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Make your voice heard! Vote for the FIFA 18 Community TOTS on Futhead
As you'll no doubt have gathered from today's big announcement and Aaron’s post as well, EA have decided to follow a similar model they used for TOTY by allowing the community to have their say on who they want to see get a big upgrade.
With there only being one Community TOTS this year, this team is going to be made up of a mix of bronzes, silvers and golds, and I anticipate a similar sort of split to what happens in Team of the Weeks.
So, let's get into my picks and recommendations for who I think will get in, and who deserves it most.
Jan Oblak - We start off with a relatively easy pick in my eyes. The Atletico Madrid keeper has had another fine season, helping take his side to the semi-finals of the Europa League as well as second in La Liga. In his 31 league appearances this season, he has managed to keep 19 clean sheets and conceded just 15 goals. Although a lot of credit has to go to the back line in front of him, there is no doubting how good he has been throughout the season, with his excellent average of just under 2 stars per game over the course of the season.
Ben Davies - In the full Premier League TOTS, the left back spot is perhaps the most difficult to fill. One of the best candidates for that spot is Spurs left back. With Danny Rose suffering from persistent injuries, the Welshman has taken full advantage and established himself as one of the most consistent full backs in the league. Often operating as a roaming wing back, he hasn’t been as good as some others going forward, but his defensive contributions that make him stand out ahead of the crowd. With 11 clean sheets in his 25 appearances and only 20 conceded, he has helped keep Spurs defence as solid as last season despite various injury problems throughout the season.
James Tarkowski - After breaking into Burnley’s first team last season, he has made himself a mainstay in the team. His importance to Burnley is undeniable, and his constant excellent performances have helped Burnley keep the fourth best defensive record in the league, despite the club having one of the lowest budgets in the league. His performances have attracted the attention of both the Polish and English FA’s, before he decided upon playing for England and will no doubt be on the plane to Russia in a couple of months time.
Gerard Pique - Another year, another excellent season for Barcelona. The Spanish giants have been almost impossible to catch this season, only dropping points four times throughout the season. Although he may not be as dominant as he has been in the past, there is no denying how important the veteran Spaniard is to the team, with Umtiti’s growth and improvement no doubt partly due to his influence. He may only have two goals this season, but he isn't as renowned for his attacking threat as the likes of his national team defensive partner Ramos. A deserved inclusion.
Philipp Max - Another year, another emerging star in the Bundesliga whose career has gone from strength to strength this past year. Operating mainly as a left wing back or left back, his attacking threat is what makes him stand out stats wise, with a league high 12 assists, but his defensive work has also been a big help in keeping Augsburg well clear of the relegation zone. On Kicker, he has the best rating of all left backs in the league with 3.07, and has featured in their TOTW an impressive five times in 29 games. Not a bad season for a 24 year old who is in his first full season as a full first team starter.
Aviles Hurtado - For my next pick, we head over to Mexico and to Monterrey. Although his form hasn’t been as good in the Clausura as it was in the Apertura, he played a key role in helping his side top the Apertura. Scoring 11 goals in the first half of the season, his performances and contributions were a big part of that success and his importance is showing now more than ever. A slight loss in form for him has seen Monterrey’s performances drop as a whole and they currently sit fifth in the Clausura with three games to go. He has failed to contribute in just 11 of the 26 games he has played, and averaged a goal contribution every 108 minutes.
Javi Martinez - Since Lahm’s retirement back in 2014, Bayern have been searching for someone who can occupy the space he left both at right back and, more recently, CDM. Joshua Kimmich proved a great find to fill in at full back, but it has taken a couple of years and a change in manager for Javi Martinez to establish himself as their first choice CDM. The big Spaniard has proven to be a revelation under Jupp Heynckes, moving back into the position where he played a lot in his early career after being benched by Carlo Ancelotti at the start of the season. Constantly breaking up plays and quickly turning defence into attack, as well as being comfortable on the ball and slowing things down, he currently ranks on Kicker as the fourth best midfielder in the league behind Lars Bender, Leon Bailey and teammate James Rodriguez, showing just how good he has been.
Geoffrey Kondogbia - Valencia may be on track to cause a massive upset and force Real Madrid down into a fourth place finish in La Liga, with the Spanish giants currently a point behind Valencia. Valencia’s impressive record, including an unbeaten run that lasted from the start of the season until December, saw them sit just a just behind Barcelona for long periods at the start of the season. A lot of that success is due to their solid defence, which Kondogbia helps lead from just ahead of them alongside Parejo. With 4 goals and 4 assists, he is a danger going forward as well, and the level of his performances shows by the fact that he is rated as one of the best midfielders in the league, with WhoScored ranking him just behind Kroos and Casemiro and ahead of the likes of Saul, Modric and Busquets - who is also on the shortlist for this TOTS.
Jose Callejon - Although he wasn’t able to replicate his performances from last season, which saw him score and assist 14 goals, he has still proven vital to Napoli’s title challenge. Napoli have won every game he has scored or assisted this season in all competitions and, although he has played a lesser part this season compared to Insigne and Mertens, the trio have been almost unstoppable once again this season. His average Gazzetta rating of 6.19 is not amazing, but is nothing to be scoffed at as well.
Jamie Vardy - The party returns for another year with the Leicester man returning to form to help Leicester get back into the top half of the league. Vardy may not have reached his excellent form from their title winning season, having only scored twice in one game this season, but with 17 goals so far this season, he has proved vital to Leicester this season. With this being a community vote, and Vardy being a big FUT favourite, that only adds to his claim for a spot in the TOTS.
Sebastian Giovinco - This was perhaps the toughest spot in the team for me to pick, with the other strikers all seeming fairly obvious, I was torn between Giovinco, a FUT Favourite, and Bendtner, who I feel could earn a lot of votes purely because he is ‘Lord Bendtner’. I have opted for the Italian as he helped Toronto made up for their loss in the previous MLS Cup final by beating Seattle in a rematch of the final this year. He was their star player of the season was without a doubt, running defences riot once again. Despite being plagued by injuries throughout the season, he still managed to score 17 and set up another 7, averaging a contribution just over every 100 minutes. Of the six games Toronto lost last season, Giovinco was out injured for two and failed to score or assist in the other four, showing just how important for the Canadian side he is.
Alisson - After Julio Cesar’s retirement from the Brazilian national team, they were lacking an obvious successor. Step up Roma stopper Alisson. Since his €7.5m move from Internacional back in summer 2016 he has improved massively, even ousting former Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny from the first team. With a clean sheet roughly every other game and conceding just 26 goals in 31 games, he has been a key part to Roma’s success this season which was topped off by their recent comeback against Barcelona.
Kieran Tierney - This spot was one of the last I filled, as I simply couldn’t decide between Tierney and Chiellini. The Italian veteran hasn’t played for large parts of this season, but his influence and consistency has helped Juve to what looks like another league title. However, my Scottish bias couldn’t tempt me away from Celtic’s constantly improving left back. He has shown his ability to play anywhere across the back line, something he has done several times this season for club and country, as well as in a more advanced wing back role. He has shown experience far beyond his years, and puts in high standard performances almost every week, with solid defensive displays and also making valuable contributions going forward. His ability to compete at the top level is in no doubt, and with a host of big clubs rumoured to be interested, Manchester United being the latest rumoured to have stepped up their interest, it can’t be long until he starts making a name for himself at one of the top teams somewhere in Europe.
Presnel Kimpembe - At the start of the season, I doubt many people would have suspected that the 22 year old was going to be PSG’s main defender this season, but that is how things have turned out. Although he is still considered their third choice centre back behind Marquinhos and Thiago Silva, and has been benched several times because of them, he has played the most minutes out of the trio. With L’Equipe still being used as the main source in Ligue 1, and the French paper ranking him as the second best player in the entire league, it shows just how good he has been this year.
Marco van Ginkel - After joining Chelsea at the age of 20, van Ginkel had a hard time breaking into a midfield with the likes of Lampard, Ramires and Oscar. Various loan spells later, he has finally found form back in his homeland playing for PSV Eindhoven, where he has been made club captain. After a disappointing third place finish last season, PSV look set to win their third league title in four years, and could even do it today if they beat second place Ajax at home. With 14 goals and 4 assists, he has led by example and, along with the extremely talented Hirving Lozano, helped carry PSV to the top of the table.
Ruud Vormer - A great season for the Dutchman has helped Club Brugge to a healthy lead at the top of the Championship group in the Pro League. With an impressive 10 goals and 15 assists from CM, he has been involved in 37% of his teams goals this season, which have helped his team pick up an impressive 18 extra points. He will be a well deserved inclusion and one that will no doubt be fairly cheap with some excellent IG stats to match his big rating increase.
Lee Jae Sung - I have gone with a bit of an unknown player to many for this spot. Lee Jae Sung helped carry Jeonbuk Motors to their third league title in four seasons, providing excellent performances from midfield. Voted the league MVP last year, it shows just how highly rated he was throughout the season, and with 8 goals and 12 assists during the normal season and the playoffs, averaging a goal contribution every 117 minutes, there is no doubting that he deserves a spot in the team.
Camillo Ciano - The Italian winger has shone since moving to Frosinone last summer. After his successful year back in 2014/15, which saw him get a TOTS MC card, he has had another great season. With 11 goals and 15 assists, he has been a revelation this season and helped Frosinone to be in with a chance of promotion to Serie A after being relegated two years ago. Ciano has played a vital role in their success, with his contributions helping them gain another 27 points. There is little doubt that he thoroughly deserves a spot in the team.
Alireza Jahanbakhsh - The Iranian winger is having a fine season, boasting the best average rating on VI (6.64) and the second best on WhoScored (8.15), behind only the Moroccan playmaker Ziyech. With a strong 15 goals and 10 assists this season, he sits third in the goalscoring charts and also the assist charts which have no doubt played a massive part in AZ Alkmaar’s impressive season that sees them sit 11 points ahead of last season’s champions Feyenoord and needing just two points to guarantee themselves a Champions League qualifier next season.
Moussa Marega - With five games left to play, Porto sit just one point behind Benfica, who they play this weekend in what could easily be a title deciding game. An average rating of just under 7 from A Bola, mainly thanks to his 20 goals and 3 assists, the Porto striker has played a key part in their title challenge this season. Throughout the season, the longest he went without being involved in a goal was just two games, which in an incredible feat.
Burak Yilmaz - Yilmaz is one of only nine players to cross the divide between the three Turkish giants, but it as his current side Trabzonspor that he is currently tearing up defences. Although age may be starting to catch up with him and injuries starting to become more common, he has only missed six games all season, but is still averaging a goal a game. With the Super Lig being very close in the mid-table, a top quality goalscorer can be the difference between survival and relegation in a season and Yilmaz is that difference. His goals and assists have gathered his side an extra 16 points this season, and his influence on the team is most obvious looking at one simple stat:- Goals per game with him playing v without him playing: 2.1 v 0.67
Jaime Mata - What a season the Real Valladolid striker is having. After a disappointing season last year, he has completely turned things around this season. 32 games, 26 goals and 5 assists later, he has helped carry his side to a comfortable mid-table position by single handedly getting them another 27 points, without which they would be almost doomed for relegation already. There have been a couple of occasions where he may have had a chance of getting an IF, but his overall form and consistency makes him almost guaranteed to make the side.
Adebayo Akinfenwa - Beast Mode was definitely turned on this year as a FUT favourite from a few years ago found form once again. With his second highest goal tally in his career of 17, and his highest ever assists count of 14, he should be a guarantee for a spot in the TOTS based on his performances and contributions alone. Those goals and assists have helped earn Wycombe an extra 28 points which have helped them push for promotion.
So that’s who I think will get in the TOTS. With this being a community vote once again, it may be difficult to predict what will happen, but I hope that both of the predictions posted can help show how we feel best to vote.