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Another one. Another one.
Sunday early evening, EA announced two more Icons bound for FIFA 20 Ultimate Team: Former Barcelona and Ajax/PSV great defender/defensive midfielder, Ronald Koeman, leads the way. He's joined by former Arsenal/Crystal Palace striker, Ian Wright. Younger FUT enthusiasts most likely know the two for their current roles as a manager and a BBC pundit respectively.
Koeman starred for fellow Dutch great Johan Cruyff at Barca, playing along sides the like of Pep Guardiola, Michael Laudrup, and Hristo Stoichkov en route to four consecutive La Liga crowns. Most famously, he scored the decisive goal in the 1992 European Cup Final giving Barca their first ever title in what would later evolve into the Champions League.
Wright signed from Palace (after becoming their all time current era goalscoring leader) for a then Arsenal record £2.5m. He led the team in goals six straight seasons and helped lead the Gunners to multiple FA Cups, a League Cup, and the 97/98 Premier League championship.
From a strictly FIFA standpoint, Koeman won't exactly fit into anything we know about the current meta, so some major gameplay tweaks/evolution would have to happen for him to feature regularly in Weekend League squads. In a world where height and power on the ball are less critical to midfielders, the idea of him being an undersized (5'11/181cm) but potent defensive midfielder is certainly conceivable. It's a bit tough to see Wright as any kind of staple offensively in FUT as his game was far more tailored to the 90s brand of football. We'll have to wait and see what their ratings and more importantly how gameplay changes (or doesn't) before knowing definitively.
What are your thoughts on these two latest Icons? Who do you hope to see next as more and more info makes its way out this next week?