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FIFA 23 Ultimate Team: Best Budget Premier League midfielders

FIFA 23 is now finally here! The game is available to play on a 10- hour trial via EA access from the 27th of September.


Those who have pre-ordered the Ultimate Edition of the game can then start playing the full game from the 27th of September, whilst the full game is out for those who buy the standard edition from the 30th of September.

One of the biggest selling points of the FIFA franchise is, of course, Ultimate Team. This is a game mode within FIFA that allows players to create their ultimate team, hence the name, through buying players on the transfer market within the game, earning them through objectives or buying packs with either FIFA points or in-game coins.

Best budget Premier League players on FIFA Ultimate Team

The key to having a successful Ultimate Team throughout the game cycle generally starts with an effective budget team.

The Premier League is one of the most popular leagues to build your starter team with, due to the number of quality players across the division.

And now, ahead of the full launch of FIFA 23, 101 have put together a series of articles to inform you of the best budget Premier League players on FIFA 23 Ultimate Team.

Best budget Premier League midfielders

This article will highlight the best cheap Premier League midfielders on Ultimate Team this year.

Attacking midfielders

Lucas Paqueta, West Ham (82 rated)

In terms of budget attacking midfielder options, there are not too many in the Premier League this year.

The man you should probably go for is Martin Odegaard, but given the lack of quality options, he may be expensive early in the game cycle.

So, the alternative is Lucas Paqueta. The Brazilian has ok pace, well-rounded shooting, solid passing and excellent dribbling. The best thing about Paqueta, though, is his five-star skills.

Central midfielders

Fred, Manchester United (80 rated)

Whilst attacking midfielders are lacking, there are several solid box-to-box options you can play in a 4-1-2-1-2 (2) or in a three-man midfield.

One of the more well-rounded cards this year is Fred. The Manchester United man has good pace, nice passing for an 80-rated card, decent dribbling and is also excellent defensively, with 83 interceptions and 81 stand tackle as his standout stats.

Most importantly, though, Fred has a very impressive 94 stamina.

Allan, Everton (80 rated)

The next option you should consider is Allan. Allan is a better defensive option than Fred and his shooting is also an upgrade.

However, the one drawback with Allan is his 70 pace, which is a -3 downgrade on his card from FIFA 22.

Giovani Lo Celso, Tottenham (81 rated)

Lo Celso is a viable option if you are looking for a player with a bit more attacking edge.

He bests the two aforementioned players in shooting, dribbling and passing. However, he is lacking somewhat defensively with 73 stand tackle his best stat.

Defensive midfielders

Thomas Partey, Arsenal (84 rated)

Despite being 84 rated, Partey should be fairly cheap when the game comes out.

The reason for his is he has 65 pace. This is a drawback of course, but if you play him as the sole DM and have him on ‘stay back while attacking’ it shouldn’t cause you too many issues.

And what he lacks in pace, he more than makes up for with his defending, passing and dribbling.

Yves Bissouma, Tottenham (81 rated)

If you want more pace from your defensive midfielder, though, Bissouma is likely your best choice as Dennis Zakaria is expected to be very expensive early on given his pace.

Bissouma has 72 pace, which is fine for the first month of FIFA 23. He also has 83 interceptions and 85 standing tackle.


Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.



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