In the last week of TotS price dropped super low so I decided to pull the trigger and buy more or less my final teams. I bought TotS Lewandowski into my Bundesliga side to replace Movember Hahn and in my other squad, out went Lucas Vasquez, Morata, Modric, Khedira and SIF Brozovic, in went TotS Hamsik, Higuain, Khedira, Nainggolan and Birthday Candreva.
So considering the massive upgrade to my squad I was excited to try it out and expecting to score tons of goals. I gave Higuain engine to improve his balance which should leave me with a striker with 96 pace, 99 strength/dribbling/ball control/reactions, 97 jumping (+184 CM) and nearly max out stats for all shooting. In other words, he should be nearly unstoppable.
But when I use him he played nothing like his stats suggested he would. His current record for me is 29 goals in 60 matches (I presume around 15 assists) which is pretty similar ratio to Morata had for me despite a) having infinitely better stats and b) being surrounded by much better players.
I can't really put my finger on why he has been so bad but there's no way he plays like a 98 rated player. He doesn't feel anything like 96 pace/99 dribbling. I have never managed to strip a defender for pace with him and yet other players I use with similar pace like OTW Dembele just glide past opponents. He doesn't make runs at all, he always plays like he is trying to man mark my opponent's CBs (even when I use get in behind/press back line)! I can't through ball him because he never gets in behind the defenders and whilst I can play it in to his feet (his first touch is excellent) against really good opponents he just gets insta tackled from behind.
He only scored a couple of headers for me in those games whilst Hamsik scored 7 or 8 despite playing as CAM. It wasn't like he wasn't able to win the headers, he just never got into a position where a cross was likely to go. His finishing wasn't anything special either, he missed lots of really good opportunities and I don't recall scoring a single goal and thinking Morata couldn't have done that.
His passing was genuinely good also (but then his passing stats suggest he should pass like Pirlo!) but the most broken thing about was how easy he was to push off the ball. He has 99 strength apparently, but players like Mario Rui would just run into him from behind, and even if I was shielding, just breeze him off the ball. I can honestly say he never had one moment that made me think 'woah that strength tho!' when even Morata gave me those moments! His aggression is a bit pants, but Morata has even worse.
I guess the fact that nobody uses Higuain really should have been warning of me not to try because every year he has great stats and never gets used. But I can honestly say I have never seen such a disconnect between a players stats and his performances IG. I wasn't using him any differently to how I use any other player but he just wouldn't really do anything. Any ST will score a goal every other game if the player using them is semi-competent and they are surrounded by great players. But Alvaro Morata NIF genuinely performed better for me and he had Lucas Vasquez to provide him service.
There are some wonderful TotS cards out there, but he is most definitely not one of them. Would be interested if other players have had same problems with him (or older versions).