Hi everyone. I have played FUT since 2012, but never felt compelled enough to write a review about a player...and trust me, I've had some good cards over the years. This will be a long review, but I promise it will be worth the read.
I came across Mertens purely by chance. I was aware of his status as a meta player, and actually got his base loan card for the hell of it...I never thought I would play him as at the time, I was running a PL team and my main aim was to obtain Hazard...until I brought Mertens on as a sub in a game I was losing 2-0 in the 72nd minute. He had an immediate impact, scoring 2 and assisting 1. This really turned my head, and as I continued to dominate matches with him in the CF position, I started to consider him seriously. CAM? CF? ST? No problem. He has the ability to create something from nothing in any area of the pitch he is placed.
Fast forward, I decided to rebuild my whole team around him and ended up buying his base card, which I then upgraded to his IF. After 92 goals and 67 assists in 83 games, I can confidently say he is the most important player in my team. His dribbling is Messi-esque, his pace and finishing is reminiscent of CR7 with the right chem card, his positioning, passing and vision feels unrivalled. I would say not to be put off by his low strength and physical ratings, as he always seems to retain the ball under a challenge at pace. Shooting outside the box? No problem. Dropping deep to carry the ball up-field? Got you covered. I play him in a 4231 as a CAM next to Dybala and SMS/Gomez and behind IF Icardi and no matter what the situation, he seems to find a way to assist or score goals from almost impossible situations. Inside the box, it is nearly impossible to miss given the chance. On the edge of the box, a finesse shot will more often than not end up with the ball caressing the top corner of the net. An 88 rated card that feels like 92+, hook it to my veins.
Stamina + workrate
Jumping and heading of the ball