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FIFA 16: Predicting Every Tottenham Player’s Rating

Sunday, August 23, 2015 6:27:48 PM America/Los_Angeles

Tottenham Hotspur had a relatively positive Premier League 2014/15 campaign and finished in fifth place, just six points behind those coveted Champions League places. Essentially they did ‘a Tottenham’. Mauricio Pochettino’s side looked brilliant at times but couldn’t maintain their challenge for the top four, dropping points against Burnley, Stoke and Aston`Villa during the business end of last season.

FIFA-wise Tottenham represent a sturdy pair of hands who can do you proud against West Ham, Newcastle and Stoke but against the top teams they don’t represent enough quality for you to continuously challenge your mate who has gleefully selected Man United. Spurs’ big-game players such as Christian Eriksen, Hugo Lloris and (this year’s) Harry Kane will guarantee you some luxurious button-pressing on FIFA 16 but have the North London side improved enough during the summer transfer window to begin to compete with big boys?

Not really. On a whole Tottenham’s player ratings will definitely improve due to the number of young players who broke into the first team last season (I’m looking at you Ryan Mason). Positive performances from Mason, Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose will give Pochettino’s side a boost alongside new signings, Toby Alderweireld and Clinton N’Jie but the lack of big spending this transfer window means Spurs will be continue to be the best of the non-elite sides.

This article will look at each player poised to be in Tottenham’s team next season and attempt to predict the rating that they will be given by EA Sports’ football brains. The algorithm being used takes the performances from last season combined with their FUT (FIFA Ultimate Team) card from last term.

Here’s a list of 24 Tottenham players, ordered from lowest potential rating to highest…

24. DeAndre Yedlin – 65 (-3)

FIFA 15 FUT Rating – 68

Yedlin made his Premier League debut against Aston Villa towards the ends of last season. Spurs were beaten 1-0 that day and we have not seen the 22-year-old in a competitive Tottenham fixture since. Primarily a right-back, the player will struggle to compete for a first team slot up against the likes of Kyle Walker and Eric Dier. 

23. Dele Alli – 70 (+15)

FIFA 15 FUT Rating – 55

Alli signed for Tottenham Hotspur for £5 million last January after a string of impressive performances at MK Dons where he scored 18 goals in 62 appearances. The midfielder was then loaned back to the Dons for the remainder of the 2014–15 season.

His previous rating of 55 is bound to shoot up this season as the player has now made his Premier League debut for Spurs, coming on against Manchester United during their opening game of the 2015/16 season.

22. Kevin Wimmer  – 71 (No Change)

FIFA 15 FUT Rating – 71

The Tottenham new boy, Kevin Wimmer was on the bench against Manchester United but was not included in the squad for Spurs’ trip to Stoke the following weekend.

He made his first non-competitive appearance for the club against Real Madrid during their pre-season tour last month. The centre-back is currently competing against Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Federico Fazio (who is rumoured to be signing for West Brom) for a first team place.

The 22-year-old’s rating will no doubt stay the same until the player is introduced into the team more after signing from Cologne for £4.3 million this summer.

21. Ryan Mason  – 73 (+9)

FIFA 15 FUT Rating – 64

After a successful pre-season with Spurs, Ryan Mason was included in Mauricio Pochettino’s Premier League squad and he made his debut during Tottenham’s North London derby against Arsenal. The midfielder subsequently established himself as a first-team regular and made 32 appearances for the club, scoring two goals.

The 24-year-old will be hoping to continue his fantastic development at the club and he has already appeared in both of Spurs’ Premier League games this season.

20. Kieran Trippier  – 74 (+2)

FIFA 15 FUT Rating – 72

Kieran Trippier’s rating of 72 was strong for a player who had played in the Championship for Burnley the previous season and it will no doubt rise since the 24-year-olds move to Tottenham this summer.

Known for his attacking ability the full-back is a fantastic set piece taker and his rating will grow if he can push for a place in the Spurs first-team.

19. Andros Townsend – 73 (-1)

FIFA 15 FUT Rating – 74

It’s unsure if Mauricio Pochettino rates Andros Townsend but the player has not featured in either of Tottenham’s first two Premier League games and has been linked with a number of clubs this summer.

The midfielder only made 17 appearances last season (six starts) and grabbed one goal and one assist. The 24-year-old’s development has not been as slick as expected and he will be looking to move away from North London if he is to cement a place in the England set-up next summer.

18. Ben Davies – 74 (+1)

FIFA 15 FUT Rating – 73

The former Swansea full-back had a somewhat frustrating season with Tottenham last year. The 24-year-old only made 12 first-team appearances but after a strong pre-season the defender has started both of Spurs’ Premier League games this season and will be hoping to keep Danny Rose out of the team for as long as possible.

17. Danny Rose – 74 (No Change)

FIFA 15 FUT Rating – 74

Danny Rose enjoyed a good season at Tottenham making 34 appearances and scoring four goals for the North London side. So far, he has not featured in either of Spurs’ first two Premier League games this year and will be hoping to earn his spot back from Ben Davies as soon as possible.

16. Eric Dier – 75 (+1)

FIFA 15 FUT Rating – 74

Eric Dier enjoyed a very positive first season in the Premier League and managed to score in both of his first two games for Tottenham.

He made 36 appearances for Spurs and scored two goals and embedded himself into the first team set-up. This year the 21-year-old has been used in more of a midfield role by Mauricio Pochettino and scored against Stoke during their 2-2 draw.

15. Nabil Bentaleb – 75 (+7)

FIFA 15 FUT Rating – 68

Nabil Bentaleb has now firmly established himself as a first class midfielder and one that Mauricio Pochettino used 35 times last season.

The 20-year-old’s rating will surely be upgraded from last season’s 68 as he looks to become a Spurs hero. Bentaleb signed a new five year contract with Tottenham this summer.

14. Aaron Lennon – 75 (-4)

Mauricio Pochettino has not selected Aaron Lennon in either of Tottenham’s Premier League games this season and despite a decent loan spell at Everton, the England international’s form has rapidly diminished over the last two years.

The player has not been given a squad number alongside teammate Emmanuel Adebayor and it’s widely speculated that the player will move before the end of the transfer window.

13. Clinton N’Jie – 76 (+16)

FIFA 15 FUT Rating – 60 

New signing, Clinton N’Jie is widely regarded as a strong bit of business by Tottenham this summer.

The striker likes to play off the shoulder of the last man and can also be utilised on the wing. Spurs paid £8.3 million for the player – who scored eight goals for Lyon last season – and will surely see his previous rating of 60 significantly increased.

12. Emmanuel Adebayor – 76 (-4)

FIFA 15 FUT Rating – 80

The striker simply cannot justify his 80 rating anymore as he only made eight appearances for Tottenham last season, managing just two goals. He only has 17 goals in the last three seasons and is widely regarded to be pining for a move away from the North London side with West Ham and Aston Villa interested.

If Adebayor does compete a move then it will be interesting to see if he can rekindle the form he showed during the 2011-12 season.

11. Erik Lamela – 77 (-1)

FIFA 15 FUT Rating – 78

The midfielder clearly has skills but hasn’t been able to fully excel during his time in the Premier League so far. Erik Lamela signed for Tottenham for £25.8 million and was touted as being on of the best talents in Europe.

Despite a beautifully-skilled ‘rabona’ goal in last season’s Europa league we’re yet to see the 23-year-old’s best work and Mauricio Pochettino has only used him for 30 minutes during Spurs’ first two games of the current campaign.

10. Fazio – 77 (-3)

FIFA 15 FUT Rating – 80

West Brom are currently looking to sign Fazio who hasn’t lived up to the hype that surrounded him when he signed for Tottenham at the start of last season. The former Sevilla defender played 25 times last season but the recent signing of Kevin Wimmer has put him well down the first-team pecking order.

9. Michel Vorm – 77 (-2)

FIFA 15 FUT Rating – 79

The former Swansea goalkeeper is still a reliable pair of hands for Tottenham but Michel Vorm hasn’t played enough games and is still very much Hugo Lloris’ understudy this season.

8. Kyle Walker – 78 (+1)

FIFA 15 FUT Rating – 77

A very consistent performer, Kyle Walker had a good season for Tottenham last season and despite an unfortunate own goal against Manchester United on the first day of the current campaign he is one of the most established Spurs players.

The 25-year-old will be looking to catch the eye of England boss Roy Hodgson and challenge Nathaniel Clyne for a spot at right back next summer.

7. Mousa Dembele – 79 (-1)

FIFA 15 FUT Rating – 80

Moussa Dembele remains a consistent presence in the Tottenham side and has been present in both of Spurs’ Premier League games this season.

Perhaps a 79 rating is a little bit generous given the Belgian’s lack of goals and assists last season but he still possesses natural midfield ability and is a key part of Mauricio Pochettino’s plans.

6. Toby Alderweireld – 80 (+2)

FIFA 15 FUT Rating – 78

Toby Alderweireld joined Tottenham Hotspur on a five-year contract which runs until summer of 2020 after choosing not to sign for Southampton who had taken him on loan last season.

The defender was superb for the Saints and his performances prompted Spurs to sign him for £11.5 million.

5. Nacer Chadli – 80 (+3)

FIFA 15 FUT Rating – 77

A simply outstanding 2014/15 season from Nacer Chadli has propelled him into being one of Tottenham’s most creative players. The midfielder scored 11 goals and made five assists and has already bagged a goal this season as Spurs drew 2-2 with Stoke.

His FIFA rating will surely have reached the 80’s now and an attacking force made up of him, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane could bring you some joy on FIFA 16.

4. Yan Vertonghen – 83 (+1)

FIFA 15 FUT Rating – 82

Jan Vertonghen represents the defensive core of Tottenham’s back four and is a crucial part of Mauricio Pochettino’s system at Spurs.

The Belgian defender played 38 times last season and was one of the stand-out performers of the season. His ball interception, calmness and ball skills are fantastic and he is due an upgrade on the FIFA rankings to at least an 83.

3. Hugo Lloris – 85 (No Change)

FIFA 15 FUT Rating – 85

The French keeper is still a very reliable pair of hands and played 41 games for Tottenham last seasona.

Hugo Lloris has lightning reflexes and his distribution is excellent. The 28-year-old did enough to earn his FIFA 15 rating of 85 and he will be a key part of Spurs’ success this season.

2. Christian Eriksen – 85 (+2)

FIFA 15 FUT Rating – 83

Christian Eriksen is Tottenham’s showstopper and orchestrates Mauricio Pochettino’s midfield with an elegance that is unrivalled by most. David Silva is currently rated as a 90 and the Spurs midfielder deserves to be tracking his slipstream.

The 23-year-old’s rating will no doubt rise after another successful season where he played almost every single game and scored 10 goals from midfield.

1. Harry Kane – 86 (+18)

FIFA 15 FUT Rating – 68

What a difference a year makes. Harry Kane was rated as a 68 on FIFA 15, 12 points behind Emmanuel Adebayor and 13 behind Roberto Soldado.

The striker will surely be the highest rated Tottenham player on FIFA 16 after scoring 31 goals in 51 games last season and providing Tottenham with a first class centre forward.

Let us know what you think with your comments!

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Matt Smith