EA Sports Reveal FIFA 14 Ultimate Team January Upgrades: Januzaj, Suarez, More

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22:  Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United misses with his penalty attempt during the Capital One Cup semi final, second leg match between Manchester United and Sunderland at Old Trafford on January 22, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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EA Sports have announced a batch of 70 January upgrades for FIFA 14 Ultimate Team, rewarding the football season's most improved performers with a statistical enhancement.

Those who stick to Twitter will have seen the announcement first:

Although EA annually issue new player items after the winter transfer window, the publisher also released a quick rundown of how the upgrades work. If you already own one of the players who has received a tweak, it's more than likely you'll need to purchase the new item to enjoy an improved performance:

A full list of upgrades can be found right here. Below, we detail a handful of items that are sure to receive plenty of interest.


January Upgrades to Try First

Adnan Januzaj, Manchester United

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We all saw this coming, but Januzaj's transformation from a 61-rated bronze to 73-rated silver highlights the impact of the Red Devils' bright spark.

The 18-year-old Belgian now possesses gold standard dribbling with a push to 80, per FUThead, making him an excellent addition to relevant squads.

The decision to keep Januzaj away from gold is a smart one by EA. It ensures his bronze variation maintains value, while it also allows a significant improvement if he happens to receive a second in-form across the rest of the season.


Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28:  Daniel Sturridge (R) of Liverpool is congratulated by teammate Luis Suarez (L) after scoring his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 28, 2014 in L
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Oh jeez, improvements to both members of the so-called SAS?

Sturridge's original item is already lethal, his pace and goalscoring ability is sharp enough to win any match. Suarez, while lacking in physicality, already boasted silky dribbling skills and willingness to wriggle away from challenges.

Expect the ball to stick even closer now that Suarez's dribbling is at 91. Combined with Sturridge's two-point boost, Liverpool's prolific duo just got even more intimidating.


Ross Barkley, Everton

SWANSEA, WALES - DECEMBER 22:  Ross Barkley of Evertonin action during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Everton at the Liberty Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Unlike Januzaj, EA decided to upgrade Barkley to a gold item. It's a well-deserved improvement for the Englishman, who has waltzed his way through many experienced defences with his pace and power this campaign.

Barkley is likely to remain relatively cheap in both gold and silver form. Only a handful of silvers command heavy prices, while his positioning at the lower end of the gold scale should keep him affordable for those who wish to invest in the upgrade.

EA Sports detailed some of their favourite new items, while also announcing that another batch of upgrades will be available soon:

Are you planning on picking any of these items up? Did EA mess up any of the improved numbers? Let us know in the comments section below.