If you follow these reviews then you would have heard me raving about NumbesUp Jota at some point in time. I am relentless about him, I accept and realize that. The Liverpool frontman has been a mainstay in my squad week in and week out as one of the most consistent performers for me in FIFA 22. The qualities with NumbersUp Jota that always bring me back is both his ability to create and finish chances in front of goal. The Portuguese frontman is one of the most clinically reliable cards that I have used this year and I was hoping the TOTS version would only expand on these qualities. In truth, TOTS Jota was in my review plans weeks ago (or at least I was hoping he was getting one) as I couldn’t wait to get my hands on an improved version. There was a lot of uncertainty with the chemistry style as a HAWK seemed the most effective, but I have also heard some shouts for leaving it BASIC, which I eventually went back and tested after the review. Then, as I stated in my Min Son review, it was a return to the seldom used 4-2-3-1 this weekend with Diogo leading the front of the line as the lone striker. The stage was set, the lights were bright, and Jota was the ‘lad from Portugal’ all weekend long in the following squad:
Might get some pushback on this one and already in the Min Son comments I saw some suggestions about his quality… but for me, this version of Jota didn’t deliver the way that I thought he would. I was so concerned that I might have got this wrong that I even rebought Jota for FUT Champs Qualifiers this week and applied the BASIC style as some suggested, even played him in more familiar formations like the 4-2-2-2 and 3-5-2, but the results were the same. If you can’t tell by now I was really fighting with the evidence in front of my eyes and even went as far as bringing NumbersUp Jota back into my squad for a few matches and came to the same conclusion… the NumbersUp version performs better than the TOTS… there, I said it.
Main Statistic – Shooting
Shooting Rating: 10/10
Weak Foot: ★★★★★
There is one thing that hasn’t changed with TOTS Jota… he bangs the goals in for fun. The card is clinical and the 5 STAR WEAK FOOT is one of the most potent I have used. The 98 FINISHING, 99 SHOT POWER, 93 LONG SHOTS & 87 VOLLEYS are accurate and potent… blistering the back of the net whenever the Liverpool man is in space. One thing I loved about this card is how often he would find space for the final pass given his 99 POSITIONING… while the result was a ton of tap-in finishes, the positions he picked up were fantastic. If you are looking for a finishing product striker then I would never deny how class both versions of Jota are in front of goal.
Main Attribute – Height
Size: 178 cm | 5’10
Pace Rating: 8.5/10
Dribbling Rating: 9/10
Physical Rating: 7.5/10
The size and build of this card are what allow the all 90+ Dribbling statistics to flourish. However, I still felt like the 96 AGILITY & 95 BALANCE could have been more responsive and crisp in the box… but maybe more than anything the 99 ACCELERATION was the biggest let down for me since trying this card. That noticeable pop of pace that some cards have (NumbersUp Jota included) just doesn’t feel the same for TOTS Jota and regardless of chemistry style, I couldn't make it happen. In truth, the 96 SPRINT SPEED was not breathtaking either and I really struggled to create goals when Jota was isolated on the ball. It was in these secluded moments on the ball that the size of Jota became more of hindrance and the 85 STRENGTH didn’t stand up against the test of the highest level defenders you will come up against match after match.
Value/Coins & Good vs. Bad
Value/Coins Rating: 5/5
Good vs Bad Rating: 4/5
I didn’t love this card. It was a massive let down given my excitement to try him. But it is insane that he is still only 190k given the statistics that he has. The clinical nature alone is worth 200k and then you have everything else as a bonus. I guess in terms of the FIFA 22 market 200k is starting to get on the expensive side, which in itself is ludicrous, but I still think you wouldn’t be upset with the goals for coins if you decide to pull the trigger on this card.
The contrast in passing between Jota’s inconsistent 86 SHORT PASSING and the masterclass that TOTS Son put on this weekend was staggering. The breakdown in simple plays was getting into controller throwing levels (which I could never afford but often think about) as Jota just couldn’t find the proper angles or pace of pass to keep the momentum of moves going in the right direction. In this sense, the 4-2-3-1 was maybe the perfect formation as it really exposed this issue, which I have since noticed less in the 3-5-2 and 4-2-2-2.
In the end, I think TOTS Jota suffered as much from my expectation of his brilliance as from some of the issues I encountered in the review. In fact, I see a lot of quality reviews for this card and some are experiencing extreme success. After close to 1200 matches with NumbersUp Jota (at least 100 since his last update), I feel like I stand in a safe space of saying that it performs better than the TOTS version. I have spent way too long contemplating why this happened so I could pass on the information for this review and have come to the educated conclusion that I simply have no idea. What I have accepted is that many will not agree with this review, but after multiple formations and chemistry styles, it is the only way I could write it. Go easy in the comments. Hoping you are safe and well. Cheers for reading.
Used jota up top in 41212(2) after getting him in reds in front of Maradona Bernardo Silva and caqueret alongside Moments stoichov. He felt very clunky due to the average body type but his finishing inside the box was good.I used him to replace gnabry after getting him in reds and after 5 games he scored five goals , but due to his awful dribbling I benched him for gnabry.In my opinion alongside a player like gnabry with very good dribbling he would be alright ,but as I already have stoichov (who is a similar player to jota but better) I dropped him.Generally, I think that he should only be used in a single striker formation or alongside a good dribbler.
Shooting on both feet inside the box and pace is just enough for a striker
Body type as expressed befor makes him feel very clunky
I finished weekend league with 9 wins as i am not the greatest player in the world. Sorry i am not at your expectations. I finish my WL after giving away 2 free wins (as all people should) and with nerves and excitement I go open my 1 of 3 PL Red Pick.
I open it and got Allison, Declan Rice, and Diogo Jota.
Looking at prices and stats, it seemed to me that Jota was the clear choice. I also have a partial prem team and he would link beautifully to FB Joe Gomez and TOTS TAA.
I decided to play with him as a striker in a 4222 and 352 partnered to the most underrated card in the game, TOTS Serge Gnabry.
Gnabry for me is the backbone of my team. His shooting is automatic, and I needed someone next to him who could also deliver
For this review, I used the Hawk chemistry style.
NOW THE REVIEW STARTS.
DRIBBLING - Diogo Jota was the most fraudulent card I believe I have ever used in Fifa. His 96 Agility, 95 Balance, 93 Reactions, 94 Dribbling, and 92 Composure felt like 1/2 of that in game. He turns like a truck. He does not feel smooth on the ball whatsoever. Left stick dribbling was incredibly underwhelming and piss poor to be honest.
PASSING - After attempting to dribble past my defender, I needed to get the ball out of Jota's posession. It just felt like any pass he made would be intercepted immediately, or would simply just land in the defenders feet. As a striker, you just need decent passing. He has far below decent passing.
PHYSICAL - With the Hawk chemistry style giving a boost to Physical stats, and him being 5'11, I thought that this guy would be a physical beast with 85 Strength, and 99 Aggression. Once again, fradulent. Guys you come against in every weekend league like FB Varane, TOTYHM Rudiger, FB Gomez, FBDAY Ramos, Captains Chiellini, etc. Were literally blowing air on Jota and jota would get blown over. He would always lose shoulder to shoulders against any decently built CDM or CB. He has absolutely no chance.
PACE - Yes, this card is very fast going North and South.
SHOOTING - With his only trait being Speed Dribbler, do not expect any crazy outside the box finesse shots, or anything close to it. Yes he will score inside the box as any player above 70 rated also would. His 94 Attacking Positioning was also a fraudulent stat, most likely due to his High/High workrates, I would often find him out of position.
If you are looking for a guy who can do all of the things Jota cannot, save yourself 130k and go get Fut Fantasy Nani. DO NOT consider this card if you have coins to spend.
Fast North and South
Cool Card Art
Weak on the ball
Bang average dribbling
Turns like an 18 wheeler
Cannot pass to a teammate 5 feet away from him
Too expensive for an incredibly under performing card.
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