10 Best Free Agents You Could Sign in FIFA 16
FIFA 16 draws ever-closer, and with the majority of teams’ transfer business completed, the free agent list for FIFA is taking shape, and there are certainly some bargains to be had. James Milner, Didier Drogba, and Yevhen Knoplyanka are three of the most talented free agents to have already found new homes during this window, but there are still plenty of big names left out there.
Free agents on FIFA can be the difference between winning a title or losing one. It’s never a good time having a solid starting XI with no quality to bring on from the bench, forcing you to give the reserves a run out far earlier than you’d like.
So here’s just a handful of the talent still available for free, with their FIFA 15 rating next to their names. While it would be nice to see them find new clubs, it would benefit the virtual world if they were still being touted around as squad fillers or higher…
10. Isaac Cuenca – 73
Things haven’t gone terribly well for Isaac Cuenca since his 16 appearances for the Barcelona first team between 2011-2014. He was a highly-rated winger at the Catalan giants after emerging from a few years in their youth system, but before the end of his spell with Barca, he was loaned to Ajax where his opportunities were limited.
Eventually, the club and player parted ways, leaving Cuenca free to join Deportivo on a 1-year deal. He made 27 appearances, but the struggling Spanish side narrowly avoided relegation after a spell of turmoil and could not keep Cuenca at the club. He’s a free agent with 86 agility, 82 dribbling and 83 ball control on the last game, so he could be a shrewd move for a lower-Premier League team.
9. Ilsinho – 74
Ilsinho has spent his career drifting from his native Brazil to Ukraine with Shakhtar Donetsk. There’s been a mini-exodus from Donetsk following the much-publicised recent turmoil in the area, and Ilsinho’s contract expired, so he’s available to a good home.
There’s a chance he could well head back to Brazil, but at 29, if he made that move he probably wouldn’t be returning back to Europe. He’s a versatile midfielder who has featured at right back and right wing, but on FIFA he is classified as a central midfielder. If you’re looking for sheer star quality, Ilsinho is not your man. If you’re looking for a solid, consistent, reliable man to base a midfield on, he most certainly will fit the bill.
8. Jonas Gutierrez – 74
Jonas Gutierrez has endured a rollercoaster end to his Newcastle career, but the Geordie fans’ favourite is now without a club and surely looking for one last crack at the Premier League. The Argentine winger was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, and his life was in severe danger, but despite the disease spreading throughout his body, he made a remarkable recovery.
Not only did Gutierrez pull through for the ‘all clear’, but he pulled on a Newcastle shirt again and helped them survive in the Premier League. He assisted the first, and scored the second in a crucial 2-0 victory over West Ham on the last day. However, he was released by the club over the phone along with Ryan Taylor during the same call. He’s a hard-working midfielder, typified by his 84 stamina rating, and could be a great signing for a top Championship side.
7. Joey Barton – 75
Now from a former-Newcastle saint, to a former-Newcastle demon. Joey Barton is an infamous presence on a football field, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s as good as he would have you believe. His ‘best English midfielder’ claims were rightly mocked, but maybe there is a half-decent player inside ‘Joseph’.
As a central midfield battler, he’s there to break up the play and spread the ball up the field. He’s shown glimpses of class with a football at Newcastle and QPR, but they’re overshadowed by moments of madness. Thankfully, that’s where you can beat FIFA. In the game, you can harness his talent without stamping, kicking and screaming around the pitch, and would be a decent Premier League signing.
6. Juan Manuel Vargas – 76
While most of the suggestions made are solid, if unspectacular, Juan Manuel Vargas is a potential star for low-mid table Premier League sides. The former Fiorentina man can be deployed as a left winger, or even as an attacking full back.
He may be 30-year-old with average pace, but his 83 crossing, 81 and wide range of high-70s technical ratings show that he has enough ability to impress. He’s also got 89 shot power, 84 long shots, and 81 aggression meaning that when he hits a ball, there’s a strong chance it’ll take the net and goalkeeper’s head off.
5. Carlos Zambrano – 77
Carlos Zambrano may not have the most recognisable name on the list, but he’d be a great acquisition for your team. You won’t be receiving a technical wizard, but you will be getting a rock-solid defender worthy of the Premier League.
The Peruvian’s career has taken him from Schalke to St. Pauli to Frankfurt to the free market, but at 26 he’s still got plenty of years left in him. His 79 strength, 81 jumping, 87 aggression and very decent pace prove that he’d be a commanding figure in the backline for a good side.
4. Esteban Cambiasso – 78
Eyebrows were raised around the world when Esteban Cambiasso signed for Premier League new boys Leicester City at the beginning of last season. At 33, Cambiasso wasn’t completely obsolete when he made the move, and proved that his twilight switch to the Premier League wasn’t just a retirement fund booster.
He was integral throughout his sole campaign and inspired the Foxes to a miraculous survival, though following Nigel Pearson’s shady departure, Claudio Ranieri has arrived and allowed the former-Inter star to leave. He could be an outstanding signing for your low-mid top flight side in need of a cool head in midfield, though unfortunately for FIFA gamers, he could be close to an Olympiakos deal.
3. Ron Vlaar – 79
It’s surprising that Ron Vlaar is still available after an excellent time at Aston Villa. He earned the ‘Roncrete’ nickname for his rigid, solid, unwavering performances at the back in a largely poor team. He’s got a 79 rating that wouldn’t look out of place in many mid-table teams, and would be an excellent base to build on.
The Dutch international star may be 30 but he’s still got a lot to offer, and if he’s available come launch date, snap him up for his 90 strength, 82 standing tackle, 81 marking and surprising 88 shot power.
2. Antonio Cassano – 80
Every team could use a legend. Antonio Cassano fits the bill if you’re looking for a veteran in the side with a touch of magic. Unfortunately his rating may climb down from 80 in time for the new game but he could still be a decent squad player if you want to inject some excitement into the team.
The forward’s penalties, long passing, reactions, vision, short passing, dribbling, curve, and crossing are all 84-rated and above, while his ball control is a staggering 91. His 55 acceleration and 52 sprint speed will dip again, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be any less than fantastic to use, even if it’s just for a season.
1. Dimitar Berbatov – 81
It’s criminal that one of the most technically gifted strikers in modern times is left on the shelf. Dimitar Berbatov’s first touch is nothing short of magnificent, and in FIFA, his ball control, dribbling, finishing, heading accuracy, penalties, short passing, shot power, volleys, vision, and positioning are all comfortably north of the 80 mark.
He’s a supremely classy striker with all of the attributes to be a success even at the age of 33. Unfortunately, his pace is evaporating and his 55 stamina represents his ‘lazy’ style on the pitch, but when you’re in control of Berbatov, you can control his movements and effectively get the most out of his immense talent. If he holds onto his 80+ rating, he’ll be an outstanding addition for a top half Premier League side, even if it is just to be an option from the bench.