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In FIFA 20, after a week with the Big Brazilian, now the verdict is officially in.

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We all know that one of the much better things about making it back up to the Premier League is the relevancy our players have within FIFA Ultimate Team. The Premier League, in fact, is one of the easiest leagues to link players up in and, to be honest, EA has a little of a bias towards the Premier League. This bias usually causes higher base ratings on cards and more in-forms. Wesley was able to use this advantage, earning his spot in the Team Of The Week (TOTW) by virtue of his performance against Norwich when he scored 2 goals and then contributed an assist.

The base card of Wesley’s sports a 79 overall and with some decent face stats; however, unfortunately, the card doesn’t work within higher tier modes, for example, Weekend League. The Team Of The Week (TOTW) version of Big Wesis much more attractive on the face stats with a 3-point upgrade overall and additional 20 points of face stats. As you know, one of the worst aspects of the standard gold Wesley was his inconsistency in finishing combined with his very low passing ratings. This was particularly frustrating due to the role which Wesley will likely play on your team. He will either be a Target man who you will expect to dictate the offense or a talisman who always stays up top to put in the goals. His regular ratings, well, are not conducive to either playstyle, however, his special card remedies one of these problems.

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Wesley’s Team Of The Week (TOTW) boasts an increase to the face card shooting stat of 5 points, which is a world of difference. This makes the Brazilian a capable finisher and a card that is capable of beating upper-mid tier keepers like Cillessen or Kepa. Wesley now still has limits to his finishing and we have to admit that he is still much better suited to poaching goals or just holding the man off with his 97 rated strength stat. But, unlike many forwards in this FIFA 20 game, he is totally capable of leading the line all by himself. Using Wesley as a target man though is still not effective. A lot of players like Harry Kane have been instrumental in my success in Weekend League: over 30 games he had and 48 goal contributions, 7 Hat Tricks, and finally I won 22 games. Kane always acts as a fantastic Target Man, within the same team in the same role Wesley could not get the job done there.

Wesley’s 72 rated passing just simply holds the card back. The Brazilian does not get passes out as quickly as he would need to, and what’s worse, his long passing is incredibly inconsistent. That means when the striker drops deep to collect the ball, if he can take any pressure the only method to reliably move the ball forward is to abuse his strength stat. But, this also could be a little suspect due to the incredibly low dribbling stats of 46 Balance and 55 Agility. In essence, this means that the card can not really turn around or make a man miss. This brings up the strategy of using the player as a poacher, on the condition that you can give Wesley service in the box first and then he’ll produce. The stats of shooting are needed to high enough and the strength stat ensures that he will make his mark inside the area.

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However, Wesley’s biggest obstacle to high-level play this year has totally nothing to do with the card. This year, along with the emphasis for possession among high-level play, the power of the header has been decreased dramatically. Even with high-level players with pretty good stats for heading the ball, the probability of a successful header is about 1 in 20 at best. And I still remember that last year Wesley’s card would have had me salivating, and FIFA 19 had some of the best headings I have ever experienced, and more importantly, Wesley’s card would have been perfect. Even though, this year, Wesley’s Heading Accuracy, Hight, and Jumping are almost worthless.

If the meta ever changes or if Heading is patched, then Wesley is a must-buy. Until now, though there are better selections for your 15K FIFA 20 coins for similar roles or just divesting into some different players. Wesley is a perfect budget option for SBC fodder and if you want to make a much cheaper Brazil Hybrid/Premier League squad he also can fill a role. The Wesley’s inform, in fact, is an improvement on the standard but now still leaves much to be desired, and of course, if and when the Brazilian can pick up another Special card it will be a real monster in the box.

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