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iScout Recommended Set Piece Takers

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Given that set pieces and the customisation of are a fairly big thing, was wondering if you have found go to set piece takers that you heavily rely on.

Tried and tested for me:-

  • Bruno Fernandes - Just lethal from free kicks for my Portugal national team, also very accurate and consistent delivery from corners.
  • Willian - Accurate from corners, also picks up near post rebounds and shoots.  Some goals from free kicks via left hand side of box.
  • Digne - Excellent shooting for free-kicks
  • Ozil - Corners are deadly accurate
  • Gareth Bale - Very good free kicks and corners for Spurs
  • Di Maria - Very good from corners and quite good from free kicks
  • Michael Olise - Develops into a very good corner and free-kick taker, one of the first young players I buy now, had him at Spurs and PSG.
  • Jenson Weir - Brighton youngster who in the Scottish lower divisions was smashing in the free kicks and taking very nice corners.
  • Cole DaSilva - good full back for lower league teams a consistent corner taker
  • Cesar Gelabert - A young player that develops into being deadly form outside the box free kicks and good on corners although erratic in the early years.
  • Bissouma - Good long range shooting with free-kicks.
  • Greenwood - Surprisingly good at corners
  • Turnball (Celtic) - For Scotland was taking some wicked free kicks.

Testing:-

  • Bardhi - Currently testing with Lazio, looks promising
  • Luis Alberto - Testing with Lazio, but so far not great. 
  • Szoboszlai - Testing with Arsenal, still young, but some goals from free kicks and decent corners
  • Odegaard - Testing with Arsenal - free kicks look very good
  • Smithe Rowe - Testing with Arsenal and Bolton, seems reasonable from both Free-Kicks and corners
  • Mount - Testing with England - scored a couple of good free kicks
  • TAA - Testing with England
  • JWP - Testing with England and Arsenal
  • Marcus Edwards - Testing with England, seems very accurate
  • Ianis Hagi - Testing at Brighton

Failed:-

  • Pogba - Just not good enough from corners or free kicks.

Potential candidates (scouted as set piece experts) :-

  • Daniel James (recommended)
  • James Maddison
  • Grealish
  • Reyna
  • Leroy Sane
  • Theo - Real Madrid B
  • Oscar - Sevilla
  • Harry Wilson
  • Gonzalo Plata
  • Harvey Elliot
  • Ferran Torres
  • Coutinho
  • Myles Pete-Harris
  • Inakai Williams
  • Halstenberg
  • Berardi
  • Esposito
  • Neves - Wolves
  • Tunus Munsah
  • Gonzalo Martinez
  • Daniel Maldini
  • Reece James
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Obviously, if they're replacing those players you need players in those positions? Ozil AM and Willian W/IF? 

A couple of great AM's I've come across this year are James Ward-Prowse, easily retrained as an AM and very effective at both free kicks and corners. Jack Grealish is another who is good at both and can play in either position. Being in the second season it will probably be easier to sign him as he gets unsettled at Villa most of the time.

As for an IF/W. Myself and a few others on here swear by Dan James. Might be pricey but if his crossing if focused on in training he becomes amazing for corners. I haven't set him as a free kick taker to know what he's like at them but corners.. 👌.

Hope this helps. 👍

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2 minutes ago, Dai_ said:

Obviously, if they're replacing those players you need players in those positions? Ozil AM and Willian W/IF? 

A couple of great AM's I've come across this year are James Ward-Prowse, easily retrained as an AM and very effective at both free kicks and corners. Jack Grealish is another who is good at both and can play in either position. Being in the second season it will probably be easier to sign him as he gets unsettled at Villa most of the time.

As for an IF/W. Myself and a few others on here swear by Dan James. Might be pricey but if his crossing if focused on in training he becomes amazing for corners. I haven't set him as a free kick taker to know what he's like at them but corners.. 👌.

Hope this helps. 👍

Thanks - not necessarily an AMC, just coincidence.  Dan James is one I wouldn’t have thought of.

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1 minute ago, SK15Kev said:

Thanks - not necessarily an AMC, just coincidence.  Dan James is one I wouldn’t have thought of.

Yeah. He's like a headless chicken in real life. A Welsh Obertan, if you will but on here, as a right winger, he's brilliant. I saw a few others on here take a punt on him so I did also and it paid off, big time. 

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I’m not sure as Fernandes we’re the only one I’ve ever used but I found James Ward Prowse is very reliable. Jack Grealish and KDB were the few I found quite often smash it. I’m not entirely sure about this year but from the past editions, Luis Alberto, Leon Goretzka, Leroy Sane and Philippe Coutinho were also a good one to take free kicks.

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44 minutes ago, broodje kip said:

I’m not sure as Fernandes we’re the only one I’ve ever used but I found James Ward Prowse is very reliable. Jack Grealish and KDB were the few I found quite often smash it. I’m not entirely sure about this year but from the past editions, Luis Alberto, Leon Goretzka, Leroy Sane and Philippe Coutinho were also a good one to take free kicks.

I have Lazio on an unloved save, have Luis Alberto has the set piece taker there too, but hadn't finished judging him yet.

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In my saves and watching the key highlights I have found that the 'good at freekicks/corner' messages are just fluff. 

Playing the Bruno badge, the guy couldn't hit a barn door from about 50 freekicks outside of the box. In my experience if you don't pick a player, the best shooting player is selected for you, normally your striker. 

I have now put the highest shooting stat on free kicks and he scored way more than a 'specialist' the same with corners and crossing. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, billy2shots said:

In my saves and watching the key highlights I have found that the 'good at freekicks/corner' messages are just fluff. 

Playing the Bruno badge, the guy couldn't hit a barn door from about 50 freekicks outside of the box. In my experience if you don't pick a player, the best shooting player is selected for you, normally your striker. 

I have now put the highest shooting stat on free kicks and he scored way more than a 'specialist' the same with corners and crossing. 

 

 

I completely agree with you that from free kicks the "specialists" tend to be not as consistent as your best shooting players but I feel in terms of corners and deep free kicks they deliver better but a stand out for me has to be "Bardhi" from my levante save, he had like 20 assists and 18 goals with at least 10 of them from direct free kicks, I am looking forward to people suggesting more ones to try

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I've found Willian to be terrible ... Much like how he is in real life on free kicks and corners always hitting the first man .... JWP has been the best by far for me so good at them

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7 hours ago, bb said:

I completely agree with you that from free kicks the "specialists" tend to be not as consistent as your best shooting players but I feel in terms of corners and deep free kicks they deliver better but a stand out for me has to be "Bardhi" from my levante save, he had like 20 assists and 18 goals with at least 10 of them from direct free kicks, I am looking forward to people suggesting more ones to try

Will have a look at Bardhi

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Going to test some and record my results in the first post
Bardhi signed for Lazio and is up against Luis Alberto for set piece duties.

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Also just listed some candidates that I have scouted within the game as being set-piece, corner or free-kick specialists

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1 hour ago, SK15Kev said:

Also just listed some candidates that I have scouted within the game as being set-piece, corner or free-kick specialists

Awesome, thanks for that 😁

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3 hours ago, Chelseaplchamps2021 said:

Dean Parrett is insane for Vanarama National League.

Nice shout, one under 21 cap to his name
Free agent when I search for him in my season one save.

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Slight update to the OP.  Now I am the England manager can try a few others.

Also spent a small fortune on Odegaard.  Had the choice on him and Haaland, bpth transfer listed at the same time and took Odegaard for his set pieces and potential to take over from Willian

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On 17/02/2021 at 15:12, billy2shots said:

In my saves and watching the key highlights I have found that the 'good at freekicks/corner' messages are just fluff. 

Playing the Bruno badge, the guy couldn't hit a barn door from about 50 freekicks outside of the box. In my experience if you don't pick a player, the best shooting player is selected for you, normally your striker. 

I have now put the highest shooting stat on free kicks and he scored way more than a 'specialist' the same with corners and crossing. 

 

 

I've tried this for a while since reading it, and for corners I already put my best crosser on them, and that holds true. 

But putting my best shooting players on free kicks has been disastrous, zero scored over the course of a season and a half. I'll be sticking with the star recommendations for direct free kicks. 

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The free-kicks one hasn't been working for me either.  I tried Auba and didn't get a lot of success compared to Szoboszlai or Odegaard 

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2 hours ago, hhooo said:

I've tried this for a while since reading it, and for corners I already put my best crosser on them, and that holds true. 

But putting my best shooting players on free kicks has been disastrous, zero scored over the course of a season and a half. I'll be sticking with the star recommendations for direct free kicks. 

It's a weird one. When I don't set a freekick taker I DO score a few with my star striker as the AI sometimes choses him to take the freekick  (but not always). 

Thinking about it a little more I think there is some AI smoke and mirrors going on. I remember clearly my striker taking a few (not set) to complete a hat trick. 

This is also the same as Penalty tackers when they are not set 

On review I believe the AI takes form, confidence, and match condition into account when choosing your player (if you haven't set one). 

This is why you have random defenders taking pens , corners and freekicks both for the human player and AI. 

West Ham Centre back just scored two 25yd screamers from freekicks against me. I've never heard of the bloke, 6 shooting and no 'set piece specialist' message. The AI obviously knew he was the right choice at that moment in time. 

In a test I would be willing to bet that having an unsigned taker would result in more goals than having a specialist set. Hard to run a fair test though given the variables involved. 

 

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1 hour ago, billy2shots said:

It's a weird one. When I don't set a freekick taker I DO score a few with my star striker as the AI sometimes choses him to take the freekick  (but not always). 

Thinking about it a little more I think there is some AI smoke and mirrors going on. I remember clearly my striker taking a few (not set) to complete a hat trick. 

This is also the same as Penalty tackers when they are not set 

On review I believe the AI takes form, confidence, and match condition into account when choosing your player (if you haven't set one). 

This is why you have random defenders taking pens , corners and freekicks both for the human player and AI. 

West Ham Centre back just scored two 25yd screamers from freekicks against me. I've never heard of the bloke, 6 shooting and no 'set piece specialist' message. The AI obviously knew he was the right choice at that moment in time. 

In a test I would be willing to bet that having an unsigned taker would result in more goals than having a specialist set. Hard to run a fair test though given the variables involved. 

 

Yes, having no assigned set piece takers is often more successful than assigning anyone, and there are probably many reasons, like you listed. Some anecdotes are probably the best we will get, though.

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I have been trying no set taker in certain areas and can't really say I am happy with the results.

Although sometimes even when I do set it, I don't always get the taker I'm expecting.

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For some bizarre reason I decided to start a new one season save with Brighton.  A bit of wanting to experiment with a back 3 after some other posts.
Bissouma free kicks - wow!  3 goals in 5 games so far

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Bit of an update with some of my latest findings after using PSG, Man Utd and Spurs

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