Player Review

91 - TOTS
Slightly worse than Richarlison but decent for the
By ajuster, 29-05-2020

Packed this guy in my guaranteed CSL / Eredivise pack and was pretty hyped as he's probably one of the top 5 players available from that pack. I packed untradeable Shapeshifter Richarlison a while ago and he has been a mainstay at ST for me ever since, with 197 goals in 227 games, mostly WL and rivals. Given Johnathan is Brazilian and looks very similar to that Richarlison card from multiple angles (WF / Skill moves / base card stats), I was hoping he would be a slight upgrade and slotted him right into my team in Richarlison's normal spot. I gave him a Sniper chemistry style hoping to boost the composure, reactions, and positioning as much as possible (for reference I use Engine on SS Richarlison).

I'll use Richarlison as a baseline for comparison throughout the review because of the similar stats and player profiles, and because I'm sure a lot of people will be comparing both of them when looking to build a squad.

After about 5 games in Rivals, I can say for sure that I'll be going back to Richarlison in the upcoming Weekend League. There are a few key elements which this card falls short on when compared to Richarlison which for me heavily impacted in-game performance:

  1. Johnathan's High / Low workrates combined with only 90 attacking positioning led his movement to feel very stagnant for me in the attack. I played Joao Pedro at CAM behind him and it often felt like Johnathan would just stand in the middle of the attacking third while Joao Pedro made all the good runs where he should have gone. Compare this to Richarlison, who has High / Medium with 94 positioning, and is excellent at getting in behind and playing one-twos
  2. Johnathan's passing and holdup play definitely felt sub-par. I think this may be down to his low vision and long passing, as the other stats are relatively high. There were multiple times when I wanted to play my wingers through or link up with my CAM when Johnathan made a wayward pass that killed the attack. I would say he felt about equal in strength to Richarlison, which is likely down to his strength stat being higher but aggression being much lower.
  3. Dribbling felt average - for me this was the biggest disappointment as most of Johnathan's dribbling stats are significantly higher than Richarlison's, and I applied a Sniper specifically to boost reactions and composure up to a usable level. Even with Sniper though, Johnathan felt a step slower than Richarlison in all of his dribbles, which made the difference in front of goal a couple of times.

This review may come off as overly negative, but that's just a product of me comparing Johnathan directly to Richarlison. I would definitely recommend Johnathan to people on a budget as he is currently less than 1/2 the price of Richarlison SS and likely to become even more affordable. I wouldn't expect him to carry your team or wow you with his movement, but he will definitely be clinical in front of goal and pop up in good positions.

+ Finishing on both feet

+ Pace

+ Linkability to Brazilians (e.g., Kaka from icon swaps, Paulinho, etc.)

-- Stagnant movement

-- Passing

-- Dribbling (reactions + composure)

Formation: 4231
Position: ST
Games: 5
GPG: 0.60
APG: 0.60
Pace (8/10)
Shooting (9/10)
Passing (5/10)
Dribbling (7/10)
Defending (2/10)
Physicality (7/10)
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