As ever, when it comes to the latest incarnation of EA Sports’ FIFA series, the ratings given to players causes discussion and debate aplenty. That has certainly been the case following the release of the player stats for FIFA 18, which was released on September 29. With career mode and Ultimate Team campaigns now underway, there has been a lot of attention paid to those ratings, both player and team, especially in the English Premier League.
There hasn’t been too much criticism over the fact that Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has been given the highest rating of any Premier League player, slightly ahead of the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Kevin De Bruyne. But EA Sports haven’t got everything right, with a number of top Premier League players given ratings that some feel aren’t a fair reflection of their real-life counterparts. Here are the most underrated Premier League players in FIFA 18:
Harry Kane (86)
If there was any doubt as to whether Harry Kane was a world-class striker, his 11 goals in six games during September really have cemented the 24-year old’s place among the best goalscorers in the game. Now as short as 7/4 with the latest Premier League betting odds to finish as the division’s top scorer for a third straight year, Kane really is probably deserving of a higher rating, especially considering a number of other strikers in the league without his goalscoring record boast higher ratings.
Romelu Lukaku (86)
Like Kane, Romelu Lukaku is probably playing as well as any striker in the world at the moment. Following his big-money move from Everton to Manchester United in the summer, there was plenty of pressure on the Belgium forward’s shoulders heading into the new season. Lukaku has responded by scoring seven goals from his opening seven Premier League appearances for his new club. The powerful frontman will certainly be a popular player for Ultimate Team enthusiasts.
Dele Alli (84)
One of the hottest prospects in world football, Dele Alli can feel slightly aggrieved by his 84 rating in the newest game, even if he has been awarded a two-point upgrade from FIFA 17. The midfielder enjoyed a real stand-out campaign last year, scoring 18 league goals despite not turning 21 until April. But while his current rating might be a little harsh, the Englishman does have the potential to break into the early-to-mid nineties.
Nemanja Matic (83)
Considering he is one of the most underrated players in the Premier League, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see Nemanja Matic somewhat undervalued in the new game. His rating of 83 seems particularly tough when you see that he shares that with the likes of Yaya Toure, Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gueye. A key part of the Chelsea team that won two league titles in three seasons, Matic’s form for Manchester United following his summer switch has highlighted just what a good player he is.
And then, of course, there is the matter of those players that have been given ratings they probably don’t deserve. But that’s a whole new story.