Welcome to our annual review of the best lower league gems, this time with FIFA 19! Below we will explain what these lower league players are, as well as the detailed reviews of the top 15 lower league gems. Our table that contains all these cheap young stars can be found shortly after our reviews. So, in case you’re too lazy to read our reviews, you can scroll down to our table!
Lower league gems- What is a lower league gem?
FIFA 19’s lower league players are often made up of unknown players characterized by low overall ratings. It doesn’t however, equate to poor performance. Any Career Mode player out there knows that players do adapt to the new environments they are subjected to, in this case, new teams.
As long as a player maintains a constant and active positive performance on the pitch, they have better chances of retaining their positions on the team.
With the potential for improvement, they can be a better save for your team as injuries are often bound to happen and can get quality players sidelined. Such lower league gems can come in handy playing Career mode.
Main advantages of lower league gems
The major advantage of a lower league gem is often their price tag. As compared to top league players, you would often make a huge saving on your transfer budget. Being unknown and weak overall ratings makes them cheaper than their counterparts from the bigger leagues. Not only are they cheap to hire but also their wage demands are often lower putting your club’s finances at a better state.
Player performance often improves with positive performance on the pitch much better when they are younger. However, past the 30 age mark, degradation sets in and it eats away a player’s capabilities quite fast such that regardless of who they are, it gets to a limit where a player is a total disappointment on the pitch. Lower league gems are young and often have much more time on their boots to offer.
With the potential for improvement, you can develop a lower league gem into a fine top performer. Regardless of the purpose, you use them, they can later be sold at better prices to begin the circle of nurturing lower league gems while improving your club’s finances.
Review of top 15 lower league gems in FIFA 19
It can be quite a challenge to pick a player from the lower leagues and build them into better players. Though you would get them at a bargain, they might fail to meet their potential.
Below is a review of the top 15 lower league gems you might want to consider for your team in Career Mode.
It should be noted that to find these players we used some rules:
– All these players cost less than 10 million euros as well as a maximum age of 19 years;
– These players dont play in the best european leagues, ie: Premier League, La Liga, Budesliga, Serie A, and French League, but they could possibly play in the lower leagues of these countries. Also, some of these lower league gems may also play in the Champions League, or in the Europa League through teams present in other countries.
Alphonso Davies (Overall:72 Potential 87)
Aged 17, Alphonso is a left-footed Canadian international who plays for the Vancouver Whitecaps as a left midfielder and as a right midfielder for his country. For a midfielder of his caliber, at 159 lbs. and standing at 5’ 11” he has the desired stamina and jumping power to push the ball forward.
His best statistics are his acceleration at 92, a sprint speed rating of 93 and an agility level of 84. Being an intermediary between the back and the forward defenders, dribbling and ball control are crucial
He is valued at €6 M
Gedson Fernandes (Overall: 74 Potential: 86 )
Gedson is a quality midfielder who plays for the Portuguese national team often starting as a substitute and SL Benfica as a Right central Midfielder. Aged 19, he stands 5’11” and weighs 157 lbs. for a midfielder, his best traits are with his movements and power with a stamina rating of 88 and acceleration at 81.
A right-footed midfielder, he is valued at €9.5 M
Mykola Shaparenko (Overall: 70 Potential: 85)
A Ukrainian international who can play the roles of a central midfielder, a central defensive midfielder, and a central attacking midfielder. Mykola’s preferred foot being the right, he is more of a play-maker. At 19 years of age, he stands 5’ 10” high and weighs 159 lbs.
He is valued at €3.8 M
Jonathan David (Overall: 68 Potential: 85)
Jonathan plays as a striker for the Canadian national team as well as KAA Gent. At 18 years of age, he towers at 5’10” and weighs 170 lbs. Movements are his ideal attributes with an acceleration of 81, sprint speed of 80 and agility at 76.
A right-footed striker, he is valued at €1.9 M
Giorgi Chakvetadze (Overall: 72 Potential: 85)
Born in Georgia, Giorgi plays for the Belgian club KAA Gent as an attacking as well as a left midfielder. With his preferred foot being the right foot, he is better known for his technical dribbling skills with his best qualities on the pitch being ball skills and movements.
The 18-year-old is best rated for acceleration and agility at 84 and 85 respectively.
He is valued at €5.5 M
Myron Boadu(Overall: 66 Potential: 85)
Myron is a 17-year-old striker for AZ Alkmaar. The Netherlands international has his right foot as his proffered foot. At a height of 5’10,” he is an ideal striker for aerial balls with his best-rated power being jumping at 91. More so, his top-rated attributes are his acceleration at 84, agility at 78 and sprint speed at 80.
He is valued at €1.3 M
Erling Braut Håland (Overall: 68 Potential: 85)
The Norway international plays for Molde as a target forward. The left-footed 17-year-old striker is best known for his finesse shot taking and speed dribbling skills.
He is valued at €1.8 M
Takefusa Kubo (Overall: 63 Potential: 85)
The left-footed Japan international plays for Yokohama F. Marinos in a number of roles. He is an ideal forward playing as a striker, a central, right or left midfielder.
At 17 years of age, he is best rated for his movement qualities on the pitch; acceleration rating of 89, the agility of 82, and a balance index of 87. These qualities make him impress with finesse free kicks and technical dribbling.
He is valued at €800, 0000
Exequiel Palacios (Overall: 71 Potential: 85)
An Argentine international who plays for River Plate as a left central midfielder though he can prowess as a central midfielder or central attacking midfielder.
The 19-year-old right footed Argentine has impeccable movement and power. His best traits on the pitch are his play-making skills and flair.
He is valued at €5 M
Mile Svilar (Overall: 67 Potential: 85)
Preferably, an ideal goalkeeper when playing FIFA is one who doesn’t just stand in his line and waits for the ball to come to him or requires movement control from a player. Often he should punch balls away, rushes out of his comfort goal zone and comes ahead to meet crosses. Those qualities best describe 18-year-old Belgian international Mile Svilar. Svilar plays for SL Benfica as a goalie.
He is valued at €1.3 M
Maximiliano Romero (Overall: 70 Potential: 85)
Often times, strikers do not get enough spaces to fire their shots in without the nuisance of defenders all over them. However, aerial balls are often ideal as the best jumper would often have a better chance of landing the ball. Aerial skills are Argentine international’s Romero’s hot cup. With his jumping at 83 and finishing at 75, he is an ideal strike.
Right-footed 19-year-old Romero plays for PSV and is valued at €3.8 M
Vladyslav Supriaga (Overall: 65 Potential: 84)
At times, loose balls or counter attacks are suitable to get a recovery goal at the last minute. When those do occur, an agile striker who can accelerate really fast and has a high sprint speed would have a better chance of getting to the ball faster than sluggish defenders.
Ukranian Vladyslav has those qualities. The 18-year-old right footed striker plays for FC Dynamo Kyiv
He is valued at €1.1 M
Anthony McDonald (Overall: 62 Potential: 84)
Midfielders are constantly moving to create a link between the back and forward players which calls for skilled movement on the pitch. 17-year-old Anthony’s movements are highly rated.
A Scottish international, he plays for the Heart of Midlothian as a right or a central attacking midfielder.
He is valued at €650, 000.
Patson Daka (Overall: 66 Potential: 83)
Patson plays for FC RB Leipzig as a right striker. Zambian international, the right-footed 19 years old is ideal for loose balls as he has a sprint speed rating of 87 with a potential for 92 and an acceleration index of 86 with a potential for 87.
He is valued at €1.4 M
Dodô (Overall: 70 Potential: 83)
Movement is paramount for a defender, strikers are quite fast, a faster defender is better. Right-footed 19-year-old Brazilian, Dodo has a quality movements rating with a sprint speed of 89, acceleration of 91, agility of 90 and can wrestle aerial balls quite well with a jump index of 83.
He plays as a right back for Vitoria Guimaraes and is valued at €2.9 M.
These are some of the best lower league gems transfers you can make for your team during your career in FIFA 19. Depending on the quality of the team in which you manage, it is necessary to grant minutes of play in order to help these young players to reach their highest level. Below we have crafted the table with all the other top lower league gems.
|João Félix||18||SL Benfica||LW CAM||70||87||€3.7M|
|Diogo Leite||19||FC Porto||CB||74||87||€9.5M|
|A. Davies||17||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||LM RM||72||87||€6M|
|Gedson Fernandes||19||SL Benfica||CM||74||86||€9.5M|
|Mykola Shaparenko||19||FC Dynamo Kyiv||CM CDM CAM||70||85||€3.8M|
|Jonathan David||18||KAA Gent||ST||68||85||€1.9M|
|Giorgi Chakvetadze||18||KAA Gent||CAM LM||72||85||€5.5M|
|Myron Boadu||17||AZ Alkmaar||ST||66||85||€1.3M|
|Erling Braut Håland||17||Molde FK||ST||68||85||€1.8M|
|Takefusa Kubo||17||Yokohama F. Marinos||CAM RM ST LM||63||85||€800K|
|Exequiel Palacios||19||River Plate||CM CAM||71||85||€5M|
|Mile Svilar||18||SL Benfica||GK||67||85||€1.3M|
|Vladyslav Supriaga||18||FC Dynamo Kyiv||ST||65||84||€1.1M|
|Anthony McDonald||17||Heart of Midlothian||RM CAM||62||84||€650K|
|Kevin Rüegg||19||FC Zürich||RB CM||67||84||€1.5M|
|Hassane Bandé||19||Ajax||LW ST||72||84||€5.5M|
|Krépin Diatta||19||Club Brugge KV||RM LM ST||71||84||€4.4M|
|Reece James||18||Wigan Athletic||RB CB||67||84||€1.4M|
|Chris Durkin||18||D.C. United||CDM||67||84||€1.4M|
|Calvin Stengs||19||AZ Alkmaar||RW||69||84||€2.3M|
|Sebastian Szymański||19||Legia Warszawa||CAM RM LM||67||84||€1.6M|
|Dario Maresic||18||SK Sturm Graz||CB||72||84||€4.5M|
|Tyler Adams||19||New York Red Bulls||CDM RWB||72||84||€4.8M|
|Matías Pellegrini||18||Estudiantes de La Plata||LM LWB||64||83||€925K|
|Brandon Baiye||17||Club Brugge KV||CDM CM||63||83||€650K|
|Fernando||19||Shakhtar Donetsk||LW LM||69||83||€2.3M|
|Adam Idah||17||Norwich City||ST||62||83||€675K|
|Déiber Caicedo||18||Asociacion Deportivo Cali||RM||62||83||€675K|
|Eljif Elmas||18||Fenerbahçe SK||CM CAM||70||83||€3.1M|
|Harry Cochrane||17||Heart of Midlothian||CM||64||83||€875K|
|Patson Daka||19||FC Red Bull Salzburg||ST||66||83||€1.4M|
|Tomás Chancalay||19||Colon de Santa Fe||ST LM CAM||68||83||€1.9M|
|Dominik Szoboszlai||17||FC Red Bull Salzburg||CAM CM||64||83||€900K|
|Lloyd Kelly||19||Bristol City||LB CB||67||83||€1.5M|
|Jonathan Leko||19||West Bromwich Albion||RW ST LW||66||83||€1.4M|
|Lukas Nmecha||19||Preston North End||ST||66||83||€1.4M|
You still do not have FIFA 19? Perhaps some of these players are also considered lower league gems in the previous version of FIFA, but the best thing is to guarantee the new FIFA 19 that contains a panoply of improvements, besides the normal updates for teams/players. See below some of the main features of the new version.
More often than not, following all the releases of FIFA, a problem is always bound to be spotted by the avid game lovers worldwide. The problems always formed the basis for re-engineering of the game prior to the next release. Often, the new malfunctions spotted in the previous release getting tacked and integrated into the next flagship. FIFA 19 is one such release that has seen perfection in the game incorporated over the years.
Some of the top features EA Sports team has addressed into FIFA 19 from the previous releases are;
The 50/50 loose ball capabilities for both team members
Each year sees a release of the EA game on major gaming consoles available. FIFA 18 was a flagship release that saw much introduced into the perfection of the game. However, much like previous releases, loose battles have always been a focus of frustration for most players.
Loose balls often attract two opposing players heading for the ball. A setback sets in when they draw closer to the ball as the decision on who wins the ball is often not on the players to decide. Often, one player gets sidestepped and remains motionless or sluggish leaving you frustrated as you watch the ball taken away. FIFA 19 introduced a fair 50/50 battling mechanic such that, loose ball possession is often down to the player’s capability to perform better on the pitch to win the ball from a rigorous ball battle.
Timed finishing feature
As an avid FIFA player, the way you finish creates much better feeling than the number of scores you make in a game. FIFA 19 paid took that into consideration and added a timed finishing feature onto the game to give your finishing a much-revered feel.
You get the timed finishing right and you produce a perfect shot. It doesn’t, however, translate to all perfectly timed shots equating to goals but it creates a realistic feel when on an intense encounter with the opponent’s goalie.
Active touch is another feature added to perfect animations
The previous release of FIFA saw player face improvement to much resemble a human appearance. However, player interactions were still an offset as more often than not, a ball would get into a player or a player would go past barriers. More so, the interactions between a player and a ball were not really that authentic, FIFA 19 incorporated this into play such that player-ball interactions are much more lively and realistic.
The champions and Europa League rights
For the biggest developer of the much-endowed game of football, it was a surprise that EA Sports never had the rights to Europe’s top flight leagues of the Champions League, Europa League, and the Super Cup. FIFA 19 sees the introduction of these top 3 leagues introduced. The entire package, which means you get the feel and the experience of an actual Champions, Europa or Super Cup experience.
Team selection animations added into the game makes it even better as it builds a much-hyped suspense in anticipation for the next round. More so, the A-team voice of Allan Smith and Martin Tyler gets replaced with Lee Dixon and Derek Rae’s voice. Participating in either tournament, the game console gets customized to reflect the tournaments colors.
Much of the improvements for FIFA 19 saw few new additions into the game but much more inclination into perfecting what was already in place. Perfection in FIFA 19 gives the game a much more equilibrium position, designed for both expert FIFA players and newcomers to the game.
Immersion is the ultimate drive to get the game feel realistic and natural while giving you much better options to customize the game giving you the feel and look to get the best of the FIFA game feeling.
The career mode received no much updates from the previous release as much focus was on the Champions League. You get to participate in any of the three European top-flight tournaments depending on your teams previous season’s position and what better way to participate than with lower league gems.