FIFA 22 will be released to the public on October 1st and despite spending the majority of the year complaining about how much we hate it - we’re probably still going to buy it.
For West Brom fans, it sees them start their careers in the Championship once more following relegation from the Premier League.
Luckily for them, though, it doesn’t seem to have affected their FIFA player ratings too much. Every cloud and all that.
In fact, Sam Johnstone has even seen his card get a boost. The Baggies shot-stopper was recognised for his talents when called up to the England squad this past summer and it seems as though EA Sports are echoing that recognition.
Not only has Johnstone’s card seen an increase in rating (75 to 77) but the 77 rating also means he’s the highest rated Championship player on FIFA 22 tied with fellow goalkeeper, Fulham’s Paulo Gazzaniga.
Despite relegation from the Premier League, there were other players that saw an increase in overall rating for the new game.
Grady Diangana’s card goes from 73 to 74 - just missing out on the gold by one. Wing-backs Conor Townsend and Darnell Furlong also see a plus one increase as they both move from 71 to 72 but the biggest increase of all comes for last year’s young player of the year, Dara O’Shea. The young Irish defender was only rated 68 in FIFA 2021 but has jumped up to a respectable 71 in this year’s edition.
Although as above there were a few rating increases, it’s inevitable following a relegation that there will be decreases and that there were.
Robert Snodgrass took the biggest hit dropping from 77 to 74 whereas Matty Phillips (75-73), Jake Livermore (74-73) and Karlan Grant (73-72) also took their losses.
The good news for the latterly mentioned Grant is that he retains the title of fastest player in the Baggies squad for the second straight year. His 86 pace beats Diangana who has 83 and Callum Robinson who comes in with 79.
Skill moves & weak foot
In terms of skills, that man Diangana’s name crops up again. Both he and Phillips are the only players within the squad that boast four star skill-moves so will be highly sought after prospects for those all Championship/Silver Ultimate Teams.
Eleven players come in behind those two with three star skill-moves including Adam Reach who, along with Phillips, also has the highest weak-foot rating in the team. Both displaying four stars in that particular trait.
And for the label nobody in the changing room wants, albeit it has to be taken with a pinch of salt. For the second consecutive year youngster Saul Shotton retains the infamous lowest rated Baggies card with the overall rating of 53.
Shotton spent the first half of the 2020/21 campaign on loan at National League side Woking but that sadly for him didn’t see him worthy of a rise in the eyes of FIFA. Fellow youth player, 17-year-old Rico Richards, was next in line with the overall rating of 54.
West Bromwich Albion’s FIFA 22 player ratings in full
- Sam Johnstone - GK - 77 rated
- Grady Diangana - LW - 74 rated
- Robert Snodgrass - RW - 74 rated
- Jake Livermore - CDM - 73 rated
- Semi Ajayi - CB - 73 rated
- Callum Robinson - ST - 73 rated
- Matty Phillips - RW - 73 rated
- Alex Mowatt - CM - 73 rated
- Karlan Grant - ST - 72 rated
- Kyle Bartley - CB - 72 rated
- Darnell Furlong - RWB - 72 rated
- Matt Clarke - CB - 72 rated
- Conor Townsend - LWB - 72 rated
- Adam Reach - LWB - 71 rated
- Dara O’Shea - CB - 71 rated
- Jordan Hugill - ST - 70 rated
- Kenneth Zohore - ST - 69 rated (nice)
- David Button - GK - 68 rated
- Cedric Kipre - CB - 68 rated
- Jayson Molumby - CM - 67 rated
- Alex Palmer - GK - 66 rated
- Rayhaan Tulloch - LW - 61 rated
- Jamie Soule - ST - 58 rated
- Owen Windsor - ST - 56 rated
- Rico Richards - LW - 54 rated
- Saul Shotton - CB - 53 rated
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