They promised. Or at least it felt like one. At the start of FIFA 21 EA appeared to acknowledge the fact that in FIFA 20 there was really only one type of usable forward; small, agile & two footed. The goal was to eliminate this meta and to create a more balanced game where more and more players would be usable in their own way. Well, now that we are all playing FIFA 20.1 it is obvious that that ship has sailed already and we are back where we started with the small and agile plague. However, that didn’t stop me from trying to set my own course this weekend when using POTM 93 Lewandowski throughout my Weekend League journey. The question is, was it successful… and also, would I recommend completing this SBC before it expires? Like all things with reviewing cards, the answer is complicated, but I will try my best to illustrate my experiences with Lewandowski so that you can make your own judgement. Immediately I struggled with the correct chemistry style to apply for my review and ended up experimenting with a mixture of MARKSMAN (7 games, 11 goals, 2 assists) , HUNTER (7 games, 12 goals, 2 assists) & ENGINE (6 games, 9 goals, 1 assist) across the 20 matches. However, one thing that remained constant was his position as I played the Polish Powerhouse as the right ST in my 4-4-2 formation. All weekend Lewandowski put the finishing touches on the following squad:
In relation to chemistry styles it ended up a toss up between MARKSMAN and HUNTER as my two favorites throughout the review. MARKSMAN added a nice combination of Herculean 99 STRENGTH, pile driving 97 LONG SHOTS, and the super glue combination of 99 CONTROL & 98 DRIBBLING. Basically with MARKSMAN the goal was to give up some pace in return for an unmovable object on the ball with lights out finishing. With HUNTER it “was all about that pace, bout that pace, no dribble”. If I am honest in both the case of the HUNTER and ENGINE I didn't really notice any pace boost in Lewandowski, which is of course what you are hoping for with those styles; it just feels like Lewandowski has that one steady speed of 80 Pace and it is what it is. In the end it is why I recommend going with MARKSMAN, the card isn’t built for speed, so you might as well bolster everything else in his goal scoring toolbox.
Main Statistic - Physical
Physical Rating: 9/10
Trait: Solid Player
Honestly, solid is an understatement. While Lewandowski might not have the silky dribbling of Neymar, it does not matter as much when your opponent can not get past the brick wall Lewandowski sets up when shielding the ball. Time and time again this card bailed me out when my opponent was on the team press. I knew all I had to do was lob the ball up to Lewandowski and he would knock it down into the feet of open teammates… or play it into his feet, hold L2, and watch the likes of Varane and Gomez flounder in their lame attempts to knock this colossus off of the ball. Similarly, the physicality of this card came up trumps around the box throughout the weekend. Whether it was shielding the ball to lay it off for teammates to finish chances… or simply turning opponents who then could simply not put in a successful challenge... either fouling for pks, or watching the Big Lewbowski curl yet another shot past the stretched finger tips of their keeper. Additionally, the 97 JUMPING & 89 HEADING ACCURACY were key off of crosses and corners, as Lewandowski channeled some of his inner FIFA 19 throughout the weekend. In a small way I saw some of what EA was planning with FIFA 21 as Lewandowski played the big man’s game in a small man’s world. But was it enough?
I don’t think it will come as a surprise to anyone that I found Lewandowski to be incredibly clinical. 99 FINISHING, 96 SHOT POWER, 97 LONG SHOTS & 91 VOLLEYS all combining into one target locking missile launcher of a right foot. So why a 9.5/10? Well, I purposefully singled out Lewandowski’s right foot as the money maker, while his left can be found wanting at times… and always the worst times it seems. I don’t want to make it sound like this card is poor on the left, it just wasn’t nearly as consistent as the right, which never misses... never.
Value/Coins & Good vs. Bad
Value/Coins Rating: 5/5
Good vs Bad Rating: 4/5
280k. Obviously if you have a pile of untradeables then this “reduces the price,” but once the fodder is gone you need to use coins for future SBCs, so worth making sure it is worth it first. For me it is just about spot on for value and therefore merits the 5/5 in this case. I enjoyed using a card outside of the current meta and made me play a little out of my comfort zone. I did mention it already, but it truly is fantastic watching the variety of finishes that Lewandowski can pull off… so if you already have the squad capable of getting the big man into dangerous positions, he will do the rest.
There are a lot of superb statistics that make Lewandowski an intriguing option … and he is certainly an alternative to the current Neymar, Mbappe, CR7 trio that seem to be in everyone’s squad. Similarly, he offers a different option to the lower price range trio of Anaki Williams, Dembele, and Ben Yedder who are just as popular. But all this brings me back to the start of the review and the discussion on EA’s attempt to make all players viable in a variety of ways. This of course has not happened, hence the increasingly small list of names you face 29 games out of 30 each weekend. Unfortunately, despite how fun he was to use, I do not see Lewandowski joining the Weekend League A-Listers any time soon. Even with the HUNTER and ENGINE chemistry styles this card just doesn’t have the pace required to really take over a match, and I moved him to a super sub for my final 10 Weekend League matches as well... joining the scourge of OP abusers for fear of being punished without them. Granted, I should point out Lewandowski was a quality super sub and the slightly slower pace at the end of the match suited him perfectly… the consistent and reliable finishing was a nice addition when behind a goal late in a match… the size and strength key to getting the ball past the team press when ahead.
To complete, or not to complete? That is the question - This would normally be the time for some advice on whether or not to finish this card. From a strictly gameplay only perspective it really depends on the team you have surrounding Lewandowski. If you have a nice combination of quicker options and can use the big man to hold up play and finish off the chances you create… then this card can certainly be a solid option. However, the hesitation for me comes in the form of who we are dealing with here. Robert Lewandowski is a man on a mission and having been robbed of the Ballon d’Or once already he seems hell bent on righting the wrong with a beyond human level of quality. With that in mind it seems only a matter of when, not if Lewandowski gets his next inform… and at that moment this card becomes obsolete. With all of that in mind, I would lean towards a no-go on this POTM; unless you are a huge fan, or really need that strong target striker for your playstyle, it just isn’t worth it in the end. Cheers for reading.
Where do I even begin with this card? Lewandowski’s POTM came out today at around 3pm UK time, and the wait was worthwhile. It fits perfectly into any Bundesliga as he is from one of the main teams, but for a polish nationality, he is hard to hybrid with other polish players.
Why you should complete this SBC, you won't be dissapointed.
· 93 Shooting on a striker is insane. More importantly, the combination of 96 finishing and 91 shot power can be perfect for a striker.
· Lewa also has 89 dribbling, but with 91 composure, 91 ball control and 96 reactions. This also means he would be able to take the ball and move to the perfect position.
· 4*4* is perfect for any striker, unless you want the 5* skill moves to pull off some of those fancy skills.
· 6’0” when coupled with his 87 jumping, 89 heading accuracy and 96 finishing make him the perfect target man for crossing.
· Outside foot shot and finesse shot are perfect for a 4* weak foot striker, and can also be important for certain attacks.
· He is also strong and aggressive, allowing him to win the ball from an interception or tackle easier.
Why you might not complete this SBC:
· The requirements, an 85, 86 and 86 rated team (roughly 300k) can be rather expensive for some, which might put you off completing the SBC, even if there is a month to complete him.
· Lacklustre stamina, which you need to be careful of if playing him at striker. It could defiantly be worst though.
· 80 pace also doesn’t fit the meta as much but a catalyst can fix that somewhat easily.
· 82 passing might also put someone off but a catalyst could fix that too.
· Outside of the Bundesliga, can be awfully hard to hybrid.
The pace itself could be much worse. A striker does need a good mix of acceleration and sprint speed to match the meta, but there are other players out there that are so much worse. Applying a hunter or catalyst can massively improve this, which could bring his pace to a 9 out of 10 or maybe even a 10.
93 shooting is insane for a striker. The in game stats show this as well. The mix of 96 finishing, 91 shot power, 91 volleys and 87 long shots make him an insane striking option. If you wanted to go even more insane with this card, you could use a hunter or a hawk to bring his shooting up to 96 or 97. A hunter gives him 99 finishing, 99 shot power and 99 volleys. If you would rather make his shooting stats more even yet op, a hawk is perfect. The hawk chem style gives Lewandowski 99 finishing, 99 shot power, 97 long shots and 91 volleys, making him a perfect 10 out of 10.
The passing, like pace is a bit of a let-down. He still has 89 free kicks and 88 short passing, as well as 83 curve. Wit ha catalyst, Lewandowski gets 89 passing, with 99 free kick accuracy, 90 crossing, 93 short passing, 84 long passing and 88 curve, which can make his passing 9 to 10 out of 10 and also a perfect free kick taker.
89 dribbling on a striker is amazing. It’s pretty much all you need, but then you get to the in-game stats. 96 reactions, 91 ball control, 88 dribbling and 91 composure is perfect for a striker, but then there’s 2 of the most crucial stats, balance and agility. 86 balance is ok for a striker, as they need to stay on their feet, but 80 agility is a bit trash; as it wont allow you to get around defenders easily. Someone could improve this however if they were to apply an engine chem style.
Defending: N/A / 9/10
Defending doesn’t really matter for a striker, except from heading accuracy. This one stat is crucial in the meta, because it decides if you should cross or pass, so having 89 heading accuracy is what makes defending a 9/10.
The physicality on a striker isn’t as important but can still decide if a match will be won or lost. 87 jumping is perfect for Lewa as he’s 6’0” and has 89 heading accuracy. 89 strength is also perfect for a striker, as he can push opposing defenders away. Aggression isn’t as important but 84 is still good enough for a striker. The bad stat for his physicality is stamina, which is 79; as well as the only stat that cant be upgraded by a chem style.
If you can afford the card or can get him into a team, its worth completing. This card, with a catalyst or hunter can be a perfect striker to use in your ultimate team. When I’ve used him with a catalyst, he’s been clinical as a striker in the 4231.
This card seems rather similar to Hallands inform, but also seems rather similar to these list of icons in terms of stats:
Del Piero, Bergkamp, Vieri, Van Basten and Rush (theres key similarities)
Hi ! This is my review for RL9. Before you read take in consideration that i am a division 3 player at the moment and i did not use him in Weekend legue as i mainly play division rivals.
Lewandowski 93 is a very complete striker who can shoot, pass, he turns good with an engine chem style ( he is NOT clunky ) and uses his phyisical stats to push even players like Van Dijk and Varane off the ball, mainly because of his high agression stats.
Ranking in current playerbase ( 21 nov, 2020) :
Currently, Stoichkov Prime is the only player in the game that has similar stats with Lewa 93 if you Filter players by pace, shoot, dribble and phyisical and the only players with higher shooting stats than him are Icons like : Eusebio, Van basten, Puskas, etc. This means he will stay relevant a very long time.
What makes his card so good is his finishing ability inside and outside the box, his finesse shots, his runs, attacking AI and passing ability. His high aggresion stats make him very hard to tackle and that makes him "sticky" as he can easily tackle the defender back after the initial challange
Take in consideration that he does NOT fit the current meta: his pace is not enough for him to constantly escape defenders on counter atack (like Mbappe or Cr7) and not enough to play as a "get in behind" kind of striker. His dribbling does not fit the meta : he cannot turn inside the box like Neymar or Dembele, so using him in WL is not recommended as you will probably have better results playing meta players like dembele, rashford, ben yedder, etc. So take in consideration what game modes you play and how serious is this game to you if you complete this SBC.
For me, he was the striker i needed as i completed him for free with untradeable players and I and also like him IRL.
Finishing inside and outside of the box
Finesse Shots, Volleys, Chip shots
Attacking AI (runs + positioning)
Dribbling : he does not turn like meta players
Pace : not good on counter attacks and cannot escape high pace defenders
Playing him in Weekend League could be problematic
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