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The Ultimate Guide to Newcastle United in FIFA 18

Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
He’s holding up the 1 because he’s our highest rated player
Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

Happy FIFA day! This is the day that everyone has been waiting for, unless you could care less about video games. I got a chance to play the game last night, thanks to EA Access, and got a ton of information that I want to share with you guys.

We’ll start with the ratings. So below I have every player on the roster’s rating. If you want to hear my thoughts on some of the players, and see all of their stats in depth. It is important to note that the ratings in the video could be slightly different than the ratings found below in the text version of lists. That’s because one is recorded footage from my Xbox and the other is from this website.

Florian Lejeune - 79

Jonjo Shelvey - 77

Henri Saivet - 77

Jesus Gamez - 76

Ciaran Clark - 76

Chancel Mbemba - 76

Javier Manquillo - 76

Matt Ritchie - 75

Dwight Gayle - 75

Christian Atsu - 75

Aleksander Mitrovic - 75

Joselu - 75

Ayos Perez - 74

Mikel Merino - 74

Mohamed Diame - 73

Jamaal Lascelles - 73

Jack Colback - 73

DeAndre Yedlin - 73

Rolando Aarons -72

Isaac hayden - 71

Paul Dummett - 71

Massadio Haidara - 70

Jacob Murphy - 68

Curtis Good - 64

Macaulay Gillesphey - 62

Jamie Sterry - 62

Liam Gibson - 61

Liam Smith - 61

Daniel Barlaser - 61

Basin Ben El-Mhanni - 56

Some quick notes about the player ratings. Florian Lejeune and Jonjo Shelvey are our highest rated players, and rightfully so. Lejeune was one of the best La Liga Defenders last season, not on Real/Atletico/Barca, and Shelvey has easily been our best midfielder over the last 3 seasons. There are a lot of players who are underrated such as Lascelles, Merino, and Ritchie. I would expect these players to go up in rating as the season goes on. Especially Lascelles, who has been one of the best defenders in the Premier League this season. All of our strikers are rated 75, which speaks to the mediocrity at the position and the need for a new one. Another thing of note is that all of our loaned out keepers are higher rated than our actual keepers on the roster, with Sels’ 75 and Krul’s 77 being better than Elliot’s 71 and Darlow’s 70. One more thing of note, is that it is strange that someone who has largely been mediocre in the PL in Javi Manquillo is rated as one of our best defenders. Finally, it is important to recognize that our most expensive signing, Jacob Murphy, is one of our lowest rate players with an overall of 68.

If you were to do a career mode with this team I would recommend trying to sign a keeper, a striker and a left back. Just like in real life, British players are stupidly expensive and their wages are really high, so it is wise to look elsewhere to fill these positions.

When playing with the team in game, a quick pass tiki-taka-style of play works well with this team because in general passing in this edition of FIFA feels better. It also is wise to play the ball out wide because we have a good amount of pace on the wings with the likes of Murphy, Yedlin, Atsu and Aarons. Two out of our three strikers are target men who hold up the ball well, and both are excellent in the air. So, be sure to cross the ball into them or use them to hold up the ball on counter attacks while your faster wide men are sprinting up the pitch.

That’s all I have for you all, if you ever want to play me my gamer tag is in that video, and if you ever want to talk FIFA be sure to tweet at us (@ComingHomeNUFC).