02 Sep 2021 4:59 PM +00:00

FIFA 22 Ones To Watch: Release Date, Predictions, Ratings, Transfers & Everything You Need To Know

The countdown to the official launch of FIFA 22 is well and truly on.

The next offering of the yearly footballing sim will arrive in late September, which means FUT fanatics have already got one eye on the transfer market as they begin to plan their Ultimate Team setup.

The Ones to Watch promotion will be arriving soon after the FIFA 22 release date, as EA Sports put the spotlight on the stars that have switched allegances in the off season.

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Here is everything that we know so far.

Latest News - Alaba Confirmed

The first OTW player for FIFA 22 has been officially revealed!

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Real Madrid newbie David Alaba will feature as part of the promotion's release, with the centre back sure to be amongst the most popular picks in the Spanish top flight this season.

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Release Date

The offical Ones to Watch release date hasn't been confirmed just, though we expect to see it launch on Friday, October 1st.

This date coincides with the full launch of FIFA 22, with last year's OTW promotion also landing on release day.

Predictions

It's been a pretty crazy transfer window to say the very least, which spells good news for FUT fans.

Here are a few predictions as to who we may see.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus ➡ Manchester United)

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CR7 is back in home! The Portuguese forward has returned to Old Trafford, penning a two-year, mega money deal.

The 36-year-old is still up there with the best players in world football, and is sure to warrant a hefty fee in Ultimate Team this year.

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Lionel Messi (Barcelona ➡ PSG)

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There's not much doubting this one, Lionel Messi is virtually guaranteed to headline the OTW promotion this year.

The Argentine ended his near 20-year stay at the Camp Nou this summer, as financial difficulties forced a move to Paris Saint Germain.

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Jack Grealish (Aston Villa ➡ Manchester City)

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The Premier League has seen a number of big transfers already this summer, with Jack Grealish becoming the most expensive signing in Premier League history as he swapped Villa Park for the Etihad Stadium.

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The Englishman is expected to recieve a healthy upgrade to his base rating after impressing in the 2020/21 season.

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Romelu Lukaku (Inter ➡ Chelsea)

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Romelu Lukaku has been seen in the OTW promotion in previous years, and we expect to see him there again in FIFA 22 after completing a big money move to Chelsea.

The Belgian has returned to the club where he began his Premier League career back in 2011, and if he can find his goalscoring boots from his time at Inter, he's a shoo-in for a few TOTW appearances.

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Raphael Varane (Real Madrid ➡ Manchester United)

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If the concept of a Premier League version of Raphael Varane wasn't scary enough, then the thought of his OTW card is absolutely terrifying.

The Frenchman opted against signing a new contract with Real in favour of a move to the Premier League, and we expect to see him in many a Premier League FUT side next year.

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Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund ➡ Manchester United)

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Varane may not be the only Manchester United star to feature in the OTW promotion this year.

Jadon Sancho ended his 12 month transfer saga earlier this summer as he completed a move to Old Trafford. The English youngster lit up the Bundesliga in recent seasons, but can he replicate that form in the Premier League?