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FM20 Punching (tendency)


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Hi,

I am somewhat confused about some of the goalkeeping stats. So far I thought that stats like Excentricity and Punching were "bad" stats - you don't want your keeper to do anything unexpected and you don't want him to punch the ball when he is supposed to catch it (putting handling ability aside). However, I just noticed that my Team report page listed "Those goalkeepers look to punch the ball rather than attempting to catch it" (among Weaknesses in orange) because I picked my keepers based on (among other things) low Punching stat (First choice was at 6 and backup at 4). I performed a test, I fired those keepers and bought new ones with high Punching stats (16 and 18). Now my team report lists "Goalkeepers do not like to punch the ball clear" among Strengths in khaki.

Does this mean that the description of Punching (tendency) is incredibly misleading (it literally says it's the keeper's inclination to punch the ball in situations where he should catch it, implying higher Punching tendency means the goalkeeper will, you know, tend to punch the ball) or is the Team report page "confused"?

How about other stats that are "bad" by description - does low eccentricity skill mean the keeper is bad at doing the unexpected (meaning he does do the unexpected)? (the team report lists low eccentricity among strengths)

How about Rushing out tendency?

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Is anyone knowledgeable here who could clear this up for me? If my keeper has a high Punching stat, will he punch more often (as in-game skill description suggests) or will he punch less often (as team report suggests)?

I have searched the internet and couldn't find a good answer, some old threads imply that the skill description is correct (and therefore the team report must be wrong), but I haven't found any official word.

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It might be a bug in the descriptions, so it may be worth posting this on the bug forums where an SI member can take a look at it and see if the problem persists into FM21.

 

My understanding is the higher the attribute the more likely the keeper is to punch the ball away than grab it, but it's such an odd attribute IMO.

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It's not necessarily bad. High number means the keeper is more likely to punch the ball. It's good if your keeper has somewhat bad handling and is shorter in height. Tall goalkeepers with good handling wouldn't need to punch the ball that often as they will catch it more often than not.

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