Rivals: DIV 4
Weekend League: Gold 2 mostly
So my team is a complicated hybrid between Ligue 1, La liga, and Liga NOS and a week ago I had a situation where I had to find a CB with a good all-round stats because I want to switch them to CDM in game. And he has to specifically be Brazilian, because I need him to connect with Eder Militao, Thiago Silva and Alisson. At the time SIF Fabinho was the only best option after 88 Matthaus and I did not have the money for an icon so I gave Fabinho a shot. He was decent, but I feel he was somewhat lacking in a few departments and a weak link in my squad. So I was elated when I saw this flashback and did not think twice to complete it. I spent almost nothing on this card because I had few untradeables ready.
Although stats don't tell everything in FIFA, I love stats and always present them on my review. So let me start by telling you that out of all the Centre Backs in FUT, when you omit all the TOTY and icons, David Luiz ranks 2nd in total base stats (499) and 1st in total in-game stats (2381). Even if you take into account all FUT players including TOTY and Icon, he still ranks 5th on both categories. So stats wise, he is the best all-rounder CB out there just below the likes of TOTY Ramos, TOTY Varane, TOTY Van dijk and Icon Matthaus. Now, I know what you all are thinking, CBs do not need an all-round good stats, if they have a 99 DEF and 99 PHY, they would serve the purpose. Well sort of true, but I was looking for a CDM/CB sort of player so it really depends on what you are looking for.
I grade each respective categories based on the base/game stats, and how well they perform relative to that expectation. So, if a person has a 70 pace stats, and his run feels like 70, I would give him the same grade to that category, which is 7. And I would scale the grade up and down based on how they out-perform / under-perform their own stats.
Chem used: Backbone.
Used Position: CDM and CB
85 acceleration and 81 sprint speed is more than enough for a CDM. I don't generally require my CDM to run and dribble but with his pace, you can start a quick counter attack from the back, or even use that 85 acceleration to momentarily burst out of a tight situation and make a space for yourself to pass. The pace feels very nice in game, hence the 9 rating.
ATTACKING PROWESS: N/A
I generally instruct my CDM to stay back while attacking, so this part is not really applicable. And having a med/med WR, he won't get too high on the pitch. But I used him for 20 games and he scored 3 goals so far. 2 from corners and 1 from a long shot.
PASSING & DRIBBLING 8/10
I don't ask a lot from my CDM in this department. As long as the ball gets across to his teammate, I'm happy. But David Luiz has a great passing ability that goes up to 88 with backbone chem. He does not do direct assist, but he makes a superb forward pass from a tight space, which you can build up your attack from. What's pulling the grade down is his dribbling. It is not bad due to his agility and most of the time, it is more than enough to get off from your marker. But try dribbling with him more than 3 seconds, and his 63 balance and 75 dribbling really comes into effect and he will start to feel sluggish.
DEFENDING & PHYSICALITY 9.5/10
Now comes the main part. The most important job of a CDM for me is, to prevent the ball and the opponent to get close into your back line and David Luiz gets the job done. With backbone, all of his DEF and PHY stats is is almost close to 99 and boy, he intercepts EVERYTHING and he shrugs/hold off EVERYONE. The only drawback preventing a solid 10 comes from his 75 stamina. As a rule of thumb, If you play him as a CB, you would have no problem with this, as a CDM with stay back instruction, you will last one game just fine but will have trouble if the game gets into extra time. That's why I have two tactics in game which would let me swap the him from CDM to CB role midway.
In conclusion, I would highly recommend this card even if you don't need one. By the time this review is out, there should be only a day remains to do the SBC. It might look expensive if you do the SBC from scratch since he costs around 300K but in my opinion, he has a very good value/stats for the money and you get three packs back. Unless you are those players with unlimited resources and hands on Icons and TOTY players, David Luiz will improve, as well as offer you many possibilities and depth in your team. He can play both CB and CDM (or even wing backs and CM), and offer you many links because of the abundant options of Brazilian and Premier League players. And for a plus, the card design is just awesome.
+ Brilliant Defending Intelligence
+ Beast Physicality
+ Above average pace
+ Awesome card design
+ Great bang for your bucks
+ 1st rank in total in-game stats for a CB (other than TOTY and Icon, as of Feb 18 2019)
- Low stamina for a CDM
- Slightly clunky dribbling