Round 2 and we are back with another OP game-changer in the holy man himself, Gabriel Jesus. This review has just been made even better by the fact that you can actually get your hands on this guy now; the recent price range fixes have brought some calm to the chaos and we can put the snipers away, for now. I was fortunate enough to have packed Jesus early on and so he quickly became the focal point for my first squad of FIFA 21… his combination of pace, dribbling and shooting the standout traits. Much like Ansu Fati, I felt like the FINISHER chemistry style was the one, and the boost to 99 FINISHING was a welcome addition. Jesus slotted in nicely alongside Fati as the two combined brilliantly as the strikers in my 4-4-2 formation. In the end, Jesus worked miracles throughout my rivals journey in the following squad:
Pace Rating: 9.2/10
Dribbling Rating: 9.3/10
Shooting Rating: 8.7/10
Passing Rating: 7/10
Physical Rating: 7/10
Defending Rating: N/A
Still trying to be ultra-careful with my ratings as I try to wade through the quagmire of new and interesting players available this FIFA; while at the same time trying to determine the META and how these cards will perform in the near future. For now what I do know is that Jesus outperformed Ansu Fati overall and therefore gets a +1 rating overall. The cards were actually quite similar, but Jesus just managed to tip the Spaniard after some excellent performances once I entered the difficult Division Rivals matches in Division 2.
Main Statistic - Dribbling
Dribbling Rating: 9.3/10
While the game is still in the early stages, it is already apparent that dribbling… and especially close control drilling… is on another level. In fact, I have witnessed numerous calls on Twitter for a nerf to the close control dribbling already… and we are literally hours into the game. Regardless of the overreactions, I can’t deny that dribbling in this FIFA is imperative and can really open up the spaces around the box. Some of the turns that Jesus pulled off were nothing short of brilliance and his ability to create goals a key part of my overall rating.
Main Attribute - Heading
Height: 5’9 (175cm) - 78 JUMPING - 77 HEADING ACCURACY
None of these numbers jump out at me as incredible or even noteworthy… in fact they are only noteworthy in how insignificant they are. Yet, this card is INSANE in the air. Yes, heading is well and truly back in this FIFA and the right crosses are rewarded time and time again (as they should be)... and for some reason, this card got on the end of these crosses constantly throughout the 15 matches and this has continued in the matches since. Honestly, I swear I have scored more header goals with Jesus off of corners then I did with all of my players combined in FIFA 20. Yes, this is a trend… but Jesus seems to capitalize on it more than the other cards in my squad.
Value/Coins & Good vs. Bad
Value/Coins Rating: 5/5
Good vs Bad Rating: 4/5
Even with the price range increase to 90k, Jesus continues to hover around the 70k mark and truly seems like a good value striker to me. Despite having lower pace than Ansu Fati, I consistently noticed that he seemed and felt faster. A large part of this comes down (I think, still learning the game of course) to his 92 POSITIONING and the fantastic runs he would pick up and the space he would create. I always felt that if I kept the ball in the right positions for long enough that Jesus would eventually make something happen… and for the most part this trust was rewarded.
While not quite as weak as Fati, this card is no powerhouse and his strength was an issue and continues to be so far in my experience. His passing is similarly poor and requires a real magician (I am loving Thiago) pulling the strings to play him into the right spaces to work his magic. Finally, the 3 STAR WEAK FOOT is actually a bit of a problem with this card. While Jesus is absolutely sublime on his right foot and his 99 FINISHING & 91 SHOT POWER was a large contributor to his 28 goals. On the left, it is a completely different story and this cost me quite a few additional tallies in only 15 matches.
While this card doesn’t quite walk on water, Jesus does make you believe that there are goals coming each match you trust him to lead the line. I can not hide the fact that the weak foot was a disappointing reality … but at the same time is probably the reason that this card is not extinct again at 90k. Honestly though, I can live with this issue and continue to use Jesus for all of the positives that outweigh his shortcomings. I think Jesus will continue to be a fantastic option early on in the game as people build stronger squads, gain rewards, and build those first Weekend League armies. In the end, I think you can do a lot worse than putting your faith in Gabriel Jesus… Dribbling. Positioning. Goals. What more can you ask for? Cheers for reading.