FIFA 20 (the newest edition in the video game franchise created by EA Sports) was released to the masses on September 27th and hundreds of thousands of football video game fans around the world have already started playing the new title. BFW already covered Bayern Munich’s players in the top 100 of the game. However, we haven’t yet analyzed the stats and ratings of Bayern’s new signings such as Phillipe Coutinho and Ivan Perisic.
New marquee summer signing, Phillipe Coutinho, sees his card experience a whopping -2 downgrade in overall rating from his previous year’s card. For his stats, he’s received downgrades in pace (-2), shooting (-1), passing (-2) and dribbling (-1). Frankly, these downgrades were deserved considering the tough one-and-a-half seasons the ‘samba’ star had at FC Barcelona. However, during this new FIFA, Coutinho has already bagged one team of the week card for his extraordinary performances against Red Star and FC Koln. And, if performances like the ones he’s shown in recent weeks keep up, expect the Brazilian to receive a hefty winter upgrade for his card.
In terms of in game performance, his card remains very attractive as a result of high dribbling, passing, shooting and pace stats. Although Coutinho is listed as a LW in the game, he’ll likely be a staple of many Bundesliga sides at the CAM position due to how well his attributes fit playing in the ‘hole’ on the virtual pitch. His five-star skills (the highest possible skill rating in the game) will also provide players with a further incentive to use this card.
Signed from Inter Milan on a one-year loan deal, Perisic has suffered a -2 rating from his FIFA 19 card, from 86-84. This downgrade is in line with his disappointing performances from last season, where many thought the Croat had burned out or was past his best. Perisic only had 11 goal involvements last season, in contrast to the 19+ he had experienced in 16-17 and 17-18 and his stats, in line with his rating, took a tumble. Perisic’s pace and passing has gone down by two while his dribbling and physicality has suffered by -1.
Although, reports from Italy of Perisic’s demise seem to be false given the lively start the winger has had to the new campaign, where he’s put himself into the conversation of being a starter and has added an impetus into the Bayern setup. Perhaps Inter Milan were just bad, or the Croat was exhausted after the World Cup and never got ample rest. Nevertheless, we do know that Perisic’s card will still be efficient and popular with players who have cheap teams as his pace, height, shooting, dribbling, passing and finishing stats still look excellent and will make him a potent workhorse of a player in the new game.
Judging by how Perisic is rated among fellow wingers, it’s clear that EA still see Perisic as a top-class player who’s name should rightfully be mentioned among younger stars.
Lucas Hernandez has slowly but surely been on the up for the past few seasons and FIFA were kind enough to give the Frenchman a deserved upgrade from 82-84. His upgradeed stats include defending (+3), passing (+2) and physicality (+4). These defending and physical upgrades are especially deserved given how robust and strong Hernandez has shown himself to be in the tackle. An additional season of the World Cup winner learning from the dark arts specialists that are Diego Simeone and Diego Godin probably played a factor in these increases as well. The last notable change is his position modification to a CB, where he predominantly plays for Bayern.
In game, this card will be a delight to play with. His high speed, defending and physical presence is a rare breed for a FIFA CB and because of his lighting-quick pace, he’s sure to be an over-powered card this year. To give you a feel of how FIFA rates other top CB’s —Virgil Van Djik is rated a strong 90, Mats Hummels is an 87, Niklas Sule is an 85 and Clement Lenglet is an 85. However, i’m sure Hernandez will be climbing up the ratings in future editions of the game, especially, if his world-class performances continue.
Pavard has somewhat shockingly experienced a downgrade of -1 in terms of overall rating. Granted, he didn’t have an text-book season with Stuttgart last year but still showed glimpses of quality and has so far justified his €35 million price tag for Bayern, which makes his 79 non-rare card an odd one. The versatile defender recieved decreases in pace (-2), physical (-1) and dribbling (-1).
As expected, Pavard’s FIFA 20 card is still in the CB position like his previous cards, in contrast to what an international fan might expect given that Pavard regularly lines up at RB for France. Unfortunately, this card won’t be great to play with in game since low dribbling, defending and physical stats will essentially make the card worthless among better options.
Interestingly enough, Bayern’s new youngster Cuisance is rated at the same value as last year. This can potentially be seen as a worrying sign for Bayern as one would have expected a young player like Cuisance to really kick on in his second season of professional football, especially after his initial breakthrough campaign where many tipped him as a future star. The elegant midfielder has seen some slight increases and decreases, and coincidentally is has an overall score identical to fellow Bayern prospect, Alphonso Davies. This bodes well for Cuisance as many believe Davies is a world class prospect and EA rate him right up there with the Canadian.
Arp endured a torrid spell at Hamburg last season and this is displayed with his rating which took a -2 hit. However, while his stats may have decreased, shooting (-5) for one, his haircut in the article picture is a surprise upgrade. Arp is rated so lowly at 67 that even Bayern II veteran Kwasi Wriedt is ranked as a better player at 68. Although Arp’s card isn’t great right now, I’m sure that the lovable striker will climb up the ratings in the future editions of the game.