Leicester talisman, Arsenal hero… Five players destined for a huge rating increase in FIFA 17

FIFA ratings are one of the great debating points for any football fan. The base mark given by EA Sports for a player’s perceived ability can rile any fanbase when they see that X isn’t better than Y and it just gives endless entertainment on one of the most widely played video game franchises in history.

There’s clearly plenty of research and all that jazz that goes in to the development of these games, and loads of analysis and similar stuff that is completely overlooked by enraged football fans who just want a lovely, irrelevant argument. Anyway, us football fans really enjoy these meaningless arguments and we actually find them beautifully soothing, despite the dead-ended nature of them.

FIFA 17 has recently released news of all it’s features for the new game with all sorts of waffle about passing mechanics, driven low shots and the ability to play some sort of story mode that offers limited flexibility.

For all EA Sports’ is failings, they tend to be near enough spot on with these ratings, but here are FIVE stars that certainly deserve a boost!

Riyad Mahrez

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The Premier League’s PFA Player of the Year is criminally under rated on FIFA 16. The winter update saw the Algerian playmaker increase to a measly 76 and it would be a shock if he doesn’t increase by another few notches this summer.

Considering his superb season, Mahrez must be in contention to become one of the highest rated players in the Premier League. Could we about to see Leicester’s star pass the magic 85? Maybe…

Hector Bellerin

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 2: (2ndR) Hector Bellerin celebrates scoring the 3rd Arsenal goal with (L) Alex Iwobi, (2ndL) Nacho Monreal and (R) Mohamed Elneny during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Watford at Emirates Stadium on April 2, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

After being considered by many as the best right-back in the league last season, Bellerin’s rating of 77 seems a little low.

The Spanish full-back currently has daunting pace stats, but he might just see an increase to the golden target of 80 this summer. His attacking ratings will need to improve and surely there is a chance that Bellerin becomes one of the best career mode signings considering his age.

Eric Dier

Eric Dier

England’s midfield anchorman and Tottenham’s most crucial player – arguably – Dier’s rating hanging down at 74 will infuriate many a fan after his splendid campaign.

The winter update did him little in the way of favours and there are those that will argue the former Sporting Lisbon man should be up around the 83. His ratings are not as a physically domineering as many possess in defensive midfield and perhaps other numbers need to be boosted to compensate.

Julian Weigl

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Dortmund’s midfield youngster had a stellar season for the German club and, despite a significant rise in the winter update, he is deserving of an increase of several more records.

Weigl broke the record for the number of touches in a Bundesliga game last season and he is one of the most rounded young players in European football at the moment. Like Dier, Weigl is a 74 at the moment and a potential rating increase should seem him move as high as an 82.

Casemiro

Casemiro

Currently rated as a 77, Casemiro is clearly the runt of the Real Madrid squad on FIFA.

However, his role has grown dramatically under Zinedine Zidane and is one of the first names on the team sheet for the biggest games. He’s unlikely to come close to the world class ratings of his midfield partners, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, but a nudge up towards the low 80s wouldn’t be a surprise.