Time for the second installment of my winter upgrades special! It has been a few weeks since my last post, which has afforded me time to further research and review those potential candidates on FIFA16 whom I believe deserve to be notched up. Without further ado, here’s part 2!
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1. Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) 74 -> 79
The la Masia graduate has completely displaced France international Mathieu Debuchy from the Arsenal side and has terrorised opponents with his blistering pace and bombarding runs down the wing. Not to mention, Hector has come on leaps and bounds in terms of his defensive ability. He will certainly be challenging Dani Carvajal and Mario Gaspar for a starting place at EURO 2016. Expect a massive Winter upgrade to gold.
2. Keylor Navas (Real Madrid) 79 -> 82
During the dying moments of the summer transfer window, Madridstas all over the world were queuing outside stores, ready to get “De Gea 1” on the back of their goalkeeping shirts. How foolish they were. Thanks to some dodgy paperwork a-la-Woodward, Keylor Navas was unable to make the switch to Old Trafford. While de Gea has been stoic for United this season, Keylor Navas has also reached the next level. His reactions, agility and speed are Neuer-esque, while his diving is infallible. Although he is 28, he is sure to have many great years ahead. He is certainly more deserving of a rating in the region of 82.
3. Serge Aurier (Paris Saint-Germain) 80 -> 82
The Ivorian has been immense this season. Pace, power and deadly crossing. Not to mention he enjoys pitching up with a goal or two. While 80 might be a decent rating we wouldn’t be surprised if EA see fit to boost him by 2 – he’s been that good!
4. Raffael (Borussia Monchengladbach) 81 -> 82
The 30 year old Brazilian has been leading the line for Gladbach with aplomb. He has scored 5 and assisted 6 this term. While these aren’t outlandish stats, we still believe they warrant some recognition and have thus given his a +1 upgrade to 82 which will see his in-form increase to 83!
5. Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich) 69 -> 74
While Douglas Costa has grabbed the “transfer sensation” headlines, the 19 year old Frenchman has been churning out some impressive performances. We have no idea what Juventus were thinking by letting him go! Coman has accrued 2 goals and 2 assists after 7 appearances, not to mention 3 assists in the Champions League! He is seriously one to watch out for, with lightning pace and tricky feet. While we believe he should receive a push to gold, we can’t see EA handing out anything more than a +5 rating.
6. Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich) 86 -> 88
LewanGOALski fever may be sweeping Bavaria, but Bayern’s favourite son has not gone unnoticed, scoring an impressive 11 goals in 10 games, while notching two assists along the way. He also has 4 goals in the Champions League. Muller already has a very respectable rating of 86, however we simply have to acknowledge that this lethal poacher is stepping up his game. We’re hoping for EA to push the German up two ratings to 88.
7. Neymar (Barcelona) 88 -> 90
Perhaps the most in-form player on the planet, Neymar Jr. is most certainly living up to the hype! Many FIFA pundits were bemused when Neymar was given a lower rating than Eden Hazard, and the Brazilian has made EA swallow heaps of pride with his dazzling performances and scintillating skill. The Brazilian already has two in-forms to his name, after scoring 11 goals in 10 games, racking up 3 assists in the process. His star is rising, and we fully expect him to become the best player in the world before 2020.
8. Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli) 84 -> 85
The Argentine has been thriving ever since he arrived in Naples. Still prone to the odd mistake or shank, he tends to find the back of the net more often than not. He has scored 9 goals in 12, and looks to be on his way to becoming Serie A’s top scorer. We think a modest +1 upgrade is in order.
9. Benjamin Moukandjo (FC Lorient) 75 -> 77
Here’s a name that just rolls off the tongue! Not only is the Cameroonian tearing up Ligue 1, he’s also recived a +3 in-form – and from an RM to ST!!! The FIFA gods are seriously smiling upon us. His in-form comes with 92 pace, 80 shooting and 80 dribbling. He is now the tied top scorer in Ligue 1. (with none other than Zlatan) Expect a +2 upgrade in winter.
10. Alex Teixeira (Shakhtar Donetsk) 82 -> 84
The Brazilian has scored 19 goals in 13 games. Shakhtar just know how to make ’em, am I right? Such unbelievable stats certainly warrant an upgrade, and I see it fitting to raise Texeira’s rating all the way to 84. Expect him to make a big money move to one of Europe’s top sides soon. Yes, the Ukrainian League may not be the ultimate yard-stick, but I just think this guy is something special.
Without going into excruciating detail, here are some other players you can expect to receive a ratings boost come the end of January:
Dirk Kuyt (Feyenoord) 78 -> 80
Agirretxe (Real Solciedad) 79 -> 80
Nikola Kalinic (Fiorentina) 74 -> 76
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund) 81 -> 83
Matthias Ginter (Borussia Dortmund) 77 -> 80
Romelu Lukaku (Everton) 80 -> 82
Luis Suarez (Barcelona) 90 -> 91
Borja Valero (Fiorentina) 82 -> 84
Wahbi Khazri (Bordeaux) 79 -> 81
Inaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao) 74 -> 77
Granit Xhaka (Borussia Monchengladbach) 81 -> 83
Anthony Martial (Manchester United) 77 -> 79
Luuk De Jong (PSV) 79 -> 80
Anwar El Ghazi (Ajax) 76 -> 78
Hakim Ziyech (FC Twente) 77 -> 78
Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) 67 -> 75
Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) 77 -> 79
Yunus Malli (Mainz) 75 -> 77
Hulk (Zenit) 84 -> 86
Hope you enjoyed this special! Be sure to come back once the ratings come out in Winter and see how right/wrong I was!