Player Review

Adrien Rabiot - 87 - SBC
Excellent Deep Lying Playmaker
By Tsam96, 05-03-2019

I'm writing this review as I was very on the fence about doing this SBC, so hope to help those who are also on the fence.

Rabiot's TOTS card on FIFA 18 was my favourite midfielder on the game, so when this League SBC came out I knew I had to do it.

I completed the SBC on 1st March, pretty much from scratch with only 5/6 Ligue 1 players in my club before hand. At the time of completing, the FUTBIN SBC solutions page had the total price at 310k. With a decent amount of patience on bidding and sniping, the total cost price for me was 179k. Because of the sheer amount of players you get from the 20 packs, you're very likely to get a good chunk of the investment back. I didn't pack anyone special, only a few 85s-87s were of note and estimate that if I was to sell everything (not including fitness cards) I'd make back between 120-140k, meaning Rabiot cost between 40-60k which is nothing short of outrageous. There is no midfielder on the game who comes close to that kind of value for money. I used Rabiot in Div.4 and Weekend League.

Height - definitely his biggest pro. Height is so important on this game, especially for midfielders and it acts as almost a 'hidden stat'. What I mean by that is Rabiot's base stats have him at 85 interceptions, 86 stand tackle and 84 strength. But because of his 6'4 height and long legs, his ability to intercept and win the ball is so much better than a player who is 5'10 with identical stats. His huge frame means he bullies players off the ball with ease, and is excellent at shielding the ball. He wins pretty much everything in the air, including from corners. He is absolutely massive in game which helps him dominate the midfield and his presence is felt from the first game.

Strength - 84 is a flat out lie, feels like 90+.

Defending - as mentioned, his tackling and interceptions feel much better than his stats suggest, and allow him to excel as a CDM.

Passing - very good, short and long.

Dribbling - exceptional considering his height. First touch, dribbling and agility are all the best I've used for a midfielder of his size. He doesn't feel clunky at al and is great at getting out of tight spaces using his combination of close control and strength.

Composure - he just feels so composed in game, extremely reliable to play the ball into under pressure or play out from the back as he rarely makes a mistake.

Long Shots and Shot Power - very powerful and accurate shots from outside the box.

Left footed - I like my left CDM to be left footed.

I can't find many faults in him, but if I had to say some it would be;

86 stamina - hasn't proved to be an issue for me playing him as a CDM in a 4-2-3-1 with balanced defensive tactic, but I imagine if you play any of the 'pressure' defensive tactics he might have to be subbed off in the second half.

Pace - also hasn't been an issue for me, and he's by no means slow, but he isn't quick either. I would recommend being played next to someone like Kante who is quick.

3* Weak foot, 3* skills - in an ideal world he'd have a 4* weak foot, but it doesn't detract from the card.

Formation: 4231
Position: CDM
Games: 32
GPG: 0.16
APG: 0.16
Pace (7/10)
Shooting (8/10)
Passing (9/10)
Dribbling (9/10)
Defending (9/10)
Physicality (10/10)
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