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The best cheap starter cards in FIFA 23

Written by Stakester
16 Sep, 2022

These cheap cards will be beasts in the early game, with great links and upgrades from FIFA 22 Ultimate Team.

FIFA 23 is almost upon us! Next week we’ll get access to the FIFA 23 web app, with Ultimate Edition early access and then the full game coming in the following week. But, to build that starter squad, you need to know which players are good this year. So, here are the best cheap starter cards for FIFA 23.

Alan Saint Maximin

Alan Saint-Maximin

With a +4 shooting upgrade and 5* skill moves, we expect St Max to feature heavily in starter squads this year. He’s also gained a +1 dribbling and a +3 passing upgrade, all of which should combine to make him more useful as an ST. 

At the beginning of FIFA 22 he cost around 25k coins, rising to 50k – so try to get him in as early as you can. At 81 ovr, he shouldn’t rise too high, but you have to consider those Prem & French links.

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Lucas Paqueta

Lucas Paqueta

Another new arrival into the Premier League, Paqueta looks excellent for a starter CM. That 85 dribbling will allow him to beat most players with ease, while straight 70s (almost!) across the rest of his face stats means he’ll be a solid box to box player. 

Underrated CMs will be a key component to any FIFA 23 starter squad, so be prepared to pay a little extra for the likes of Paqueta – who like Antony has Brazilian and Premier League links.

Wilf Zaha

Wilf Zaha

Always a fixture in starter teams, Zaha can cause havoc in the early game with his solid mix of pace and physical stats. He can play on the wing or up front – and will chip in with a goal or two regardless of where you play him.

He’s usually pretty heavily packed and he comes in at an 82 so he’ll be cheap. But with 5* skills, he always represents a good option if you need a prem LW or ST. 

Jerome Rousillon

Jerome Rousillon

We love those players that we’d never have heard of if it weren’t for FIFA! Roussillon is always featured in promos, but his gold card is an underrated starter beast. 86 pace and 71 defending is pretty good in the early game and his French links mean you should be able to get him up to 3 chemistry. 

The downside is obviously the Bundesliga of it all, but this man should be a relatively cheap attacking option for left back – and those are in short supply on FUT. Expect to see him in lots of 23 starter squads.

Timo Werner

Timo Werner

Sporting a -3 overall downgrade from FUT 22, Werner will still sprint into most of your starter XIs. Let’s be honest, as a card, he’s not that good. But if you slap a hunter on him, he is so ridiculously fast that he’ll be very difficult to defend in the first couple of weeks. 

Pace always plays a massive role in the early game, so we can expect the RB Leipzig man to cause some real havoc. Plus, he won’t be out of reach price-wise for most FUT players.

Lucas Hernandez

Lucas Hernandez

A lack of pace is always going to catch up with this card as the game goes on, but he looks a great choice for an early game CB. With links to French and Bundesliga players (France/Bundes looks like the early meta for FIFA 23 Ultimate Team at this stage) he should be pretty easy to slot into a squad.

84 defending is solid, 77 pace doesn’t look like it’s too far off the curve and 80 physicals will make him a bit of a brick wall. He’s not a particularly sexy item, but we think he could really do a job.

Moussa Diaby

Moussa Diaby

Staying on the France/Bundesliga theme, Diaby is here to strike fear into the hearts of slow left backs everywhere! He’s always a handful in the early game, with amazing pace and dribbling stats.

He’s not the most well-rounded player, so he won’t be really effective after the first few weeks. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy roasting a defender or two with him in the early game.

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