With Team of the Season just about wrapped up, I’ve had an opporunity to really test out some of the affordable players. I’ve never been much of a trader, so big names have always been out of the question for me, but the chance to use some of these cheap, but nevertheless awesome TOTS players is something I leapt at. Some of the players, certainly stats-wise, are just as good as the big names and if you have a few coins lying around, give them a go and let me know what you think!
The first TOTS I packed myself and certainly one of the best, there is no better value for money than Jackson Martinez. A strong, fast and dynamic player, Martinez always seems to score the important goals and is always in the right position. Getting him into a team can be difficult, as the Portuguese league isn’t particularly a popular one, but Quaresma (who gives him a strong link) is certainly a great option. He also works brilliantly as an impact sub and I often bring him on for the last half hour to save my bacon.
He’s a steal at 60k and is honestly one of the best strikers I’ve used this year. Highly recommended.
The second and final TOTS that I packed, I was very excited to use Harry Kane. He had all the stats to make him formidable, particularly the 92 shooting. Unfortunately he didn’t work out for me the way I envisioned. While his shooting was powerful, his shots would often be palmed away. Which is great in terms of rebounds, but I did expect more direct long goals. His dribbling proved to be problematic for me as well, as he turned very slowly and would often get dispossessed as I would try to hold up the ball. His passing, while seemingly good on the card, let me down in-game which maybe a result of his 3 star week foot.
In the La Liga there is a shortage of decent CDMs. I’ve tried a range from Khedira to Perez, Modric, and even non-rares. Ultimately they all felt like a weak-link in an otherwise stellar team. Krychowiak has finally solved that problem. While he isn’t the fastest (which you don’t need to be in that position) he is formidably strong, a great interceptor and tall and imposing enough to win the majority of Kick-off headers.
If you have a La Liga team, this man is your CDM
Jonatan Soriano is the player I was expecting Harry Kane to be. He scores practically every shot, he’s a great dribbler and can pick a pass with the best of them. Play him as a false 9 or even a CAM and you’ve got someone who will run the show and score you a lot of goals. Unfortunately getting him into a team can be a struggle. Your only real option is using spanish players, where there isn’t an abundance of good wingers. I used him with TOTS Vitolo and TOTS Nolito but often found myself pulling them back into midfield.
If you have a spare 20k lying around, then he’ll work wonders as a super sub or even if you lack a decent CAM and want someone to sub on in the first couple of minutes.
Here’s a quick summary of some other cheap TOTS players you might consider using
Vitolo: Let down by his lack of skill moves and weak foot. Would be better placed in the centre of midfield.
Nolito: A surprisingly good winger with fantastic dribbling, though his stats may be off-putting to some.
Jonas: Not quite the player I expected, though I didn’t have an exceptional amount of time with him. Fantastic free kick stats though. Will have to give him another try one day, in a brazilian team.
Thanks for reading and let me know who your best Team of the Season players have been.