Constructing the greatest EPL FIFA team

Let me preface this entire thing by saying: This is not my “Best XI the Premier League has to offer.” This is not the team, which on a real grass pitch, would necessarily be the most successful. Nor is it necessarily the best available player at each position.


Soccer fan or not, millions of people play the video game FIFA every day, myself included. Whether it be Ultimate Team, the new Volta mode or Career Mode, there is something for everyone and that’s a big reason why it’s one of the most popular video games in the world. 


This team I’ve compiled is the exact team I would use if I had all the money in the FIFA world and every transfer went through. I’ll call it my ultimate career mode squad.


Formation

First, I’ve gotta figure out what formation will maximize this team’s potential, as well as what formation will cater to my FIFA playing style. By no means am I a pro, but I’d like to think I’m halfway decent. 


I center my teams around pace. So I’ve got to have wingers or quick outside midfielders and pacey outside backs would be an added plus. The easy formation choice is along the backline. Four in the back is the undoubted best selection, mainly because of the two outside backs in my team.


Just because I base my attacking style of play so heavily on my wingers, I’ll go with a 4-3-3 formation, with the wide players in the front three as out and out wingers. 

Selection: 4-3-3


Now that’s settled, let’s get into the team selections. 


Goalkeeper:

This choice is harder than it may seem. My bias tells me to pick Martin Dubravka because of my love for Newcastle, and quite frankly it wouldn’t be a bad choice at all. Up until the Premier League stopped, Dubravka made the most saves in the league, though that may have been the result of Newcastle’s possession and attacking statistics being historically low.

The consensus best keepers in the league are Liverpool’s Alisson and Manchester City’s Ederson. In my opinion, Alisson is the better shot-stopper while Ederson is possibly the best keeper in the world with the ball at his feet. But goalkeeping is about what Alisson is better at: stopping shots.

Selection: Alisson


Backline:

Three of the four picks along the backline are some of the easiest anyone could make. Disclaimer: I hate Liverpool. But Virgil Van Djik, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson are three guys who are the best, or in the top three in the world at their respective positions. They join their keeper in my team.