The brand-new soccer game from EA Sports is just a few months from release. For the first time in 30 years, EA and FIFA have parted ways, with the new “FIFA” game rebranded as EA Sports FC.
It heralds a time of change for the game, and also a time of change for many young players who have enjoyed tremendous seasons in 2022/23.
In this guide, we take a look ahead to the rating update, which will come when the first-ever EA Sports FC game launches in or around September. And we pick out some key players who we think will see the biggest jumps in rating, and explain why.
Let’s begin with a player who has become one of the most sought-after in the Premier League.
Brighton youngster Moisés Caicedo enjoyed a breakout season in 2022/23, playing a pivotal role in the heart of the midfield as they secured one of their highest finishes ever, at sixth place.
Caicedo has proved invaluable, breaking up the play when opponents are on the attack and distributing the ball with class and vision. It’s no surprise that Europe’s top teams are looking at buying him, with fees in excess of £30m or even £40m being touted.
In FIFA 23, Caicedo has an overall rating of just 70, which seems almost criminal, given how good he’s proved to be. For the next rating update, an overall of 80+ would be a safe bet.
It’s fair to say that all players of FIFA love a pacey striker. So, when Nigerian Victor Osimhen arrived on the scene for Napoli, players of the game couldn’t wait to integrate him into their teams.
Osimhen joined Napoli back in 2020 and has since scored an impressive 50 goals in 83 league matches. He has also bagged 17 goals in 25 goals for the Nigerian national team.
In the most recent season, Osimhen was credited with playing a big part in helping Napoli secure their first title in over 30 years. He claimed 23 league goals and scored 28 in all competitions, which is a priceless return for a striker.
If the likes of a Canadian sportsbook offered odds on who would see the biggest boost in rating in the next FIFA game, then it would have to be Osimhen. Even the most cautious of bettors would back him, given how good his form has been in the last year. His current base rating is around 83 but some are saying it should be as high as 87 or 88.
It’s no surprise then that a string of top teams is lining up to sign him, including Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham.
One of the standout players of an impressive season for Arsenal was Gabriel Martinelli. The young Brazilian winger grabbed many a headline with his vital and timely goals and assists. He bagged a total of 15 goals and set up five in the Premier League alone.
Martinelli has become a fan favorite for his trickery with the ball, and FIFA fans will no doubt be keen to try a few stepovers and Maradona turns on the new game once he benefits from what we believe will be a sizable increase in rating. At the moment, Martinelli’s overall rating is around 78. This could go as high as 84 or 85 in the new game.
Randal Kolo Muani
Randal Kolo Muani is someone who has risen to prominence as one of the deadliest strikers around . The young Frenchman featured as an impactful substitute throughout France’s World Cup campaign, but it’s his performances for Frankfurt that have really caught the eye.
Kolo Muani finished as arguably the best attacker in the Bundesliga. He scored 22 goals and notched up an impressive 13 assists. With 35 key involvements in goals, he finished as one of the most potent attacking forces in Europe. That’s no easy feat in the Bundesliga, which is fiercely competitive.
On FIFA 23, Kolo Muani had a rating of 78, which is far below the level he’s currently playing at. In the new game, we could see it reaching as high as 84 or 85, maybe even 86, though EA has been known not to give elevated overall ratings to players who only perform well in one season. It can and does, however, reduce ratings if a player’s performances dip.