FIFA 22 Ones to Watch: David Alaba Revealed as First Player

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FIFA 22 Ones to Watch is expected to be the first promotion of the new Ultimate Team cycle and we now have confirmation on the first player to be featured.

Ones to Watch, traditionally the opening promotion of a FIFA Ultimate Team year, celebrates players who have made a transfer during the off-season. A select number of players are chosen to be part of the Ones to Watch group where they receive a live item. These items upgrade throughout the course of a game cycle as they receive performance based items like Team of the Weeks and more.

For example, if a player is rated 81 overall in their base Ones to Watch card, and that player receives an 84 overall in-form in a Team of the Week, that Ones to Watch card is upgraded to mirror the TOTW item.

A new feature in FUT 22 is that Ones to Watch players can also upgrade an additional +1 through the Wins to Watch mechanic. If the player's team wins five out of their next ten domestic league matches starting on Oct. 1, that player will get the boost. A feature that's been included in promotions like Headliners and What If.

FIFA 22 Ones to Watch: David Alaba Revealed as First Player

EA Sports released a trailer for the Ones to Watch promotion revealing David Alaba as the first player to be featured in the squad.

Real Madrid signed the Austrian defender after departing Bayern Munich. Alaba won 10 Bundesliga trophies, two Champions League trophies, UEFA Super Cups and FIFA Club World Cups during his time in Munich. Alaba comes into replace a void left by both Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane. Ramos moved to Paris Saint-Germain while Varane is now with Manchester United in the Premier League.

Fans should expect both former Madrid defenders to be in Ones to Watch as well, also not to mention that Lionel Messi now calls PSG home. This is shaping up to be one of the best Ones to Watch squads in the history of FUT.

Those who pre-order the FIFA 22 Ultimate Edition by Oct. 1 will receive an untradeable Ones to Watch player in FUT.