For most of FIFA Mobile players, getting and collecting the best football players into the squad is one of the main goals. Unfortunately, top-notch soccer players are usually very hard to get and even if they can be bought from the market, most likely the prices are very expensive.
Alternatively, for those of you who have limited coins (especially if you are a f2p player), you can look for players who are cheap but have good stats and are not inferior compared to superstar players who cost millions such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Gareth Bale or James Rodríguez.
Cheap players with good stats are commonly called “budget beasts”. Finding them is not that easy. You should frequently browse the forums that discuss about it and read many reviews and feedback from users who have tried and tested these budget beasts.
For your convenience, here is a list of 9 best cheap players to train that you can try to use. Some of them I found based on my own experiences and some others I got from other users feedback.
# Amath Ndiaye Diedhiou (ST 74 OVR)
Skill Boost: Agility
His main ability is Pace and Dribble.
He already has 100+ pace at 86 OVR. In the Campaign mode, his pace is very helpful to get past the opponents and scoring quick goals.
Dribbling stats is very important because dribbling over 90 gets you the rainbow. Ndiaye is not that hard to upgrade, because once you get him to an 80 overall he can get the rainbow skill move.
His card sold from 50,000 coins so not that expensive, but quite rare. Alternatively, you can buy his VSA S2 card (75 OVR). The card has the same skill boost and has better stats than the base one.
# Joel Asoro (ST 64 OVR)
Skill Boost: Acceleration
This card is so underrated. At 80 OVR, he already has 100+ pace, but you must upgrade it to 85 OVR to do the rainbow.
He is very helpful in the Campaign mode. Forget about low finishing, heading or long shot stats because in the Campaign mode all of those attributes are useless. All you need to do is sprint (as fast as you can) and chip the ball when you 1 on 1 with the goalkeeper.
Because this is a silver card, you can buy it in the market with a very cheap price. Alternatively, you can get his Starter card (74 OVR) in Campaign mode if you are lucky enough. The card has different skill boost (Positioning).
# Ismaïla Sarr (ST 75 OVR) – Scouting
Skill Boost: Pace
With his Pace skill boost, this card is the fastest budget beast player you can get, as you can upgrade his pace (both speed and acceleration stats) to the highest level.
At 75+4 OVR (have not upgraded his OVR yet, just leveled-up his skill boost), he has already 100 pace. At 80+6 OVR he can do the rainbow skill move.
His shooting in game feels much better than what it says on his card (especially the finnese shots from the outside of the box).
Unfortunately, you can’t buy this card in the market because he is untradeable. If you are lucky, you can pull him in the Scouting event (Europe 1).
# Serge Gnabry (ST 79 OVR) – TOTW
Skill Boost: Acceleration
This TSG 1899 Hoffenheim’s striker has well-rounded stats.
At 85 OVR, he already has 100 Pace, 95 Dribbling, 90 Shot Power and 80+ for Finishing and Long shots stats.
At the highest level he will not be as fast as scouting Sarr, but he has better agility and better in finishing chances in front of goals.
Overall, he has an amazing stats for a striker.
# Jesse Lingard (CAM 79 OVR) – TOTW
Skill Boost: Long Shots
As all FIFA Mobile players get the free Alli CAM, this is the best alternative if you are bored of using Alli from the start of the season.
Jesse Lingard has advantages in the essential attributes needed by a Central Attacking Midfielder (CAM). His true potentials are just beginning to shown up when you upgrade it to 90+ OVR.
At 93 + 10 OVR, most of the importants stats for CAM are already at 100+. From Pace, Finishing, Long shot, Shot power to Dribbling and Ball control.
In VSA Attack mode, CAM is the most frequently player to appear first in the 343 Diamond formation. And by using Lingard, I can beat opponents who have the same OVR or slightly lower than me just by using long shots.
When first release, his TOTW card is sold for 50k – 100k. But now the prices are rising to above 300k.
# Lee Tomlin (CAM 70 OVR) – TOTW
Skill Boost: Dribbling
If Lingard CAM has advantages in terms of shooting, Tomlin has advantages in terms of agility and dribbling.
At 70+10 OVR (have not upgraded his OVR yet, just leveled-up his skill boost) he already can do the rainbow skill move.
Similar to Lingard, this card has amazing and well-rounded stats when you upgrade it to 90+ OVR and 10+ Skill boost.
With a fairly low base ovr, you can bring him from the market at a fairly affordable price.
# Wylan Cyprien (CDM 78 OVR) – TOTW
Skill Boost: Holding
For CDM position, you must agree that until now Petit Icon is an irreplaceable beast. But if you are not lucky to obtained him, or if you use 2 CDMs formation, then this budget beast card could be the best choice.
Just like Petit, Cyprien has the best possible skill boost for a defensive midfielder (Holding).
Why Holding skill boost is the best for a defensive midfielder? Because this skill boost affects the 5 most important attributes in defense : Marking, Tackling, Aggression, Strength and Heading.
At 87+10 OVR he is quite useful, since most of his importants stats has reached 90+ OVR. And he has better pace than Petit.
# Danilo (CDM 80 OVR) – Carnibal
Skill Boost: Holding
This brazilian player has the same skill boost as Petit and Cyprien.
His pace is not as fast as Cyprien, but overall he has better defending stats. From Marking, Tackling, Heading to Aggression, his stats are above Cyprien.
At 83+9 OVR, most of his importants stats has reached 90+ OVR.
His elite card sold from 300k coins. Not a cheap price but also not too expensive.
# Nathan Aké (CB 79 OVR) – TOTW
Skill Boost: Marking
As a defender, he is not too tall. But he has well-rounded stats (including his heading) when you train him to 90+ OVR.
At 91 OVR (without skill boost), all of important stats for defender are already at 90+ OVR. From Heading, Marking, Tackling, Aggression to Strength. From Awareness, Reactions to Composure and Pace.
This card is quite rare. You can snipe him at 300k price. Alternatively, you can get his another TOTW card (77 OVR) at cheaper price. The card has different skill boost (Aggression).
I hope this FIFA Mobile 18: 9 Best Cheap Players list aka “Budget Beasts” to Train post can help you build a strong squad to compete in VS Attack Mode as well as in Campaign Mode. If you have reference of other players which you think can be classified as “budget beasts”, please let us know in the comments below.