Barely played it online actually, so can't really comment too much. Pace definitely does seem to still be OP though.
I like to play a passing posession game as well, I usually dominate posession in most games, have difficulty actually getting the ball in the net though, especially online. Really annoying to finish a game with like 60%+ possesion and more shots on goal than the other team but to still lose. At the very least my defensive midfielder (Fernandinho or McCarthy) does actually focus on defence, so that's something.
There's usually a certain type of shooting that's OP, you just have to find it. Last year it was the low shot by double tapping B across the keeper. Year before it was finesse in the box all the way. Long shots used to be very effective too if your opponet gives you enough space. Of course sometimes it's just random and your Aguero will miss the open net 3 times in one match while your opponent's Musa keeps banging them in from impossible positions :)
I know this is a thread about FUT but I still have to mention I just spinned Toni Kroos in myClub. I didn't have time to try him but he should be brilliant. It always made me sad how bad he was in FUT mainly because he's so slow and passing stats don't mean shit in Fifa.
I remember finesse shots have often been OP as well. eh, my main method for goals is getting one of my wingers away down the side and doing a low cross in to the box, my midfielders are my highest scorers because of that though. Got more goals with Ramsay than any striker on my team
Grats on getting Kroos, hope he does well for you! I've only played PES 2014 (free with PS+!) but never touched the myClub mode (don't even know if they had it back then), but does it include past players as well? Icons on PS4 was a big part of the reason I'm playing so much FUT this year actually
Not sure about passing stats not meaning shit in FIFA though, only got 1 game in with Sigurdsoon before he got injured (typical ), but his insanely high passing stats did look like they made a difference. His dribbling stats meant a lot as well despite his slow speed. Was able to dribble round players quite often (which is something I find pretty difficult against the AI usually) and he also seemed to be a bit of foul magnet as well because of that, never had so many free kicks before!