Jack Sullivan reacts with fury to West Ham FIFA 17 ratings
By Tom Blackburn
Jack Sullivan has reacted with fury after see West Ham’s underwhelming FIFA 17 squad ratings.
Among the surprise ratings in the soon-to-be-released version of the hugely popular football video game were Dimitri Payet ranked an 83 and Manuel Lanzini a 78.
Players on the game are rated on a range of skills, with their overall rating being out of a possible 100, and while 83 establishes Payet as a leading light, a player who lit up the Premier League in the manner of the playmaker in 2015-16 would be expected to be closer to an 88-90.
Sullivan, who is son of West Ham co-owner David Sullivan, took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to respond to the ratings.
FIFA 17 – West Ham squad ratings. pic.twitter.com/KrgQ6dj7rh
— Iron in the Blood (WHUFC Live) (@WHUFCLive) August 19, 2016
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The much loved football game is set for its latest release next month, but a demo has been released for its fans.
Fans may have expected a higher rating for Payet, who shone for both West Ham and France last season.
The attacking midfielder arrived in East London for £12.75million from Marseille made 39 appearances in his debut campaign for the club, scoring 12 times and thrilling audiences with his skills, inventiveness and brilliant free-kicks.
He then went on to star for France at Euro 2016, scoring three times as they reached the final before losing to Portugal.
Lanzini also starred for West Ham, and after a year on loan at the club joined permanently from Al-Jazira on 1 July for £9million.
He spent two spells out injured last season with hamstring and thigh problems, but when he was fit he scored seven times in 31 appearances.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has had a busy summer as the club look to build on their sevnth place finish in the Premier League last season.
They have recently broken their transfer record by signing Andre Ayew for £20.5million from Swansea, though he has been ruled out for four months after picking up a knee injury on his debut.
In other West Ham news, their academy graduate agrees terms with a Premier League club.