It’s finally September, and while Manchester City’s 2019/20 campaign is firmly underway, it doesn’t completely feel like the season has begun until EA’s annual release of the latest and greatest edition in the FIFA franchise.
In the wake of the Blues’ triumphant Centurian season, FIFA 19 unsurprisingly saw Manchester City receive a number of notable rating boosts to the squad’s top performers. In particular, Ederson, Fernandinho, Leroy Sane, and Raheem Sterling saw their FIFA stats rocket to meet their top-notch performances from City’s Premier League-winning campaign.
In part two of our three-part rating predictions, we take a look at the creative core of this Manchester City side which features those who simply keep it ticking! Do you agree or disagree with any of our predictions? Let us know on twitter or leave a comment on the article!
MIDFIELDER RATING PREDICTIONS
Kevin De Bruyne – 91 (FIFA 19 Rating: 91)
- De Bruyne endured a well-publicized, injury-riddled season last year. However, his early season performances are proof that he hasn’t lost a step and is still the same midfield genius City fans have come to expect. For that reason, I think it’s best to leave his rating as is, which would still rightfully place the Belgian among the best midfielders in the world.
David Silva – 88 (FIFA 19 Rating: 89) (-1)
- Could this be David Silva’s last appearance in FIFA? We know it will be his last season with Manchester City, but it remains to be seen where El Mago will go next. Incredibly, David Silva has been rated at 87 or higher in each of the last eight editions of FIFA, dating back to FIFA 12, his second season with City. If his performance at Bournemouth was any indication, he’ll make it nine straight years at 87+ in FIFA 20.
Fernandinho – 85 (FIFA 19 Rating: 86) (-1)
- Before picking up some injury issues in the middle stretch of City’s busy campaign, Fernandinho was his usual steady self in central midfield and there were times where City looked utterly lost in his absence. His physicality and ability to pick out the right pass are superb, but I predict he’ll drop a point in his rating due to signs of deterioration in full match fitness.
Ilkay Gundogan – 84 (FIFA 19 Rating: 84)
- Ilkay Gundogan enjoyed another solid season with Manchester City in 2018-19. At times filling in for Fernandinho at CDM, Gundo was the ultimate utility man for the Blues, which meant he was often unable to showcase his attacking prowess further up the pitch. As a result, the German will likely retain his 84 rating in this year’s FIFA.
Rodri – 84 (FIFA 19 Rating: 82) (+2)
- Newcomer Rodri was a mainstay at Athletico Madrid last season, earning 32 starts and netting three goals. While his style isn’t exactly conducive to the flashy, lightning-quick FIFA games we all know and love, Rodri has impressed in Pep’s system at City and he’ll surely be a massive part of any success City has this season, even if his performances don’t earn any FUT Team of the Week nods.
Phil Foden – 78 (FIFA 19 Rating: 73) (+5)
- Youngster Phil Foden earned only three Premier League starts last season, with most of his appearances coming off the bench in games City had since wrapped up comfortably. Nevertheless, Foden made good use of his limited match minutes and was consistently the subject of much praise from Pep Guardiola. There’s no denying the talent of City’s most promising homegrown product, and I believe it’s time for Foden to get a large bump in FIFA rating ahead of what should be his most involved season yet with City’s first team.
You can find part one of our ratings series here: https://mcfcxtra.com/2019/09/04/fifa-20-manchester-city-player-rating-predictions-part-one/
You can find part three of our ratings series here: https://mcfcxtra.com/2019/09/06/fifa-20-manchester-city-player-rating-predictions-part-three/
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