EA has announced the full list of 21 players who make up the Future Stars roster.
What Future Stars are, essentially, is stat-boosted versions of players that EA think are on the cusp of becoming special players. These cards are designed as imaginings of just how good these players could be if they go on to fulfill their full potential.
The list includes the likes of Jadon Sancho, who is currently taking the Bundesliga by storm at Dortmund; Roma’s Justin Kluivert, son of the legendary Patrick Kluivert; Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has been a revelation at right back for Liverpool; and Matteo Guendouzi, the Sideshow Bob lookalike who has had an impressive first half of the season following his move from Lorient to the mighty Arsenal in the summer.
EA has said that 6 more Future Stars will be made available in the future, and one more Future Star will be decided by players. Players can log in to FUT between 6pm on Saturday 19th January and 6pm on Monday 21st January to vote for the next future star. Players will be able to choose from Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka (who has done wonders for my fantasy team), Nice’s Allan Saint-Maximin, Hoffenheim’s Reiss Nelson (on loan from Arsenal – I’m hoping he continues his great form when he returns), Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek, and Real Madrid’s Brahim Diaz, who joined Madrid from Manchester City just a couple of weeks ago.
A number of players have—understandably—expressed some concerns over the introduction of Future Stars. Most of those players have pointed to a lack of realism, as some of these cards are now more powerful than established, world class players despite having barely kicked a ball, but there’s also a general feeling that Ultimate Team is peaking too early this year, with many players concerned about the number of very highly-rated players that are already available in the market just four months into this years game. Logically, a larger number of highly-rated players being available lowers their value, which may mean that most players end up with a squad of superstars quicker than usual, thus negating the idea of slowly building a better squad of players that Ultimate Team offers.
If I’m honest though, I’m not sure that EA care about that. They see Ultimate Team as a way to continually rake in the cash throughout the year, and offering players more incentive to buy packs is what keeps that money rolling in.