After loads of speculation, the Future Stars promo is finally back with the spotlight on a new crop of young potential talent. Yet regardless of the hype I have to say, these cards look absolutely awful. The design, the color schemes, even the images, everything gets a 2/10 for me. Additionally, it would have been nice to see some upgrades on the weak foot and skill moves for certain players, predicting the development of their overall game in the future as well. But onto the review … it has been aligned in the stars for some weeks now that Mason Greenwood would be the card to review for this promo. I did not know if he would be in week 1 or week 2, but it was obvious he was coming based on his performances this year, and with a lack of Manchester United options for previous reviews, we had to take a look. I honestly believe that EA really missed an opportunity with this card to send the hype train right off the tracks, honestly 88 Pace, 89 Shooting, 89 Dribbling are amazing stats … but if all three, or even two were 90’s this card would have been on every FUT Managers mouth. It is crazy what +1 statistic will do to hype, but one look on conversations about players shows it is 100% a huge deal. But I digress, let’s get back to talking about the card we did get, which I applied a HUNTER to, and unleashed in the 4-4-2 this weekend. Greenwood was the young gun in the following squad:
So, the servers were an issue yet again this weekend. Thankfully, Greenwood is one of those cards capable of still performing in sluggish conditions. 98 ACCELERATION + 98 SPRINT SPEED + a taller card (6’2 – 187 cm) = a gazelle on the pitch. Greenwood has the legs to get around in a hurry and his acceleration was especially vital. I will be honest that Greenwood’s 95 AGILITY & 83 BALANCE was disappointing overall and I expected a bit more fluidity on the dribble. In saying that, what a first touch this card takes around the corner of defenders… they really cannot cope with the initial turn you can make with this card unless they have anticipated you turn and moved early. So on one hand he has this lethal touch and can create chances from those situations, on the other hand, outside of these turns Greenwood normally feels clunky on the ball and creating chances alone is not his strength.
Linkability & Current Game Strength
Linkability Rating: 4/5
Current Game Strength Rating: 5/5
The EPL is always going to be one of the top two or three leagues to link and provides a lot of potential avenues for squads. The limited English options outside of the Premier League do limit how you use Greenwood to link into hybrids though. But in the end, you should be fine finding a way to fit this guy into your squad.
When the game plays like it did this weekend, and with the drop-back-overload-ballside tactics being deployed game after game; it is vital that you have a forward who can finish their chances… and Greenwood is that man. Wow… Wow… Wow… this lad simply does not miss in front of goal. 95 FINISHING feels like 110, 5 STAR WEAK FOOT feels like a 6, and 99 SHOT POWER feels like it is shot out of a cannon. I am obviously going a bit far, but compared to other options it isn’t actually big of an exaggeration. He is incredibly clinical and 20 goals in 20 games do not account for the fact that my first 5 opponents quit early in the match and an additional 3 would quit later in the 20 matches. Honestly the best compliment I can pay Greenwood was I felt I won every match I should have this weekend and his finishing was a key part of that success.
Value/Coins & Good vs. Bad
Value/Coins Rating: 5/5
Good vs Bad Rating: 5/5
Under 1.2 million seems like a fair price for this lad when you compare all of his base stats and 5 STAR WEAK FOOT to other strikers. He was effective despite the servers and his finishing is worth every single coin.
As we said, 20 goals… but then he also added 9 assists with his quality passing and fantastic link-up play. The 86 STRENGTH and bigger body type are key to holding off defenders and of course, his passing stats are just fine without any chemistry boost. Honestly, the only thing keeping this card from being an absolute monster is the dribbling, which limits the amount of chances he can create for himself. True, this is difficult against anyone playing drop back football, but with how many chances he scored, the only thing holding him back from even 2 goals a game are those self-created chances.
I feel like this was one of my most in-depth reviews in a while and so I am really out of words to describe this card. How many times can I say “his finishing” in 900 words? It was just so incredibly ruthless, and I loved it. It was nice to be rewarded for once for the hard work of creating chances, and I know he would reward you as well. Cheers for reading.
When i saw him getting his future star card, i decided to buy him instantly. first i thought it wouldn't be that great as he had 3* skillmoves.
I played him in a 4-2-3-1 formation as him being the ST with Mbappe, Neymar and Mahrez behind him in the CAM positions.
What can i say? I think he makes the way of playing with a 3* skillmoves player easier. He is totally worth the money.
His agility makes him a very difficult player to defend. With his strength he can't be pushed off the ball soon and with his 5* weak foot it makes it way more easier to score as he can turn in all directions.
Only negative thing of him is his 3 star skillmoves. But with winter upgrades around the corner, his skillmoves could be upgraded
I was a little bit skeptical about this hard. It looked really like an overpriced card of crazily hyped player. I admit, in real life Mason Greenwood is a promising young talent, but we all know that it doesn't mean, that he will be same guy in FIFA game. That's why when it came out I didn't buy him for 1.1kk. I also didn't buy him when he was 1.4kkm, but after it went back to lower price I gave him a shot replacing my awesome Drogba 91, and that's to whom I will compare the Devil's madlad.
Oh boy... That was a good shot. Let me tell you why.
First things first. I am playing 5-2-1-2 and Greenwood works nicely as ST alongside Neymar (93). I used Marksman chemistry style on him. Behind them is Moments Bernardo Silva. What's more I tend to play possession game (usually it's more than 55% for my team). That's why Greenwood is an awesome striker in my taste. His 5* weak foot is a nice upgrade compared to Drogba's 4*. What's more Greenwood has much better dribbling stats in terms of Agility, Balance and Dribbling. He still feels clunky, but at least I don't need any chem style to fix that, which is a huge, huge plus. Why? With Marksman his Strenght goes up to 91, which is quite close to base Drogba's. He is not easily pushed away from ball, but he is also not pushing other people aside like Drogba, but that's fine. What's more due to no problems with Dribbling section his shooting feels much better than Drogba's. Sadly his Pace is also lower, so it's even more important than ever to have someone fast by his side and a good CAM to control the midfield
"The biggest advantage over Drogba's 91 is Finesse Shot trait. You can't imagine how many perfect opportunities my Drogba missed, because he was no able to score a nice finesse shot with Engine chem style. With Greenwood? Pffft... easy. What's he can really pass. With Drogba it was hard"
What's more with his finishing, shot power and positioning it's really easy to score goals inside the box. Headers are also nice, but nothing fancy. I understand, that lot of people will be pushed away by his "clunkiness", but if you don't care about "meta" alternatives, then this Devil's Madlad is your way to go.
An awesome player to have in formations with 2 strikers. He can be used as clinical striker, which provided with a good pass scores easily from anywhere inside or outside penalty area. In simple words - smaller, but more agile Drogba's son.
So I had to get a striker in my 4-2-3-1 setup to replace my Mbappe. I looked at a bunch of strikers like Ben Yedder, Ronaldo and Mane. Then I found Greenwood, he didn't really have any stats that was out of the roof but he looked like a beast anyways so I bought him. He scored a lot of goals and made a lot of assists, his goals to game ratio was a strong 0.95. But there was just something off with him I don't know what it was he scored the goals but when he didn't score he was kinda invincible in the game. He scored almost every game but it still felt like he did nothing. Let's start to talk about his stats. He has the best shooting I have seen in this game, bangs it in from everywhere. He never missed the goal or hit the post. He scored some amazing headers I have never scored headers before in competitive game modes like rival and fut champs. He is also 6'2" (187 cm?) so he has a great height advantage over many players. His dribbling stats kinda lie, he doesn't feel like 95 agility and 83 balance, he feels a bit clunky probably because of his height. His strength doesn't feel like 86 he gets easily pushed off the ball. I didn't really feel anything wrong or good about his passing it was just plain normal. He is pretty fast not Mbappe fast but he can still beat a defender in a sprint. Overall he is a really good player if you got the coins but I think I will just get Mbappe back who is more suitable for this year's meta. Oh almost forgot Greenwood has a 5* weak foot which is a key factor why he is so op!
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