81 Davinson Sanchez CB Spurs Colombia 1100 1100
81 Nacho Fernandez CB Real Madrid Spain 1300 1300
80 Marcos Rojo CB Man Utd Argentina 1300 1500
80 Sead Kolasinac LB Arsenal Bosnia 850 950
80 John Brooks CB Wolfsburg USA 800 900
79 Marcelo CB Lyon Brazil 1000 1000
78 Ignacio Abate RB AC Milan Italy 850 800
78 Rick Karsdorp RB Roma Netherlands 950 950
78 Mitchell Weiser RB Hertha Berlin Germany 800 800
77 Jordan Lukaku LB Lazio Belgium 850 900
77 Juan Jesus CB Roma Brazil 850 1200
77 Wendell LB Bayer Leverkusen Brazil 1300 950
76 Jerome Roussillon LB Montpellier France 1200 1300
75 Theo Hernandez LB Real Madrid Spain 900 950

FIFA ULTIMATE TEAM: BEST CHEAP MIDFIELDERS


FUT Sanches

After being a fantastically overpowered player in the Bundesliga last season, Renato Sanches proves the same in the Premier League for FIFA 18. His stats in the game are much better than his real-life equivalent, and is a wonderful, cheap alternative in centre-midfield to the more expensive N'Golo Kante or Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Wayne Rooney once again proves very useful, with his strong shooting stats making him an excellent attacking midfielder for those who like to play through the middle. Juventus have a lot of pace out wide this season thanks to the loan of Douglas Costa, with former Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado on the other side. Both can be bought for less than 2,000 coins in Ultimate Team.

La Liga has an abundance of very good central midfielders for less than 1,500 coins, while Hatem Ben Arfa is an excellent addition to any Ligue 1 team thanks to his five-star skills.

Rating Player Position Club Nation PS4 Price Xbox One Price
82 Douglas Costa LM Juventus Brazil 1700 1400
82 Fernandinho CDM Man City Brazil 1300 1400
82 Juan Cuadrado RM Juventus Colombia 1900 2000
82 Nabil Fekir CAM Lyon France 1200 1600
82 Saul CM Atletico Madrid Spain 1200 1400
82 Jonathan Viera CM Las Palmas Spain 1200 1200
82 Arda Turan CM Barcelona Turkey 1000 1000
82 Mateo Kovacic CM Real Madrid Croatia 1400 1600
82 Gonzalo Castro CM Borussia Dortmund Germany 1100 1100
81 Paulinho CM Barcelona Brazil 1000 1500
81 Wayne Rooney CAM Everton England 1300 1300
81 Manuel Lanzini CAM West Ham Argentina 800 800
81 Bruma LM RB Leipzig Portugal 850 950
81 Hatem Ben Arfa CAM PSG France 1100 1400
81 Marco Parolo CM Lazio Italy 950 1000
80 Piotr Zielinski CM Napoli Poland 800 800
79 Wylan Cyprien CM Nice France 950 900
79 Kingsley Coman RM Bayern Munich France 1400 1200
79 Serge Gnabry LM Hoffenheim Germany 750 800
77 Georges-Kevin Nkoudou LM Spurs France 850 1100
76 Charly Musonda RM Chelsea Belgium 800 900
76 Renato Sanches CM Swansea Portugal 900 1000

FIFA ULTIMATE TEAM: BEST CHEAP FORWARDS


FUT Immobile

When FIFA 18 was first released, pacey players like Timo Werner and Raheem Sterling cost upwards of 10,000 coins, but now that the market as settled down you can inject some speed into your attack for under 2,000 coins each. Italy and Belgium both have an abundance of cheap attackers based in Europe's top five leagues, so a Belgian team can be both affordable and effective if you do not want to make a league-themed squad.

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There are plenty of solid Premier League strikers available for less than 1,000 coins, with Josh King, Andre Gray and Ahmed Musa all fast options up front. Michy Batshuayi is an even better alternative and comes in around the same price, making up for his slightly lower pace with better stats elsewhere.

Two attackers from both Lazio and Nice make the list, and will provide perfect links to help build interesting hybrid teams.

Rating Player Position Club Nation PS4 Price Xbox One Price
82 Timo Werner ST RB Leipzig Germany 1900 2000
82 Raheem Sterling RW Man City England 1700 1400
82 Gerard Deulofeu LW Barcelona Spain 1200 1600
82 Keita Balde LW Monaco Senegal 1800 1600
82 Mario Balotelli ST Nice Italy 1500 1300
82 Ciro Immobile ST Lazio Italy 1200 1100
81 Felipe Anderson RW Lazio Brazil 1200 1000
80 Michy Batshuayi ST Chelsea Belgium 750 850
80 Michail Antonio ST West Ham England 850 850
80 Luis Muriel ST Sevilla Colombia 750 800
80 Memphis Depay LW Lyon Netherlands 900 1100
80 Eder Martins ST Inter Italy 850 850
80 Kevin Volland ST Bayer Leverkusen Germany 850 1100
79 Alassane Plea ST Nice France 900 850
78 Andre Silva ST AC Milan Portugal 1600 1500
78 Divock Origi ST Wolfsburg Belgium 800 800
78 Jose Izquierdo LW Brighton Colombia 850 900
77 Andre Gray ST Watford England 750 800
77 Joshua King ST Bournemouth Norway 750 850
76 Ahmed Musa ST Leicester Nigeria 900 950

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