11 players from outside Europe’s top five league who deserve an upgrade on FIFA 17

Now that the mid-season transfer windows have shut around Europe, FIFA 17’s winter upgrade is predicted to take place over the next ten days.

Having already covered the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A, we look at the best of the rest from around Europe.


Squads are expected to be updated imminently and with that will come rewards for those players who have shown their class in the first half of the season.

So with that in mind, here is a look at 11 players from the rest of Europe who could be in line for an upgrade.

Andre Silva: (Porto)

Rating: 74

Potential Rating: 78

With 16 goals in 27 club appearances for Porto this season, it would come as no real surprise to see the Portuguese striker lofted to somewhere in the high 70s.

When Cristiano Ronaldo suggested that he would prefer a Real Madrid move for the 21-year-old forward, there were many turned heads. For the father of Portuguese football to stake such a claim was a gleaming appraisal for the youngster and we believe, as a result, Silva is certain for a winter upgrade.

Second only to the seasoned goalscorer Bas Dost in Liga NOS, Silva is well ahead of years as a complete forward.

Kasper Dolberg (Ajax)

Rating: 68

Potential Rating: 75

As is a trend for emerging European footballers, Dolberg is plying his trade in Amsterdam with Ajax. Having already scored 13 goals for the club this season, the 19-year-old Dane is already earning upgrades in FIFA.

With the January upgrade imminent, Dolberg is expected to be given a little bolster. A fair rating would sit somewhere in the mid 70s, a vast improvement on his original rating of 68 back at the beginning of the season.

In his last three games, he has notched two goals and three assists which is exactly the reason we believe he is in line for a gold card.

Davy Klaassen: (Ajax)

Current rating: 80

Potential rating: 82

When you play the majority of your football through the middle of the pitch, yet still manage to muster up 14 goals for yourself, you deserve some kind of recognition. Klaassen was the last winner of the Dutch Player of the Year, voted for by the players in the Eredivisie and Dutch second tier, typifying the troubles players have in opposition to him.

He’s laid on five assists for his teammates, scored four in four in the Champions League and is well deserving of a significant winter upgrade. It is unlikely he will benefit from any substantial upgrade, but at just 23 years old, Davy Klaassen is showing all the signs he could one day reach the mid-80s.

Danilo Pereira (Porto)

Current rating: 82

Potential rating: 85

Already rated favourably, the Portuguese holding midfielder is an absolute wall and has been a significant factor in his side conceding just 11 goals in 21 matches. It feels like a bidding war is looming with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool all gossiped to be interested.

The club recently made moves to advance his release clause to over the £50m mark, and a FIFA winter upgrade to mark the occasion seems fitting.

Being such a proficient header of the ball, it is expected that he will have stats improved in jumping, which sits currently at a meagre 63. As for his passing ability, bumpers are expected in his short and long passing which currently stand at just 79 and 75 respectively.

Bruma (Galatasaray)

Current rating: 77

Potential rating: 80

Another Portuguese player to have impressed this season is Galatasaray’s winger Bruma. As the club struggle to keep up with Besiktas and Istanbul Basaksehir at the top of the Super Lig, Bruma remains a constant attacking force.

With seven goals and six assists in 19 league appearances, it’s becoming more and more evident that there is more to Bruma than raw pace and power. Rated in the mid-70s in attributes such as crossing and attacking positioning and rated as low as 69 for finishing, it is expected that the exciting 22-year-old winger will rise to the 80s.

Nicolai Jorgensen (Feyenoord)

Current rating: 76

Potential rating: 80

Feyenoord are flying. Having scored 58 goals and conceded just 12 in 22 games, they sit five points clear of Ajax in second position.

Part of that success is down to Danish striker Nicolai Jorgensen, who has bagged a remarkable 17 goals and nine assists in 28 club appearances this season.

The 6’2” forward is a true no.9; a particularly capable holder of the ball and linker of play in the final third this season, which is why it is estimated that we will see improvements in his attributes in short passing (70), attack positioning (72) and most significantly, his finishing (74).

Eric Botteghin (Feyenoord)

Current rating: 76

Potential rating: 79

You might have noticed Feyernoord’s outstanding defensive record this season. Conceding just 12 in 22 games is tantamount to Capello’s AC Milan.

One of the principal reasons behind Feyenoord’s defensive stability is Brazilian Eric Botteghin who is a backs-to-the-wall, throw-yourself-at-anything type of defender, which a quintessentially Brazilian ability to play around with the ball.

Winning 62% of his aerial duels, it would be expected to see improvements in jumping (73), but improvements with his short passing (56) and general ball control (64) would help mould him into the player we have seen this year.

Pizzi (Benfica)

Current rating: 81

Potential rating: 83

The resourceful Portuguese midfielder is one of the principal reasons Benfica sit top of the Liga NOS this year. Able to play a CM, CDM, RM, LM or CAM, Pizzi is a manager’s dream.

The 27-year-old has scored eight in 21 appearances this season, meaning we are likely to see improvements on his modest 73 finishing statistic.

Aside from that, the player with the joint-top appearances for Benfica this season has proved five assists for his teammates, so it’s likely there will be a few attacking statistic bumpers for Pizzi during this winter upgrade.

Already able in dribbling, agility, ball control and balance, it is likely we will see movements into the 80s for the likes of his attacking positioning (77) and crossing (79).

Reza Ghoochannejhad (SC Heerenveen)

Current rating: 67

Potential rating: 72

Hopefully, the Iranian forward will see his efforts this season with Heerenveen rewarded appropriately. It is perhaps too ambitious to hope for a gold card, but 13 goals in 22 appearances for Ghoochannejhad is one of the driving factors behind the club’s push for the Europa League places.

Considering his particularly competent hold up play and eye for goal, there will certainly be improvements in areas of his game such as finishing (66) and short passing (61). His ability to break with pace means we will probably see attributes like his ball control (71) and balance (73) elevated, but yes, a gold card seems a bit far-fetched.

Cenk Tosun

Current rating: 78

Potential rating: 80

With Besiktas soaring at the top of the Super Lig, it would come as no real shock to see some of their star players upgraded this month.

But one star performer, namely Cenk Tosun, has managed 15 goals in his 20 appearances this season and is putting opposition defences to the sword at will.

Already rated at 78, it would be fitting to see his finishing (77) reach 80 and for his already magnificent heading accuracy (82) to be accelerated into the mid-80s.

Quincy Promes (Spartak Moscow)

Current rating: 81

Potential rating: 83

The Russian Premier League has gone largely under the radar since its finances were blown out of the water by China, but that does mean to say there isn’t still an abundance of talent in there.

Ex-Ajax youth Quincy Promes is setting the league alight this year from Spartak Moscow’s right wing. Linked with Liverpool in January, Promes has no doubt caught the attention of the FIFA developers and will be one to look out for once the upgrade takes place.

With six goals and assists to his name, it is probable that we will see improvements in vision (76), attack positioning (79) and short passing (74). He’s already regarded well at 81, but another good season with Spartak means the 25-year-old Dutchman must surely be in line for another upgrade.




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