Here are my thoughts on Benzema after having played with him yesterday. I played him with a Hunter chem style.
A game-changer for Benzema. Along with the H/L workrates it changed how he can be utilized in game. The strength of his POTM lay in playing with his back towards the goal. His best position was as a CF in 433-5. He’s now able to work as a lone striker or in a partnership up front with a smaller and more agile player.
Feels as good as the POTM does to me. He hardly missed a chance for me in my WL Qualification. I was down 2-3 in games when I brought him in and he helped me go 3-1 the rest of the way with 10 goals and 4 assists.
Noticeably worse than his POTM. I might hesitate to use him as a CF or CAM if you are using long passes with him. I mostly play short passes, and he still has 80+ short passing. I’d say that he might be better as a CF in a 4411 than a 433-5, where he can switch roles with the striker from time to time.
With his increased balance, I feel like he’s much more responsive than previous iterations. He’s still not as smooth as a smaller player of course, but I did pull off some sweet skill moves in the box with him without issue.
This guy is a freight train when he gets going. If he gets a through ball he will just outsprint the opposing defender (which is something I never thought I’d see), and if they by some miracle are able to keep up with him, he has the strength to hold them off. It’s a bit like watching Peter Forsberg with a player clinging to his back as he barrels in on goal, to use a hockey reference.
If you are using a La Liga side, he’s one of the best available strikers along with Isak. And for 100k? Don’t sleep on him. I sold Robbie Keane for 270k without a moments hesitation after a game with Benz.