FIFA 18: 8 underrated silver players who should get gold upgrades

FIFA 18 gold players

Fraser Gilbert picks out a handful of players who deserve a boost in EA Sports' next edition of the global phenomenon

Since its inception, FIFA Ultimate Team has arranged its standard player cards into three basic categories - bronze, silver and gold. The latter is naturally the most influential, as the game’s best players (75-rated or over) generate the biggest market fees and generally perform more effectively than their bronze and silver counterparts.

As you’d expect, players’ ratings draw much debate. Many find themselves on the cusp of a gold categorisation, but haven’t quite done enough in EA Sports’ eyes to achieve it. With that in mind, we’ve picked out eight players we think deserve the honour of a gold card in FIFA 18 Ultimate Team.

1. Alexander Schwolow

Team: Freiburg
Position: GK
FUT 17 rating: 70 , 73 (Ratings Refresh)

The young German adapted to life in the 2. Bundesliga with apparent ease, achieving promotion back to the top flight at the first attempt

Need to know: It’s amazing what can happen in two years. Schwolow seized an opportunity to become Freiburg’s new first-team goalkeeper in 2015, capitalising on the sale of Roman Burki to Borussia DortmundThe young German adapted to life in the 2.Bundesliga with apparent ease, achieving promotion back to the top flight at the first attempt. The talented shot-stopper has since led Freiburg to an impressive seventh-place finish in the Bundesliga, while also cementing his place as one of the division's top shot-stoppers.

2. Theo Hernandez

Team: Atletico Madrid (Alaves - loan)
Position: LB
FUT 17 rating: 66, 74 (Ratings Refresh)

Need to know: 19-year-old left-back Theo is the subject of much transfer speculation at present. The Atletico Madrid loanee is supposedly set to join his parent club’s biggest rivals, Real Madrid, fresh off the back of an impressive season at Alaves. His performances have earned him a substantial winter upgrade and TOTS honour in FIFA Ultimate Team this year. While his rumoured Blancos transfer would prove controversial, its high-profile nature would only enhance his claim for an improved rating in FUT 18.

3. Nathan Ake

Team: Chelsea
Position: LB, CB
FUT 17 rating: 72

The Dutch centre-back consistently impressed on the south coast, memorably scoring a last-minute winner in a 4-3 victory over Liverpool

Need to know: Ake’s Bournemouth loan spell only lasted until January before parent club Chelsea felt the need to recall him. It came as no surprise - the Dutch centre-back consistently impressed on the south coast, memorably scoring a last-minute winner in a 4-3 victory over LiverpoolHe’s since featured in Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham; don’t be surprised if he makes an even bigger impact for the Premier League champions next year.

4. Christian Pulisic

Team: Borussia Dortmund
Position: LM, RM, CAM
FUT 17 rating: 69, 74 (Ratings Refresh)

Need to know: OK, so USA’s 18-year-old wonderkid did receive an upgrade in FUT 17 earlier this year. His base card remains silver, though, and this skilful youngster has surely done enough to obtain the gold standard in FUT 18. The United States international has become a mainstay of Dortmund’s first team this season, and signed a multi-year contract with the German side back in January. Expect this young prodigy to have a very promising future.