I'm a Div 1 and occasionally Elite 3 player, and I've have been through my fair share of strikers recently; 90 Butra, 92 Lewandowski, 90 Best, 90 Hernandez, but I didn't seem to settle with any of them. That's when I decided to take a risk and try out good old Gaz here. I can honestly say in terms of consistent goal scoring ability, Gaz seems to trump all other strikers I've tried - so much so that I've had to write a review on him.
Looking at previous comments and reviews, it seems that the general consensus is to apply an engine chem style to boost that pace and his average dribbling, but I went for a hunter just to see what he could really do with basically maxed out pace and let me tell you, the lad is rapid. He genuinely feels as fast as all of the pacey strikers previously mentioned and I often find him breezing past the likes of Van Dijk and Militao. I'm also pretty sure I once saw him look over his shoulder and wink at Varane as he accelerated through onto goal. His positioning due to his High/Low is phenomenal and he is constantly on the last man, ready to receive a tender through ball from his accommodating yet humble attacking midfielders.
Something that surprised me was his strength. He can more often than not run shoulder to shoulder with the best defenders on the game without being pushed off the ball, and this gives his pace enough time to kick in so that he can round defenders and burst through the the back line without being caught. I was up against TOTY De Ligt recently and Lineker was outpacing him easily without being bullied. Now that's lit.
Time and time again his breakaway pace opens up the space behind him for my Mbappe (who I play central CAM in 4-2-3-1) to sneak in behind and have a teasing through ball played to him by the King himself. As well as this, Lineker's cut backs from the by-lines are usually pin point and I've found his passing to be one of the more surprisingly good qualities about him so far.
His finishing. My god his finishing. With the hunter chem style applied, it practically guarantees goals from anywhere within the 18 yard box and sometimes outside of it. Be it first time shots, near or far post powers or finesses, this man can do it all. Sure, he's hit the post a couple of times, but the quality and number of goals he has scored vastly outweighs his misses.
Now it's time to talk about his dribbling. I've opted for a chem style which keeps his dribbling as it is, and I will be the first to say it isn't nearly as fluid as the likes of Mbappe, Neymar or Zola but it does the job for what I need him for. You could probably feel a bit of an improvement with engine applied, but I would rather have his pace boosted to electrifying than have his dribbling boosted to above average. Hunter all the way.
To summarise, I can honestly say that Gaz was a beacon of light in a well-rounded, OP team and he stood out from the rest, bagging goals in every game I played. I have him tradeable and bought him for 630k and I think this is incredible value. He's by far the best goalscorer I've used for under 1mil (apart from 90 Mbappe) and I'd say this 92 Prime Icon is a bargain if bought for anything under 900k.
If you can look past the just decent dribbling and the fact that this man soiled himself during a live match, then I highly recommend you pick this lad up.
Dribbling - I didn't find this a con, but people could pick fault with this.
I used Gary Lineker as the striker in a 4231 formation. For instructions, I have him on Stay Central, Get in Behind, Normal Interceptions, and Stay Forward.
Pace (9/10): He is quick enough to get away from defenders, although he doesn't quite have the scorching pace of TOTY Mane, Mbappe, etc.
Shooting (10/10): His finishing is next to perfect on his right foot and still very dependable and dangerous on his left. while his curve may not be that high, finesse shots with the right foot usually beat the keeper for pace.
Passing (8/10): His passing is very good in on the ground from a short distance, but I would try and use your central attacking midfielder to get it to the wingers or fullbacks down the flanks of the pitch.
Dribbling (8/10): He keeps the ball very close to his body and his first touch and shot quickness are a huge asset when finishing, the response time from hitting the shoot button to him shooting is the fastest I've played with.
Defending (3/10): He puts a fair amount of pressure on defenders while pressing, but at his out-in-out striker role he won't be tracking back much.
Physical (6/10): His strength and physicality is nothing to write home about, you'll find yourself using his dribbling and pace to get into dangerous positions more than his strength.
When I opened my prime icon pack for the swaps and saw the English flag, I knew it would mean trouble. Then Gary came out and I yelled: Why! Why again, EA?
It took a while to calm down, especially knowing all the decent icons I could have gotten. Man, I said, at least not Inzaghi. Then I thought: well, might as well give him a spin in the WL, I guess.
So I put Gary (with engine) into a 41212 narrow at striker alongside 90 Mbappe and played for 14 wins (plus a few div rivals and squad battles before that). Ended up at 14:3.
In those 17 games old Gar bagged 20 goals (total of 52 goals in 46 games in my club), which is actually quite decent.
Gary is a finisher, you gotta give that to him. I used moments Rush for a while and he feels like a discount version of that card. Not the fastest, not the best dribbler, but he does finish more often than not.
I was quite pleasantly surprised with Gary TBH and I did not have high expectations whatsoever. With the current META, which is: pass to the striker in the box, turn and shoot, he worked quite well. He is a decent attacking option even nowadays. He will not create chances himself, sometimes he takes crappy touches and feels clunky, but he's got a good shot on him.
All in all, I still feel its sucks to get him in that prime icon pack (thou fear Inazghi I tell you!), but I tested him out and honsetly he did not shit himself! Will I use him more? Probably not as a simple OTW yedder is much better option for 350k, but I gave Gary a chance and he did not blow it. A solid 3,5/5!
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