FIFA 19 comes out on 28 September and the player ratings have come out so let's take a look at the Newcastle player ratings and whether they're fair ratings and what it could mean for anyone wanting to do a career save with us. The difference between their FIFA 18 and FIFA 19 ratings are based on their ratings when FIFA 18 was released last September.
Rob Elliot - 68 (-1 from FIFA 18)
Rob Elliot was hit and miss last season but an injury just before new year and then Martin Dubravka's form means he could well have played his final game for the club and most people doing careers with us will probably be transfer listing the Ireland international, who turned 32 in April. Whilst his kicking is questionable, he also had some superb games before his latest injury.
Ciaran Clark - 76 (same as FIFA 18)
Judging by the fact that Florian Lejeune won't be injured at the start of your career, you'll probably want to sell Ciaran Clark or make him a back up left-back as Lascelles and Lejeune will be your first choice centre-back pairing and for obvious reasons, won't be able to sell Federico Fernandez or Fabian Schar. I think Clark's rating is probably a fair one considering his two years with us so far but he'll probably get tired of not playing and want a move away within a year of your career save starting.
Paul Dummett - 74 (+3 from FIFA 18)
I'm guessing the main reason Paul Dummett is only rated as a 74 is because of his lack of attacking threat. A lot of fans thought the Championship was his level until he showed superb form after returning from injury just after Christmas but to be fair, he probably wouldn't be Premier League quality without Rafa Benitez's management. If his main position was at centre-back, I think he would be rated higher as EA wouldn't really focus on his inability to get forward. You could decide to sign a new left back and have Dummett as back up in your first summer of your career.
Ki Sung-yueng - 76 (-2 from FIFA 18)
It's probably harsh to see Ki Sung-yueng drop two ratings considering his stats weren't too bad last season, even if Swansea did get relegated and he'll turn 30 in January. If you decide not to have a transfer window in the first summer of your career, you'll probably want him and Jonjo Shelvey to reform their partnership that helped Swansea their best ever Premier League finish in 2014/15 (good job Mohamed Diame's rating isn't much lower).
Fabian Schar - 75 (same as FIFA 18)
Considering Fabian Schar was part of a Deportivo defence that conceded on average two goals a game as they were relegated from La Liga last season (the Switzerland international also picking up ten bookings and a further two at the World Cup), his rating probably isn't a surprise although he did play a part in helping the Swiss draw against Brazil.
Jamaal Lascelles - 78 (+5 from FIFA 18)
Jamaal Lascelles was our lowest rated senior centre back on FIFA 18 but as he showed amazing form through out the season (when he didn't have to play through the pain barrier), his rating increased throughout game updates and although he will probably get better, you can argue he should've been given a slightly higher rating.
Jacob Murphy - 72 (+4 from FIFA 18)
Jacob Murphy's rating may have increased quite highly from FIFA 18 but I feel like he deserves a better rating. This is a lad you will want to develop during your career.
Jonjo Shelvey - 78 (+1 from FIFA 18)
You could argue that Jonjo Shelvey deserves a higher rating after his form in the second half of last season but maybe it's his disappointing first half that prevents that. Never the less, he has unsurprisingly been given a better rating by EA this year.
Salomon Rondon - 77 (-3 from FIFA 18)
Salomon Rondon's rating drop is probably down to his lack of goals last season. But he is still a decent striker to have for your career mode and if he does bang in the goals for you, you'll probably want to make the move permanent, to be fair, you may be able to get him for free as at the start of the career, he'll have one year left on his West Brom contract.
Mohamed Diame - 75 (+2 from FIFA 18)
Mohamed Diame's upgrade is zero surprise considering how much he improved last season. The reason his rating isn't higher is probably due to his poor first half of the season. He may be worth keeping as back up at the start of a career though unless you want to replace him with young blood.
Matt Ritchie - 77 (+2 from FIFA 18)
It seems strange that after Matt Ritchie's amazing season in 2016-17, he was downgraded for FIFA 18 before his upgrade for FIFA 19 despite not quite being as good last season. But the winger has just turned 29 so probably won't be in your plans during a career for long.
Martin Dubravka - 77 (+14 from FIFA 18)
Because Sparta Prague and the Slovakian national team weren't in FIFA 18, Martin Dubravka wasn't in the game until he joined us. He started off as a 63 (one reason why he was unknown when he signed) but his amazing form for us has seen his FIFA rating shoot up massively, especially for a 29 year old.
Yoshinori Muto - 76 (same as FIFA 18)
Yoshinori Muto hasn't played too much for us so far but has had some decent touches. That said, he only scored eight goals in twenty-seven Bundesliga games last season
Isaac Hayden - 72 (+1 from FIFA 18)
In the Premier League, Isaac Hayden is probably better as an effective substitute rather than a starter but I personally believe he deserves a higher rating. Although, he should get better, you may want to sell him on a career and probably would if we were able to keep Mikel Merino, especially if like real life, he hands in a transfer request.
Kenedy - 76 (+4 from FIFA 18)
OK, Kenedy hasn't had a great start to the season but judging by last season, he should probably be rated higher in my opinion. Never the less, he could be rated a 78 or 79 at the end of his current loan spell so you'll probably want to buy him permanently afterwards.
Ayoze Perez - 76 (+2 from FIFA 18)
Considering Ayoze Perez's superb end to last season, you could argue that the Spaniard deserves a higher rating. You'll probably have to rely on playing him regularly in games for his rating to increase as he's just turned 25 and therefore, you probably won't be able to improve him much in the training central (it's a lot easier to improve defenders of similar age).
Federico Fernandez - 76 (-3 from FIFA 18)
Federico Fernandez's rating probably isn't a surprise when you look at his stats from last season. To be fair, the Argentine was involved in seven out of Swansea's nine clean sheets and would have more clean sheets if the Swans had better attacking threats (they only scored 28 goals last season, the join lowest in the division), which would mean the opposition would be more defensive. That said, he was superb for us against Chelsea on his debut and against Man City the following weekend and was one of our better players in the cup exit to Nottingham Forest so his rating is probably a bit harsh.
Javier Manquillo - 74 (-2 from FIFA 18)
It's alarming that Javier Manquillo's FIFA rating has dropped by two when he's only 24 but it could also show that he's been overrated on the game for years but on the plus side, you will be able to make him better on career mode (who can believe he was higher rated than Yedlin on FIFA 18?).
Florian Lejeune - 78 (-1 FIFA 18)
When Florian Lejeune was signed from Eibar last summer, the Frenchman was expected to be a good signing and he has been so it's harsh to see him drop a rating. Because you won't start a career when him injured, he'll be in the starting XI alongside Jamaal Lascelles if you do a career mode properly (unless you manage to find a higher rated centre back).
Joselu - 74 (-1 from FIFA 18)
It's no surprise to see Joselu drop a rating after a last season and despite his decent start to this season in real life, you'll probably want to get rid of him at the start of your career.
DeAndre Yedlin - 76 (+3 from FIFA 18)
DeAndre Yedlin's rating is probably about right considering he's good going forward and has had some good games defensively but he has been fault for a lot of goals we've conceded since the start of last season but the fact he's rated higher than Dummett is probably down to pace (his pace encourages him to get forward whereas Dummett's lack of pace means he just likes to stay back and defend).
Jamie Sterry - 60 (-2 from FIFA 18)
Considering Crewe fans were impressed by Jamie Sterry during his loan spell there last season and that he hasn't done badly since returning, I don't know why EA have decided to downgrade him by two ratings. Unfortunately, at 22, his rating is nowhere near good enough so you'll have to sell him.
Karl Darlow - 73 (+3 from FIFA 18)
I'm surprised to see Karl Darlow's rating increase by three from FIFA 18 but how long will he want to keep warming the bench? He'll probably end up handing in a transfer request and you'll have to sell him if he does
Christian Atsu - 75 (same as FIFA 18)
Christian Atsu was good at the start of last season but hasn't been good enough in 2018 so you could argue he's lucky not to be rated lower. At the age of 26, he won't get much better on the game and could start to decline in season one so you may want to sell him.
Achraf Lazaar - 68 (-5 from FIFA 18)
There must be something wrong with Achraf Lazaar if he couldn't get into the worst team in Serie A last season and EA know it by decreasing his rating by five.
Sean Longstaff - 63 (+5 from FIFA 18)
Sean Longstaff may not be ready for the Premier League yet but surely his loan spell at Blackpool last season and his impressive pre season means he deserves better than a 63. You'll probably want to loan list him at the start of your career save but if I remember, correctly his contract expires at the end of season one so EA have probably denied people the chance to make this lad Premier League quality. What will be important though is that you develop him well in the training central.
Freddie Woodman - 64 (+2 from FIFA 18)
Considering how well he's done in loan spells at Kilmarock and Aberdeen and for England U21s as they won the Toulon Tournament in the summer, 64 is pretty harsh on Freddie Woodman.
Callum Roberts - 61 (-1 from FIFA 18) At 21 years old, I think you'll want to get rid of Callum Roberts ASAP but he'll probably be one of those players that keeps rejecting offers from other clubs, meaning you're stuck with him until his contract expires (unless you decide to pay him off).
Victor Fernandez - 63 (same as FIFA 18)
Victor Fernandez should probably have been upgraded, having shone in last season's friendly against Royal Antwerp and for the U23s.
Stefan O'Connor - 57 (same as FIFA 18)
Haven't seen enough of Stefan O'Connor but if I remember correctly, his contract runs out after season one so you if you keep trying to sell him only for him to reject the other club's offer (which is always annoying and has happened to me a lot on FIFA 18), it won't take too long before you can get him off the wages.
Jack Colback - 70 (-3 from FIFA 18)
To be fair to Jack Colback, he did alright in his loan spell at Nottingham Forest last season so maybe his rating is a bit harsh. Anyway, you won't have to worry about trying to sell him as his contract expires after season one.
Dwight Gayle - 75 (same as FIFA 18)
When Dwight Gayle returns from his loan at West Brom after season one, he'll be nearly 30 (if EA get his DOB right this time) and will therefore be declining so you'll probably want to get rid of him, especially if Rondon does well for you during his loan spell here and you decide to sign him.
Rolando Aarons - 70 (-2 from FIFA 18)
Rolando Aarons has had some amazing moments for us but dropping two ratings at the age of 22 isn't a good look. He has been loaned out to Slovan Liberec but the once again, the Czech First League won't be in FIFA 19 so he may not be involved at all in the game or he could be at Newcastle at the start, in which case you'll probably want to sell him at the start of your career save.
Henri Saivet - 73 (-4 from FIFA 18)
Despite his amazing free kick against West Ham last season, Henri Saivet has been downgraded by four ratings from FIFA 18 and you'll probably want to sell him after his loan spell at Bursaspor in season one.
Dan Barlaser - 60 (-2 from FIFA 18)
When Dan Barlaser comes back from his short loan spell at Accrington Stanley, you'll probably want to sell him because of his rating. The reason for his downgrade is probably because of his lack of games on loan at Crewe Alexandra last season but I still think it's harsh on the lad.
Luke Charman - 60 (-1 from FIFA 18)
I don't see what Luke Charman's done to deserve a downgrade for FIFA 19. EA obviously don't like our academy, to be fair, it isn't very good but that doesn't mean Charman deserves to be downgraded, having been one of the few shining lights for our U23s last season.
And if you think some of these ratings are too low, you can always edit player stats.