This card changed fifa for me. I am an average player who used to get 17 wins every weekend no exception in the weekend league, and play in div 4. I completed rooney for around 150k as I had lots of untradeables and I haven't used a better card this year. He played all 30 games for me this weekend, 60 goals and 15 assists, playing up front with SBC alphonso davies in a 4-1-2-1-2 narrow, getting me up to 21 wins and gold 1 for the first time. With a marksman he can score from anywhere, most of the time not even needing to time the shot.
I thought stamina and work rates may be an issue, but he can easily last the full match on stay forward and 99 long shots with a marksman means work rates didnt matter. He is slightly small and a bit weak, but his WF may as well be 5* it feels that good and I'm not a skiller so his 3* skills didn't matter.
Honestly I've used most of the top players in drafts and this rooney was better than all of them.
Okay, so me and my mate are THE MOST CASUAL PLAYERS EVER, we play once a week, always together, and we're crap, so if you're looking for that 5 star skill move fut champs monster player review.... sorry. If you know how to do a roulette and a drag back or two, then enjoy...
We had already completed Rooney's MLS league SBC (we trade a lot with the app), so the fact that they released a much more usable flashback version of him with +20 pace was very annoying. The SBC was a bit expensive considering we did the Ibrahimovic SBC a few days earlier for almost half the price, but that allowed us to link them together in a frankly ridiculous 4-2-2-2 team, with Zola, Scholes, Keane and Jamés Milner supporting them.
The results were.... sensational. Rooney and Ibra annihilated opponents, we told him to stay up top and gave him a marksman, and he began wreaking havoc, aerial balls would be smashed in with Scissor kicks and laces, long shots from outside of the box, A HEEL FLICK VOLLEY INTO THE SIDE NETTING. Him and Ibra are telepathic, (and that's not because we play with two users in a game, they just made fantastic runs for each other even when we didn't control them), they just work so well together, Ibra as the target man, Rooney as the pacier finisher but still with decent enough strength to tussle for the ball.
Rooney's bad workrates didn't affect us, because once we told him to stay up he just moved into the right areas for us, and his passing meant we could easily bring our other players into the game with quick one touch passes and through balls. His agility is good enough, he feels quick on the ball but definitely not nippy like baby Zola (who feels like someone gave him cocaine flavoured weetabix for breakfast). His touch was first-rate, he never mis-controlled a ball and passes stick, his pace meant he was never lagging and once played through almost impossible to catch when combined with the strength.
And as for his shooting.... just wonderful. clean through it's a certainty. outside of the box, it's 95% going into the corners, volleys - he scores almost every chance he gets. Headers, we actually didn't get that many chances to use his head (why cross to him when Ibra's head is touching the stadium roof) but usually we held down LT and watched him do something sensational.
Defensively you can get involved with him and he can make a decent tackle, but we played him at CF for a game or two and his stamina and positioning meant you'd be dragging him forward from the CDM position every 2 minutes and he'd be struggling by the 70th minute.
His Dribbling is decent, he feels like he moves quite well and can create space for shots, with the marksman chemstyle his agility is 81 and he turns quick enough to get away from defenders.
Overall, this team and especially this card is the most fun we've had on fifa 19, if the SBC is still out as of the time of this review (think there's a few hours left) and you want to shout WAYNNNNNNEEE ROOONEY like the glory days, this card is worth every penny.
(Also we had 90 Van Nistelroy in that team and he just wasn't up to the standards of Ibra or Wazza... they vastly outperformed him. you're basically getting icon standard cards for half the price)
Shooting - He just scores, and he will do so sensationally.
Passing- he always finds the mark, and he helps to set the tempo for the whole team from the front. great through balls, quick balls, the lot.
Pace- He doesn't feel like a monster but he is quick, and with all the weapons in his arsenal he'll trouble any defender that doesn't have 99 sprint speed and acceleration. If you want to get him up to that pace, chemstyles will do it, but we were happier to boost other areas.
Movement - A surprise, but he's always getting free at back posts for volleys and square balls, running in behind, dragging defenders around. We scored a decent number of goals just from Wazza running in behind and a first time through ball, it felt a bit too easy at times.
Versatility - I don't think he would work well as a CF, CAM or CM unless he's your go-to super sub in which case great. But for a starter, he just ends up too defensive if you start putting him in midfield (at least from the 2 games we played him at CF where he kept running back. If he was at CM I imagine he'd be playing in goal by half-time)
Stamina - Why EA. This guy could run forever in his prime, I'm not sure if they flashed back to when he was injured or something, because this guy worked as hard as anyone in the premiership. BUT this is only a con if you ask him to defend, as a striker with stay-forward, perfect and lasted the whole 90 every time.
I’ve been waiting for flashback Rooney for quite a long time. He’s my favourite player ever so I was really looking forward to his flashback SBC. I’m kinda addicted to these SBCs. As United fan I really enjoy having the opportunity to relive some of the memories I had with these players (Rooney, Tevez, Chicha…) in earlier FIFAs when they were still good.
I was preparing my team for this card for quite a long time. I was sure he would be released as flashback card at some point, especially after Tevez and Zlatan. I did Zlatan so I could get that nice link and few weeks ago I bought prime Owen so I could play Rooney at full chem. What I´m trying to say here is that getting Wayne to my team was something really special to me. I even went through all his ratings in FIFA ever to estimate how good he could possibly be!
When this card finally got released, I was kinda disappointed. Even though this card looks incredible, I still expected some stats to be quite a bit higher. What really scared the s*** out of me was the stamina. I honestly don’t understand why would anyone do this to him. He’s the kind of player that in real life runs for 90 minutes without stopping but somehow he still gets 74 stamina ffs. From the excitement caused by finally seeing him in the SBC I quickly moved to being really concerned about him being actually worth that s*** load of coins this SBC cost me on PC (around 350k).
Now I played around 30 games with this card. The about 20 games I played him as CAM in 4-1-2-1-2 narrow with Ibra and Owen as strikers and De Jong and Tevez (I know it seems stupid to have Tevez playing CM, but hear me out here: He’s got great standing tackle and in combination with his 85 strength and 85 stamina he is an amazing tool to win the ball back In the midfield PLUS his forward runs and longshots are deadly!) as CMs.
For first few games it was really frustrating experience and I was doubting whether it was good idea to sell UCL Telles (who I loved probably the most out of all cards in this game) in order to get him. Even though I set him to stay forward, he always dropped deeper to a CM position and then, obviously, when I needed him to be in that CAM place to make the smooth transition to attack that is essential for this formation to work properly, he was nowhere to be found. It was quite hard, but eventually I learned how to work with him. After about ten games his stupid workrates weren’t an issue for me anymore and I finally started to enjoy him.
Recently I made a big change and I sold my prime Owen (the issue with Owen is, that he’s basically a Mertens-like player - that obviously means a lot of fun in this game, I genuinely love these players on this game, but for some reason I fail to stay with them for a longer period of time) and instead I brought in 89 Scholes and some other players to strengthen my defense. I really wanted to try Scholes in my midfield AND I wanted to see Rooney in the striker position.
Oh boy, I can’t say how much better the team immediately felt! Rooney is meant to be played in this position so PLEASE don’t waste your time and his talent trying to make it work with him at CAM. Suddenly he started to act how he’s supposed to. He doesn’t drop back at all and his forward runs are lethal. With Ibra next to him it is the best attacking experience I had on this FIFA. I swear! They both got amazing passing, strength, composure, finishing and pace and they just seem to be meant for each other.
Wayne is a great guy. Even though it may take a bit longer time to get used to him, I promise it is definitely worth it. His position is striker for sure. I actually find myself liking him even more than Ibra, who is basically god to me!
Hope this review helps you somehow. Sorry for being too long.
He’s fast. Like really fast. Even without pace-boosting chem style he’s able to run from defenders and in combination with his strength I find defenders really struggling getting him off the ball when running forward.
Immense. What can I say, he’s got it all. Even though his positioning and finishing is not as high as I would like it to be, he’s usually in the right place at the right time. Also his finesse long shots are incredible. 4* weak foot is really helpful.
Rooney’s passing feels good. Not as good as Frenkie’s or Scholes’, but it’s nice. With all his passing stats above 80 you can say he would be good.
Great but not all the time. His dribbling is really specific. When you pass him ball while moving, he’s incredibly good and it is really hard to get him off. That would be thanks to his 92 ball control and 89 stability. BUT don’t ever pass him when he’s in a static position, especially in the box. It’s OK when you do one touch pass or immediately shoot, but when you then try to dribble somewhere with him, you usually lose the ball. Thanks to his low agility he is quite stiff in these situations and it’s harder for him to get moving than it would be for Insigne or Hazard for example. Other than that his dribbling is great. His 99 composure is really sweet.
Does his job. Has got quite nice stats and combined with his strength he is capable of winning some balls back.
It’s like day and night. Strength and aggression are great and help him a lot. Stamina not so much. When you play him at CAM, he drains quite quickly. He can play full 90 mins, but you have to adjust your movement. At striker position however the stamina is perfectly fine and I’ve experienced no problem whatsoever.
Long shots (not only finesses)
4* weak foot
3* skill moves might be an issue for someone (not me though)
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