Pace. Power. Goals. Repeat. I think I will get this printed on a sweater this Christmas with a picture of Didier Drogba on the back. What a machine this lad was for me throughout this weekend. Like all machines he has some functions that you wish were different, but if you change one thing, you could disrupt another, and using a different option up front then the current Meta was a fun experiment this past Weekend League. Drogba slotted into my 4-4-2 formation alongside Sadio Mané and brought the power and punch to the following squad:
As my ratings illustrate you have to take the good with bad regarding Drogba, and thankfully for any Chelsea or Drogba supporters, the good far outweighs the bad. Pace. Power. Goals. Repeat. Like I mentioned before… I went with the HUNTER chemistry style, and 95 ACCELERATION & 95 SPRINT SPEED was amazing and performed even better than the numbers suggest. 92 STRENGTH is no joke and he throws defenders off of challenges. 98 FINISHING is not quite at this level, but 99 SHOT POWER should read 210. 24 goals this weekend was a nice return for this card, but the one problem I experienced time and time again was Drogba’s shot power affecting his finishing. I started counting the crossbars I hit after my fifth game noticing the trend, and the total was 9 crossbars in 15 games. After consulting a few FUT Managers who use this card, this was not specific to me, and this seems to be a trait Drogba carries… unique I guess, but extremely frustrating in close matches.
Okay, this is the section where I make all of my Irish jokes right? I have been waiting for this since I decided to use the big man for this review. But on a serious note, being an ICON offers the endless connections for your current squad, and his central position offers numerous areas to fit him in. The one issue is a lack of quality options from his nation, Roy Keane the only useable option at the moment.
Current Game Strength & Good vs. Bad
Current Game Strength Rating: 4.5/5
Good vs. Bad Rating 4/5
Could this category have any better name when dealing with this card? Drogba is one of the strongest cards I have used on the ball and really John Barnes is the only close comparison. The difference is that Drogba can fly when he is moving forward and is more clinical with both feet. The card is undoubtedly a weapon on attack and offers a variety of ways to score goals. Even in a FIFA where heading is virtually non-existent, Drogba notched three throughout the weekend. There are some concerns though and it is why I combined these two categories.
The passing and dribbling with Drogba are well below the standards of a card of this quality. Drogba’s 75 Passing rating is about spot on, and he can go from being brilliantly accurate, to shockingly wayward from pass to pass. His hold up play on the ball did equal a fair return in assists, but it could have been better given more quality moving the ball. However, the biggest trap with this card is the 80 Dribbling base stat. Instead, the 66 BALANCE & 70 AGILITY is more of an accurate depiction of what you will get on the ball. Drogba has some of the slowest and unresponsive turning I have used in a card and it really showed as the weekend progressed, and my opponents defending became better. With the need for responsive and shifty dribbling in FIFA 20, it does limit the rating and recommendation I can give to this card overall.
Value/Coins Rating: 4/5
This card has some serious fluctuation in price and you need to make sure you are getting in on the low end. Currently, I see a Drogba on the market for 815k buy now and even at 750k, I do feel this card is a tad on the expensive side. Even with the ICON stardust that gets thrown on these cards, it is a hard sell for me. Now if you are dead set on Drogba and just want decent value for coins then this is a definite yes. He does score goals and creates opportunities with his pace and size. However, if you are looking for a return in performance equal to the 815k price tag, unfortunately, you will not find it in this card.
I was never a Drogba fan in the past, but as I have watched more and more examples of his quality when he played I am getting there, and as I read more and more about the person he is outside of the pitch it is difficult not to like him. For these reasons I really wanted to absolutely love this card and give him rave reviews urging everyone to buy him for this Weekend League’s grind. But his virtual self was not quite as quality and didn’t give back to my FUT squad as often as I needed nearing the end of this past weekend. Quality card, missing a few key attributes, and a bit overpriced. Cheers for reading.
I bet most of you are thinking whether Drogba is a wise move to get from the swaps or not. I can tell you by 1 WL of experience (30 games) of how i feel about Drogba as i was fortunate enough to pack baby Zidane and try this beast out. Before i start the review lets wrap out his stats in my club: 30 games: 28 goals & 13 assists. Chem style used: Engine. Rank in WL: Elite 3.
Pace 7.5 / 10: 85 pace for a guy who is 6'2 tall and heavy as a tank is great. He can use his pace and same time use his strength to shield the ball. Sadly though the agility makes him look a little slower than he really is, he usually just feels clunky with the ball so you cannot run past players so "smoothly" like you could with Neymar or Mbappe. That's why i give him only a 7.5.
Shooting: 9.0 / 10: You could be thinking why "only" 9.0 rating when he has a beast of shooting. Well it is great he finishes like a animal.. usually. Only thing which could be a little better is his composure. Too often i missed a clear 1 on 1's with him even though he had 85 composure, but its still not great. Its not like with Ronaldo who has 95 composure. If you want a ELITE state striker you could wish he has a higher composure than 85. With higher composure i could give him 9.5 rating. Perfect 10 with 5* wf. Still amazing shooting don't get me wrong, but you could expect even a little better from that state of player. And his workrates is great though, makes a lot of good runs with that 92 positioning.
Passing 7.0 / 10: Not great, not bad either. He sometimes gives some nice through balls here and there but its not like having a Messi upfront. Also that free kick accuracy honestly makes him look a better passer than he really is, unfortunately. Its still good enough passing for a st but its not anything special.
Dribbling 5.5 / 10: I'm not trying to be too negative on this but honestly.. its trash. Hes missing some of the most important dribbling stats you want from your top elite state striker. Agility & composure. With the way how servers are this year.. probably a worse than ever.. players with a low dribbling feels so daamn clunky, unresponsive & slow its crazy. That's why i hate all the low dribbling players in general and love players like Messi or Neymar. Only positive thing i can find from his dribbling is the 4* skills, but you cannot do them properly with 70 agility. Not even the composure is that great also. 85 is decent don't get me wrong but from your top striker you want it to be in the 90's. With higher agility and composure it would be a unstoppable card, now its like having a slightly upgraded Lukaku in your team.
Defending N / A: As a striker you don't really look at his defending.
Physical: 10 / 10. Only thing beside shooting i absolute loved about this card. Hes so strong its crazy and he wins headers so easily. But again the way how headers are atm you don't really get rewarded from good heading players. I maybe scored like 3 headers with him. He just won a lot of headers from goal kicks so that helped me a lot. But the strength is just something crazy. You could so easily just hold down the L2 and shield the ball and do like a drag back and easy goal. That's one thing i loved about this card. So good at inside the box when he gets to be back towards the defender. Its so hard to get the ball off from him and even if you are shoulder to shoulder with a defender he can't tackle you unless its like a VVD. Absolute amazing.
So after a deep dive do i think its worth the 23 tokens? As how the gameplay and servers is right now & if you are only at looking a player who is best choice to help you get wins then no. There is so much better choices to put upfront than Drogba. I liked Son, Messi, Neymar, Mane more than a Drogba upfront. But if you are only looking at a player which could be a fun player to use or you don't care too much about if he helps you get wins then this is your guy. Its a good card don't get me wrong but for a player you need to get 23 tokens out from 24, i just don't think its worth it.
Strength, ability to shield the ball + push players off from ball
Finishing inside the box
Pace, for a player who is 6'2 tall & strong as f*ck its good
Makes good runs
Beast in air
Misses too many 1on1's & under pressure situations. Composure could be slightly higher
Agility, he feels so clunky. By far biggest con about him
Firstly, just like to say this is my very first review, so I apologies if I've got anything wrong. Next up, who I've used before...I've used quite a few strikers, like mbappe, ronaldo, messi, vieri, suarez, aguero and auba (they're the big ones). So how does drogba stack up compared to these guys? Well, he's very hit or miss. In 19 games he scored 32 goals with 17 assists, all of which were in fut champs this last weekend. Based off those stats you'd say he's pretty insane right? Well you're not wrong. This was my first fut champs weekend and I got Gold 1, so I'm a very average player. In some games he was an absolute machine, he got a few hatricks, however in other games he literally disappeared and would maybe popup with an assist. I used him alongside mane, who although has less goals per game, he felt more consistent than drogba, his finishing was nowhere near as good, but he definitely had more shots and in general was more present in the games.
His shooting feels very solid, if you can get a shot off with him then 9/10 times it will go in. He bangs goals for fun. Even outside the box he still gets a few good bangers or even finesse shots with him feel OP.
He feels very strong, he can easily out muscle most defenders in duals, and he seems to win 50/50s the majority of the time.
Even though this year headers are nerfed, he still gets a few headed goals from corners and crosses, which is suprising considering how the meta has change
His dribbling is very poor, he feels very clunky and this is a huge disappointment as dribbling is the meta in this game
He seems to be a little on the slow side, his pace is very average and although it's a bit harsh putting it down as a con, but in this meta he seems too slow to be an elite striker.
For this price (currently 1.3m) there are better options available. Even getting him from the icon swaps may not be the best as it's better to use other strikers, he feels alot like potm pukki who was near enough free early on in the game.
First thing I'll say is that I have never done a player review before but this card was so good that I thought it was finally time. I am a division 4/3 player and finish Gold 1 in weekend league when I play. My club value is pretty low (around 400k) as I refuse to spend any money on fifa points, and I have no notable untradables other than Drogba. I have been working my way through the objectives for the icon swaps tokens and after changing my mind 500 times, I finally decided I was going to get him when I made it to 23 tokens. Best decision I have ever made in FUT. I play him as a single striker in a 4231 formation with engine and default instructions, and in his first 30 games (which were all in the weekend league), he scored 58 goals and assisted 8. I also finished Elite 3 for the first time ever and give this card the credit for that. He is absolutely brilliant and I am so glad I decided to take him. I nearly used my tokens on other icons because I could not find any reviews from more casual payers like myself, so hopefully this review helps out anyone who has still not used their tokens or is considering buying him. So lets get down to specifics.
Pace - 9/10
You often find with big strikers that there is a mismatch between sprint speed and acceleration, with their acceleration often being quite a bit lower than their pace stat may suggest, and this makes them feel slower than expected. Drogba does not follow this pattern and is nicely balanced with 85 sprint speed and 85 acceleration, and both increase to 90 with engine applied. He feels very quick, especially for his height, but his strength compliments his pace massively because in the event that someone does catch up to him, he can just hold them off with good use of the left trigger. Overall though he definitely does feel like the 90 pace that his stats say with an engine applied and can latch onto through balls or carry the ball up the pitch himself without being caught.
Shooting - 9.5/10
As mentioned, I use an engine chemistry style on his so his shooting is not boosted but it is still almost perfect. However, this is a little dependant on the type of shot you do. Power shots both inside the box and outside the box, near post and across goal are all perfect and he never missed a single opportunity that ended up costing me a game. However, his finesse shots are not quite as impressive. They are of course consistently good from one on ones and still generally very good, but I wouldn't say they are as outstanding as his regular shots. As a result, I find myself using 90% regular shots with this card, and rarely try any long range finesse shots. You might question the choice of 9.5 when I have hardly used his finesse shooting, but in all honestly with the quality of his regular shots, I just do not even need to finesse much with him, so using them less it really not detrimental to me at all. However, this may be something to consider if you love the satisfaction of a long range curler from outside the box. As for his positioning. It's perfect. The runs he makes are everything you could ask for and he is constantly moving to get free in the box. 58 goals in his first 30 weekend league games is all the evidence you need.
Passing - 9/10
The engine chemistry style gives a welcome boost to his passing to bring it to a very good level. As mentioned, he plays in a 4231 and the three CAM's around him are all pacey and agile which is perfect to pass into Drogba to hold it up and he can then play the ball in behind to them. His through balls at medium to short range are excellent. He doesn't really have much use for long passes because he is only really ever on the ball in the final third anyway. All in all his passing is superb and definitely good enough to use as a hold up player to work off of and for one-twos with players around him.
Dribbling - 8/10
His dribbling stats receive a boost with engine, and the boost to his balance and agility are welcome. I have only used him with this chemistry style but he was actually far better than I had expected based on the few other reviews I had read. If you are a player that likes to create chances with nimble dribbling through defences with players like Mbappe and Mane, then he might not be for you, as he is obviously not an hugely agile player, but he can pull off a quick drag back in the box to create space for a shot as good as I ever need him to. Overall its good for a 6 ft 2 striker, and I cannot really remember many times where I have lost the ball with him due to poor dribbling. His 4* skills is also a helpful asset to have. and it has has helped me beat players many times. I do not use skills more than the average player though so I'm sure this could be made use of even more.
Physical - 9.5/10
Superb. It really makes the card in my opinion. His physicality just compliments everything else. He doesn't need 99 pace because his great strength just allows him to hold people off when in behind, his hold up play is exceptional which allows you to utilise his impressive passing, and if you do need to dribble in a tight situation he can shield the ball to keep possession and make a chance which makes up for the below average agility. His jumping is also great, even with no chemistry style, and he does win lots of headers. I rarely cross the ball in the air so I don't score any headed goals really and don't try to, so I can't give any opinions on this, but in terms of winning headers at goal kicks or just in open play to win the ball, he is great. As for his stamina, there really is no problem there even with High/High work rates. As long as he is over 80 fitness or so going into a game, he will last through 120 minutes without a problem and 90 minutes is a doddle for him.
Defending - N/A
I am not going to give this a rating because obviously he plays at a striker, but I did think it was worth a comment because he actually does win the ball off defenders quite a lot for me. If he gets tackled and loses the ball, he will often fight back and win it back which I haven't really been ale to do successfully with any other strikers. I think this is mainly down to his size and strength as he just dominates the opponent into stumbling and giving the ball up and sometimes it almost feels like he has them surrounded all on his own because of his size and power. As I say, no rating for this one because he is not there to defend, but might be useful information to anyone who likes to press and win the ball up the top of the pitch.
Overall it really is an excellent card. I was not sure about using 23 of my tokens on him, but it has tuned out to a very very good decision. I would just say though to bear in mind that I have not used any other striker over 100k this year so I cannot compare him to any other elite strikers. That said, 58 goals in 30 weekend league matches really does speak for its self. His record now is 80 goals and 11 assists in 44 games (30 weekend league and 14 rivals) and my win percentage in those 44 games is 82%. I can pretty much guarantee that the win percentage would be far lower if not for him, as he has scored the goals to win the vast majority of those games, and my win percentage before having him was a fair bit lower than 82%.
Final verdict - Perfect for what I wanted and I can pretty much say with certainty that he'll be in my team until TOTS. Would recommend to almost anyone.
Pace - Perfectly good enough to carry the ball forward for a counter attack or latch onto through balls.
Physicality - Very strong which compliments all his other qualities perfectly.
Passing - Great hold up player to use to ping passes into players or to play one-two's with. Rarely misplaces a pass.
Shooting - Exceptional power shots from any situation.
Long range finesse shots not as good as regular shots. But they really are not needed and a chemistry style could correct this if you really wanted.
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