Welcome to the FUT 16 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 16 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.
One of the reasons I also want to use a targetman, is because I sometimes play striker for my own team. As I'm not the fastest it's not very useful for me to try to get to throughballs. I'm quite tall, strong and a fairly good header of the ball, so I use that to my advantage. I will hold on to the ball so the midfield and the wingers can join me in the attack. I would rarely take on a player. This is how I use a targetman in FIFA too. Therefore stats like pace aren't as important to me. I will talk about stats later.
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 Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero have caused this ‘target man’ to reduce in popularity. Famous target men of recent time include the likes of:
- Luca Toni
- Fernando Llorente
- 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
I asked my friend Zlatan about holding up play and what a good targetman needs to do. He mentioned what for me 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.
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.
The Key Attributes
So what are the key attributes of a good targetman? In my opinion the following are essential.
- Attacking Positioning
- Ball Control
- Shot Power
A targetman needs to be good in atleast most of these stats. Of course not every targetman can pass as good as Xavi, but he still needs to atleast be able to distribute the ball properly.
The Targetman Rating
We came up with a calculations to decide the best targetman. We called it TMR.
Thanks to @Slawter
for the help!
- Heading Accuracy = 1.5x
- Attacking Positioning 1.0x
- Jumping 1.5x
- Strength 1.25x
- Finishing 1.0x
- Height 1.5x
Excel spreadsheet and template
- Short Passing 0.75x
- Ball Control 0.75x
- Shotpower 0.5x