FIFA15 needs upgrading Five Premier League players

At the end of the month, prepare for the biggest ever January upgrades in FIFA 15. We can expect a rating discrease for in-form players like MARIO BALOTELLI and RADAMEL FALCAO, but what about those players who have promote of grace ?

This list in particular deals with the Premier League players whose ratings don’t justify their real life performances, or perhaps they’ve shown so much improvement since the beginning of the season that their current overall doesn’t reflect their new found form. There’s no doubt that there are a lot of candidates for this reward.

Each year EA Sports releases a set of January upgrades, and even then there are some debatable inclusions and exclusions from the final bunch.

But this year we won’t let our favourite underrated players go unnoticed!

Here, we look at the five players who deserve to get up graded at the end January. Now, the list is not exhaustive and may not represent all the top players deserving a bump up.

1. ALEXIS SANCHEZ (ARSENAL)

CURRENT FIFA 15 RATING: 84

DESERVED FIFA 15 RATING: 86

1Arsenal’s most exciting player this season and one of the best in the Premier League, Alexis Sanchez has proven himself worthy since joining from Barcelona last summer.

The Chilean has scored 12 goals in 20 league appearances and has spearheaded the Gunners’ rise up the table throughout the winter period.

Sanchez has shown that he was one of the best summer signings from last year, as displayed in FIFA 15 with two In-Form cards in Ultimate Team.

I believe 84 is slightly too low for a player of his calibre when comparing him to David Silva (87) and Arsenal teammate Mesut Ozil (86), and so a two point upgrade to 86 would be an acceptable increase among the FIFA community.

The 26-year-old still has a lot to prove in the second half of the season, but there’s no doubt he is currently underrated on FIFA 15.

2. CHARLIE AUSTIN (QPR)

CURRENT FIFA 15 RATING: 74

DESERVED FIFA 15 RATING: 79

2Charlie Austin has really stepped up his game in the Premier League, and to think that in FIFA 15 he is rated just 74 as a silver card in Ultimate Team is hard to believe today.

Austin has climbed all the way from non-league football to be among the top scorers in the Premier League and a consideration for an England call up in the near future.

You can’t fault EA Sports for his initial rating but you can if he doesn’t get upgraded this month. 13 goals so far this season is clear evidence that his rating should definitely be higher!

You could argue that Austin deserves to break the 80 mark, although I doubt he’ll be increased by higher than five overall.

A rare gold card would be a fitting reward for Austin’s impressive form for QPR, who still wander in and around the relegation zone even with the striker’s goals.

3. NEMANJA MATIC (CHELSEA)

CURRENT FIFA 15 RATING: 82

DESERVED FIFA 15 RATING: 84

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Nemanja Matic has been Chelsea’s most consistent player this season, and certainly one of the most underrated.

The defensive midfielder doesn’t steal the spotlight from Diego Costa or Eden Hazard, but instead does his job as the man to keep things organised in front of the formidable Chelsea defence.

I would highlight his effectiveness on the same level as Claude Makelele from past years, something which Chelsea have been missing since his departure.

An 82 rating is respectable, but I feel like it only reflects him as an average player in the Chelsea team, not the world class footballer I believe him to have become since returning to Stamford Bridge.

And so an 84 rating, on par with Cesc Fabregas and Oscar, is well deserved.

4. HARRY KANE (TOTTENHAM)

CURRENT FIFA 15 RATING: 68

DESERVED FIFA 15 RATING: 77

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At the beginning of the season, a 68 rating for Harry Kane would have been an acceptable judgement of the young striker’s talents, but no-one would have predicted his recent explosion onto the Premier League scene.

Tottenham have showed faith in Kane this year and it’s paid off, with the 21-year-old scoring a massive 18 goals in 26 games this season.

Like Austin, the Spurs striker has been considered for England and that partnership in particular wouldn’t be as surprising as it would have been in August. I for one would like to see it happen when the next international friendly comes around.

Kane’s 68 overall is way off the mark in terms of his current form, which right now deserves at least a gold card. Especially when you think about the number of Premier League strikers currently rated higher than the Englishman.

The likes of Jozy Alitdore (74) and Danny Graham (69) have a higher rating which is just criminal from EA Sports’ perspective. It’s time that they make this right by upgrading Kane’s rating in the coming weeks.

5. CESC FABREGAS (CHELSEA)

CURRENT FIFA 15 RATING: 84

DESERVED FIFA 15 RATING: 87

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Fabregas has been harshly treated by EA Sports since FIFA 12, going from an 88 rating to 84 in FIFA 15, decreasing by at least one point each year.

I couldn’t tell why he’s been consistently downgraded on FIFA, especially the two point reduction before this year’s instalment was released.

Nevertheless, the Chelsea midfielder has done more than enough to deserve an increase in overall, all the way to 87 in my opinion.

He’s thrived in the Premier League since joining from Barcelona, contributing 15 assists at Chelsea so far this season, and being pivotal in their dominance throughout the first half of the campaign.

Is he as good as the other 87 rated players, like David Silva, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale?

Of course! And his performances this season have immediately proven this.

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