Newcastle United is the life and soul of the city, so with the St James’ Park hot seat comes a lot of expectation. But don’t fret about replacing Rafa Benitez as Football FanCast are here to provide you with the complete Toon team guide for FIFA 19‘s Career Mode.
From the board, most of the demands stem from a financial standpoint, with your most significant objectives finishing the season with a profit margin of at least £26.4million and £17.6million in unspent funds.
Even with their strict desires on how much is in the bank, they would like you to sign a forward worthy of a crucial first-team role and qualify for the Europa League within two years.
Before selling any of the deadwood or taking into consideration how much to save for a rainy day, you’re given £30.6million for transfers with a wage budget set at £96,000.
No matter how much you slide the budget split towards the out-right allocation, you will be unable to see a clear and viable difference.
Uruguayan forward Maximiliano Gomez has a £33.7million release clause, but don’t let that put you off making a move for the 21-year-old sensation.
RC Celta de Vigo will not put up much resistance to negotiating a better deal for a striker who will meet the board’s request – he’ll ask for a crucial squad role, but also less than £30k in wages – and an agreement can be struck at closer to £20m.
Left-back is not one of Newcastle’s strongest positions, and AC Milan’s Ricardo Rodriguez is the perfect upgrade on Paul Dummett and Javier Manquillo.
The Swiss defender is valued at £13.5m, but offer anything near that and they Serie A outfit will storm out of negotiations. Instead, an offer of around £18million will be enough to clinch the deal.
Another Serie A recruit to consider is Lazio’s Thomas Strakosha. The 23-year-old Albanian has entered into the final year of his contract at the Rome-based club, and his side will look for a figure around £16m, despite his £23m release clause, before eventually accepting just over £15million.
Newcastle have five centre-backs all hovering around the same rating, but with the leading duo demanding crucial squad roles, one of those waiting in the wings should be allowed to leave.
Ciaran Clark represents the best option here, for the 28-year-old has the second lowest rating – only Fabian Schar is lower, but possesses greater potential – and Federico Fernandez cannot be sold because he only recently joined the club.
Out of the Toon’s 39 players, 15 are midfielders, and 31-year-old Mohamed Diame resides right in the middle of the pack. The 31-year-old has reached his peak and will start to decline from his 75 rating, meaning his value of £4.7million will also drop.
The Senegalese midfielder is in the final year of his deal, and renewing it would be a mistake.
Newcastle may be thin on strikers, with Luke Charman and Dwight Gayle away on loan, but like Diame, Spanish forward Joselu should be allowed to leave.
The 28-year-old’s departure will not be felt for he cannot progress further than his 74 rating, whereas Yoshinori Muto (76 to 79) and Ayoze Perez (76 to 81) will.
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If you wish to develop a wonderkid, hit the scouting network, as Newcastle’s academy has not produced any future stars for FIFA 19. The best of the bunch is 20-year-old Victor Fernandez, with the Spaniard starting life as a 63 rated left-midfielder, who can also play on the right or in the centre.
He’ll develop into an 80 rated attacker and starts with strong dribbling and pace, but otherwise needs a lot of work.
Seventeen-year-old Yannick Toure is another youngster who can develop into an 80 rated attacker, capable of playing on either wings but also as a striker. The Swiss teenager kicks things off with a 57 rating and no stand out stats, but is worth considering in the early cup rounds.
Finally, Adam Wilson joins his colleagues with an 80 rated potential, but he can play at left-back as well as left-mid. The English youngster’s stand out attributes are his pace and dribbling, but with 49 stamina cannot last too long in the early stages of his career.