Rulebreaker Round 2 came onto the scene last Friday and I honestly cannot remember any promo with cards as overpriced as that. Of course, these prices came crashing down on Saturday and I was fortunate enough not to have started with my review. But if you bought for your team Friday… my condolences for your loss. After the dust settled on the prices it could really only be one option for me… none other than Big Rom himself… Romelu Lukaku. Why Lukaku?? For a variety of reasons actually. One, I love the fact that he was basically written off at Man U; and while he has prospered since the move, United have… well, you know. Two, Lukaku is constantly calling out EA and believes he is often overlooked for special cards because of this fact, so based on his logic I figured this might be my only chance to review him. Three, I wanted to continue my previous comments about EA attempting to make more cards playable this year… in FIFA 20 this card would have been an obsolete striker, and I wanted to keep experimenting to see if this has changed. With all of this in mind, I dove head first into this review placing a HUNTER chemistry style on Lukaku for the added Pace and Shooting boost. If you did not check out my tactics review it is here and once again I stuck with the 4-4-2 chemistry style; Lukaku taking up the position of my left striker. In the end, it was another Elite 3 finish with matches to spare this weekend, as Big Rom dominated opponents defenders leading the line in the following squad:
If you follow me on Twitter: @IVIaeNine you might have caught my post about my WL finish and the fact that Rulebreaker Romelu was eventually sold after the 20 match review to make way for IF Werner… and honestly the fact that you can buy one or the other for virtually the same price speaks to the crazy coin total Rulebreaker cards demand. But before I start a rant I should say that Lukaku certainly was a quality option and fought for the badge during his 20 match trial. No seriously, if there is a card that you want to go to war with… this is it. At 191cm (6’3), 94kg, with 90 STRENGTH and 88 BALL CONTROL you could stand at the top of the box shielding off opponents for 90 minutes if you wanted. While the top of the box example is not practical, what I did find was how easy you can break down the full team press using Lukaku as the target when playing out of the back. Time and time again I simply fed it to the big man, held up play, turned opponents, and the counter-attack was on.
Main Statistic - Shooting
Shooting Rating: 9.7/10
Weak Foot: * * * *
While the HUNTER chem style was certainly to boost the Pace of Lukaku, the added Shooting statistics created some fantastic results. While Lukaku lasted the 20 match review, I was also forced to sub him out at half time the last 4 of those matches as well. So the 30 goals in 20 matches are not poor by any means and are made better when you consider the minutes he played. My problem came in the form of chance creation and the more difficult my opponent the more impossible it felt. However, the area I could never fault Big Rom was in the finishing department. This card is borderline automatic on his left whether it be finesse, power, outside the box or a sweetly timed volley it did not matter; and Lukaku is just about as lethal from the right.
Main Attribute - Size
Trait: Power Header
I don’t want to restate what was already obvious but it was nice to use a different build and archetype of card for once. While CR7 has always broken the mold when it comes to player archetypes, FIFA 20 was a real struggle for the rest of the big men up front. I am happy that FIFA 21 has tried to address this problem… although since the patch I feel it trending towards FIFA 20 gameplay… unfortunately. However, with a few headers from corners courtesy of the POWER HEADER trait … the knockdown headers from goal kicks… the hold-up play in general… I just appreciated what a new form of card had to offer and it was enjoyable to be trying something different this weekend.
Value/Coins & Good vs. Bad
Value/Coins Rating: 3.5/5
Good vs Bad Rating: 4/5
When you search FUTBIN for players between 300k - 400k you start to realize that Lukaku has been placed in some tough company by the Rulebreaker hype. The likes of Mane and IF Werner are simply superior options bringing the Speed (especially), Shooting and 4 STAR WEAK FOOT of Lukaku… while providing strength on the ball in their own way. Perhaps 3.5/5 is a bit harsh given the goal returns that Lukaku provided, but then I look at the 9 assists (a relatively low return) and I am reminded that I feel strongly about this card being overpriced.
The two areas justifying my poor Value/Coin Rating come in the form of 91 ACCELERATION & PASSING as a whole.
I know … complaining about 91 ACCELERATION is borderline ludicrous, but I am not complaining about the number. Oh no, what I am complaining about is the fact that it feels more like 71. Big Rom just cannot get his legs moving out of the blocks and it caused the issues I spoke about earlier in creating chances. Don’t get me wrong, when this locomotive is up to speed Lukaku can wheel and it is his 98 SPRINT SPEED that keeps him barreling down the tracks. Throughout the weekend if I played Lukaku through on goal, even from half, there was no one catching him. However, much like a locomotive, it takes a push to get this lad moving. As for the passing, it just is not great. The statistics speak for themselves… especially given the hold-up play you can pull off with this card, it would be amazing if you could then facilitate other players with more accurate and consistent passing.
This card is a victim of its own hype honestly. Not Lukaku specifically, but the entire Rulebreaker promo has been farcical with the price tags and if you were not careful you might have been stung by a few of those examples. However, I would be more supportive of giving this card a go if he drops closer to the 300k mark. In the end, I do have to admit that it was nice to be reviewing a card outside of the EPL and outside of the traditional fast and agile speedster that is normally the sought-after option. I will say that I am kicking myself for not popping in a few more crosses during the weekend, but as I said gameplay is sadly already feeling more like FIFA 20 for me. In the end, I am curious to know if he is doing the business for any of you? Don’t take this article as a destruction of a perfectly fine card, it just simply isn’t worth the coins in my books. Cheers for reading.
All ill say is this, if you only use meta players and your defence is Mendy, Varane, Gomez and Semedo this guy probably isn't the best for you. This doesn't mean he's bad though. I'm only a div 3 player so i guess my opinion isn't the best but he is by far the most fun player I've played with in a while on FIFA in general and definitely my favourite in FIFA 21. If you want a fun player and your not trying to make the best possible team this guy is for you. Again he is by no means a bad player but he definitely isn't meta.
His height weight and strength make him very hard to muscle off the ball even for players like Varane and Van Dijk.
With a hunter he has more than enough pace and combined with his strength if he gets in behind he isn't getting tackled.
His shooting is near perfect he'll score almost everything in the box left foot or right.
He is very easy to link with strong links to Mertens and Martinez and a perfect link to Nainggolan who also has a good rule breakers card. You can also get a Belgium link to someone like De Bruyne or freeze Hazard if you want to expand out to other leagues.
3 star skill is not ideal but he has the dribbling, strength and pace to easily get past a defender.
He does take bad touches everyone now and then but its usually no more than once a match.
Packed him in a two player untrade pack.Used him for Weekend league commencing Friday the 6th, concluding Sunday the 8th. Cant remember exactly but he scored way more goals than games.The man started off as the absoloute business, did everything right, every driven cross, he was on the end of, beat defenders with the ball at feet? No problem. Using a big striker honestly felt no different than using a small agile player, his stats were on point. However Used him for 8 Games on Weekend League Friday 13th and it was like using his base card a complete donkey. Ended up trading him in for POTM SON. Unsure if there was any soft patches between both weekend leagues but it completely ruined my expierience with him! By the time i traded him in his games were alot higher than goals. But the first weekend League i used him he did finsih up on 23Games 31Goals 18Assists.
Pace 85- Quick enough to use as a 'get in behind' striker, he will make all the right runs and burn the defence with pace.
Agility 85 Balance 82- 100% its a noticable difference from his base card you can make sharp turns, use body feints and ball rolls and drag backs are also do able with him.
Heading 89- Lethal off of corners may i say no more.
Finishing 88- If you are going to smash a low driven cross into the box, this bloke will always be on the end of it and to be honest he scores of them at least 90% of the time, one on ones also not bad, is missing the Fineese shot trait imo.
Dribbling 88- One of the worst dribblers ive used on this game, yes you can body feint yes you can drag back or make sharp turns, but for goodness sake do not dummy the ball with this guy, it will just result in you losing the ball, the ball goes way to far away from his foot.
Ball Control 88- Pretty unsatisfactory, if you play a driven pass into him you're in trouble the ball will just fly off of his foot and then you will have to win the ball back. Same for a through ball his first touch will knock it miles away.
Strength 90- I was pretty buzzing when i saw his physicals, however like most Fifas strength just isnt a stat if you come up against a meta CB Lukakus getting boffed on the ball eight times out of 10.
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