FIFA 16 Players Rating Predicting - Sunderland
Sunderland have shown over the last two seasons that when they have had to fight for their lives at the end of the season, they have battled bitterly and overcame quite remarkable odds to stay in the Premier League. So surely that determination with a bit of added quality this summer will help Sunderland find their true place in the Premier League, and hopefully help their supporters avoid the risk of heightened blood pressure in the months of April and May…
This article looks at how the Sunderland squad should be rated when the new edition of FIFA 16 hits the shelves in September 2015.
PS: There should be a number of new signings by the time the season comes and we do not who they will be yet, so we’ll address their ratings when the window slams shut…
28. Costel Pantilimon – 76
The giant Romanian shot stopper managed a very impressive 11 clean sheets in 28 appearances last season. Only four more goalkeepers in the Premier League managed more. For his first season on Wearside he is already becoming a fans favourite.
You should expect him to receive a base upgrade of +2.
27. Vito Mannone – 73
Due to injury and bad form Mannone couldn’t replicate the form he showed in 2013/2014 when he won the Player of the Season award at Sunderland. His bad form cost Sunderland dear in the past season, his appearances including the 8-0 capitulation at Southampton.
The Italian is certainly a good keeper, perhaps the pressure of the arrival of Pantilimon got to Mannone and his performances seemed to be reflective of that.
26. Jordan Pickford – 63
Young goalkeeper Pickford spent last season on loan at Bradford City, where he impressed many a fan of the League 1 side.
Making 33 appearances in the league is impressive for a youngster, but that figure could have been even higher if Jordan hadn’t have been sent off twice in the league. I’d suggest a base rating boost of +4.
25. Billy Jones – 72
Not many pulses were set racing when Billy Jones signed for Sunderland on a free transfer from West Brom at the start of last season. And Billy didn’t really get much of a chance to impress with just 14 starts due to injury. However in those games he did show willingness to get up and down the right flank and not shirk in his defensive duties either
A base rating of 70 in FIFA 15 is probably a bit too low, so I’d go with an increase of +2.
24. Adam Matthews – 74
Young Welshman Adam Matthews joins Sunderland on the back of four consecutive SPL title wins with Celtic. Playing the majority of games every season for the Hoops, Adam’s talent has been finely developed at Parkhead, since he joined as a 19-year-old rough diamond from Cardiff.
Coming to Wearside with another SPL winner’s medal to add to his collection, Matthews should see a slight upgrade of +2 to reflect the amount of games he has played at a young age. Adam will be a player that will increase his rating due to his age and high starting rating.
23. John O’Shea – 73
The Irishman is the club captain and has been a key figure since joining from Manchester United for the 2011/2012 season. However due to his advancing age, O’Shea will get the typical FIFA bug of becoming a much worse player because he’s over the age of 32.
O’Shea managed 33 appearances in the Premier League last season and even the most ardent of Sunderland fans will have noticed his loss of pace and positioning in the centre half position.
I think O’Shea will get a decrease to his base rating of -2.
22. Wes Brown – 72
Another player in the twilight years of his career, Wes Brown’s FIFA 16 rating will suffer because of it.
Injuries have plagued Brown’s career and last season he managed just 23 starts in the league. Brown has never had a season in the Premier League where he has surpassed 25 starts in a season.
Due to his age and loss of form I think Wes will have a -3 reduction from his base rating.
21. Sebastien Coates – 73
Signed on loan during the 2014/2015 season from Liverpool, the Uruguayan only came to the fore towards the end of the season. Manager Dick Advocaat put his faith in Coates and he delivered with a series of fantastic battling performances as Sunderland hung onto their Premier League status with one game to spare.
A base rating of 71 in FIFA 15, Coates development has been severely hindered at Liverpool where he only made 12 appearances in two seasons. Still only 23 years old, Coates has a lot of time to improve and cement his place in the Sunderland defence. I’ll go with a base rating increase of +2.
20. Santiago Vergini – 73
Making 31 appearances during the 14/15 season, Vergini wasn’t particularly impressive or particularly bad. His appearances came during the start and middle of the season. The Argentinian not really effective during the latter part of the season where Sunderland were particularly impressive, this is possibly indicative of his attitude…
Capped by Argentina, Vergini is obviously a talented player, but he was just not consistent during the past season. For that reason I don’t think there will be any change to his base rating of 73.
19. Valentin Roberge – 69
One of the signings made by infamous former scout Roberto De Fanti, Roberge made around 20 appearances over two years before heading to Stade Reims on loan last season.
Roberge made only 11 starts for Reims last season as again he didn’t particularly impress. He had a base rating of 72 on FIFA 15, something which I think is far too high for a player who will be nowhere near the first team in the coming season.
I’d suggest a decrease of -3.
18. Patrick Van Aanholt – 73
Dutch speedster joined Sunderland last season from Chelsea. Patrick was signed as a long term solution to the left back berth which has never been cemented since the days of Michael Gray.
Patrick made 28 appearances last season, and having pace in the back four was certainly refreshing.
Van Aanholt’s base rating is 71 from FIFA 15, I think that was too low to start with so I would suggest an increase of +2, which leaves plenty of room for improvement.
17. Anthony Reveillere – 73
French veteran Reveillere joined Sunderland in January 2015 on an initial deal to the end of the season. This has since been extended to next season. When called upon Reveillere was steady and used his experience well in the rear guard.
Due to his advancing years, Reveillere will probably lose a point off his overall.
16. Jordi Gomez – 72
Gomez had a base rating of 69 on FIFA 15, which for a regular Premier League performer is a strangely low rating.
In 29 appearances Gomez scored 4 goals and contributed 2 assists, in a decent first season in Wearside.
Due to his low former rating, I envisage an upgrade of +3.
15. Charis Mavrias – 67
Signed the season before last, Greek international Mavrias has not hit the heights expected of an international.
Loaned out to Panathinaikos last season, Mavrias didn’t make an impression there either. Who knows where he’ll end up this season.
I’d suggest a base rating decrease of -2.
14. Liam Agnew – 58
Youngster Agnew has only ever made 1 appearances over the last two years.
Totalling 3 minutes in total, Agnew has been on the bench 8 times in his Sunderland career.
A regular for the under-21’s, young Liam’s rating will probably remain the same.
13. George Honeyman – 56
Another youngster who hasn’t made totalled over ten minutes of senior football.
At 21-years-old perhaps it’s time for Honeyman to move on.
He’ll stick with the same rating regardless of if he stays or goes.
12. Adam Johnson – 77
Sunderland’s highest rated player before the arrival of Jermain Defoe, Johnson is one of Sunderland’s best players.
Off the field issues may affect whether he’ll be in the next instalment of FIFA at all.
If he is included I think he’ll stay the same.
11. Sebastian Larsson – 74
Swede Seb is Sunderland’s lowest rated senior midfielder, which is perplexing when he is revered as the fans favourite at the Stadium of Light.
Another solid battling season from Seb helped Sunderland retain their Premier League status. What Seb lacks in technique and skill he certainly makes up in tenacity and work rate.
I’d suggest an upgrade of +2
10. Liam Bridcutt – 71
Bridcutt has struggled for a run in the team since his move from Brighton. Particularly detested by the fans as the fight for survival was on going, the Premier League probably isn’t the level for Liam.
A rating of 71 down from 73 would reflect what Liam is, a backup reserve midfielder.
9. Lee Cattermole – 75
Many a pundit now will agree that Cattermole is now in the bracket of a solid Premier League midfielder. Though he picked up 14 yellow cards last season, Cattermole is maturing into a fine player and captain for the Black Cats.
With talks of an England call up towards the end of the season, I think Catts will get a +1 boost to his rating.
8. Jack Rodwell – 75
There is no denying the talent of box to box midfielder Rodwell. However his lack of appearances over the last four seasons is something he needs to rectify if he is to reach the upper echelons of the game.
Jack did match his highest number of starts in a season last season with 17. Shipping in with 3 goals, I think Jack’s rating will go down by 1, his rating should be reflective of the progress and talents he has. So a -1 off his rating, a rating he has had for the last four years, should be reflected.
7. Emanuele Giaccherini – 77
Injury plagued the little Italian internationals season last year, he managed only 8 apprearances in the league all season.
However the impact he had in his first season will be remembered by the Sunderland faithful, and they’ll be hoping he can stay fit for the coming season. I believe Sunderland should aim to build the team around him, he is that good.
I think Giacc’s will remain as a 77
6. Duncan Watmore – 65
Now you’ll be wondering how can I justify a player who didn’t make a single league appearance last season with an upgrade of +8? Well its simply really, Watmore has had a brilliant season for the u21’s and has been recognised with a call up to the England U20 side at the prestigious Toulon tournament, where he scored and laid on countless assists.
Duncan won the Premier League U21 Player of the Season award, after scoring in 7 consecutive games for the Black Cats reserve side. Duncan is a player in the Thomas Mueller mould, fiercely athletic and tenacious, a real nightmare for defenders.
Sunderland fans will certainly see more of young Duncan this season.
5. Will Buckley – 70
Another import from Brighton, Newcastle United fan Buckley has not justified the move to a Premier League club just yet.
Fleeting appearances and rare glimpses of his long rangey dribbling style have not attributed to a particular memorable season.
I’d suggest a downgrade of minus 1.
4. Danny Graham – 71
Another North East lad, Middlesbrough academy graduate Graham scored just once during the season. However it was an important one, deflecting a ball into the net to secure a memorable win away at Everton towards the end of the season.
Danny’s base rating on FIFA 15 was 69, for a Premier League striker with a history of goals, I think this is a bit too harsh. Bearing in mind Danny made a huge contribution towards the end of the season with his physical presence and hold up play.
I’d suggest an upgrade of +2.
3. Connor Wickham – 72
Young Connor made 33 appearances in the league last season. But have we seen any improvement from Wickham over the last two seasons? Farmed out wide this season saw the big lad ineffectual, but without an obvious goal scoring threat, where should he play?
Due to the amount of appearances he made last season and that he is still only 22-years-old, I think Connor’s rating will stay the same with plenty of room for development.
2. Steven Fletcher – 75
One of the big earners at the Stadium of Light, fans won’t have been too pleased to have seen Fletcher posing with his Lamborghini towards the end of the season, when the Black Cats were in serious trouble.
Fletcher has always scored goals, but it’s the lack of effort that irks fans the most. Only five goals last season and just three the season before, the goals are drying up for the Scotsman.
For that reason I think Fletcher will get a downgrade of -1.
1. Jermain Defoe – 80
A few fans would have been sceptical when Sunderland brought in veteran Defoe from Toronto, on a rumoured £80k per week contract. However I don’t think they’d care much now after Defoe scored a belting volley to win the derby last season.
Defoe has scored goal wherever he has gone, and is an ex-England international with huge Premier League pedigree.
Though he is well beyond 30, his experience and ability to put the ball in the back of the net, will make his overall rating the same as it was in FIFA 15.