King Kenny of the House Dalglish, the first of his name, King of Scotland, the rightful king of FUT Champs, breaker of drop back managers and father of the drag back, regent of the Weekend League realm. This past weekend King Kenny entered the Game of Thrones in my Weekend League squad, in hopes of reigning supreme in the ST position of a 4-2-3-1. From a statistic and price tag perspective, you would guess that he was fantastic; however, there were some unexpected hiccups and challenges that I will dive into later in the review. I went with the HAWK and ENGINE chemistry styles to add some jump to the Scotsman’s already loaded statistical categories, and in the end, I was hoping King Kenny would crown my squad champions in the following squad:
Prior to this weekend, my only experience with Dalglish has been the 87 rated Base ICON in drafts. He seems to always pop up and is a fantastic performer. Clearly I was expecting an even better experience with the 90 rated Middle ICON, but in the end, I had mixed results. Don’t get me wrong, Dalglish is a terrific card and brilliantly balanced for goal scoring. But when you spend 1.7 million coins on a single edition you are expecting consistent quality … and I didn’t always get this from Dalglish from game to game. Consistency is the key factor for this review as I try to fairly praise and criticize one of the best cards I have used in any FIFA.
Linkability & Current Game Strength
Linkability Rating: 4.5/5
Current Game Strength Rating: 5/5
Obviously the ICONs are useful in any squad, but more and more I enjoy ICONs that offer strong links to players in potential squad as well. It makes team building all the easier, and in the case of Dalglish, there are not many options available. However, once you fit King Kenny into your squad it is lights out and this card delivers on a crazy level. In the end, I had the most success using the HAWK chemistry style, primarily due to the 99 POSITIONING, 96 FINISHING, & 97 SHOT POWER. I leave out the 93 ACCELERATION & 92 SPRINT SPEED because this card did not feel near as fast as he should. While the 87 flies around the pitch, I found the 90 rated slightly lacking, which does not make much sense. Don’t get me wrong, Dalglish is still quick, but he lacks the pure speed found in other cards.
Value/Coins & Good vs. Bad
Value/Coins Rating: 4.5/5
Good vs Bad Rating: 5/5
At a whopping 1.7 million coins this card eats up a large portion of many budgets, and in return, you expect a level of production and quality that justifies placing so much value on one card. For me, Dalglish was just about worth every coin, especially as defences seem to be dropping back further than ever. The quality of the ST position needs to be top class to break down the tight spaces and abuse any mistakes your opponents make. Dalglish is one of, if not the best finisher I have used in FIFA 20 and I was leaning towards a full 5/5 despite the hefty cost. But, the small issues I experienced with the speed in this card are just deterring me from the perfect rating here.
I have covered the near-perfect shooting I experienced with this card and the 5 STAR WEAK FOOT is just so nice when it operates to this level. The responsive dribbling is ideal and Dalglish has the ball on a string and defenders on skates. The physicality of this card is slightly concerning, but you can get by with 70 Strength and 81 Stamina, especially in those forward positions. Even the passing surprised me as Dalglish popped up with 16 assists, adding to his 31 goals, and a total of 47 contributions in 20 games. And all of this brings me back to the one grievance I need to air this Festivus; Dalglish just doesn’t have the pace I would want/expect with such high rated statistics. It is almost as if his touch tight dribbling holds him back in this sense and he just doesn’t get the ball far enough out of his feet to get going at full stride. This was the predominate complaint I experienced all weekend with this card, but overall he was just too good not to give the full 5/5.
I have been saving this review until after the 26th to see if EA pulled a madness and placed Dalglish in their top tier ICON Swaps. This, of course, did not happen and so he must be bought on the market; bringing me back to my 4.5/5 value for coins rating. There is no doubt Dalglish is currently one of the best cards in the game and ultimately he produces at the level that a 1.7 million coin card should. However, if it were my coins I feel the 87 Dalglish offers just as much as the 90 and at a small discount of 200k coins. In either case, they will not disappoint and King Kenny is FIFA royalty. Cheers for reading.
I was sceptical at first look at this card, especially considering his price. Within the price you can get a bunch of really good strikers. However, after the first WL I can firmly say that Kenny Dalglish the KING is above all of them, including CR 7. He is trully excellent and I am sure he will be vastly used in this FIFA. What makes him special is his incredible movement and clinical finishing with both feet. In details:
Pace: Not that fastest but his pace is very good. He easily beats all defenders.
Shooting: This is where he really shines. He can score from all angles using each foot, what is quite important in this FIFA. He is especially usable if you opponent parks the bus as he just constantly tries to find a space and when he does,he just smashes a ball into the net.
Passing: Nothing speciall but you can comfortably play possession football with him. I would not use him as a cm/cam as his long passing is not great.
Defence: He is really agressive and determined to get a ball back . He has scored for me a few goals just taking a ball from defenders.
Physical: Of course he is not a targetman, but it is not easy to take a ball from him.
In summary, one of the best strikers in the game, highly recommended (eats CR7 for breakfasst).
As a Liverpool fan and admirer of King Kenny Dalglish, I knew I had to try this card out at some point. The middle version seemed like a better deal since the small 150k price difference comes with better stats in almost every category, mainly passing and dribbling. Kenny is leading the line both in a 4231 and 4411 with Neymar right behind him. Playing with those two players are probably the most fun I’ve had in Fifa so far.
Key stats and chemistry styling
Kenny comes with good stats all over the board. For the first time this year I actually went to the transfer market and bought a Hunter for him, because I was about to play him as a single striker I felt the need to max out his pace. The 80 vision and 85 short passing is just about enough for a striker, and with the lowest dribbling stats being 89, I don’t think they need boosting either.
The thing about top tier strikers for me this year is that when they get the ball on their strong foot, in a good angle, with Piques auto blocking giraffe legs out of sight - chances are they will bury it. The key is to get a striker that consistently can find himself in these positions, and that’s why you’re paying 1.5M for Kenny Dalglish. The guy will make runs like nobody’s business, shoot rockets with either foot, and if he’s not first on the rebound he’s probably not on the pitch at all.
Value for coins - discussion
The problem is not that Dalglish doesn’t finish like a 1.5M card should, but when you’re competing with the likes of middle Maradona, prime Socrates and middle Garrincha, various future stars and other promo cards - not to mention that you at the time of writing almost can get Messi, Neymar and van Dijk for the same price - you could argue that excellent finishing doesn’t cut it. When you get a top tier attacker you expect them to be excellent in more than one category. Sure he is fast and has some really good dribbling stats, but if you look past the finishing I felt that something was missing, something keeping him from being absolute top tier. He is fast, but lacks the bursting pace to beat defenders just by running past them like Mbappe or Traore. He has good passing, but he isn’t a playmaker like De Bruyne or Pirlo. He has good dribbling stats and feels great on the ball, but can’t turn defenders inside out and create space like Neymar. And of course he doesn’t have the physical presence or aerial threat like CR7. But when it comes to finishing and scoring goals, I couldn’t wish for more.
Can you rely on Dalglish to win games for you? Yes and no. Yes in the meaning that he will score the bullshit goal in extra time, somehow find the small gap between the defenders legs and into the bottom corner. But at the same time, he needs a partner to feed him the scoring opportunities. A De Bruyne playing through balls from midfield, a striker partner to play the one-twos with, even a fast winger who can beat the defenders with pure pace and whip in a cross. If you play with a single striker like me, patient in build up and when the striker gets the ball he pretty much only has one job, to put it in the net, Dalglish is what you want. If you can justify the price tag and surround him with some half decent players, I would go for it anyway of the week.
What do you get when you buy Dalglish? Let me put it like this. Have you ever played with a striker, and everytime he shoots the ball you think: ”Wow, that was actually a nice shot”? When you cut inside and go for the finesse shot, he decides to perform some kind of low driven curled shot that goes just inside the far post? Or when you are absolutely certain the defender will block it and yet it somehow finds the back of the net? He is simply flawless when it comes to finishing. 5 star weak foot, outside foot shot trait, no clunkiness in bad gameplay. He is definitely a must try this year.
I'm a Division 2-3 player, finishing gold 1 close to elite in WL most of the times. I already tried lots of expensive strikers in Fifa 20 like Baby Maradona, Middle Cruyff, Baby R9, Del Piero and so on and I have to say that Kenny Dalglish performed way better than any of these players. What makes him special is the ability to keep posession even when getting tackled by top tier defenders and the ability to score with both feet from pretty much every angle. In many situations I randomly shot at the goal because there was noone else in position and i expected to just lose the ball otherwise and King Kenny just managed to slot the ball into the back of the net. Overall he performs outstanding for me and isn't gonna leave my team anytime soon.
5* Weak foot
Agility and Ball control
Pace (feels quicker than 87)
Balance - He stays on his feet and manages to keep the ball so many times after getting tackled
Nothing that really comes to my mind. Long passing is an issue statwise but he doesn't really play long through balls for me as a striker.
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