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95 - TOTS
Mertens, Pretty Meh.
By Henryhoover97, 26-05-2021

Mertens was used in both the RS and CAM role in a 4312 formation, in 15 Div 2 matches across a few days. As a striker, Mertens was making several good runs in behind, and usually was able to latch onto a through ball. In the box, his agility and dribbling allowed him to get past most players without any issues, and the 4* skills is a nice bonus to heel-to-heel away from defenders. All this is nice, he's gotten to the positon to take a shot, right? That's where this card is let down; his shots are weak at best, usually pea-rolling across the ground to a waiting goalkeeper's arms. On the occasions that the shots had any power behind them, they would hit the post or the crossbar more often than not.

His passing is pretty good, most passes he makes reach their target. This isn't Pirlo level passing, but good enough for a card that most people are going to play as a striker. He makes cut backs across the box with relative ease. Physically, he noticably lacks strength. When fighting for a through pass played to him there are many times when he just seems to give up on getting the ball or gets pushed away with some force. Maybe he would suit a long-ball play style more than a slow passing build up where he has the space to run in behind or catch the defenders sleeping.

Overall, his pace is good. Better than most, in fact. A good combination of his pace and dribbling allow him to get into the areas to miss the shots, which seems to be a positive for Timo Werner in real life, so therefore can be a positive for this Mertens Card! His xG is much higher than goals that he has actually scored.

Chemistry is relatively easy to find, with Napoli having a good season and getting several attacking TOTS cards, and with the SBC Nainggolan available at the time of writing this review, there are plenty of options.

To conclude, Mertens is a solid player who will create chances if given the opertunity. However, he usually misses the shots taken himself and leaves you very disappointed. He's not worth 1.1m coins as he is on the market, but if his price dropped below 700k, maybe that would be a conversation to be had with the bank manager.




Ability to create chances




Formation: 4312
Position: ST
Games: 15
GPG: 0.40
APG: 0.27
Pace (9/10)
Shooting (4/10)
Passing (7/10)
Dribbling (8/10)
Defending (4/10)
Physicality (5/10)
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