Every year FIFA is bound to make some mistakes when it comes to player rankings, meaning there are a few players in need of better FIFA 16 ratings. I mean, how were they to know Jamie Vardy would turn Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s scoring record into an afterthought or that heading into December, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be Europe’s leading goalscorer? The job of EA Sports is to provide us with a highly addictive video game, which to some extent, they have achieved that, but their live form updates should better reflect the changing ability of some players. In our ‘FIFA 16 Upgrades’ mini-series, we will look at the players at each position who are in need of a higher rating on FIFA 16, starting with strikers: A list of some other useful FIFA guides: Complete Premier League Team-By-Team Guide For Completing Career Mode:
- Title hopefuls = Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool
- European football-chasers = Spurs, Everton, Leicester, Southampton, West Ham
- Mid-tablers = Newcastle, Stoke, West Brom, Swansea, Crystal Palace, Watford
- Relegation-battlers = Norwich, Bournemouth, Aston Villa, Sunderland
Jamie Vardy (Leicester)
Current Rating – 75 RealSport’s Suggested Rating – 77
Granted, nobody could’ve predicted the rise of Jamie Vardy. I doubt even he envisioned a start of 13 goals in 13 games, but it happened and now we must re-assess how Vardy is reflected on FIFA. If you consider that Alexsandr Mitrovic (76) Steven Fletcher (76) and Jordan Ayew (76) all have a higher base-rating, you begin to understand the injustice in Vardy’s rating, and why it needs to be higher.
Romelu Lukaku (Everton)
Current Rating – 80 RealSport’s Suggested Rating – 81
Lukaku became only the fifth player to score 50 goals before the age of 23 this season, joining the likes of Owen, Ronaldo and Rooney. However, FIFA still think that Olivier Giroud (81) is better than him, and equate Lukaku to being as good as Loic Remy (80). At the very least, a base rating of 81 seems appropriate.
Benjamin Moukandjo (FC Lorient)
Current Rating – 77 RealSport’s Suggested Rating – 78
Moukandjo is the only player in Ligue 1 who’s scored more goals than Zlatan this season, leading Ligue 1’s goalscoring charts with 10 goals this season for Lorient. Few would’ve predicted his rise, but a rating of just 77 is too low here.
Current Rating – 87 RealSport’s Suggested Rating – 88
Lewandowski has catapulted himself into the highest echelon of European strikers this season, scoring 22 goals in just 19 games for Bayern this season. He has indeed cemented himself has one of Europe’s best strikers, and his FIFA rating needs to better reflect this, starting by boosting his base rating.
Current Rating – 75 RealSport’s Suggested Rating – 76
Ighalo was rated too unfairly heading into this season, as both him and Troy Deeney made a good case for being rated slightly higher before a ball was even kicked. Ighalo is the joint-fourth highest scorer and has carried Watford at times so far, so at the very least, his base rating should’ve increased to 76.