This guy is amazing, he is definitely better than my 88 - Frank Rijkaard, I have only played division 1 with him and have yet to try his fantastic abilities during the weekend league. I have 88 - Frank Rijkaard and Rio in my defense line, stumbled across this guy on Wednesday (Jan 24th) right after he was released (packed him). I stuck a shadow on him and the beast changed to a 93 CB. you've got to stick a shadow and see for yourself, My God this is undoubtedly one of the best in the game. Total stats : 472 >> Prime Nesta (which is not released yet), in-game stats: 2235 >> Prime Nesta. He is fantastic cuz of his in-game stats is all I'm saying. I had already tried his 84 rated that one was also fantastic but now with the stats even boosted further this dude is nothing but a fast tank, ready to destroy any striker, high enough stamina, great strength, great aggression for a center back cuz I have a lot of issues with aggressive CBs such as the likes of Rio, they give away a lot of free-kicks and I have to always beg them for ''conservative interceptions'' but with this guy's perfect aggression level, I sure as hell didn't have issues at all (high enough aggression, not too low not too high). Look at the passing stats, that 95 shot-power is not a lie by the way. Fantastic heading accuracy (92) and tall enough (188 cm), wins every header. His fairly low agility is not an issue given his incredible reactions and ball control. I suggest search for all CBs in the game at Futbin.com (including the icons) sort the players for their in-game stats and look for yourself who is going to be on the top of the list (he'll pop up right after 89 - Laurent Blanc). I'm telling you this guy is undoubtedly the best 86-rated CB you could possibly find in the game, get him at this cheap price cuz I predict his price to skyrocket in a week or so. By the way feel free to use him as a CDM given the passing stats and shot power.
Passing (short & long)
This card is amazing. I bought him for 43k (his price should be 150k or more - honestly) and he's the best defender I've used so far - he replaced Boateng in my squad. I don't know how, but he's able to catch almost every attacker and I still have him on Basic chem style. His positioning, strength, 1vs1 defending, heading are perfect. After a few games I tried him at CDM and he plays even better in the midfield. He has very good passing, he wins every header, he chases opposite players and destroys them. He pushes everyone like a maniac (clearly a foul in real life, but we know how FIFA 18 is). Even is shooting is suprisingly good. I try long shots from the edge of penalty box and every shot is spilled by the GK. He doesn't score top corner bangers, but can really mess up your opponent's defence.
You must try him out, he's so good and so cheap right now.
And one more thing - he will get upgraded so this card will be even more sick.
It's really hard to find anything. Maybe 188cm + 72 jumping may be an issue, but I haven't noticed.
If you play him in midfield you have to be careful with stamina - 80.