Five matches into this past Weekend League and alarm bells were ringing for what could have been a disaster weekend. 3 and 2 is not a recipe for challenging Rank II let along Rank I and something just weren’t working in the squad, specifically in the midfield. It was without question that Rulebreaker TAA was going to be a fantastic card and certainly lived up to that during his short term at right back… but with the added Pace, Dribbling and Physicality it was always in the back of my mind to play and test the Liverpool man in the center of the park. I guess you can call me Southgate… minus subbing in pk takers and the utter lack of trophies. But I digress … with no time to think about replacements it was a straight swap with Onyeka moving out to right back and we were off to the races. Side note: Onyeka was an animal at right back and beyond Trent has been the best I have used out there, hands down. With Trent playing in a CDM position (on balanced instructions, if you haven’t read my 4-2-3-1 review) I kept the ANCHOR chemistry style for the defensive contributions… Although you couldn't go wrong with a HAWK style for that little bit more going forward. With that, everything was set for Trent to be the tempo man all weekend long in the following squad:
While I would have leaned more towards a 9.5/10 for Trent as a right back… the 9/10 about sums up the midfield performance that was on display this weekend. I would say watch the video… but I think a lot has already witnessed the performance with our miss-post on the Diaby review haha. Regardless, whether you watched it before, watch it now, or simply take my word for it the result remains the same, Trent was box to box force to be reckoned with and dragged my team to within two matches of Rank I before a heartbreaking loss ended the run.
I should start by saying that I have not used any version of Stevie Gerrard in FIFA 22 and therefore this could be slightly incorrect. But based on previous FIFA experiences I have never felt like EA has done Gerrard any form of justice for the fantastic career he had. Perhaps the 700k price tag on 89 Gerrard would suggest that this has been rectified? Let me know in the comments if you have tried him! Maybe a review to come soon? Regardless, THIS card is exactly what I envisioned all those past Gerrard cards would have been. Trent is rapid on and off the ball as you feel the double 95 PACE propelling him through the gears up and down the pitch. The passing is exquisite as the all 80+ statistics mean you can ping the ball around the pitch with ease. But maybe best of all is how dominant he feels around the ball. 80 STRENGTH + 90 BALL CONTROL made everything stick and I always felt I could fend off would be challengers when creating chances… while the 88 DEFENSIVE AWARENESS, 96 STANDING TACKLE & 92 SLIDING TACKLE meant my opponents would be chances were often quelled before they even started.
Main Attribute - Shooting
Shooting Rating: 8.5/10
Weak Foot: ★★★★
A less than ideal weak foot has been the theme of late but this review offered the exact opposite. Trent boasts more of a 4.5 STAR WEAK FOOT and the way he hits them on both feet is just so clean. Truthfully I could see this card as a lethal central CAM or a highly contributing LAM/RAM with the goals he could conjure. If we look closer at the statistics though… this makes absolutely zero sense! Maybe a FINISHER would have explained it… but I certainly wasn’t complaining as the 62 FINISHING, 77 LONG SHOTS & 84 SHOT POWER all performed well into the high 80’s from my perspective. The return of 6 goals in 15 matches was not mind blowing but from a CDM starting position I was definitely impressed.
Value/Coins & Good vs. Bad
Value/Coins Rating: 5/5
Good vs Bad Rating: 5/5
200k for this card as a right back alone screams good value to me. One look at RTTK Robertson as a left back at 300k is enough to convince me alone. While Robo could see upgrades in the near future his card would still only be on par with Trent’s pace and only slightly better defensively. Perhaps it comes down to the lack of Prem left backs? But I still think Trent falls into the too low category if only for the Good vs. Bad category alone… the truth… I didn’t have one single complaint about this card all weekend and continued to use him as I qualified 5-0 for the first time ever and am now only two matches away from Elite Division (God help me).
Due to the overwhelming quality across the board, I truly believe you could play this card in every position minus as a striker. While I think Trent would still score goals, it would be a stretch to think he could lead the line like some of the other options in his 200k price range. But after that I would stack this card up against any 200k card in every position… even, dare I say it… as a centre back.
Must try. Must have. Must sell the fodder I saved for two months that is now finally worth something. Whatever your method, I think this card has to eventually find its way into one of your squads. Even worse than my centre back comment, I am going to go ahead and say... I had fun this weekend. That’s right, I said it! Then I will take it even further and say that this enjoyment spilled into Qualifications and even Division Rivals, and this was largely down to my new love for Moussa Diaby and even more so down to the play of this man. Let me know if you have used him and found the same… also curious to know if you have tried him elsewhere in your squads? Hoping all is well. Cheers for reading.
Let's talk a bit about Alexander-Arnold RuleBreakers!
I was lucky enough to pack it into a gold upgrade because otherwise I probably wouldn't have bought it. So I paired it with my defense composed of Amavi RTTK, Kimpenbe and Rüdiger RuleBreakers for 10 games of FUT Champions (13W-7L). We can notice that his statistics have been significantly increased compared to his regular card (+11 speed, +2 shooting, +4 dribble, +3 defense, +4 physical and +66 in total). In my opinion, only the cards of Walker and Hakimi regular (excluding icons) may potentially compete with Trent the Terrific concerning the post of RB.
His strengths are, first of all, his speed statistics which are often the most important for the left and right-back defenders. With a rating of 90 for acceleration and top speed, he's a real arrow in his wing channel. Then, he has the most impressive dribbling statistics at his post, which makes him terribly controllable and therefore facilitates defensive interventions as well as offensive projections. Although these statistics went down from -5, it remains among the sharpest and most precise RD in its passing abilities and especially associated with its 4 stars weak foot. Finally, the increase in defense and physics statistics is largely noticeable on the gameplay compared to the regular card (tested in Draft only). During the match, he seems to be the quiet force of the defense, with a defensive placement always correct and sharp interventions but always in the softness.
Regarding its weaknesses, I must admit that some are obvious. Firstly, its work rates are not optimal for a solid defense especially for this FIFA 22. Having a high WR in attack and a medium WR in defense that sometimes he leaves big spaces in his wing channel which will result in dangerous situations. It is therefore very important to tell him to stay in defense while attacking on the player's tactics instructions. In addition, its lacks of strength and aggression make him feel like a marshmallow sometimes during shoulder-to-shoulder duels which is a big issue for a right defender. Finally, his ability to win head-to-head duels is rather weak with a flagrant lack of jumping and this is also a real issue knowing that R1 + triangle are totally cheated. Thus, it seems to me appropriate to use a Sentinel style to correct these weaknesses as much as possible.
In conclusion, I think Alexander-Arnold RuleBreakers is the best DD in the game currently out of icons despite some glaring weaknesses that can be partially fixed. However, I remain undecided about the usefulness of spending 200k on this player and the sustainability of its value in the coming months. On one hand, it is very likely that some incredible cards will soon arrive at this post and thus will make this card completely obsolete. On other hand, the few alternatives to this position as well as his very useful nationality, club and championship coupled with the probable arrival of Salah's player of the month card for October in PL can make this card even interesting for some months.
Parlons un peu d'Alexander-Arnold RuleBreakers! (Si vous kiffer et que vous voulez l'avis détaillé, allez me soutenir et donnez de la force sur mon insta: scandola_fut, je débute dans les avis de joueurs en français)
J'ai eu la chance de le packer dans une amélioration Or, car sans cela je ne l'aurais probablement pas acheté.Ainsi, je l'ai associé à ma défense composé de Amavi RTTK, Kimpenbe et Rüdiger RuleBreakers pour 10 matchs de FUT Champions (13V-7D). On peut remarquer que que ses statistiques ont été significativement augmentées en comparaison avec sa carte regular (+11 vitesse, +2 tir, +4 dribble, +3 défense, +4 physique et +66 au total). A mon sens, seul les cartes de Walker et Hakimi regular (hors icônes évidemment) peuvent s'assoir à la table de Trent le Terrifique concernant le poste de DD.
Ses forces sont, tout d'abord, ses statistiques de vitesse qui sont souvent les plus importantes pour les latéraux. Avec une note de 90 pour l'accélération et la vitesse de pointe, c'est une véritable flèche dans son couloir. Ensuite, il possède les statistiques de dribbles les plus impressionnantes à son poste, ce qui le rend terriblement maniable et facilite donc les interventions défensives ainsi que les projections offensive. Bien que ces stats en passe ont été abaissé de -5, il reste parmis le DD le plus tranchant et précis dans son jeu de passe et surtout associé à ses 4 étoiles mauvais pied. Finalement, l'augmentation des statistiques de défense et physique sont largement remarquable dans le jeu comparé à la carte regular (tester en draft uniquement). Il semble durant le match être la force tranquille de la défense, avec un placement défensif toujours correct et des interventions tranchantes mais toujours dans la douceur.
Concernant ses faiblesses, il faut bien avouer que certaines sont flagrantes. Premièrement, ces Work Rates ne sont pas optimales pour une défense solide surtout pour ce FIFA 22. Le fait d'avoir un W.R. élevé en attaque et moyen en défense, fait que parfois il laisse des trous béants dans son couloir ce qui va résulter sur des situations dangereuses. Il est donc très important de lui indiquer de rester en défense dans les instructions de joueur de la tactique. De plus, il manque de force et d'agressivité ainsi il se fait parfois déchirer au duels épaule contre épaule ce qui est un gros malus pour un défenseurs droit. Finalement, sa capacité à gagner les duels de la tête est plutôt faible avec un manque flagrant de détente et cela est un réel problème sachant que les R1+triangle sont totalement cheater. Ainsi, il me semble adapté d'utiliser un style Sentinel pour corriger au maximum ces faiblesses.
En conclusion, je pense que Alexander-Arnold RuleBreakers est le plus fort DD du jeu actuellement hors icônes malgré certains points négatifs flagrants qui peuvent être en partie corrigés. Cependant, je reste mitigé quant à l'utilité de dépensé 200k sur ce joueur et la durabilité de sa valeur dans les prochains mois. D'un coté, il est très probable que des cartes incroyables arrivent à ce poste prochainement et rendent ainsi cette carte complètement obsolète. D'un autre coté, le peu d’alternatives à ce poste ainsi que sa nationalité, son club et son championnat très utiles couplés à la probable arrivé de la carte de Salah joueur du mois d'octobre en PL peuvent rendre cette carte encore intéressante quelques mois.
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