Day 1346 of lockdown: On to the next one… the La Liga TOTSSF dropped this past Friday and much like the EPL, we were treated to a wide array of intriguing and useable options. It did not take me long to pinpoint Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz as my review for this past weekend. This card on the surface looked absolutely insane and I was hoping that he would perform as advertised… Spoiler Alert *** He did… and then some. It was obvious early on that HUNTER would be the best chemistry style to bolster Suárez as I placed him into the Right ST in a 4-4-2. What you will get from this review is an extensive look at the different ways that Suárez breaks down opponents, what you will not get is a bunch of biting jokes, we run a serious business here. With that in mind, Suárez devoured opponent’s backlines this weekend and left me with the taste for victory in the following squad:
Pace Rating: 9.7/10
Dribbling Rating: 9.9/10
Shooting Rating: 9.9/10
Passing Rating: 9.5/10
Physical Rating: 9.5/10
Defending Rating: N/A
I won’t deny, I had my finger on the trigger for a 9.8/10 for this card but stopped just short after a closer comparison to my FUT Birthday Griezmann review. The goal returns from these cards were eerily similar, as are my opinions post review. 33 goals and 12 assists in 20 matches speak for itself, but I want to shine some light on El Pistolero’s fantastic weekend performance. It all starts on the ball as the left-stick dribbling with this card borders on the fanciful. To be honest the dribbling was the main concern I had coming into this review, with the 3 STAR SKILLS at the forefront of my worries. In the end, what I experienced was a complete masterclass on the ball all weekend; the 90 AGILITY & 90 BALANCE feels responsive, shifty, and elusive… 96 BALL CONTROL feels like glue… and 97 dribbling doesn’t begin to explain the feeling Suárez has on the ball.
Linkability Rating: 4/5
This seems to be a growing trend of using players in my squad who have an army of links coming from their club. Obviously Suárez boasts some of the best teammates in the game and the triangle of de Jong, Griezmann, and Suárez himself was incredibly effective… and we still haven’t mentioned the Argentinian man himself, nor Flashback Vidal. The list goes on and on and offers some excellent links, as does La Liga post TOTSSF. The lack of a long list of Uruguayan names does create some hybrid concerns, but overall you should be able to fit Suárez in your squad if you choose.
End Game Strength
End Game Strength Rating: 5/5
Bang on 5/5 with this card and it can be summed up in two words; pace and shooting. 99 ACCELERATION & 97 SPRINT SPEED (my main reason for the HUNTER) come out in full force with this card. The first touch Suárez takes on the ball is borderline unfair and thankfully he has the pace to social distance from defenders for at least 5 or 6 steps. While you are not outstripping defenders from half, you do have a nice window closer to the goal to get those important efforts on target. The effort is maybe not the correct word as Suárez makes finishing look incredibly effortless. 99 rated in all categories save 95 LONG SHOTS, and even those go flying into the back of the net. This card has akimbo shotguns for feet, with the 4 STAR WEAK FOOT bordering on a solid 5. The confidence you can have with this card around the goal is worth its weight in coins and provides a lethal threat at the spearhead for any attack.
Value/Coins & Good vs. Bad
Value/Coins Rating: 5/5
Good vs Bad Rating: 5/5
1.3 million for this card is a direct result of how far the market has dropped no doubt. If we are even three weeks ago this card is closer to 1.5 minimum and thankfully now offers an even more affordable weapon. It is worth noting that when I carry out my reviews I am obviously trying to get the ball to said player to provide a true account of their strengths and weaknesses. However, if you follow me on Twitter: @IVIaeday – you will have noticed that even with this focus, not one card I have reviewed has outscored FUT Birthday Griezmann playing alongside him… until this weekend. Suarez was well and clear above Griezmann’s goal total and it is his list of weapons that pulled him along in their race for goals.
Last but not least, I am sat here thinking of one negative I could point out and warn you about. Yet, all I want to do is go on about the qualities of this card; whether it be the pinpoint passing that led to 12 assists, or the 97 STRENGTH making Suárez an unmovable object on the ball, or even the 92 STAMINA that allows him to operate at high intensity all match. In the end, the only real issue at all would be the lack of 4 or 5 STAR SKILLS that some hold incredibly high in their squad selections. This might be a game-changer for some, but if it is not an issue for you then you might have the perfect ST on your hands.
I think this has been about as clear cut a message as I can send. Suárez is the real deal and if I can get him in my red picks I would be ecstatic. Honestly, my biggest issue with this card is that between Suárez and Griezmann I cannot imagine a review next weekend where one, or both, are not leading the line for me. I don’t throw this word out lightly… Suárez made me have FUN playing this Weekend League. Difficult gameplay: he scored. Drop back opponents: he scored. Possession merchants: you guessed it, he scored. In closing, this card is a game-changer and maybe the biggest compliment I can suggest is that he reminded me of his FIFA 17 League SBC … if you know, you know. Honestly, give this card a try, you won’t regret it. Cheers for reading.