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FIFA 17: Team of the Week 12 Snubs (TOTW)

A lot of goals were scored this past weekend, which meant some big names were left out of the FIFA 17 Team of the Week. RealSport look at the players who should have been included. 

It was an absolute cracker of footballing action around the globe, with the star performers rewarded with a place in the FIFA Ultimate Team; Team of the Week. Sergio Ramos, Marek Hamsik, Marco Reus, Alexis Sanchez and Diego Costa all earned a place in the TOTW starting line-up, but some players will feel hard done by for their efforts not to be recognised. RealSport looks at the players who perhaps should have made the Team of the Week as well.

Jose Reina (OVR 84)

Marek Hamsik earned a spot in the Team of the Week for his cool finish against Inter Milan, but perhaps more the plaudits should have gone to Napoli goalkeeper Jose Pepe Reina. His team may have won 3-0, but the Spaniard made seven saves to keep a clean sheet and not allow Inter back into match after two early goals. The 84-rated goalkeeper has 85 handling, 84 positioning and 83 reflexes on Ultimate Team, and he will cost 2,900 on PlayStation 4 and 3,200 on Xbox One.

Daniele Rugani (OVR 79)

With Juventus’ back three of Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci, being a reserve centre back in Turin is a tough job. But Daniele Rugani took his opportunity as he scored during Juve’s 3-1 over Atalanta. The Italian is only rated 79 on FUT, but his defensive stats average 83. His lower rating means he will cost just 800 coin on either console.

Chris Brunt (OVR 69)

After a long injury lay-off, even West Brom fans may not have expected much from Chris Brunt this season, but the Northern Irishman has been on top form at The Hawthorns. The left back scored a free-kick and assisted from a corner during the 3-1 win over Watford, and is unlucky not to receive his second in form card of the season. His 69 rating is harsh, but his passing of 79 could tempt you to make the purchase. He will cost 1,400 coins on PS4 and 1,100 on XB1.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (OVR 86)

One of the most popular players on Ultimate Team Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would have felt he would be in the TOTW for a second time this season after his two goals in Borussia Dortmund’s 4-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach. EA Sports recognised cover star Marco Reus from the match, after he picked up three assists. The Gabonese Aubameyang however, has an 86 rating on FIFA 17 with lightning pace of 96 and 84-rated shooting. He will cost an astronomic 290,000 coins on PS4 and 230,000 on XB1.

Gaston Ramirez (OVR 78)

Middlesbrough attacking midfielder Gaston Ramirez has been on top form ever since he moved to the Riverside on loan last season. The Uruguayan ran the show as ‘Boro picked up a crucial 1-0 win over fellow relegation contenders Hull City, capping his performance with a goal. The 78-rated Ramirez comes cheap on FUT, costing just 450 coins on PS4 and 550 on XB1.

Morgan Sanson (OVR 78)

The defenders and attackers will get the credit for Montpellier’s shock 3-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain, but Morgan Sanson was the key man for the home side. The central midfielder grabbed two assists as Ellyes Skhiri and Ryad Boudebouz put Montpellier 2-0 and 3-0 up respectively. The 22-year-old Frenchman Sanson is rated 78, costing around 800 coins on both consoles.

Christian Eriksen (OVR 84)

After a slow start to the season, it’s great to see Tottenham attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen back to his scintillating best. Every Spurs move seems to go through the Danish playmaker at the moment, and Eriksen grabbed two goals for himself in the 5-0 destruction of Swansea. The 24-year-old is rated at 84 on FUT, with his passing and and dribbling both rated 84. For a highly rated PL player he is very affordable, costing 7,800 coins on PS4 and 6,000 on XB1.

Gianluca Caprari (OVR 73)

Second strikers, or ‘centre forwards’ as EA Sports like to put it, are a rarity these days and it was great to see Pescara’s Gianluca Caprari grab a late equaliser against Cagliari in Serie A. The on loan Inter Milan man has struggled so far this season, but recorded his first goal at the weekend, and would have been under consideration for the FUT TOTW. The 73-rated centre forward has 87 pace, and will cost 500 coins on PS4 and 950 on XB1.

Ivan Santini (OVR 72)

Despite scoring two goals, Caen striker Ivan Santini would have left the field bitterly disappointed after his side let a 3-1 lead slip against the 10 men of Dijon. It was no fault of the Croatian, who has a 72 rating on Ultimate Team, with 82 physicality. For a silver forward he is quite expensive, costing 5,600 coins on both consoles.

Robert Lewandowski (OVR 90)

Robert Lewandowski would have been a shoe-in for many to make the TOTW after his two goals in the 3-1 victory for Bayern Munich against Mainz. The Polish striker may have vented his frustration of not being selected by banging in his second free-kick of the week against Atletico Madrid in mid-week, a carbon copy of his effort against Mainz. A second in form card still awaits the 90-rated Lewandowski who has 87 shooting and 85 dribbling. He’s a pricey signing though, costing 219,000 coins on PS4 and 175,000 on XB1. 

Should any other players have been included in the TOTW? Let us know in the comments.

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Alastair Pusinelli

A 23-year-old sports journalist who covers just about everything on the board. I started at RealSport in February 2016 and have since written on cricket, football, Olympics, rugby, tennis as well as FIFA 17.

Elsewhere, I have been published in The Sunday Times and Variety magazine, as well as working in the offices of Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Hampshire CCC. I am still an active sportsman, playing cricket, football, rugby, tennis and golf... sort of.

FIFA 17: Team of the Week 12 Snubs (TOTW)

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