He who wears the crown, makes the rules. This weekend was a bit of a whirlwind for me… Getting off to a late start meant a one day grind in which I got to try both winners of the 5 STAR WEAK FOOT vote. From the day he dropped I was always going to try King Díaz for the obvious LFC connection and the fact that this card looked insane from the outset. The statistics off the charts, the addition of the 5 STAR WEAK FOOT, and the very cool Premium Futties card type made this review an easy choice. Just to clarify for those wondering, the Premium Futties cards are adorned with a crown over their rating and can green link any player in their league and will hyperlink any player with the same league and nation. I am always a huge fan of these intricacies for the squad building options alone and think there should be more ways we can get our best 11 in the club on the pitch… But that is enough about the promo, let’s dive into the card. With Luis Díaz completed it was off to the Weekend League races with a time crunch and loads of sweaty FUT in my path. I placed the Columbian as the spearhead of my 4-2-2-2 formation, adding a MARKSMAN chemistry style to bolster the potency of his attack. Luis Díaz provided the magic all weekend long in the following squad:
Pace Rating: 9/10
Dribbling Rating: 10/10
Shooting Rating: 9/10
Passing Rating: 9/10
Physical Rating: 9/10
Defending Rating: N/A
17 goals and 7 assists in 15 matches doesn’t quite tell the entire story. Due to the later start there were quite a few rage quits along the way to what ended up as a successful weekend. Luis Díaz played a massive part in this success and was a key contributor to a lot of what went well in my squad this weekend. But there were hiccups and certainly areas that are not quite to the level of perfection they suggest. I feel like now more than ever in the FIFA cycle these tiny intricacies separate the best from the rest with the finest of margins. I was not tempted at all to give this card a 9.5/10 and certainly not a 10/10 overall and will hopefully provide insight into what you are getting when completing this SBC.
Main Statistics - Dribbling
Dribbling Rating: 10/10
Pace Rating: 9/10
Height: 180cm | 5’11
It is a crime that this card does not already have 5 STAR SKILLS and the FLAIR trait given the talents of the man behind the pixelated footballer. But it would have been a scandal if he felt clunky in game and thankfully that was avoided despite his slightly taller frame. The Lean Body Type and near perfect statistics do the trick to give this card sharpness and a responsive feeling in game. With 99 AGILITY, 94 BALANCE, 98 REACTIONS, 99 BALL CONTROL & 99 DRIBBLING, Díaz is one smooth operator in game and whether deployed as a striker or LAM/RAM (later in matches), it was a massive asset to have at my disposal. One small complaint I would have is that the 99 ACCELERATION did not always feel quite so accurate as there were moments where Díaz was not quite so awake to sprinting output… Taking a split second to engage before the sprinter-esque top end speed took over. Out of the dribble I always felt a burst from Díaz, hence the perfect rating… But receiving the ball at a dead stop meant a delay in his boost of pace. A small frustration, but a noticeable issue.
Main Attribute - 5 STAR WEAK FOOT
Shooting Rating: 9/10
Weak Foot: ★★★★★
Traits: Outside Foot, Finesse Shot
Given this was the entire purpose of this card being created in the first place we should touch on the 5 STAR WEAK FOOT and how that impacted this card overall. Literally every weapon possible is in this man’s arsenal. 99 rated statistics flying left, right, and center… And yet there were times that this card really let me down in front of goal. It seems ridiculous to blame the 95 COMPOSURE, which is near-perfect in its own right. But something was a bit off with Díaz in the danger areas of the pitch. Due to the dribbling and sprint speed it was a quality chance assembly line with this card, yet only a goal per game to show for it. Yes, I had a lot of shorter matches… but they could have been even shorter had Díaz taken a larger percentage of the chances that fell his way. Still, there were some bangers and clutch goals along the way through the Weekend League quagmire and so I wouldn’t write this card off as a striker 100%. Even on his “weaker” left foot he can bang them in when you catch them right. But for me moving forward, I would rather utilize more of his talents as a CAM/Winger than rely on his eye for goal.
Value/Coins & Good vs. Bad
Value/Coins Rating: 5/5
Good vs Bad Rating: 5/5
270k worth of fodder still seems like a steal for this card. There were a few bumps in the road along the way… but there were similar, and in fact worse issues with Shapeshifter Timo Werner, who will still set you back 900k at the time of this writing. While I can’t imagine paying that high of a price for that card there are obviously FUT Managers doing so… for me this benchmark makes Díaz a no brainer.
If you want a quick description of the passing with this card, just copy and paste what I said about the shooting. With 93 VISION & 91 SHORT PASSING I was simply expecting a bit more quality on the ball from this card. There were moments of sheer brilliance and intricacy in the build up play… followed by arrant passes from 5 yards that should have resulted in tap ins. Interestingly, the further away I was from my teammate, the better Díaz felt in the passing department. The 96 CROSSING & 96 CURVE whip in some devastating balls and again speaks to my opinion that Díaz could be a devastating wide player moving forward in my squad.
While I was caught off guard with various parts of this review, generally in a negative way, the true shocker came in the physical department. This card is a bit of a specimen when it comes to the physical part of the game. The 92 STRENGTH should not have been so devastating with a leaner player, but it was a real struggle for opponents to get the ball off the Columbian. With Díaz you can bounce off multiple tackles and create opportunities from situations you really have no business progressing through… To add to that fact is 99 JUMPING that sends Díaz soaring through the air like a majestic salmon. Again, some excellent winger traits for those battles with chalk on his boots and when arriving back post for those deep crosses from the opposite wing.
I didn’t love this card as a striker in the end. He has every trait and statistic, but simply didn’t produce the goods consistently enough for the level of trust I place in those positions. However, the card has a unique set of talents that are simply perfect for LAM/RAM/Wingplay and the 99 STAMINA to run the line all match long. While the defending is obviously less than ideal, I did win my fair share of balls with this card simply due to size and physicality, which was a welcome surprise. I will bring up the endless squad building options again and simply say that you can’t go wrong with completing this SBC in the end. Using that fodder to complete the various Futtie Picks will only result in a player that certainly has less quality than the one I reviewed this weekend. Hoping you are safe and well. Cheers for reading.