FIFA 22 to 23: Ones to watch from the EPL transfer deadline day
After a hectic day of moves on Premier League Transfer deadline day, we are intrigued to see who will have the best season and how the EPL’s newest recruits ratings will fare from FIFA 22 to FIFA 23.
With the clock striking twelve last night, signalling the end of the Premier League transfer window. There have been some interesting movers and shakers for the 2023/24 season. Here is a rundown of some of the main ones as they leave the realms of their past FIFA 22 cards behind them and inevitably become ones to watch on the upcoming FIFA 23 and may soon even have the OTW cards to prove it.
Antony – Manchester United
As Manchester United parted with £85.5 million for Ajax’s Brazilian star, making it their second-most expensive signing of all time. Antony, 22, will bring balance and creativity to an often-lopsided forward line. United Manager, Erik Ten Hag previously managed the winger at Ajax and had identified him as his priority target in attack for the transfer window. That was finally signed, sealed, and delivered yesterday evening.
His 91 rate Eredivisie Team of the Season card plays incredibly in 4-3-2-1 as a right forward or in 4-2-3-1 as a RAM. Using the deadeye or maestro chemstyles on the card are great options, as his pace is nearly maxed out, so boosts on shooting and passing would make him more well-rounded.
TOTS Antony is also good enough to play on the wing if you always have a teammate ready nearby, as his long passing fails him at times. Playing up front as a striker has its limitations too because of his 3* weak foot and low shooting stats. Overall, a fun card to play with, whose pace and skills on the right side of the pitch, prove tricky for opponents. He will give you the odd flashy moment of brilliance too!
Manuel Akanji – Manchester City
A transfer that not many could see coming, Akanji completed a £15 million pound move from Borussia Dortmund late yesterday evening too. The Swiss centre-half made 158 appearances for the German side, playing alongside fellow City arrival, striker Erling Haaland.
Akanji’s pace stats make him Manchester City’s quickest centre back in the FIFA 22 game, and that’ll be unlikely to change in FIFA 23. His standard FUT card boasts 81 pace in comparison to Ruben Dias (61), Aymeric Laporte (63), John Stones (70) and Nathan Ake (76).
His inform card is a solid choice in FUT 22 when building a Bundesliga XI. With 85 pace, 80 dribbling, 87 defending and 84 Physicality, he is a reliable option given his strength and skill to tackle, and out strengthen most strikers. The most logical stat boosts would be on his passing to complete the ultimate package for a Bundesliga defender.
Arthur Melo – Liverpool
The 26-year-old Brazilian international could be the solution to Liverpool’s ongoing injury problems in middle after Jordan Henderson became the latest player sidelined. The loan deal will be beneficial for both player and club as Arthur seemed to be on the fringe of the Juventus first team last season, making 31 appearances, with just 16 being starts.
Drawing comparisons to his Brazilian counterpart Thiago, it is no real surprise that he is rated 88 for dribbling and 84 for passing. These two main parts of his game will no doubt be what Liverpool are lacking with a lack of bodies in midfield.
Due to his lack of game time and standout performances last season, there were no in-form or special cards created for him. Historically in FIFA 21 and FIFA 20, the midfielder has had a series of special cards including 93 rated and 95 rated Festival of FUT Nation player cards in FIFA 21 and FIFA 20 respectively
Denis Zakaria – Chelsea
Primarily a defensive midfield player, Zakaria has also operated as a more advanced box-to-box midfielder for Juventus and Borussia Monchengladbach. The versatile Swiss midfielder has also filled in as a centre-back on occasion.
His loan to Chelsea, with an option to buy will come as suitable competition for the likes of Connor Gallagher, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic, in the heart of the blues midfield. Zakaria’s stats on FUT 22 weren’t too shabby either, with his 85 rated inform providing 87 pace, 80 passing, 81 dribbling, 85 defence and 89 physical. His ability to play both CDM and CM means he can fit into so many different formations. 4-1-2-1-2 is a personal favourite as his pace and strength to sit in defensive midfield are a great combo for a Serie A or Swiss hybrid XI.
After a three-year spell at Everton from 2016-2019, Idrissa Gana Gueye returns on a two-year contract from Paris Saint German. The deal, believed to be in the region of £8 million pounds becomes Everton’s seventh signing of the summer, as they prepare for another year battling to survive in the Premier League.
Gueye won Ligue 1 twice with PSG, as well as helping Senegal to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations title. He will probably be on the lower end of the 5 players featured in this article in terms of ratings. Currently at 82 with 83 defence, 77 physical and 78 dribbling stats, the 32 year-old is nearing the end of his career, but will no doubt bolster Everton in their plans to stay in the Premiership.
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