Tottenham Hotspur's ratings on FIFA 14 look very interesting now.
FIFA 19 has been out for just over three months now, and Tottenham Hotspur fans will have been living out a pipedream on Career Mode; actually making a signing or two!
Player ratings are such a huge point of discussion every year, and it's always interesting to go back and see how EA rated some Spurs players five years ago.
Did they live up to their potential? Have they made EA look like fools? Here is how some of the top current Spurs players rated back on FIFA 14...
Starting with Tottenham's goalkeepers, Hugo Lloris was rated at 84 overall and 86 potential. The Frenchman may have his detractors, but he has exceeded those ratings, sitting at 88 for both in FIFA 19. Elsewhere, Michel Vorm stood at 80 overall and 81 potential, but has dipped slightly now to 77 in both categories due to his age, whilst Paulo Gazzaniga now sits at 74 overall, just one behind hit 75 potential in FIFA 14.
So far, so good; nothing too egregious. There were a couple of defenders that will leave EA red-faced though. Kieran Trippier started out at just 72 overall and 78 potential in FIFA 14, compared to 82 for both now, Ben Davies was just 70/79 but is now 81/84, with both full backs far exceeding their predicted levels.
Jan Vertonghen (now 87) and Toby Alderweireld (now 86) have both exceeded their respective 85 and 82 potentials, Danny Rose (81) has surpassed his 79 potential, whilst Serge Aurier bang on; he was at 80 potential for FIFA 14 and is at exactly that rating on FIFA 19.
Into midfield; a 73 overall Eric Dier was just months away from his move to Spurs, and is well on his way to reaching his 83 potential from FIFA 14. Moussa Sissoko wasn't predicted to improve much from his time at Newcastle and....yeah, maybe EA got that one right. Victor Wanyama was virtually bang on with an 81 potential, as was Mousa Dembele with 84; the duo sit just one shy of those ratings on FIFA 19.
The biggest mistake, as you can see, was with Dele Alli. A 17-year-old Alli remarkably sat at just 54 overall and 76 potential. Now a mega-star, Alli has an 85 overall rating and 90 potential in FIFA 19, summing up his meteoric rise in recent years.
Son Heung-min has eclipsed his potential from FIFA 14 and is predicted to get even better, and the same can be said for Christian Eriksen, who sits bang on his 88 potential but is now predicted to go even further to 91. Erik Lamela incredibly has exactly the same overall rating he did five years ago at 81, nowhere near his 86 potential.
One player really hasn't lived up to his FIFA 14 potential though, and that's Lucas Moura. The Brazilian winger was tipped to reach 90 overall, but five years on, he's only at 83 – and doesn't seem like he'll ever get to that 90 rating. On FIFA 14, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou was an unknown and...well, to be honest, few Spurs fans would argue with him being rated at 59 now, just as he was, rather than the 75 he is now. At least that's just one shy of his potential five years ago...
In attack, it's all about Harry Kane. Rated just 68 overall and with 80 potential, Kane is now the most deadly striker on the game at 89 overall and 91 potential, 21 and 11 point boosts in each category in just years; pretty incredible. Fernando Llorente has suffered significant dips from 82 to 76 in both overall and potential to round out the squad.
This look back goes to show the incredible progress made by Spurs in the last five years, with most of the big differences coming underrating players rather than overrating them.
The likes of Davinson Sanchez, Juan Foyth, Harry Winks, and Kyle Walker-Peters were not available in FIFA 14, so it will be fascinating to check back with their ratings in a few years...
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