FIFA 19 Career Mode Guide: Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace can do with some fresh ideas, as the south London side have occasionally been found lacking in the Premier League under Roy Hodgson.

There are easier positions to take elsewhere in the league, so Football FanCast have delved into FIFA 19‘s Career Mode to provide you with an in-depth team guide for the Eagles.

The board’s expectations

Take on the Selhurst Park job and the board will hope you can guide the club to a mid-table finish, but their main focus is to control player earnings by keeping growth below 10%.

Even though it’s the least of their demands, the board would also like you to sign one defender to the youth ranks and reach the FA Cup’s Round of 16.

The transfer kitty

FIFA 19 Career Mode - Crystal Palace Budget

Palace’s budget for your first season in charge comes in at £42.4million with a £113k wage allowance, but, bearing in mind the most important board expectation, you can only realistically spend £94,000 of the allowance without players leaving.

Three players to buy

Josef Martinez

Despite having one of FIFA’s former best strikers in Christian Benteke, the addition of a top-draw forward would be a welcome addition at Selhurst Park.

Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez would certainly fit the bill and compliment Wilfried Zaha, but the pacey and strong finisher will cost around £22.5million, and the MLS side are tough negotiators.

FIFA 19 Career Mode - Crystal Palace Martinez

Franco Cervi

Should you prefer playing Zaha as a strike, then look no further than Benfica’s Franco Cervi to fill the wide slot.

The Argentine has 5-star skills and will set you back around £19m, but he is beautiful on the ball and can develop a delightful range of passes.

FIFA 19 Career Mode - Crystal Palace Cervi

Amine Harit

Sticking with improving the Palace offence, Schalke’s Amine Harit is a player worth considering. The 21-year-old can play on the right-wing or as a central attacking midfielder and is certainly a star for the future.

The Moroccan has a £23million asking price and would be great to build a team around, providing you plan on spending multiple seasons with the Eagles.

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Three players to sell

Jason Puncheon

Injuries cost Jason Puncheon the best years of his career, and it’s about time his stint at his childhood club came to an end.

At 32, he’s not going to be the base of a high-flying Palace squad, and with a board of average attributes, will only be worthy of occasional cup matches to rest first-team stars.

FIFA 19 Career Mode - Crystal Palace Puncheon

Connor Wickham

Hereford-born Connor Wickham is another player dogged by injuries at Palace, and it has seen his FIFA stats reflect a lack of minutes.

He can still fetch a fair transfer price, and would be a peripheral player should you keep him at the club.

FIFA 19 Career Mode - Crystal Palace Wickham

Wayne Hennessey

It may always be good to have two goalkeepers on the books that can play for the first-team, but in the case of Wayne Hennessey, the former Wolverhampton Wanderers regularly should be transfer listed.

The 31-year-old is no match for Guaita, yet still demands to be an important member of the side – a hard act to balance when the Spaniard has a crucial role signed into his contract.

Three for the future

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Croydon-born Aaron Wan-Bissaka may already be a first choice starter at Crystal Palace, but the 20-year-old is certainly one of their players for the future.

The right-back will start 74 rated with great pace, dribbling and tackling yet can jump ten ratings over his career to a potential 84, tying in better strength, passing and interceptions.

FIFA 19 Career Mode - Crystal Palace Wan-Bissaka Riedewald

Jairo Riedewald

Central-defensive midfielder Jairo Riedewald may not become a first name on the teamsheet kind of player, but the Ajax product can turn into a useful member of the squad, thanks to his ability to play central midfield or defensive role to the same level.

At first, that is at a 73 rating, but can move on to be 80 rated with well-rounded defensive attributes and passing.

Nya Kirby

If you are thinking long-term in your career with Crystal Palace, certainly spare a thought for 18-year-old Nya Kirby, despite his low 59 rating.

The attacking midfielder is the brightest spark in the Eagles’ youth ranks, with a potential rating 20 levels higher than his fellow youth team mates.

You will need to work on his passing, shooting and strength throughout his career, however, as at first, all he has to fall on is pace and dribbling.