FIFA 18: The 10 best central midfielders in FUT for under 40k

From an In Form Manchester United midfielder to a pair of Real Madrid bargains, these are simply the best FIFA Ultimate Team deals on the market

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As in non-pixellated football, central midfielders are some of the most important players in FIFA 18. They perform various roles including (but not limited to) holding your team together, thwarting attacks, supporting your strikers and cracking off long shots.

Understandably, costs for the best are high - yet each of these 10 central midfielders is an absolute steal at under 40k...

IF (In Form) Allan

Allan’s only In Form card to date pulled onto the scene during Team of the Week 15 and became an instant hit among FUT players. He was dubbed the Brazilian N'Golo Kante thanks to his similarities with the Frenchman, despite costing just a fraction of the Frenchman's price.

Allan's ability to intercept possession is rated at 91, which, combined with his 84 agility and 89 reactions, means he’s an expert at cutting passing lanes.

The only drawbacks to IF Allan are his height (5ft 8in) and poor shooting stats, but a Hawk chemistry style would give his jumping and finishing stats decent boosts, allowing him to win aerial balls and score goals from time to time.

Potential cost: 34k

SIF (Second In Form) Anderson Talisca

Anderson Talisca’s Second In Form card is one of the most overpowered, making him among the most versatile central midfielders in the game. He strikes the ball with authority thanks to fine shooting stats, and his ball distribution skills are also insanely good.

With the right chemistry styles he can play as a CAM, CM or CDM – plus he’s Brazilian so has a host of players he can get soft links from. If you fancy some 5-star skill moves in your side, Anderson links strongly with one of the smoothest dribblers in the game, Ricardo Quaresma (they both play for Besiktas in real life).

At 22k, he’s an absolute steal. He’s got an even better special card which is rated at 86, but it costs 98k.

Potential cost: 22k

IF Giacomo Bonaventura

In Form Bonaventura is one of the most dependable creative midfielders you’ll find in Serie A. He’s best utilised alongside a strong defensive-minded midfielder due to his lack of strength and aggression – he’s more maestro than machine.

With a 91 long-shot rating, Bonaventura is perfectly capable of scoring from outside the box. The Italian is also very good at ghosting past players thanks to his great dribbling stats coupled with 4-star skill moves.

Potential cost: 30k

NIF (Not In Form) 86 Casemiro

Casemiro received an 86-rated NIF card during the ratings refresh due to his impressive performances for Real Madrid. He’s now one of the best Not In Form central midfielders in the game.

Despite his lack of blistering pace, Casemiro is still capable of protecting your defence: his high defensive work-rate means he's constantly looking to cut passing lanes and intercept the ball.

Potential cost: 22k

IF Nabil Fekir

Fekir’s first In Form is a bit old considering it debuted in TOTW5, but it’s still an amazing card to have in your team.

EA did a great job of making Fekir’s low centre of gravity noticeable. His turns feel buttery thanks to 87 agility, and with 95 balance plus 85 strength, he’s a very hard man to shrug off the ball. This makes the Frenchman a force to be reckoned with as an attacking midfielder.

Potential cost: 36k