Ones to Watch in FIFA 23 – Robert Lewandowski, Erling Haaland and Co. as good as certain

Robert Lewandowski’s transfer is one of the biggest transfers of the summer of 2022 and EA Sports has a special category for such events in FIFA Ultimate Team.

FIFA 23 is getting closer and closer. For the release of the last FIFA title of its kind, the Ones to Watch (OTW) in Ultimate Team mode are still expected. These special cards focus mainly on top players who have changed clubs between seasons. This also includes prominent names from the Bundesliga.

When will the OTW promo start in FIFA 23?

EA Sports already announced that the Ones to Watch cards will be released with official FIFA 23 release on September 30.

What are OTW cards?

OTW cards are dynamic special cards that are available with the same stats as their gold cards at the start of FIFA Ultimate Team. However, they can increase in value as the season progresses. This usually happens when the respective player receives an upgrade in the Team of the Week: Then the values of the OTW version are also taken over one-to-one.

Which players can be considered as OTW?

As of this week it is certain: Robert Lewandowski will play for FC Barcelona with immediate effect. The top striker is leaving FC Bayern Munich for a transfer fee of 45 million euros. Besides the world footballer from Poland, who is a clear candidate for the Ones to Watch in FIFA 23, there are also many other players who could receive such a card in EA Sports’ new title. Last year, there were 29 OTW cards, including Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Meanwhile, we go into eleven top favourites for the new edition.

Robert Lewandowski

  • From FC Bayern Munich to FC Barcelona

Lewandowski is the most successful striker of recent years. At FC Bayern, he broke Gerd Müller’s goal record, among others: Lewandowski scored 41 goals in the 2020/2021 season. Last season, the Polish international added 35 goals to his tally. He is said to have signed a four-year contract with FC Barcelona.

Erling Haaland

  • From Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City

The Norwegian’s transfer was already certain in June. Manchester City reportedly transferred 60 million euros to BVB for the young star striker. The 21-year-old has scored 61 goals in 66 Bundesliga games, and as many as 23 goals in just 19 games in the Champions League.

Antonio Rüdiger

  • From Chelsea FC to Real Madrid

The German international is one of the top defenders to change clubs this year. Following the end of his contract with Chelsea FC, Real Madrid have secured the services of the 29-year-old. He will thus become a teammate of compatriot Toni Kroos.

Other players who are eligible as OTW card in FIFA 23.

Sadio Mané

  • From Liverpool FC to Bayern Munich

With Mané, a world-class player is coming to the Bundesliga. The German record champions have transferred 70 million euros to Liverpool FC for the Senegalese. The 30-year-old was one of the most popular players in FIFA.

Aurélien Tchouameni

  • From AS Monaco to Real Madrid

The defensive midfielder is the most expensive transfer of the summer so far. (As of 20 July 2022) The transfer fee for the 22-year-old Frenchman is 80 million euros.

Darwin Núñez

  • From Benfica Lisbon to Liverpool FC

The 23-year-old Uruguayan is switching clubs for 75 million euros. Following the departure of Sadio Mané, the attacker could fill the void at the Premier League champions.

Karim Adeyemi

  • From RB Salzburg to Borussia Dortmund

With the 20-year-old striker, a new top talent moves to the Bundesliga. Borussia Dortmund paid €30 million to RB Salzburg

Raheem Sterling

  • From Manchester City to Chelsea FC

The England international is known for his pace and can shine especially as a left winger. The London club is said to have transferred over 55 million euros to the Premier League champions.

Brenden Aaronson 

  • From RB Salzburg to Leeds United

EA often focuses on new faces in the Premier League. Another young talent of this kind is Brenden Aaronson. The 21-year-old US-American moves from RB Salzburg to Leeds United for just over 30 million euros. For RB, the attacking midfielder has already flashed his class several times in the Austrian Bundesliga as well as in the Champions League.

Matthijs de Ligt

  • From Juventus Turin to FC Bayern Munich

The Dutchman is considered one of the world’s best central defenders. FC Bayern spent 67 million euros to sign de Ligt from the Italian record champions. Ex-Bayern coach Louis van Gaal is said to have convinced his compatriot to join the German record champions.

Kalidou Koulibaly 

  • From SSC Napoli to Chelsea FC

Kalidou Koulibaly is described as a “beast” in FIFA 22. The brawny Senegalese is not only fast, but also extremely strong in terms of physicality – not to mention his tackling quality. Chelsea FC paid almost €40 million to Napoli for the centre-back.

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