FIFA 18 is a matter of weeks away from release and the excitement is building. The latest kits, new squads and improved gameplay make this EA series the most eagerly anticipated new game of the year every year.
Most interesting is the wait to see which players have received improved ratings after a last season. Some performed better than expected while others flopped, so we can maybe expect a few changes to this year’s game.
Here are 10 young players who we think should receive higher ratings this year.
#1 – Ousmane Dembele
This year is sure to be a good one for Ousmane Dembele, who became the third most expensive player ever when he swapped Borussia Dortmund for Barcelona in a £95million deal as Neymar’s long-term replacement.
The 20-year-old is seen as one of the best young players around after bursting onto the scene two years ago at Rennes. He is already a full French international and after an impressive stint in Germany, surely it is time to reach the next level in real life and virtually, with an improvement on last year’s 77 original rating.
#2 – Kylian Mbappe
Much like Dembele, Kylian Mbappe is a hot prospect in France, so hot in fact that he stole some of his international teammate’s limelight. After only six months at the top level, Mbappe, 18, is now football’s biggest star. He was barely known last year, explaining his 71 rating, but after netting 26 goals in a stunning campaign for Monaco.
Surely he will improve by at least ten, especially after his £150million move to PSG this summer.
#3 – Marco Asensio
One of the brightest talents in Spanish football, Asensio’s talent has never been doubted, but his chances of developing at Real Madrid were until he began to show just what he could do.
At 81 on FIFA 17, the 21-year-old had a respectable rating but he should be due a huge increase after showing he may already be vital to Zinedine Zidane’s plans.
#4 – Marcus Rashford
Similarly to Mbappe, Marcus Rashford’s introduction to the footballing world was rather abrupt. He came, he saw, he conquered straight away. The young England striker was nothing less than a star overnight.
He may not yet be a starter for United, but that will not take long. At 76 last season, he showed potential on FIFA, but he is most likely set to break the 80s in the latest version.
#5 – Thomas Lemar
Another Frenchman and another Monaco star, Thomas Lemar was the only in-demand player to stay in the Principality this summer despite heavy interest from Arsenal, Liverpool and Barcelona.
The 21-year-old is quick like a winger but technical like a playmaker and he enhanced his reputation a lot. His quality and potential was clearly recognised on FIFA 17 with a 78 rating, but he deserves a big boost.
#6 – Gianluigi Donnarumma
The teenage AC Milan goalkeeper was arguably the best in his position of all ages last season, but his FIFA 17 rating of 76 did not really reflect that.
Numerous clubs have been keen to sign him, but he signed a new contract in the summer and he should be rewarded with an increase in FIFA 18 to go with it.
#7 – Dele Alli
Dele Alli had impressed in the 2015/16 season to receive a solid rating of 80, and he certainly didn’t disappoint last season, adding 16 Premier League goals to the ten already wracked up.
Scouts are impressed and interest will certainly grow in the 20-year-old, lets just hope he gets a rating increase to match. #8 – Joshua Kimmich
Kimmich’s development has been forgotten about to a certain degree because he has struggled for regular football at Bayern Munich last season. But he has been dubbed the new Philipp Lahm and seems certain for superstardom.
Patience may be required from the young German, but there is little doubt that his 78 rating will be rectified.
#9 – Gabriel Jesus
Jesus arrived at Manchester City in January from Palmeiras and immediately showed his quality, scoring three goals in two games before a serious foot injury ended his season.
FIFA may argue he has not shown enough for a huge rating increase yet, but he is still leading the line for Pep Guardiola’s side now as a 20-year-old. He is a future star and should be treated like one by EA.
#10 – Leon Goretzka
The latest German starlet after impressing at the Confederations Cup in Russia this summer, Goretzka commanded a lot of interest from abroad but Schalke have so far fended it off.
Once again, his FIFA 17 rating was not terrible at 79, but he looks set to break the 80s too this year. He’ll definitely be worth a few quid on Career Mode too.