The moment I saw this card go live I knew I need to add him to my La Liga squad. Despite that I was slightly hesitant whether or not to really add him as I don't use a CDM which is where I thought he would work best. I swapped him for TOTGS Rakitic in CM and tried him out. All I can say is that he immediately became one of my best players, my team already felt quite strong but Kondogbia made my team feel smoother and stronger.
Pace: The card stat seems quite decent although there is a big difference between acceleration and sprint speed. Many times he will feel very slow and sloppy when accelerating but that will quickly change and will seem much better.
Shooting: 76 looks very decent. His stats make him a serious threat from distance shooting (89 shot power & 83 longshots) and although they won't always end in goal he does usually manage to get a corner kick out of it. Finishing feels pretty sloppy but I didn't expect great shooting from a defensive player.
Passing: The card stat makes his passing seem pretty weak or at least not very good but looking at in-game stats and using in-game he is completely different. He has very low crossing and fk accuracy (2 stats almost useless for someone like him) and low curve. His vision, short and long passing are great and they feel extremely accurate in-game. Despite 2* weak foot his passes feel almost just as good as with his preferred foot.
Dribbling: Lete start out by saying that he does feel kind of clumsy with the ball. He has decent agility and balance so it felt strange, despite feeling clumsy he doesn't feel bad. He can keep the ball at his feet quite well and with 4* skill moves and 89 reactions he can be an excellent skill mover for those who can time the moves correctly (I especially like doing la croqueta with him as I feel he does that move perfectly).
Defending & Heading: Excellent stats, he is a very defensive player he feels awesome in game. I'd say his interceptions and stand tackling are the best. He is almost always well postioned for an interception and since he's a tall player he feels much more intimidating. His heading accuracy doesn't look very good but it feels very good. I've managed to score a header with him.
Physical: Well there isn't much to say honestly, this was probably the first thing we all saw when looking at this card. 91 physical looks outstanding and in-game... It is. He is very very strong, he's extremely aggressive, he's an excellent jumper and he simply doesn't get tired. Combine this with good defensive stats and you've got an absolute monster.
So to wrap it up, just a reminder I reviewed him as his current 86 rated version, if he gets upgraded he will be even more a monster than he already is.
Anyway, he is definitely the best La Liga CM/CDM (yes he excels equally in both positions) but he does come with a very hefty price tag although thanks to his high price you won't run into many teams with him. EA created a monster that you fits in perfectly in big budget La Liga/ French teams.
- Defending & Physical combo
- Long shots
- 4* skill moves
- Pretty much everything else
- 2* weak foot (when it comes to shooting)
- The (small) chance that your rival could have him