90 - Dries Mertens

Top 3 Chem
HUNTER (57%)
HUNTER (57%)
HAWK (22%)
FINISHER (7%)
HUNTER (57%)
HUNTER (57%)
HAWK (21%)
FINISHER (7%)
HUNTER (57%)
HUNTER (57%)
HAWK (21%)
FINISHER (7%)
Red
0.00
0.00
0.00
Yellow
0.02
0.02
0.02
Assists
0.52
0.49
0.49
Goals
0.74
0.70
0.70
Games
1,016,001
363,696
363,696
  • Info
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Name Dries Mertens
Club club Napoli
Nation nation Belgium
League league Calcio A
Skills 4
Weak Foot 4
Intl. Rep 3
Foot Right
Height 169cm | 5'7"
Weight 61
Revision TIF
Def. WR Low
Att. WR High
Added on 2018-01-31
Origin TOTW20
Age 32 years old
Pace
93
Acceleration
96
Sprint Speed
89
Shooting
90
Positioning
93
Finishing
93
Shot Power
87
Long Shots
88
Volleys
76
Penalties
85
Passing
87
Vision
90
Crossing
84
FK. Accuracy
84
Short Passing
89
Long Passing
81
Curve
89
Dribbling
93
Agility
98
Balance
96
Reactions
88
Ball Control
91
Dribbling
93
Composure
84
Defending
39
Interceptions
39
Heading Accuracy
37
Marking
32
Standing Tackle
43
Sliding Tackle
43
Physicality
63
Jumping
68
Stamina
85
Strength
48
Aggression
67
Physical
Mental
Skill
Chem. Style
0
Base stats
In game stats
Seasonal Stats
35
Matches
16
Goals
10
Assists
0
O.Goal
1
Yellow
0
Red
12
Sub in
10
Sub out
Upcoming Matches

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ST
83
RW
91
LW
91
CF
90
RF
90
LF
90
CAM
91
CM
84
RM
90
LM
90
CDM
65
CB
51
LB
65
LWB
70
RB
65
RWB
70
Comments
Reviews
Top Reviews
4.5
Your Ideal ST
By barneywilson, 05-02-2018

Dries Mertens, enough said. If you haven’t used his card before then you’re severely missing out on your FIFA experience. He’s almost legally considered a dwarf, his dribbling feels like EA accidentally turned up the sliders too far, and I cannot stress how lethal his right foot is, like Texas capital punishment type of deadly. Mertens earned his third inform of this FIFA after he scored two goals against Bologna this past Sunday. Setting aside the fact that Napoli played against a deli meat and conceded, since his position change playing for Napoli he’s been absolutely on fire and spawning informs for the past couple FIFA’s and thus breaking many controllers. Let’s see just how he actually feels in game and whether he’s worth the arm and leg that he costs as of today.

This review is based off of 10/12 games using the “Basic” chemistry style, and the following team supported him;




PACE

Mertens stands tall at 5’7” (169cm), and if I know anything about short players it’s that they usually make up for their genetic inferiority by being lightning fast. He’s no exception. Dries Mertens has a ridiculous 96 acceleration paired up with 89 sprint speed. For a 30 year old striker I’m rather impressed. In-game he shoots off from a standstill like a bullet from a gun, tearing through defenses in a deadly fashion. His pace is absolutely top-notch and feels like EA turned up the sliders too far. He goes from 0 to 100 much like a Bugatti Veyron, I mean the guy gives Bellerin a run for his money. If you’re looking for that explosively quick and agile striker, look no further than this beautiful Belgian as he’s your man.

Rating; 4.5/5




SHOOTING

The further I go down his stats the more impressed I become. He has 92 finishing, 86 shot power, 92 positioning, and 87 long shots. Out of these 4 numbers the 2 that stand out the most are his 92 finishing and 92 positioning. Dries Mertens is making some fantastic runs through the defensive line, giving him all the space in the world to make use of his 92 finishing. It seems like a match made in heaven, a small and incredibly rapid striker who positions himself well and has very reliable finishing. I’ll take two and one Alex Hunter Coke please. In all honesty he puts away every opportunity that you give him, he doesn’t have those off moments where he narrowly misses the net one-on-one or blasts a low driven wide, it’s always in the back of the net. His shot isn’t the most powerful, but if you find it necessary then boosting his shooting with a chemistry style could impress you even more. Reliability is one of his strong points, if I had to choose someone to take the shot it’s always going to be him.

Rating; 4.5/5




PASSING

If I was to make a generalization this year, it’s that passing is a grossly overlooked statistic. What I mean is that a player with good passing doesn’t get enough credit (especially if they’re a central striker) and it can add another thorn in the side of your opponent’s defensive line. A card like Hernan Crespo will slot away goal after goal much like an elderly lady depositing her government benefits at the Casino, you can always bet on it happening. But when he’s tasked with sending a player through on goal he’ll likely fluff it all up. Dries Mertens on the other hand has 87 short passing, 88 vision, and 87 curve. So not only can he score a hat-trick, he’ll set up SIF Icardi for one too. At the end of the 12 games Mertens had set up 10 different goals for me, assisting as easily as he was scoring. While having Hernan Crespo is incredible, having someone who can do everything in the striker handbook from A to Z leaves you satisfied and confident in your player. This also means Mertens can not only play as a striker, but would be just as effective as a CAM since he’s able to string together passes so nicely.

Rating; 4/5




DRIBBLING

I’ve used NIF Messi for well over 400 games and can say hands down that he’s the most incredible player to dribble with. This third inform Mertens makes me stutter before answering that question. The 97 agility and 95 balance make for an incredibly centered player pushing down the pitch. His 90 ball control and 92 dribbling leave little to be desired. Now while my answer to the previous question is still Messi, this not-so-young Belgian is an absolute joy to use in this regard. If you can think back a few years to when FIFA instantly responded to your inputs, then that’s how Mertens feels. It’s like he’s a puppet and the strings are your controller making instant changes and turning on a dime. Holding down the LT/L2 for close control and cutting in between Boateng’s and Bailly’s is nearly as amazing as listening to Gordon Ramsey yell at sweaty and miserable chefs. If I had to choose my favorite category on his card between pace, dribbling, and shooting, I simply could not choose because they’re all so equally impressive. Each and everyone plays a vital role in making this card what it is.

Rating; 4.5/5




DEFENDING

He’s just as good of a defender as he is a keeper!

Rating; -4/5




PHYSICAL

Dries Mertens is a very small player, so you don’t expect much. He does have 84 stamina, which is really neither good nor bad, enough for about 90 minutes but no more. But the number you don’t want to look at is his 47 strength. If I had gotten a 47/100 my mother would’ve slapped me, and Dries Mertens is definitely getting slapped around. When he’s on the attack Mertens is much like the small child on the playground who cannot escape the looming bullies, Boateng and Bailly. If they get close enough to him he’s shoved off the ball with one finger and left to pick himself up. Use and abuse his pace and dribbling, avoiding situations where he has to hold off a player. Find the open pockets and do not try to push your way through anything that isn’t Insigne.

Rating; 1.5/5




MENTALITY

Much like his other stats, Mertens does not disappoint. He has both a four star weak foot and four star skill moves to make him even more impossible to contain. Both his right and left feet are nearly equal (I personally did not see much of a difference aside from slightly less shot power), and he can spin and twirl like an Olympic figure skater. He has the perfect High/Low work rates to keep him pushed up at all times and ready to fly through on goal, not to mention his finesse shot, long shot, and flair traits to give him even more of an edge.

Rating; 4/5




CONSENSUS

Rating; 3.83/5

As the curtains close and the lights fade, Dries Mertens can only be described as your ideal striker. He checks off all the necessary boxes.

- Incredibly fast

- Reliable shooting

- Impressive passing

- Extraterrestrial dribbling

His runs rival mine when I have food poisoning; his shots curve even more extreme than a Game of Thrones plot line; and has a firmer grasp on balls than Kevin Spacey does.

I can go all day long about how I love this card, but it wouldn’t be a proper review without mentioning the things I don’t actually enjoy. Strength is one thing, but it has to be repeated considering how awful it really is, but also he’s very short. This means he’s useless on corners, goal kicks, and anytime the ball isn’t touching the digital grass, which can be quite irritating especially if your play-style caters to tall players. Another con would be the fact that he can’t play past your typical 90 minute game. Once the game begins to come to a close Dries Mertens is dragging his feet and doesn’t seem to want the ball anymore, basically asking to be subbed off for Alessandrini. And the last con here is his price, currently at just about 1,000,000 coins. A steep number. Here’s my opinion, if you already have a nice team built and can afford him then I highly recommend it. If you do not, I’d save nearly half a million coins and get his second inform. But do not build your team around this man because the way to get the best out of him is to surround him with players able to set him up that are on his level. That means that you shouldn’t cash out to afford his card and be left with a mediocre defense and midfield with an incredible attack. If you do by chance get to use him then I’d recommend playing a 4-3-1-2 or a 4-1-2-1-2 (2) as he seems to excel paired up with a partner at striker. This Mertens card is not only very fun to use in game but very, very good and most definitely ready to go toe-to-toe with Weekend League opponents. So best of luck to all because I’m not sure how we’ll be able to hold back this late blooming Belgian beauty. And lastly, thank you for reading if you’ve managed to make it this far!




Formation: 4312
Position: ST
Games: 12
GPG: 0.83
APG: 0.67
4.5
Overall
4.0
Value
4.5
GC
4.0
Stamina
Pace (10/10)
Shooting (10/10)
Passing (8/10)
Dribbling (9/10)
Defending (2/10)
Physicality (2/10)
4.5
Little magician - an absolute game changer
By Varix, 05-06-2018

I have played 4321 in the beggining and 442 in the past few months. After the latest (WC) patch I struggled with my 442 team in the WL so I decided to switch to 41212(2).


I was looking for a fast striker with a decent price so I decided to try out this little guy.


I like to try out more and more players so I have played several good players this year - Neymar, Messi, Bale, Suarez, Aubameyang, Lewandowski, Griezmann, Dybala, Larrson and many more - so I try to compare this card to them.


Pace - 9/10

No question he is the fastest I have played with. His pace with this dribbling stats and his height makes him feel like a F1 car.

It's a 9 from because I believe his TOTS card feels more faster. (Haven't tried his TOTS yet.)


Shooting - 9/10

He can shoot from anywhere. Long shots, finesse, low driven, chip shot. No matter what he will hit the target.

Before I used this card Suarez was my favourite finisher. Now its TIF Dries Mertens.

It's a 9 from me again. Sometimes he hits the post.


Passing - 9/10

His passing is very good for a striker. Almost never misses a pass.

Feels like Iniesta's passing.


Dribbling - 10/10

His dribbling is insane. For me its better than Messi's or Neymar's - who are well known for their dribbling skills.

Best dribbler ever for me. Can't imagine better.


Defending - 3/10

Sometimes he gets the ball back upfront but its very rare. He is not usable for defending but I think no one expects it from a Mertens type player.


Physicality - 3/10

I think this is the biggest con of this card and of him. He is really small (won't win any header duels) and his strength is very low. He can be pushed off the ball easily as all the defenders are higher and much stronger than him.

Also his stamina is low a bit with 85 but I haven't subbed him off yet (not even in a 120 min game).

If you like to dribble and do skills I think this is not a big problem but you have to count with his poor physical stats and body type.


To sum up I think this card is really great value for money. I purchased him for 100k (he is 120k atm) which is a bargain.

I have played with his 86 gold card. I can say that this card is a much upgrade compare to that.

It is a really fun card to use. You can dribble with him better than Neymar or Messi does. You can shoot with him from anywhere. You can pass with him like Iniesta does.

If you can live with the cons and fit him into your team this card is highly recommended for this price. Absolute WL ready even after TOTS came out.

I haven't tried his TOTS card yet but I can not imagine that his TOTS card is much better for 3x the price. I would rather upgrade the other part of the team for that coin.


Squad I use him: https://www.futbin.com/18/squad/5437579

Used him in 20 WL and 5 div 2 online matches.

  • Blistering pace
  • Dribbling
  • Shooting - finesse, long, low driven, chip...
  • Weak foot - he finishes very well with his left foot
  • Value for money
  • Physicality - especially strenght
  • Height
  • Stamina could be a bit higher
  • You need a good team behind him
Formation: 41212-2
Position: ST
Games: 25
GPG: 1.08
APG: 0.48
4.5
Overall
5.0
Value
5.0
GC
4.0
Stamina
Pace (9/10)
Shooting (9/10)
Passing (9/10)
Dribbling (10/10)
Defending (3/10)
Physicality (3/10)
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