No element of FIFA triggers more discussion and/or rage among the community around release than FIFA 19 Ultimate Team player ratings. Unlike kick-off matches or career mode, these are not updated in a ‘live’ sense. So, barring the annual post-Christmas ratings refresh – where a handful of players receive small boosts – overall attributes on a player’s base card remain locked until the following year’s game.
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As the most popular competition in the world Premier League ratings are the most intensely debated, and GR can now reveal the ten players who’ve been boosted most ahead of FIFA 19. It’s good news in particular for fans of Everton, with three breakthrough stars of 2017/18 making the list. As a bonus, I’ve also included a top ten of the best-upgraded players from all of football. Mild spoiler: One of the players below also makes that list…
1. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace) – 55 to 70 (+15)
The right-back Palace fans call 'AWB' already has one of the Premier League’s best chants: “Your wingers, they don’t like him”, to the tune of The Clash’s Rock The Casbah. Now he has the best-upgraded FIFA card too. A full England call-up would complete the hat-trick.
2. Jonjoe Kenny (Everton) – 57 to 71 (+14)
Capped by England at (deep breath) U16, U17, U18, U19, U20 and U21 levels, Kenny broke into the Everton first-team last season and clocked up 20 appearances in all competitions. Ironically his current rival for an ongoing spot in that England Under-21 team is… Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
3. Nick Pope (Burnley) – 68 to 80 (+12)
This former Charlton keeper started last season as Burnley’s back-up – and ended it by dislodging Joe Hart from England’s World Cup squad, following an outstanding campaign filling in for the injured Tom Heaton. A gold FUT card is the least he deserves.
4. Fousseni Diabate (Leicester City) – 60 to 71 (+11)
Plucked from French Ligue 2 obscurity at Ajaccio last summer, Diabate rewarded Leicester’s gamble with some assured-if-raw performances on the right flank. He’s appeared for his country, Mail, at U20 and U23 levels, and a full international call-up at some point feels inevitable.
5. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – 68 to 78 (+10)
Like England World Cup counterpart Nick Pope, Double-A started the 2016/17 campaign as a reserve – in his case, to Nathaniel Clyne – and ended it as number one for his club and in starting contention for his country. If his form continues expect an 80+ card come February.
6. John Kitolano (Wolves) – 52 to 62 (+10)
Half-Norwegian and half-Congolese, Wolves’ attacking left-back worked his way up through the ranks at brilliantly named Scandinavian minnows Gulset and Odd. He’s yet to appear in the famous gold-and-black, but that may change should anything happen to summer signing Jonny.
7. Ben Wilmot (Watford) – 49 to 59 (+10)
New signings Gerard Deulofeu and Ben Foster naturally earned the major headlines over the summer, but the Hertfordshire club hope they’ve also found a gem in Stevenage Borough graduate Wilmot. Clocking up ten appearances for his boyhood club, the centre back was named League Two Apprentice Of The Year last term.
8. Mason Holgate (Everton) – 67 to 76 (+9)
Capable of playing anywhere in the back four, it was in the centre of defence that Holgate suddenly rose to prominence last season. He’s represented England at U20 and U21 levels, but Gareth Southgate must act fast if he’s to make a senior appearance: Holgate is also eligible to play for Jamaica.
9. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) – 66 to 75 (+9)
Initially a left-back, Sessegnon took on a more advanced role in 2017-18 to spearhead Fulham’s Premier League return – and scoop an astonishing five individual awards, including Championship Player Of The Season, Young Player Of The Season, and Apprentice Of The Year. Bonkers.
10. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) – 65 to 74 (+9)
Everton’s hottest striking prospects sneaks into the top ten for his 75 overall rating, nudging out the only other Premier League player to receive a boost of +9 or more. That player is West Ham central defender Declan Rice, whose overall rating catapults from 60 to 69.
And here are the 10 most-improved players from across the globe…
1. Santiago Caseres (Villarrael) – 53 to 70 (+17)
2. Matt Turner (New England Revolution) – 52 to 69 (+17)
3. Josh Earl (Preston North End) – 50 to 67 (+17)
4. Joao Novais (Braga) – 62 to 78 +16 (+16)
5. Cunha (RB Leipzig) – 51 to 67 (+16)
6=. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace) – 55 to 70 (+15)
6=. Marco Varnier 55 to 70 (+15)
8. Amadou Haidara 60 to 74 (+14)
9=. Hassane Bande (Ajax) 58 to 72 (+14)
9=. Geovanni Banguera (Atletico Hulia) 58 to 72 (+14)
If you're thinking of nabbing the above players on the cheap, then be sure to check out our FIFA 19 Web App guide.