FIFA 19 Career Mode Team Guide: Cardiff City

Recently promoted Cardiff City offer a job with the future in mind in FIFA 19, so consider that if you fancy replacing Neil Warnock in the Bluebirds’ dugout.

The board won’t expect too much from your first season in charge, either, so take on Football FanCast’s handy tips and you’ll be set to make it big in Wales.

The board’s expectations

The Welsh outfit’s domestic target is just to avoid relegation, yet even that is a very low priority – the least important of all.

Instead, the main focus from their side is that you keep spending to a minimum, with at least £8.8million still in the war chest by the end of the season.

The transfer kitty

FIFA 19 Career Mode - Cardiff Budget

Even though the squad needs improving, the transfer kitty is just £28.6million with £80,000 set aside for wages, so any transfers will have to be negotiated to the max.

The best way to go about the first transfer window is just to ignore the board’s primary target. Strengthening where you can and letting a few go will better set the Welsh side to reap the rewards of progressing in the cups, and you can turn attentions back to the budget in January.

Three players to buy

Willi Orban

RB Leipzig’s Willi Orban can slot straight into your starting XI, pushing aside the four out-and-out centre-backs Cardiff already have.

One of whom is a youngster and would be a risk in a survival battle, so consider the 25-year-old Hungarian as a must when the Bundesliga side will only ask for a figure close to £14million.

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Lucas Alario

The south Wales outfit have a string of mediocre options when it comes to strikers, so spare a thought for Bayer Leverkusen’s Lucas Alario when you’re looking for your next goal-getter.

The 25-year-old has solid foundations and is a fantastic target man, with 85 positioning, 90 jumping and 81 heading accuracy, yet, with 84 finishing and 72 pace, he can be relied on to work the space for a chance of his own making.

Alario will cost you just shy of £20million, providing you negotiate from a respectable starting point close to £15m, otherwise Leverkusen will come back set on an even higher figure.

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Hans Vanaken

If you wish to add a touch of creativity, one player to consider in midfield is Club Brugge’s Hans Vanaken.

The 6 foot 5 attacking midfielder can work his socks off all game long with 91 stamina, and, with a £21m release clause, is a relative bargain for someone with his ball control and passing abilities.

You can even ignore the Belgian’s break clause, as the club will accept just shy of £14m for his services and the player is keen to make the switch.

Three players to sell

Matthew Connolly

Despite having the lowest rating of the three possible first-team right-backs (67), Matthew Connolly is the most valuable option there.

The 31-year-old’s departure will undoubtedly help fund your spending, while Ashley Richards & Lee Peltier will refuse to allow his absence to be felt.

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Loic Damour

Central midfield is a very congested position at Cardiff, and out of the players to consider, Loic Damour has the lowest rating. The 27-year-old comes in at 69 and carries a transfer value of less than a million, but the Frenchman would only ever be needed if your entire side developed injuries.

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Anthony Pilkington

Striker is another congested area for the Bluebirds, even if the options could all be bettered in the transfer market.

Anthony Pilkington can easily be replaced, for there are two men ahead of him in the pecking order and youth options snapping at his heels.

Three for the future

Mark Harris

If you have desires of developing wonderkids into future stars, spare a thought for the scouting network as Cardiff only have one Under 21 player with good potential.

Mark Harris starts life with a rating of just 56, but can go on to reach 73 at striker once he returns from a loan to Newport County.

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Josh Murphy

As Harris is the only U21 with good potential, the next ‘for the future’ option comes in at 23 years old.

Josh Murphy has excellent pace and solid dribbling stats, and can play on the left-wing or as a striker as he develops towards a 77 rating.

Victor Camarasa

For this one, we’re going even further away from the wonderkid category and technically out of the club, as Victor Camarasa is 24 and belongs to Real Betis.

Nevertheless, the Spaniard, who starts as a first-team option with a 76 rating, can take well-rounded stats to the heart of the midfield and develop into an 83-rated unit that you should consider purchasing on a permanent basis come the end of the season.