When you are trying to find a lot more creativity, switching to a FIFA 20 Formations, 4-4-1-1 Attack will permit the Centre forward to pick up space around the edge on the box. He can also assist take a few of the defensive burden off the central midfielders using the "aggressive interceptions" and "press backline" directions. Your central midfielders don't have to have to hold much pace, so use one of them as a deep-lying playmaker. Higher vision and passing stats are crucial, with Jonjo Shelvey operating within this role for Newcastle.
FIFA Expert's recommended work rates:
Right Back – Medium Attacking / High Defensive
Left Back – Medium Attacking / High Defensive
Right CB – Low Attacking / High Defensive
Left CB – Low Attacking / High Defensive
Right Mid – High Attacking / Medium Defensive
Left Mid – High Attacking / Medium Defensive
Right CM – Medium Attacking / Medium Defensive
Left CM – Medium Attacking / Medium Defensive
CAM/Centre Forward – High Attacking / Low Defensive
Striker - High Attacking / Low Defensive
Strengths: This is a superb formation for those who like to build slowly and patiently through the team. A key feature of this formation is to focus the play through a skillful, creative CF who acts as your link man feeding through balls to the ST and wide midfielders. Another huge positive is the rigidness of the defensive set-up. You will have ‘2 banks of 4' so long as you're disciplined and structured correctly, i.e. not pushing players out of position using secondary contain then you'll be extremely hard to break down in both central and wide areas of the pitch.
Weaknesses: The Lack of ability to counter-attack can be a hindrance from time-to-time as the play will break down, but you'll only have the CF and ST who are both central and available in front of the ball. If you have a CF who has a medium to high defensive work rate then sometimes the CF drops too deep and leaves you isolated up top so make sure you select your CF wisely.
Key player/position: The CF and ST. It is important with this formation to have two players of high quality in these positions. They need to be both quick and strong to hold up play when needed to allow support from deeper lying players on the pitch.
Most suited style of play: Possession play and a slow-paced build-up passing style