Sheffield United were one of the surprise packages in the Championship last season. With boyhood Blades fan Chris Wilder at the helm they secured automatic promotion, finishing runners up in the Championship.
A team that many believe belong in the Premier League because of their stature, the Blades will be back playing top-flight football for the first time since the 2006/07 season. But what impact will this promotion have on their ratings in the latest edition of the FIFA series.
Dean Henderson (OVR 70 – 74)
A key member of the Sheffield United side from last season, Manchester United loanee Dean Henderson has agreed a second term on loan at the Blades. Despite a shaky spell for England’s Under 21’s at this year’s European Championships the ‘keeper is likely to see an improvement from his 70 rating on FIFA 19. Expect him to be at the top end of the silvers, likely a 74.
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George Baldock (OVR 68 – 69)
George Baldock appeared 27 times for the Blades in the Championship last term, scoring once and registering six assists. An attacking minded defender, Baldock was linked to Scottish champions Celtic earlier in the summer but it looks like he is set to stay with Wilders men. Expect little change as he rises slightly to a 69 overall.
John Egan (OVR 72 – 74)
Country: Republic of Ireland
The 26-year-old, who has made two appearances for his country, was another mainstay in United’s side last season, as he made 45 appearances in all competitions following his move from Brentford. He is another player likely to receive a small upgrade, expect him at the top end of the silver cards as a 74 overall.
Phil Jagielka (OVR 78 – 75)
Everton legend Phil Jagielka made the move back to Sheffield United earlier this summer as he looks to help the Blades in their first term back in the Premier League. The 36-year-old had struggled for game time with the Toffees and as a result rejoined United on a one-year-deal. He is likely to see his rating drop, we think he will sit at the bottom end of the gold cards, a 75 overall.
Jack O’Connell (OVR 73 – 75)
The third of three centre halves that Wilder is likely to play in his preferred 3-5-2 formation, Jack O’Connell had a solid season for the Blades last season as he secured his second promotion in three seasons at Bramall Lane. His rating should improve slightly from his 73 from FIFA 19.
Enda Stevens (OVR 70 – 74)
Country: Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland international Enda Stevens will probably fill the left wing-back slot for United this season, having featured 46 times for the Blades last term. Another flying wing-bac, Stevens scored six goals in the Championship last term and is likely to receive a significant boost to his rating.
Oliver Norwood (OVR 72 – 75)
Country: Northern Ireland
Having gained promoted in three successive seasons with three different clubs, Oliver Norwood finally looks set to be handed a first taste of Premier League action. Norwood had one of his finest seasons to date last term, rewarded with a place in the PFA Championship Team of the Year. We expect he will make the jump from silver to gold, a 75 overall rating.
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Luke Freeman (OVR 74 – 74)
Position: CAM, CM
27-year-old Luke Freeman joined the Blades earlier in the summer for a then record fee believed to be around five million pounds. The versatile midfielder scored eight goals for QPR last season and will add some much-needed competition in the centre of the park for Wilder’s side. His rating won’t change too much, we expect he will remain a 74 overall.
Ravel Morrison (OVR 76 – 75)
One of the strangest signings of the summer, former Manchester United youngster Ravel Morrison joined the Blades on a one-year contract ahead of this season. Once spoke about on the same level as Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand, the Englishman has never filled his huge potential, he will hope this will finally be his breakthrough season. We expect a small drop in rating from FIFA 19 to a 75 overall.
Billy Sharp (OVR 70 – 74)
Another player to make last seasons PFA Championship Team of the Season, veteran forward Billy Sharp enjoyed one of the finest seasons to date, scoring 24 times over the course of the season. The 33-year-old should receive a significant upgrade to his rating. We expect he will be a 74 overall.
Oliver McBurnie (OVR 71 – 75)
Scottish international Ollie McBurnie became the clubs record signing when he joined from Swansea last week, for a fee that could rise as high as £20 million. The former Swan scored 22 times for the South Wales side last year and should be another to receive a substantial boost to his rating from FIFA 19. He could just sneak into the gold cards as a 75 overall.
On the bench
Simon Moore (OVR 66 – 66) will continue to deputise between the sticks for Blades number one Dean Henderson.
Chris Basham (OVR 72 – 73) and Richard Stearman (OVR 69 – 69) will provide cover for the three centre backs, whilst Kieron Freeman (OVR 66-67) will be hoping to force his way into Wilder’s plans.
New signings Callum Robinson (OVR 70 – 72) and Samir Carruthers (OVR 66 – 66) will look to take advantage when they get minutes. Veteran Mark Duffy (OVR 71 – 71) will also provide creative spark from the subs bench.
£10 million man Lys Mousset (OVR 70 – 70) will be ready to pounce should the opportunity arise, bringing Premier League experience to the side from his time with Bournemouth. David McGoldrick (OVR 71 – 73) will also be on hand to chip in with goals when required as the Blades look to retain their Premier League status.
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