since he expires tomorrow, i'm writing a review today. i've only played 8 games with him, so take with caution the numbers i managed to achieve with him and focus more on my impressions.
anyway, i play him left striker in 41212(2) alongside carniball inaki williams with my untradeable 95 cf messi behind them at cam. Instructions are get in behind, stay forward, stay central.
in the 8 games i played with him, he had 13 goals and 2 assists, but sometimes i forced the ball to him to actually see how he played.
When i saw his stats before completing the sbc, my concerns were acceleration, passing (mostly vision) and balance. i believe that the best chem styles for him to be a complete striker in 41212(2) are either engine or catalyst. For these 8 games i run engine, but i'll try catalyst next as soon as I can.
At first I feared he would feel stiff, but he actually feels really smooth for a 6’1” dude with limited skill pool. I’ve always felt a big difference between players with or without engine, but his dribbling stats may allow you to do well without engine. They are pretty good, even 85 agility is enough for this type of player.
Next thing I want to talk about is pace. His sprint speed is of course very high, but the acceleration is pretty bad. He’s 100% a get in behind player, with high attacking workrate and 98 positioning he makes perfect runs so you absolutely need him to be faster. seriously, his runs and positioning are the best i've ever tried. With engine he definitely doesn’t feel slow, but having Williams who has equal sprint speed but much better acceleration I can definitely see the difference, hence why I’ll put catalyst on him.
Shooting is very strong, ofc positioning and finishing are perfect, 92 shot power and 94 volleys are just enough for me to avoid wasting a chem style for shooting (in that case, probably hunter or hawk). He can score everything in the box with either foot with little to no difficulty, but he can do damage outside of the box too, especially if you want to boost his shot power.
Passing is just enough for close passes but he’s terrible at everything even slightly more complex than that. You have to position him well to launch a throughball, and you absolutely can’t make a long pass (which luckily are almost useless for strikers). However if you position him well, his throughballs and short passes are actually very accurate, that’s why I think vision is the one big flaw in those passing stats.
Physical and aerial presence. He’s just as he seems. Solid, but he’s no tots felipe / tots vvd level. He can score headers and bully people, but his strength becomes a scary weapon when he’s sprinting. He’s very difficult to stop when he’s on his pace rather than back to goal. He can definitely fight, but he can improve a lot with hawk. His aggression helps him out a lot.
Overall this is a pretty good sbc to complete, especially if your pack luck is fire. With the right chem styles he can be effective in many ways. Hawk is probably better for lone striker, but since I play 41212(2) I need a passing boost more than a physical boost. If he was on the market I would 100% pay 250k for him.
Shooting and composure (especially in the box)
Workrates: he makes amazing runs all the time, super active upfront
Positioning and reactions: he is always the first to get on loose balls in the box
Strong enough and aggressive
Great long range shots, all round striker that fits the meta. Only potential real disadvantage is skill moves but supported by skilful CAMs/Wingers this is not a real problem. Best striker i've used in some time, he has easily outshone headliner werner and future stars cutrone who I've used quite a lot before, all round finishing and heading is significantly better. Stamina does not appear best on card, but it has never been an issue in game for me. Absolutely love this card.
1 on 1s
long range shots
hold up play