Icon SBC Investment: 87 Coutinho
In case you missed it, FUT Birthday is upon us. Thus far, EA have released FUT Birthday cards and End of an Era Kaka SBCs, and more promotions are scheduled up until Sunday, March 25th. One of these promised promotions are new Icon SBCs (see direct article from EA here). With only 5 icons remaining (Zanetti, Ronaldo, Pele, Gullit, and Maldini), we have a good chance of getting a top-tier icon tomorrow. Here is why 87 rated Philippe Coutinho is a great, low-risk investment in that case.
1. He is the cheapest 87 rated player.
High rated players always hold value in FIFA Ultimate Team because they are useful for SBCs, particularly for expensive Prime Icons (see Vieira and Maradona). If we get a highly desired icon like Ronaldo, Gullit, or Pele tomorrow, you can be sure the 87 market as a whole will rise. If not, they still hold value and shouldn’t take a hit.
2. Pele and Ronaldo are Brazilian. So is Coutinho.
Many of our Icon SBCs, including Vieira and Maradona like I mentioned above, have nation requirements.
Here is an SBC for Prime Icon Vieira (he is from France).
Here is an SBC from Prime Icon Maradona (he is from Argentina).
While the minimum team rating is low for both, I foresee Pele and Ronaldo being MUCH more expensive than these two. One way EA could potentially make it more expensive is by increasing the squad rating requirement for SBCs like this, so players like Coutinho could go up as a result.
3. Coutinho plays for Barcelona. So did Ronaldo.
In addition to nation requirements, Icon SBCs also often have club requirements from teams that the Icon played for. Ronaldo spent some of his career at Barcelona, so we could be seeing an SBC with some Barcelona requirements.