With TOTS looming there is no better time to examine a possible game changing SBC… The pack openings often bring fodder to new lows while the TOTS FUT Champions picks lead to some excellent high rated fodder in most squads. With all of that fodder there are opportunities to complete some of the PIM SBCs and possibly take your squad to the next level… having used the 3-5-2 of late I couldn’t help but think… “What if I had the perfect CAM to link play together and finish off chances when they fell his way?” The result, none other than the French legend, Eric Cantona. First off, the dynamic image alone is probably worth a million coins but that is a discussion for another day. The statistics, weak foot and of course the skills had me optimistic that I could do some damage in the middle of the pitch with Cantona orchestrating the offence. As the CAM in my 3-5-2 I felt the ENGINE would be perfect for obvious reasons and all was set for another leap into the Weekend League octagon. In the end Cantona truly became the enigma all weekend long in the following squad:
This is one of those reviews where you have a card that does a lot right… and I mean a lot. There were moments when I was truly shocked at the outcome when Cantona was shooting or passing the ball. However, there was also a key deficiency that drastically affected the outcome of the overall performance and with that the overall review. Maybe the most damning fact to touch on immediately was that I started this review with images of Cantona running my midfield… and within 5 matches was forced to replace the Frenchman and move him further up the pitch as a ST for the majority of the review. The 8/10 Dribbling was a key factor and the constant frustration across the 15 matches, ultimately leaving Cantona as a target striker role at the top of the pitch.
This is certainly the wow factor with this card and rivals some of the better Shooting and Passing on cards that I have reviewed… and I mean this individually. It is not often that a card is capable of producing both the Shooting and Passing on this high of a scale and to this level of consistency. If anything I was even more frustrated that my CAM hopes were dashed given how much quality Cantona should have brought to this position. 96 FINISHING, 96 SHOT POWER, 95 LONG SHOTS and the 4 STAR WEAK FOOT really do tell the story and is a tale about a card that is lethal from anywhere. The word pure comes to mind and illustrates the flight of the ball off of Cantona’s boot with every kick of the ball. Even the 97 SHORT PASSING, 93 LONG PASSING, 99 CROSSING & 99 VISION felt incredibly accurate and quick to find their targets with minimal fuss. With 14 goals and 5 assists in 15 matches, I think it does justice to how this card performed and paints a good picture of what you get in this card.
Main Attribute & Good vs. Bad - Size
Height: 188cm | 6’2
Pace Rating: 9/10
Physical Rating: 9.5/10
Dribbling: 8/10 Skills: ★★★★★
Traits: Power Header, Flair
Combining these two categories for the first time in a long time but I don’t think a review better exemplifies how impactful one attribute of a card can be. The good thing about Cantona’s 188cm | 6’2 frame is the sheer size of the card on the pitch, which of course came with the benefit of winning headers, ironically with minimal goal results. However, the presence is noticeable and the 93 STRENGTH is extremely effective when shielding the ball from tackles. While I would expect any FUT Manager would expect these benefits, what they might not expect is just how fast the 96 SPRINT SPEED felt when this card was in full motion. It is actually remarkable how quickly this card can move as the long strides glide past defenders that I would imagine are not expecting that level of speed from the big man. All huge positives because of this card's size.
The issue with all of those positives is the equally growing list of negatives in relation to the same attribute. The trade off for the strength and power was extremely sluggish movement as the 93 AGILITY, 97 BALANCE & 5 STAR SKILLS felt absent in game. I had been slowly formulating a concept about cards with the FLAIR trait and how they felt on the ball, which has been completely destroyed by this experience. The aforementioned high end speed was hugely impacted by the myth that this card has 95 ACCELERATION, which was maybe the most frustrating part of this review as even good dribbling moments didn’t mean that I was escaping any defenders.
Value/Coins Rating: 4/5
1.4 million coins for PIM Cantona is where FIFA 22 has gone. In truth, it brings me back to “that tweet” that so many have referenced in the past as EA suggested that ICONs had become too expensive. The result was ever increasing prices and unobtainable ICONs for well over two years but here we are and perhaps there has never been more of an opportunity to try the cards you have always wished you could. In the case of Cantona the price is nice but the difficulty when turning and accelerating from opponents really limits this card to the striker position… and at that point, I can think of quite a few options I would be taking over the Frenchman. However, I will say this. The 1.1 million price tag for this SBC is only going to decrease with TOTS and if you start to use some of those high level red picks that I all pray you get… this card starts to fall into ridiculously good value. Something to consider moving forward if you have your eye on this legend of the beautiful game.
Reading back over this review I don’t think there is much left to say. Didn’t really work out as a CAM… extremely potent as a ST… The size is both his “strength” and weakness in the FIFA 22 meta. I myself would pass at this point in time, but if you are dead set on getting this man into your squad I would highly suggest waiting for the TOTS rewards to start flowing in and seriously look at the SBC over buying straight from the market. Certainly a lethal card… but not enough opportunities to apply those finishing touches due to the size and movement. Hoping you are safe and well. Cheers for reading.
To start this review off, I wanted to let you guys know that i packed him in the 92+ Prime/Moments Icon pack. Yes, I was one of very few non-content creators who did this ridiculously expensive SBC, but because I had saved a lot of fodder the last weeks, I wanted to give it a try. Thankfully, I got lucky in this pack, unlike my many other non-successful icon packs, but enough time wasting, let's start looking at this amazing card and player!
First of all I want to mention that I use him with an engine, and that I play a 4-2-2-2, with him and Messi TOTY up top. I then have Eusebio and Vinicius Jr. on the wide CAM's who both can provide an amazing cross into the box where Cantona usually appears. That's the first pro of many, his heading is literally outstanding. When coming up against shorter CB's than him, such as Cannavaro, and Cordoba, but also CB's his size, this man destroys everyone. His movement leading up to his enormous leap is outstanding, and with the Power Header trait he smashes the ball into the net 8/10 times with his extreme power.
Moving on to the shooting, his biggest pro by a country mile. This guy could destroy the net, if FIFA was realistic, with both his feet. Even though FIFA states that he has a 4* week foot, I find this completely inaccurate. My first goal with this guy was with his left foot, a shot i wouldn't even count on Eusebio to score with any of his feet, ended up in far side-netting, which lead me into a state of shock. Wow, was this the type of shots i could expect to go in? Oh, i was in for a treat. His right footed shots are even more impressive, and along with his outside the foot shot trait, he can shoot the craziest curve shots from anywhere. Although he doesn't have a finesse-shot trait, he still scores the same finesses as my TOTY Messi. His volleys, which he might be most known by (along with his aggression), are also crazy. If you want to get a good taste on his volleys, check out Schmeltz's video on him on YouTube. You'll be in for a treat ;)
His pace is also good, and he often sprints past the crazy fast CB's of this game. He's no Vinicius Jr. or Mbappe, but he is still someone to rely on when it comes to through balls.
His passing is also outstanding and he can both provide good crosses, short and fast passes, aswell as over-the-top through balls.
The dribbling can simply not be matched. Yes, he's not the most agile player in the game, and he's a tall and strong player. His ball control and balance have to be the most impressive with this card. I found myself several times trying to out-run the CB, and then easily pushing the CB off balance, leading to a 1v1 against the keeper. The 5* skills are also an amazing addition, as it lets you to the craziest flick up's and skills.
Last but not least, his physical stats are, along with every other stat, amazing. He can run the whole 90+ minutes, jump over any CB, and push off any player in the game. His aggression is also very noticeable, as he can often win duels where the opponent has the ball, even though his defending is quite bad.
His shooting, which is quite frankly outstanding
His pace is also good
His passing is extremely good
His dribbling, mostly his composure, balance and close-control, along with his ball-control is also fantastic
His physicality is also quality, the strongest man I've used so far.
The only thing that can be negative with this man is that he is 188cm's tall, and that his body type is not the best, which results in him sometimes being a bit clunky, especially in bad gameplay.
I came to this review section to see King Cantona was going to be worth my TOTS fodder. After about a week of stalling I full sent his SBC at which I completed without spending a dime.
He has been absolutely worth it and is my savior in this my WL, this weeks rivals, (D1) and qualifying games scoring 36 goals and 18 assists in 32 games. The best part about Cantona is honestly his jam, finishing, and skills which are both unlike anyone else, except maybe Mbappe. He has done all of this from playing a great hold up role in at ST in a 4-2-2-2 and CAM in the 4-1-2-1-2.
Finishing: Animations that I have not seen on anyone else in the game. In the box, outside the box, in the air, kinda outrageous.
Strength: Was manhandling Cannovaro and fending off B-Day Ramos
Jam: He is Mbappe's father I promise you it is disgusting to see but great for the user
Dribbling: Gave this a 9/10 because his dribbling is fantastic but he can slow on the turn sometimes due to him being wide (similar to ramos body type)
Passing: Great from the CAM role and he drifts forward well combining with my ST's well and being a great hold up at ST.
Pace: Sure won't blitz past TOTS defenders but has his moments. The boost from an engine felt fine.
Skills: Come off great when paired with his physical and shooting. Bolasie flicks around CBs and his volleying animations are terrifying.
Not sure of really many cons for this man. He is obviously not perfect or 99 Pele but he is an amazing icon in this game and should never be slept on. His goal scoring record is unbelievable for my team and he has me just laughing as I jam my way to another 16-4 in this WL.
He plays exactly as I imagined him playing when looking at this cards stats. Not much in questions at all and 100% worth my fodder from TOTS Week 1
At first I played him in 4-2-2-2 with false 9 instructions just to test out his playmaking skills but then I switched the instructions to Stay Central/Target Man Combo
because I wanted him to win headers, distribute passes to the wings and then make those attacking runs into the penalty box.
Pace and Shooting
I used engine chemstyle because I needed to boost that agility and balance so with the 95 Acceleration and 96 Sprint Speed he was able to outrun some defenders but definitely needed to shield them off with his strength since they were always closing in on him.
Through balls are not the way to go and I needed to adapt my playstyle to use Cantona to his full potential and make him shine in disciplines in which he shone most when he was an active player. When it comes down to his shooting, he unfortunately does not have unique body-type in game and with his imposing figure it may get quite difficult sometimes to create enough space for him in crowded defence but when you are lucky and patient enough he can hit real bangers. I scored plenty of goals that will remind you of those he scored in real life. The most effective attacking pattern was just to get the ball to the winger and deliver the pin-point accurate cross in Cantona's direction. So make sure you have your Giggs and Beckham ready on either side of the pitch. Cantona with his flawless positioning and shooting technique will bury it home with uncompromising composure and precision.
Cantona's passing pleasantly surprised me, as long as I stuck to dispatching the ball quickly from his feet, the passes were precise and more often than not found their target. He could play even as a False 9 striker, his passing was that good.
I love using 5-star skill moves but with Cantona I always had a second thought about using skill moves since he felt sluggish while on the ball, never kept the ball close enough to his feet so I ended up using L2 + R2 dribbling technique most of the time to get the right angles for passes and shots.
Defending and Physicality
High aggression stat allowed him to get some nice interceptions. His physicality is spot-on and he was a constant threat for my opponents even though I must admit that plenty of defenders on this game have already maxed-out physical stats as well, not allowing Cantona to excel in that area even more. Which is a shame in my opinion because in real life Cantona carried the ball to the back of the net even with defenders on his shoulders.
Please check the video under this review to get a better idea about his in-game abilities.
To conclude this review I must say this Eric Cantona's card is a bit rough around the edges, and you need to be a bit courageous to use him since he does not fit fully the meta. But after all this is Cantona, an uncouth football genius.
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