A FIFA guru has stirred controversy online after posting his suggested Ultimate Team starter squad for FIFA 23.
Brit YouTube star NepentheZ, real name Craig Douglas, recently shared a video of his preferred lineup with his 2million subscribers.
If offers decent value for money while ensuring you still get your hands on top players.
It comes as FIFA 23 hits shelves around the globe today in what promises to be one of the biggest gaming events of the year.
Douglas, who also has a sizeable following on TikTok, kicked off his FUT tips with a solid starter squad for FIFA Ultimate Team.
That’s the franchise’s popular multiplayer game mode that lets you buy and build your dream squad.
Douglas’ effort kicks things off with Juventus goalkeeper Mattia Perin, who comes in with an overall rating of 80.
That’s not bad considering he’s the Italian giants’ backup shot-stopper behind Wojciech Szczesny.
In the back line, he opts for Real Madrid’s Danny Carvajal at right-back alongside Juve’s Bremer at right centreback.
The Brazilian is partnered with Ajax’s Dutch rock Jurrien Timber and left-back Owen Wijndal.
In the centre of the park, Juve’s Weston McKennie partners Real Sociedad’s Mikel Merino and Real Madrid’s Aurélien Tchouaméni.
The wingers sacrifice a bit of pace for other stats in order to keep the team relatively affordable.
Douglas put Madrid’s Asensio at right wing while on the other side of the pitch Steven Bergwijn of Ajax completes the midfield.
Up front, Serbian goal machine Dušan Vlahović provides the firepower needed to vanquish your opponents.
It’s decent team that most players would do pretty well with, but Douglas’ suggestions caught some flak on social media.
On TikTok, one viewer commented: “Not enough prem players unfortunately nepenthez so L”.
Another complained at the price of the squad, writing: “price:500k”.
However, others clearly saw the potential value in the lineup.
One commenter said: “Might use this.”
FIFA 23 is available to buy today and is the last in the franchise to be released by EA Sports.
The U.S. gaming behemoth had a public falling out with FIFA, football’s global governing body, over finances and the pair are going their separate ways.
This week’s FUT Team of the Week has already been announced and there are some great new cards with ratings in the high 80s.
Most impressive is Liverpool’s Mo Salah, who now joins the club of highest-rated male players with a rating of 91.
This year’s FIFA features a host of changes to player ratings, with Barcelona’s midfielder, Alexia Putellas being the first female player ever to earn the game’s highest rating of 92.
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