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FM16: Best Active Young Players Available at Low Price— Defenders

Éder Álvarez Balanta (in white jessy) challenging Neymar.
Éder Álvarez Balanta (in white jessy) challenging Neymar. | Source

Last time, I released some effective young Wingers in Football Manager 2016 that are available at low price, and I also provided the minimum estimated cost on which you can buy the particular player.

However, before i proceed to the list in this article, permit me to reintroduce what I discussed in the prior article: Best Active Young Players Available at Low Price (the parent article)

How I Chose the Best

Before I went into that search, I had to bear four things in mind:

  • Firstly, I had to consider the role the player can best fit in.
  • Secondly, I considered an age range which is suitable; a type of age range which will allow the player to adapt fast, perform effectively in any first team, and still have more time to develop further in future.
  • Thirdly, I had to observe their rate of development in both trainings and matches as they progress.
  • And lastly, I took a tour on the costs.

Before I reveal the outcomes and the decisions I took based on the above aspects, I have to let you know (perhaps as you already know) that FM16 is a very sensitive game, which can be found advantageous and sometimes frustrating. The kinds of staff, instructions, formation, mentality, and kinds of players brought in do count. Wrong management and tactics... bad results! As a manager, you ought to get things right. But above all, FM (in general) is very interesting and fun to play.

As I mentioned before, I considered the role, age range, rate of development, and cost. So am going to pick them one after the other, in order to throw more light and the decision I made on each aspect.

Role

As it's well known, there are over 13 positions on a pitch, each having some roles to choose from. However, because of this situation, there are immense number of players in the FM16 database that fell into the category I was after, playing in both the same and different roles. Due to this, I decided to divide the whole list into five articles; each providing the list of effective young but cheap Strikers, Midfielders, Winger, Fullbacks, and Defenders. Goalkeepers are not all that much of importance because if the right midfielders, defenders and fullbacks are there "active", then the kind of keeper present won't matter much.

Age range

In choosing an age range, I have to consider a range a decent player can adapt quickly while placed in the first time. And I have to find a more active age range which will also give room for more development, providing more value in the transfer market (in case you wish to sell the player in future). But certainly, I don't need a very young age (15-17 of age) because at low cost, no under 18 is suitable for exclusive first-team play in FM16 database. However, I also don't need aged players because of their developments and market values.

Viewing all the aspects, I decided to choose an age range of 19 to 24. I went on to select the best players within this age range, and also still available at low cost. Moreover, buying under aged players with suitable qualities for low club's first team is very difficult; most clubs don't like selling them, except on loan terms.

Rate of development

Some players develop inconsistently, some are consistent, whilst others can be fast and consistent. Sometimes it depends on their potential rating stars, or the amount of playing time they get. But with a careful observation of their rate of development in both training and matches, I selected those that proved consistent (sometimes pretty fast) in development.

Cost

Finding players that are in their 20s, possessing the highest qualities, and having the best rate of developments, can be very expensive to get. Some are available at a minimum of £8M. However, average clubs or clubs in second divisions find it difficult to sign those kinds of players and still meet up their wage demands.

With respect to that, I chose £5M to be the maximum availability cost, which means you can get these players below £5M. In terms of their wages, none surpasses £20,000 p/w under negotiable terms.

The list

As mentioned before, I will be presenting the list of cheap but effective young Defenders in FM16 database. These players are available for both average and low clubs. However, on the list below, some of the players can play very well in the three roles of defense: Central Defender, Limited Defender, and Ball Playing Defender. You can give them a try!


From Europe...

NAME
PREFERRED POSITION
CLUB
NATIONALITY
AGE
ESTIMATED COST(MIN) (£)
Martin Hinteregger
DC
Red Bull Salzburg
AUT
22
2.8M
Christopher Dibon
DC
SK Rapid Wien
AUT
24
1.3M
Lukas Spendlhofer
DC
SK Sturm Graz
AUT
22
2M
Mathias Mechle
DC
Club Brugge
BEL
23
2.1M
 
 
 
 
 
 
Julian Velázquez
DC
HNK Hajduk
ARG
24
3.4M
Daniel Amartey
DC
FC København
GHA
20
3.4M
Leander Dendoncker
DC
Anderlecht
BEL
20
1.4M
Berat Djimsiti
DC
Zurich
ALB
22
1.7M
Mads Fenger
DC
Rander FC
DEM
24
650K
Dimitris Kolovetslos
DC
AEK Athens
GRE
23
300K
Ruben Gabrielsen
DC
Molde
NOR
23
575K
Magnar Ødegaard
DC
Tromsø IL
NOR
22
250K
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Miguel Lourenco
DC
Vit Setubal
POR
23
275K
Sergi Gómez
DC
Celta Vigo
ESP
21
2.1M
Ousseynou Cissé
DC
Rayo
SEN
24
1.3M
Johan Kappelhof
DC
FC Groningen
GHA
24
300K
 
 
 
 
 
 
Deniel Ayala
DC
Middlesbrough
ESP
24
4.7M
Tom Lees
DC
Sheff Wed
ENG
24
4.4M
Ben Gibson
DC
Middlesbrough
ENG
22
3.2M
Lewis Dunk
DC
Brighton
ENG
23
2M
Grant Hanley
DC
Blackburn Rovers
SCO
23
1.9M
 
 
 
 
 
 
Luca Antel
DC
Sassuolo
ITA
23
3.3M
Armando Izzo
DC
Genoa
ITA
23
3.1M
Pontus Jansson
DC
Torino
SWE
24
2.2M
Alberto Masi
DC
Ternana
ITA
22
1.8M
Aljaz Struna
DC
Palermo
SVN
24
1.2M
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lindsay Rose
DC
Lyon
FRA
23
3M
Cédric Yambéré
DC
Girondins de Bordeaux
FRA
24
1M

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From Asia and North America...

NAME
PREFERRED POSITION
CLUB
NATIONALITY
AGE
ESTIMATED COST (MIN) (£)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Walter Kannemann
DC
Atlas
ARG
24
3.1M
Matj Jonjic
DC
Incheon United FC
CRO
24
88K
Cho Sung-Jin
DC
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
KOR
24
125K

From South America...

NAME
PREFERRED POSITION
CLUB
NATIONALITY
AGE
ESTIMATED COST(MIN) (£)
GUSTAVO HENRIQUE
DC
Santos
BRA
22
4.5M
ESTEBAN BURGOS
DC
Godoy Cruz
ARG
23
4.2M
BRESSAN
DC
Gremio
BRA
22
1.3M
LUAN GARCIA
DC
CR Vasco da Gama
BRA
22
2.2M
YAGO
DC
Corinthians
BRA
23
375K
Cléberson
DC
Atlético Paranaense
BRA
23
1.6M
LUCAS CLARO
DC
Coritba
BRA
24
850K
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Éder Álvarez Balanta
DC
River
ARG
22
2.2M
Emauel Mammana
DC
River
ARG
19
2.2M
Gustavo Gomez
DC
Lanus
ARG
22
2.9M
Tomas Berra
DC
Rosario Central
ARG
24
1.8M
Nehuén Paz
DC
Newell's
ARG
22
1.6M
Alan Alegre
DC
Quilmes
ARG
24
1.6M
Yeimar Gómez Andrade
DC
Rosario Central
COL
23
1.6M
Gastón Campi
DC
Racing Club
ARG
24
1.2M
Lisandro magallan
DC
Boca Juniors
ARG
22
1.6M
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Miguel Araujo
DC
Alianza
PER
21
160K
Diego Viotti
DC
Sport Huancayo
URU
23
245K
Jorge Bosmediano
DC
Universidad San Martin
PER
24
89K
Jose Canova
DC
Universidad San Martin
PER
23
115K
Jorge Cuéllar
DC
Jorge Wilstermann
BOL
24
115K
Davinson Sánchez
DC
Atlético National
COL
19
120K
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Benjamin Vidal
DC
Universidad de Chile
CHI
24
900K
Alejandro Contreras
DC
Palestino
CHI
23
281K
Luis Casanova
DC
San Marcos de Arica
CHI
23
575K
 
 
 
 
 
 
Federico Ricca
DC
Danubio
URU
20
1M
Matias de los Santos
DC
Danubio
URU
22
850K
Emilio MacEachen
DC
Atlético Peñarol
URU
23
200K
Erick Cabaco
DC
Club Atlético Rentistas
URU
20
725K

Hint: The only way you can see the existence of these players is to set the database to advance mode. Select as many leagues as you like so that all the players in each league you chose will be available once you start your carrier.

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Kingsley Iyoke 5 months ago Author

Thanks jeff


Jeff 5 months ago

Nice

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