The Winter Wildcard review you have all been waiting for, none other than the lion himself, Zlatan Ibrahimovic … or at least that was the plan until the release of the Swedish big man came with an astronomical price tag. Maybe we look at him next weekend if the price drops? Would that still be of interest? Let me know in the comments. With the Milan Giant out of contention, we went for something a little bit different this weekend with a look at two Spanish strikers in very different price ranges. While Prime Fernando Torres was always going to come with high expectations, I was not sure what to expect from Winter Wildcard Morales. Normally a look at the price tag can provide an idea of where a player stands in the eyes of the community, but with values on the decline faster than Harry Kane it would have to be a try and find out situation. The move back to a 4-2-2-2 formation allowed the Spaniard Showdown to commence and it would be the HAWK chemistry style propelling the Levante man into action. With the squad set up it was time to dive into yet another Weekend League grind as Morales was the surprise performer all weekend long in the following squad:
I have heard mixed reviews about this card while scrolling through Twitter comments and what everyone can agree on, myself included, is that this card has no business being 55k. 155k might be more appropriate and even then I would give this card a 5/5 in terms of Value/Coins… but at 55k this is simply a joke already. Regardless of the price, there are certain areas where this card performs really well and others that I found wanting in key moments throughout the weekend.
I went with the HAWK chemistry style for a few reasons… Shooting and Physical are the key interests and in the end, I felt they both complemented this card perfectly. I was incredibly impressed with the 4 STAR WEAK FOOT on this card as the 97 FINISHING, 98 LONG SHOTS & 99 SHOT POWER all performed consistently and accurately. “So why only 6 goals if the shooting was so good?” The key issue with this card was the movement, or lack thereof, in and around the box. The 97 POSITIONING didn’t translate into the chance creation that I would have hoped for and in many circumstances, Morales would hide behind defenders making it difficult to get the ball. For me, I don’t classify this as a Shooting problem despite the obvious placement in this category… instead, it is more in the nature of the card and doesn’t take away from how Morales took his chances when they fell to him.
This is one of those sections where one intricacy about a card has both positive and adverse effects on the overall card performance. The 88 AGILITY and 90 BALANCE that has been heavily boosted from the NIF Morales card is quite nice to operate in tight spaces and you will see in one or two of the goals how it is possible to bamboozle defenders lunging in. However, once you get the Spaniard moving at pace those statistics largely melted away with a more rigid result. Overall, the few sparkling moments were outweighed by the more frustrating, “if only he turned that corner quicker” moments and what remains is a 7.5/10 rating. On the other hand, the size of Morales mixed with the 79 STRENGTH was noteworthy and added an excellent dimension to my squad when holding up the ball and in the air with his 80 JUMPING.
Value/Coins & Good vs. Bad
Value/Coins Rating: 5/5
Good vs Bad Rating: 4/5
Too cheap. While I have not jumped on the hype train that others are conducting with this card… there is an undeniable gulf between what this card should cost and how few coins he will set you back.
In all honesty, this category is the best way to describe this card overall. There are so many qualities in Morales’ arsenal that a 55k card has no business having. The 97 ACCELERATION & 96 SPRINT SPEED to name two and both ensure that Morales can literally keep up with the rest of the pack and the direction that the game is moving. Yet, there were moments, such as key breakdowns in scoring opportunities because of the 82 SHORT PASSING, 75 LONG PASSING & 82 CROSSING that all left me happy I had not wasted a pile of coins on the Levante man.
As you can tell it was certainly a mixed bag with this card. While I mentioned a 155k price tag would be more appropriate for how effective Morales is in-game… in the same breath, I think I would be telling you to steer clear for that price. Overall, I think that is the key message here and part of what makes this card so special… for a starter squad you could do a lot lot worse than having Morales leading the line. But for those of you with established squads, Morales is not an opportunity to replace your Flashback Benzema with a diamond in the rough. But as a cheap super sub? Absolutely. In the end, I mentioned a small contest at the start of this review between two very contrasting cards in terms of price… and while Morales performed admirably… He couldn’t hold a candle to Torres and I am not tempted to keep him in my squad even for the ridiculously low price. Hoping you all enjoyed your holidays. Cheers for reading.
Bueno debido a que hoy en día todos ya sabemos que carta saldrá sabia que tenia que probar al comandante y con un ridiculo precio de 100 mil monedas era una compra segura y obviamente que esas estadísticas realmente se demuestran así que iremos stat por stat
Ritmo - Espectacular de cara a la meta es inalcanzable y debido a su tipo de cuerpo que es lean se siente mucho más rápido
Disparo - no falla es así de sencillo y no dudeis de tirar con su pierna mala que dentro del área va adentro de la red
pase - está es una parte que si le falta a veces da unos pases muy pobres para lo que dice la stat
Regate - Pone a bailar a kimbrmbe así de sencillo combinado con su tipo de cuerpo es espectacular
Defensa - pues aquí solo pondre la anécdota que en un centro le ganó dos veces el cabezazo a van dijk la primera la salvo el arquero y en el rebote le volvió a ganar la posición así que ese 68 de cabeceó es engañoso
Fisico - Te aguanta todo el partido y sorprendentemente puede aguantar bien de espaldas al marco
asi que por 100 mil monedas es un robo el jugador más similar es Ben yedder pero pienso que están a la par
Picked him up for a reasonable 55k off of the market, which I initially found hard to believe, as looking at the card's stats I didn't understand why he wasn't more expensive. After using him for 16 games in Division 2 I'm still shocked at his low price tag. I used him alongside prime Zola in a strike partnership in a 442. Morales works very well with a secondary striker with good passing as his ability to get on the end of through balls with his good pace and finishing are some of his strongest attributes. His responsive dribbling and lean body type allow for the use of agile dribbling to get around defenders and unleash consistent finishes. I haven't tried him as a lone striker for fear of him getting isolated as his poor aggression limits his ability to smash defensive lines by himself.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoy this card and I expect Jose to remain in my squad for the foreseeable future
Pace -Pretty much a no-brainer, but morale's explosive pace allows for more opportunity on goal than with most La Liga alternatives(i.e Benzema, no matter the chem style he never really felt fast)
Close Range Shooting - Morales' ability to tuck away pretty much anything inside the box makes him a valuable player as his consistent finishing has won me multiple games
Long Shots - Unlike most strikers, I've used this FIFA, Morales seems to actually hit shots from outside of the box with a decent amount of power, rarely spooning them towards the goal keeper as I've seen Fekir do multiple times
Close Ball Control - I'm able to make my way past defenders without the need for skill moves while using Morales as his agile dribbling allows me to get around the likes of Kimpembe and Cozza WW
Long Passing - Most attempts to play a long through ball ends up with me losing possession
Aggression - His ability to shove defenders off of the ball to win possession or hold off a pressing player lets him down and is probably the main reason he isn't a 10/10 striker
I got this guy off the market for 55k with a hunter on him so a reasonable price and oh my he is the best striker i have ever used, he is a fast player with really good shooting.
Shooting: He can score headers, volleys, he has good finesse shots and he can bag a lot of goals in. He has good speed to to run away from defenders but there is a negative with him around defenders, he gets beat in a physical battle because his physical isn't very good but overall, he is a very good striker and i recommend him. This is my first futbin review so apologies if this is not a very good detailed review.
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