When i checked the reviews for this card i was pretty shocked there was only one, which was negative. I've only 20 Matches with him so far, but in that time, he has been amazing. At a budget of about 2m spending 350k on a defender hurts, but since at the time it was only 200k to upgrade from NIF to SIF i was willing to give it a shot.
Well lets get to the card: With ANCHOR he has 73 acceleration 82 sprint speed. This isnt fast, even for a CB, but for me his speed didnt limit his game at all. However, this might be because my full backs stay behind the whole match and my defense is always pretty far back to prevent counter attacks. On the defensive side his stats are just to good to be true. With 93+ on every stat plus 99 Strength he wins basically every tackle and every header. He obviously isnt the most agile Defender, but his huge frame makes up for it and he always seems to be in a great spot to tackle, intercept the ball, win a header or block the shot.
A big bonus for this card is his really good passing. He's got the composure and passing stats to make clean passes even in dangerous moments. His crosses to the fullbacks hit the target every time. He also gets pretty dangerous on corners where he scored 3 goals for me already, even though i have 4 other guys(Fabinho, Kane, Talisca, Arnautovic) who are also very tall and dangerous at corners.
Obviously a card is not gonna do it all for you and doesn't single-handedly stop people from scoring. When i got all-out offense he did in fact got outpaced by fast players on counter-attacks, but that happened literally one time and it was POTM Auba. The biggest flaw of this card is obviously his price tag. Normal VVD is also a really great card who gives you nearly the same dominance on defense. While the SIF is definetly an upgrade, 250k might be better spend on other positions. But thats just personal preference i guess.
At last, i'd like to apologize for grammar mistakes and wrong phrases i used. English is not my native language
My back four: Alex Sandro IF, Marquinhos IF, VVD SIF, Trent IF
My formation: 4321
- Defense in general
- Precense on the field