Robert Lewandowski and Sir Isaac Newton have taught you how to strike the ball in FIFA 14, so now’s the time to consider which individuals should do exactly that in your Ultimate Team selections.
The FIFA 14 Web App is live right now, meaning you can already tinker with your team for EA Sports’ upcoming online mode. Unless you’ve already succumbed to "Ultimate Teamitis," you’re unlikely to have invaded the nearest wallet for funds that will make Roman Abramovich cry directly from his yacht window and into the sea.
With Chelsea’s weeping oligarch in mind, let’s take a look at a number of strikers who should be considered for your Ultimate Team lineup at FIFA 14’s launch. Whether you’re looking for pace, power or outrageous finishing ability, we’ve got it covered.
Before we delve in, it’s worth noting all statistics and FIFA 14 images are provided by FUThead.
Best Ultimate Team Strikers to Use on Launch Day
Lewis Grabban, Bournemouth
Thank god Grabban remained a bronze player this year.
Coming in at 64 overall, the Bournemouth forward is a versatile striker to start with for anyone building English or Championship-based sides.
Available for around the 1000 mark on bid, his combination of ridiculous pace and surprisingly adept finishing ability makes him lethal in all situations. Grabban is not blessed with the greatest ball control, as 51 is disappointing for a bronze, but his 70-rated strength and 93-rated agility more than make up for this.
He's certainly a rough diamond.
Romelu Lukaku, Everton
The first thing to say about Lukaku is simple: If you can afford the Belgian right now, snap him up.
Having progressed from silver to gold this year, many players will initially refrain from giving the 77-rated forward a chance in their elite squad. Much like Jose Mourinho’s decision to let the prolific powerhouse spend this season on loan at Everton, such scepticism is misguided.
Lukaku remains an impressive specimen on FIFA 14. While the 20-year-old’s pace is a huge plus, his ability to fend defenders off is particularly useful if you’re utilising hold-up play. With 90-rated strength, he is amongst the most powerful behemoths on the game.
As the striker showed with his debut winning goal for Everton against West Ham, just give him a chance.
Marco Sau, Cagliari
Similar to Lukaku, Sau has enjoyed a leap from silver to gold this year. Also rated 77, the fleet-footed Italian oozes class and efficiency, but he is best used alongside another striker due to his small frame.
Unlike its predecessor, FIFA 14 doesn’t give an advantage to those prioritising pace. Although Sau is extremely quick, utilising him next to a partner who can regularly win headers is an excellent idea. The Cagliari hitman needs someone to take physical responsibility of the opposition in order to let his attacking prowess show.
With finishing stats of 83 and a 90-rated sprint speed, giving Sau the chance to shine has the potential to be the smartest cut-price option of the year.
North American players only have to wait until Sept. 24 for the game to drop, while European users must remain patient until Sept. 27.
Which strikers will you be building your FIFA 14 Ultimate Team around on launch day?