14 May 2021 2:14 PM +00:00

Laporte Spain switch will provided much-needed change in Ultimate Team

Manchester City centre-back Aymeric Laporte has had his switch from France to Spain approved by FIFA ahead of Euro 2020.

Laporte has been granted Spanish citizenship and now aims to represent Spain this summer having failed to make a senior appearance for France.

Take a look at how Spain could now line up and what new chemistry links this could open up in FIFA Ultimate Team.

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New colours

It looks like Aymeric Laporte will join Manchester City teammates Rodri, Ferran Torres, and Eric Garcia in the Spanish squad ahead of Euro 2020.

Laporte was consistently overlooked by French manager Didier Deschamps, although with France's plethora of talent no one is guaranteed a place in the squad.

Having played for Athletic Bilbao for six years, Laporte will be well-versed in the Spanish style of play and should slot straight into the national team.

The Spanish Football Federation has now received approval from FIFA allowing the switch to take place.

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Time for change

Laporte may not be one of the first names on your FUT 21 teamsheet, but his change in nationality will open doors next season.

It is likely too late for a new card this season (although a Euro 2020 promo would be epic) so we will have to be patient and wait for FIFA 22 Ultimate Team.

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Next year, Laporte could create links to Spanish stars like Ramos, Jordi Alba, and Marcos Llorente, making him a valuable hybrid player.

Could this switch be the catalyst for Spanish dominance next season instead of the French meta we have today?

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How could Spain line up?

If Laporte is selected for Spain this summer, we could see him partner Real Madrid's legendary defender Sergio Ramos in the heart of defence.

Spain have opted for four at the back in their recent fixtures, so we don't see that changing.

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FIRST CHOICE - No one is replacing Ramos any time soon

This means that Laporte, Inigo Martinez, and Eric Garcia will all be vying for that second slot behind their captain Ramos.

La Furia Roja are far from set in which is their strongest defence though, so the door is open for City's Laporte to force his way into the starting XI.

Switching allegiance

Laporte will not be the first player to change their national allegiance, and he certainly won't be the last.

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Closer to home, Jack Grealish played for the Republic of Ireland under-21s before making his England debut under Gareth Southgate.

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