So I was looking at the last review of Smolov and I didn't personally agree with it. So here is my verdict on Smolov. I play him up top with Balotelli, moving Lucas out to the right hand side. And all I can say is wow! he changes the game so often for me, because he is a target man who I can easily thump the ball up to, and he will win most of the headers. He also has a very nice lick of pace which is especially handy when he comes on in around the 60th minute. I compare him to a faster Arnautovic, simply due to his presence and his finishing abilities.
Pace - 87 is really nice.
Shooting - this guy will hardly miss those timed finishes, and anything that you finesse will float into the corner.
Physicality - 73 is really nice. With an architect, it goes up to 80, which is plentiful.
Heading is superb, doesn't feel like 70 at all.
Very nice overall shooting as well.
...Maybe his agility isn't the highest?
Not a set piece taker, but will be in the box to head it home.