EA Sports FC 24 is right around the corner and it’s almost that time of year when the official player ratings are released, but which players in League One deserve an upgrade in the game’s next instalment?
Releasing in September 2023, EA Sports FC 24 is the latest instalment of the FIFA franchise, except this will be the first version of the game without the ‘FIFA’ branding, following the license expiring.
Every year, the games player ratings always cause a debate on social media regarding to players that have either been rated too highly or haven’t been rated high enough by the bosses at EA Sports. This also includes players that have starred in a particular game but haven’t received the special card to reward it.
In League One next season, there will be seven new teams all hoping to compete for a place in the Championship. These teams include Reading, Blackpool and Wigan Athletic from the second tier as well as Leyton Orient, Stevenage, Northampton Town and Carlisle United from League Two.
During the 2022/23 season, we saw plenty of rising stars throughout the division as well as some players who played a staring role for their respected sides but were underrated in FIFA 23 itself. This means that there will be an increased amount of focus around the latest player ratings reveal in September as to which players have received their deserved upgrade, which have stayed the same and which have been downgraded for one reason or another.
With that being said, let’s take a look at five players from League One that deserve a big upgrade in the game’s next instalment.
Ben House – Lincoln City
Beginning this list we have Lincoln City striker Ben House, who was rated at 56 in FIFA 23 and is almost certainly in line for a major upgrade in the next game. The 24-year-old scored 12 league goals last season for the Imps as well as providing two further assists.
The Scottish forward scored more league goals than Derby’s James Collins, Sheffield Wednesday’s Josh Windass and Ipswich Town’s George Hurst, all of which are higher rated on FIFA 23 than House, meaning it is almost certain that his rating will improve on the next game.
Eoin Toal – Bolton Wanderers
From scoring goals to defending the goal, Bolton’s Eoin Toal was just 62 rated in FIFA 23, despite his impressive performances for the League One side last season. The centre-back scored three goals last season as Ian Evatt’s side reached the top six.
The Northern Irishman played a key role in helping the club push for the playoffs last season and is almost certainly in line for an upgrade during the next instalment of the FIFA series in September.
Liam Bennett – Cambridge United
An outside option next as Cambridge defender Liam Bennett is almost certainly in-line for a big upgrade in the next game. The 21-year-old is just 57 rated in FIFA 23 and made 48 appearances in all competitions last season.
This included two goal contributions as well as 23 appearances in the third tier. This also includes his successful loan spell with League Two side Walsall and in my honest opinion, he is in line for a big upgrade in EA FC 24.
Luca Connell – Barnsley
Despite their play-off final defeat, Barnsley’s Luca Connell is one player that is nailed on to receive an upgrade. The midfielder made 48 appearances in all competitions last season and contributed to 12 goals, with ten of those being assists.
The Irishman picked up an assist during the club’s play-off campaign and has continued to play a key role in Barnsley’s midfield, following his arrival from Celtic and has the potential to become a silver card in the next instalment, which means a rating of between 65 and 74.
Gatlin O’Donkor – Oxford United
My final player is potentially the biggest potential upgrade, which would see Oxford United’s Gatlin O’Donkor in line for a major upgrade in the next instalment of the FIFA series.
The youngster was just 51 rated in FIFA 23 but made 29 league appearances last season, as well as scoring five goals in four games in the FA Youth Cup and is almost certainly going to receive a significant upgrade in September.
Let us know your thoughts on this list and if we’ve missed a player in particular.