FM 2014 Player Profile – Eder Alvarez Balanta

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written by Darren Smith



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Eder Alvarez Balanta

Age: 20

Position: DC/DL

Role: central defender / limited defender / ball playing defender

Club: River Plate

Nationality: Colombian

Value: £3.4 million

Price tag: £9 million (in patch 14.3)

CA: 141 / PA: -10 (between 170-200)

Eder Alvarez Balanta profile in 2013 (after starting new game, 14.3)

FM 2014 Eder Alvarez Balanta initial profile

Eder Alvarez Balanta profile aged 27 in the year 2020

FM 2014 Eder Alvarez Balanta 2020 profile

Eder Alvarez Balanta career history until 2020

FM 2014 Eder Alvarez Balanta history

This FM 2014 Player Profile of Eder Alvarez Balanta shows the best cheap central defender, hands down. The word beast doesn’t even begin to describe this kid. During our test save Balanta developed 20 for tackling, marking, positioning, anticipation and even 18 in areas like strength and decisions. This FM14 wonderkid is very quick, works like a dog and has the attributes of a regen on steroids.

Balanta’s price can vary from save to save, sometimes as much as £14 million is required, then again I have seen £6 million accepted.

Eder Alvarez Balanta Age: 20 Position: DC/DL Role: central defender / limited defender / ball playing defender Club: River Plate Nationality: Colombian Value: £3.4 million Price tag: £9 million (in patch 14.3) CA: 141 / PA: -10 (between 170-200) Eder Alvarez Balanta profile in 2013 (after starting new game, 14.3) Eder Alvarez Balanta profile aged 27 in the year 2020 Eder Alvarez Balanta career history until 2020 This FM 2014 Player Profile of Eder Alvarez Balanta shows the best cheap central defender, hands down. The word beast doesn't even begin to describe this kid. During our test save Balanta developed 20 for tackling, marking, positioning, anticipation and even 18 in areas like strength and decisions. This FM14 wonderkid is very quick, works like a dog and has the attributes of a regen on steroids. Balanta's price can vary from save to save, sometimes as much as £14 million is required, then again I have seen £6 million accepted.

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Comments
  • comment avatar jackfmstories October 19, 2013

    You said in one of the comments that he was great, and I’m not disappointed! Around £5million is a great price as well, he’s like the centre back equivalent of Fierro!

    Well done on predicting him to be a wonderkid as well :)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith October 19, 2013

      He is immense, I’ve signed him with Newcastle and he’s taken to the EPL like a fish to water. Johnny takes all the plaudits for that wonderkids to watch post :)

    • comment avatar dillon88 November 13, 2013

      a fantastic signing for the price, develops to be 1 of the best defenders in the game. these scout reports have been fantastic, signed at least 6-7 of the players profiled on this site, all with plenty of potential to develop into world class players. keep up the good work :D

  • comment avatar Miles 'Uni' Smith October 19, 2013

    I have but 1 word for this guy at that price: “Wow!”

    • comment avatar Darren Smith October 19, 2013

      Must admit, I was shocked myself when I worked out the asking price, he’s a bargain.

      • comment avatar Miles 'Uni' Smith October 19, 2013

        One tiny mistake, you used players plural.

        • comment avatar Darren Smith October 19, 2013

          Corrected, thanks for the heads up.

  • comment avatar sachithyoda October 19, 2013

    Wow! just wow! he is like Papadopoulos but with better mental stats. Easily one of the best defenders in the game

    • comment avatar Darren Smith October 19, 2013

      I think so, its been a while since we’ve had such a beast at CB who is so well priced.

  • comment avatar Gaurav Chaddah October 19, 2013

    He is f****** amazing, absolute tank, taking the premier league by storm for me :)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith October 19, 2013

      Me too, already one of my best performers.

  • comment avatar Alexonian October 19, 2013

    I wondered when this beast would be a profile here, I bought him directly and he went into my starting eleven at….Barcelona, and boy is he good.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith October 19, 2013

      Agreed, he’s got to be the best bargain, in defence at least.

  • comment avatar Darkstorm October 19, 2013

    Pair him with Doria and you will have VERY cheap unbeatable panzer duos in your team.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith October 20, 2013

      Agreed, that would be one hell of a pairing.

  • comment avatar John October 20, 2013

    I just signed him for Sunderland, hopefully bé good. Are you using 4 5 1? What shouts do you use coz I’m struggling with them

    • comment avatar Darren Smith October 20, 2013

      I am using that yes but not to great success just yet, its still a bit too early in the BETA to see tactics working properly, we need a few bugs ironed out in the ME first then I’ll post my tactic.

  • comment avatar LmFaO October 20, 2013

    @Darren Will you check out Gedion Zelalem and Dan Crowley from Arsenal?!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith October 20, 2013

      Both haven’t developed in our test save unfortunately, shame because Zelalem looks to have the talent.

  • comment avatar John October 20, 2013

    What role do you use him in?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith October 21, 2013

      Generally central defender with defend duty.

  • comment avatar Lars October 21, 2013

    Can’t get him with Tottenham, paying £5.5 million in cool cash, I’ve tried the new loaning back option and even procentages of a sale, but they want at least £11 million and it is only me who have interest in him so no other buyers to compete with.
    What am I doing wrong ?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith October 21, 2013

      I don’t know, I just kept renegotiating the deal down when they asked for that amount, sometimes you may need to pay a bit more, like with Juve I had to stretch too £9 million with most of the deal in installments and bonuses. I can’t say for sure but maybe he has flexible ability, which means he can start with different ability from one save to another, the better he is the more he’ll cost.

      Another thing to try is not using the ‘suggest’ button, instead just make the offer and wait for them to come back, I find the AI much more reasonable when negotiating that way, it takes longer but get better deals.

      • comment avatar Lars October 21, 2013

        Okay, Thanks for your advice regarding the suggest button, I’ll give it another go then :)

        • comment avatar Darren Smith October 21, 2013

          No problem, hope you can get them down on the price.

  • comment avatar kryptzlol October 21, 2013

    I got him but he started with 8 determination and can’t seem to be able to increase it no matter who I tutor him with. :(

    • comment avatar Darren Smith October 21, 2013

      Thats a shame, even with tutoring his determination won’t magically rise to 15 though, it will take time to increase but I don’t think it will ever be high starting at 8. Still a really great player regardless of determination though.

      • comment avatar kryptzlol October 22, 2013

        I’m rotating between Zouma, Phil Jones and Eder at the back. Only problem I’ve got so far is that Eder is developing much slower than the other 2 and I think it’s down to his much lower determination. At least it went up from 8 to 10 at the end of last season is 1 month and I didn’t even tutor him or anything.

        • comment avatar Darren Smith October 22, 2013

          I see, that may well be down to the determination, but also remember first team football is a huge part of development, probably 75% of it so if Balanta isn’t playing because you think the others are developing better then its a little self harming in a way…swings in round a bouts really.

  • comment avatar Gary Prescott October 21, 2013

    I missed out on this kid, he went to Valencia instead but he will remain on my shortlist. Any chance you could check out Bruno Pepe. Acted on instinct from my Chief Scout and signed him from Fiorentina. Only 15 but his potential was 5 Stars

    • comment avatar Darren Smith October 21, 2013

      He must be a regen as I have Italy loaded and no player under that name appears.

  • comment avatar Avery (@Avery78) October 21, 2013

    Playing as Man U in one save I have Him out on the left then / Doria / Phil Jones / Rafael. Just wanted to say he works well out the left too and is like a tank stopping pacey opposition wingers :)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith October 21, 2013

      I could see him doing a job there too, certainly got the physique for a limited full back.

  • comment avatar skost October 21, 2013

    Everyone needs to check out Hendrik Rost. Will be one of the best players in the game and is only 14 in 2013!!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith October 22, 2013

      Are you sure he’s not a regen?

  • comment avatar Martin October 22, 2013

    I have managed to sign this guy AND Doria, for…. Wolves! From a new game 10 million for each spread over 48 months. I doubt I am going to concede all the way to the prem

    • comment avatar Darren Smith October 22, 2013

      Very good signings, by the time you get to the Prem they’ll be deadly at the back.

  • comment avatar socrates81 October 22, 2013

    Holy moley, what a beast. I’d heard Tim Vickery rave bout him on World Football Phone-in, but couldn’t imagine he’d be this good. Looks unbeatable.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith October 22, 2013

      He is amazing, and well priced too, there are occasions where you’ll pay more than the asking price shown be he’s well worth the buy at more than £10 million in my opinion.

  • comment avatar Balraj October 22, 2013

    I couldnt get him for 5mil had to fork out 9 but some was over 48 moths that might be why but great signing anyway !

    • comment avatar Darren Smith October 22, 2013

      Could be, depends how much was over that period of time, I just bod again to make sure and with Arsenal provided we loaned him back was £6 million including bonuses so will adjust the figure slightly. As you mentioned it will vary from save to save anyway.

  • comment avatar Wilson October 23, 2013

    Balanta and Phil Jones in central defence, I’d like to see any strikers try and get through these two monsters. And why stop there, I should buy Papadoupolos and Zouma as well to make it the ultimate central defence in the world.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith October 23, 2013

      Sounds outstanding to me, unbeatable for a lot of years with that partnership.

  • comment avatar Gary Prescott October 23, 2013

    Managed to sign him after he went to Valencia for a season. They got him for 7 million, I had to fork out 27 million. Yikes

  • comment avatar Karl October 23, 2013

    Spawned with 20 determination in my save, easily the best cheap player I’ve ever seen.

  • comment avatar calvin October 24, 2013

    i cant find him in fm, how do u guys find him

    • comment avatar Darren Smith October 24, 2013

      Did you load a large database at the start?

  • comment avatar Toby October 25, 2013

    After 2 seasons I signed this guy for £5mil from Porto and Marquinhos from PSG for £7mil, they were both transfer listed and I have to say that they have both come on a lot since. Marquinhos is slightly better stats wise but Balanta has averaged 8.06 over the last 3 years and also came second in world player of the year, which was interesting as only 3 or 4 defenders make the shortlist each year.

    He seems to be very good at breaking up play plus I don’t think he has made a single mistake that has lead to a goal, I would buy this guy at almost any team and would be willing to pay far more than his asking price, as he is so consistent and important to my team.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith October 25, 2013

      He’ll certainly be my first signing with almost every club that can afford him.

  • comment avatar crazyninja86 October 26, 2013

    how is it you lot are getting him for 6mil at the beginning yet they want over 12mil from me?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith October 26, 2013

      This has been covered a lot already in the comments. But many reasons, first you can’t be negotiating correctly, secondly he may have more ability in your save to the one we tested and thirdly it depends on your team.

  • comment avatar Daniel Meijer October 29, 2013

    If I can get a screenshot of Zelalem in 2020 or so would you want it?

    • comment avatar Johnny Karp October 29, 2013

      We will have a profile of Zelalem shortly.

  • comment avatar Tim Supramaniam October 31, 2013

    His PA and CA are out in the editor! (and they are CRAYZEEEEEE)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith October 31, 2013

      Yeah I’m going to update every profile this weekend with CA/PA.

  • comment avatar Jack November 1, 2013

    don’t know if you’ve looked at these guys, but heres a few ive seen and look like they have some potential :

    Tomás Martinez – River U20’s
    Thiago Casasola – Boca
    Mateo Kovacic – Inter
    Leandro Paredas – Boca
    Ricardo Rodriguez – Wolfsburg
    Timo Werner – Stuttgart
    Ravel Morrisson – West Ham
    Mandela Egbo – Crystal Palace U18’s
    Ryan Ledson – Everton U18’s
    Ainsley Maitland-Niles – Arsenal U18’s
    Massimo Bruno – Anderlecht

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 1, 2013

      We’ve looked at the majority but will take a closer look later.

  • comment avatar Alexonian November 2, 2013

    the fact that he actually is -10 potential is insane, is their any others this year with -10?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 2, 2013

      Without opening the editor I remember Pogba was a -10 too.

      • comment avatar Alexonian November 2, 2013

        Pogba -10 now??? omg he was a beast in 13 what will he be now??? Must sign him to my Barcelona immediately .P

        • comment avatar Darren Smith November 2, 2013

          You’ll find out very soon, we’re preparing a profile for next week.

          • comment avatar Alexonian November 2, 2013

            great, looking forward to it, you’re doing a great service for all football manager players.

          • comment avatar Darren Smith November 2, 2013

            Thanks, glad you are enjoying it.

      • comment avatar vaggii December 12, 2013

        Marquinhos also :P

    • comment avatar Brucey December 14, 2013

      Marquinhos is too, but he is unbuyable now he has just joined PSG.

  • comment avatar Alexey Petrushchenkov November 2, 2013

    I dunno what’s wrong with this guy, but he scores in every game =)

  • comment avatar LucaC123 November 3, 2013

    How are people buying him for teams like Newcastle/Wolves!? He doesn’t want to come to AC Milan in the 1st season

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 4, 2013

      That doesn’t make any sense, he hasn’t already moved clubs has he?

  • comment avatar Dan Scutt November 4, 2013

    I’ve just signed this guy for Man United in Jan first season, I’m glad I have now. He’ll replace Vidic in second season, a lot cheaper than Dede and looks a lot better to

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 4, 2013

      He’s by far the best CB this year, his PA alone is enough to show that.

  • comment avatar LucaC123 November 7, 2013

    No it was because when I was negotiating River Plate put in a “loan back” option and it was that, that was making him not want to come. All sorted now and he’s a beast! I’m building a Dynasty with my AC Milan team based around Balanta, De Sciglio, El Shaarawy and Balotelli. Going to try and bring in Quintero and Courtois to add to it

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 7, 2013

      I understand, I thought there must be a reason. Those two would be great additions, looks like a very strong side.

  • comment avatar Gary Prescott November 8, 2013

    Here’s my Man City squad going into my 3rd season.
    GK. Hart, Jeferson
    DF. Shaw, Kompany, BALANTA, De Sciglio, Zabaleta, Clichy
    MF. Xavi, Pogba, Fabregas, Silva, Quintero, El Shaarawy, Bernard, Neilton, Bale, Toure
    ST. Aguero, Rooney, Jese, Messi

    Balanta has just finished season 2 with the golden boot in the Champions cup and the premier league.
    He is an absolute tank

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 8, 2013

      Thats a really strong side and the fact Balanta stands out among those names just shows his class.

  • comment avatar Donat November 11, 2013

    On my save, he is injured for 5-7 weeks will that affect his development?
    Between, I was about to sign him for 7 million (5 mil over 48 months) but he failed his medical so i have to wait for 1 month :( I manage newcastle. can you e-mail the list of injuries he’s had on your save? and also tips to reduce the injury risks? thanks
    donatkap14@gmail.com

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 11, 2013

      There is nothing you can do to reduce the injury risk other than sub him if he’s got a minor injury and just not play him too early after an injury. I had next to no injuries with him and besides it would vary from game to game. He is a very fit player and not injury prone at all so I wouldn’t worry about it.

  • comment avatar Daniel November 12, 2013

    Annnnd to top it all off Balanta’s team want’s 28 million for him and won’t take a dime less. I don’t understand what is going on. I’ve never had so many problems trying to sign players in any other FM game. I can’t land ANY young player I’ve targeted, Cerri, Pugilese (spelling on that one) and now Balanta. They all are demanding ridiculous prices for these players and I really don’t understand why everybody else that plays FM can get them for 400k, 800k, and 7 million respectively. Im playing with Southampton.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 12, 2013

      I think the clues been looking at you next to our asking price these are at the start of the game. What date are you in game.

  • comment avatar Donat November 12, 2013

    Hey please please please do Maximillian Meyer plays for Shalke 04 in case I spelled wrong, He looks like the next OZIL!!! I want to compare him with Adnan Januzaj!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 12, 2013

      We will at some point, when one of us has screenshots good enough.

      • comment avatar Donat November 12, 2013

        ok thanks!

  • comment avatar CJ November 13, 2013

    Got him for 2.6m at the start of third season, once he signed his potential was 4stars when before it was 3 stars. Very happy with that bit of business!

  • comment avatar Kav (@KavMacc10) November 16, 2013

    Outstanding player. Him and Sakho ripped sh*t up in the Premier League for me in 2013/14 in my Liverpool save. Balanta’s average rating was 7.24 and Sakho’s was 7.53. Both start over Agger!

  • comment avatar Kav (@KavMacc10) November 16, 2013

    And I may add he scored more goals in less games than Luis Suarez :/

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 16, 2013

      Thats a great partnership…you must have a killer set piece routine.

      • comment avatar Gary November 18, 2013

        It’s there any chance you could run your magic on a chap called Elio Capradossi. Centre back plays for A.S Roma under 19s. PA of 180

        • comment avatar Darren Smith November 18, 2013

          Not touched on his potential in my test save unfortunately, but will keep an eye on him for sure.

          • comment avatar Gary November 18, 2013

            Cheers. Kid looks like he would be another rock along side Balanta

  • comment avatar niall November 21, 2013

    why, on my save, is this guy so drastically different in athleticism?? this natural fitness on my save is just 3 and he isnt even allowed a work permit! how can everyones be different to mine??

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 21, 2013

      As mentioned in the comments above this guys has flexible PA and flexible ability, so it varies from save to save.

  • comment avatar Donat November 22, 2013

    what do you recommend for his training? should i just leave it as Center Back?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 22, 2013

      I would but it also varies from save to save as he has flexible ability so there’s no possible way I can know if he has weakness’ in your game. Just use common sense and see if he has weakness’ that need improving, if not just central defender.

  • comment avatar FM November 23, 2013

    What about Niklas Sule from Hoffenheim II

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 23, 2013

      Not visible with the database we load I’m afraid, I think you need Germany loaded as playable.

  • comment avatar Helio December 4, 2013

    Im now in 2019 balanta just scored 11 goals in 29 games playing as a central back. WHAT A BEAST.

    worth 19.5M
    Sell price. 50M

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 4, 2013

      He’s probably the best defender this year.

  • comment avatar footballgamerholic December 6, 2013

    Grab this guys for only 3 millions pounds for my Red Star team. Definitely a beast!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 6, 2013

      Best bargain in FM14 if he goes for that money.

  • comment avatar Tim Supramaniam December 10, 2013

    I got him for free in the demo!! I just “suggested” a free transfer to River Plate, and for some crazy reason, they accepted!?!? I bit their hand off for that offer (Although I did pay 1.5m GBP to the Agent). Perhaps it was just because it was the demo, because I also managed to get Fernando from Porto for 2.6m

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 10, 2013

      Thats a very nice bug to have.

  • comment avatar RadicalEd December 10, 2013

    I’ve bought him for my 4th freiburg season, he was very expansive. 15 million. But i think with him and ginter I may have the best Central defense in the game right now. Because Ginter is actually insane as well, with him as BPD and Balanta as CD Stopper the opposition won’t have a good time.

    • comment avatar RadicalEd December 10, 2013

      Also your missing out on great wonderkids by not loading the german databse. (Sule Barndt Hojbjerg)

      • comment avatar Darren Smith December 10, 2013

        There are some indeed, just as there were last year when we didn’t load France…but there are only so many countries people can load so it doesn’t seem fair to do too many or the majority of gamers will be teased by great talent they cannot get. We probably load too many countries as it is with this in mind.

        • comment avatar RadicalEd December 10, 2013

          Yeah i was not criticizing… It’s inevitable.

          • comment avatar Darren Smith December 10, 2013

            I didn’t think you were criticizing. We write that explanation so many times its become a shortened phrase now and might read a bit short and snappy but its not intended that way.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 10, 2013

      Thats still a very good price, we are profiling Ginter soon too.

  • comment avatar vaggii December 12, 2013

    I have him on my team in DC left side, and want to pair with him either Marquinhos or Doria on the right side..
    Between them too who you think suits him more?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 12, 2013

      I wouldn’t say one suits him better than the other, both would be good choices.

    • comment avatar Brucey December 14, 2013

      Marquinhos is harder to buy and not as strong, but he has a better PA and is better on the ball than Doria. I would go for him.

  • comment avatar Arakai December 31, 2013

    Bought Balanta the second summer window with Wolfsburg (as I joined my friends online game mid season). I had to pay around €11M, but during the 5th season he’s currently the highest rated CB in the entire game at age 24! My friends play as Bayern Münich and Dortmund, Bayern having signed Doría, and Balanta is still the only CB who rates 5 stars for them in-game.

    17 Acceleration, 16 Pace, 18 Strength, 20 Marking, 18 Tackling are just some of his super stats and he’s constantly showing remarkable improvements according to my assistant!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 31, 2013

      Yeah he certainly does seem to develop like that in almost every save.

  • comment avatar LaupieAMG January 3, 2014

    He lacks decision when you just buy him. He has caused a lot of goals for me at Barcelona by not timing correctly and thus jumping and missing the ball, which in the case of a cb would probably be disastrous.

    Other than that, he is an absolute beast and I’m looking forward to him aging and improving his decision making.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 3, 2014

      The same can be said for most young wonderkids, that is what makes the difference between having someone raw and a veteran, not all the time but the majority for me.

  • comment avatar William Taylor January 5, 2014

    He is the best defender I have ever seen. He gets sent of a lot for me but it’s usually 2 yellow’s and probably my fault for not easing his tackles. Btw, you lads do a top job on here, wouldn’t have got my honours without your awesome help. This stuff usually takes about a season yourself to just accumulate half over a season, never mind the amount you have up here. top stuff

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 5, 2014

      Thanks William, we appreciate that.

  • comment avatar johnny January 7, 2014

    got him for free in the summer before the 2016-17 season (his contract ran out)…didn’t even know he was a well-known wonderkid until recently! Halfway through the season and he’s my top scorer…he’s had two hat-tricks so far…he just won’t stop scoring from set pieces!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 7, 2014

      Yes he’s probably the top wonderkid this year, while there are two other to match his flexible potential he is the only one that is affordable.

  • comment avatar ToonSounders January 12, 2014

    Are a few months enough to permanently drive up his asking price? Or am I not being patient enough with negotiations?

    I’m in Dec of 2013 and the scouting report says River is unlikely to want to sell. The lowest I’ve been able to get the price down to is £27M, his value is still only £3.19M ($5.25M). How many offers should you usually have to make before you get a more reasonable offer?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 12, 2014

      That could make a difference yes, but also it may vary with his potential which is flexible, so some saves he will be more valuable, but most likely you are too far into the game to get him for such a cheap fee. As for the negotiations you just need to raise the amount in increments until you and the selling side meet in the middle.

  • comment avatar James February 4, 2014

    Are you going to do profile of Leon Goretzka? I have great future screenshots if you want

  • comment avatar Per February 6, 2014

    Always a buy, first thing

  • comment avatar NRQS February 6, 2014

    On my save he was out with a broken leg for 6 months and lost a lot of his pace :( I can get him for 6 million at the end of 2014, but I’m not sure if he is ever gonna be as good as he could have been. I still really want to sign him with Cardiff to see what he can still become.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 6, 2014

      I still think he’s worth signing, he has amazing potential ability so he could still be worth a bid.

  • comment avatar Pedro Fonseca February 11, 2014

    Can u plz tell me what train did u gave him to get all those 20’s?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 11, 2014

      These screenshots were from the CPU management, so I didn’t manage him to this level, the computer did.

  • comment avatar Kev Duffield February 14, 2014

    Balanta is an absolute beast!!
    I bought him along with Doria, Johnathon Silva(LB) an Gino Peruzzi(RB), class back four but still conceding goals even tho I have Ter Stegen or Koval on my Liverpool save.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 14, 2014

      That is an amazing back four and keeper, but if you just signed them in the last season or so, then ypu can’t expect lots of clean sheets until they have bonded.

  • comment avatar Retroactive March 5, 2014

    Quite possibly the best player in FM 14

  • comment avatar mundeth March 5, 2014

    He is amazing!!!

    Proper defensive beast and not to mention a good average of 10 goals per season….
    what more do you need from a center back?

  • comment avatar Stu March 19, 2014

    Great player, been a mainstay in my Newcastle team for what seems like an age! A must buy if/when the money is available. Here he is in 2020 for my Newcastle side – http://i.imgur.com/hvbYbBE.png

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 19, 2014

      He’s done exceptionally well for you there, very similar to mine, I’m managing the Toon too of course, Quintero has been a complete legend for us.

  • comment avatar Pram March 27, 2014

    i got him and he become key player in my 2nd season in my new arsenal save. he become my key player now. i just need a partner for him now, cant get doria (go to juventus) and rugani (go to barca) so i got jonathan tah which is rare for me to see a tall man with great pace as defender, could you the profile of him?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 27, 2014

      Yes he will most likely get a profile at some point.

  • comment avatar TheHunter May 1, 2014

    Thought I would drop by and voice by support to all of you to get Balanta: He’s the best CB money can buy in the game (Without spending silly money that is) at the start of the game. He eclipses by expectations in every single save and he never disappointment me, just need the right coaching.

    I would recommend him over Doria; yea he’s twice as expensive (And even then, that’s merely around the £13-£15m mark) but he develops much better than him.

    As for him being better than Varane, I would say he is a cheaper option and the difference between the two in 3 or 4 seasons time isn’t that big (Varane has better mental stats, but slightly less stats everywhere else).

    His only weakness is his inability to head the ball (Which is funny because he does tend to score 7-10 goals a season from corners, just by being the unmarked defender in the oppositions box who sticks his leg up and scores … it happens every single time) but that’s mainly because he isn’t tall.

    My recommendation? Buy him … every time you can.

  • comment avatar Will October 15, 2014

    The best ever Central Defender in FM 2014!!! I bought him for $6.5 million and later he become Serie A Defender of the year. Along with Cana as his partner for DC and Marchetti as GK, my team made a lot shutout and never conceding more than 2 goals in a match in a season.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith October 15, 2014

      He was certainly the bargain buy of FM14 on a game to game basis.

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