Packed him in an untradeable UCL upgrade and tried him as CAM in 4-2-3-1 with Alejandro Gomez up front (UCL Insigne and Verdi on the wings). What can I say? He's incredible. With 84 pace, he is the second-fastest CAM in the entire Serie A (second only to Dybala). Even in FIFA 19 where pace is nerfed, he outpaces most opponents' CDMs and you can definitely FEEL it. I usually pass it up front for Gomez to dribble and hold it, and play it back to Zielinski who's bombing onto the edge of the box for an unstoppable long-range finesse or deadly through ball to my wings.
His work rates feel more like H/H (without custom tactics) as he is constantly moving around the pitch chasing opponents and making runs on the counter. His passing is great, always picks out Insigne and Verdi with long ground diagonal passes no problem. He's mainly held back by his 71 shooting and 73 stamina. Slap a Deadeye on him and his finishing is much improved but don't expect him to be a clinical assassin in the box. (Don't use Maestro, it doesn't help his finishing). He starts to run out of gas by the 80th minute, but I still use him for the whole 90 and I don't feel any adverse effects.
At 7,300 coins, he's a bargain for what he offers: pace, incredible presence, positioning and playmaking. If you're on a budget or wanna try something less common, what are you waiting for?
- In-game work-rates (feels more like H/H)
- Positioning (great runs)
- Shooting / Finishing (for the sake of your own sanity, please boost it with a chemstyle)