In FIFA 18 I reviewed Chucky Lozano not once, but twice and in both cases I was less than impressed with the PSV man’s abilities. This brought about numerous comments about my inability to play the game which were undoubtedly true, but did not change my opinion of the card. But as they say “the third times a charm” and this 85 IF Lozano was a fantastic addition to my Weekend League squad.
They say that Lozano received the nickname Chucky from the pranks he would play on previous teammates attempting to scare them; and Lozano put the fear into my opponents backline throughout the weekend. I am unable to have a video this time around but I can assure you it would be a montage of breakaway finishes and quick touches into space at the top of the box. In the 4-2-2-2 formation (I switch to in-game) Lozano played as a right ST and I utilized the SNIPER chemistry style for the added shooting benefits. Lozano was a nightmare for defenders in the following squad:
96 ACCELERATION & 95 SPRINT SPEED are the starting points for pace in this card and anything more would just be overkill. Lozano is more than fast enough and was able to outrun the majority of defenders throughout the weekend. I particularly like the runs that Lozano would pick out and they caused defensive lines a massive problem throughout the weekend. I only had the opportunity to super sub Chucky for two games after the initial 20 for this review and he is twice as effective coming off of the bench. However, he is more than a capable starter and the majority of his success comes in this category.
Pace Rating: 9.6/10
Shooting & Dribbling
It seems like I just keep coming back to the SNIPER chemistry style whenever I have a player with enough pace to do without boosts to that area. With Lozano it was no different and the results are a very nice looking card. Lozano utilizes all 15+ of the finishing boost to move to 99 FINSHING, while the boost to 91 VOLLEYS is not bad either. I found that Chucky was quite clinical around the goal but I was not happy with his 4 STAR WEAK FOOT. I realize that you cannot expect perfection, but I hate missing chances that I feel should/would go in with another player. From a dribbling standpoint this guy is a magician on the ball and can turn in and out of defenders with ease. 99 AGILITY & 85 BALANCE turn Lozano into a speed demon that is strong on the ball and can turn on the spot resulting in a potent combination.
Shooting Rating: 8.7/10
Dribbling Rating 9.5/10
Physical, Defending, & Passing
I found that Lozano plays considerably “bigger” than his 5’9 frame would suggest. As previously mentioned I found him to be strong on the ball and it took some real effort to get the ball off of him. Additionally he won three headed goals this weekend where he simply outjumped my opponent and lasered the ball into the back of the net. I realize that there is some META involved in back post crosses but when I play these balls into IF Salah or POTM Lucas they rarely result in a goal. Lozano was different and it just feels like there is added athleticism in this card. As a ST 87 STAMINA is more than enough and the few games that went to the full 120 minutes he was fine. As previously noted, when Lozano comes off of the bench with his pace he is a force to be reckoned with, but even after a full 120 he is just a step ahead of the opposition. From a passing perspective I didn’t find Chucky to be as magical on the ball and a few through balls were overcooked or didn’t quite find the mark. Similar to his defending, just the status quo with his passing.
Passing Rating: 7.5/10
Physical Rating: 8.6/10
Defending Rating: N/A
Final Rating: 8.7/10
What a relief it was to have a good experience with this card. I can only imagine the spleen I would have encountered had this review not been as successful. A few side comments on this review: 1. This was actually based on 18 games after THE SAME FUT MANAGER joined matches and then quit in the team selection preview screen. While I didn’t receive a loss, it does skew the results of the images as it counts as a game played for Lozano. 2. Erick Gutierrez is a perfect link with Lozano and I figured I would have to sub him at the begging of every match, it turns out he is a capable player and played the first half of the majority of my matches this weekend. In the end Lozano was a fantastic addition to my adventure this Weekend League and I can see what all of the hype is about… this time. Due to the difficulty connecting his League and Nation it is obvious why he continues to maintain his super sub status, and I will be joining the masses with subbing him on in the future. The 8.7 rating here is just as much about his impact off of the bench then it is about his actual statistics. He can turn a game around and he is a true game changer. Cheers for reading.