Everton are in the midst of a resurgence under Marco Silva but do you reckon you can do better?
To help you take charge from the Portuguese gaffer, Football FanCast have compiled the ideal FIFA 19 Career Mode team guide, which will tell you exactly what you have in store…
The Goodison Park board will demand a lot of success should you take the job, with aspirations firmly on qualifying for Europe.
Placing the Merseyside club in a Champions League position is a must in your first season, with domestic success the highest criteria set. The board will also ask you to reach the Round of 16 in the FA Cup and develop a youth player with potential above 75, but these should not be the base of your ambitions.
In real life, Everton’s leadership signed off on a total of £88.9 million in the summer, with Richarlison, Yerry Mina and Lucas Digne moving to Merseyside.
This does not mean, however, that their spending limits you, as you are set a starting budget of £56.87million and a wage limit of £206,000. A rejig to £100,000 for player earnings will allow you to strengthen the squad a lot further.
You may be a fan of Theo Walcott, but the former Arsenal man is not the best right-sided winger you can find on FIFA 19 and one player to look out for is Buenos Aires’ Cristian Pavon.
The Argentinean winger has blistering pace and can develop into one of the best players in the league for his position.
Everton are not in dire need of another first-choice central defender, with Mina joining in the summer to partner Michael Keane and Kurt Zouma brought in on loan, but a fourth strong CB will allow you to challenge on multiple fronts.
Schalke’s Matija Nastasic was never truly tested in the Premier League at Manchester City, but his move to the Bundesliga allowed the now 25-year-old to find his feet and he is one of the best defenders for his age and rating bracket.
Like at centre-back, goalkeeper is another position where Everton are strong when it comes to the first-choice option, Jordan Pickford, but lack in depth.
Burnley’s Nick Pope may not reach the same lofty heights in his career, but the 26-year-old will not cost you an arm and a leg and will prove a superb alternative when required.
Going from buying a goalkeeper to selling another is a bit of a jump, but take confidence in the fact Maarten Stekelenburg is not the goalie you want to keep around.
The 36-year-old is a far cry from the talent of his colleague, and you will be left ruing the moment you started the former international shot-stopper – cash in while you can with this one.
Phil Jagielka will go down as one of Everton’s most revered central defenders, after joining the club in 2007 from Sheffield United and going on to make more than 300 competitive outings in blue.
But on FIFA 19, and particularly Career Mode, you don’t want to use the 35-year-old. He may still hold comparable defensive stats to those of his positional rivals, but Jagielka’s severe lack of pace will see him left for dead in every head-to-head dash.
Out of Everton’s three must-sell players, Morgan Schneiderlin is the most usable option. That said, the 28-year-old should still be transfer listed at the very least, for his £9million valuation can be a pleasant boost to your budget while taking away a player who demands regular game time.
Kieran Dowell may not be getting opportunities in the Premier League under Marco Silva, but the 21-year-old has one of the highest potential ratings in the Toffees’ youth ranks.
The attacking midfielder can go on to reach an 83 rating from his base 70, but starts off strongly with well-balanced dribbling and passing stats.
With Ademola Lookman in the ranks, you do not need to sign a new left-sided forward. The 21-year-old is a real gift in Career Mode with 84 acceleration and 79 sprint speed matched to 85 agility and 83 dribbling.
Play this 4-star weak footed winger as much as possible, and it will free Richarlison to smash it as a striker.
If you don’t want to use Richarlison as a striker and instead want him to focus on being the best left-winger possible, 19-year-old Fraser Hornby can be the future first team front-man instead.
The teenager will take a lot of nurturing to reach his potential, but give him a chance and you will see the benefits in the long-run.