If a promo video is anything to go by, FIFA 20 has listed Hearts forward Uche Ikpeazu as the fifth strongest player in football.
In a new trailer showcasing the popular EA Sports franchise, titled ‘The Bunker‘, viewers spotted potential ratings in the clip.
One screenshot towards the end of the advert seems to display this year’s top ten strongest players, with a place for Hearts’ powerhouse at number five.
There’s no denying how big of a strength Ikpeazu’s physicality is. He can hold off defenders with ease and provides a brilliant outlet up top when Hearts needs to clear their lines at the back.
He may be strong, but Ikpeazu needs goals
For all his physical attributes, the Englishman has to improve up front. His ability in front of goal has left a lot to be desired since arriving at Tynecastle.
He has netted zero in seven appearances this term, which obviously isn’t the greatest start in the world. It follows on from last season’s poor total of two goals in 14 Premiership matches.
Strength can only get you so far as a striker. Sooner or later, fans will start to get restless if their striker isn’t scoring. He seems to have hit that point with manager Craig Levein already.
Ikpeazu hasn’t started any of the Jambos’ last three matches, with his manager opting for Conor Washington instead. Washington has scored a couple of goals this term too, so Ikpeazu now has a fight on his hands to get back into the starting XI.
FIFA at least have noticed his physical skills. Now the Hearts striker has to get firing in real life for the Jambos.