Player Review

97 - Icon
Need for Nazario: Most wanted
By toninazzo, 08-08-2020

Hi everybody, this is my first review and I would also like to say that I got him from the Icon pack, so there's no 15 million-bias.

As I said above, I decided to do an Icon pack... Brazil... ST... Moments, what a pull.

I put him immediately in the squad, 4231, Striker position with Maestro chem style.

What impresses me the most of R9 is the composure and positioning, something I noticed also when I tried him in draft. He's always in the right position when ball comes from a cross or long ball from the wings and his composure helps with scoring and getting the ball in the most absurd events (he comes first than defenders, if the ball gets deviated he gets it). If it is a clutch situation you know it's a goal.

On the other hand, when it's a normal situation he can miss some of the easiest goals and he might hit the post too much sometimes. Anyways, in general, his shooting is incredible from everywhere inside the area AND outside, he shoots some missiles that will bend the goalkeeper's hands.

If I said before that positioning is very good from area-situations, due to the med/med work-rates, you cannot tell the same about running and counterattack situations, where you will find him standing still when all the other teammates are running to the opponents area. Therefore you will have to put "get in behind" instruction but it's not something I like to do as I feel it ruins the true movements of a player. Probably pairing him with another faster and more agile striker is the way to go.

Speaking of dribbling, it's very inconsistent. It gets from world class to clunky: you can strafe dribble through the opponent's defenders without having problems and then he gets tired and start losing the ball when receiving a pass.

Another thing that I don't like is the passing, it seems he cannot get a through ball right, he always messes up counterattacks (as he's left behind and so becomes the CAM). Probably he sees passing lines I cannot see but certainly not the ones I want!

Last thing is the physical: having an attacker with this shooting and mental abilities AND this type of physic is incredible, if you help with L2/LT shielding he can then turn and shoot some astounding screamers.

Final considerations: Is he worth it? He's not "meta" compared to the most agile players (I played with Ben Yedder, Dembele SH..) but if you want to have fun and you have a lot of coins go for it (he's worth losing the taxes).

Some say the Prime is better due to body-type being lighter, I never tried it, let's hope for the next Icon pack!

Long shots and finesse


Freekick accuracy





Formation: 4231
Position: ST
Games: 40
GPG: 1.05
APG: 0.50
Pace (8/10)
Shooting (10/10)
Passing (7/10)
Dribbling (8/10)
Defending (2/10)
Physicality (9/10)
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