Icardi can be a frustrating card to get used to, but when you find his strengths he turns into a really solid option. I first tried Icardi alone up top in a 4-2-3-1, with Mertens and 1st IF Insigne at the two CAM positions behind him. He was very frustrating to play with; his strength was poor, ball control sloppy, and his passes were just not strong enough to get through tight windows without being intercepted. After about 5 games (3 goals, 2 of them headers), I switched formations, playing him alongside Higuain in a 4-1-2-2 (narrow), with 1st IF Insigne behind. OH MY, what a change that made. In 5 games he scored 11 goals and assisted 4 more. I found the key to this card was to play a strong physical card next to him, to allow him to make cute runs into the box behind defenders. Once in the box, he was magical. I used Hunter, Get In Behind Instruction.
In the Box Finishing: In the box he is one of the best I've used. I'll put him right up there with Harry Kane on finishing in the box. Both feet are strong inside the box.
Short Passing: Works especially well with a stronger striker next to him.
Heading: The go-to target on corners and set-pieces.
Strength: His strength of "78" felt more like "55-60". He was pushed off the ball easily, especially in a single striker formation. Needs someone else to do physical dirty work for him.
Long-Passing: Don't expect to thread cute balls through to fellow pacey wingers, he is weak in this area.
Long Shots: Outside the box, forget about it, gets saved 80% of the time.
Ball Control: Fairly poor first touches and skills. Use him more as a poacher in game.
It started of when I packed ucl Nainggolan from an untradeable 2 cl players pack, I rebuild my team around him and the team that is shown came out. First off it had Perin and normal Icardi, but I loved Icardi's regular card so much that I bought his inform litterallty as soon as I could and I had no regrets. The man is a monster in and around the box, he finishes everything that falls for his feet, not weird with 98 finishing with the hawk I used on him. Just to be clear, I don't use timed finishing so that is another indication for how insane his finishing is. You'd expect that with 4* wf his shooting with his left foot will decrease a bit from his shooting with his right foot, but with Icardi it feels like he has 5* wf. That insane shooting combined with his deadly 93 heading accuracy, his with hawk boosted 99 jumping and his 99 positioning, makes this man a god in and around the box. Despite his insane ability in and around the box, Icardi also comes with a few downsides. Icardi often feels slugish and a bit like clumsy. He isn't your creative striker, like an Aguero or a Griezmann who can create chances for themselfes, despite that he is very usefull as a sort of target man, coming into the ball, letting it fall for the midfielders to pass it through to the wingers, or to just turn around and give the final through ball himself sometimes (therefore the 16 assists). Also his high jumping makes him very good for winning headers from goalkicks, against any centre back, even VVD gets beaten in the air by Icardi. Using Icardi as a target man also comes with a risk, he's not the type of striker that can hold the VVD's and Koulibaly's off by holding L2/LT, he lacks the strength for that, so you should be aware when to pass the ball off to him and when not to. Icardi might not be the best player in the game, but he is undoubtfully one of the best finishers in the game, even in matches where you barely create chances, which is what you want of a striker like Icardi. As probably expected from his strong and weak points, I reccomend using Icardi in any formation with wingers, as one of two strikers, or as a soul striker, he lacks creativity. I really enjoyed playing with this card and I loved this card, it's definately one of my favourites in the game and worth every coin of the 190k.
- 4* wf
- Lacks creativity (3* skills and not an amazing dribbler)
- A bit sluggish and clumsy at times
- Lacks pure strenght vs. some cb's
Ive just got Icardi from player picks. I was glad for it at the first sight, but Ive finished so dissappointed.
His stats does not look like an 88 rating card but I gave him a try.
He felt unconfortable at the first games and I was wondering why. After that I double checked his stats and work rates and the medium work rate on attacking may be a problem in my opinion as the player was always in bad positions and felt like a could do nothing with him. His dribling is not the best and his turns are not that quick.
The only good thing about him is shooting. If you have enough time to shoot then you will provide a good shot.
But his lack of dribgling and bad positioning will always get him in though positions.
Basically I was playing without a striker as he mostly get the ball somewhere between CM-CAM-ST. Looks like a little bit lazy as he does not get in front of the goal as fast as he should.
This is my opinion, I might be wrong. This is how I have felt it!
Jumping (not everytime)
Bad turn overs