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FIFA 18: Why Romelu Lukaku’s move to United is good news for gamers

It's all about the chemistry

Gamers could soon be reaping the benefits of Romelu Lukaku’s move to Manchester United, according to FIFA experts.

The Belgian may have struggled in his Red Devils’ debut against LA Galaxy at the weekend, but it could be a very different story in FIFA 18.

According to Futhead, his move to United gives him a green link with central midfielder Paul Pogba.

Romelu Lukaku will have to raise to a certain standard at Manchester United, says Wayne Rooney

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Romelu Lukaku will have to raise to a certain standard at Manchester United, says Wayne Rooney

He’ll also have perfect chemistry with Marouane Fellaini, which will add even more physicality up the middle.

While pairing Lukaku and Fellaini sounds like a strange combination, expect to see it a lot come FIFA 18 for this very reason.

Here’s the best part.

Lukaku will likely be affordable, that’s if his FIFA 17 base card is anything to go by.

He currently goes for around 9,000 coins on both Xbox One and PS4, Futbin data reveals.

For that you get 82 pace, 82 shooting and 74 dribbling – although we’d expect all to see slight increases come FIFA 18.

Romelu Lukaku couldn't copy Wayne Rooney by scoring on his debut for Manchester United

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Romelu Lukaku couldn’t copy Wayne Rooney by scoring on his debut for Manchester United

Ones to watch hype

According to Futbin, if Ones to Watch returns in the same form as last season then Lukaku would be top of many people’s wish lists.

They write: “His goal scoring prowess combined with a deeper and more talented roster around him should land him on plenty of EA TOTWs, just like he did last season for Everton.”

What could the Belgian’s new card look like?

Lukaku’s base card from FIFA 17, left, and our mocked up FIFA 18 version

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Lukaku’s base card from FIFA 17, left, and our mocked up FIFA 18 version

Futhead write: “Lukaku’s 84-rated base card in FUT 17 had 82 pace, and even after his unbelievable 2016/17 campaign, it’s hard to imagine that we’ll see a big bump in his pace in FUT 18.”

We mocked up how Lukaku’s card could look next season.

While there’s no massive increase, we’d expect to see small boosts in pace and physicality.

Finishing will see the biggest bump – that’s if he manages to continue his form from Everton.

So, how much will FIFA 18 actually cost?

FIFA 18 will cost around £49.99 – but given the demand, some outlets may undercut this.

We expect the cheapest the game will go for at launch to be around £45.

When will pre-orders start?

FIFA 17 pre-orders have kicked off now.

There are three editions: Ronaldo (Deluxe) and ICON (Super Deluxe) Editions. You can find more information by visiting the FIFA 18 website 

What is in each package?

Icon Edition 

  • Play from September 26th with 3 Days Early Access
  • Up to 40 FIFA Ultimate Team Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (two per week over 20 weeks – worth up to $120)
  • 3 match FUT Team of the Week loan player (one three match loan player for 20 weeks)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo FUT loan player for 5 matches
  • Ronaldo Nazário FUT Icon loan player for 5 matches
  • 8 special edition FUT kits designed by FIFA soundtrack artists

Ronaldo Edition 

  • Play from September 26th with 3 Days Early Access
  • Up to 20 FIFA Ultimate Team Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (one per week for 20 weeks – worth up to $60)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo FUT loan player for 5 matches
  • 8 special edition FUT kits designed by FIFA soundtrack artists

Pre-order for PlayStation 4,  Xbox One, and  PC

Standard Edition 

  • Up to 5 FIFA Ultimate Team Jumbo Premium Gold Packs (one per week for five weeks – worth up to $15)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo FUT loan player for 5 matches
  • 8 special edition FUT kits designed by FIFA soundtrack artists

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