EA Sports really have cornered the market in console sports games, with their FIFA series leading the way. Football games have definitely come a long way since Chris Kamara’s Street Soccer graced the Playstation 1.
Every release of the new iteration of FIFA is met with fanfare and heralds as fans clamour to grab a copy and fire up their console with their favoured teams or custom-built squads.
The latest version of EA’s football juggernaut came out October 6 and is already flying off the shelves – as one would expect.
Here are the top 10 players in the Sky Bet Championship.
10 – Wayne Rooney (CM/CDM – Derby County) OVR 77 POT 77: Former Manchester United and England great Rooney signed for Derby County as a player-coach on his return from the MLS at the start of 2020. Has featured in 29 games for the Rams, scoring 7 goals.
9 – Mikel San Jose (DM/CM – Birmingham City) OVR 77 POT 77: Defensive midfielder Jose arrived from Spanish side Athletic Bilbao in late-September this year on a free transfer. After 304 La Liga games, yet to make his Championship bow.
8 – Joshua King (STR/CF – Bournemouth) OVR 77 POT 77: 28-year-old striker King arrived at Bournemouth from Blackburn Rovers on a 2015 free transfer. Since arriving he’s gone on to make 175 appearances for the Cherries, scoring 50 goals.
7 – Jefferson Lerma (DM/CM – Bournemouth) OVR 77 POT 80: 25-year-old Lerma arrived from Levante in early August 2018 for £25m. Has featured in 70 games for the Cherries, scoring 5 goals – 2 of these in this season’s Championship.
6 – Diego Rico (LB/LWB – Bournemouth) OVR 77 POT 78: Burgos-born Rico is another Bournemouth player to make the FIFA21 top 10 list. He joined for £13.5m in late-July 2018 and has gone on to make 49 appearances, adding 6 assists.
5 – Said Benrahma (LW – Brentford) OVR 77 POT 80: Flying Algerian Benrahma was signed for £1.5m from Ligue 1 side Nice. His two years at Brentford has seen him make 94 Bees appearances, scoring 30 goals and adding 27 assists.
4 – Emiliano Buendia (RM/RW – Norwich) OVR 77 POT 83: 23-year-old Argentinian Buendia arrived at Carrow Road at the start of July 2018 for a £1.5m fee, He’s gone on to make 81 appearances for the Canaries, scoring 9 goals and adding 25 assists.
3 – Etienne Capoue (CDM/CM – Watford) OVR 78 POT 78: 32-year-old Capoue was an £8m signing for the Hornets from fellow Londoners Spurs in 2015. He’s made 170 appearances for Watford since then, scoring 14 goals.
2 – Ismaila Sarr (RM/STR – Watford) OVR 78 POT 87: 22-year-old Sarr signed for Watford from Rennes for £27m in early August 2019. He scored 6 goals and registered 6 assists in his debut Premier League campaign last season.
1 – Ben Foster (GK – Watford) OVR 79 POT 79: 37-year-old Foster signed for Watford in early July 2018 for £2.5m from West Brom. A veteran of 364 Premier League games, Foster has made 160 appearances for the Hornets, conceding 220 goals and keeping 42 clean sheets.
An honest top 10.