FIFA 19 Career Mode Guide: Chelsea

Chelsea are one of the strongest Premier League outfits on FIFA 19, but no side is perfect.

Football FanCast have compiled a team guide for the blue part of London, overlooking what the board will expect, how much is on offer for transfers and the academy stars you must look to develop.

The board’s expectations

If you take on the Chelsea job, be prepared to face a challenge. The Blues’ board are not the easiest to please on FIFA 19 as they demand success in multiple competitions from the off.

In your first season, you are tasked with winning the FA Cup, the Europa League and qualifying for the Champions League. But be warned, they also expect a Premier League title at Stamford Bridge by the end of the second season.

The transfer kitty

FIFA 19 - Chelsea Career Mode - Budget

There are a few areas of Chelsea’s squad that could be refined and improved, so the board allocate a fair transfer budget for you to go to work with.

The split is heavily leaned towards the outright budget, and even taking away some of what they offer for wages fails to swing the balance towards more marquee additions.

Three players to buy

Willian Jose

One area of Chelsea’s squad that needs a fresh face the most is up top. The striker situation at the Bridge is not the best with Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata the leading men when you kick things off.

One name that can be brought in is Real Sociedad’s Willian Jose, who the club value at over £40million but will go for lower if you push hard enough. The Brazilian, though, will not be a pushover with his 90 strength and clinical finishing. 

FIFA 19 - Chelsea Career Mode - Mauro Icardi

Mauro Icardi

If you are the type of player that wants that one big name signing and can make do with other parts of your squad a bit thin on talent, then look no further than Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi.

The sleeping Italian giants will want at least £100million for their star striker and will hold firm on their asking price, but blow your budget on this 87 rated hit-man and goals will be flying in.

Alessio Romagnoli

Chelsea may have more centre-backs on their books than they know what to do with, but even their best offering is no match for AC Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli.

The Italian may not start as one of the higher rated defenders Serie A has to offer, but he has the potential to be the best in the country. It does mean his current side look for a high asking price, but it can be haggled down to the low £30million mark.

Three players to sell

Willy Caballero

Chelsea have more than enough options when it comes to goalkeepers, some young and some old, but only Willy Caballero will make you money.

The former Manchester City man is valued at less than a million, but his ability only diminishes as the season progresses meaning his exit should be made as soon as possible.

FIFA 19 - Chelsea Career Mode - Gary Cahill

Gary Cahill

Like in goal, there are options upon options at centre-back in Chelsea’s roster, however, three begin the season out on loan, which makes it a lot easier to choose who to use.

With youth still in the ranks, it becomes even easier to know Gary Cahill must go. The 32-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the first season, but you can still look to make around £10m for his signature, despite knowing his best days are behind him.

Cesc Fabregas

After selecting who you want to sign, you will need to pay attention to the player’s whose contracts are expiring as ten terminate when the first season ends.

You should not rush to renew all these options, though, and especially not Cesc Fabregas who should be listed on the transfer market instead. The 31-year-old demands to be an important first team player but you are better off utilising N’Golo Kante, Jorginho or Mateo Kovacic as the central midfielders.

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Three for the future

Callum Hudson-Odoi

On the left-wing, the only serious option to start is Eden Hazard, but pay a bit of attention to youth sensation Callum Hudson-Odoi.

The English teenager has the potential to replace his Belgian leader when the time comes, and should be handed as many minutes as possible to work on his finishing and passing, which are the only aspects of his game that stop him from being a first-team starter.

FIFA 19 - Chelsea Career Mode - Mason Mount

Mason Mount

This one requires a bit of patience as Mason Mount begins your career out on loan to Derby County. Yet that actually works in your favour, as you can use that season to exploit Kovacic’s loan to Chelsea while the 19-year-old gradually develops in the Championship.

When he returns from his time away, you should feel at ease slotting him straight into the starting XI ahead of his more experienced rival Ruben Loftus-Cheek, as Mount will go on to bigger and better things as your career takes shape.

Ethan Ampadu

Ethan Ampadu is one of Chelsea’s many young centre-backs and does not start as a defensive unit, but over time can become a rock in your backline alongside Andreas Christensen.

The 18-year-old from Exeter, who can also play as a holding midfielder, would be best sent out on loan at first as sporadic cup matches are not enough to boost his rating.