Football Manager 2012's best cheap players

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FM Team Siyanda Xulu

Centre Back: Siyanda Xulu
Age: 19
Nationality: South African
Club: Sundowns
Estimated Price: £250,000

Xulu is a giant of a defender, capable of winning nearly anything in the air. His positional skills are still raw, but give him a year working with more experienced players and he’ll blossom into one of the best defenders in the world.

FM Team Cidinho

Right Winger: Cidinho
Age: 18
Nationality: Brazilian
Club: Botfago
Estimated Price: £2.5 million

Ever wondered why Brazilian footballers have nicknames? It’s because their real ones are so complicated. Thankfully Alcides de Souza Faria Junior goes by ‘Cidinho’ instead. He’ll bring some South American flair to the right flank.

FM Team Hobbit Bermudez

Left Winger: Hobbit Bermudez
Age: 24
Nationality: Mexican
Club: Atlante
Estimated Price: £1.5 million

Bermudez’s diminutive size may have earned him the nickname ‘Hobbit’, but it doesn’t make him any less intimidating on the pitch. Play him on the left wing and he’ll not only walk into Mordor, but round their keeper for an easy tap in.

FM Team Kara

Defensive Midfielder: Kara
Age: 21
Nationality: Senegalese
Club: Tromsø
Estimated Price: £1.2 million

Sometimes you just need someone who is capable of kicking the other team’s heads in, and that’s why we’ve bought Kara. A hulking brute, he’s here to stop the opposition playing and give our more skillful players the back-up they need.