It’s rare to see a Serie A TOTS without multiple Juventus representatives but a poor showing from the usual Italian champions looks set to see them with just the one. Instead, we turn towards the Milan clubs who have excelled and produced an enthralling title race. Several meta players are included in the potential TOTS with a couple of players that could among the best in their position not only this FIFA but over years of the game!
Mike Maignan – GK- OVR 84>>93
The keeper debate is a difficult one with several sides recording strong totals in terms of defence but I think most can narrow it down to the three of Handanovic, Szczesny and Maignan. For me the Frenchman edges it, especially should AC go on to lift the title. With Donnarumma parting ways with the club last summer there was a huge hole to fill but the Frenchman has made the position his own, so much so that despite losing arguably the keeper of the year it’s a position that has not been missed. Maignan will also be a popular choice amongst the FIFA community which is always a bonus
Ivan Perisic – LWB - OVR 81>>94
EA has been very hesitant about awarding IF’s to Perisic which does question their positioning of the Croatian but with his MOTM coming as a LWB I am still confident on LWB being his placement. It has been a new role for the Croatian who has always based his game on the offensive side of the game but despite having more defensive responsibility he has taken the role and made it his own for Inter being one of their stand out players this year. Inter’s defensive record is very strong with just 31 conceded in 36 and with seven goals and six assists Perisic has offered his trade at both ends of the pitch. Should this card happen and it is based on an increase to his FantasyFut card, Perisic may become the best LB we have seen in the history of the game from an attacking perspective at least.
Fikayo Tomori – CB - OVR 79>>93
One of the biggest scandals right now is the fact that Tomori fails to get a real chance at international level. The English CB has excelled since moving to Italy in a very competitive AC Milan side yet fails to beat the likes of Coady and Mings to a spot in the squad let alone the side, if anything this just highlights the bias of the Premier League. I’m not saying that any of those mentioned are bad defenders as they are not but Tomori has been outstanding for Milan and is a real talent who deserves to be involved in the squad. As for TOTS it's almost guaranteed that Tomori will feature.
Kalidou Koulibaly – CB - OVR 86>>94
I’m sure I will get some stick surrounding the exclusion of Inter Milan CB’s however with a limited number of positions I couldn’t fill the entire squad with inter options, especially if they fail to lift the title. Napoli was a difficult side to include but Koulibaly is a fan favorite and the Senegalese defender has been a rock at the back once again this season while also adding a handful of attacking contributions. A headliner card is a hint towards EA respecting performances throughout the first half of the season and thus I am willing to take the punt on Koulibaly.
Theo Hernandez – LB - OVR 84>>94
Hernandez has become somewhat a go to LB in terms of FIFA over recent games but he is actually one of the best in the world too and at just 24 years of age has a really bright future ahead of himself. Much like Perisic, Hernandez has done a job at both ends of the field with AC Milan also only conceding 31 goals so far this season. While the Frenchman has recorded four goals and six assists from the LB role. With these impressive statistics alongside the fact, that EA knows Hernandez will sell them packs there is no scenario in which Hernandez fails to make this side.
Marcelo Brozovic – CDM - OVR 84>>94
There is a lot of attacking talent within the Inter side but with that, you need a player that will do the dirty work for you and in turn allowing your creative talent to thrive. Brozovic does exactly that and is one of those players that will often get underappreciated as a result. The fact he picked up a POTM card speaks wonders for how good he has been, although he did grab both his goals during that period to secure it. The Croatian tops the highest average ratings this season for Gazzetta which although that means nothing for this side specifically it shows just how important to Inter he has been this campaign.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – CM - OVR 85>>94
There are limited spots available in these TOTS side and although Lazio is likely to finish 5th I do expect them to gain a few positions in this side. One of those looks set to be SMS with the Serbian midfielder dominating as he usually does from the middle of the park. With ten goals and eleven assists to his name, this season is no different and once again he will end FIFA in the not so elusive Guillit gang.
Nicolo Barella – CM - OVR 84>>95
Barella has not been short of special items this season, with three IF’s and a headliner to his name he is one of the most featured players performance wise. This is always a good indicator heading into TOTS even if you don’t do your research and thus, I would expect Barella to be in almost every prediction you see. There is good reason for that though and Barella really is the real deal. The Italian boast good statistics, especially on the assist front and is one of the highest average rated players in the division. An easy choice for TOTS really.
Sandro Tonali – CDM - OVR 77>>95
Both Milan sides are going to heavily feature in this TOTS side but when it comes to the likely champions, AC Milan it is actually quite difficult to distinguish TOTS contenders and outside of Hernandez it would be relatively easy to ignore the rest of their players. Tonali is one of the punts I am opting for though with the Italian playing a huge role in the middle of the park for them. He doesn’t compete in raw statistics however as a CDM that is rarely the case. Gazzetta are always rating him highly and there's obviously logic behind that. Also, what a card this would be should it happen
Ciro Immobile – ST - OVR 87>>96
Once again Immobile has torn apart the Italian division and the question has to be asked just how good Immobile could have been under a different career route. The Lazio striker is currently four goals ahead in the golden boot race with a colossal 27 to his name. Lazio does look set to snatch the final European spot for next season but the question has to be asked of just how much influence Immobile has had on that and at 32 years of age, I doubt many teams will want to risk going for the Italian and thus Lazio are likely to have him for a few more seasons yet.
Dusan Vlahovic – CB - OVR 78>>95
Just about everyone knows the name Vlahovic now but previous to this season his name was far from a household one. The Serbian has seriously impressed in Serie A though with both Fiorentina and Juventus after his January move to the Italian giants. With 23 goals to his name over the two clubs, Vlahovic is second in terms of the golden boot race and with no shortage of special cards to his name, despite starting the year as a 78 rated gold, he looks to receive a ridiculous card when Serie A TOTS drops.
Bremer – CB - OVR 76>>92
EA could easily ignore this one as Bremer is getting the shout as a defender in a midtable side but the Torino defence has been superb this season, only conceding 38 in 36 games, which is only 7 more than the league's best defensive record of 31. Bremer has been the rock at the back for them and his performances have been acknowledged by the likes of Leicester and Chelsea with the Brazilian looking very likely to depart over the summer as a result of his performances this season.
Rafael Leao – LW - OVR 77>>93
What a talent Leao has broken through to become. Particularly towards the latter periods of the season Leao has been phenomenal for AC Milan and has been a large part of what looks to be the title winning side. The Portuguese winger has recorded 10 goals and six assists and with the youngster declaring he is happy with life at Milan it looks as though he may be there for many years to come. His trickery is a joy to watch while his end game is already developing to be at an elite level. Although I have him on the bench due to overall rating and position I very much doubt that EA won't feature the youngster this season.
Hakan Calhanoglu – CM - OVR 82>>92
Perhaps one of the most surprising players this season was Calhanoglu. The Turkish midfielder has always shown glimpses of magic but has always been inconsistent in his game. His role in Inter’s title challenging side looks to have brought the best out of him though as shown by his impressive performances throughout the season and he also has a POTM award to boast. Seven goals and eleven assists are what Calhanoglu provides statistically but his constant playmaking ability for Inter has opened routes week in week out for them.
Domenico Berardi – RW - OVR 82>>92
When you see the names in Italy you wouldn’t expect Berardi to be a reoccurring theme within these sorts of sides but the Italian continues to carry Sassuolo and although there have been slight rumors of a departure he just gets on with his job. Despite Sassuolo finishing mid table this campaign Berardi has managed to record ridiculous numbers with 14 goals and 13 assists from the wing. These numbers make him among the highest goals contributed to across all of Europe’s top leagues let alone Italy.
Lorenzo Insigne – LW- OVR 86>>94
There have been a lot of central players from the Serie A this season, largely due to how most of the sides are set up but either way it has forced the wide players out of the main side. Insigne should feature one way or another though with strong performances and also flashback opportunities. We will speak directly from a performance basis this season though and with 10 goals and 9 assists, the Italian has been a regular among the goals for Napoli this season.
Mario Pasalic – CAM - OVR 78>>92
With Pasalic coming off the bench on a regular basis it really does harm his chances of making this side and I debated his position for a while against the likes of Simeone, Abraham and Skriniar but in the end, I simply couldn’t ignore a midfielder with 13 goals and 6 assists to his name. Atalanta will be disappointed with their finish this season but there have been some strong players within their squad and they will look to build upon it heading into next year.
Lautaro Martinez – ST - OVR 85>>93
We end the prediction with another world-class striker in Martinez. There is a lot of hype surrounding Martinez, who is still only 24 years old and it looks like Inter have accepted the fact he is likely to move on with multiple Premier League sides declaring interest in the striker. With 19 goals and three assists, he is slightly behind the likes of Immobile and Vlahovic but I can’t see a scenario where Martinez doesn’t feature one way or another.