The Ultimate Targetman Guide

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BlitzersNL
24080 posts Club Captain
edited September 2018
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Introduction

Welcome to the FUT 19 Ultimate Targetman Thread. In this thread I will tell you all about targetmen. I'll list key attributes, give a list of some of the best targetmen in FUT 19 and how to generally use them.

Why do I want to use a targetman? I basically want a player who will hold up the ball and bring his team-mates into play, choosing how and when to pass the ball to maximise the potential of the attacking movement. What stats a player needs to utilise this will be featured further on in this thread.


The Targetman


The striker who is usually surrounded by people with a strong ability to cross, locate and aim at this player. This is a famous tactic used for when strikers are tall, strong and have a good ability to score goals with their head – a similar tactic is to simply use the target man as a shield for the ball, who can hold up play and play through inside attackers or present wingers. For this to work, the target man must have exceptional vision and passing abilities.

In the team, either wide midfielders or wingers will be utilised in order to be able to find this target man, who will usually be playing alone on the front line.

The upcoming trend of smaller, faster strikers such as Mbappe and Gabriel Jesus have caused this ‘target man’ to reduce in popularity. Famous target men of recent time include the likes of:
  • Olivier Giroud
  • Edin Dzeko
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic

While these strikers are the most accomplished, it is clear that the evolution of ‘tica-taca’ football played by the likes of Barcelona and Arsenal has revolutionised how football is played. There are few footballers who have achieved such status as a target-man, as it involves a strong use of physicality which has been eradicated through diving and poor refereeing.


Holding up the ball
“The key is not to lose the ball when you get it. If I’m alone, I try to protect the ball and keep defenders away using my back, arms, strength and balance. That’s important because if I can hold the ball, it gives the team a chance to join me in attack. I’ll hold it until the rest of the other players come into play. As soon as there’s a player in a better position, I’ll give him the ball. Or, I can go for goal myself. That’s sometimes my instinct. I’m an intelligent player and will make the right choice at that moment.”
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic

This is what Zlatan says about holding up play and what a good targetman needs to do. He mentioned what is the most important part of a targetman.
I’ll hold it until the rest of the other players come into play. As soon as there’s a player in a better position, I’ll give him the ball.
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In FUT this means you need wingers who can score. This also means the whole attack needs to work as a unit and should be utilized as a unit.

Utilizing the striker when under pressure from the opponent

A great feature of having a tall striker is, quite obviously, his heading ability. But not only when trying to score. As we know lots of people utilize a high aggression, high pressure tactic in UT. When your defender hsa the ball and you're being pressed by the opponent, than a great why to deny them from recovering the ball is to use ye Olde English punt to the big man upfront. Head it down to the wingers or midfielder and you can find yourself outnumbering the opponent, because they choose to have too many players high up the pitch when defending.
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  • BlitzersNL
    24080 posts Club Captain
    edited September 2018
    WILL UPDATE THIS FOR FUT 19 AS THE GAME PROGRESSES. THE BASICS SHOULD BE QUITE SIMILAIR

    How to use a targetman

    In this part I will try to explain how to build a team around a targetman. I will go by every position in a formation that I think is suited for a targetman. I will not be doing 442 and other 2 striker formations though. Bear in mind this is all my opinion and you are free to disagree.

    The Formations
    What formation is the best for a targetman? I mostly only use a 1 striker formation like 4-2-3-1, 4-3-3(2 or 4), 4-1-4-1. This will make the play revolve around your striker. Being in the middle and having plenty of room will make it much easier for him to make himself available and setting up play. A targetman also works wonders in a 442 with a more agile striker next to him. Had IF Long and Pelle in a squad and it worked quite good.

    The Goalkeeper
    Can be anyone really. I like them to have good kicking so they can distribute the ball better to the targetman so he can head it on or control it himself
    Examples:Neuer, De Gea, Sommer, Ederson.
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    The Rightback
    The rightback is more significant, mostly because he, along with the leftback, will support the attack from the wings. This means they will get into crossing positions a lot.
    To make them as useful as possible, I reccomend using H/M or H/H workrates.
    Examples: Arias, Juanfran, Trippier, Karsdorp.
    Instructions: I always have my backs on overlap, no matter what formations I'm using. This way you can "double team" the opponents fullback with your winger and fullback as most players have their forwards on "stay forward"

    The Centrebacks
    Just like the goalkeeper, this can be anyone. As long as they're solid.
    Examples:Varane, Boateng, Bonucci, Chiellini, T. Silva, Pique, Marcano.
    Instructions: Default
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    The Leftback
    As I already mentioned, your fullbacks will be supporting your attack a lot if you want to really use your targetman to the fullest. So these 2 players need to have good crossing and if possible a good longshot too.
    Examples:Tagliafico, Angelino, Marcelo(H/L but 5* are fun and he's good in the demo).
    Instructions:Same as rightback

    The Midfield
    The midfield is always important, no matter what playstyle you use. I like my midfield to be balanced, so I always try to have one defensive midfielder, one playmaker and a attacking or box-to-box midfielder. Having a box-to-box midfielder as a lone CDM also works very good. They're usually bombing up the field anyway, so they can support the attack much better than a traditional CDM.
    Example of a defensive midfielder:Busquets, Camacho, De Rossi, Javi Martinez.
    Example of a playmaker: Parejo, Pjanic, Thiago, Hernanes.
    Example of a attacking midfielder: Isco, Kondogbia, Eriksen, Paulinho.
    Instructions: I always have atleast 1 midfielder on stay back when attacking. They will still bomb forward, but much less than they would otherwise.

    The Wingers
    Allong with the targetman the most important players in the squad. They must be able to cross and shoot. I usually have one winger with their strong foot on their strong side. A good example of this is Susaeta. Him being rightfooted on the right means he can easily swing in a cross. The other winger would than be inverted. Players like Corona are a good example, as they also have good shooting stats. Allong with the 5* WF and skills it makes him a dangerous player on the wings. He can either shoot or cross, making him unpredictable.
    Examples: Neymar, Susaeta, Navas, Kainz, Corona, Candreva, Felipe Anderson.
    Instructions:You want the inverted winger to be able to cut inside. Set the other winger to "stay wide" so he stays at the sidelines. Keeping the pitch wide is very important as it forces your opponent to stretch out his defence, allowing your striker to get into better positions.
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    The Targetman
    You should know what a targetman is by now.

    Crossing

    I've noticed people have trouble with crossing this year, because of keepers getting to every cross that comes even remotely close to them. I will give some ways to hopefully help you become more succesfull at crossing.
    Early crosses
    What I've noticed to be quite succesfull this year are early crosses. Early crosses are more effective because it's mostly only your targetman who's near the box or your RW. For it to go to your RW you need to put lots of power in it so it should usually go to your striker. As he is running towards goal, it's easier to head the ball towards it.
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    As seen here in this example the striker has lots of space as the defender hasn't marked him yet. This is made easier because people prefer defenders with bad marking, but high pace. So your striker will have lots of time to get to the ball and with that much space he is bound to atleast make the goalkeeper work.


    Endline crosses

    Endline crosses are crosses when your player is, like the name suggests, near the endline. This way of crossing gives your strikers time to set up in the box. This also gives defenders time to get into position, allthough a good striker and cross will usually beat them. The goalkeeper however are quite good at intercepting crosses this year.

    One way to beat them is to do a nearpost cross(double tap X or square). This way the goalkeeper doesn't have time to get to the ball. This does however make it harder to head the ball at the goal as the goal becomes very 'narrow'.
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    Another way of crossing is by doing a high cross with L1+square on PS4 or L1+X on Xbox, causing the ball to go high and drop when it is past the goalkeeper. This can cause the cross to be overpowered or it may go to your winger that probably isn't the best at heading(or you must have Yarmolenko or another tall player on the wings)
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  • BlitzersNL
    24080 posts Club Captain
    edited September 2018
    Targetman in different formations

    433(2)
    The 433(2) is a great formation for a targetman. It gives you lots of space for your striker to hold up play. The striker has space to drop deep, which opens up space for the wingers to get inside, making the fullbacks go forward is essential in this formation. The CMs also have plenty of goal opportunities.


    Having the ball
    In the next picture you see the space the players have.

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    Important is that you don't set players to stick to their position to frantically. Give them space to work their magic on the ball. Playing a high line is, in my opinion, essential as it gives you the opportunity to switch play from one to another side easily. Key for this type of play is the CDM. More on that later.

    Passing
    As you might have seen, is that the formation is basically a bunch of triangles together. Use that to your advantage. Try making triangles when passing, for example, from your LB to your LCM to your LW and back to your LB to cross it in.

    As you might have seen, is that the formation is basically a bunch of triangles together. Use that to your advantage. Try making triangles when passing, for example, from your LB to your LCM to your LW and back to your LB to cross it in.

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    https://fifaforums.easports.com/en/discussion/408263/4-4-1-1-formation-guide/p1

    Great guide by @Littleland95
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  • BlitzersNL
    24080 posts Club Captain
    edited September 2018
    Example squads

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    Memorial for the fallen

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    IN LOVING MEMORY OF LUCA TONI, PEPPERONI NUMMERO UNO
    LEST WE FORGET

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  • Yay!

    Awesome man.

    Bookmarked this already.
  • Davisto
    6054 posts Big Money Move
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  • BlitzersNL
    24080 posts Club Captain
    Davisto wrote: »
    :sunglasses: 6,6
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    hmmm, yes Wout looks exceptional. Not as good as Henk Veerman though.
  • Davisto
    6054 posts Big Money Move
    BlitzersNL wrote: »
    Davisto wrote: »
    :sunglasses: 6,6
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    hmmm, yes Wout looks exceptional. Not as good as Henk Veerman though.

    Indeed but he will be in my bundesliga side :sunglasses: cant wait
  • Whoman
    5305 posts Big Money Move
    Going to go that route this year, wanna base my main team on Klose as soon as his prime is released or get the middle version ASAP if that takes too long.

    Very much considering Zlatan for the early stages as well. Also looking to get Perisic and SMS early and eventually Ballack, so i'll make a reall effort perfecting crosses and utilizing crosses and high balls. Late in 18 i had a lot of fun using SMS as a CAM and have him play as a sort of 'disguised target man'.
  • TheGabc
    1937 posts Play-Off Hero
    Never forgetti

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  • BlitzersNL
    24080 posts Club Captain
    edited September 2018
    Players I want to try:

    Ibrahimovic(Goat)

    Klose

    Weghorst

    Zaza(looks amazing)

    Arnautovic(With IF Yarmo at RW B) )

    Pelle
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  • BlitzersNL
    24080 posts Club Captain
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    Bit of a different formation. Looks like a fun thing to try.
  • Whoman
    5305 posts Big Money Move
    BlitzersNL wrote: »

    Arnautovic(With IF Yarmo at RW B) )

    That's on my list as well. Don't usually go Premier League, but starting 4321 those 2 can be plugged in at 10/8 chem in any team. Yarmo was soooo fun early last year. Too bad he lost the 5* skills, but with how effective skills and flicks are this year (it seems) he should still be unique with his size and 4*.

  • This should be fun :)
  • TheGabc
    1937 posts Play-Off Hero
    Looking at this for a starter squad, Pavoletti could be great

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  • TheGabc wrote: »
    Looking at this for a starter squad, Pavoletti could be great

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    Smalling will probably get an IF card so might have to re-think that card. :)

    Rest looks cool!
  • BlitzersNL
    24080 posts Club Captain
    Philip Max, essential LB for any German or Bundesliga team. Also Angelino needs an IF asap.
  • TheGabc
    1937 posts Play-Off Hero
    TheGabc wrote: »
    Looking at this for a starter squad, Pavoletti could be great

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    Smalling will probably get an IF card so might have to re-think that card. :)

    Rest looks cool!

    hm damn, back to the drawing board then,

    thanks!
  • TheGabc
    1937 posts Play-Off Hero
    edited September 2018
    BlitzersNL wrote: »
    Philip Max, essential LB for any German or Bundesliga team. Also Angelino needs an IF asap.

    90 crossing :o
  • Lucas Vazquez looks goo this year:

    https://www.futhead.com/19/players/1556/lucas-vazquez/
  • Boysie91
    7960 posts League Winner
    edited September 2018
    Immobile would be awesome as a targetman later on in the game I reckon
  • jul1anr1k
    109 posts Has Potential To Be Special
    Willian José looks good.

    (With Marksman):

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  • BlitzersNL
    24080 posts Club Captain
    edited September 2018
    Boysie91 wrote: »
    Immobile would be awesome as a targetman later on in the game I reckon

    quite average physical stats though. But he could work, perhaps needs an IF or 2. @Boysie91

    And Pelle is the best Italian targetman anyway ;)
  • BlitzersNL wrote: »
    Boysie91 wrote: »
    Immobile would be awesome as a targetman later on in the game I reckon

    quite average physical stats though. But he could work, perhaps needs an IF or 2. @Boysie91

    And Pelle is the best Italian targetman anyway ;)

    https://www.futhead.com/19/players/2818/graziano-pelle/

    :)
  • 86 Vieri looks very good:

    https://www.futhead.com/19/players/2391/christian-vieri/

    H/M workrates as well.
  • Boysie91
    7960 posts League Winner
    I used Belotti a lot at the start of 18 he was amazing. He still looks good in 19
  • BlitzersNL
    24080 posts Club Captain
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  • BlitzersNL
    24080 posts Club Captain
    Boysie91 wrote: »
    I used Belotti a lot at the start of 18 he was amazing. He still looks good in 19

    Zaza though :*
  • Boysie91
    7960 posts League Winner
    BlitzersNL wrote: »
    Boysie91 wrote: »
    I used Belotti a lot at the start of 18 he was amazing. He still looks good in 19

    Zaza though :*

    He looks good but Belotti has 5* WF so he edges it for me lol
  • BlitzersNL wrote: »
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    Very cool team!
  • jul1anr1k wrote: »
    Willian José looks good.

    (With Marksman):

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    I like it. :wink:
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