We've been getting to grips with FIFA Mobile of late, and one thing that's abundantly clear is that it really helps to be a bit of a wheeler-dealer in the game's virtual transfer market.
If you know what you're looking for, it's possible to build yourself a very good team without having to resort to grinding or crossing your fingers for a superstar to drop in your lap.
Here are some of our initial findings on how to play the FIFA Mobile market.Start spending on 70+ attacking players as soon as you can
Your initial batch of players isn't going to be particularly great, to the point where it might actually affect your chances of success in Attack Mode - your main source of points and coins in the early stages and throughout.
You see, your approach play can be as good as you like, but if the clown up front can't finish or your winger can't run, you'll struggle to create and score goals. And that's kind of the point of the game.
Our advice, then, is to start spending on better attacking players as soon as you get a couple of grand in the bank. You don't need to save up for brilliant players. Anyone 70 and above on the overall ratings count will be a massive improvement on what you have, and will likely be able to execute the necessary fundamental skills competently.Hold off on defence until you hit level eight
Don't waste your money on new defenders until you hit level eight. Why level eight? Because that's when Season mode unlocks, allowing you to play 'full' games rather than just Attack Mode.
You'll only really need a strong defence at this point, when you'll actually have a direct say in keeping out opposing attackers.There's no such thing as 'taking a punt'
The first thing to note when shopping for a new player is that it will cost you - even if you don't win the bid. The amount of money you commit to the purchase will disappear from your account even if someone outbids you and you fail to get the player.
Arguments over fairness and logic aside, this should serve to sharpen your transfer focus in the following ways.Only bid as much as you can afford
Given the aforementioned point, it's vital that you don't overextend yourself in the market. Losing out on your bid is doubly painful with the extra penalty of losing cash, so I'd recommend keeping well within your means.
My approach in the early stages of the game was to only bid up to half of my funds on a player. Then, even if you lose, you'll be able to take an equal shot at a similarly rated player.Only bid for players you really need
With the ever-changing FIFA Mobile Market, it's oh-so-easy to idly browse through and stumble across a tasty player who's a fair bit better than what you've got. Stop. Breath. Focus.
Given the way that your funds can quickly disappear, it's vital that you enter the market with a firm plan, and only bid on the precise type of player in the position you require.Hone your search
FIFA Mobile's Market UI isn't great for browsing through lots of players, so it's vital hone your search. Go into the Search field and set the position you're after and the minimum rating you'll accept, at the very least.
If you're being strict over the funds, as detailed above, you could also set a maximum fee.Don't just look at overall ratings
Of course, overall ratings are a great instant indicator of a player's ability. But given the need to be selective over your purchases, you should look closer.
Tapping on a player will reveal their skill breakdown. Think about the way you want your players to perform. For example, if your game is based on quick breaks down the wing, then a wide midfielder with a high speed rating will be preferable to one with excellent technique - irrespective of their overall ratings.Look at the market when selling
If you're selling a player, look at the kind of price other similarly ranked players are going for and set your price accordingly. Value them too highly, and they simply won't sell.
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