In my earlier Gareth Bale review (http://www.futhead.com/fifa/reviews/16913/) i labelled him as "the most dominant non-striker i have ever used". Well that was before i finally decided to give this Irish guy a chance in one of my hybrids, instead of Hulk as i always did. And oh my..
The first squad he was in, i paired him with Bale and Emenike upfront in a 4321, and he completely outshone the Welsh superstar. That's when i decided to switch to Mark Gonzalez instead of Bale in a 5221 (yes, i'm lame) and spare myself like 60k extra coins. As of this morning, he scored 34 goals in 41 games for me all in Division 1, slightly better than Gareth Bale's overall output, where he scored 19 goals in his first 19 games, then upon Mcgeady's arrival managed score only like 5 in 20+ games.
His unreal combination of sprint, acceleration and agility makes his lack of Speed Dribbler trait non-existent, he is so damn fluid with the ball and makes me wanna bang my head against the wall for every single time i picked Hulk over him in my Russian League hybrids. As i just mentioned his stats, his 70 Finishing and 68 Long Shots is far from what he really is. In fact, my other winger Mark Gonzalez, whose shooting is rated way higher than McGeady did not manage to produce anywhere near to this Irish guy. He's a clinical finisher.
I find 59 heading, 57 jumping and 70 positioning to be a TOTAL JOKE. Probably 40% of his goals came from headers, thanks to Bale/Gonzalez crosses. And believe me, most of them were not wide open or anything like that at all. He just towers the defenders, and being 1.80 meters tall definitely helps his case to make up for his lack of Heading. I swear to god his positioning feels like 88+, whenever i cross the ball from the left wing to the far post, he ALWAYS makes that fancy run of his and attempts a diving header, which of course is unsaveable for the GK no matter how terrible his heading stats are.
I'm not good with skill moves, but his 5-star skills is another trait which will make him appealing for most other players. And 4-star-plus week foot is a MUST for me with my forwards/strikers.
Playing 5 at the back with Gonzalez-Emenike-McGeady upfront, i receive a message full of cursing once every 3-4 games now, accused of being a "sweaty cunt", "noob", "fucking lucker" etc.. But so be it, this is the best line up i have ever used in this game and gives me so much fun.
Bottom line is, play him at RF, pair him up with Emenike/Welliton for perfect chemistry and build the rest of the team pretty much however you want. And whatever you do, don't waste your coins/time on Hulk ever again, who i still think is a very decent player despite being disturbingly sluggish, yet is completely out of McGeady's league in that game. I can't wait for the day to come where i'll finally save enough money to pair him with Cristiano Ronaldo and possibly get my account hacked in the next 25 minutes.