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Day One of Lockdown: Got up ate breakfast, folded laundry from the night before, stared longingly at the outside like the Pablo Escobar meme, loaded up FUT, and produced my first ever Elite 2 finish.
Two keys to my best ever finish would have to be the lack of a promo and having to change my squad completely, which allowed for some familiarity with players to form; secondly the contributions of this weekend’s review, 91 IF Sadio Mané. 26 goals and 8 assists in 20 games was an amazing return, considering Mané only played in the ST position of the 4-4-2 for 45 mins a match. The entire second half of each match I would move Mané out to the LM in order to utilize his pace, power, and precision. The application of the MARKSMAN chemistry style seems to be the popular choice with the LFC man, and I found it created boosts in the perfect areas to turn this card into a game-breaker. Sadio Mané was the workhorse in the following squad this weekend:
Pace Rating: 9.7/10
Dribbling Rating: 9.5/10
Shooting Rating: 9.5/10
Passing Rating: 8/10
Physical Rating: 9/10
Defending Rating: N/A
Down .1 overall from my past two reviews, but definitely more versatile than just about all of the players I have reviewed for the past two months. I previously mentioned the keys to this card above; pace, power, precision. The first thing you notice with this card is the pace, which feels like Mané is just driving past his opponents with his 98 ACCELERATION & 95 SPRINT SPEED. I wouldn’t call Mané quick, but he is insanely fast and this is especially noticeable when he is on the ball. Then the power, 75 STRENGTH & 84 AGGRESSION do not come close to explaining the supremacy Sadio commands over the ball. Finally, the precision … 4 STAR WEAK FOOT, 99 FINISHING, 94 SHOT POWER, & 91 LONG SHOTS. Following the trend from my Lisandro and Richarlison reviews, Mané also hits the ball with real venom and deadly accuracy.
Linkability Rating: 4/5
The list of Liverpool players and EPL players goes on and on, only making the links to a card like Mané more adaptable. The LW/LM does provide some underlying issues and required an additional Liverpool link in my squad, which to my delight brought back the return of Scream Firmino into the mix. Ultimately, it proves my point that you can fit him in if you want to try him, but it is not as easy as a central card would be.
End Game Strength
End Game Strength Rating: 4/5
Been waiting for the right time to change the title of this section from current game to end game and I think now feels about right. It is time in the cycle to start looking at cards for their longevity and how they might stand up against the madness of FUT Birthday, TOTS, and FUTTIES cards. With Mané, I do not feel like he will be in many end game squads given that he is only an inform and people look to new and shiny options. However, he has the attributes to suggest he could be. Primarily, 99 AGILITY & 88 BALANCE … two statistics that prove to be the key differences between different tier players.
Value/Coins & Good vs. Bad
Value/Coins Rating: 5/5
Good vs Bad Rating: 5/5
Granted it is with the MARKSMAN applied … but Mané moves to 95+ Pace, Shooting, & Dribbling. The cheapest option on the market with these stats is none other than TOTY Mané oddly enough, sitting at 2 million coins (side note: I refuse to put TOTY Mané in my squad, because I know he would never leave and would tie up 2 million coins for my reviews). With those stats in mind, I feel like 600k for Mané is about fair market value and as new promos drop he will only slide lower and be an even better bargain.
Easy 5/5 for this category, and only two complaints or “if only’s” come to mind. “If only” this card could finesse the ball a bit better he would be unstoppable and would have received a 9.9/10 Shooting rating from me. He has all the qualities to create chances but did miss a small amount, especially when curling the ball far post. And, “if only” he could pass the ball with a bit more accuracy and guile he would be an unstoppable force, also opening up options to play him in even deeper offensive roles as a CAM or even a CM.
If I look at my squad from two weekends ago, compared to what I finished with Sunday … there are not many differences. Therefore, I think it is safe to say that Mané played a major part in my trip to Elite 2. He was a warrior all weekend and I am not sure whether I preferred him as a ST or LM? As a ST his agility and finishing shone through. While as a LM he struck fear in my opponents RB all game long, as his pace and power were a handful to deal with. Regardless, Mané proved to be an “as advertised” player who more than paid for his price tag with goals and assists. I highly recommend trying Mané, and if you are like me, you have the time on your hands to give him a real go. Cheers for reading.
A new Season brings new Storyline Cards for us to unlock, with Season 5 providing us new options to help us build out our Ultimate Team squads. In this article, I’ll give a review for each of the new Storyline Cards, covering their strengths & weaknesses, squad links, as well as giving my opinion of which player I think is the best choice for both sets of players.
Everyone’s club is unique, of course, so if you have a squad consisting of players from only one league, go for the player from that league if the option is there. If that easy option isn’t there for you, hopefully this article can help you pick the player which would be of most use to you.
Level 15 – 27,600 XP Required
Josh Sargent, Werder Bremen
Card Analysis: Although Josh Sargent has 93 Acceleration, 89 Finishing & 95 Agility, at this stage of the game, with all the other alternatives that are already available in the Bundesliga, this isn’t a standout card in any way. His 3* Skill Moves & 3* Weak Foot also put him at a disadvantage compared to other options too. In fact, buying just a regular 86-rated Timo Werner at around 15k is a smarter option as the Cards are so similar. Sargent being American also limits you when it comes to linking him into any hybrid team you want to make.
Links: Speaking of chemistry links, in terms of strong links at least, there’s only ShapeShifters Rashica & Future Stars McKennie that’re worth linking Sargent to. Outside of the Bundesliga, there’s only really OTW Pulisic to link him with so, in my opinion, I’d only pick Sargent as an option if you already have a Bundesliga-heavy squad & deem the other 2 options as useless to your needs.
Chemistry Style: Marksman or Sniper.
Daizen Maeda, Maritimo
Card Analysis: At 5’8”, with 99 Agility & 89 Balance, as well as 96 Pace, Daizen Maeda is definitely a player in the Insigne-mould, but with significantly better Physical stats than the Italian. In fact, the Card most similar to this Maeda Card is probably the 89-rated inform Sadio Mané. However, just like Sargent, Maeda has 3* Skill Moves & a 3* Weak Foot, whereas Mané has 4* Skill Moves & a 4* Weak Foot, so that might not be a totally worthwhile comparison. Having said that, as that Mané Card is well over 300k, Maeda looks to be somewhat of a bargain if you decide to unlock him.
Links: Maeda joins the plethora of other special Japanese cards that’ve been released this year, with his nation providing links to League Milestone Shoji, Storyline Tomiyasu & Yamaguchi, as well as the Liga NOS League SBC Nakajima, for whom provides Maeda with a strong link. He does, of course, also get a strong link with Icon Nakata too.
Chemistry Style: Marksman or Sniper if you want to use him as a Striker, Maestro or Deadeye if you want to use him at CAM.
Morten Thorsby, Sampdoria
Card Analysis: The final Level 15 option, & the player who would be my personal choice, is Sampdoria’s Morten Thorsby. Standing at 6’2” with 93 Jumping, 88 Aggression & 99 Heading Accuracy, Thorsby is both a threat from attacking set pieces, as well as a valuable asset when defending them. His 2* Skill Moves & 3* Weak Foot are a problem but, as I’d be using Thorsby as a limited defensive-midfielder, those attributes don’t matter too much. You might worry that someone tall like him would feel heavy & clunky on the ball, but with 85 Agility & 87 Balance, that isn’t something to be too worried about with Thorsby. As an added bonus, Thorsby has 99 Stamina, meaning he’d be fine if you want him to play as more of a box-to-box midfielder.
Links: In terms of club links, there’s only Quagliarella & FUTMas Murillo that provide worthwhile strong links to Thorsby but, as he’s Norwegian, Thorsby links with the likes of Future Stars Ødegaard, League Milestone Gabrielsen & all the various special Erling Håland Cards, meaning there’re plenty of options if you want to build yourself a hybrid squad with Thorsby as the key link. You could also link him to Belotti if you choose to go with him from the Level 30 players.
Chemistry Style: As I’d use him as a defensive-midfielder, I’d recommend putting either a Shadow or an Anchor on him.
Summary: So, as I’ve already said, my personal choice would be to unlock Morten Thorsby. I think he’d be a much more useful Card compared to Sargent & Maeda if none of the 3 Cards really appeal to you, even if he’s only used as an option from the bench in the end. Thorsby has excellent stats for a defensive-midfielder, he provides useful links to Norwegians playing in other leagues if you want to make a hybrid team with him, & picking him alongside the Belotti available from the Level 30 players for a Serie A squad would be a wise choice too.
Level 30 – 100,000 XP Required
Yannick Carrasco, Atletico Madrid
Card Analysis: With Carrasco, you’re basically getting a slightly better alternative to Eden Hazard, which isn’t a bad thing of course, but it does seem odd for EA to include a card which really wasn’t necessary given there’s a viable option there in Hazard already. Either way, with 94 Pace, 97 Agility, 94 Ball Control & 95 Dribbling, you’re definitely getting a terrific Card should you decide to go with this Carrasco. His only weakness, if you can call it that, would be his 76 Balance, but that can easily be sorted out with the right Chemistry Style.
Links: As a Belgian playing in La Liga, you get plenty of links to various clubs & leagues, most notably, Future Stars Joao Felix, Headliners Saul & RTTF Partey in terms of strong links. Hazard too if you use a 3-at-the-back formation with 2 left-wingers. Outside of La Liga, you can link him into squads with the likes of De Bruyne & Tielemans from the Premier League, Mertens & Lukaku from Serie A, there’s even the option to link him to the Bundesliga League Milestone Verstraete if you want to.
Chemistry Style: Deadeye, Sniper or Engine.
Fred, Manchester United
Card Analysis: He hasn’t quite made it into the Gullit Gang, but this Fred Card is fantastic nonetheless. His High/High Work Rates, his 90 Short & Long Passing, as well as his 92 Stamina, make him an effective box-to-box midfielder. Fred’s Shooting stats aren’t amazing but, if you plan to use him at CAM, you can sort that out a bit with a Maestro Chemistry Style, which would take his Long Shots up to 94 & his Shot Power up to 96. His strongest points are definitely his Dribbling stats, with this Fred Card boasting 93 Agility, 97 Balance, 91 Ball Control & 92 Composure, so you certainly don’t need to worry about him on that front.
Links: You have PLENTY of options here. There’s Future Stars Mason Greenwood & Daniel James, ShapeShifters David Luiz & Richarlison, as well as Scream Firmino all providing excellent strong links to name a few, plus the multitude of Premier League weak links available too, of course. Outside of the Premier League there’s a similar story, with Fred having links to the likes of Neymar, Future Stars Rodrygo, ShapeShifters Marcelo & the Player Moments Alex Sandro if you completed his SBC.
Chemistry Style: Deadeye or Maestro if you want to use him as a CM or CAM, Shadow or Anchor if you want to use him as a CDM. Could even leave him as Basic if you want a general boost to his stats.
Andrea Belotti, Torino
Card Analysis: The final option from Level 30 is Torino’s Andrea Belotti, & what a Card it is! The immediate standouts are his 95 Positioning, 98 Finishing & 92 Volleys. He also excels when it comes to his Physical stats, with Belotti having 88 Stamina, 90 Strength & 91 Aggression, with his 91 Jumping making up for his relative lack of height (5’11”). His main strength, though, is his 5* Weak Foot. Yes, his 3* Skill Moves & poor Passing stats let the Card down, but if I had this Card, I’d use him purely as a finisher, not someone to act as a link between the midfield & the attack. Other than that, Belotti looks to be an amazing striker.
Links: Belotti has a perfect link with the League SBC Simone Verdi, as well as having strong links with the likes of Future Stars Tonali, any of Immobile’s special Cards, as well as the Serie A League Milestone Politano. I’ve already mentioned his link with the Morten Thorsby Card that’s available as a choice from Level 15, so getting him with Belotti would be a great move. There aren’t many options outside of Serie A, with only Future Stars Moise Kean & the League SBC Eder as the standout players Belotti would link with.
Chemistry Style: Marksman or Hawk, Engine if you want to improve his Passing at least a little bit.
Summary: This is a more difficult choice for me compared to the Level 15 options as each Card is worthwhile getting. Carrasco is on a similar or higher level to Eden Hazard, Fred is an amazing box-to-box midfielder & has so many great chemistry links, & Belotti has incredible stats for a striker as well as that 5* Weak Foot. Outside of the obvious “go with who fits your squad”, I don’t think I could pick which card is best for you to go with as they’re all good options.
As I’ve mentioned, you can go with the combination of Thorsby & Belotti for that Serie A link. You could also disregard Carrasco & go for Fred seeing as Eden Hazard is available from the market as an alternative to Carrasco. Whatever way you go, be safe in the knowledge that you’ll be getting a fantastic addition to your club.
Below we report Prediction of Team Of The Week N ° 23 of the FIFA 20 Ultimate Team mode.
The “Team of The Week” #TOTW is a team made up of players who have distinguished themselves for level performances. Newspapers from all over the world vote for them, highlight them, and even FIFA Ultimate Team is not far behind!
Every Wednesday a new Team of the Week takes the field, and is even challenging. In fact, not only can you find each of these players in the packages, but you will also have the opportunity to directly challenge the whole TOTW!
- Sergi Roberto
- Gerard Moreno
- Koro kone
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