Hello and welcome to the first of my fortnightly columns. I hope that I will be able to highlight a few players who might have escaped your attention and help you to make informed decisions that will improve your FIFA Ultimate Team.
The start of the season has featured everything football fans love; great goals, surprise results and new emerging talent. Benteke and van Persie have both hit the ground running, and Benteke in particular has shown why clubs were chasing him in the closed-season. We’ve also seen injuries take their toll on Ben Foster and Lukas Podolski who both made this week’s EA SPORTS’ Team of the Week, receiving overall player boosts. It’s a shame both are out for a considerable time and won’t be able to build on their early season form.
As for new heroes, Cardiff fans definitely have one in Fraizer Campbell, who made the EA SPORTS subs bench for his two goals against Manchester City, and Norwich supporters are clearly taking to Ricky van Wolfswinkel although I wonder what they thought of him only having 12 touches in 90 minutes against Everton. The last outfield player to play 90 minutes in a Premier League game and have fewer touches was David Wheater who took 10 for Middlesbrough against Fulham back in 2007, scoring with one in a 3-1 win.
While it's clear who the stars of the opening weeks were, I'm keen to highlight a few names who you might not have considered for your FUT team. It's early days but I have been very impressed with Southampton's Luke Shaw and he could be one to watch especially if you're going to build your chemistry using English players in FIFA 14.
Also I can’t finish without saying how delighted I am to have been included as one of the original Legends for the Xbox version of FIFA 14. The list is a real who's who of the past 30 years and it's great that EA SPORTS considered me worthy to go in the game.