I will start this review by telling you how I came across this player. I hadn't played FIFA in around 2 months during the market crash period to try and optimise the amount of coins I could save, during this 2 months I found myself with a long list of potential players to build a team around. One of these players was Ibrahimovic, a player who I had used before but really fell short of my expectations for a 400k player, but I had heard good things about him so decided I wanted to try him again. I made a team supporting Ibrahimovic, and as you are probably guessing, it inevitably included IF Menez, providing a 2.5 worth green link to Ibra. The team can be found here; http://www.futhead.com/fifa/squads/11992398/ . Now, when building this team I knew there would be one stand out player - Ibrahimovic. Not really expecting the other players to be nearly as good as him, merely 'fill-in' players to support the man himself. Let's just say.. I had a shock. Onto the review, I will be reviewing each stat in as much detail as time allows me.
Acceleration - 88 (90) This stat for me, felt as a very important part of Menez's game, especially since he is playing next to a more clinical but less quick striker in Ibra. He was able to get off the mark very quickly when sprinting towards the oppositions goal, comparable to Aguero almost.
Agility - 90 (92) Another important stat in his game was his Agility, able to weave in and out of defenders and helping in his high acceleration stat.
Balance - 65 (83) I really don't see how this stat affects his play in-game, but if it's what I assume it means, although his low strength stat, he doesn't get pushed over as much as you would think so.
Jumping - 72 (78) His jumping certainly wasn't his best attribute, nothing special and wasn't terrible, but it did the job when needed, but again , he was playing next to a 6'5" striker so his heading ability wasn't required, wouldn't recommend Menez as a target man if you plan on crossing though, that's for sure.
Reactions - 84 (96) One of the more favourable stats for me was his incredible reactions, was able to very quickly pick up on loose balls in and around the area, almost instant.
Sprint Speed - 86 (91) Just as good as his acceleration if not better, had a great top speed and certainly didn't struggle to break away from even some of the quick-ish defenders in the game.
Stamina 80 (N/A) Isn't Stamina fitness?
Strength 67 (77) His strength in the stats is already decent enough for a striker, though I think it would be fairer to say 77 as he was able to hold off some defenders, he certainly isn't comparable to Ibra in terms of strength, but also gets the job done.
Aggression 66 (84) Good enough to be able to fend some defenders off, good combination with his strength.
Positioning 77 (95) Another good combination with this player, his reactions and positioning play hand-in-hand in enabling him to reach all the rebounds from in and around the box. One of his better areas of play.
Interceptions 44 (70) Surprisingly, I found this stat to be somewhat helpful, in numerous cases he helped break up the play and start an attack from far up the pitch, in one instance allowing me to counteract some keep-ball in the opponents half to score the equalising goal, which undoubtably annoyed the opposition.
Vision 77 (85) Throughout my time with this player, a plethora of pin-point passes were played into Ibrahimovic, and in some cases my CAM, RM or LM, both making good use of his great vision which I found to be much better than his stats show.
Ball Control - 82 (87) Ball control was very good, in partner with his dribbling was vital to the part I played him in.
Crossing - 78 (94) When I saw what this stat was supposed to be on FUTHead I was very surprised, in quite a few cases I found him running down the wing and crossing it in to Ibrahimovic with great accuracy, one of his highlight stats for sure!
Curve 89 (84) This stat was one of the few stats I was disappointed with, his finesse shots were good, but I wouldn't say at 89 level, I definitely prefer the power shot option as opposed to the finesse, though the finesse still on occasion will do the job well.
Dribbling 89 (93) His dribbling, as mentioned in the ball control section played a great part in his game, mixed with his agility too, proved a terrifying force for the opponents defence.
Finishing 78 (98) Haha. Finished everything given to him, can't remember him falling short once in the box. One of the most clinical finishers I've used, comparable to the like of Ibra and Messi.
Free Kicks 78 (78) At the time of buying the squad I didn't plan on reviewing this player, I didn't use his freekicks as I had much better options (stat-wise) in my team - SIF Valbuena, Ibra.
Heading 63 (75) Similar to his jumping, wasn't very effective but was helpful in a few cases.
Long Passing 80 (87) One of his key attributes was his passing, along with his vision he managed to play a ton of accurate passes splitting the oppositions defence to my main Target Man, Ibrahimovic.
Long Shots 85 (84) Seems about right, his longshots I would say were around average, scored a few, but not his best stat, depending on how often you take longshots, it would probably be better if you had another striker, CF or CAM more capable of taking them their selves.
Marking 31 (31) Very hard to judge this stat seeing as he is a striker, but I don't think a marking review would be very beneficial to anyone reading.
Penalties 82 (82) Didn't take any penalties with Menez, I had much better options in my team, in the likes of Ibrahimovic.
Short Passing 85 (88) Was able multiple times to not only supply the team with pinpoint long passes but short, effective and simple ground/through-ball passes too, standout stat!
Shot Power 84 (93) Fantastic power shot, as before mentioned this shooting technique is much preferred over the finesse, every power shot nearly tearing the net to pieces, brilliant.
Sliding Tackle 34 (34) Didn't use the sliding tackle, same as the marking it was a hard stat to judge and therefore wouldn't be very beneficial for the reader either.
Standing Tackle 46 (70) Surprisingly helped in turn with his interceptions in letting him break up some play and help start an attack from far up the pitch.
Volleys 81 (84) Only had 1 opportunity to take a volley with this player, that shot of which was an open goal, but certainly didn't fail with a great finish and fantastic shooting technique.
This player has 4* skills, also 4* weak foot. Features of which I find helpful in the type of player he played as in my team, his dribbling paired with his 4* skill moves, to make sure there aren't many skill moves cancelled out. 4* weak foot was helpful when through on goal, I would say felt more like a 4.5* as it was very reliable except in the rare case.
High/Low work-rates is very ideal for a striker in pretty much any formation (Depending on how you want the team to play). He was always making runs and where you want him to be (as mentioned in the reactions and positioning stats).
His traits are Diver, Selfish, Flair and Speed Dribbler, the only trait out of the 4 to be any use in game (in my eyes atleast) is the speed dribbler trait, helping him to retain his fantastic dribbling with his blistering top speed, usually a player with high dribbling and high speed without the speed dribbler trait would feel slower than stats suggest, due to the player keeping the ball closer to his feet thus running slower.
Positives - Insane finishing from inside the box, and good from outside. Dribbling is one of the best in the game, it felt better than SIF Valbuena, and from Itani's point of view SIF Valbuena is the best dribbler in Ultimate team 13. PASSING! Boy can this guy pass! For a striker, it is amongst one of the best I have used in the game, probably the most overlooked stat for the player. Last but not least, his interceptions and tackling were also above par, if used right, could be used very effectively in the final third to (re)start attacks.
Negatives - Heading, probably the only negative I could find, and it certainly wasn't terrible. In numerous cases he managed to win the ball in the air, though in my case, his counter part - Ibra was much more effective using his head inside the box.
IF Menez on xbox cost me 26,000 coins and scored 12 goals in 14 games, also obtaining (from memory) atleast 15 assists for his team mates. I would also like to mention I am now pursuing the TOTS version of this card, and will attempt to trade to the coins required as soon as possible!
Thanks for reading, and if you managed to get all the way through, brownie points for you ^_^