Like the title says, the player picture of Paulinho where he shows his tongue pretty much sums up Paulinho for you. Its like having Kante who can pass, out strength your opponent & shoot on your team & costs only 150k, even less if you have high overall players in your team. I would say absolute bargain. And hes not even that hard to link with as hes Brazilian. But to give you a better perspective of this card lets wrap up his stats.
PACE 8.5/10: I must say 77 pace for a cm is pretty good. And whoever says "pace doesn't matter for cm" is just wrong imo. If you combine high pace, defending, strength & aggression it gives you crazy combo of player who can track runs and intercept passes like crazy & win 1v1 battles. Something really similar what Kante does, but Paulinho can also do more than just that. Only reason why i didn't give him 10/10 is because i actually wanted to give him shadow and boost his pace even more to 89 as this combo is actually so ridiculously good i had to boost it more. If he had like +85 pace i wouldn't had to give him shadow and i could have boosted his other stats like dribbling or passing.
SHOOTING 9.0/10: I think i haven't missed 1 opportunity at inside the box with this card. Sure he has scored only 5 goals for me, but as a cm you don't get many opportunities to score. But every time i got a chance with him at inside the box he has scored. Its also great he actually has 88 attack positioning which is very rare for a cm. That makes him make clever runs inside the box & behind the defense line. I even got some breakaways with him as he make a good run in a right time, something you don't really expect from your cm. His powershots to nearpost is really op as he has high shot power & finishing. Pretty much every goal with him has been powershot to near post lol. Only thing which lets down on his shooting though is his curve & long shots could be little higher. Couldn't really take finesse shots outside the box with him, but everything else is spot on. Because of his finesse shots were pretty bad i had to give him "only" 9.0. But if you shoot with him only at inside the box he will score you plenty of goals.
PASSING 8/10: Not like having a KDB, but better than 82 what the card shows. This is actually pretty weird for me. For a cm you would of course like a player with really high passing, someone like KDB, Pogba, Gerrard etc. And Paulinho is not that i can tell you, but its ok for me because hes not in my team to give pinpoint passes. Hes there to track runs and intercept passes & win 1v1 battles. So when i saw he had 82 passing i thought "ok its pretty average but maybe i can live with it". But it definitely feels way better than just 82 passing. I think its because his low crossing, curve & free kicks which makes his passing lower than it really should be. Honestly his passing feels like 85-87, could be even better if you give him like an engine for chem style. Was actually really surprised with this one. That's why the 8 rating.
DRIBBLING 7/10: Not great, but still nothing you cannot handle. And you probably guessed this. Yes, Paulinho feels pretty clunky with the ball sometimes, again though this is something you could help with by just giving him an engine if you like. That 73 agility is pretty bad i'm not gonna lie to you, but there is positive sites. 75 balance for player who is 6'0 tall is pretty good. I've heard people saying its shit, but honestly most players with +80 balance is like 5'8 tall & 60 strength. So imo that's good for player that size & strength. And you can definitely feel that in game, he feels really hard player to get knocked off ball, really similar to Ronaldo actually who also has "only" 70 balance and same time is really hard player to get knocked off ball. Top of that he has really good ball control, reactions & composure. Sadly though that agility is just very important this year, specially in bad gameplay. But again this is something what could massively help you if you just give him engine. Still everything beside agility is pretty good on this card dribbling wise, so imo its nothing you cannot handle.
DEFENDING & PHYSICAL 11/10: This is why EA gave him that picture & this is why i absolute love this card. I wanted to combine this 2 stats together because its like Batman & Robin of Fifa. If 1 of them wouldn't be there it wouldn't feel the same, they need each other to succeed. His high aggression & strength makes him honestly win almost every 1v1 ball & even if your opponent gets the ball from him this guy just shows his tongue to your opponent just like in his picture on this card and gets the ball back. His high interceptions & pace makes him track runs like Kante. To top of that H/H workrates & 96 stamina which means he covers the space like Kante, and he won't tire. I tried him at first as engine and it didn't feel right for me as i wanted him to be more defensive minded midfielder for me (as i have Gerrard next side of him), so i slapped him Shadow and BOOM. Felt like completely different player defensively, of course little worse offensively but that's fine as this is what he needs to do. Track runs & intercept balls. Seriously its so good its crazy, if i could give him more than 10 rating i could. Of course i'm not saying hes like Vieira or Gullity, but for a 150k sbc player its insane.
FORMATION: 4-4-2, used him as a cm.
GAMES PLAYED: 20 (10 in fut champs, 10 in rivals)
CHEM STYLE: SHADOW
My record in WL now: 10-0. My record in WL last week. 25-4
So overall what i can say from this card by my own experience is that hes absolute insane defensively. Average with the ball though, but that's fine for player worth 150k, you don't expect him to be someone like Gullit lets be real. He will have flaws, but not one as big you cannot live with it. I can totally recommend this card if you look player similar to Kante, but who can also shoot when needed. And for 150k (for me it was like 50k thanks for high rated untradeables from rivals), for that price even though you cannot sold him is absolute bargain imo. Even if it doesn't fit in your team at later stages of game this will 100% be good super sub to use. Also even though hes from CLS, the Brazilian flag helps you massively with linking him. I linked him with Gerrard, Neymar, Telles & Militao. Those are all really good meta players. And someone like Lucas or Hulk sbc is decent shout on linking him too. If you have any more questions feel free to ask i try to answer to them asap :)
- Ability of tracking runs & intercept passes, even better with shadow chem style on. Really similar on what Kante does.
- Ability to win 1v1 balls & gets the ball back even though your opponent wins the ball. Something someone like Ronaldo does, even though your opponents wins the ball from you, you just somehow win it back.
- Defending in general is great
- Finishing at inside the box with powershots
- Passing is better than the card shows
- On dribbling everything beside agility is good, you can specially feel his good composure & ball control when he doesn't take that bad touch under pressure or miss goal scoring opportunity under pressure
- Fairly easy to link with other Brazilian meta players such like Neymar, Allan, Lucas, Militao, Telles etc.
- Price. Feels like a bargain for 150k at least for me, even though it probably wont go in to your end game team, he could still be good super sub. On top of that if you have many untradeables from rivals or upgrade packs (like i did), you can do it fairly cheap. For me it cost 50k.
- 4* Skills.
- Jumping. Wins many headers thanks to his 6'0 height and insanely good jumping. Pretty much dominates the airspace, just sad you cannot score headers though.
This goes in order.
- Hard to link with green links & other than Brazilian players
- 3* wf
- Curve makes him finesse shots poor
- Long shots
There are a lot of Box to Box Midfielders in FUT 20 but after using this card I can assure you that Paulinho is the best card so far in FUT 20. He is better than IF Wijnaldum, RTTF Allan etc.
I play him at LDM alongside Fabinho in 4-2-3-1 with basic chem as it improves each and every game stats of his. He is a complete player as he provides in attack as well as defense.
Pace: Yes, he is not the fastest with 79 acceleration and 75 sprint speed, but he won't feel slow in game. Pace can be boosted by different Chemistry styles if you want.
Shooting: With 85 finishing and 87 shot power, shots inside the box are guaranteed goals from him. Surprisingly his long shots are bullets and also amazing. Just trigger the L1 run and make him get near the box somehow and press the O button, the goals will follow.
Passing: He has been given a vision of 84, with short and long passes as 88 and 85 respectively which this card gives justice to those stats. Paulinho hardly misses a pass and will provide crucial passes in game with improvised vision.
Dribbling: A small drawback this card has is the dribbling. His Agility and Balance are low stats wise. But in game he feels better on the ball and doesn't give the truck feeling as he has 88 ball control and 85 composure.
Pace, Passing and dribbling can be improved by using Engine Chemistry. But I use Basic since it improves other game stats too.
Defending: Interceptions are exceptional as he cuts passing lanes brilliantly. His standing tackles are very good as the ball sticks to his feet after tackling. Has low def awareness and slide tackle which I didn't feel as a con in game. Although, they can be improved using chem.
Physical: Biggest Pro of the card is his physical. Runs all game with 96 stamina and wins most of the headers with 96 jumping. With 85 strength he shields the ball very well and doesn't lose them to other defenders and Cdm's who try to intercept. He also nudges out players with the 84 aggression of his.
- Stand Tackles
- Slide Tackles
- League and Links
Okay so this is my first review, but let me tell you one thing. DO THIS SBC!. First game, I flicked the ball over Scream Pique and blasted it past Ter Stagen and that's when I knew I had to do this review. Although he only scored 3 goals in the 10 games I played with him, he was playing right CDM with my Pep at left CDM. They complement each other so well. Pep does the dirty work and Paulinho distributes. I used to play Vidal next to Pep and this guy is a big upgrade. I did the Hulk SBC and the Johnathan league SBC since I needed a link and now I have the perfect trio. Hulk and Johnathan are great, but this guy is next level. I can see him being used up until TOTS because he is that good.
Pace - 7/10 - He does lack a little pace, but nothing an Engine can't fix.
Dribbling - 8/10 - For have lower agility and balance than I would like, he is pretty good on the ball. Does not feel stiff at all and if you apply an engine he will be much better.
Shooting - 8/10 - For playing 10 games, he scored 3 goals. A banger for a debut goal, and two long shots after, he got a 1 on 1 and missed it. I have not had many more 1v1 chances, but be careful with shooting with him inside the box.
Passing - 9/10 - He did not ever put me in trouble for any pass he made. Once or twice he would play a short over the top ball which could be the game being dumb.
Defending - 9/10 - He never seems to lose a tackle. Even if he does not win the ball on the first tackle, he will win the second because of his figure in game. He is like Sissoko and always wins the ball. Interceptions are out of this world and he is always in the right place at the right time.
Physical - 10/10 - Strength is not a problem for him. Never gets out-muscled and runs for days. His stamina is end game.
Passing, Weak foot is not a problem, Nation, Long shots, Stamina, Strength, Interceptions, Tackling
League if you don't have Hulk
When I first saw Paulinho card I knew I will do it. I was looking for some changes (I change squad very often), I wanted to change Militao, Sissoko, Mendy and Anderson who had some minor problems I wanted to get rid off. When I have done Paulinho I knew he will fill Sissoko place, Militao will be changed for some icon, Mendy for Alex Telles and Anderson for any left winger I didnt try out yet (Bernard Scream was the choice I made). I have used Paulinho as a CDM with Anchor next to Keane (the actual formation I used was 4-2-3-1 with Rashford at the front). Sometimes I tried him out a little higher and more offensive, sometimes more defensive.
A little bit about Braziliano
To be honest I just had much higher expectation. This is the weird start of the actual review but this is the TL;DR.
The main problem with Paulinho I had was that he wasn't 'the best' in anything on the pitch. When I had Sissoko he also wasn't the best in everything, but his appearance and actual in-game strength did work, he was intercepting, he could battle easily with anyone, he also positioned himself well. Paulinho have most of the statistics better than Mousa, and even though he had problems with keeping the ball and intercepting. He was good, I am not saying he is bad, but he is just not the player there's position for in my tactic. I even tried to switch tactic and tried to position him above CDM and below CAM, but he also had problems there in proving that he is worth keeping in squad.
Winners of the change
I can't say everything about this card is bad, because he also have good presence, he also is quite strong, have good headers etc. but there are just moments, moments when Paulinho just turns off. Loose balls, can't pass properly, I just don't like players that have these kind of moments, if you are good you should be consistent, and he is not (Hierro suffers for the same problem - he is great for most of the game, and then - BAM - he just turns off).
The biggest winners of the change I made in squad for him were for sure Alex Telles IF and Bernard SCREAM. Thanks Paulinho for showing them to me!
The conclusion could be the very first sentence below introduction. I just expected him to be my main CDM/CM, he is just good backup plan if I will change my squad to be most brazilian.
-He is not dynamic or agile even though his statistics aren't that bad
-He has 'bad' moments