Ok before we start with the serious part of the review I need to make one thing clear: this card is so insane, I swear to god I never loved any of my girlfriends the way I love this card!
This beast finally got the one thing he has been missing all year long, the 4*WF and also some nice upgrades on his stats, just look at those Dribbling base card stats, holy shit! Now to be honest I was hoping for a 5*WF but that’s life I guess and lets be humble, a 4*WF is a nice thing to have, lets goo! His Moments version has been usable up until now to be honest, even if there are plenty of better options by now. Its different with this one - I'm 100% sure that this man can compete with any other RW until the end of Fifa 20! He has almost maxed out pace, dribbling and shooting stats, good passing and 4*4*. This guy sticks to the ball just like the big boys out there (Messi & co). But just like it was the case with his Moments version, the most important thing about Bernardo Silva are his movement and runs without the ball: thaqnks to the high/high workrates he uses every god damn open spot, no matter how tight it is, he gets in there, flies past your opponents players in Naruto-style fashion and smashes the ball in. His shots are so crisp and direct, you won't have that "Oh I somehow need to lift my leg for like 10 seconds before shooting" with Bernardo! Also he brings along some nice links, wether you want CR7, Bruno Fernandes, KDB or Eusebio (for the ones out there whose mum does have a credit card). 5* skills would have been nice, but most of us do not neccessarily need that, if we're being honest.
I can't describe him in any other way but that he just feels "right". He leaves no doubt that you made the right choice by doing him! I played him in every attacking position as he clearly can do so, but I liked him the most in the CAM spot (doesn’t matter too much if left, right or mid since he got that WF upgrade) and also I suggest the HAWK fits him best since he needs that shot power boost.
Looking at the price I have to say wow, I actually thought he would be locate somewhere near the Ribery price section, which would have made sense IF he got the 5*WF upgrade. The price we have to pay now (even if you have no fodder at all) is completely fair, you might even call it a steel!
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Dribbling, 4* WF, pace, shooting, the runs he makes
To start off, I was a huge fan of Bernardo Silva's TOTS in FIFA 19 so I instantly did his Moments SBC this FIFA. He was great and I kept him in my team until TOTSSF. His only weakness was 3WF because you don't really want that on your CAM. But this 94 Bernardo Silva comes with a huge boost and 4* WF which is a gamechanger.
As for his stats, he is fast enough but I still used Hawk just to boost his pace a little bit. His passing is great and he will surely have a huge impact on your game from the CAM position. Thanks to his dribbling, he can keep the ball in difficult situations which is really important. I absolutely love his shooting - he scores bangers from outside the box and when it comes to the penalty area, he rarely misses. And here is where the 4* WF comes to the scene. Moments Silva almost couldn't hit the goal with his right foot but this version of him is finally really decent in terms of shooting with his right foot. It is still not perfect and I recommend you to try shooting mainly with his left foot but his right foot certainly can be useful, especially in the penalty area.
To sum it up, if you enjoyed his moments card and you still need a CAM, this guy is perfect for you. He is one of the best CAMs I have used this year and I will surely keep him to the end of te game.
WF upgrade to 4*
The 4* WF might be a letdown in some situations
(Matuidi was swapped in for Sarr in game 20, he seemed to be really good at CB). (Pope is subbed on for Lecomte at the start, he’s still good on 5). Now, onto Bernardo, he is playing at CAM in 4-1-2-1-2, Firmino, Vinicius are ST. Wijnaldum is RCM, Bruno is LCM and Ndombele is CDM. Bernardo is on the stay forward instruction. I applied the hawk chem style
Pace 9/10. He is very quick off the mark. His sprint speed is not perfect, and you can feel that in game but it is still very good, he is very fast overall.
Shooting 9/10. Brilliant finesse shots. Fantastic, powerful finishing. His weak foot is a bit weak but it is still useful to have an option to shoot off of his 4* weak foot.
Passing. 10/10. Perfect. Accurate, powerful.
Dribbling. 10/10. Perfect. Agile. He can take anyone on with his dribbling, he almost never loses the ball.
Physical. 7/10. Brilliant stamina. Very weak. He is very aggressive though, so if he loses the ball, he wins it back a lot.
Special category. (Just for Bernardo). His movement is the best on the game, and the way he moves just makes every other player move better and score or assist more. He makes fantastic runs everywhere. Best movement on the game, (played against everyone under the sun and I’ve used Moments R9 and Eusebio in draft.)
Let me start this review by saying I'm not one to follow the meta too closely by using small players with 5* weak foot, etc. I did this SBC to link up the SH Bruno with my Joao Felix Future Stars at the time but was concerned that he wouldn't be fast enough at this stage of the game (most wingers have 99 pace by now).
Boy was I wrong about this guy! I haven't noticed any disparity in pace between him and Vinicius when darting down the wing, and he is very quick with the ball at his feet. Besides the dribbling, I'd say his composure in one on ones is the defining attribute of this card. When I go 1v1 with the GK with him, the ball hits the back of the net 90% of the time, whether it be finesse, ground shot, or a laser beam. He really doesn't get bullied off the ball despite his low strength, and I never have a problem with his positioning.
Shooting (any kind of shot)
His SBC expired already? I don't know
When this Bernardo Silva SBC initially came out, I was in Spain on holiday and I thought 'Oh! A good player to link into my SH Bruno which I love!'. Without hesitation, I completed this SBC, with the appeal of the swift feather-like dribbling to grace my screen as soon as I came back home. 2 days ago, I returned, and I loved him. Having not played in 2 months, this man is carrying my team through the Division Rivals grind. I've gone from the depths of Div 6 to solid Div 5, a division I've barely been in this year; only brief stints which have been met with prompt demotions. I'm thrashing even the sweatiest of drop back rats, thanks to this man. It should be noted some of these appearances were off the bench
I slapped a Hunter on him, without realising that a Hawk gave him the exact same Shot Power boost, so that would've probably been ideal just to boost his strength. He is rapid on the ball, it's euphoric to see how his left stick dribbling seems like his boot is a Pritt stick, that's how insane it is. He's completely changed the way I play, as I now utilise the broken left stick dribbling feature much more than ever before. His shooting is incredible, near post, far post, through the goalkeeper's stomach - I don't remember having missed a shot with him. For someone without the Finesse Shot Trait, his finesses were greatly impressive. He was surprisingly strong (probably helped out by his maxed out Balance), and barely got bodied on the ball. His passing was also excellent, as you'll be able to see by the amount of assists I got with him.
Some of the only faults with his card are that: a) his SBC certainly wasn't excellently priced, whilst just over 200k isn't overkill, it could've been a bit less, or EA could've given him 5* SM/WF. b) I notice his Stamina isn't great, I usually take him off around the 70th minute as he doesn't have the legs to compete with someone else I could just bring off the bench. c) As previously mentioned, 5* SM/WF would've been ideal, but it's EA.
. Dribbling (especially with left stick)
. Great finishing
. Pinpoint Passing
. Lack of physicality wasn't that noticeable
. Not great value
. Meh Stamina
. Lack of 5* WF/SM