Back again mid-week with a look at the very enticing 87 Wilfried Zaha Headliner card. The question with this review is not about value, or quality, but instead about whether I should start or end the review with a joke about Ireland? Maybe I will just leave that for the comments. Back on track… when this promo dropped I was immediately drawn towards the idea of a Zaha review, and I really couldn’t tell you why. Previous Zaha cards have not really piqued my interest and honestly, I have not heard many quality reviews of his previous cards, but I guess I just felt that this upgrade was the one that would take him into the next level of menace. Simply examining the base statistics suggests a quick and agile speedster, capable of bewitching defenders, while struggling to find the final ball. In the end, what I experienced was something that was almost the complete opposite throughout the review, which I will try to shine some light on by the end. The issues started almost immediately with this card as I applied the HUNTER chemistry style and in-game Zaha felt awful… a quick change after 5 matches to an ENGINE brought the Palace man back to life but overall I never really got the best out of him. Playing as both the ST and RM in the 4-4-2, Zaha was the one to forget all weekend in the following squad:
As you can see from the ratings, this card has some decent moments but overall I really did not get on with Zaha at all. The 12 goals and 13 assists in 20 matches, most of which were played at striker, was a disappointing return. Around match 17 I had to start playing Zaha out on the wing for fear that his lack of productivity was going to cost me Elite… but it was already too late and the damage was done, finishing Gold 1 for only the second time this year. Obviously, this is far from being Zaha’s fault entirely but it seriously felt like I had a passenger in the starting 11 for a good portion of the weekend. Again, it started early as Zaha felt clunky and not overly fast despite the HUNTER chemistry style; again, application of the ENGINE style was a huge improvement and freed up a lot of the movement in the card. Unfortunately, the full scope of Zaha’s 97 ACCELERATION & 99 SPRINT SPEED was never realized throughout the review. Even the bridge gap wasn’t as effective as Zaha seems held back by something, but I could never pinpoint what.
While the dribbling was not as crisp as it could be I still think it stands to be Zaha’s greatest strength. Ultimately this ties into the rating for the card as a whole when even the highlights are not meeting the level of other quality options. The video demonstrates some of the movements that Zaha carries out, which almost feel specific to him, but in the end, none of it really stood out as spectacular. I realize that in the hands of a serious skiller Zaha might be able to dance defenders into their own demise. But for me he really just felt too upright and stiff while dribbling, unable to shift and swivel the way that other cards with these dribbling statistics can.
Main Attribute - 3 Star Weak Foot
Shooting Rating: 8/10
Weak Foot: * * *
Obviously, the main attribute, in this case, is a negative one and again contributes to the lower rating overall. 84 FINISHING, 89 SHOT POWER, 77 LONG SHOTS & 70 VOLLEYS is not great for a striker and really showed his weakness throughout the review. Even after the initial matches with the HUNTER chemistry style, I was already well aware of the shooting deficiencies with this card. Zaha pulls those far post shots that little bit wider, sending the ball cannoning into the crowd; he over curls finesse shots or does not start them wide enough making it easy on opponents keepers, and of course the 3 STAR WEAK FOOT was likely always going to be a problem. If you watch the video you will see that there were not a ton of Zaha highlights in front of goal, but one area he was fantastic in was with the chips. I realize that chipping has become a much more reliable form of finishing this year, but I have ran into a few players who are not as clean with these types of finishes. Zaha was actually so good in these situations, but there were not enough of them throughout the review to really change my opinion on his finishing overall, it just isn’t great.
Value/Coins & Good vs. Bad
Value/Coins Rating: 3.5/5
Good vs Bad Rating: 3.5/5
375k after the panic sell-off today and still I think this is on the high side. Maybe just maybe I am being a bit harsh given the fact that Zaha could squeeze out another inform before the year is up. However, as it stands I just don’t think this card warrants a price tag this high when you look at the comparables in and around 300k. I mean.. you can get Messi for 325k… MESSI! In the end, Zaha just had too many flaws for my liking and even out on the wing, his effect on matches was minimal.
The problem with this section is that nothing Zaha did was overly spectacular and nothing was obviously terrible. It was a “meh” card and in the end I feel like the review mimics this idea. Overall the 86 SHORT PASSING was okay and allowed some intricate play in the opposition's half, but was not always sharp enough to break down Drop Back Danny’s 9 men behind the ball in the box. The 92 CROSSING was actually the highlight and I was surprised at some of the deliveries he pulled off in the short time he spent on the wings. Then you have the Physical statistics with this card... 80 STAMINA is good but not great and for a bigger card, his 82 STRENGTH did not feel solid on the ball at all. I just can’t stress it enough… the card was simply, okay.
I think I can safely say that I would steer clear of this card. Perhaps another upgrade would clean up a lot of the issues, but I really doubt it. Much like there are some cards that just feel way better than they should, Headliner Zaha just doesn’t meet the levels you would expect from a card with similar statistics. Truthfully, it was a disappointing test run overall as I had high hopes for the Palace man. But, we chalk this review and this Weekend League up as an L. We learn and move on. Hopefully, Headliner Team 2 delivers a better experience. Hoping you are safe and well. Cheers for reading.
I sold my baby Zola to get this card not knowing what to expect. I played one game with him and I instantly knew I had made the right decision. My favourite thing about this card is that with a finisher chem style the ball just sticks to his feet allowing him to get past any defender. His pace is already really good so I don't see any need to improve that. His finishing is just as good as my POTM Joao Felix and Rashford which means he can just slot right into the RS position alongside Rashford with Joao Felix at CAM. Do not be put off by his 3* WF because with the finishing stats he has, he finishes 9/10 chances no matter what foot you shoot with. His physicality is pretty much perfect for a striker and passing is not amazing but it will definitely do. Also the 5*SM is a big part of why I love him so much because it means that he can do a scoop turn to get past defenders or any other 5* skill moves. Overall, I would highly recommend this card. I absolutely love him!
Okay so basically I used to have his 86 card and he was pretty good ngl. When this card came out, I sold my inform pogba so I could afford this card. In the first few games, I thought he was over priced for his performances. But after 10 game, he turned into Wifrie Zaha after every game and here is why:
-At the 10-15 minute he starts giving ur opponent the D and becomes Wilfrie Zaha
-When the game end, he eventually gives ur opponent the L, and completes his full evolution to Wifrie Zaha
This guy is so fast, no defender can catch him; and if you fall against a Joe gomez or varane, his agility and 5* skill move will turn them into boatengs against fkn messi. I recommand the "stay forward" and "get in behind" instructions.
The guy made me switch formations, form 4-3-3 to 5-2-2-1 because he can handle all the offensive work by himself.
Finally, if you think his 3* is a problem note that his dribbling can easily make him switch to his right foot (his left foot feels like 4* honestly)
If u have offensive problems, just get this card, he's making every defence look like fools. Slap a hawk and he might slap 3-4 goals every games.
his pace omg, usain bolt would loose a race against him my guy.
Shooting, he felt suprisingly good when hes in front of the goal; he bangs so much goals, im afraid he would bang the keepers mom too
Dribbling, his dribbling is a mix of ronaldinho and messi, his 5* weak foot and his dribbling makes prime maldini look like jones
physical, his aggression is deadly, he steals alot of balls... his physical is good enough because he resists and his pace makes him go away
passing, brothers... he can make amazing passes, hes not the best but for a striker he's really good
maybe the 3* weak foot but it feels like 4*
I would say defending but hes a striker, all he needs is aggression
This card is CRAZY I brought this card and thought hell be a rapid player to go down the wing and pass it across or maybe even shoot with (as he has the stats for it ) and he might get a couple upgrades or something in the next couple games. But as soon as I played with this card I thought there's no way that i'm playing him out wide hes just too good! I converted him to a striker and this man has changed how i'm playing this game. Hes so swifty on the ball hes literally sonic hedgehog but on steroids in his dribbling aspect. No one can touch him. He is also so quick all you need to do is through ball it and hell get the ball 9/10 times against the likes of defenders like Diego Carlos if you use the Hunter chem style. If your wondering if Zaha's shooting may be a problem well I would say just buy this card right now. His shooting is insane as well as he finishes one on ones for me almost every single game he can also shoot from long distances if needed. His 3* Weak Foot is defo not a problem as well its obviously not as good as his right but for me it does the job perfectly fine. On the otherhand his 5* skill moves are extremely saucey I love that he can do a flip flap. But for me his scoop turns are incredibly fast and he can get round players with ease. Zaha's passing is alright for me, sometimes he makes the occasional bad pass at needed times but hes good with one touch and go passes. I play at around 1700 skill rating and hes really good so I reckon you could play him at any level. So if your looking for a good right striker I would highly suggest to buy this card.
His left stick dribbling( Me Gusta )
5* Skill Moves
Runs in behind
3* Weak Foot( no major issues just would be a lot better if had 5)
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