Transfer Deadline day: what it means for FUT
Ronaldo comes home and Mbappé stays at PSG with Messi – but what does it all mean for Ultimate Team in FIFA 22?
Strikers for days… and £££s
Let’s start with the big guns: strikers are back in the premier league. After the decline of Sergio Aguero, the prem was starting to feel short of a couple of top goalscorers. Thanks to Chelsea and Manchester United and their seemingly endless pockets, that won’t be a problem this season!
The arrival of Romelu Lukaku and the return of the living legend that is Cristiano Ronaldo means that as long as you’ve got the coins, you won’t be lacking goals this year. Plus Ferran Torres’ apparent move to striker means we could see some extra pacy in-forms. Crystal Palace signing Odsonne Eduoard is a good bet for a starter ST too.
Back in midfield, we’ve got some interesting additions too. Jadon Sancho would make a nice addition to any team (especially if you get his OTW) and Jack Grealish should finally be due the stat boost that we all know he deserves.
At the back, Barça’s Emerson Royal joined Spurs – and could be a decent option for a quick starter FB. Dan James also joined Leeds United, which won’t affect his status as a decent early game supersub.
Mbappé and Messi: the last dance
It was a bit touch and go for a second, but Kylian Mbappe is staying at Paris Saint Germain. Real Madrid couldn’t get the deal over the line, but they’ll almost certainly be signing him next year.
That means this is your last chance to enjoy him in your Ligue 1 setup, and what better way to do that than by lining him up right next to Lionel Messi – with a green link and everything! The league now also boasts Hakimi, Ramos and Wijnaldum. It’ll be expensive, but like at PSG, if you have the money anything is possible.
Ligue 1 has lost a star though, with Eduardo Camavinga moving to Real on deadline day. He’s a good bet for a cheap starter card, but we expect him to get loads of in-forms.
Looking up in La Liga?
Antoine Griezmann’s shock return to Atletico de Madrid could spell joy for La Liga fans. For a long time the lack of a good central ST might’ve put players off building a Spanish focused FUT. But, Griezou’s return to Atleti could see him move back to that ST position, and give you a pacy, skilful forward to lead the line.
We can’t talk about La Liga without mentioning the new Dutch element at FC Barcelona. Frenkie De Jong and Memphis Depay really are a tempting duo, and Memphis’ strong goalscoring start to the season makes us think he’s going to get some in-forms. The only question is, with Ramos and Varane gone, is La Liga even a viable option this year?
While we’re talking about the corrupt Catalans, Barcelona did their annual baffling striker signing, with Luuk de Jong joining Martin Braithwaite in the “how did I get here” squad. In other news, the league swapped some FBs with objectives favourite from last season Marc Cucurella joining Brighton and Hector Bellerin moving to Real Betis.
Feeding defenders to the Wolves
One of the most satisfying parts of early FUT is using broken starter cards that will become useless by Christmas. The arrival of Hwang Hee Chan at Wolves opens up the prospect of a serious partnership with Adama Traore. Two players this quick are guaranteed to cause early carnage, whether or not either one of them ever scores a league goal IRL.
The departure of Moise Kean to Juventus on a season long loan is… well it happened. Ainsley Maitland-Niles is staying at Arsenal. BUT, in exciting news, we might just get a POTM Michal Antonio to start off the season. Imagine that damage that beast could do early on.
The ones that got away
Prem fans who were salivating at the thought of a Varane/Kounde CB partnership can wipe their mouths now, as Sevilla raised their asking price at the last minute and Chelsea pulled out of the deal. You’ll have to make do with Varane/Kounaté instead.
It was all very quiet at Anfield too, presumably they spent the budget on Klopp’s laser eye surgery over the summer. It was well worth it though, you’re looking sharp Jurgen!
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