Future Stars… still my favorite promo and definitely my favorite acronym of all the special cards. With the drop of Team 2, I immediately had big plans for my squad this weekend, but an hour of trying to snipe Saka definitely had me saying FFS about more than the promo. With a change of gears, I was able to sort out a second squad and actually got a chance to try RTTF Renato for the first time this year (who is as insane as people suggest), which just goes to show there is a silver lining in everything if you look close enough. One card that didn’t change in either mock up was FFS Curtis Jones … and yes I am aware that I have been preaching SBC avoidance for the sake of my club’s resources, but it had to happen didn’t it. The decision between the LM and CM took me all of 3 seconds and it is obvious that you do not want to miss out on the center mid version of the boy from Liverpool. The base statistics on 88 Jones in the CM are fantastic, just how good? Well, if you take the base statistics of Curtis Jones and put them into FUTBIN you get a result of 3 players that can make the well rounded threat that this card possess: 96 TOTY Kimmich, 97 TOTY Bruno Fernandes & 93 Prime Gullit… that is it, that is the list. With an already impressive set of statistics, it was a challenge to pick just the right chemistry style to put Jones over the top… SHADOW & ENGINE were ultimately my choices, with SHADOW the most significant as the CM in my 4-4-2, while ENGINE did the trick as a CAM in the 4-2-2-2 formation. Regardless of where Jones lined up in the midfield this weekend, he truly was a Future Star in the following squad:
This rating was extremely difficult and I actually should have put two separate ratings based on where I played Jones. This card is incredibly versatile and I could see FUT Managers considering Jones as an option in virtually every position. As an out and out CM patrolling the middle of the pitch; winning the ball back, setting up attacks, spraying the passes around the pitch & chipping in with the odd goal… this card is a 10/10. In the middle Jones seldom put a foot wrong and in the 4-4-2 he was a force to be reckoned with. In the wider areas of the 4-2-2-2, I was blown away by the number of goals Jones contributed in only 10 matches… his passing was immaculate and his dribbling was surprisingly responsive but was helped by a change to the ENGINE chemistry style. Overall, the card is insane.
Main Attribute – Defending
Defending Rating: 10/10
Height: 185cm | 6’1
Body Type: Lean
Work Rate: High | High
The size of this card was always going to be either the greatest strength or the greatest weakness when it came to this review. It is uncountable how many promising cards with excellent statistics have been undone by their card size in-game. Given the latest patch, I was extremely worried that this card would fall victim to the same fate. But with Jones, it was the exact opposite as the mixture of 84 AGILITY & 82 BALANCE with his LEAN body type allowed the Englishman to glide around the pitch with ease. At the same time, the size of this card still allows the benefits of the increased strength on the ball. 82 STRENGTH was key in physical battles in the middle of the pitch, while 95 STANDING TACKLE & 94 SLIDING TACKLE often meant that Jones won out in crucial 50/50 moments. FFS Jones is a force when it comes to two of the most important features in the center of the pitch… ball retention and ball recovery and was key to a lot of the success that I had this weekend.
Main Attribute – 4 Star Weak Foot
Weak Foot: * * * *
Now normally we dive right in with the finishing statistics and discuss quality in front of goal, but in this case, I wanted to start in an area where Jones is borderline unparalleled compared to other midfielders I have used… his passing. With 96 SHORT PASSING & 88 LONG PASSING, it was incredible the way that Jones could find teammates in space. In the current patch, I have not used many cards like it, but previously it certainly was a throwback to FUT Freeze Marquinhos. Obviously the 4 STAR WEAK FOOT plays a factor in the different variety of passes Jones was able to hit and transferred well to his shooting ability as well. Playing as the right CAM in the 4-2-2-2 Jones filled the net as his 82 FINISHING, 91 SHOT POWER & 90 LONG SHOTS combined for some crucial goals throughout the weekend.
Value/Coins & Good vs. Bad
Value/Coins Rating: 5/5
Good vs Bad Rating: 5/5
445k. Which has been inflated by the Party Bag madness, yet still can’t be matched by many in terms of quality for value. If you go back to the list of players in the same statistics bracket, the cheapest being TOTY Kimmich would run you 2 million coins. This card is a premium card, but it doesn’t feel like you are paying the premium price and for me, that’s a bargain, and most likely why I faced Jones in the majority of my final Weekend League matches.
As you can tell by my findings thus far there were not a lot of negative takeaways after the 20 match review to report. Even with the ENGINE chemistry style, 90 ACCELERATION & 88 SPRINT SPEED felt quicker and faster than I would have normally anticipated. 90 STAMINA is just enough to keep up with the High/High work rates and even the 76 CROSSING is improved if you go the ENGINE route. In the end, I would say that the 73 VOLLEYS was a weak spot, despite only getting a few opportunities to really test it out… and maybe he could have been slightly more clinical in front of goal overall. In saying all of that I guess the major weakness with this card is how woeful he was from dead balls. After about 5 matches on free kicks, I had to save Jones from further embarrassment, but that was all I could find… the card is cracked, end of.
I started to worry at one point in my review that I was suffering from Liverpool bias. I love the Future Stars promo, the thought of another Liverpool option was exciting, and overall the card was performing like a beast. With that in mind, I decided to take a look at what some others were saying… in general, I try my best to stay away from other reviews until I am done in order to avoid being persuaded by others opinions… but something about this review made me feel like I owed it to everyone reading to get an idea of what other experiences were like. In general, I did not come across anything lower than an 8/10… while some went as far as calling him the English Gullit. For me it is right in between those assessments… the card is obviously not Gullit, but at the same time puts in performances that make you wonder, “if this card is this good, how good must Gullit be?” So with that, I say 100% I recommend this card and hope you have the same insane results that I experienced this weekend. Maybe the most telling point is that those results have continued into this week. That’s right… I fired up some Div Rivals matches just to use this card a bit more… it’s that fun. Hoping you are safe and well. Cheers for reading.
This guy is an amazing b2b on fifa 21 i have to say. His ability to defend and quickly go into a counter attack is fantastic. i am playing him with bruno fernandes at cdm so 2 amazing b2b's. Its fair to say that he will definitely be in my team until tots because he is amazing. I'll start with the cons. hes 6'1 with High and average+ body type and only 84 agility and 82 balance. he isn't going to be the most amazing on the ball and is going to feel stiff is what you think. but omg he is not stiff. off the ball he is vvd, he's huge and makes tackles. but on the ball he doesn't feel stiff at all and feels quite nice (btw im using basic not even an engine chem style or anything). He isn't the fastest but that doesn't really matter much because he is a cdm/cm. He's crazy strong and physical of course. His passing is perfect, (exactly what you'd expect from 96 short passing) and his shooting is MENTAL, this guy rattled the wood work so many times when i used him and honestly wow. what a card. his week foot doesn't matter. as long as the shots on target and not pointing at the gk its going in. Only proper con is that he is like 400k i believe but honestly hes worth it.
Stamina, aggression and all round physicality, general defending, dribbling except he can be a bit eh from time to time. Passing is fantastic and shooting is on point. 4* 4*. links are amazing
Price, agility and balance. maybe body type but i don't mind it
My squad is mostly untradeable, and I only have two tradeable players in my entire club (gold VVD and gold Courtois). Therefore, my squad is very set in stone, and it's rare that good players are available to improve this team. So when Curtis Jones showed up in the SBCs, I was delighted that I could finally upgrade my standard gold Wijnaldum. Unfortunately, I had to use Wijnaldum in the SBC, so after 300+ glorious games, I finally had to let my dear Gini go. Jones had better be worth it.
So I use Jones in this squad (https://www.futbin.com/21/squad/6147776), and in-game I play 4-3-3 (2) with Jones as the RCM, and also play a 5-3-2 with Jones as the CM. I have the Guardian chem style on him, and I have him on stay back whilst attacking in both formations.
First thing I notice is how big he looks in game. It's probably just his hair style, but he looks like he's 6ft4", and his physical stats help him feel that tall as well. He bodies most midfielders off the ball, and wins many headers in the air, something which adds a lot to my team already.
I didn't touch Jones' passing stats with a chem style, but I had Powerhouse on Wijnaldum, which gave him better passing stats than Jones, but Jones' passing definitely feels a lot better than Gini's.
With a guardian trait, Jones' ability to hold onto the ball is just brilliant. I'm not really one to use skills, but left-stick dribbling with this guy feels so satisfying.
In this team, I play Rijkaard at CDM in the 433, and CB in the 532,but somehow, Jones' defending feels just as good as Rijkaard's. He seems to always be in position to intercept the pass, and covers the opposition really well. His interceptions and defensive awareness stats do not do justice to how he feels in-game.
I do like to get him forward, although with the stay back instructions, I only want him to get forward when I tell him to. However, this doesn't stop him from taking up really ideal positions for a good forward pass to him. I feel his 85 attack positioning is a lie; it feels like a 95-99. He is always in an amazing position to receive the ball.
He's scored two goals for me by getting into the box and shooting across the keeper. I've tried a few long shots with him, and whilst they feel decent, I haven't been able to score any from range with him yet.
Overall, I do feel like this is the perfect upgrade to my long-serving player in Wijnaldum, whom I packed within the first week of FIFA. Only thing is that my VVD goes down to 8 chem, but I hadn't noticed VVD getting much worse or anything. I have a feeling I'll be using Jones right up to TOTS. I'd definitely recommend.
Brilliant at holding onto the ball with left-stick dribbling
Takes up brilliant positions when team is in possession of the ball
Great defensive positioning
Wins the ball back for me A LOT
Looks and feels big and strong in-game
For how I use this player in game, he hasn't really got a major weakness, but if I had to give him one, it'd be his stamina. I know it's 90, but as he's perpetual motion in-game, his stamina does tend to run down in the final 15 mins of a match.
Never written a review but once I played with this card I knew I needed to. I've used headliners Goretzka for 200+ games and this card is genuinely worlds ahead. In my team, he is used as a more attacking center mid but with his high-high work rates he does his fair share on defense as well. I know it is rather cliche, and I can't point to a singular stat on the card that justifies it, but he is always in the right place at the right time. Both his interceptions and attacking runs are sensational. The only downside to the card is because of the high-high work rates he often runs low on stamina towards the last 10 minutes-ish of the game. If you have the fodder I 100% recommend the card!
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