FIFA 16 Career Mode update – Reece Oxford

We can see that many West Ham fans are continuing to ask the question on why isn’t Reece Oxford in FIFA 16. Many players had expected the player to be available, at least for FIFA 16 Career Mode but unfortunately he is nowhere to be seen.

The main reason to this is likely due to his young age. Usually EA would not put such a young player into the game until they are 18 years old, but having said that it is well worth pointing out that Martin Odegaard is in FIFA 16 – another player who is only 16.

If EA can make an exception for Odegaard, then fans may wonder why they can’t do the same for Reece Oxford, a rising star in the Barclay’s Premier League.

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Hopefully when EA are preparing for their big FIFA 16 Winter update for player stats and upgrades, Reece Oxford to West Ham on FIFA 16 will also be considered.

Would you like to see EA add this player into FIFA 16 in a future update? Most will agree that having him on Career Mode would still be easy to get fifa 16 coins, even if Reece Oxford isn’t in the FIFA 16 Ultimate Team database.

Let us know your thoughts on this and make your voices heard if you want him included.

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FIFA 16 Career Mode Guide – Man Utd

The Dutchman has left the building and you’re the new boss at Old Trafford. Now, despite having a large pile of cash at your disposal and some extremely talented players, a career save with Manchester United on FIFA 16 isn’t as easy as you would first imagine.

Luckily the board expectations have been lowered on the latest version but (rightfully) you’re still expected to make the Champions League spots. Now if you’re playing on world class or legendary level this isn’t going to be easy and you will need to make the right decisions pre-season to avoid being removed from your position come May.

Armed with a tasty £57.5 million (or more if you can take advantage of the bonus % increase) and a wage budget of £1,895,250 it’s time to fix the Red Devils’ squad. Do you need a striker or are you going to trust Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial? Is Andre Herrera good enough to be your number ten and surely you’re going to need a central defender?

Here is what I decided are the best decisions to make (after three or four questionable careers with the Man United squad) that are sure to make you the next Alex Ferguson…

11. Make Sure You Update Your Squads Before You Start

A very obvious and brief first tip: If you don’t update your squads then you will have to endure the agony of having Sergio Romero as your starting goalkeeper and Marouane Fellaini as your centre forward every time you go into your team management.

If you can put up with that then ignore this information but you’re a stronger man than me.

10. Utilise Fellaini As Much As You Can (Or Sell)

Physicality is a big thing on FIFA 16 and due to the new defensive controls it’s handy to have a strong man in your side. Marouane Fellaini’s 89 physical rating puts him in the top bracket, which means that regardless of your opinion of him in real life he could actually be a crucial player for your Manchester United side.

He works well in the centre of midfield as he can steal the ball from lighter midfielders and start poignant counter attacks. He also wins a lot of the aerial balls that come from both goalkeepers meaning he will consistently help you retain possession.

BUT. If you cannot bare to have the Belgian brute anywhere near your Red Devils’ starting eleven then I would advise you to get rid of the player as you can make around £12 million (that does get you a very decent replacement) if you counter the offer a couple of times.

9. Send Andreas Pereira And Jesse Lingard Out On Loan

Andreas Pereira (66 overall FUT rating) and Jesse Lingard (69 overall FUT rating) could be two potential future superstars for your Manchester United career mode but they need to be handled with care.

I loan spell would work well for the pair and it’s up to you whether you list them for a one or a two year spell. Hopefully the players will both return as a near to a 75 rating as possible and then you can start to better them through training and a run in the first team side.

Warning. Do not sell them or release them as they have great potential on the game.

8. Sell Antonio Valencia

Don’t be fooled by Antonio Valencia’s 79 rating. The versatile midfielder simply isn’t good enough to play midfield and defensively he can’t compete with Matteo Darmain. The Ecuadorian simply hasn’t looked the part since Alex Ferguson’s departure and you can make around £9 million if you do choose to sell him.

Valencia’s worse trait is that he has a ONE star for ‘weak foot’ and if he is forced onto his left side he cannot cope. Sell. Sell. Sell.

7. Ease Anthony Martial In Gently

On FIFA 15, Anthony Martial (before he became known to the entire world) could play as an attacking inside forward as well as a striker. On FIFA 16 he can only play as a central striker, which is a bit annoying as it means you have to either play two up front or drop Wayne Rooney.

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Despite Martial performing extremely well in real life, EA Sports (understandably) haven’t blessed him with ‘Thierry Henry’ finishing just yet but his 79 rating (78 shooting) is certainly good enough to grab you a few goals. His touch isn’t brilliant though and it will be important that you nurture the Frenchman and gently ease him into the team. Make sure you don’t neglect the training process and before you know it you could have one of the best forwards on the game.

6. Buy A Striker

Anthony Martial isn’t the final product yet and Wayne Rooney only has a 75 rating for pace. Both of these factors mean that you’re going to struggle to finish in the Champions League places if you decide to not purchase a sparkly new centre forward.

Alexandre Lacazette would be my first choice. He has an overall FUT rating of 84, 85 shooting, 84 dribbling and 88 pace. Quite simply he is a goal machine. You can normally sign the Lyon striker for cheap fifa coins. If you struggle to sign him or are pipped at the post by an annoying Bayern Munich offer then Everton’s Romelu Lukaku can offer you a cheaper but still very effective option.

5. Buy A Central Defender

Look, if you trust Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Daley Blind or Marcus Rojo then I’m not going to criticise you for it. Actually, I am. You’re foolish and wrong. If you wish to finish in the Champions League spots (like you are expected to do) then these guys will not get you there.

Aymeric Laporte is 21 years old and is already rated as an 83. The Athletic Bilbao is a wonderfully gifted central defender and one that will significantly improve your side. The problem is that he may cost you around £40 million and if you have already bought Aleksandre Lacazette (like I told you earlier) then your finances may be a little short. If that is the case then place a bid of around £20 million for Paris Saint Germain’s Marquinhos who has an 81 rating and will also bolster your defensive options.

Tip. If you do decide to buy either of the aforementioned then you should sell Phil Jones as you will make around £12 million.

4. Sign Felipe Anderson For £13m

Don’t kid yourself that you need to stay true to Michael Carrick. It’s that kind of thinking that will get you sacked before Christmas. It’s time to sign another centre midfielder to sit alongside either Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin (I advise the former).

That man is Lazio’s Felipe Anderson. The Brazilian box-to-box midfielder will give your team a evident boost that you wouldn’t get from Michael Carrick or Andre Herrera. His FUT rating of 79 will grow as he is only 21 years old and he is available for around £13 million. If you sell Michael Carrick then you can make a quarter of that money back anyway.

3. Play 4-2-2-2

Now, I’ve experimented with 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1 and 4-4-2 but I didn’t enjoy any of them. I assumed that my 4-3-3 formation would work well having Alexandre Lacazette up front and Juan Mata and Memphis Depay either side of him but it didn’t work and I struggled to score goals.

I switched to a 4-2-2-2 formation and it seemed to get the best results. I used Bastian Schweinsteiger and Felipe Anderson as my centre midfielder pairing and put Mata and Depay in front of them as attacking playmakers. I found that I needed two strikers to score goals with Man United and put Wayne Rooney and Lacazette up front.

This system worked well and I finished third in my first season on world class and Rooney and Lacazette scored 40 goals between them.

2. Sell Michael Carrick

You know that he is finished, I know that he is finished. Just get rid.

I’m sure he would love to end his career at Bologna anyway…

1. Sign Thomas Muller

Can you achieve what Louis van Gaal was unable to do? Let’s bring Thomas Muller to Old Trafford shall we?

The Bayern Munich forward will cost between £40-50 million but is worth every penny as he guarantees goals on FIFA 16. He has an overall FUT rating of 86 and has a score of 84 for shooting.

He will require around £150,000 per week.

9 FIFA 16 Career Mode Teams You Have To Play With

With FIFA 16 out now we’ve decided to pick out the 9 teams that we feel you have to consider for your FIFA 16 Career Mode game.

We’ve tried to get a balance between teams with a solid infrastructure and teams with a lot of potential. We’ve generally stayed away from teams that will require too much work but there are one or two in there that will keep you playing for a long time. Here are the 9 teams you have to play with in FIFA 16 Career Mode.

Portsmouth

As we’ve covered before, Fratton Park will be in FIFA 16 this year and for that reason alone you have to consider managing Portsmouth in FIFA 16 Career Mode. Travelling from League 2 to the Premier League with an authentic stadium will be a great journey and Portsmouth have some solid youngsters who can develop well with regular game time. The squad is more than capable of a promotion in the first team, how you build from there is up to you.

Borussia Monchengladbach

Given the fact that EA Sports have now added a realistic match day coverage for Bundesliga games you sort of have to have at least one FIFA 16 Career Mode game in the Bundesliga and we think that Gladbach could be a good bet. They’ve got a really exciting front line at the moment and a number of promising youngsters with Thorgan Hazard signed permanently now. On top of that Borussia Park is one of the latest additions to FIFA 16 and it looks absolutely fantastic.

Lyon

This year Lyon have been struggling in the league but on FIFA they really could be one of the best teams to play with. Alexandre Lacazette and Nabil Fekir amongst others have both received boosts whilst Mathieu Valbuena, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Rafel have all arrived over the summer. As ever the team have a lot of players with a lot of potential, the one to really keep your eye on is Maxwel Cornet.

AC Milan

Much was made about the business done by Inter Milan over the summer, and rightly so, but we think that on FIFA 16 Career Mode Milan make a more interesting challenge. The reason for this is that they have a fantastic balance of big names and young stars, combined with the fact that they have horrendously underachieved recently. Bringing through the likes of Hachim Mastour and Alessio Romagnoli will be great fun and you’ve also got Carlos Bacca, Jeremy Menez and of course Mario Balotelli.

9 FIFA 16 Career Mode Teams You Have To Play With

Hull City

In case you’ve not noticed we’ve got a bit of a thing for clubs who have their stadiums in their game, when you’re playing FIFA 16 Career Mode it just adds that little bit of authenticity. Hull City have their stadium and they also have Andrew Robertson who can grow into one of the best left-backs in the game. Hull have still got a really solid squad so winning promotion shouldn’t be too hard, the challenge will be survival in the Premier League.

Valencia

Few teams have as many talented young players as Valencia, seriously it’s a bit ridiculous, just take a look at this list. Paco Alcacer, Rodrigo, Santi Mina, Zakaria Bakkali, Andre Gomes, Rodrigo De Paul, Danilo, Jose Gaya, Joao Cancelo and Matt Ryan. Told you it was extensive. Throw in a nice big budget of over £50 million and the fantastic Mestalla stadium and this is one brilliant FIFA 16 Career Mode save.

PSG

Don’t dismiss this one straight away. Of course PSG are the dominant force in France but it doesn’t detract from the fact that you get to play with fifa 16 coins. Blaise Matuidi, Angel Di Maria, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Serge Aurier are all great fun to play with and of coure you have all the money in the world to build the squad how you want. The challenge will be delivering the Champions League before Ibrahimovic retires.

Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha, Yannick Bolasie, Jason Puncheon and Bakary Sako. If that front four isn’t enough to make you play with Palace then there’s no helping you. Alan Pardew’s side now have Yohan Cabaye as well and they look like a fantastic project on FIFA 16 Career Mode. With new chants added Selhurst Park should really be the fortress that it is in real life.

PSV

Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum may be gone now but that doesn’t mean you should forget about PSV. Maxime Lestienne, Davy Propper and Hector Moreno have all joined whilst Luciano Narsingh, Adam Maher and Jetro Willems look as promising as ever. The challenge for you is to try and win the league again, there’s also the small matter of Squawka interviewee Steven Bergwijn.

CM Features of FIFA 16

I just hope player career mode gets something added, it’s so bland.. play, sim, transfer, repeat, theres no challenge to it…

It’s funny how they mention in a tweet saying ‘Big news about Ultimate Team!’ Please God make Career mode the best thing since football was invented…

Based on their previous developments it’ll probably be a system where the youth academy is unlocked by spending a massive amount of points earned in FUT.

Allow Manager to Player interaction – for example, when a player asks to play a certain game allow the manager to let them know he won’t be playing that game but the following game.

Make World Class difficulty playable without all the insane CPU passes and annoying scripted plays.

Include U21/YA leagues or fixtures to allow the non-loan players to get some game time.

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Thanks for the info! I still play on Professional as I enjoy it more than the hard graft of World Class/Legendary. I turned the sliders (pass error, gk ability, marking etc) up to around 75/80 and it seems to work. Although i simulate most games nowadays. I just want a difficulty thats just right for my performance level without the need to edit the sliders.

I currently still play on World Class because Legendary is just too boring for me – almost every game ends in either 0-0 or 1-0. However, World Class is getting too easy for me and the scripting is really annoying.

Honestly guys, don’t get your hopes up. Ultimate team has been and always will be the money maker for EA. Career mode would only be drastically improved if they could get some sort of financial benefit from it. I’d personally love it if they brought back the creation centre, or added an in-game editor so you can fully customise your own career mode if you have enough Fifa 16 coins. Unfortunately I don’t see anything like this being added to FIFA 16. Now I do really hope I’m wrong, because I hate being a pessimist, but all I’m trying to say is set your expectations low.