A Quick Look at the Potential Winners and Losers of the Winter Ratings Refresh
FIFA 19 hit the shelves on the 28th of September and it’s fair to say that, since then, that the game has been hitting all the right notes. There’s always a substantial amount of hype around any new edition of FIFA, with devout followers of the game desperate to see all the changes that the developers have decided to make. The changes aren’t just limited to gameplay and, in some instances, it is the ratings of the players that get the legion of FIFA fans the most excited.
With a quarter of the season gone in almost all of Europe’s top leagues, attentions are beginning to turn to the winter ratings refresh. This initiative from FIFA is a hugely popular one as players are upgraded or downgraded based on their real-life performances so far in the season. There are a few players that come to mind right away that could be in the firing line or promoted but, obviously, this type of thing can be quite subjective and open to discussion, which always brings out a bit of criticism from some quarters.
The fact that it gets the gamers talking and bringing on a debate is healthy regardless of whether FIFA gets it spot on or ends up being a fraction off.
After Eden Hazard’s storming start to the season, the Belgian could well see his rating of 91 increase. In 12 games for Chelsea this season, Hazard has scored eight goals and assisted four times, which has even prompted Jamie Carragher to call him the best player in the Premier League. It wouldn’t be at all surprising to see Hazard’s rating rise to a high of 93.
64': Eden Hazard comes on.— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) November 4, 2018
65': Eden Hazard gets an assist.
It doesn't take him long. pic.twitter.com/RvYL9TLFAP
Arsenal’s talismanic frontman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will surely see his stock rise after a rip-roaring start to the season, which has seen him net nine times in 14 games. The Gabonese forward is currently on fire and his current rating of 87 is likely to be increased to 89 or even 90.
Aubameyang’s teammate Matteo Guendouzi came to the Emirates as an unknown quantity after signing from Lorient in France’s second division. The youngster has made such a positive impression since his arrival and you can be one hundred percent certain the Frenchman’s rating of 67 will go up to 73 at the very least.
As far as the downgrades go, after the torrid start Tiemoue Bakayoko has endured at AC Milan and, given the constant criticism from manager Gattuso about having ‘defects,’ it’s hard to see him hanging onto his rating of 80. A drop to 77 could sadly be where Bakayoko is headed. However, after three straight wins, Bayaoko’s Milan are now being touted as favourites to finish in the top four in Serie A betting at 11/10 so there is still time for the Frenchman to keep his rating with more influential performances.
Other big name fallers could be Gareth Bale after a slow start to the La Liga season with Real Madrid. The Welshman has only found the back of the net four times in 13 games and, with a current rating of 88, Bale could play the second half of the season as a FIFA player with a rating of 86.
It’s been a similar story for Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku with the big Belgian forward finding it tough going in front of goal. After only scoring four times in 14 games, Lukaku could be going from 87 to 86 or worst case scenario 85. Either way, it’s hard to see him not falling foul of the downgrades after an indifferent time in the final third.
Welbeck has the same number of goals as Sanchez + Lukaku this season despite staying on the bench most of the time & being Arsenal's third choice Striker pic.twitter.com/6UsXsAwjOD— CITY 105.1FM (@CITY1051) October 25, 2018
Time will tell just who will be on the receiving end of the downgrades and upgrades but there is still a chance yet for those who aren’t quite at their best to impress the developers. With the busiest time of the season not far off, it will be frantic going as the winter ratings refresh approaches at the speed of Aubameyang running through on goal.