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Thursday, 31 August 2017 06:58

The Predictor - PES2018 Upgrades

Written by The Predictor

It is that time of the year again, as the season on PES2017 draws to a close the managers of PEN have their sights set on the next yearly installment in PES2018. The switch to a new version is always filled with equal parts of excitment and fear, managers hoping to not lose any of their players by going AWOL and wishing for the upgrades to players they have been expecting them for.

We asked the authority on PES ratings and all things football (we shall call him The Predictor to shield his real identity) to have a look at players that will be getting interesting upgrades on PES2018. He came back to us with this full starting eleven:


Name: Andre Onana
Position: GK
PES2017 Rating: 70
Owned by: ClaretMatt

Cameroonian goalkeeper from Ajax who made his debut in the 16/17 season. Currently rated a mere 70 as Onana was thought to be no more than a backup keeper for the Amsterdammers this past season. But when Jasper Cillessen was sold to Barcelona he got his opportunity and took it with both hands. Known to be somewhat insecure and inconsistent the year before for Young Ajax, he showed none of that after making his full debut for the first team. Onana is comfortable on the ball in the tradition of Ajax goalies before him, is quick of his line and has excellent reflexes. I predict a high 70's rating for Onana on PES2018, all goalkeeping stats to be 80+ with reflexes the highest one and the offensive goalkeeper trait added.
PES2018 Prediction: 77

Name: Harry Maguire
Position: CB
PES2017 Rating: 70
Owned by: Baz

English Centreback who had his breakthrough season in the Premier League for promoted side Hull City. His performances earned him a move to Leicester City this summer and a call-up to the England squad. Maguire is a typical British defender, big and powerfull and strong in the air. His current 70 overall is clearly too low and mid 70's rating would be deserved for his performaces. Expect an allround upgrade with heading, defending and tackling raised to 80 mark and touchups across all other stats.
PES2018 Prediction: 76

Name: Rob Holding
Position: CB
PES2017 Rating: 70
Owned by: Rdotman

Another English defender here in the young Arsenal CB Rob Holding. Holding moved for Bolton to Arsenal last summer and started getting more playtime towards the end of the season when the Gunners moved to a 3 at the back defense, Holding who can also play as a rightback proving a good fit as the rightsided CB. Not a typical tall and powerfull defender, Holding makes more use of intelligent positioning to win the ball back. For PES2018 an overall rating in the mid 70's is on the cards with a big boost to his defensive prowess the most important change.
PES2018 Prediction: 75

Name: Antonio Valencia
Position: RB
PES2017 Rating: 75 (RMF)
Owned by: Big Boss

Not every player eligible for an upgrade is a youngster, Antonio Valencia is a perfect example of that. The Ecuadorian who has been at Manchester United for 8 years now is only rated 75 on PES2017, clearly too low for the starting rightback of one of the Premier Leagues biggest teams. After making rightback his permanent position over the last couple of seasons there is little doubt that will become his main position in PES aswell. Im predicting an 80 overall rating for Valencia, major upgrades to his defensive stats coupled with higher pace and strength will be in store for him.
PES2018 Prediction: 80


Name: Theo Hernandez
Position: LB
PES2017 Rating: 70
Owned by: Venom984

At leftback we have the young Frenchman Theo Hernandez. He made a big impression at Alaves last season (on loan from Atletico Madrid) and was snapped up by Real Madrid this summer who shelled out 27m for the 19 year old. Hernandez is a fast attacking fullback, with a powerfull left foot (which he can take a mean freekick with) He should get a big upgrade to the high 70's for the new game, with his pace going well into 80's along with high shotpower and boosts to pretty much all other stats.
PES2018 Prediction: 78

Name: Marcos Llorente
Position: DMF
PES2017 Rating: 70 (CMF)
Owned by: Goat261

The second Spanish player in team, and like Hernandez also owned by Real Madrid. Last season they played together at Alaves where Real sent him on loan. Llorente had an extremely impressive season which saw his value skyrocket. A deeplying playmaker with sublime longpassing he should switch to the DMF position for PES2018, apart from his passing stats his defensive stats should also receive a meaty upgrade. Other stats like heading and strength will likely get a boost aswell, making him a player with an overall in the high 70's.
PES2018 Prediction: 78

Name: Jakub Jankto
Position: CMF
PES2017 Rating: 71
Owned by: Adrian83

Czech Republic midfielder Jankto gets the spot in central midfield. The 21 year old moved to Udinese last summer and became a first teamer for the Serie A side, in 2017 he also made his debut for the national team and played 4 games for them. Jankto is a real allround midfielder with a preference for the offensive side of the game. Comfortable on the ball with good passing and a fair amount of pace aswell, he has many tools in his locker. I predict a mid to high 70's overall for Jankto, with decent boosts to all his stats, speed and stamina around the 80 mark with dribbling, ball control and passing in the high 70's.
PES2018 Prediction: 76


Name: Ricardo Goulart
Position: AMF
PES2017 Rating: 74
Owned by: Wheresmark

The Brazilian with the rocket shot takes the spot as the most offensive midfielder in the upgrade eleven. Has been at Guanzhou Evergrande for the past few seasons and is widely regarded as the best player in the Chinese Superleague. Winning the player of the season award the past 2 years running as well a goldenboot, and MVP and top scorer awards in the AFC Champions League. Already has high finishing and a rocketshot in the current game, but I predict other stats like passing and dribbling will get serious upgrades taking him close to the 80 overall mark. 
PES2018 Prediction: 79

Name: Rodrigo de Paul
Position: RWF
PES2017 Rating: 69 (AMF)
Owned by: Jookoi

For the rightwing the choice has fallen on Rodrigo de Paul, the Argentinian (currently an AMF) moved from Valencia to Udinese last year where he predominantly played as a right winger. An underrated 69 overall at the moment means plenty of room for improvement for De Paul in the new game. I predict a high 70's overall for him with big upgrades on attack, ball control, passing, freekicks and body balance. Making him a well rounded winger in addition to his already good speed and acceleration, dribbling and high shotpower.
PES2018 Prediction: 77

Name: Jose Izquierdo
Position: LWF
PES2017 Rating: 69
Owned by: DonkeyHugger

On the opposite wing I have opted for the Colombian winger Jose Izquierdo. He's spent the last few season in Belgium playing for Club Brugge before becoming the record signing for Brighton this summer after a strong season where he netted 14 goals in the Jupiler Pro League. Izquierdo is a very rapid winger who likes cutting in on his stronger right foot to get a shot off. Currently the 69 rated Colombian only has pace and nothing else, but that will definately change with big boosts to his dribbling, ball control, finishing and shotpower aswell as even higher pace and acceleration, which will give him an overall in the high 70's.
PES2018 Prediction: 78


Name: Kasper Dolberg
Position: CF
PES2017 Rating: 69
Owned by: Sunzibad

Rounding out the team as the striker to provide the goals (there was no shortage of options for this position) is the young Danish dynamite from Ajax, Kasper Dolberg. Making his debut at the start of last season he quickly made the Ajax fans forget Arek Milik with his goals and performances. Combining the cool finishing of a real striker with the technique and pace of a winger, Dolberg was quickly viewed as one of the best young strikers in the game and enjoyed a great season scoring 16 goals in the league and 7 in Europe on the run to the Europa League final. There is no doubt a big upgrade is in store for him, many stats will go up to the 75-80 range including attack, ball control, dribbling, finishing, heading, shotpower, speed and acceleration, this leads me to a high 70's overall prediction for Dolberg.
PES2018 Prediction: 77

So there you have it, a full team of upgraded players. Will the Predictor be spot on or way off the mark? Find out soon when PES2018 is released!


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