I'm continuing update process on my classic players. My update on this player stats is based on one excellent book written by Mile Kos, called: Miloš, čarobnjak fudbala (Miloš, footballing wizard). I will also commentate every aspect of this player's stats (even the ones I will not change) in order to justify my numbers and explain why this player, in his prime, should be among 10 greatest players of all times. Sounds over the top but bare with me, if you want to try to understand why do I have such opinion.
1. Attack: 90 - Decreased by 2 points. Maybe I would gave him lower value (88-89), because he never was a classic poaching type of attacker, but his excellent skill in evading his markers "forced" me to leave such high value.
2. Defence: 30 - No need for a change. Pretty standard value. He rarely came back to his team's half of the field and even more rarely in front of his own penalty box.
3. Body Balance: 79 - Again, no need for a change. Miloš was really superior technical player and dribbler, so he didn't use strength, he used his dribbling, speed and technique.
4. Stamina: 80 - Decreased by 3 points. This is by far his biggest flaw. Due to illness or some minor injuries he almost never was fully fit to run all 90 minutes.
5. Top Speed: 92 - No need for an update. Blue Arrow was specific type of attacker who used his fantastic Speed and Acceleration to find himself a good position for receiving of the ball, and when he ran pass the defenders in order to do so, no defender in the World (during his Era) could catch him.
6. Acceleration: 93 - Same as for Top Speed.
7. Response: 89 - No need for an update. He and Bobek formed such excellent partnership that he always knew where Bobek's ball is going to go (same as Bobek knew where he's going to be). Also, he had specific way of ball receiving (while he was running, and almost reaching his Top Speed), so he didn't needed just Technique, but fantastic reactions in order to decide what to do with the ball at that speed (pass or dribble, try to find his teammate or play 1-2 pass... these are all decisions that he successfully made in the same moment as he was receiving the ball).
8. Agility: 96 - Up by 1 point. This was his strongest weapon when he dribbled. After he received the ball, he wouldn't slow down, he would keep going, keeping the close control to the ball and doing his famous body dribbling. Only a few defenders didn't fall on the ground, while trying to keep up with his quick changes of the direction followed by this body dribbling, and there was no defender in the World, at that time, who had a chance to win that 1 on 1 duel.
9. Dribble Accuracy: 94 - Up by 2 points. I respect Rubedo's opinion about Bobek's DA, so I won't raise Miloš's DA over 94, but let it be known that everybody agrees (I mean football experts, coaches, opponents and Bobek himself) that Miloš is the best dribbler in the history of Yugoslavian football. Since I gave him Agility: 96, and Dribble Speed: 95, he would really act like the best dribbler of all times, in Yugoslavian football (just his DA will be a point or two bellow Bobek).
10. Dribble Speed: 95 - Up by 1 point. Tremendous speed while dribbling. He always dribbled in straight line, from center to the penalty box, and he often dribble as rational as he could (although in some cases he enjoyed to treat crowd with some fantastic, out-of-this-planet move or dribbling). Off course, I don't literally mean in straight line, but in the way that is fastest in terms of goal reaching. Although he wasn't a classic poacher (like Van Nistelrooy, for example) he always thought what is the most rational way he could score a goal, from the position he was in (dribbling was the easiest way to reach the box, if he couldn't play 1-2 pass with his teammate).
11. Short Pass Accuracy: 79 - No need for an update. His short passes were quite good, and the only thing that stops me to increase it to 81-82, is his lack of quantity, since his main task was goal scoring.
12. Short Pass Speed: 80 - Decreased by 1 point. Pretty nice speed on his short passes.
13. Long Pass Accuracy: 81 - Decreased by 2 points. Almost the same thing as for SPA (only in this case I would give him 84-85 for LPA, if he was more regular at making these passes).
14. Long Pass Speed: 82 - Decreased by 3 points. Main factor for this Ability update, is that he rarely (dare I say, almost never) tried deep long passes, but almost always side crosses into the penalty box, and for that purposes 82 is enough for LPS.
15. Shot Accuracy: 91 - Up by 1 point. Again, great number of football experts (again, including Bobek) claimed that Milutinović is the best shooter in the team. He scored goals with ease from distance, or inside the box (he didn't care what's the distance as long as he had enough room to try a shot). Off course, bigger number of his shots were from the inside (on the edge of) the box, because of his great dribbling skills. With this value he's still under Bobek (I'm trying not to overrate him, although it's hard to separate Bobek and him, in terms of dribbling, technique and shooting).
16. Shot Power: 86 - Up by 4 points. He had excellent power, when he was almost fully fit. I could gave him higher value, like 90-91, but judging by the number of games he played fully fit and not extremely high number of attempts outside the box, I think 86 is good enough value.
17. Shot Technique: 92 - Decreased by 1 point. In first moment, one could think he needs red number, but that would be a mistake (at least, in my opinion), since he also knew to dribble out from the hard angles and create better position for his shot.
18. Free Kick Accuracy: 75 - No need for an update. He was a decent FK taker, but he didn't got too many chances to show his skill. When he did, he either scored or gave the keeper a lot of trouble. When he took FKs, his main weapon was his Curling ability.
19. Curling: 85 - No need for an update. Already explained in FKA.
20. Header: 86 - No need for an update. Excellent heading ability. Some players and coaches compared his heading and jump abilities with Kocsis (also, he had similar heading technique as Kocsis, because he hit the ball with his head, while his eyes were open).
21. Jump: 86 - Up by 2 points. One argument is already given while explaining Header. Other arguments are his pretty high bicycle kicks and his great leap when attempting to reach ball in the air (with his head, off course).
22. Technique: 93 - No need for an update. I've explained this earlier, while explaining Dribbling and Response. 1 or 2 points under Bobek.
23. Aggression: 89 - Down by 3 points. 89 is pretty good value for him, since he didn't strictly stick to his position. He knew to change sides and positions quite a few times during the game. Even with those changes of the positions Bobek and Miloš always had almost telepathic connection, and they both knew where the other one is positioned and what he will do next.
24. Mentality: 90 - Up by 8 points. Everybody should bare in mind that he actually wasn't the type of player who constantly works on the field. He used his skills with great success during the game, but in intervals. For example, he could dribble from center into the box, score and in 5 minutes score again, but after that he wouldn't run too much in order to conserve his strength for other parts of the game. Or, many times, it seemed that he is possessed. Some kind of furious determination would capture him, and even if he was tired before that moment, he had that fantastic ability to play last 30-40 minutes (if his team is searching for goal or two or even three or four) like he just started the game. That's why I think this raise is necessary.
25. Team Work: 78 - Up by 3 points. He had great cooperation with his teammates, but he doesn't need higher value than this, in order to replicate his solo actions (also 75 was too low, I must say). Just to make it clear, he always listened to the coach, he wasn't selfish, it's just one part of the tactic was that when the ball comes to him, he almost always has to try to get past the defender (coaches in those days gave a lot of creative freedom to players like Milutinović or Bobek, who could do wonders with ball) or play 1-2 pass with his teammate, in order to score or sometimes assist.
26. Injury Tolerance: B - No need for an update. He suffered an injury now and then, but nothing serious (until in 1958 his lung problems became really serious).
27. Condition: 6 - No need for an update. 213 games in 6 years. I think 6 isn't too much.
28. Weak Foot Accuracy: 8 - No need for an update. He played with his both feet, and he didn't care with what foot he would dribble, shot or pass.
Weak Foot Frequency: 8 - No need for an update. Explanation above.
29. Growth type: Standard - Was Early Peak. I've changed this since with Standard growth type he'll start to decline in the mid 20s, and that really happened after that lung operation.
30. Old Special Abilities (added *Outside and removed *Lines):
*Dribbling - Already explained above.
*Reaction - Always made excellent runs, especially when Bobek had the ball.
*Scoring - Check his number of goals and matches. But more important thing than number of goals is his skill to use every piece of the free space, in order to score goals. *1-1 Scoring - Almost always a cool finisher.
*1-Touch Pass & *Outside - He didn't care how he should pass or shot. It didn't mattered to him, if he had to take a volley or try a shot with outside of his foot. He had natural ability to do all those things with ease.
31. P Cards - P06: Speed Merchant - "A pacey player who likes to get forward."; P07: Mazing Run - "A great dribbler whose turns and dummies are a handful for any defence."; P12: Incisive Run - "A dribbler whose expertise is to cut in from the wide areas looking for goal scoring opportunities."
32. S Cards - S01: Reaction - "The player will regularly run behind the defence and go for goal." S03: 1-on-1 Finish - "Makes 1-on-1’s easier to put away." S05: 1-touch play - "Improves the player’s first touch when passing and shooting." S06: Outside Curve - "Improves touch when using the outside of the foot." S14: Quick Turn - "Enables Quick Turn."; S18: Cross Over Turn - "Enables Cross Over Turn."; S20: Scooping - "Enables Ball Scooping."
I've also added Attack/Defence Awareness Card: Attack Minded.
I'm very grateful to Nrby for his help with new P Cards, Attack and Response.