FIFA 23 Everton Career Mode Guide: Starting Lineup, Who to Sign & more

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It is your turn to take charge of Everton in FIFA 23, and the club is in need of a steady hand in Career Mode as they look to cement themselves among the European places in the Premier League.

With no silverware since 1995’s FA Cup and Community Shield triumphs, a club of Everton’s size is overdue some success.

With a sizeable transfer budget, strong squad, and the help of our guide, you can get Everton competing with the Premier League’s big boys once again.

Team Rating

Everton has a four-and-a-half-star rating in FIFA 23.

The breakdown of the ratings is as follows: ATT 80, MID 76, DEF 76.

Starting Lineup and Formation

The Toffees set up in the 4-5-1 formation by default in FIFA 23, as this is the system that Everton tend to use in real life.

However, the 4-5-1 doesn't lend itself well to FIFA 23's gameplay, so we'd recommend making the switch to the 4-3-3 holding variation as it allows the team to remain defensively stable whilst posing an attacking threat.

You may wish to switch to the 4-3-3 attacking variation if you prefer playing with a traditional number 10, or 'CAM'.

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TOP GK - Jordan Pickford has been incredible for England in major tournaments

Target man Dominic Calvert-Lewin leads the line, supported by English wingers Anthony Gordon and Demarai Gray.

Giving the team defensive stability in the number six role is Idrissa Gana Gueye. Alex Iwobi and the promising Amadou Onana will play in the number eight positions just in front of the CDM.

Vitaliy Mykolenko and Nathan Patterson occupy the full-back positions, with Ben Godfrey partnering Mason Holgate in the heart of the defence.

England's number one Jordan Pickford is the man between the sticks.

Tactics and Instructions

With number nine Calvert-Lewin being the main target up front, we want to maximise his goal threat.

So, instruct the striker to Stay Forward, Get In Behind and Stay Central to give him the best possible chance of a sight at goal.

You may also want to set the speedy Demari Gray on Get In Behind, whilst instructing Anthony Gordon to Cut Inside.

Left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko is the more attacking of the two full-backs, so instruct the Ukrainian to Overlap, whilst keeping Nathan Patterson on Stay Back While Attacking.

Make sure you instruct your defensive midfielder, Idrissa Gueye to Cover Centre and Stay Back While Attacking, or you may leave yourself vulnerable to the counterattack.


When it comes to developing youngsters you won't be scrambling for options within this Toffees squad.

Ben Godfrey (POT 85), Vitaliy Mykolenko (POT 83) and Nathan Patterson (POT 82) can be developed into a top-class defensive trio with just a few years of training.

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BRIGHT FUTURE - Gordon is one of the most talented young players in the PL

You should focus on training 21-year-old versatile winger Anthony Gordon (POT 84) and 25-year-old striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin (POT 84), who can grow into one of the best attacking duos in the league.

Amadou Onana (POT 84) no doubt has a bright future at the club and can play anywhere in the midfield three.

The likes of James Garner (POT 82), Dwight McNeil (POT 81) and Ruben Vinagre (POT 81) all have plenty of room for growth too.

Transfer Market

Starting budget: £48.57 million

Who should go?

This current Everton squad has four, yes FOUR ageing centre-backs that are not in the starting lineup.

We would recommend selling Michael Keane (OVR 79) and James Tarkowski (OVR 79), leaving you with sufficient cover in defence and generating £30 million for future signings.

29-year-old Abdoulaye Doucoure (OVR 79) can also be shown the door for around £20 million, with James Garner able to provide cover and grow into a top number six in the future.

The likes of Salomon Rondon (OVR 74), Andros Townsend (OVR 76) and Tom Davies (OVR 75) can be sold for a combined £18m.

Youngsters Isaac Price (OVR 50) and Kyle John (OVR 64) can also be sold as their potential ratings are not high enough in FIFA 23 to challenge for a first-team spot.


You should look to offer English centre-back Reece Welch (POT 75) regular minutes elsewhere in order to develop properly.

Jarrad Branthwaite (POT 84), who is currently on loan at PSV, can be loaned out yet again upon his return in order to see how quickly he can reach the senior first-team level.

Who to Sign

New transfer budget: £117.57 million

Midfield Maestro

One clear weakness in the Everton starting XI in FIFA 23 lies in midfield and with Alex Iwobi.

Idrissa Gueye and Amadou Onana could strike a nice balance with a dynamic box-to-box CM, so that's exactly what we're after.

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GENERATIONAL TALENT - Bellingham can become one of the best in the world

Borussia Dortmund centre-mid Jude Bellingham should be your number one target, with an already brilliant card and the potential to grow into a 91 OVR player in FIFA 23.

The Englishman won't come cheap, however, with £90 million perhaps required to sign him, but his wages of £41,000 a week are respectable.

Alternative options

Player Age Club Cost Wage OVR POT
Frenkie de Jong25Barcelona£115m£230k8792
Jamal Musiala19Bayern Munich£55m£40k8190
Federico Valverde23Real Madrid£65m£175k8490
Nicolo Barella25Inter Milan£90m£110k8689

Tricky Winger

Another area that needs strengthening is the wing. Demari Gray doesn't quite cut the mustard if we're hoping to climb the league table.

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FRENCH FLAIR - ASM has the skills to pay the bills

Newcastle's Allain Saint-Maximin (OVR 81) can play across the front line, boasting five-star skill moves and within your increased budget.

The exciting 25-year-old will instantly be one of the best players in the squad and can develop into an 83 OVR card in FIFA 23 Career Mode.

Transfer Options (RM/LM/RW/LW)

Player Age Club Cost Wage OVR POT
Ousmane Dembele25Barcelona£41m£155k8386
Wilfried Zaha29Crystal Palace£26m£73k8282
Hirving Lozano26Napoli£24m£59k8181
Allan Saint-Maximin25Newcastle£28m£82k8183
Leon Bailey24Aston Villa£25m£66k8083
Adama Traore26Wolves£18m£77k7980

Board Expectations

First up, let's look at your on-field performance. With medium priority placed on Domestic Success and Continental Success, it looks as though the board will give you time to build your team.

Brand Exposure is of the highest importance to the board, so make sure to make a marquee signing or two to help those shirt sales!


Everton are in a strong place financially, so the Financial targets are placed in the low priority category.

It could be worth putting some funds to one side and investing in your Youth Academy, as the board would like to see some targets hit for Youth Development.