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FIFA 22 TOTY Nominees: the Stakester picks

Written by Stakester
11 Jan, 2022

Desperate to pack a TOTY Messi? Or TOTY Mbappe? Find out who made our staff picks for the FUT 22 TOTY.

As you may have guessed, we’ve got quite a few FIFA fans in the Stakester office. So to celebrate TOTY voting we thought we’d share some picks for our own FIFA 22 Team of the Year Nominees. As for the best players of the last calendar year, that’s for you to decide! Here are our FIFA 22 TOTY Nominations:

Rory: our social media maestro

The best FIFA player at the company (so he says) is the first to kick us off: 

GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma 

The big Italian earns a place between the sticks, after a fantastic display at the Euros and his big-money move to PSG. Donnarumma also has amazing in-game links – especially to the ever present Kimpembe.

Defenders: Davies, Dias, Marquinhos and Cancelo

Joao Cancelo could’ve been at right or left back, but for me he’s the best full back in world football right now. His technique is unreal and he has that champion mentality.

Ruben Dias makes the grade alongside him at CB. What’s left to say about the big Portuguese defender? He was dominant in the Manchester City defence as they won the Premier League and scooped the player of the season award.

Completing the dream centre back partnership is Marquinhos. There may be other CB options that have performed better in the real world over the last year, but this was a FUT pick. With Ligue 1 and Brazilian links, Marquinhos is just top tier Ultimate Team material.

Now for LB, and probably the easiest decision of the day: Alphonso Davies is simply the best LB option available. Nobody else has that mixture of raw pace and athleticism, plus the ability to defend and attack as well as Davies does. What. A. Player.

Midfield: Kante, Kimmich, Foden

I’ve gone for a Champions League winner in midfield: N’Golo Kante. He may not have played as much this year, but he was instrumental in Chelsea’s CL run, putting in multiple MOTM performances in the latter stages.

Standing next to NG, we’ve got Joshua Kimmich. Perhaps not as deserving as previous years, but he’s quite simply one of my favourite players in the world – and his TOTY card is always cracked!

Now it’s getting controversial! Phil Foden is in – showing my English bias – but City warranted a midfield pick, and he’s been more influential than KDB over the last year. Injury is probably the only thing that stopped him in the Euros too.

Forwards: Mbappe, Lewankdowksi, Salah

Up front, it’s Thomas Muller’s favourite: Robert Lewandowski. He’s still ridiculously under-appreciated IRL and he’s not the most Meta card for FUT, but he just has to be there. Let’s hope for a proper pace upgrade.

On the LW we’ve got the boy wonder himself, Kylian Mbappe. This actually wasn’t a straight forward pick – there was serious competition – but the card will be incredible.

On the right it’s the Egyptian King: Mohammed Salah. The first name on the team sheet and the best player in the world in 2021.

For my 12th man pick, I’ve gone for Cristiano Ronaldo, the GOAT. Enough said.

Andy: presenter powerhouse

Host of our brand new Tuesday Night FIFA YouTube show – you’ll never guess what team he supports.

GK: Eduoard Mendy

Kepa wasn’t a tough act to follow, but Eduoard Mendy came to Chelsea and firmly plugged a very leaky defence. It’s hard to believe he went from Ligue 1 also-ran to a UCL winner in a year, but he fully deserved it for a string of consistent performances at the back end of last season. 

Defenders: Davies, Bonucci, Rudiger, Joao Cancelo

Cancelo just gets better and better at City – it’s hard to think of another fullback who’s that good going forward, both at keeping possession and offering a goal threat. He’s an outrageous talent, and he has a mix of skills that suit FIFA: let’s pray for a good pace upgrade.

Leonardo Bonucci is a freak of nature and a true champion: he’s 34 but he plays like someone in the prime of their life. He led from the back as Italy won the Euros, and he continues to help a very ordinary Juve team look good. He’s also a nutcase who once punched an armed robber for pointing a gun at him. You couldn’t make it up.

Rudiger is one of the most improved defenders in Europe: he looked hopeless under Frank Lampard, but since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel to Chelsea he has looked top tier in a back 3. He’s good on the ball, with the ability to carry the ball through midfield and he’s very hard to beat 1v1. He’s also the biggest shithouse in Europe, which is no bad thing for a defender.

Alphonso Davies will probably be in every team: the guy is just a freak. He’s super fast, good on the ball and he just seems like a nice guy. After seeing how he reacted to packing Messi earlier this year, I can’t wait to see what he thinks of his TOTY card.

Midfield: Kante, Barella, Goretzka

N’Golo Kante is a genuine phenom. Nobody else in world football has his engine, his defensive strengths and his ability to collect the ball in midfield, then drive at the opposition. In the buildup to Chelsea’s Champions League win he was sensational, putting in MOTM after MOTM performance. It’s amazing that such a small guy can fit De Bruyne, Foden, Modric and Kroos in his pocket.

Nicolo Barella is quietly making a play for the title of best classic box-to-box midfielder in the world. He can do everything and he plays with a maturity way beyond his 24 years. He looks certain to join the pantheon of great Italian CMs – plus he had a great year, winning the Scudetto and the Euros. 

Leon Goretzka shocked the football world with his lockdown body transformation, and it has only added to his game. He’s now an absolute unit, as well as being great on the ball, and he can bag a goal or two. He’s also the perfect FUT midfield item, he can win headers, shoot, tackle and muscle opponents off the ball. OP.

Forwards: Chiesa, Lewankdowksi, Salah

Federico Chiesa is a bit of a rogue choice, but he had such a good 2021 I couldn’t leave him out. From breaking into the Italy team and making himself a key player over the course of one Euros, to making himself the main attacking threat at a rebuilding Juve, he’s gone from strength to strength. A bad hamstring injury has ruined the start of 2022, but he will be back.

What is there to say about Lewy? The man is a goal scoring machine (he only sleeps on his left side to preserve his right leg) and provided one of the best moments of last year: when he scored an otherwise meaningless goal to break Gerd Muller’s goalscoring record with the last kick of the season. History will remember him as one of the best.

And we finish with my world player of the year, Mohammed Salah. Whether he’s banging in goals, roasting top defenders for fun or not passing to Sadio Mane – the guy is a class act. Somehow 9th in the Ballon d’Or though, which is mind boggling.

For my 12th man pick, I’ve gone for Jorginho. The guy was a joke at Chelsea two years ago, but he stayed and won a Euros and a UCL in the same year. 

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