The FIFA 20 Ones to Watch cards have received a re-design for the new game – with all the biggest summer signings on show.
The Ones to Watch (OTW) are players who have joined a new club this season, and act as ‘live’ in-form cards throughout the course of FIFA 20. Every time ones of thee player appears in the Team of the Week, their OTW item will match that new in-form rating.
The best example from FIFA 19 was Everton’s Richarlison, who began the game with a 77 rating, but his OTW item finished as an 86 thanks to two impressive in-form cards.
Now let’s take a look at all the players arriving as Ones to Watch this year.
Eden Hazard – Real Madrid – OVR 92
Eden Hazard’s long-awaited move to dream club Real Madrid has made him a player to watch out for. He can now play alongside a goal-scoring striker in Luka Jovic who also joined the Galacticos this summer.
An injury niggle prevented him from making his Bernabeu debut following the £88 million move from Chelsea, but, Zinedine Zidane will want him fit and firing as they look to put up a greater challenge to Barcelona and Atletico Madrid this season.
Antoine Griezmann – Barcelona – OVR 89
Antoine Griezmann made a long-awaited £107 million from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona, with the French World Cup winner looking to form a deadly front three alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
His technical skills, ability to drop deep and link-up play between the forwards and midfielders make him a complete forward, in spite of his small stature.
Philippe Coutinho – Bayern Muninch – OVR 86
Considered to be an archetypal Brazilian number 10, Philippe Coutinho has been used as an attacking midfielder, second striker, central midfielder or even as a wide attacking midfielder on the flanks, where he excels at providing assists for teammates.
Coutinho scored his first Bayern goal with a retaken penalty this weekend, helping Bayern to a 4-0 win over FC Koln in the Bundesliga. This will likely be the first of many goals and assists for the Brazilian playmaker, who joined on a season-long loan with an option to buy from Barcelona.
Frenkie de Jong – Barcelona – OVR 86
Frenkie de Jong has quickly become a fan favourite at the Camp Nou, having only just joined the club in the summer of 2019, in a £66 million deal from Ajax.
His impressive pace and innate ability to pick out through balls have already earned him a starting spot in the Barcelona midfield alongside Arthur and Sergio Busquets, and behind the likes of Messi, Griezmann and Suarez.
Mauro Icardi – Paris Saint-Germain – OVR 85
Mauro Icardi is an intelligent player with fantastic attacking movement, positioning, and an eye for goal. Icardi mainly operates in central areas around the penalty area, and is an efficient finisher with his head and feet inside the box.
We are yet to see if Icardi can truly co-exist with Neymar and Mbappe, following his loan move from Inter Milan to PSG, but once the chemistry has been established, we can expect goals galore from the controversial Argentine international.
Romelu Lukaku – Inter Milan – OVR 85
Following an unsettling spell in the Premier League at Manchester United, Romelu Lukaku appears to be finding his feet in Serie A, bagging four goals on his Inter Milan debut in August, as a replacement for the exiled Icardi.
Despite a recent changing room dispute with Marcelo Brozovic, both strikers found the net against AC Milan on the weekend, sending Inter to the top of the league.
Rodri – Manchester City – OVR 85
Spanish defensive midfielder Rodri has recently said he is settling into life at Manchester City far quicker than he expected. In his short time at the club, has impressed experienced teammates Fernandinho and De Bruyne, who both think that he is extremely talented for his age.
Following their shock 3-2 loss to Norwich last week, the £62 million signing from Atletico Madrid called that City would “kill” their opponents, and he could not have been closer to the truth – Manchester City demolished the Hornets 8-0, setting the highest goal tally for a Premier League game in the 2019-20 season.
Matthijs de Ligt – Piemonte Calcio (Juventus) – OVR 85
The young centre back Matthijs de Ligt is listed in FIFA rankings as one of the brightest young talents in the world, and has been brought in to Barcelona in the hope that he can replace the ageing Gerard Pique. His physicality, interceptions and pass completion in the Dutch league justify the £70 million that Barcelona forked out on him.
The 20-year-old was sensational for Ajax, helping them on their Champions league journey to the semi-finals last year, and is spoken about as a generational talent (one that only comes along once in or twice in a decade.)
Lucas Hernandez – Bayern Munich – OVR 84
The French international Lucas Hernandez became Bayern Munchen’s record signing, costing the German team £68 million from Atletico Madrid earlier in 2019 – and the youngster will not allow the transfer fee to add pressure on him.
Lucas underwent ligament surgery in March following his medical at Bayern, and will be breaking into the starting line up soon enough.
Julian Brandt – Borussia Dortmund – OVR 84
Julian Brandt had attracted the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool scouts over the 2018-19 season, before Dortmund swooped in to sign the versatile forward from Bayer Leverkusen and bolster their frontline. The 23-year-old’s willingness to take risks and try the unexpected in the final third often unlocks the most stubborn of defences.
Thus style of play is conscious decision to do so on the player’s part, explaining that his love of football comes from the “wow factor” that gets fans off their seats. The £22.5 million signigs likes to surprise people, and has promised to always keep an element of this in his play.
Luka Jovic – Real Madrid – OVR 84
The Serbian forward cooked up a storm in the Europa League for Eintracht Frankfurt last season setting him up for Real Madrid. After picking up an injury in a pre-season thrashing by rivals Atletico Madrid 7-3, Jovic is set to miss the start of the 2019-20 season.
27 goals in all competitions last season was enough to validate his £53 million move to Real Madrid. With a higher standard team around him be sure to see more goals from the youngster.
Nicolas Pepe – Arsenal – OVR 84
24-year-old pacey Ivorian winger Nicolas Pepe gained worldwide attention this year following his breakout season at Lille in Ligue 1. Despite interest being shown by many big clubs, the young talent announced on 1st August that he had joined Arsenal for a club record £72 million. Having played in a very dynamic attack at Lille, his transition to playing for Arsenal should be seamless.
Being surrounded by experienced attackers such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil, Pepe has the potential to set the Premier League alight and help bring Champions League football back to the Emirates Stadium.
Pablo Sarabia – Paris Saint-Germain – OVR 83
A transfer that may have slipped under the radar this summer, but don’t underestimate the brilliance of Pablo Sarabia.
The 27-year-old signed for PSG for £16 million from Sevilla, a bargain price for a player who netted 22 goals and picked up 17 assists in La Liga last season.
He has already become a regular for his new club, starting in six of their eight games so far this campaign. Sarabia’s next target will be to add to his two Spain caps by making their Euro 2020 squad.
Sebastian Haller – West Ham – OVR 83
West Ham United conducted their business early in the transfer window this year, confirming Sebastien Haller’s arrival in mid-July for a record £45 million from Eintracht Frankfurt. The French striker gained a reputation in the Bundesliga as a provider and finisher of goals, being involved in 24 goals from just 29 appearances.
The physically imposing frontman scored in his first two pre-season friendlies for West Ham, and with Felipe Anderson on the wing and Manuel Lanzini returning from his ACL injury, West Ham now possess a formidable attacking outfit.
Wissam Ben Yedder – Monaco – OVR 83
Another ex-Sevilla player, striker Wissam Ben Yedder has the tough task of replacing Radamel Falcao at Monaco.
The Frenchman sealed a £35 million move to Ligue 1 this summer, after becoming a hero in Spain – netting 70 goals in 138 games for Sevilla over three seasons.
He has started life in Monaco perfectly, scoring four goals in just five games – although the Monegasques have just one win to their names this season.
Harry Maguire – Manchester United – OVR 82
One of the biggest transfers of the summer, Harry Maguire signed for Manchester United in an £80 million move from Leicester.
United’s defence has been so poor in recent seasons, and their fans will be pleased to at long last have someone to build their back four around, even if the English international comes with a hefty price tag.
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Aged 26, it was the next step for the centre back – the most expensive in history – with him playing the full 90 minutes in all six of United’s Premier League games thus far.
Thorgan Hazard – Borussia Dortmund – OVR 83
The younger brother of Eden Hazard made quite the name for himself last season. Thorgan received a Winter Upgrade from 81 to 83 on FIFA 19.
With age on his side and now a part of Champions League side Borussia Dortmund, the 26-year-old Hazard has all the tools by his side to develop into the star that his older brother is right now. Expect his 83 overall to remain for now.
Hirving Lozano – Napoli – OVR 82
Another transfer you may have missed, PSV Eindhoven destructive winger Hirving Lozano made a superb move to Napoli for £37 million.
Mexico’s most expensive player of all time bagged 40 goals and 23 assists in 79 games in Holland, operating on both flanks or as a false 9, and it will be interesting to see how he fits in under Carlo Ancelotti in Naples.
The 24-year-old picked up his first goal for his new club in the 4-3 defeat to Juventus, but has only started one game since his summer move.
Joao Felix – Atletico Madrid – OVR 81
The 19-year-old wonderkid made his highly anticipated move to Atletico Madrid this Summer. His €126 million fee alone is enough to keep him under watch. He is the second most expensive teen in the world and the spotlight will be on him whilst he plays under Diego Simeone.
Considering the attacker started FIFA 19 rated at 69, an improvement to anywhere near the 80s reflects a remarkable year for the Portuguese, going from unknown to international footballer and hottest property on the planet.
Nicolo Barella – Inter Milan – OVR 80
Nicolo Barella burst onto the scene during the 2017/18 season for Cagilari, scoring six goals from central midfield.
Last season was quieter, with just one goal and four assists, but it was still enough to see the Italian international make a summer switch to Serie A giants Inter Milan.
The 22-year-old has joined on an initial loan deal but with a £22.5 million obligation to buy, having featured in all five of Inter’s games this season – coming off the bench to score in their 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague in the Champions League.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – Manchester United – OVR 81
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is quickly establishing himself as one of the best right-backs in the game. He made his first-team debut in February 2018 amid an injury crisis at Palace and quickly became a fan favourite. Known for his pace and excellent ball control, Wan-Bissaka also has the right work ethic, talent and mentality to be playing for Manchester United.
The £45 million offer was accepted by Crystal Palace at the end of June, making him the sixth-most expensive defender of all time. Wan-Bissaka won the most tackles of any defender in the Premier League last season with only nine players beating him 1-on-1 throughout the season. What makes these stats even more impressive is that he only attempted 139 tackles, meaning that he won an overwhelming 93% of his duels.
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Christian Pulisic – Chelsea – OVR 79
A deal that was secured last January, and it was a good job Chelsea did with their transfer ban, Christian Pulisic is another youngster looking to make his mark at Stamford Bridge.
The 21-year-old American signed in a £58 million move from Borussia Dortmund, but has had to be patient for his opportunities under Frank Lampard.
The left winger has started four games so far this season, but with competition from veterans Willian and Pedro, as well as academy products Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi, he will need to fight for his place.
Joelinton – Newcastle – OVR 81
Newcastle have broken their record signing fee for the second time in seven months, picking up young Brazilian international Joelinton from Hoffenheim. After years of unrest because of ongoing issues regarding new ownership, it seems like the Magpies finally have something to be optimistic about. The young attacking trio of Joelinton, Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin should pose a real threat against the stronger defences in the Premier League.
Despite Joelinton’s less than prolific goal-scoring record last year, the club has entrusted him with Alan Shearer’s iconic number 9 shirt. However, Joelinton scored in both of his first two games for the club, looking powerful, athletic and appears to glide graciously with the ball when it is at his feet.
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Eder Militao – Real Madrid – OVR 81
With Real Madrid’s defensive problems last season, it was no surprise to see them to bring in defensive hard man Eder Militao, who can operate at centre or right back.
The £44 million signing from Porto has featured just twice so far in the campaign, as he waits for his opportunity behind Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane or Dani Carvajal.
The Brazilian international is just 21 years’ old, and looks to be the long-term replacement for Real captain Ramos, who is now 33.
Patrick Cutrone – Wolves – OVR 77
With Wolves securing Raul Jimenez on a permanent deal last summer, few would have thought that the Premier League club would have gone back into the market for another forward.
That said, with Europa League action to contend with, the Midlands club felt they needed more depth – with Italian international Patrick Cutrone joining from AC Milan in a £16 million deal.
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The 21-year-old scored his first goal in the 5-2 loss to Chelsea, but picked up three useful assists in Europa League qualifying back in August.
Allan Saint-Maximin – Newcastle – OVR 79
A winger with 93 pace? Newcastle fans will be thrilled to see some sheer quality arrive on Tyneside, especially after a troublesome summer.
Allan Saint-Maximin joins from Nice in a £16 million deal, having scored six goals and five assists in the league last season.
He 22-year-old has had some injury niggles already this season, limiting him to just 57 minutes of action, but he is one of the Magpies’ great hopes to keep them from the drop this year.
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