With the Premier League season finished, most will be looking to the virtual world to fill their Saturday afternoons and EA Sports’ FIFA is surely no exception.
The award-winning video game has helped waste away the hours of many a football fan and its player ratings are almost always up for debate – surely the ratings of FIFA 18 will be no exception.
It is hard to please everyone, although every year there seems to be a host of players who deserve a boost in their numbers and as the Premier League season is over and the developers will soon be evaluating next season’s participants we’ve decided to make a list of 25 Premier League players who desperately need to go up a few overall points after the season’s they’ve just had.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) 80 -> 82
Since the Gunners switch to 3-4-3, Oxlade-Chamberlain has been phenomenal in the RWB position, keeping out Hector Bellerin and getting Arsenal to the FA Cup Final. A player that’s often kept at around the 80 mark, his 2017 has shown he needs to have a better rating than teammate Theo Walcott. Image Source: Twitter
Rob Holding (Arsenal) 70 -> 75
Like Chamberlain since the switch in formation, the young CB has come on leaps and bounds. Although coming from relegated Bolton Wanderers meant he was never going to get a high rating, he certainly deserves it to be around the 75 mark on FIFA 18.
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Josh King (AFC Bournemouth) 74 -> 78
Bournemouth’s top scorer this season and the eighth top scorer in the Premier League, King has had a brilliant season that has helped the Cherries to their highest ever top flight finish. This season could prove a flash in the pan but he does deserve to start higher than 74 next season. Image Source: Twitter
Michael Keane (Burnley) 79 -> 81
At the third time of asking, Burnley have staved off relegation and remain a Premier League team for next season and Keane has been a huge part of that and maintaining their excellent home record. The former Manchester United CB has been repeatedly linked with a return to Old Trafford which would certainly see him crack the 80 barrier. Image Source: Twitter
N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) 83 -> 86
PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year for this season, Kante has been sensational in the last two seasons and certainly deserves to be made one of the top midfielders in the game next season. 83 is already a decent rating but who would argue if Kante isn’t closer to 86?
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Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) 79 -> 82
Alonso was a strange signing in the summer just gone but in LWB, he’s been one of Chelsea’s most consistent players in their run to the league title, even chipping in with six goals this season. Image Source: Twitter
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) 80 -> 82
Zaha seems to have shaken the monkey off his back that was his time at Manchester United and since returning to Selhurst Park has been excellent again this season, scoring seven goals and providing nine assists from out wide this season. Around 82 would probably be a fairer rating. Image Source: Twitter
Ademola Lookman (Everton) 65 -> 70
Young Lookman made an instant impact scoring on his debut in the 4-0 win over Manchester City in January. Now in the Premier League, he probably deserves to be closer to a 70 rating, presuming he’ll get more game time next season.
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Tom Davies (Everton) 68 -> 72
The 18-year-old has played 23 games this season and impressed throughout, being named Man of the Match in the 4-0 win over City in January. A player on the grow, Davies certainly should be in the mid-70s now he’s started to make his mark as a starting player for the Toffees. Image Source: Twitter
Eldin Jakupovic (Hull City) 70 -> 74
Although Hull have gone down, the one-time Swiss international has had some decent performances in goal for Hull and so nearly helped keep them up, 70 seems to low a rating for a goalkeeper that has proved hard to beat at times this season. Image Source: Twitter
Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) 77 -> 79
League winner with the Foxes last season, Albrighton is one of the hardest working players in Craig Shakespeare’s team and as well as deserving an England senior call-up sooner rather than later his rating should be a few ratings higher. Image Source: Twitter
Demarai Gray (Leicester City) 72 -> 74
Another decent young signing from Leicester, he may not have kicked on as much as the Foxes would have liked this season only scoring two goals in all competitions but he’s continued to impress in his appearances, including scoring a fantastic goal at Old Trafford in September. As he progresses, it’s only fair he sees a slight ratings bump. Image Source: Twitter
Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) 86 -> 88
Where would Liverpool be without Coutinho? The Brazilian has had his most fruitful season in England scoring 14 goals in all competitions and gotten Liverpool to their second UEFA Champions League campaign in seven years. 86 is already a high rating but considering there are a few players who have less impressive seasons a few ratings higher, the attacking-midfielder deserves to be around the 88 mark. Image Source: Twitter
Sadio Mane (Liverpool) 82 -> 85
Nominated for PFA Player of the Year, Mane has been one of the signings of the season before his injury mid-campaign. With 13 goals in his first season at Anfield, he’s a big reason for their fourth place finish and deserves a rating higher than 82. Image Source: Twitter
Leroy Sane (Manchester City) 82 -> 84
It took him a while but Sane has made a good impact for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City with nine goals in his first season. One of the most highly rated youngsters in world football, it wouldn’t be a shock to see the young German get a boost. Image Source: Twitter
Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) 79 -> 81
Seven goals in 10 games since January, Jesus has burst onto the scene at the Etihad this year and may even force Sergio Aguero out the exit door at Manchester City. Even after an injury, his form hasn’t been halted and he should be rewarded by breaking the 80 mark at the very least. Image Source: Twitter
Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) 78 -> 80
Another youngster in Manchester, Rashford hasn't been as fruitful as some may have been expecting but his goals have fired Jose Mourinho’s team to the UEFA Europa League Final as well as the EFL Cup. Around the 80 mark should be fitting for the 19-year-old. Image Source: Twitter
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) 76 -> 78
The 22-year-old has continued to make an impression in a Southampton shirt, even getting his first senior England call-up in 2017, Ward-Prowse is looking more and more like the next big star out of the Southampton development line and his rating in FIFA 18 should reflect this.
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Manalo Gabbiadini (Southampton) 80 -> 82
Four goals in nine games and two in the EFL Cup final, Gabbiadini has been in solid form for the Saints since joining in January and will presumably get better next season after a full-preseason with Southampton. A slight bump wouldn’t go amiss next game. Image Source: Twitter
Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) 82 -> 86
Still young, Alli understandably hasn't been rated too highly after just one season but considering he’s back-to-back PFA Young Player of the Year and bagged 22 goals from midfield this year, Alli surely should be up there as one of the highest rated midfielders in the game. Image Source: Twitter
Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur) 77 -> 80
Trippier forced his way into the Spurs starting XI in the latter part of the season with some great performances and even though starting RB Kyle Walker may be on his way out, Spurs may not feel his departure with Trippier in the side. With five assists in 12 games, the full-back should be around 79 in FIFA 18. Image Source: Twitter
Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur) 82 -> 84
An unsung hero in the Spurs team, Dembele has been one of the best midfielders in the league this season as their deep-lying playmaker. The team’s orchestrator from deep, the Belgian should be around the 84-mark in next season’s game. Image Source: Twitter
Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) 80 -> 83
Some players suffer second season syndrome in England but not Son who after Kane and Alli has been Spurs’ best attacker this season with 14 league goals. The South Korean international has been on fire this season and deserves another upgrade as he stakes his claim as the best Asian player in the Premier League. Image Source: Twitter
Jordan Pickford (Sunderland) 76 -> 79
Despite being relegated, Pickford topped the number of saves leaderboard and has been linked with moves to the clubs at the top end of the table. Nominated for PFA Young Player of the Year, Pickford looks as though he is a future England No.1 and certainly better than the 76 rating he was given in FIFA 17. Image Source: Twitter
Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion) 76 -> 78
Fletcher has had a real career renaissance in the Black Country after illness curtailed his Manchester United career. So often the unsung hero of the United team, he’s continued to be a classy midfielder in the West Brom team as they finished in 10th and arguably should be given a better rating despite his age. Image Source: Twitter
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There are others who perhaps need a look at too, but overall, these are they 25 who deserve a boost in next year’s FIFA.
Did we leave anyone out? Who do you think should get a ratings improvement in next year’s FIFA 18?