FIFA 14 Ultimate Team: Overlooked January Upgrades Who Will Improve Your Squad

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 23, 2014

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Saido Berahino of West Browmwich Albion controls the ball during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United at The Hawthorns on January 1, 2014 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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EA Sports recently released a comprehensive list of January upgrades for FIFA 14 Ultimate Team, improving many players' stats after their excellent performances throughout the current season.

While everyone will look toward the likes of Luis Suarez, Paul Pogba and Adnan Januzaj to develop their squads, a number of overlooked stars are also worth your time. You can check the full list of enhancements here, but let's dive straight into those lesser names who are worthy of a purchase.

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Overlooked January Upgrades Who Will Improve Your Squad

Vincent Enyeama, Lille

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Now, there are four versions of Vincent Enyeama available at the time of writing. His excellent season has lauded two in-form items and the winter upgrade, which comes in cheaper and slightly worse than the Team of the Week variations.

Even so, his progression from 76 to 79 will aid any relevant squad. Costing around 500 coins depending on the format, Enyeama is a flamboyant keeper who often pulls off stunning saves. His reflexes are monstrous at 88, while his distribution also makes him an excellent passer from the back.

You don't need to spend copious amounts on a goalkeeper, no matter the squad, so pick Enyeama's upgrade if he fits into your chemistry.

 

Saido Berahino, West Brom

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28:  Saido Berahino of West Brom celebrates scoring their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion at Boleyn Ground on December 28, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by
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Perhaps best known for his exploits with England Under-21's and his winner against Manchester United earlier this season, Saido Berahino isn't destined to remain a bronze item for long.

The West Brom forward has improved from 60 to 64, putting him on the cusp of a silver version. His agility comes in at 87, acceleration 84 and balance 80, ensuring his ability to get about the pitch is similar to many gold strikers.

Berahino also boasts 74 finishing, which teeters on the brink of gold. While he isn't particularly strong, the Baggies forward is lethal with the ball at his feet.

 

Andreas Samaris, Olympiacos

ATHENS,GREECE - FEBRUARY 5:  Andreas Samaris of Olympiacos F.C. in action during the Greek Superleague  match between Olympiacos F.C. and Panionios GSS at the Karaiskaki Stadium on February  5, 2014 in Piraeus near Athens. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/EuroFoo
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Silver squads are usually dependent on the power of midfielders. At this level of the game, a strong midfield is absolutely crucial, especially when many silver strikers are defined by their pace and not physical strength.

Andreas Samaris' winter upgrade advances him from 65 to 72, pushing him from a central midfielder to a defensive midfield type (although this is easily changed). At 6'2" he is a tall presence, someone who can regularly win headers and get the ball under control.

The Greek player possesses a large number of stats in the 70s, making him an all-round talent. He flaunts sharp passing, decent dribbling skills and can thump a ball with power. Samaris' 82-rated reactions and 99 stamina also ensure he will keep running until the better end.

Be sure to keep an eye out for future upgrades which should be happening soon, as tweeted by EA's official FIFA account:

 

Are you looking to pick any of these items up? Which upgrades have caught your attention? Let us know below.