FIFA 20 career mode: New features and possible highest potential players

27 Aug

Every year upon the new release of the latest version of FIFA by EA Sports, players around the world wait to see if there have been any changes made to Career Mode.

It is an area EA have come under a lot of criticism for in recent years, as no major alterations had been made recently even though it was in need of a major face-lift.

At first glance, it appears this year, prayers have been answered and new content is coming – but what are these announced new features?

Career mode will once again give you the choice between a player led career or one as a manager.
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It seems that EA Sports and the team working on Career Mode for FIFA 20, have identified the community had grown frustrated with the lack of thought given to improving the mode.

The introduction of new user-led press conferences and player conversations, are one of many ways they hope to make it stand out next to the likes of Football Manager.

Press Conferences and Player Conversations

This feature is something that has been in the game since FIFA 18, but only within the Journey game mode based around fictional footballer Alex Hunter – where you as a player were actively involved in life decisions, forming Hunter’s personality which affected the type of player he was.

However, the feature has been reimagined for Career Mode to add to the build up to a game, as well as post-match.

It seems, looking at EA Sports’ ‘pitch notes’ surrounding the new features, a manager will be able to actively answer questions in press conferences using pre-set emotional responses such as praise, criticise or motivate, which will trigger an answer within the game mechanics.

Another feature is the importance of player morale – which will be heavily linked to the response you give in a press conference. So far EA Sports can’t be faulted for their authentic approach.

FIFA have promised fans this feature will always feel dynamic and authentic, with the addition of pushy journalists who will implement questions that attempt to provoke certain situations based upon results, goals and form of players and the overall team.

An example of a Press Conference as a manager in FIFA 20 Career Mode
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EA SPORTS on the new Press Conferance game mechanic:

‘Our vision was to breathe new life into manager career mode by building up a variation of ever-changing stories that would surface through pre and post match interviews.

‘They aren’t just there to mimic authenticity, but built based off of player progress and result in influencing player morale as well as the standing of the manager in that team.’

The role of player conversations will act in a fashion allowing FIFA gamers to witness on-screen conversations, mainly between a manager and player or a captain to a fellow teammate, in a text style format as if you were reading your club’s WhatsApp group messages.

This feature will allow you to select a response out of three options again each emphasising a different emotion, which will effect morale of that player.

It is safe to say we all wish we were receiving texts from the Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos on a regular basis and his English seems pretty good too
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Player Morale System

As briefly mentioned above, this new feature is the best of the additions EA Sports have added to the FIFA 20 Career Mode experience, as it is the tool that drives everything else.

Morale within Career Mode is going to be a vicious circle for gamers, as everything you do affects a player and team’s morale and then the overall morale will consequently affect everything that happens on the pitch and in press conferences.

In reality this is reflective of what it must be like as a manager in modern day football or any sport, where man management is key to success and being labelled as one of the best in your role.

A player’s morale will be influenced by factors such as: playing time, wage demands, performance and how well the team is doing.

We have seen numerous examples of morale dips in recent times, when you look at Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale as well as on-loan Barcelona man Philippe Coutinho, who have both been at the centre of transfer saga’s over the summer, due to being unhappy at their club.

Whereas, on the flip side, you have players such as Raheem Sterling or Virgil van Dijk whose morale seemed through the roof coming into this season after impressive campaigns and silverware in 2018/19.

Manager Customisation

From player faces, to kits, badges and stadiums alike, the FIFA community and its content creators have been pleading with EA for a few years, trying to implement more features within the game that allow you to customise and alter items, and provide a platform for creativity.

Until now, that has only really been possible when designing a pro-player in the game mode of Pro Clubs, or when choosing a player Career Mode – never before have you been able to customise a manager.

FIFA 20 will see the introduction of female managers to the game with in-game styles to chose from
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What would you look like as a manager? Would you be rocking a club tracksuit, tailored suit, or perhaps strive to look like a 1990s boy-band reject – all these styles are available to choose from as seen above.

Adding to outfit choice, when deciding on a manager career mode you will be able to customise aesthetic components such as height, build, bone structure, skin colour, eye shape, hairstyle all the way to how big your nostrils are.

Just some of the physical features and hair styles to chose from in FIFA 20, including props such as hats
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Dynamic Player Potential

This is the last of the main features to discuss, which EA have spent time perfecting for Career Mode ahead of the launch of FIFA 20 in September.

FIFA player potential has always been one of the most intriguing aspects of Career Mode, judging players future growth in terms of their overall rating, in the seasons ahead of the current one.

For example if a striker scored 20 plus goals in a season, you would expect his rating to go up for the next season, much like how FIFA Ultimate team works.

However where career mode is unique, is that players overall rating can fall if they are playing poorly, as well as age plays an impact as they experience a decline in certain attributes in game.

So with the added bonus of extreme morale fluctuation this year, player growth potential could be very different per career mode that is played, as different decisions within the season will alter how far a player will rise or fall.

Jadon Sancho could have the highest potential rating in FIFA 20
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FIFA 19 Highest potential players

Here is the highest possible rated starting XI of young players on FIFA 19, with the highest potential growth on the current game, it has an average age of 20 so they will be around for a long while yet.

GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma – AC Milan (20)

Base Rating: 82

Potential Rating: 93

Growth: 11

RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool (20)

Base Rating: 78

Potential Rating: 88

Growth: 10

Trent Alexander-Arnold is quickly developing into one of the best right-backs on the planet
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CB: Matthijs De Ligt – Juventus (20)

Base Rating: 80

Potential Rating: 91

Growth: 11

CB: Dayot Upamecano – RB Leipzig (20)

Base Rating: 76

Potential Rating: 88

Growth: 12

LB: Ryan Sessegnon – Tottenham (19)

Base Rating: 75

Potential Rating: 88

Growth: 13

Sessegnon is widely rated as one of the finest young players in world football
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CM: Arthur – Barcelona (23)

Base Rating: 82

Potential Rating: 90

Growth: 8

CM: Ezequiel Barco – Atlanta United (20)

Base Rating: 74

Potential Rating: 89

Growth: 15

RW: Kylian Mbappe – PSG (20)

Base Rating: 87

Potential Rating: 95

Growth: 8

Mbappe is a phenomenal talent
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CF: Marcus Rashford – Manchester United (21)

Base Rating: 81

Potential Rating: 89

Growth: 8

LW: Vinicius Junior – Real Madrid (19)

Base Rating: 77

Potential Rating: 92

Growth: 15

Vinicius Junior is set to rival Eden Hazard for a starting place at Real Madrid
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ST: Gabriel Jesus – Manchester City (22)

Base Rating: 83

Potential Rating: 92

Growth: 9

Looking at the team from FIFA 19, and thinking ahead to what it will be on the fast approaching new game that releases next month, there are unlikely to be too many changes to a starting XI which already boasts some of the best young talent in world football.

A few players that could have an impact are the likes of English forward Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, Portuguese wonderkid Joao Felix and Barcelona new boy Frenkie De Jong.

Sancho signed a new lucrative contract with German side Borussia Dortmund, doubling his wages and keeping him at the club for the foreseeable future.

FIFA 20: One player from every Premier League club who deserves a downgraded rating

16 Jul

The 2019/20 season is almost here and that means FIFA 20 will soon be getting booted up on games consoles across the globe.

Still a firm favourite with the fans EA Sports have also revealed the new Volta mode, which should delight gamers.

With a new game, though, comes new ratings and we’re already excited about the raft of upgrades we could be about to see.

A number of young talents have continued their growth in the Premier League, while we’ve also seen some under the radar stars prove themselves to be better than their current score.

But which player at every top-flight club deserves an upgrade the most? talkSPORT.com have taken a look.

Arsenal – Mesut Ozil

Arsenal fans grew frustrated with the German fielder’s lack of form this year

FIFA 19 rating – 86

FIFA 20 potential rating – 83

The German playmaker must be one of the most frustrating players on a football pitch. There is no denying the talent he has but lately he has struggled to show it in an Arsenal shirt.

In 35 appearances last season, Ozil scored six goals and assisted a further three, his worst return since joining the Gunners.

Now 30, Ozil has been linked with a move away to Turkey in recent weeks, but still remains an Arsenal player.

He has been dubbed a player that goes missing in the big games, and this almost certain downgrade will see him missing from most teams in FIFA 20.

Aston Villa – Lovre Kalinic

Kalinic in action for Aston Villa in the FA Cup
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FIFA 19 rating – 77

FIFA 20 potential rating – 74

Signed in the January transfer window as a starting goalkeeper as Aston Villa pushed for a play-off spot, the Croatian had an underwhelming few months.

Kalinic made seven appearances since signing and in those games conceded 12 goals.

The impressive form of Villa’s other shot-stopper Jed Steer meant Kalinic was surplus to requirements, and now likely to be downgraded in September.

Bournemouth – Jordon Ibe

Jordan Ibe (right) has struggled to be a regular in Eddie Howe’s starting XI since his move from Liverpool
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FIFA 19 rating – 74

FIFA 20 potential rating – 71

Since joining Bournemouth the winger’s career has fizzled out after initially showing talent at Liverpool.

In the 2018/19 season the winger made 19 appearances, only mustering up one goal and one assist.

Ibe already has a rather underwhelming 74 rating, a silver card, and poor performances and lack of impact last season mean that could fall further in the next instalment of the game.

Brighton & Hove Albion – Jurgen Locadia

13. Jurgen Locadia (Brighton and Hove Albion, ST) – Rating = 77 (up from 76)
Jurgen Locadia hasn’t been able to bring his goal scoring prowess to the Premier League

FIFA 19 rating – 76

FIFA 20 potential rating – 74

When this signing went through in January 2018, for a club-record £14m, Brighton fans were excited by the Dutch forward.

He scored 45 goals in 137 Eredivisie appearances, but he has had no impact at the south coast side.

Last season the 25-year-old made 34 appearances in all competitions, scoring just four goals.

Most of these games came from the substitute’s bench as Locadia was third choice behind Glenn Murray and Florin Andone.

Burnley – Johann Berg Gudmundsson

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Gudmundsson will be hoping to revive his form at Burnley this season

FIFA 19 rating – 79

FIFA 20 potential rating – 76

The 28-year-old, who signed for Sean Dyche’s side ahead of the 2016/17 Premier League season, looked an impressive signing for a typically low-spending Burnley.

Gudmundsson, however, has dipped in and out of good form in those years, and last year was another nearly campaign for the Icelandic ace.

In 36 games he scored three goals and assisted a further seven, but found himself in and out of the starting XI as Burnley’s form ebbed and flowed.

As much as it wasn’t a complete dud of a season for Gudmundsson, it may still be enough to see him knocked down, from an originally generous 79 rating, on FIFA 19.

Chelsea – Jorginho

Maurizio Sarri and Jorginho both joined Chelsea from Napoli last summer, with Sarri gone where does that leave Jorginho?
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FIFA 19 rating – 84

FIFA 20 potential rating – 82

Imagine being top of almost every stat to do with passing in the Premier League as a midfielder, yet still be on this list for potential downgrades?

That is exactly where Chelsea midfielder Jorginho finds himself after a strange first season since his move from Napoli in the summer.

In the Premier League alone, Jorginho completed 3,118 passes but without a single assist and only six big chances created, due to his position on the pitch.

For some Chelsea fans, his opening season performance is of a level that leaves them content, as his role is to keep the ball moving and the team ticking.

So where does that leave Jorginho’s first season? Surely he will be another losing a few marks with EA Sports in the new FIFA.

Crystal Palace – Christian Benteke

Christian Benteke has had another difficult season

FIFA 19 rating – 78

FIFA 20 potential rating – 75

It is safe to say the Christian Benteke who thrilled at Aston Villa has seen his skills diminished.

He just doesn’t seem to be the striker he once was, netting once in 16 games last season for the Eagles.

With a shot accuracy of 31 per cent in 2018/19, Palace’s apparent talisman striker was left in the cold, with Hodgson using Wilfred Zaha down the middle and then later Michy Batshuayi, who joined on loan from Chelsea in January.

Benteke may be in need of a move away from the Premier League so he can get back to scoring goals and revamp his career in football and on FIFA.

Everton – Jordan Pickford

Origi capitalised on Jordan Pickford’s error in the Merseyside derby in December

FIFA 19 rating – 83

FIFA 20 potential rating – 82

He was cast into folklore along with the rest of the England side after the 2018 World Cup.

However, the domestic 2018/19 Premier League season had some moments the Toffees keeper will want to forget.

Pickford started FIFA 19 with a respectable 83 rating and did keep 14 clean sheets in the season just gone by.

One part of his game which has always been in question, though, is how commanding he is; and with 13 punches made last season it is still something that may need improving.

Perhaps the most forgettable of all 13 was his attempted clearance in added time of the Merseyside derby against Liverpool.

As he failed to tip the ball over the crossbar from a way-ward Van Dijk shot it bounced off the woodwork and straight to Divock Origi who made it 1-0 in the dying moments – that is enough for a downgrade in the eyes of some.

Leicester City – Rachid Ghezzal

Rachid Ghezzal in action for Leicester City
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FIFA 19 rating – 75

FIFA 20 potential rating – 74

Another Algerian right winger who loves to cut in on his left foot – but he hasn’t quite had the same results as Riyad Mahrez.

Ghezzal, who joined from Ligue 1 outfit Monaco for a little over £10m, has struggled to get going in the Premier League.

The 27-year old only produced one goal all season and had a shot accuracy of 26 per cent.

In a breakthrough season where other new signings, such as James Maddison, prevailed, Ghezzal found himself on the bench at best for most of the season and will likely see his stats shrink.

Liverpool – Dejan Lovren

Dejan Lovren was absent from the Liverpool team despite playing in the 2018 Champions League and World Cup final

FIFA 19 rating – 81

FIFA 20 potential rating – 79

Who remembers when Dejan Lovren told the world he was one of the best central defenders in football?

In fairness, he was commenting after reaching both the Champions League final and the World Cup final in the same year – both of which he lost.

Since returning from last summer’s World Cup with a slight injury, Lovren struggled to be a significant part of Liverpool’s unbelievable 2018/19 season, falling down the pecking order behind Joe Gomez and Joel Matip as Virgil Van Dijk’s defensive partner.

He began FIFA 19 with an overall of 81, but made only 13 appearances all season, and is likely to be on the end of a small downgrade for FIFA 20.

Manchester City – Kyle Walker

Kyle Walker has signed a new contract at Manchester City
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FIFA 19 rating – 84

FIFA 20 potential rating – 83

Perhaps the biggest shock in the list given he won the domestic treble with Manchester City, but at times last season Walker wasn’t up to speed with him teammates.

We are not talking about his pace here, as this is something he won’t lose anytime soon, but his awareness and lack of quality at both ends of the pitch were visible at times for Pep Guardiola’s side.

The Englishman seemingly struggled more so in the attacking final third of the pitch, attempting 59 crosses and coming out with a completion rate of just seven per cent..

Defensively he did not have to do much last year thanks to City’s dominance against most, but he shared a tackle success rate of 60 per cent with a makeshift full-back on the other side of the pitch in Oleksandr Zinchenko.

If Walker does receive a downgrade it will be presumably be small but it is justifiable.

Manchester United – David De Gea

De Gea had a season to forget by his standards which will reflect in his FIFA 20 rating

FIFA 19 rating – 91

FIFA 20 potential rating- 89

The David De Gea we have all become accustomed to over the last few years was far from home in the 2018/19 season with a few poor days at the office.

He conceded 54 goals in the Premier League alone last season and four of those goals were caused by his own mistakes.

Manchester United’s defence has come under criticism in the past few seasons and De Gea is now no longer immune after his errors.

He kept just seven clean sheets, compared to Golden Glove winner Alisson’s 21 for Liverpool.

Therefore any Manchester United, or Spanish fans out there, should brace themselves for De Gea to no longer be at the top of the pile of goalkeepers in FIFA 20.

Newcastle United – Jonjo Shelvey

Jonjo Shelvey barely featured for Newcastle in the second half of last season
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FIFA 19 rating – 78

FIFA 20 potential rating – 76

Another English player with bags of ability but quite often little to show for it.

Shelvey was a midfielder some English fans wanted to be in England’s World Cup squad in Russia last summer.

As well as battling with injuries last season, the Newcastle midfielder was often overlooked by now departed manager Rafa Benitez.

When things aren’t going Shelvey’s way, he can often be a liability on the pitch, known for losing his head during tough situations. But, on paper, he is Newcastle’s best deep-lying playmaker.

Whoever becomes the next manager at Newcastle will hope they can get Shelvey back to his best, but for now he is slipping away.

Norwich – Ralf Fahrmann

Fahrmann played against Manchester City in the Champions League round of 16 last season

FIFA 19 rating – 83

FIFA 20 potential rating – 80

If you follow the Bundesliga then the name of Ralf Fahrmann should be one that rings a bell, but it was quite a shock when Norwich announced the goalkeeper as a signing from Schalke earlier this month.

In his last campaign in Germany, the 30-year old struggled as Schalke finished 14th in the league after a worrying campaign that briefly threatened relegation during the early fixtures.

Overall, Fahrmann played 25 games in all competitions, and conceded 41 goals in those games as Schalke showed their defensive frailties.

Mind you, ten of those goals came at the hands of Manchester City during a two legged round of sixteen tie in the Champions League.

Sheffield United – Phil Jagielka

Jagielka shot to fame while playing for Sheffield United, before making a name for himself at Everton
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FIFA 19 rating – 78

FIFA 20 potential rating – 75

A welcome homecoming for any Blades fans out there as their former player, who also went in goal and kept a clean sheet, is returning from Everton.

At 36-years-old, Jagielka’s return to Bramall Lane comes close to the end of his career, which is the main reason for predicting a rating change for him come FIFA 20.

Last season he featured for Everton just seven times and in those games had a tackle success rate of 71 per cent and was also sent off against Wolves.

Southampton – Mohamed Elyounoussi

Elyounoussi has struggled for game time this season
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FIFA 19 rating – 79

FIFA 20 potential rating – 76

Another player with all the gear but who sometimes looks like he has no idea – in the Premier League at least.

Norwegian winger Mohamed Elyounoussi joined Southampton from Swiss side FC Basel, an attacker known for silky skills and tormenting opposing defenders.

Elyounoussi, though, fell out of favour with manager Mark Hughes who left the 24-year old out of his starting XI as Southampton struggled to get their season going.

Even when Ralf Hassenhuttl was brought in to replace the departing Hughes, Elyounoussi still failed to impress  as Southampton eventually clawed themselves away from the relegation places.

From 20 attempts on goal Elyounoussi failed to convert one chance, missing four clear opportunities which would have made the ride for Saints fans a lot easier.

This stat means the Norwegian ended the season without a single goal involvement, and emphasises his need for a downgrade on FIFA 20.

Tottenham Hotspur – Dele Alli

Dele Alli’s performance has been criticised
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FIFA 19 rating – 84

FIFA 20 potential rating – 83

‘We’ve got Alli, Dele Alli, I just don’t think you understand’ – don’t worry Spurs fans, we know you have him, but where was he last season?

The English midfielder has been hailed for his consistency and high levels of performance for Tottenham over the last few seasons but in a season where his side reached the Champions League final, Alli was hard to spot.

A frustrating campaign was there for all to see on the pitch as Alli, through lack of discipline, conceded 27 fouls.

On top of that his goal tally for the season ended at a rather poor five although he did spend a lot of time in a deeper role than he has previously been utilised in.

Harry Kane was also injured for large parts of the season, a player that Alli has a close relationship with on the pitch, with the two effortlessly feeding off of one another in previous years.

Meaning the 23-year old Alli also only amassed three assists in the Premier League a very poor season by his own and any fans standards.

Watford – Roberto Pereyra

Argentine ace Pereyra has been in and out of form in the recent months, lacking consistency

FIFA 19 rating – 79

FIFA 20 potential rating – 77

Last season the Argentinian midfielder was hit by injuries that kept him out of the squad for the latter part of Watford’s campaign.

He still managed to score six goals for the Hornets but also missed another six big chances, which could have fired them higher up the table.

It appeared when he did play, the 28-year old was slightly too eager to pull the trigger, as although he scored six goals, that was from a total of 57 shots throughout the season.

It wasn’t necessarily a poor season, but Watford ended the campaign struggling for points, despite an explosive start and reaching the FA Cup final; which is why he could be on the receiving end of a downgrade.

West Ham United – Javier Hernandez

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West Ham need Chicharito to discover his form inside the box again now Marko Arnautovic has left the club.

FIFA 19 rating – 79

FIFA 20 potential rating – 78

The Mexican striker has made a living out of being one of the best poachers in the game.

However, at West Ham, Chicharito has struggled to maintain his form and last season was another frustrating one.

In 25 appearances for the Hammers he scored seven goals, as well as missing the same number of big chances.

The 31-year old may not have much longer left in the Premier League, but West Ham have now given him the no.9 shirt ahead of the new season.

Wolverhampton Wanderers – Adama Traore

Adama Traore is the most explosive player in the Premier League, but has scored just once for Wolves

FIFA 19 rating – 75

FIFA 20 potential rating – 73

There is no doubt he is one of the fastest players in the league, and built like a powerhouse too, he can accelerate past people with ease.

However the one main BUT in this conversation is when he gets anywhere near the goal, as he just can’t find the back of the net, or a teammate.

Wingers are known for their crossing and the former Barcelona winger put in 35 of them this season – with a return of no assists and a crossing accuracy of 13 per cent.

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo brought Traore to the club knowing his dribbling ability was lethal, and would have hoped he could make him into a player.

Unfortunately, sprint speed and acceleration are not the only statistics to help a player’s overall rating.

You can be a bronze item and be lighting quick – and that could be what happens to him on FIFA 21 if he’s not careful.

FIFA 20: One player from every Premier League club who deserves an upgraded rating

13 Jul

The Premier League season hasn’t even started yet but already we’re dreaming about getting our mitts on EA Sports’ FIFA 20.

Already announced with a host of brilliant new features – including their new Volta mode, which has gamers reminiscing about FIFA Street.

With a new game, though, comes new ratings and we’re already excited about the raft of upgrades we could be about to see.

A number of young talents have continued their growth in the Premier League, while we’ve also seen some under the radar stars prove themselves to be better than their current score.

But which player at every top-flight club deserves an upgrade the most? talkSPORT.com have taken a look.

Arsenal – Matteo Guendouzi

FIFA 19 rating – 67

FIFA 20 potential – 80

Guendouzi has impressed at Arsenal
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The French midfielder was classified by EA Sports as a common silver item on FIFA 19 Ultimate Team, with a mere 67 rating.

At just 20, he made 48 appearances last season for the Gunners, including 11 games in their Europa League campaign where they eventually lost to Chelsea in the final.

Unai Emery handpicked Guendouzi to move to North London and with the departures of Aaron Ramsey in midfield, the future star will have a big season ahead of him.

A powerhouse who is calm and assured on the ball, has Guendouzi with the potential to remind fans of a certain Invincible who shares the same nationality.

Aston Villa – Tyrone Mings

FIFA 19 rating – 70

FIFA 20 potential – 76

Tyrone Mings spent the second half of last season on loan at Villa Park
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Mings signed for Aston Villa last week for £20million from Bournemouth after enjoying a successful loan spell with the newly promoted Premier League Villa last season. He was an integral player in there play-off success.

This potential rating increase would see his FUT (FIFA Ultimate team) player item change and increase to a gold card, along with a position change from left back to centre back, where he played for Villa last season.

His physical play style and appearance means that he is certain to thrive in the Premier League, and this upgrade based on performance could continue to climb throughout FIFA 20.

Bournemouth – Ryan Fraser

FIFA 19 rating – 77

FIFA 20 potential – 82

Bournemouth are desperate to keep hold of Ryan Fraser
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Bournemouth’s terrier like winger, Fraser, was truly let off the leash this past season, having his most successful season in terms of goal involvement, netting seven goals and picking up 14 assists.

The flying Scotsman has been the centre of transfer speculation this summer, with Arsenal showing the most interest in the 25-year-old.

Fraser is known for his blistering pace and aggression on either wing, and pace is something that is lacking in the Arsenal squad.

Eddie Howe may be reluctant to let his man go, but with a market value of £27million, a move could still happen which would boost his chances of an upgrade when FIFA 20 is released in September.

Brighton & Hove Albion – Glenn Murray

FIFA 19 rating – 76

FIFA 20 potential – 77

Murray celebrates scoring for Brighton
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A striker that often goes unnoticed. Murray is not typically exciting to watch, but for Brighton fans he is the reason they are still in the Premier League, with 15 goals in all competitions last season.

Now 35, Murray is getting to the end of his career but goals are not drying up, despite signings in his position at Brighton, he has out-scored them all.

He is old fashioned in his approach, holding up the ball and bringing others into play, before making sure he is in the right area to finish chances, and although not a popular striker choice within the FIFA community, he is still deserving of a small upgrade.

Burnley – Dwight McNeil

FIFA 19 rating – 62

FIFA 20 potential – 71

McNeil has interested clubs like Juventus this summer
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A player that appeared out of nowhere at Burnley and the 19-year old went on to play 26 times for the club last season.

In those games, McNeil, who plays on the left, contributed to eight goals and became a firm fan favourite.

He is a winger that can go forward but is very mature defensively for his age, an attribute admired by his manager Dyche, who is known for operating with a well-oiled defensive machine.

Last year, McNeil’s FIFA 19 rating was a lowly 62 (bronze item) as no one had heard of or seen him in the claret jersey, but an impressive breakout season should see him rise to a silver base card in FIFA 20.

Chelsea – Callum Hudson-Odoi

FIFA 19 rating  – 68

FIFA 20 potential – 78

Hudson-Odoi is considered one of England’s most exciting talents
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Chelsea are renowned for producing some of the hottest talent in youth football, just ask the 41 players that were out on loan from Stamford Bridge last season.

But Hudson-Odoi, despite being frustrated under former manager Mauricio Sarri, stayed in west London despite handing in a transfer request in January as he attempted to force a move to Bayern Munich.

The 18-year old made 29 appearances under Sarri in all competitions and was the one player Chelsea fans were crying out for when the Blues were struggling. He added excitement and positivity to the team.

Staying at the club is a decision that could favour the teenager as new manager Frank Lampard believes in youth, as shown when he managed Derby County last season.

Don’t sleep on this wonderkid, he is set to flourish in years to come, starting in the 2019/20 season, and it’s sure to be a big upgrade for Hudson-Odoi.

Crystal Palace – Wilfred Zaha

FIFA 19 rating – 82

FIFA 20 potential – 84

Earlier this transfer window, Arsenal bid for Zaha
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One of the league’s most wanted players this summer, is anyone willing to meet Crystal Palace’s asking price?

Despite a market value of £41million, Palace are holding out for a fee of around £100million, after rejecting a proposed £70million bid from Arsenal.

The Ivorian forward has told the media himself he wants to be playing for a top team, with European football, and proved it by scoring and assisting 10 goals in the 2018/19 campaign.

Zaha is always a popular player on FIFA, known for his powerful play down the wing mixed with scintillating skill moves and close control.

Pairing this with important goals and performances last season mean he is a must to get a rating boost for the 2019/20 season – will he get his transfer too?

Everton – Lucas Digne

FIFA 19 rating – 78

FIFA 20 rating – 82

Lucas Digne is a set-piece specialist
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The French left-back is a typical example of a player that has been everywhere and won everything – without playing.

The former Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain defender joined the blue side of Merseyside from Barcelona in August 2018, for £18 million, and in his first season proved why he has been with some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

From full-back, he picked up four goals and assists, including a screamer against Manchester United in April.

Despite Leighton Baines’ status on Merseyside, it looks like Digne has cemented his place in the starting XI under Marco Silva on merit, and is fast becoming one of the Premier League’s top players in his position.

If the 25-year old does see an upgrade in FIFA 20 he will be adding himself to an already very deep pool of talented French players on the game, and you can expect him to be a popular choice with gamers.

Leicester City – Ben Chilwell

FIFA 19 rating – 76

FIFA 20 potential – 81

Ben Chilwell has broken into the senior England team this year
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Leicester City’s left-back joins a number of defenders making this list of potential upgrades after improving hugely in the 2018/19 season and becoming a starter for club and country.

Key performances in games such as a 1-1 draw with title challengers Liverpool, where Chilwell picked up an assist, helped promote him into the thoughts of England manager Gareth Southgate.

At 22, Chilwell has made seven senior appearances for his country and is on his way to maintaining a permanent spot in the squad.

In recent years, Chilwell and teammate Harry Maguire have been linked with a move to Manchester United, but the Red Devils seemed to have cooled their interest – great news for Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers, who will want to keep the talented player this summer.

Liverpool – Trent Alexander-Arnold

FIFA 19 rating – 78

FIFA 20 potential – 84

Trent Alexander-Arnold won his first piece of silverware as a Liverpool player by lifting the Champions League
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It would have been easy to put both Liverpool full-backs on this list, but Alexander-Arnold, at just 20-years-old, is as good as any right-back in the world, if not better – and he’s not even in his prime.

Trent plays with his heart on his sleeve, a boyhood Reds fan who is proving his worth on the pitch rather than in the stands.

The 2018/19 season saw him pick up a Premier League record of 12 assists from full-back (matched by Andy Robertson) as well as four in the Champions League.

His assist from the corner that lead to Divock Origi scoring the goal to take Liverpool to the Champions League final will never be forgotten.

Alexander-Arnold went into FIFA 19 with a relatively low rating of 78, but after his involvement in Liverpool’s title race and success in winning European silverware he is awaiting a huge upgrade that could see him become the best right-back on the game.

Manchester City – Bernardo Silva

FIFA 19 rating – 84

FIFA 20 potential – 87

Bernardo Silva was vital for City when Kevin De Bruyne was absent
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When Manchester City signed the Portuguese playmaker from Monaco, many were sceptical about where he would fit into the team, despite the quality of the player.

In 2018/19 Silva scored a total of 13 goals and set up 14 as part of Pep Guardiola’s dream team, who won the domestic treble, while he also picked up a fourth trophy with Portugal by winning the first ever UEFA Nations League final.

On top of his goal involvement, the 24-year old is integral to the system Guardiola wants to play with the international star breaking the record for distance covered in a single match, twice, in the Premier League last season.

Firstly, against Tottenham in October (13.65km) and then again later on against Liverpool clocking 13.7km – in a game that swung the title in City’s favour.

He made it into the FIFA 19 Team of the Season for the Premier League, as his performances throughout 2018/19 kept the likes of Riyad Mahrez out of the team.

Manchester City bought Bernardo Silva for a little over £40million but now after two seasons, his market value sits at £90million, emphasising the need for him to see a big upgrade come the release of FIFA 20 in September.

Manchester United – Aaron Wan Bissaka

FIFA 19 rating – 70

FIFA 20 potential – 82

Aaron Wan-Bissaka joined the Red Devils after a stunning 2018/19 campaign
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The new boy on the block at Manchester United after a £50m switch from Crystal Palace, he will surely be boosted for FIFA 20, based on his 2018/19 season.

Already an England Under-21 international, Wan-Bissaka was voted into the EA Sports Most Consistent Team of the Season from the top five leagues in Europe.

Looking at his stats last season, he was revealed as the best tackler in Europe, being successful in 91 challenges – averaging one every 24 minutes.

He is the definition of a winger’s worst nightmare, having only been beaten by six players all season – even Real Madrid signing Eden Hazard failed to get past the young Englishman.

His price tag may seem extortionate, but if he has a successful season at a Manchester United side in need of defensive stability, he will only add to the upgrades coming his way on the launch of FIFA 20.

Newcastle United – Fabian Schar

FIFA 19 rating – 75

FIFA 20 potential – 80

Fabian Schar got some key goals for Newcastle this season
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Perhaps a surprise inclusion into the list, but despite all the financial issues and disputes surrounding Newcastle, the Swiss central defender was one of a few stand out players who may have slipped under the radar.

He made 24 appearances in the 2018/19 season as one of the only constants in a defence that was torn apart by injuries from start to finish.

Schar even chipped in with a few goals, four in total including a brace against Cardiff in January – a couple of them screamers – lets hope that shot power and long shot ratings are boosted!

Newcastle signed the 27-year old for £3.6million from Deportivo La Coruna, in July 2018, a year later since his move to Tyneside, Schar’s market value has risen to more than £7million but the club will view him as indispensable

Norwich City – Teemu Pukki

FIFA 19 rating – 71

FIFA 20 potential – 76

Norwich star Teemu Pukki won the Championship Golden Boot
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The Finnish striker set the Championship alight last season as Norwich won the title.

Pukki joined from Danish side Brondby IF for a small fee of £1.5m as the Canaries looked ahead to the 2018/19 season.

The 29-year old went on to score 30 goals in 46 appearances for Norwich, including six braces throughout the season.

Currently in the game Pukki is a silver item, due to being a low rating of 71, but later made it into the FIFA EFL Team of the Season, which will help to propel his ratings ahead of his first season as a Premier League player.

Whether it be in your fantasy football team or FIFA team, Pukki will be a very cheap and potentially viable option if he can carry his Championship goal scoring pedigree into the top tier.

Sheffield United – Billy Sharp

FIFA 19 rating – 70

FIFA 20 potential – 73

Sharp will finally get a good crack at the Premier League
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At 33-years-old, Sheffield United talisman Billy Sharp is similar to Glenn Murray, there are more exciting players, but he is one of the best at delivering for his team – scoring goals, and lots of them.

He helped Sheffield United to finish second in the Championship last season, as they booked the last automatic promotion spot into the Premier League.

He ended the 2018/19 season with 24 goals in 40 appearances for the Blades including a hat-trick against playoff winners Aston Villa and another three against Wigan later in the season.

Southampton – Che Adams

FIFA 19 rating – 71

FIFA 20 potential – 75

Che Adams was in fine form for Birmingham
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A versatile player who can play anywhere across the front three, on either flank or down the middle as a striker.

Southampton confirmed the signing of Adams from a struggling Birmingham City, for a fee of £15m, as they looked to reinforce their attacking option even though they had already landed Danny Ings on a permanent deal from Liverpool.

Adams, 22, is extremely quick and can press high, which will help as Saints manager Ralf Hasenhuttl expects this from his players in the system he uses.

From a FIFA point of view, this card has the potential to be very usable at the start of the game. If he does receive a big enough upgrade, pace is always a very popular choice at the start of a FIFA game, especially if the player cheap.

Tottenham Hotspur – Tanguy Ndombele

FIFA 19 rating – 78

FIFA 20 rating – 84

Ndombele signed for Spurs for £55m
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Can you believe it? Tottenham have finally started to add players to their squad. Transfers are flowing and there were even two in one day!

One of those was French international Tanguy Ndombele from Ligue 1 side Lyon for a club-record £55m.

At 22-years old, Ndombele was part of an eye catching Lyon side and attracted attention from a number of top clubs before the Frenchman chose White Hart Lane.

He made a total of 41 appearances across Ligue 1 and the Champions League in 2018/19, scoring three goals.

He was voted, during a promotion on FIFA 19, as one of the world’s ‘Future Stars’ alongside his former teammate Ferland Mendy – who has moved to Real Madrid.

As well as this, Ndombele was, like Wan-Bissaka, was named in the Most Consistent Team of the Season, emphasising his composed qualities throughout the duration of a campaign.

A big move to Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs means he is sure to be one of the biggest movers in terms of upgrades ahead of FIFA 20.

Watford – Gerard Deulofeu

FIFA 19 rating – 81

FIFA 20 rating – 82

Gerard Deulofeu during the FA Cup final against Manchester City
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It was a strange season for Watford and manager Javi Gracia, as Watford finished 11th in the Premier League and reached the FA Cup final, where they lost to Manchester City.

Out of the squad, its hard to say that any one player shone, but Spaniard Gerard Deulofeu did have a flurry of impressive performances.

He is one of the most naturally gifted and direct wingers in world football, having Spanish flair as well as raw pace to trouble any defence.

The former Barcelona player was named Man of the Match after he came on as a substitute in the FA Cup semi-final to score two goals and take them to Wembley, while he also scored a hat-trick against Cardiff in February, finishing with 10 goals for the season and five assists.

Despite it only being a marginal upgrade Deulofeu will be another option out wide for gamers, or possibly through the middle if he gets a positional change.

West Ham United – Declan Rice

FIFA 19 rating – 69

FIFA 20 rating – 79

Declan Rice is a fans’ favourite at the London Stadium
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One of the biggest names in football when it comes to potential.

Rice has had a remarkable rise in the Premier League at West Ham United. A central defender turned holding midfielder due to a squad plagued with injuries saw him flourish.

The 20-year old has been linked with moves to both Manchester City and Manchester United as well as Liverpool, with current manager Manuel Pellegrini having no interest in selling – even if that is his old side City.

Rice is already a star in the Premier League due to his love and appreciation for the physical side of the game, and a market value of £40m, doesn’t justify his worth to a team.

Starting off the year as a 69 rated central defender, Rice is another due a big upgrade and position change for the next FIFA, as well as a nationality change, making him easier to link in the game.

Wolverhampton Wanderers – Raul Jimenez

FIFA 19 rating – 78

FIFA 20 rating – 81

Jimenez has been excellent for Wolves
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El Matador is officially a Wolves player after the club triggerd a £30m deal for their on loan star from Benfica.

In 44 appearances for Wolves in the 2018/19 season, Jimenez scored 17 goals as Wolves finished seventh in the Premier League.

Another player who went under the radar for some time, Jimenez built a fantastic partnership with Portuguese pair Diogo Jota and Ruben Neves.

Jimenez is a favourite to be in many line-ups for fantasy football this coming season, but with enough of an upgrade, he could be a very usable option in FIFA 20 as a Premier League striker.

We can also hope that EA Sports add in his ‘Luchador’ celebration for even more virtual entertainment from this Mexican goal scoring machine.

FIFA 19: Manchester United, Chelsea, Newcastle and Huddersfield stars make TOTW 28

27 Mar

EA Sports have released their Fifa 19 Team of the Week and once again it’s chock full of stars, including four Premier League heroes from the international action.

Chelsea and Belgium ace Eden Hazard was inevitably chosen for his brace against Russia and goal against Cyprus.

While Manchester United playmaker Paul Pogba also got the nod for some commanding performances in the heart of the midfield for World Cup winners France.

Rondon, Hazard and Pogba made the team of the week line-up

Newcastle’s in-form striker Salomon Rondon also made the line-up, albeit only on the bench, for his superb display for Venezuela against Argentina.

While Huddersfield forward Steve Mounie also made the selection for netting Benin’s late winner against Togo.

Meanwhile, there were also Serie A, Ligue 1, LaLiga, and Bundesliga men to help boost your squad and keep that perfect chemistry.

But who made this week’s squad? Scroll down to find out!

GK: Marko Dmitrovic (Eibar/Serbia)

CB: Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad/Mexico)

CB: Kamil Glik (Monaco/Poland)

LB: Jordi Alba (Barcelona/Spain)

LM: Nico Schulz (Hoffenheim/Germany)

CM: Miralem Pjanic (Juventus/Bosnia-Herzegovina)

LM: Denis Cheryshev (Valencia/Russia)

CM: Paul Pogba (Manchester United/France)

LW: Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Belgium)

ST: Memphis Depay (Lyon/Netherlands)

ST: Cedric Bakambu (Beijing Guoan/DR Congo)

The squad in full:

Antoine Griezmann signs Paul Pogba on FIFA 19 and says Atletico Madrid kit looks good on Manchester United midfielder

2 Mar

Paul Pogba has signed for Atletico Madrid…on Antoine Griezmann’s FIFA 19 career mode.

The Manchester United midfielder completed his virtual switch to the LaLiga outfit and Griezmann insisted his France counterpart looked good in the red and white shirt.

Griezmann signed Pogba on his FIFA career mode

The forward posted the picture of Pogba on an Instagram story with the caption: “It looks good on you.”

And his career mode is clearly going well as he boasts a sensational starting line-up.

His team is littered with stars including Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah, as well as Ballon d’or winner Luka Modric.

Griezmann said the Atletico shirt looked good on Pogba

Meanwhile, his side visit Real Sociedad on Sunday in the hope of keeping up the pace with league leaders Barcelona.

La Blaugrana are currently seven points clear in LaLiga but could drop points against Real Madrid on Saturday night.

FIFA 19: Burnley, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Watford stars make TOTW 24

27 Feb

EA Sports have released their Fifa 19 Team of the Week and once again it’s chock full of stars, including five Premier League heroes from the weekend’s action.

Burnley’s James Tarkowski made the XI following his imperious performance against Tottenham, while West Ham’s Michail Antonio also featured for his powerful display against Fulham – where he scored a lovely injury time winner.

PL stars made the Fifa 19 Team of the Week

Other PL stars include Gerard Deulofeu, who can only make the bench despite scoring a hat-trick against Cardiff and Wiflried Zaha, who netted twice against Leicester.

Meanwhile, there are also Serie A, Ligue 1, LaLiga, and Bundesliga men to help boost your squad and keep that perfect chemistry.

Have a look at the line-up in full below…

Danijel Subasic – 85, AS Monaco

Armando Izzo – 83, FC Turin

Aissa Mandi – 82, Real Betis

James Tarkowski – 85, FC Burnley

Javi Martinez – 86, FC Bayern

Marco Verratti – 87, PSG

Michail Antonio – 82, West Ham United

Jadon Sancho – 82, Borussia Dortmund

Samu Castillejo – 85, AC Mailand

Lionel Messi – 97, FC Barcelona

Luka Jovic – 86, Eintracht Frankfurt

Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus star removed from FIFA 19 cover and replaced by Kevin De Bruyne, Neymar and Paulo Dybala

19 Feb

Cristiano Ronaldo has been removed as the cover star of FIFA 19.

The Juventus star was the face of the game when it hit the shelves in September following his transfer from Real Madrid to the Serie A club.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been removed from the cover of FIFA 19

The 34-year-old, though, has been replaced by Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, PSG’s Neymar and his team-mate Paulo Dybala.

Ronaldo has hit the headlines in recent months for allegations surrounding his personal life after he was accused of rape, which he vehemently denied, and he also accepted a fine for tax evasion in Spain.

EA has sought to clarify why the Portugal international has been removed from the cover of the game.

“With the UEFA Champions League coming to EA Sports FIFA 19 this year, we have a unique opportunity to offer a range of new content to players that reflects the real-world excitement of football,” they told Eurogamer.

“We often celebrate different talent across our sports games.

“And with the UEFA Champions League knockout stages underway we are featuring some of the biggest stars in football and bringing new players a range of content to get excited about.”

When asked about Ronaldo’s situation, EA has said: “We have seen the concerning report that details allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo.

“We are closely monitoring the situation, as we expect cover athletes and ambassadors to conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with EA’s values.”

Tottenham Hotspur wonderkid Troy Parrott left laughing as his name is spelt wrong on FIFA 19

11 Feb

Tottenham Hotspur wonderkid Troy Parrott could only laugh after seeing himself added to FIFA 19.

The 17-year-old has been put into the game a week after his birthday, on which he signed his first professional deal with Spurs.

Tottenham youngster Troy Parrott.

The talented teenage striker is highly-rated both at Hotspur Way and in the Republic of Ireland set-up thanks to his exploits in front of goal for Spurs’ Under-18s.

Being added to a game played by millions around the world should be a momentous moment occasion for the starlet, who Mauricio Pochettino has included in a couple of matchday squads this campaign.

However, upon loading up FIFA he found out he’d had his name spelt wrong.

Troy Parrott posted to his Instagram stories after noticing his name was spelt incorrectly.

Parrott was at least able to laugh about the error, while he’ll no doubt be inspired to improve on his overall rating of 56, although his potential is 80, which is pretty decent.

FIFA 19 ratings refresh: One player from every Premier League club who deserves an upgrade

7 Feb

We’re two-thirds of the way through most seasons across Europe so it’s about time FIFA 19 hit us with their annual ratings refresh.

Every year those players who have excelled during the campaign, winning Team of the Week awards and more, see their original grades boosted.

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah saw his stats upgraded in the game last season

Last year the likes of Mohamed Salah, Paul Pogba, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, and N’Golo Kante were all boosted thanks to their performances in the English top-flight.

So, as we approach the announcement of this year’s recipients, talkSPORT.com has taken a look at one man from each Premier League club who should see his stats upgraded in FIFA 19.

Arsenal – Matteo Guendouzi

Guendouzi was Arsenal’s standout performer against City

Currently = 67 rated

Upgrade = 74 rated

Bournemouth – Ryan Fraser

Fraser has enjoyed a productive campaign for Bournemouth this season

Currently = 75 rated

Upgrade = 78 rated

Brighton and Hove Albion – Mat Ryan

Ryan has been a hit since joining Brighton from Valencia

Currently = 78 rated

Upgrade = 80 rated

Burnley – Dwight McNeil

McNeil has done well since being put into the first-team this season

Currently = 62 rated

Upgrade = 66 rated

Cardiff City – Aron Gunnarsson

The Cardiff star is coping with top flight demands

Currently = 73 rated

Upgrade = 75 rated

Chelsea – Callum Hudson-Odoi

Hudson-Odoi is talented and wants to be playing more often at Chelsea

Currently = 68 rated

Upgrade = 74 rated

Crystal Palace – Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Wan-Bissaka has been one of the best right-backs in the Premier League this season

Currently = 70 rated

Upgrade = 76 rated

Everton – Richarlison

Richarlison has done well despite criticism over the fee the Toffees paid for him

Currently = 77 rated

Upgrade = 79 rated

Fulham – Aleksandar Mitrovic

Aleksandar Mitrovic has done wonders up top for the Cottagers

Currently = 76 rated

Upgrade = 78 rated

Huddersfield Town – Phillip Billing

Billing has impressed in a struggling team

Currently = 68 rated

Upgrade = 72 rated

Leicester City – Ben Chilwell

Ben Chilwell has broken into the senior England team this year

Currently = 76 rated

Upgrade = 78 rated

Liverpool – Georginio Wijnaldum

Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum has excelled in a deeper role

Currently = 82 rated

Upgrade = 83 rated

Manchester City – Aymeric Laporte

Laporte celebrates giving his side the lead against Everton

Currently = 84 rated

Upgrade = 85 rated

Manchester United – Marcus Rashford

Rashford celebrates his winner against Leicester on Sunday – his sixth goal in 10 games

Currently = 82 rated

Upgrade = 83 rated

Newcastle United – Sean Longstaff

Longstaff has stepped up at a vital time for the Magpies.

Currently = 63 rated

Upgrade = 65 rated

Southampton – Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg battles for possession with Lucas Digne

Currently = 76 rated

Upgrade = 77 rated

Tottenham Hotspur – Heung-Min Son

Heung-min Son has been excellent again for Spurs this season

Currently = 84 rated

Upgrade = 85 rated

Watford – Roberto Pereyra

Argentine ace Pereyra has been in fine form

Currently = 79 rated

Upgrade = 80 rated

West Ham United – Declan Rice

Rice celebrates his winning goal against Arsenal

Currently = 69 rated

Upgrade = 75 rated

Wolverhampton Wanderers – Matt Doherty

Doherty has been excellent going forward this season

Currently = 74 rated

Upgrade = 77 rated

FIFA 19: Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Everton and West Ham stars make TOTW 18

16 Jan

EA Sports have released their Fifa 19 Team of the Week and once again it’s chock full of stars, including five Premier League heroes from the weekend’s action.

Manchester United’s David De Gea has unsurprisingly made the XI for his stunning performance against Tottenham at Wembley, while Liverpool’s Fabinho and Chelsea’s Pedro got in for their excellent displays too.

These three Premier League stars made the Team of the Week

Everton’s Michael Keane was also selected as his side beat Bournemouth and kept a clean sheet.

West Ham youngster Declan Rice, who scored his first goal for the club against Arsenal, also made the squad.

Meanwhile, there are also Serie A, Ligue 1, LaLiga, and Bundesliga men to help boost your squad and keep that perfect chemistry.

But who made this week’s squad? Scroll down to find out!

GK: David De Gea (Manchester United) – 93 rating (Up from 91)

CB: Fabinho (Liverpool) – 87 rating (Up from 84)

LB: Juanfran (Atletico Madrid) – 83 rating (Up from 80)

CB: Michael Keane (Everton) – 82 rating (Up from 79)

CB: Damien Da Silva (Rennes) – 82 rating (Up from 78)

CM: Daniel Parejo (Valencia) – 88 rating (Up from 86)

CM: Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain) – 85 rating  (Up from 83) 

RM: Nicolas Pepe (Lille) – 86 rating (Up from 75)

ST: Luis Suarez (Barcelona) – 93 rating (Up from 91)

RW: Pedro (Chelsea) – 84 rating (Up from 82)

ST: Inaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao) – 84 rating (Up from 81)

The squad in full: