Tottenham Hotspur winger Steven Bergwijn has had his FIFA 21 Ultimate Team starting XI revealed again, and it’s fair to say he’s upgraded it quite considerably since we first brought it to you in November.
Like the rest of us, Bergwijn clearly likes to play a bit of FUT to wind down, which is especially needed after coming up against a high energy Leeds United.
His earlier team was actually one of the weaker pro player XIs we’ve brought you, with a fairly standard back four. However, he has made some serious upgrades across the interim period, with 3 ICONs becoming 6. His own 99 OVR pro player still features at the LW position, but defensive changes galore mean his new XI is far better than his old one.
His updated XI was posted to Reddit by u/BeatySwallocks, who explained that one of his friends came up against Bergwijn on Saturday afternoon. He is still rocking the defensive 4-3-3 defensive formation, and his attacking three also remains unchanged.
Bergwijn’s pro player card is at LW, alongside R9 Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Needless to say, it’s a very scary attacking lineup. However, behind the front three is where the changes become clear.
Patrick Vieira and Ruud Gullit join Eusebio across midfield, while the back five has been completely changed. Arsenal rival Hector Bellerin sees his 85 OVR objective card come in at RB, and Canadian speedster Alphonso Davies is drafted in at LB.
Rather bizarrely given the ICONs and superstars, Nick Pope’s standard card finds itself in goal. No disrespect intended to Nick Pope (he’s established himself as a solid GK option for any budget), but we’d expect better given the talent all over the pitch.
Below is a full comparison of his two teams, so you can see exactly what’s changed and where:
|Position||Original XI||New XI|
|GK||Hugo Lloris – 87||Nick Pope – 82|
|RB||Nelson Semedo – 83||Hector Bellerin – 85|
|LB||Ferland Mendy – 83||Alphonso Davies – 86|
|CB||Virgil Van Dijk – 90||Paolo Maldini – 92|
|CB||Raphael Varane – 86||Carlos Alberto – 87|
|CDM||N’Golo Kante – 88||Patrick Vieira – 88|
|CDM||Ruud Gullit – 90||Ruud Gullit – 90|
|CM||Eusebio – 91||Eusebio – 91|
|LW||Steven Bergwijn – 99||Steven Bergwijn – 99|
|RW||Lionel Messi – 93||Lionel Messi – 93|
|ST||R9 Ronaldo – 94||R9 Ronaldo – 94|
While other players, such as Erling Haaland, have teams stacked full of untouchable ICONs, Bergwijn has been a little more realistic with his team. We would like to see an upgrade to his goalkeeper – we’re not quite sure why he got rid of teammate Lloris in goal, perhaps he upset him in training?
It’s nice to see Jose Mourinho return in the manager role, though, even if there’s no room for any other Tottenham faces.