It’s In The Game! – Top-5 Newcastle United Players On EA Sports FIFA 18
While Newcastle United take a break from their Premier League campaign thanks to the international fixture schedule, let us also withdraw from the world of real football and venture into the realm of video games.
EA Sports’ FIFA is one of the most played games across the world and recently the latest edition of the game – FIFA 18, was released. As is the case, fans were waiting eagerly to see how their favourite players were rated, and there were some interesting ratings thrown our way.
So, let’s take a look at the top five Newcastle United players on FIFA 18.
Florian Lejeune – 79
The summer signing from Eibar, Florian Lejeune, is Newcastle’ best-rated player in the newest edition of FIFA, with an overall rating of 79.
The Frenchman has seen his playing time curtailed due to an injury on the first day of the season against Tottenham Hotspur and as a result, the Magpies supporters have seen very little of him so far. But they will want him in their line-ups in the game without a doubt. A more than impressive 85 in physicality (PHY) and a decent enough 78 in defence (DEF), there could be a case made for better numbers in his passing (PAS) which stands at 59 and dribbling at 61 (DRI), while his pace (PAC) is at a lowly 49.
Jonjo Shelvey – 77
The English midfielder, minus his temperament, is one of the best players at Newcastle and it makes sense that he features in this list, with a rating of 77.
Shelvey’s passing (PAS) is the highest-rated feature of his game, standing at 79, closely followed by his physical (PHY) attributes, which has been given a 77. His shooting (SHO) and dribbling (DRI) stand at 73, while his speed (PAC) and defensive (DEF) contributions are rated closely at 62 and 60 respectively.
Henri Saivet – 77
This one is a bit of a surprise for Newcastle fans, as they rarely see this midfielder in action. Henri Saivet as the joint second-highest rated player in the squad along with Shelvey.
The Senegalese was loaned out to St. Etienne last season, where he made 35 appearances, but has rarely been used by manager Rafael Benitez and has made just one appearance so far this season, which was in a cup tie. The 26-year old midfielder falls behind Shelvey in three aspects – passing (PAS) 78, physicality (PHY) 70 and shooting (SHO) 71, but trumps the Englishman in his pace (PAC), which stands at 74, along with dribbling (DRI) and defence stats (DEF) which stand at 78 and 64 respectively.
Chancel Mbemba – 76
The young defender has seen his rating drop by one compared to FIFA 17, but features in Newcastle’s top five players in FIFA 18 with an overall rating of 76.
Mbemba has been played out of position on most occasions this campaign, filling in at left-back, but retains his centre-back position in the game. His physicality (PHY) is the best-rated aspect in the game at 80, followed by his defence (DEF) which stands at 75 and pace (PAC) at 74. The 23-year old’s dribbling capabilities are rated at 64 while his shooting and passing are at an underwhelming 54 and 53 respectively.
Ciaran Clark – 76
Rounding off the top five best Newcastle players in FIFA 18 is centre-back Ciaran Clark, who is rated at 76, along with Mbemba and a number of other players in Jesus Gamez and Javi Manquillo.
The Irishman, over the past year, has established himself as the cornerstone in the Toons’ backline and has forged a strong partnership alongside Jamaal Lascelles. As expected, it’s his defence (DEF) and physicality (PHY) that stand out the most at 76, while shooting (SHO) is his worst attribute, rated at 52, close behind passing (PAS) at 55 and dribbling (DRI) at 58.
It is a bit of a surprise to see Matt Ritchie not be in the top-5 highest-rated players from Newcastle, while Dwight Gayle too misses out, as both of them are rated at 75.