PES 2021 – 5 Strikers Who Deserve A Stat Boost


It always seems to be around this time of year, where discussions are had amongst friends, opinions are posted online and debates rage around the world in relation to what players deserve an overall rating increase on the newest iteration of PES. This year has been a year like no other and while the world is in a state of flux, there is also some constants that stay the same. And with that being said, I’ve dusted off the writer’s hat and have come up with 5 players who I feel merit and increase on their PES 2020 ratings.

*NB – At the time of writing, ratings have not been released for all players, so these are purely based on one player’s opinion!

Now that the boring stuff is out the way, let’s begin with who I would consider the most exciting young forward in the world and that is…..

Mason Greenwood

It’s safe to say that if you have two eyes in your head and an eye for talent, that the 19/20 season was a breakthrough year for Greenwood. The emergence of his talent is there for all to see at Manchester United, he seems to have everything in a Batman-style utility belt. Pace, power, left foot, right foot, great movement and this all rounded off with an eye for goal. With Ole manifesting what looks to be a young core at the heart of the team, Greenwood appears to be that jewel in the crown. Flanked by Martial and Rashford, an endless supply of passes from Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba, it only looks like Greenwood is going to go from strength to strength.

What I would like to see in PES is a reflection of what we’ve seen in the Premier and Europa League and a generous increase on a paltry 72 rating in PES 2020 would see United fans rejoice!

Romelu Lukaku

Speaking of United, you could argue that without the sale of my next entry that we would not have seen that development from Greenwood. However, a shout out does have to go to the wonderful season that Romelu Lukaku has turned in for Inter Milan. For me, it’s a case of the player fitting the league and the system that Inter incorporate over anything the player was really doing wrong at United. He’s back to his goalscoring best, netting 31 goals in all competitions, earning comparisons to fabled Brazilian strikers of football’s past. You have to respect Lukaku backing himself in a league that he was unfamiliar with and having the ability to get amongst it once again. I forsee it being another profitable season for Inter and Lukaku as a whole, and with the free scoring ability he’s shown in such a young career, can he surpass this season’s total and become part of Inter Milan folklore? Only time will tell.

With his PES 2020 rating sitting at 86, I would love to see an acknowledgement that Lukaku is slowly rebuilding that mystique of being one of the most feared strikers in Europe.

Erling Haaland

From one terrifying striker to another.

It has felt at times this season during the Champions League and the Bundesliga that Erling Haaland has become almost unstoppable. The talent and prowess that has been displayed from him has earned appreciation from fans and opponents alike. His way of playing the game is almost joyful to watch. The iconic ‘meditation’ celebration, the brutish way of bulldozing defenders, not to mention he looks like he could kick the planet Earth out of orbit if he wanted to. Haaland has not only caught the attention of the media, clubs and fans around the world, he’s caught the eye of PES fans around the world. It’s hard to find a streamer who doesn’t find a way to interject him into their teams (myself included!) and it’s with very good reason. With the way PES plays, Haaland is perfect in terms of stature, strength and hold up play, which allows speedy players to benefit from runs in behind and cause chaos for defenders.

Not to mention the aerial threat he possesses, I feel Haaland is due an upgrade from his low rating of 80 on PES 2020. No doubt this could potentially be boosted if there’s a transfer at some stage this season!

Timo Werner

We stay in Germany for our next entry, at least in the national team!

Chelsea’s newest No.9 is of course the quick fire Timo Werner. Werner has solidly been in the top 3 strikers in the Bundesliga for the past few years now, resulting in his breakthrough to the German National Side. This continued form has resulted in his move to Chelsea, where a great degree of interest will be on the forward, as he adapts to life in the Premier League. Will his pace and vision convert to success at the Bridge? With all of the attacking weapons that Chelsea have purchased this season, it’s hard to imagine him struggling….but then again, Chelsea have a history of imported No.9’s not living up the billing, save Didier Drogba.

Sitting at 86, a nod to his general form over the past few seasons wouldn’t go amiss with fans and experts alike.

Odsonne Edouard

And last, but certainly not least, it’s Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard.

Edouard has spear headed the Celtic attack for a few seasons now, and Celtic fans will hate me for saying this, but he’s just too good for the Scottish League. Sure, he’s banging in goals left and right and it’s incredibly impressive. Which leads me to suspect that continued perfomances like this (and Celtic’s potential exit of European competition this year) could sow the seeds of doubt for Edouard to leave Celtic. He’s been catching the eye of his national team France and although they already have the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Wisam Ben Yedder and Oliver Giroud, I feel it is only a matter of time before a full call up comes for Edouard.

So that’s my 5 strikers due an upgrade for PES 2021, let me know your thoughts and let’s start a discussion!

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