Stoke City’s FIFA 17 Ratings: Goalkeepers – True to life or overhyped rubbish?

Shay Given and the rest of professional football scene discovered their FIFA 17 ratings this week, how did Stoke's stoppers get on? (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Shay Given and the rest of professional football scene discovered their FIFA 17 ratings this week, how did Stoke's stoppers get on? (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images) /

Before the release of FIFA 17, I came across a few articles that had the author try and predict the rating of each squad member from a chosen team. Now that FIFA 17 has been released, I have decided to analyse how the boys between the sticks have faired.


Shay Given

Shay had a few good seasons with Newcastle while he was in his prime. His form eventually earned himself a move to Manchester City in 2009.  Given made 50 appearances for the Citizens in two seasons. Aston Villa then came calling for the veteran shot-stopper. Four seasons later, Given found himself in the red and white.

YEAR         AGE         TEAM                                FIFA RATING

2005         28             Newcastle United          91

2009         32             Newcastle United          83

2010         33             Manchester City             83

2011         34             Manchester City             84

2012         35             Aston Villa                        82

2015         39             Aston Villa                        74

2016         40             Stoke City                         74

These numbers are typical of an ageing player. Shay hit his peak in 2005 and has declined slightly ever since. A poor season or dip in form can send a player’s rating south, but age isn’t on Given’s side. I expected the trend to follow – perhaps a low 70 score for his FIFA 17 rating.

It seems the guys at EA have given him a slight progression and awarded a 75. Could Given become the Buffon of the Britannia? Timeless.


Jack Butland

Butland started off his career with Birmingham City. Much of his time at St. Andrews was spent out on loan – a trend that continued when he signed for Stoke in 2013. Butland’s first FIFA appearance came in 2012, his third professional season.

YEAR        AGE          TEAM                                FIFA RATING

2012         18             Birmingham City            64

2013         20             Birmingham City            71

2014         21             Stoke City                        72

2015         22             Stoke City                        72

2016         23             Stoke City                        72

Jack’s real life progression is unquestionable. Last season was probably his best to date; Butland being an integral part of a solid campaign for the Potters. A stuttering Joe Hart has paved the way for Butland to establish himself as England’s number one. Hart had a FIFA 16 rating of 84. This makes Jack’s FIFA 17 rating of 82 rather justified. Meteoric.


Jakob Haugaard

With a promising youth career that included Brondby IF, Haugaard was tipped for big things in his native Denmark. In 2011 he signed for Europa League regulars FC Midtjylland. Mark Hughes saw something for the future and purchased Jakob in 2015.

YEAR    AGE        TEAM                          FIFA RATING

2013      21          FC Midtjylland          51

2014      22          FC Midtjylland          51

2015      23          FC Midtjylland          60

2016      24          Stoke City                  62

The stats show an obvious progression with age. If he was to continue the trend he would be in the 70’s by the time he is 30. With most goalkeepers typically hitting their peak later than other positions, Haugaard has plenty of time to show his worth. Rising star?

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Lee Grant

Grant arrived on deadline day on loan from Derby County, who he signed a professional contract with in 2000. After spells with Sheffield Wednesday and Burnley he returned to the Rams in 2013. At the age of 34, he looks set to be entering the twilight years of a long career.

YEAR     AGE       TEAM                           FIFA RATING

2005       21         Derby County            64

2007       23         Derby County            64

2008       24         Sheffield Wed           60

2010       26         Sheffield Wed           70

2011       27         Burnley                       69

2013       30         Burnley                       65

2014       31         Derby County            67

2016       33         Derby County            66

The stats suggest that Grant peaked in 2010. This opens the question as to why Stoke wanted him in August. There is however, no doubting his experience. With a FIFA 17 rating of 66, Grant is steadily reclining. Still, not bad for a 16-year veteran. Steady.