The latest instalment of the ever popular FIFA football game is due for release at the end of the month – but the new player ratings have already been revealed.
Some of the ratings for FIFA 16 have been criticised – with fans of the game suggesting that EA Sports have been too strict against some players whilst being too lenient to others.
Sergio Aguero, for example, will have a player rating of 87 – which might seem high but considering it is only one point ahead of Wayne Rooney on 86, you can understand why some people think the game-makers have not calculated the scores with much accuracy and consistency. Aguero was of course the top scorer in the Premier League last year and we think he deserves to be more than one point ahead of Rooney.
But what about Newcastle United?
It’s been a long time since we had a player whose FIFA rating was in the high 80’s, low 90’s – Shearer was regularly one of the highest rated players in FIFA during his playing days. Last year he had a respectable (if not slightly unflattering) score of 89 in the FIFA Legends part of FIFA 15.
The current Newcastle team features some steady FIFA scores, although fans might argue once again that accuracy and consistency is lacking.
Here is what you can expect to see for Newcastle United in FIFA 16…
With a rating of 79, Tim Krul will be the 10th highest scoring goal-keeper in the Premier League. When looking at the other keepers above him, 10th seems about right although 79 seems a point too low, in our opinion.
Don’t expect too many clean sheets if you decide to play as Newcastle in FIFA 16. Newcastle are not known for being strong at the back so the scores above seem fair enough looking at our defence as a whole although individually we reckon they have cocked it up a bit.
Some may argue that Williamson shouldn’t even be in the 70’s and that Janmaat certainly deserved a higher score than 77. Perhaps it’s too early to argue about Mbemba’s score – but if he lives up to his potential, we expect to see a much better rating in the future editions of FIFA.
The addition of Wijnaldum and Thauvin during the transfer window has certainly improved Newcastle’s midfield in both real life and in FIFA.
Thauvin’s score of 76 seems a bit low for someone with his potential, but again it might be too early to argue for anything higher. Tiote’s rating being higher than Sissoko’s might come as a surprise to some, as might the score of 71 for Aarons – who will be the lowest scoring Newcastle United first team player in the new edition of the game.
It’s worth noting that hot prospects such as Aarons will often receive a huge hike in their rating once they start playing regularly. Raheem Sterling, for example, now has a score of 82 but back in FIFA 14 his score was only 76.
Considering Wijnaldum was voted Dutch Player of the Year last season, his score of 80 might seem a point or two too low, but when you look at the Premier League players above and below him in the ratings, it seems fair. He will be Newcastle’s highest rated plater in FIFA 16 and scored 2 points higher than last season when he was at PSV Eindhoven.
Many Newcastle fans were hoping for an additional striker to arrive on Tyneside during the Summer, alongside Mitrovic but it was not to be. On FIFA, as in reality, Newcastle’s front line looks a bit sparse. Pappiss Cisse remains Newcastle’s highest rated attacker with a score of 78, with new signing Mitrovic 2 points below on 76.
Ayoze Perez had an impressive debut season for Newcastle United in the last campaign so it’s disappointing to see his score at only 73 in FIFA 16 – especially considering this is just one point ahead of Riviere.
Looking at his first month as Newcastle player, a score of 76 seems generous for Mitrovic, who has already received two yellow cards and a red. However, if he lives up to his potential alongside the likes of Thauvin and Mbemba, we could see a much improved Newcastle team in future editions of FIFA, providing we hold on to these players!
What do you think of these ratings? Let us know in the comment section below if you would have made any changes.
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