I had the 85 NIF in this squad and it was a decent card. Looking at the stats, this card doesn't look much better, and I didn't think initially it was worth the extra 80k. But I was entering the weekend league and decided it was worth a try.
Huge impact at CAM using the MAESTRO chemistry style. Surround him with a few speedy agile dribblers and you have a complete package.
Scores rockets with both feet!
Amazing positioning in attack. Fills in the gaps as a second striker.
Create time and space using his strength and size, allow the wide CAMs do more to break down the defence. Not a crazy good passer like some other traditional CAMs (eriksen, silva), but not lacking.
Comes back to help of defence, and is effective at it. With the NIF his stamina was an issue, but now I drag him back a lot more.
Size & Strength
Pace (if you plan on making runs, I dont)
i used his nif for a long enough time to make an opinion about him and make a review, but then i decided to try his if for my new serie a squad. he mostly plays middle cam in 4231 with maestro chem style, but sometimes i also switch to 4321 where he plays left cm. thanks to him, 4231 is much better.
he's basically the pogba of the serie a: neither fast nor agile, but with extremely accurate ball controll, big strong body type, dominant in the air, powerful shooting and reliable passing. He also has better defending stats and workrates so he can track back and be the cornerstone of the team. given all of that and the fact that he has 4*WF which i think is crucial for central players, he ticks most boxes of the ideal middle cam wishlist.
he has an outstanding impact and presence in the midfield, knows when get into the box for crosses and is reliable for hold up play (i always launch the ball to him from goalkick since he's better than sif belotti for hold up play). he scores a lot of goals and sets up most of my attacks. he also feels smooth when executing skill moves which is not common for such a tall player.
overall, a pretty strong card especially for his price, and probably the most suited serie a player for middle cam in 4231 which is a very popular formation as you all know. not the easiest to link outside the serie a, as his best strong links are carniball immobile and headliners skriniar and his non serie a usable links are limited to just if/ffs jovic.
ball control and dribbling
defending (for middle cam)
pace as a whole
agility and balance