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FM 2011 best cheap players under £3 million

Hello folks, while playing my Newcastle game, I have started to appreciate the value of a good bargain. Therefore I have spent all day searching for good cheap players on FM 2011. All the values shown are what the player can be bought for rather than their actual valuation. I have also starred each FM11 cheap player out of five…this will give you an idea of their value for money. The list is in order starting with the best value buy. I hope you can take something away from my Football Manager 2011 best cheap players list…if you have any recommendations I would welcome them as always! Lets take a look at my top 20 FM 2011 best cheap players.

Vincent Enyeama – goalkeeper

GK, 27 years old, plays for Tel Aviv. Can be bought for £230K.

Guillermo Ochoa – goalkeeper

GK, 25 years old, plays for America (MEX), can be bought for £2 million.

Humberto Suazo – striker

ST, 29 years old, plays for Monterray, can be bought for £1.7 million.

Federico Fazio – centre back

DC/DMC, 23 years old, plays for Sevilla, transfer listed at £600K.

Fabian Monzon – right back

RB/WBR, 23 years old, plays for Boca Jnrs, can be bought for £2.8 million.

Eyal Golasa – attacking midfielder

AMC/RL, 18 years old, plays for M. Haifa, can be bought for £240K.

Mauricio Molina – attacking midfielder

AMLC, 30 years old, plays for Seongnam, £1.1 million.

Marco Verratti – central midfielder

AMC/MC, 17 years old, plays for Prescara, can be bought for £1.4 million, but move quick.

Hector Mancilla – striker

ST, 29 years old, plays for Toluca, can be bought for £2.9 million.

Gonzalo Pineda – left back

LB/DMC/CM, 27 years old, plays for Cruz Azul, can be bought for £2.1 million.

Sergio Araujo – striker

ST, 18 years old, plays for Boca Jnrs, can be bought for £1.7 million.

Manuel Pamic – left back

LB, 23 years old, plays for Sparta Prague, can be bought for £2 million.

Peter Masilela – left back

LB, 25 years old, plays for M. Haifa, can be bought for £180K.

Padalino – right winger

AMR/MR, 26 years old, plays for Sampdoria, can be bought for £2 million.

Lacina Traore – striker

ST, 19 years old, plays for CFR Cluj, can be bought for £2.9 million.

Adam Hlousek – right winger

AML/ST, 21 years old, plays for Slavia Prague, can be bought for £2.2 million.

Tiago Alves – striker

ST/AMC, 17 years old, plays for Santos, can be bought for £2.4 million.

Juraj Kucka – central midfielder

CM/DMC, 23 years old, plays for Sparta Prague, can be bought for £2 million.

Anas Sharbini – left winger

AML/ML/MC, 23 years old, plays for Hajduk, can be bought for £1 million.

Sime Vrsaljko – right back

RB/MC, 18 years old, plays for Dinamo, can be bought for £875K.

Well that is my list of Football Manager 2011 best cheap players. Please remember that I have selected for the top divisions, so you’ll struggle to sign these baragin buys with a lower league side. Its also worth noting that a few of them may struggle for a work permit in England. However they should all be OK in Spain and Italy etc. I hope this helps and please feel free to comment below, I look forward to hearing your thoughts. :)

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Sears
10 years ago

Thanks Darren. This list will be extremely helpful to those who manage a team with low finances. There all Premier League standard players too. Thanks again mate.

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  Sears

Thanks Sears, I just really wanted to offer a helpful list of cheap players. They can take ages to find in a new game, so hopefully this will make the search a little easier.

Stuart Watson
10 years ago

Very good stuff mate, I will post up some others that I found later.

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  Stuart Watson

Hey Stuart, thanks for the compliment…would appreciate your imput.

Birdy
Birdy
10 years ago

Nice work Darren. A good list if you would like to take on a low finance club. With their ratings they would be ideal for a team like Wolves you can say.

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  Birdy

Hey Birdy, I think your right…newly promoted teams and the likes of Wolves, Blackburn, Stoke etc would really benefit from these players.

Ricardo Ribeiro
Ricardo Ribeiro
10 years ago

Gr8 post, it´ll be really helpfull for teams with little budget!

Glad to see “Cluj” with the logo pack I recommended!

Darren Smith
10 years ago

Glad you like it Ricardo and thanks for the logos. That has been my Sunday, downloading logos and arranging this post :)

James
James
10 years ago

Just thought I’d post another guy, vinicius from palmeiras has a release clause of 1.8 mil and is an incredible prospect

James
James
10 years ago
Reply to  James

And cheers for them players. Loving Humberto Suazo, What a name aswell haha

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  James

Hey James, thanks for the tip…Ill check him out tonight! Suazo is a great signing for a low budget. Humberto wouldnt be my first name of choice either :)

Ricardo Ribeiro
Ricardo Ribeiro
10 years ago

Once you download the facepack, everybody has a face, its incredible, try it!

Lye
Lye
10 years ago

Hi Darren,

Nice work. Even though i have no chance to sign any of these players but i really appreciate you take an effort to compile the bargain players. Thanks.

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  Lye

Hey Lye, I am currently only managing higher up the leagues so wanted to post something relevant to my game. Its a shame you wont be able to use these players. Hopefully some readers will get a really good buy out of it though.

Arjuna
Arjuna
10 years ago

Thanks for this list Darren, I can really use this in my West Brom story!
Arjuna
managerstoriesfootball.blogspot.com

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  Arjuna

No problem Arjuna, like Ive said, its so frustrating finding good cheap players…so I thought Id do some leg work for everyone.

Darren hopwood
Darren hopwood
9 years ago
Reply to  Darren Smith

try looking at a player called bressan CM

Sam
Sam
10 years ago

Hey Darren!
Great post and also thanks for this. This is very useful for teams with limited budgets. Keep on posting these great tips!

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  Sam

Thanks Sam, Ill keep doing the posts but will be focussing on my Newcastle story for a bit. Let me know if any of the players do well for you.

kevin
kevin
10 years ago

Hi Darren
Geat list of players. Really loving this new layout and especially not having to sign in like on the blogger.com web page. Cheers!!

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  kevin

Thanks for the compliment Kevin and I hope this list helps. Im loving the new layout too…it all makes my life easier as well, plus it looks better.

Alex
Alex
10 years ago

top list! helped my birmingham game no end! just thought id give peter utaka and tom cairney a mention their both top players for under 3m.

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  Alex

Thanks for commenting and the compliment Alex. I always struggle finding bargain buys when the new game starts, so wanted to help everyone out. Great suggestions as well mate, can’t believe I overlooked them. Especially Cairney as he’s a top prospect.

idol11
idol11
10 years ago

It is not Aras Sharbini it is Anas, and you should take a look at barbaric (18),

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  idol11

Hi idol11, I have changed the typing error. Thanks for the tip but I can only find a 22 year old called Barbaric on my game. Maybe I need to load up more countries.

mr me
mr me
10 years ago

wat if im in a lower leage? i mean i manage a team in 3rd devision..wat players can i buy?

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  mr me

Hi Mr me, like it says in the post, this list is for top flight sides having money problems and not for lower league sides. Having said that Sears has created a good list of FREE players you can look at. Obviously you’ll struggle to get players other than for free in league two so this list should help you out. The link is http://allthatisfootballmanager.com/2010/11/football-manager-2011-free-players/

cal wilkinson
cal wilkinson
10 years ago

leigh griffiths from the scottish league is incredible.
signed for about £250,000.
last season got 29 golas in 36 games.
And he is now topping the goal chart in the championship.
Best of all he is only 19.

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  cal wilkinson

Hey Cal, I have noticed Griffiths in my game and he looks good. Ill keep an eye on him for the future. Good recommendation mate.

Dave
Dave
10 years ago

iv just started a season with hibs and leigh griffiths was a name that came up right away soon as the game started. he was outside my budget but i spoke to the board and they agree he will be a very good signing and they are now making moves to make him my player

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  Dave

Hey Dave, I have heard a lot of hype about Griffiths, Im not sure just how far he can go, but hes definitely good for a small top flight side.

Alex
Alex
10 years ago

Diego lugani has a 3million pound minimum release clause so he can be bought for 3 mill

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  Alex

Thats a good recommendation, Im well into my game now but will keep him in mind for future games. Thanks Alex

Alex
Alex
10 years ago

sorry i mean diego luganO can be bought for 3 mil and he is an amazingly good centre back

Jamie
Jamie
10 years ago

I bought Verratti for 750k

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  Jamie

Great bargain mate…Verratti is steadily turning into a worldclass midfielder in my game. Thanks for the comment Jamie

Fabrício Statzner
Fabrício Statzner
10 years ago

Hey there. Cheers from Brazil. Great list of bargins you’ve got there mate. Really top work. Well done.

Darren Smith
10 years ago

Thanks Fabricio, it took a while to put together but I know how tough it can be finding cheap players. Glad this has helped and greetings from a very cold and miserable England…bet its boiling where you are compared to my small market town. :)

Calum Jenkins
Calum Jenkins
10 years ago

Amazing list mate,

These are perfect for my west brom team

Thanks again :D

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  Calum Jenkins

Hey Calum, glad this has helped. Its always nice to know these lists come in handy. Hope you enjoy the West Brom game, their a good side to manage. Thanks for the comment mate.

Glenn Horman
Glenn Horman
10 years ago

Hi Darren, great list helping alot with my sunderland game if you have any more forums be sure to let me know!

Thanks again mate

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  Glenn Horman

Your welcome Glenn, glad it helped. Ive done a few different ones really but if you hover over the tabs at the top of the site. Look at ‘FM11 Tips’ and FM11 Players’ They’re all the others on tactics and players. Not sure when I’ll get round to doing more though. Thanks for the kind words mate.

Joe
Joe
10 years ago

Hey Darren,
Just though i would drop a message im playing as burnley in my game and i have had football manager 2011 since christmas and i have not had much luck in my games so far just trying to find a decent team to start with have you any recommendations? hopefully these players will help :)

Light
Light
10 years ago

Is this list useful for second season??, well i get the promotion with sheffield united and still wondering who the right addition player for the premier league challenge, oh yeah i won the npower championship with half of my first team squad is loan player, so so very stressful now because they dont want to be loaned again ……….

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  Light

Hi Light, to be honest I made this list by going off a first season search and then which players were signed by other clubs during the first season as well. So some of the players may still be worth bidding for but I think most of them could have already been snapped up. Sounds like you are in a prediciment with Sheffield Utd, I hope you can find some good players. There tends to be a lot of decent free transfers and the transfer list could offer some big names at a low price. Only problem tends to be wages though.

Light
Light
10 years ago

Yeah the wages is the big problem to sign free player, anyway thanks about your reply

Ashley Eddon
Ashley Eddon
10 years ago

Id have to say you missed 3 solid buys who are all good players,
First Roque Santa Cruz who is available for 2.4 mil
Second Enzo Maresca who is free but move fast or everton tend to get him
Third David Goodwillie from Dundee United – 1.5 Mil not a first team regular but is young and develops extremly well if in a decent side.
Other than these three i believe you have a great list

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  Ashley Eddon

Thanks for the recommendations Ashley. Santa Cruz and Maresca are players I didn’t consider, but Goodwillie is one that just missed out on the list. He is very good for such a reasonable price though.

John Owen
John Owen
10 years ago

hey darren just wondered what you thought about Marko Livaja, he is a free transfer in the first season and is supposedly a decent free transfer, just wondered what your thoughts are and if he is worth signing?
o btw a very good list which has helped a lot with my birmingham team

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  John Owen

Hi John, I have never noticed him before and he doesn’t always appear on my game. However, I did find him on one and he looks quite good for his age. I would personally set my scout on him and see what the report comes back like…you just never know how much potential he’ll have. My only problem would be his pace as I love strikers with lots of physical attributes. Other than that he’s a good find though, well done mate. I’ll look out for him in any future saves.

ps I’m glad the list has helped John, its nice to know the time put in to it was worth while. Thanks mate.

seyton_mcthaed
seyton_mcthaed
9 years ago
Reply to  Darren Smith

livaja is really good, he’s a wonderkid in the game, just that, if you’re managing an english club, it’s highly unlikely you’ll get a work permit for him… i tried buying him for arsenal three times in three transfer windows, rejected all the time

Matt Penn
Matt Penn
10 years ago

Check out Rafael Toloi, from Goias, should be able to buy him for around the 3-4m mark. A great buy for any Premiership team or a team of equivalent prestige. Becomes a first team Man Utd player within first season even though he starts the game at 18 years old. Very low wage aswell, a must buy.

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  Matt Penn

Just checked him out Matt, very good recommendation. He doesn’t go world class on my Ultimate challenge game but is a very solid centre back. Can’t believe I missed him, thanks for the tip and I’ll look out for him in the future.

ps Got one for you, Galeano who plays for Independiente. He’s 17 or 18 and can be bought for around £3-5 million. He has become the best centre back on my game. Pure class.

kenz
kenz
10 years ago

alberto lora 1.8m and jose angel for around 3.7m from sporting are class buys

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  kenz

Thanks for the tips Kenz, I’ll keep an eye for those two.

Ricardo Rodrigues
Ricardo Rodrigues
10 years ago

Great list Darren, nice work.
what do you think about Anthony Annan (DM 23 Rosenborg), Vaclav Kadlec(SC 18 Sparta Prague) and Yann Sommer (GK 21 Basel).
Once again thanks for the list, it has been very helpfull
Cheers

Darren Smith
10 years ago

Thanks Ricardo, I hope it helped. All your recommendations are good. I am a huge fan of Kadlec and Annan is also a great player for his price tag. Thanks for the kind words and tips. :)

E Dent
E Dent
10 years ago

Hi Darren
I’m an Ipswich fan…can you come and manage us please!

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  E Dent

Hey E Dent, I’m still waiting for Newcastle to come calling lol :)

E Dent
E Dent
10 years ago
Reply to  Darren Smith

RIP Sir Bobby!

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  E Dent

A true legend in Football and gentleman off the pitch, RIP Sir Bobby.

Endre Hole
Endre Hole
10 years ago

Bit unfortunate that I didn’t find this post before now, seeing how I’m playing Blackpool. Great choice of players and how they are as players. I always start my game with no transfere budget for all teams, but just like you I have basically only aimed for low budget players.

I feel I’m bit off the standard you have picked for the price, but will list up some players that you might add if you feel they pass the needle.

GK – Joe Lewis
DR – Nathanial Clyne
AM/MC – Magnus Eikrem
ML/AML – Derk Boerrigter (super sub)

Other then that, I just scouted lot of offered players and backup players in europe. Tried keeping hard bargain (2mill pounds at most) and not high salery. Though I’m bit damned that I didn’t see this list. There is a lot of players here that is unfordable 2-3 years after. Since most have jumped up to target price of 6-9mill pounds. :)

Keep the posts coming, loved the insight of great signings.

Darren Smith
10 years ago
Reply to  Endre Hole

Glad you like the post Endre, such a shame you found it late though. Also thanks for the tips, I’ll look out for these players in the future. Sounds like you enjoy the bargain buys, so I hope this will help through future games. :)

Dinis Martins
Dinis Martins
10 years ago

Hi darren,
i´m portuguese so don´t know very much if waht i´m am saing in correct.

My question is: How did you put that back pichter a “grass” or “lawn” (the image behind the skills) I guess?

Lee Conway
Lee Conway
10 years ago

Two “must buy” players i have found are Erik Pieters LB from PSV sign for£1.7m & Fernando Baiano CF from Al-Wahda sign for £2.2m both superb.

Bajjer
Bajjer
10 years ago

I am currently managing Newcastle as well and because of the sale of Carroll started with 23 million and if I were you i would buy Caio from Botafogo his release clause is £5.25mil but what a striker 21 games 16 goals even though its of the point of players under 3 mil I think everybody should look into signing him!

jimmy
jimmy
10 years ago
Reply to  Bajjer

great signing

jimmy
jimmy
10 years ago

im southampton and i loaded brazil and i signed fernando henrique for 200 k he is one of the best keepers in the game in my opinion would do thhe job in any league to be honest

Tyler
Tyler
10 years ago

Got Leigh griffiths for Liverpool scored 34 goals in first season he’s an animal and only 19 275k from dundee

jimmy
jimmy
10 years ago

adam lallana is great i didnt sign him because im already southampton but he got 24 asissts in his first season for me he was worth 500 k to start with now he is worth 3 million after 1 season
:)

jimmy
jimmy
10 years ago
Reply to  jimmy

so adam lallana would be aboout 1,500,000 to sign

jimmy
jimmy
10 years ago

ramarinho great signing plays for vasco only 16 years old

jimmy
jimmy
10 years ago

ramario aswell he plays for vitoria he becomes brilliant

jimmy
jimmy
10 years ago

efrain juarez hes 22 i think and he becomees even better than he is and he is already good he plays for celtic

dami
dami
10 years ago

You should add Mariga to the list…Great player and really cheap in the first few seasons

simonpoo
simonpoo
10 years ago

a other good player is liam cooper who plays for hull city and can be bought for 2m

simonpoo
simonpoo
10 years ago

good he is amazing

SamBoy
SamBoy
10 years ago

Thanks for the list Darren, great effort. came in very handy for my Newcastle team! Especially Vrsaljko.

jimmy
jimmy
10 years ago

im celtic any recommendations ? …

Adam
Adam
10 years ago

(This is turning into a bit of a cliché here but) Great list Darren. I always come across some of these players, such as Golasa and I know about them but I can never remember then until they’re with new clubs. You’ve made it far far easier for me managing Everton (who start with ZERO cash!).

I’ll throw a couple in that I know- ADVISE TO GET IN THERE QUICK WITH ALL OF THEM!

Martin Zeman————- Quick and skilful left winger, poor mental stats though but for 750K he’s a bargain.
Juan Manuel Martinez———- Good, pacy striker and a good finisher. You can get him for just under £5 million according to my scouts but with the stats he’s got you’d expect to be paying 8 figures usually.

Celso Borges——– Can be bought for about £1 million tops and is an absolute bargain! His stats at decent at the start but he becomes a really good player and a good saleable asset if money’s tight. He can also play naturally as a striker, attacking midielder or centre midfielder. A definite recommendation. (Get in there quick though, he’s always snapped up very quickly!)

Christian Benitez———Probably the best £1.8 million I’ve ever spent. If you’re familiar with Birmingham City in reality you’ll know about him but for some reason he’s far better on FM than in real life! Pacey and seems just to dance around defenders. Gets nearly 1:1 strike ratio for me.

Darwin Quintero—— Similar to Benitez but probably not quite as good, but demands less in wages. Good pacey striker again who will get you goals. Available for £2 million (2.5 tops)

Ruben Yttergard Jenssen—— Good create central midfielder available for £1 million.

Per Ciljan Skjelbred——-Central Midfielder. If you have an extra million get this guy instead of Jenssen.

I’ll post some more once I think of them. Again, great list Darren cheers.

Adam
Adam
10 years ago

Little edit:

Jenssen- You get him for £2.5 million
Skjelbred- 3 Million.

Apologies, I estimated and meant to check before submitting it and I forgot.

Gerry
Gerry
10 years ago

hey mate great job! I have a question for you how do you install the ?

jimmy
jimmy
10 years ago

aberdeen now im a celtic fan but i want a big challenge

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10 years ago

Hey guys, i know these players aren’t real and they’re computer-made players but i just want to share my experience :

( Name, Club, Age, Position, Attributes )
– Cicero, Primavera, 16, CB, Marking 17 – Passing 16 – Tackling 17.
– Rafael, Bayern Munchen, 15, Striker, Dribbling 15 – Finishing 15 – First Touch 15
– Alexis Abanda, AJ Auxerre, 16, Striker, Dribbling 16 – Finishing 16 – First Touch 14

And take a look at my 4-5-1 squad :

GK Carlos Kameni, Reflexes 20 – 1o1 18, etc.

LB Liam Ridgewell, Marking 18 – Passing 13 – Tackling 16
LCB Cicero, Marking 17 – Passing 16 – Tackling 17
RCB Nicolas Otamendi, Marking 20 – Passing 11 – Tackling 20 ( I bought him for about 60m )
RB Vedran Corluka, Marking 14 – Passing 11 – Tackling 15

DM Sandro, Marking 16 – Passing 12 – Tackling 16
LCM Javier Pastore, First Touch 19 – Long Shot 15 – Passing 16
RCM Rafael van der Vaart, First Touch 16 – Long Shot 19 – Passing 17
LAM Gareth Bale, Crossing 15 – Dribbling 14 – Technique 14
RAM Arjen Robben, Crossing 16 – Dribbling 19 – Technique 19

ST Neymar, Dribbling 18 – Finidhing 13 – First Touch 18

For the sub :

GK Scott Loach, Reflexes 16 – 1o1 13, etc.
LCB Ivan Marcano, Marking 15 – Passing 12 – Tackling 16
CB Roland Juhasz, Marking 19 – Passing 12 – Tackling 16

CM Tom Cairney, First Touch 16 – Passinig 15 – Technique 16
RLAM Giovani dos Santos, First Touch 14 – Passinig 15 – Technique 14
RAM Aaron Lennon, First Touch 14 – Passing 13 – Technique 16

ST Peter Crouch, Dribbling 13 – Finishing 13 – First Touch 14

I know this isn’t the best squad in the world but, just wanna share my squad… :D

.TW.
.TW.
10 years ago
Reply to  Darren Smith

Anybody have ever heard of Jack Robinson?? My bro is manging England and Jack is damn good. I bought him too but mine isn’t getting better even he’s getting worse.

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