FIFA 19 Ultimate Team: 11 players who need big boosts after the World Cup

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea • England)

It seems incredible that after a sublime season for Crystal Palace, which led to him ousting Jack Wilshere from England’s final World Cup squad, Loftus-Cheek’s immediate future remains the subject of much speculation. A loan move to Everton or back at Selhurst Park has been mooted, but regardless of whether or not RLC kicks off the season at Chelsea, it is at least certain that his FIFA silver-card days are behind him.

FIFA 18 rating: 74

Predicted FIFA 19 rating: 78

Koo Ja-cheol (Augsburg • South Korea)

South Korea’s staggering last-ditch win over Germany – which famously sent their opponents home after the group stage – bore extra significance for Koo, as the only member of his nation’s squad based in the Bundesliga. Couple that role in the World Cup’s biggest shock with a third solid season for Augsburg, and you have justification for a FIFA ratings bump.

Hell, we’d argue a 99 overall rating for opening goalscorer Kim Young-gwon, if only Guangzhou Evergrande were in the game…

FIFA 18 rating: 76

Predicted FIFA 19 rating: 79

Diego Laxalt (Genoa • Uruguay)

A left-midfielder by definition, Laxalt turned in effective performances at left-back for Uruguay during March’s China Cup – and cemented his new position during this tournament, with 15 recoveries and 13 clearances.

Genoa’s signing of Domenico Criscito likely means the position switch isn’t one he takes at club level, but even if he ends up playing between the sticks, a leap into 80+ territory in FIFA 19 appears locked in.

FIFA 18 rating: 78

Predicted FIFA 19 rating: 81

Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt • Croatia)

The 24-year-old Rebic made little impact in the final – eventually substituted on 71 minutes – but that shouldn’t count against him when assessing the tournament as a whole.

Now established as an industrious, speedy complement to Luka Modric, Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Perisic, he’s already had one ratings boost in FUT this year (from 72 to 76) and a successful World Cup likely means another is imminent.

FIFA 18 rating: 76

Predicted FIFA 19 rating: 79

Kylian Mbappe (PSG • France)

World Cup winner, young player of the tournament, (joint) Golden Boot runner-up: this was the tournament that launched Mbappe onto the same plane as Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar, and his new FIFA rating will undoubtedly reflect that.

Expect a scramble for his services from both EA and Konami (developer of PES) over the next year, too – barring injury, you’d anticipate the sport’s newest megastar to be fronting a video game for the first time come September 2019.

FIFA 18 rating: 84

Predicted FIFA 19 rating: 88

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