Rainbowz' Player Review - POTM Salah - Best BPL ST?

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HCx Rainbowz
382 posts Sunday League Hero
edited December 2017
POTM Salah Player Review

Hello, and welcome to my review of this month's BPL Player of the Month card, Mohammed Salah. Now, it's safe to say the card looks extraordinary on paper, and possibly the best BPL striker in the game not named Gabriel Jesus. Before we get into the review, here is some important information.

Player:
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SBC Price (Futbin Estimate From Scratch): 320,000
I Paid (Players in club + Purchases): 140,000

Team:
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Salah's record:
Games: 21
Goals: 29
Assists: 6


Chemistry Style:
Finisher (+3 SHO, +3 PHY)

Now, onto the review. I'll be reviewing Salah stat by stat, with a final summary at the end, which you can skip to if you want a quick opinion.

Pace
Let's not beat around the bush, pace is often king in Ultimate Team, and Salah's on-card 96 will immediately grab the attention of most players, and in game, he definitely lives up to it. On the ball, if you beat a defender, they're gone. Even the quickest defenders with a Shadow chemistry style will struggle to keep up. But his pace shines brightest off the ball. One-two passes become deadly, with Salah bursting past defenders to meet the return ball. Salah makes for an excellent lone striker, playing off the last defender, waiting for the killer through ball, because once he's through on goal, there's no stopping him. There were a few rare occasions were his pace would cause rather large touches of the ball, causing him to lose possession, or the FUT gods seemed to intervene and slowed him down a little, but aside from that, if you're looking for pace, Salah won't disappoint.
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9/10

Dribbling
If, like me, pace isn't the be all and end all for you, the 92 dribbling stat probably enticed you towards this card. However, I've reviewed many players with 90+ dribbling in the past who didn't play anywhere near that number. Thankfully, Salah is not one of them. He was an absolute joy to dribble around the pitch with, embarking on mazy runs, dazzling defenders and muddling midfielders. He turns very quickly, and executes skill moves as well as anyone. Ball rolls and stepovers become devastating in Salah's hands, combining with his pace to leave defenders no chance. Throughout all of my FIFA playing, I've used very few players who felt as menacing to a defence as Salah when running at them. His ball control was generally excellent, but let me down a few times in key areas, sullying his otherwise perfect dribbling.
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9/10

Shooting
Next up is the very above-par 87 shooting. Now, it's important to remember, I'm using the Finisher chemistry style, giving him a boost, which I feel was needed. Salah's long shots are ridiculous. There's no denying that from range, he's a monster. Give him an inch and time to shoot, and you'll regret it. From either foot, he was deadly for me, be it power or finesse. His finishing was also excellent, however maybe not to the standard I'd expect of such a player. If he was in the box, I'd bank on him to score most times, but some I was a one on one opportunity go sailing just past the post, or just close enough to the goalkeeper to save it. But as I said, most times he was as lethal as you'd expect. But he can score from the most ridiculous of positions. If you get him, try a few long rangers and see for yourself.
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8/10

Defending
Don't let the surprisingly high 53 on card stat fool you, he's not very good. Don't use him as a CM/CDM. Seriously, don't.
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2/10

Passing
As part of a front three, I relied on Salah's passing quite heavily, and for the most part, he delivered. Generally, his passing was solid, not dropping possession and allowing for some fantastic link-up play. However, I noticed for longer passes, they were often intercepted, as he'd play them to close to defenders/midfielders. And at rare occasions, his simple passes would go straight to a defender, more so than Boufal or Mahrez. I definitely wouldn't say Salah was a bad passer though, far from it. His play between the two other strikers was fantastic at times, one touch passes cutting open the strongest of defences. Just be wary when playing longer balls across the pitch.
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7/10

Physical
Probably the biggest worry about using this card is that he'll be weak, and won't get a chance to show his amazing abilities because defenders will destroy him as soon as he gets the ball. I felt the same, which is why I whacked the Finisher chemistry style on him, giving a large boost to his Physical, and man, it paid off. He's not a tank, by any means, and against stronger defenders, he won't be able to hold the ball too well, but better than you might think. His strength is often just high enough to do what you need to before he loses the ball, be that pass the ball off, or use his skills to beat the defender. Against less physical defenders, don't be surprised if he sends them to the floor, or holds them off easily. I'd definitely recommend boosting his PHY with a chemistry style, you'll be rewarded with fantastic all-round ability.
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7/10

Overall
I love Salah. If you read the full review or just skimmed the ratings, you'd know that. His goals to games ratio may not be as insane as you'd expect, but that's playing as one of 3 strikers, with Boufal and Mahrez also scoring. Salah is everything I expected. He's quick, deadly on the ball and deadly with his shooting. His passing has been great, along with his surprising physicality. His biggest positive, and something which is difficult to talk about under any of his 6 stats is his off the ball ability. His running is phenomenal, finding positions to get the ball and making perfect runs beyond the defence. His build-up and attacking play with Mahrez and Boufal has been sensational, especially with the latter.

If you want to know whether Salah is worth it, I nigh-on bankrupted by club to get him, using nearly all of my coins and resources in my club, and I'd do it again. Would I do it for the 300k claimed by Futbin? It depends. If you're after a deadly striker, and have the right ways to link him up, I'd do it.

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9/10

I hope you enjoyed this review. If you have any more questions about POTM Salah, or any players used, let me know. I'd also like to hear how you found Salah when you've used him, and whether you thought he was worth it. Have a good day, and once again, thank you.

Comments

  • HCx Rainbowz
    382 posts Sunday League Hero
    Bump
  • Enigma8784
    1823 posts Play-Off Hero
    Nice review mate. Think I’ve left it too late now as 83s are obviously inflated.

    Enjoy using him dude
  • BarrowUnited
    1005 posts Professional
    Verry nice review, well done.
    But for me he is still a no go. Imo he is way to easy to defend cause of his 2*wf. Faced him a lot in WL, but have never got any trouble with him because he always have to go to his lefty. To easy.
  • HCx Rainbowz
    382 posts Sunday League Hero
    Enigma8784 wrote: »
    Nice review mate. Think I’ve left it too late now as 83s are obviously inflated.

    Enjoy using him dude

    Cheers. If you could snipe a few I reckon it'd still be worth it, but yeah, it's a pretty dire time to complete high rated SBCs
  • jonkero
    5140 posts Big Money Move
    Nice. Currently running him as left cam in 4231. Also central cam he is class!! Found him too weak for a lone striker.
  • HCx Rainbowz
    382 posts Sunday League Hero
    Verry nice review, well done.
    But for me he is still a no go. Imo he is way to easy to defend cause of his 2*wf. Faced him a lot in WL, but have never got any trouble with him because he always have to go to his lefty. To easy.

    Thanks. Funnily enough, I thought he had 4* WF from using him in-game. He was deadly on either foot for me. I was shocked to find he had 2*. As for him being defended, having the two 5* skillers either side to create space works wonders when playing him through. He seems to score no matter the opposition.
  • HCx Rainbowz
    382 posts Sunday League Hero
    jonkero wrote: »
    Nice. Currently running him as left cam in 4231. Also central cam he is class!! Found him too weak for a lone striker.

    The +3 PHY from the chem style definitely helps. I could imagine him being pretty weak without it. I'd like to give him a shot at CAM in another team sometime.
  • madwullie
    4154 posts National Call-Up
    Would never ever use him due to league and wf but great review mate. Hope to see more threads like this round here.
  • jonkero
    5140 posts Big Money Move
    Verry nice review, well done.
    But for me he is still a no go. Imo he is way to easy to defend cause of his 2*wf. Faced him a lot in WL, but have never got any trouble with him because he always have to go to his lefty. To easy.

    Thanks. Funnily enough, I thought he had 4* WF from using him in-game. He was deadly on either foot for me. I was shocked to find he had 2*. As for him being defended, having the two 5* skillers either side to create space works wonders when playing him through. He seems to score no matter the opposition.

    Same for me. Finished with his wf properly. He'll probably get a wf upgrade though, will take a few months though but still ;)
  • HCx Rainbowz
    382 posts Sunday League Hero
    madwullie wrote: »
    Would never ever use him due to league and wf but great review mate. Hope to see more threads like this round here.

    Thanks. Usually I'm dead against generic BPL teams, but I could get him so cheaply, it seemed stupid not to.

    I used to run a weekly squad review on the old FIFA forums, this is my way of getting back into the swing of things. Thanks :)
  • HCx Rainbowz
    382 posts Sunday League Hero
    jonkero wrote: »
    Verry nice review, well done.
    But for me he is still a no go. Imo he is way to easy to defend cause of his 2*wf. Faced him a lot in WL, but have never got any trouble with him because he always have to go to his lefty. To easy.

    Thanks. Funnily enough, I thought he had 4* WF from using him in-game. He was deadly on either foot for me. I was shocked to find he had 2*. As for him being defended, having the two 5* skillers either side to create space works wonders when playing him through. He seems to score no matter the opposition.

    Same for me. Finished with his wf properly. He'll probably get a wf upgrade though, will take a few months though but still ;)

    I can't imagine how good I'll find him with an even better weak foot.
  • HCx Rainbowz
    382 posts Sunday League Hero
    I was thinking of writing a review on Futmas Boufal/Wijnaldum, but I don't know whether it'd be a bit irrelevant since their SBCs are expired. Would anyone like to see them sometime in the future?
  • RayS
    25294 posts Player of the Year
    edited December 2017
    I was thinking of writing a review on Futmas Boufal/Wijnaldum, but I don't know whether it'd be a bit irrelevant since their SBCs are expired. Would anyone like to see them sometime in the future?

    Was just about to ask your thoughts on FUTmas Boufal :) i got him just bc I love 5* skillers, but not sure if I’m using him to his full potential. He is my top 5 fav players
  • Shaanxz
    20298 posts Club Captain
    Thought you quit fifa a while ago?!
  • HCx Rainbowz
    382 posts Sunday League Hero
    RayS wrote: »
    I was thinking of writing a review on Futmas Boufal/Wijnaldum, but I don't know whether it'd be a bit irrelevant since their SBCs are expired. Would anyone like to see them sometime in the future?

    Was just about to ask your thoughts on FUTmas Boufal :) i got him just bc I love 5* skillers, but not sure if I’m using him to his full potential. He is my top 5 fav players

    I love him. 13 assists and 7 goals in 12 games iirc. My problem with NIF Boufal was his shooting and extreme lack of strength and the Futmas card fixes both problems, while making him better at everything else.
  • HCx Rainbowz
    382 posts Sunday League Hero
    Shaanxz wrote: »
    Thought you quit fifa a while ago?!

    I stopped taking the game as seriously, I just play to enjoy the game now and it completely brought me back into playing.
  • Zero_velocity
    670 posts An Exciting Prospect
    Great review, thanks!
  • HCx Rainbowz
    382 posts Sunday League Hero
    Great review, thanks!

    Glad you liked it!
  • Shaanxz
    20298 posts Club Captain
    Shaanxz wrote: »
    Thought you quit fifa a while ago?!

    I stopped taking the game as seriously, I just play to enjoy the game now and it completely brought me back into playing.

    Ah fair. Good to see you back anyways
  • Moose Factory
    3344 posts National Call-Up
    Verry nice review, well done.
    But for me he is still a no go. Imo he is way to easy to defend cause of his 2*wf. Faced him a lot in WL, but have never got any trouble with him because he always have to go to his lefty. To easy.

    Thanks. Funnily enough, I thought he had 4* WF from using him in-game. He was deadly on either foot for me. I was shocked to find he had 2*. As for him being defended, having the two 5* skillers either side to create space works wonders when playing him through. He seems to score no matter the opposition.

    Exactly this. Great review! I love this card and come winter upgrades he will only get better.
  • Pieman25
    15986 posts World Class
    I use him RAM and he’s fantastic. On the question asked in the initial post, who would you say is the best Premier League striker?
  • HCx Rainbowz
    382 posts Sunday League Hero
    Pieman25 wrote: »
    I use him RAM and he’s fantastic. On the question asked in the initial post, who would you say is the best Premier League striker?

    Honestly, Salah. Purely on value for money. In a game where players can be inconsistent as anything, Salah constantly lived up to and performed beyond his value
  • HCx Rainbowz
    382 posts Sunday League Hero
    Verry nice review, well done.
    But for me he is still a no go. Imo he is way to easy to defend cause of his 2*wf. Faced him a lot in WL, but have never got any trouble with him because he always have to go to his lefty. To easy.

    Thanks. Funnily enough, I thought he had 4* WF from using him in-game. He was deadly on either foot for me. I was shocked to find he had 2*. As for him being defended, having the two 5* skillers either side to create space works wonders when playing him through. He seems to score no matter the opposition.

    Exactly this. Great review! I love this card and come winter upgrades he will only get better.

    That's another good point as to why to do the SBC. He's only going to get better, and he's fantastic already
  • Dawud123
    562 posts Sunday League Hero
    I had my doubts over doing this, thanks mate
  • HCx Rainbowz
    382 posts Sunday League Hero
    Dawud123 wrote: »
    I had my doubts over doing this, thanks mate

    No bother, 100% worth it.
  • shaggypd
    225 posts Sunday League Hero
    I too played him up front he was amazing, but my only problem was he was not strong enough so I’ve put him in cam with lukaku and lacazette and he’s even better!
  • HCx Rainbowz
    382 posts Sunday League Hero
    shaggypd wrote: »
    I too played him up front he was amazing, but my only problem was he was not strong enough so I’ve put him in cam with lukaku and lacazette and he’s even better!

    Seems like I'll have to try him at CAM at some point. He's been perfectly fine strength-wisr for me though.
  • HCx Rainbowz
    382 posts Sunday League Hero
    Bump
  • HCx Rainbowz
    382 posts Sunday League Hero
    Bump

  • Nick90
    76 posts Park Captain
    Im really enjoying him cost me only 150 but having used him for a while id pay double that. If he gets space too get a shot off its game over
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