The January transfer window is definitely an exciting time for football fans, and even better in the event you play FIFA 18.

The window not merely mean new Ultimate Team cards as players make their moves but also the highly anticipated winter upgrades.

We've picked five defenders from the Premier League who deserve recognition for his or her performances this coming year and should have higher FIFA ratings.

Nicolas Otamendi - current rating: 83

Nicolas Otamendi has become the unsung hero of Manchester City's incredible run this year. He may be one of the most beneficial centre-backs within the league this coming year and is a major reason City simply have conceded 13 goals in 22 games.

An overall of 83 is definitely quite high though the likes of Gary Cahill and Shkodran Mustafi rated higher, it's the perfect time Otamendi was handed a little boost.

Lewis Dunk - current rating: 75

Brighton are thoroughly enjoying their first season inside the Premier League and currently sit inside a respectful 12th. They boast the most effective defensive record within the bottom one half of the table.

That's as the defensive pairing of Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk have already been fighting tooth and nail for your club. Dunk in particular has become very effective and has now made more blocks than any player inside league with 40. Dunk has proven he belongs with this level and must receive an replace on FIFA for his efforts.

Alfie Mawson - current rating: 73

Over the final two seasons, Alfie Mawson has repeatedly proven himself as one of Swansea's key players. Despite Swansea's poor form leaving them rooted in the bottom of the table, Mawson has still were able to impress with multiple clubs reportedly enquiring about him this January.

And only 23-years-old, the Englishman hasn't even reached the number one of his career. The fact that he's still a silver player on Ultimate Team is perfectly criminal.

Marcus Alonso - current rating: 81

Marcus Alonso can be a defender but she has proven to be a lethal weapon for Chelsea when for the attack. With six goals already this year, no defender in Europe's five league has scored more goals compared to the Spaniard.

With more goals than Dele Alli, Sadio Mane, Javier Hernandez, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba in 2010, he can surely see his shooting upgraded from 69.

James Tarkowski - current rating: 73

Burnley have already been the surprise package this coming year, currently sitting 7th inside the table using a genuine prospects for qualifying with the Europa League.

Sean Dyche has produced a resilient unit as well as the star man of the back line is James Tarkowski. The centre-back is the five for most blocks, clearances and headed clearances from the league. His sensational form means he surely won't remain a silver as soon as the winter update.

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