FIFA 20 ratings
The FIFA 20 ratings have been revealed and whilst players have been talking about their own ratings on social media, I thought I'd go through all of our player ratings (including the players we have out on loan) and what it could mean for them on career mode. The rating difference from FIFA 19 mentions the rating from when the game was released.
Martin Dubravka - 80 (+1 from FIFA 19)
This is no surprise and it says something that despite turning 30 in January, Martin Dubravka is still getting an improved rating.
Karl Darlow - 73 (same as FIFA 19)
With Freddie Woodman out on loan at Swansea for the season, you may want to keep Karl Darlow as a back up or the keeper to come in against EFL sides in the cups and then let him go when his contract expires at the end of the season or try and get two back up keepers (with the other replacing Elliot) if you don't think Woodman will make it. In my opinion, someone could well agree to sign him at the end of his contract here (just a feeling, maybe since Watford did this when EA thought his contract was up at the end of last season).
Rob Elliot - 70 (-2 from FIFA 19)
With Rob Elliot having turned 33 in April, it is no surprise and you should get rid of him and bring in an up and coming keeper who could then be back up to Martin Dubravka along with Freddie Woodman or another goalkeeper in season two and beyond.
Freddie Woodman - 67 (+3 from FIFA 19)
It's good that Freddie Woodman's rating has increased by three from FIFA 19 but I still believe it's harsh on the 2017 U20 World Cup winner although he will probably have a potential of around but will it be worth keeping him around after his loan at Swansea? Whilst he could have the potential to be as good as Martin Dubravka (he had a 78 potential in FIFA 19), maybe you'll want to sign someone with a better potential.
DeAndre Yedlin - 76 (same as FIFA 19)
DeAndre Yedlin just hasn't progressed enough for a 26 year old right back on FIFA but I've managed to get him to an 81 in three seasons on my Newcastle career (which I'll continue with until FIFA 20 comes out) so you could probably make him a lot better as your career progresses. However, you won't be able to sell Emil Krafth until the start of season two so you could probably sell him and get someone better.
Javier Manquillo - 74 (same as FIFA 19)
Considering he looked decent towards the end of last season, I have to say I'm quite surprised that Javier Manquillo hasn't gone up at least a rating even if he isn't very good going forward. Nevertheless, you'll probably want to sell him and buy an up and coming right back. At least EA won't have him as a left back this season.
Emil Krafth - 74 (+1 from FIFA 19)
If we hadn't just signed Emil Krafth this summer, you'd probably want to get rid of him as well as Javier Manquillo. On the other hand, you should see his rating increase but will it be enough for you to want to keep him after season one?
Jamie Sterry - 61 (same as FIFA 19)
Transfer listing Jamie Sterry will be a no brainer, problem is will you be able to or will he be that player who will never be anywhere near good enough so you accept any bid for him (probably be loads from Scandinavia and Poland) but he keeps failing to agree personal terms so you have to wait until his contract expires at the end of season one to get rid of him for good. Strangely, he's now playing against Isaac Hayden and Freddie Woodman in Argentina in season three of my FIFA 19 career.
Jamaal Lascelles - 78 (same as FIFA 19)
Whilst Jamaal Lascelles wasn't quite as good last season as the 2017-18 season when he won our player of the season award, I still feel he is better than a 78 or maybe it's because he didn't get as a high a rating as he deserved in FIFA 19. That said, you could probably get him up to an 82 or 83 in career mode.
Fabian Schar - 79 (+4 from FIFA 19)
Whilst it's no surprise to see Fabian Schar get quite a big upgrade, EA clearly didn't see his strike against Burnley considering his shooting is only a 66. Meanwhile, 71 passing (I know his passing can be wayward) and 69 dribbling could well tempt people (including me) into editing these stats before starting a career with us.
Florian Lejeune - 78 (same as FIFA 19)
Without his injury woes, Florian Lejeune could have been at least an 80 in my opinion but still worth keeping although he'll probably just have a potential of 79 considering he turned 28 in May.
Paul Dummett - 75 (+1 from FIFA 19)
It probably helps that Paul Dummett is now a centre-back rather than a left-back as he obviously won't be required to get forward as much although I may want to look at his tackling stats when I do get the game because I think he deserves a higher rating. That being said, you could well get a decent offer for him in season one and end up doing the unthinkable and selling him, like I did in FIFA 19 (strangely, it was to Marseille for around £7-8m if I remember correctly, that sort of transfer could only happen on FIFA) but I replace him with Aleksandar Kolarov (82 rated at the time) on a two year deal.
Federico Fernandez - 76 (same as FIFA 19)
Maybe it was because he didn't reach the same heights as the first half of the season during the second half of last season but in my opinion, Federico Fernandez is better than a 76. He isn't quite as good as Fabian Schar but I feel like the latter's form since November has stuck in the minds of people more than Fernandez's impressive first half of last season despite him coming off the bench for the injured Jamaal Lascelles to help us see out our 1-0 win at Tottenham and also playing well against Leicester in the Carabao Cup.
Ciaran Clark - 75 (-1 from FIFA 19)
Ciaran Clark's lack of game time is probably the reason for his downgrade in FIFA 20 but I do feel like he deserves to keep the same rating as FIFA 19. However, with five other centre-backs at the club who are as good, you may well want to sell him and buy a young and upcoming replacement.
Matt Ritchie - 75 (-2 from FIFA 19)
I'm glad that EA have noted that Matt Ritchie will mainly be playing at left wing-back this season but 75 is definitely harsh on the ex Bournemouth man. He has just turned 30 so unless you want to edit his stats, it's time to get rid of him in my opinion.
Jetro Willems - 75 (-1 from FIFA 19)
Take away his debut against Arsenal and this is harsh on Jetro Willems after his recent displays against Leicester and Watford unless he really struggled in Germany last season. You can definitely improve him during his loan spell but you'll probably be able to find someone better afterwards (if only EA could allow options to buy players after loans and have them for deals that already have them in real life).
Achraf Lazaar - 68 (+1 from FIFA 19)
After doing well during his short loan at Sheffield Wednesday, Achraf Lazaar has seen his rating increase by one after his awful loan spell at Benevento saw it go down by about six from FIFA 18 to FIFA 19. Once he returns from his loan at Cosenza, you'll probably want to sell him and you could easily succeed in doing so in my opinion although you may be surprised at who you sell him to (maybe I'm just saying this because it was Brazilian club America who signed him on my FIFA 19 career).
Jonjo Shelvey - 77 (-1 from FIFA 19)
Injury problems and then the form of Ki Sung-yueng, Sean Longstaff and finally Isaac Hayden meant that Jonjo Shelvey only made two starts after his injury against Watford in November so it probably isn't surprising to see his rating go down by one. With the former Swansea midfielder now 27 years old, season one could be the time to sell him.
Isaac Hayden - 76 (+4 from FIFA 19)
It is no surprise to see Isaac Hayden go up so highly after last season despite handing in a transfer request in pre season. The lad will keep getting better so he could well overtake Jonjo Shelvey within two seasons if not in season one.
Sean Longstaff - 72 (+9 from FIFA 19)
He may be the joint biggest upgrade in the squad (no surprise) but did EA watch him last season? Yes he only played nine league games last season but I will definitely be upgrading his stats before starting my career mode.
Matthew Longstaff - 62 (not in FIFA 19)
Again, EA have got this wrong. Whilst a loan move is probably best for Matthew Longstaff in season one, pre season suggested to me that he is better than a 62 even if he struggled against Leicester (to be fair, he shouldn't have been played out wide).
Ki Sung-yueng - 76 (same as FIFA 19)
This is probably a fair rating given that Ki Sung-yueng was superb until he departed for the Asian Cup but hasn't hit those heights since and was terrible against Norwich. With the Korean having just turned 30, do you let him see out his contract which ends next year or sell him straight away to get some money for him.
Jack Colback - 71 (same as FIFA 19)
I think a 71 is about right for Jack Colback considering he's nowhere near good enough for the Premier League but has looked decent in his loan spells at Nottingham Forest. That said, why is he just one rating below Sean Longstaff?
Henri Saivet - 74 (+1 from FIFA 19)
Another one that shows how silly Sean Longstaff's rating is, Henri Saivet has now had three loan spells since we signed him from Bordeaux in January 2016. He must have done well on loan at Bursaspor last season or in Senegal's run to African Nations Cup final for him to have a rating increase but it's still a joke that he's rated higher than Sean Longstaff.
Dan Barlaser - 64 (+4 from FIFA 19)
With Dan Barlaser only a 64 and in another loan spell in League One at the age of 22, he won't have a high potential and you can definately sign someone better so you should probably get rid of him after his loan at Rotherham.
Miguel Almiron - 80 (same as FIFA 19)
Unsurprisingly, Miguel Almiron remains the same as FIFA 19 but the lad will continue to get better as he learns more about opposition Premier League players and his rating should definitely go up for FIFA 21.
Allan Saint-Maximin - 79 (+1 from FIFA 19)
I haven't seen much of Allan Saint-Maximin but 79 seems about right from what I have seen and heard of him. That rating for a 22 year old speaks volumes about his potential and the stat that really stands out to me is his 86 dribbling.
Christian Atsu - 74 (-1 from FIFA 19)
Despite upping his game towards the end of last season and his assist for Joelinton's goal against Tottenham, it's no surprise that Atsu is only a 74 and even in FIFA 19, I noticed he was declining so it is definately time to sell him straight away in FIFA 20.
Rolando Aarons - 70 (same as FIFA 19)
Rolando Aarons is on loan at Wycombe until January but when he comes back, you'll want to get try and get rid of him but be prepared for him to reject every club that puts in an acceptable bid for him. You'll probably have to buy FIFA 15, 16 or 17 from a game shop if you want to make him a good player again.
Joelinton - 78 (+9 from FIFA 19)
I was stunned to hear that Joelinton was only a 69 in FIFA 19 considering what we heard from German journalists just before we signed him but it was obvious he would get such an upgrade if Hoffenheim were going to ask for £40m for him and with his potential, he could be a superstar for us in career mode.
Andy Carroll - 77 (-2 from FIFA 19)
It isn't a surprise to see Andy Carroll downgraded considering he hasn't played since February but I've always believed that his ability is probably around a 77 or 78 if he can stay fit. That said, it's another one that will be gone after season one in most careers.
Yoshinori Muto - 75 (-1 from FIFA 19)
I am a bit surprised to see Yoshinori Muto drop a rating but I suppose he only got one goal last season (although I do believe his injury against Watford and the Asia Cup didn't help him) but I feel like 76 was the right rating for him and he could potentially keep improving and he can play in the wide areas.
Dwight Gayle - 76 (+1 from FIFA 19)
Like in FIFA 18, a season in the Championship has helped Dwight Gayle with his rating but as Andy Carroll can't be sold, you will probably have a decision on whether to sell him or Yoshinori Muto. Unless he goes to a Championship club in January, I'd expect his rating to drop again in FIFA 21, especially if we don't see him feature much which is likely unless Joelinton gets injured.
Elias Sorensen - 60 (+2 from FIFA 19)
Despite his lack of game time on loan at Blackpool in the second half of last season, Elias Sorensen's impressive campaign for the U23s has seen his rating increase by two and hopefully a loan spell at Carlisle in League Two will do him the world of good on your career mode and maybe give him an even better potential on FIFA 21 as he will have a better chance to showcase his ability in real life.
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