Published on by Wookiechew23 28 Comments Updated on
It's been a while, but I'm finally back!
Today, I'll be taking a look at the 92-rated Prime Icon Alessandro Del Piero.
This card is available through his Prime Icon SBC (untradeable) as well as in packs (tradeable). Last week, along with the main SBC, EA dropped a loan SBC, allowing you to pick him up for 20 games (this review is on the loan card -- I'm not locking in over a million coins on an untradeable card this early in FUT 18).
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Key Stats: 94 positioning, 95 finishing, 91 long shots, 94 vision, 95 ball control, 95 dribbling, 93 composure.
I used Del Piero with a Hawk chemistry style, which gives him the following boosts.
I used Del Piero in a variety of squads, and he played in both the ST and CAM positions. Personally, I found him to be most effective in the ST position.
Here are my stats with Del Piero:
Not the fastest, and it definitely shows in game. That being said, he's by no means slow -- he's got good acceleration, allowing him to get away from defenders who are trying to contain him. However, don't expect him to tear through defenses with ease -- most CBs can keep up with him (especially if they have the anchor or shadow chemistry styles), and fullbacks don't have too much trouble stopping him.
Sublime. The five-star weak foot makes him one of the best shooters in the game, because he can do it with either foot from any angle. Inside the box, he's as clinical as it gets. Outside the box, anything within 30 yards is fair game, and from further out he will test the keeper. Try any kind of shot -- low driven, finesse, chip, power -- he'll score.
Absolutely no issues. Inch-perfect short and long passing, and decent on the cross as well. I really liked the weak foot here, as it means that he can make a pass no matter which way he is facing, and he's impossible to read and stop.
Loved the dribbling, with one small issue. His balance means he goes down instantly, even if he's only slightly off-balance. Besides that, his dribbling is perfect. Ball-control is awesome, dribbling is the best I've seen this year, and his agility and reactions are insane.
Really lets down the card. He's very, very weak, and it really prevents him from dominating in this game. He can't hold his own against any competent defender, and it means that you have to either shoot or pass the moment you get the ball in front of goal. His aggression is pretty pathetic too, meaning he never puts up a fight. His stamina is the only positive here, but it can't undo the damage that has been done.
Did I like Del Piero? Yes. Will I be buying or building him? Absolutely not.
For his price, you can get so many players who are far more effective in-game. The combination of lower pace, poor balance, and a total absence of strength really hurt the card. Del Piero is a luxury player, and one that you should get only if you really liked him in real life, or if a player with this playstyle suits you (in my case, it doesn't).
Value for Coins: 5/10