It would be good if the speccie was the one marking option that needs the correct timing with your button press...making a successful speccy much more skillful.
I know the complaint that speccies are overpowered, and also that sometimes they don’t appropriately give away a free kick... (in known issues)...but I’d like to suggest how this could be made better without just reducing the ability to launch for a speccy.
Make the press of the button begin the speccie animation straight away...so if you’re too early you’ll clearly fall over and miss the ball (giving away the free kick).
also, your positioning would need to be correct as well... either missing the player you’re trying to launch on if you’re not near them.... or getting nowhere near the ball if the launchpad opponent isn’t positioned close enough to the landing position of the ball themselves.
With this, players can still attempt speccies as much as they can now...but they need to be more skillful to pull it off without giving away a free kick. (Assuming the free kick bug with speccies is also fixed up)
(Vary the difficulty of all this a little bit with the match difficulty, and the speccy player’s ‘marking‘ and ‘speccy’ ratings).