This year, we can’t wait for FIFA 16 because there will be a host of players available to choose from who perhaps hadn’t done themselves justice during the 14/15 season – or at least had failed to perform to their potential.
The FIFA ratings system is what truly determines a player’s worth.
We take a look at the ten players who are due a huge upgrade in their individual ratings from last year.
10. Jamie Vardy – FIFA 16 Rating: 71
This time last year, Jamie Vardy was still ‘pinching himself’ having made his international debut just four years after plying his trade in non-league football. The former Fleetwood Town star is now a household name in English football, having exploded into life, netting 24 goals as Leicester stormed to the league title, before bagging against Wales at the European Championship and spurning the advances of Arsenal. It is one of the most incredible stories in sporting history, and despite the fact that the speedster will enter his 30’s this season, don’t be surprised to see one hell of a leap from last year.
9. Gonzalo Higuain – FIFA 16 Rating: ’84’
The Argentine striker has just enjoyed the season of his life, having netted 38 goals for Napoli before sealing a near-world record move to Juventus. He can expect to be rewarded for his efforts in the gaming world – as it stands, he’s currently tied with the out-of-date Robin van Persie.
8. Paulo Dybala – FIFA 16 Rating: 78
Paulo Dybala shot to fame in the 14/15 season, when he plundered 13 goals for Palermo as a sprightly 21-year-old. He would go on to better this tally for Juventus the following campaign, bagging 23 in 46 games and confirming himself to be one of the most exciting young talents in European football. Having received a rating of ’78’ last season, expect an upgrade coming soon.
7. Wes Morgan – FIFA 16 Rating: 73
Of all the captains in the Premier League at the start of last season, Wes Morgan was certainly one of the least likeliest to be lifting the trophy at the end of the season. Brave, heroic, gallant – whatever superlatives are thrown Morgan’s way will never fully sum up his contributions last season, and he will no doubt be recognised in a massive increase in his FIFA ratings.
6. Arkadiusz Milik – FIFA 16 Rating: 77
Arkadiusz Milik has the unenviable job of replacing 38 goals worth of talent from last season.The boy is talented however, and is fresh from an outstanding couple of years in the Eredivisie, where he netted 47 goals in 75 appearances for Ajax. A natural-born goalscorer with another fine season with Ajax behind him, he’ll be anticipating a ratings boost ahead of the new game.
5. N’Golo Kante – FIFA 16 Rating: 76
The 25-year-old was a revelation as Leicester won the title, drawing comparisons to Claude Makelele in his pomp. Perhaps that’s why Chelsea wasted no time in swooping for the midfielder, tying him to a five-year contract after agreeing a £30 million fee with the Foxes. The master of the interception, Kante’s stock is currently sky-high and is rightly regarded as one of the finest defensive midfielders in Europe.
4. Dele Alli – FIFA 16 Rating: 67
Alli wasn’t keen to wait around however, and set about tearing up the script as soon as he arrived. Slotting into the midfield with ease, he set about dictating the play and tempo of the game as though he had been in the Premier League for ten years rather than minutes. He would go on to play 46 times for Spurs over the course of the season, scoring 10 goals, and nailed down a berth in the England midfield ahead of Euro 2016. This kid is worthy of an upgrade.
3. Eric Dier – FIFA 16 Rating: 74
During the 14/15 season, Eric Dier established himself as something of a utility man. The Englishman was peerless in his marshalling and organisation of those around him and timing of tackles, interceptions and blocks. His distribution was terrific as well. The former Sporting Lisbon man was the metronome of the Spurs midfield, and one of the main reasons why they maintained a title surge for nearly the duration of the season. Rated as a ’74’ in last year’s edition, he is surely due for a bump into the 80’s for the upcoming release.
2. Leroy Sane – FIFA 16 Rating: 70
Last season was an impressive outing for Sane. Having netted nine times in 42 appearances and showing enough promise to be called into the Germany squad for the Euros, he will hope to have done enough to move up a few tiers in the FIFA ratings.
1. Riyad Mahrez – FIFA 16 Rating: 73
During the 13/14 season, Riyad Mahrez scored three goals in 19 outings as Leicester were promoted from the Championship. The following season, he scored just four times in 32 appearances as they clung to their top-flight status by their fingertips. The French-born maestro suddenly has the world’s biggest clubs taking notice of him, and with good cause. Expect a huge jump in his rating.