I invested in the Premier League SBC around a month ago with all the players in my club so that I could do the SBC as soon as it came out. I took Doucoure over Vardy because he can just replace Kante in my team.
I play him CDM in 4-2-3-1 formation so as you can see by his stats for me, he doesn't get involved in many goals. I also keep him on 'stay back while attacking.'
When it comes to defending, this guy is everywhere for me. Very similar to Kante but with more height. Some of his tackles are game-changing and his strength is great.
Would recommend getting if you have a Premier League team as he is a game-changer and the packs are good too.
Stamina-98. Almost perfect, survives the whole game.
Defending-85. Very all-rounded other than his heading accuracy.
Strength- 85. Not many attacking players can outstrength him.
Passing- 80. 80 may not sound good but 89 short pass and 81 long pass is excellent. His FK accuracy and curve bring it down.
Shooting-82. For a CDM, this is great because if the ball does come to him on the edge of the box, he has a much higher chance of scoring than someone like Fabinho or Kante. 93 shot power and 83 long shots is great too.
Work Rates- MED/HIGH. Ideal for a CDM.
Links- Premier League and French. Soft links to Mbappe, Varane and Griezmann and strong links to Pogbs, Kante and inform Martial.
Pace- 72. Not the best but a shadow chem style brings this to 84.
Dribbling- 82. This sounds good but he has very poor agility and poor balance, reactions and composure.
Cost- Right now, the SBC is 400k. This is a lot more expensive than Kante but you get decent packs back.
At first, I didn´t think he was worth it and I doubted about making the Premier League SBCs or not. I did them all anyways because I had opened a lot of Premier League upgrades and I had so many untreadeable players, so he barely costed me about 150k.
Now that I have used his card for more than 30 matches (most of them in FutChampions), I can say he is an absolute beast. He is more or less like Kanté (his defensive stats are completely OP, and you can see that in the field: he is a ball magnet and a defensive animal), with quite good shoot stats. Although his shoot is really powerfull and quite accurate, it is good to say his finesse shots suck, and you can´t expect him scoring incredible goals: use him as an attack reinforcement when you are close to score or need to score really quickly. Obviously, his left foot is almost useless.)
Finally, I have to say I loved his passing, being really consistently and accurate (he almost doesn´t fail any passes at all).
Interceptions (the best atribute of this card and the main reason why you need to have it in your scuad).
Stamina (he doesn´t get tired at all and runs troughout all the game and added minutes or extension).
Strenght (he is a beast, what can I say?).
Passing (he gives really good passes, as I said before).
Defense (he is always well positioned and defend like he was Kanté).
Heading accuracy (although he isn´t quite tall or has a powerfull jumping, his heading accuracy really makes the difference).
Pace (although he isn´t that slow, Shadow chemistry stile gives him more acceleration and speed).
Dribbling (poor agility, ballance, reactions and composture. He almost has 3 skill-stars).
Price (although I don´t think he doesn´t worth the coins you spend on the PL SBC, I think it is a little bit expensive for the packs you get from it and the overall rewards [270k at this moment]).
I made this review as soon as I could to give anyone debating wether to get him or not a few insights into him. He plays right cdm with futmas Torreira at left cdm. His H/M work rates are not an issue at all, I used Casemiro before hand (both on stay back) and they stay same position each. He is sometimes at the edge of the box for a follow up but is yet to score from me, although as he has such high shot power, all of his shots have been pushed behind for a corner. Highly recommend this card, good for linking hybrids together and a very solid cdm/cm card. Used an engine chem style and pace is more than enough. I had about 150 players out of the 220 needed, and with return from packs cost me nothing (best pulls ribery and milinkovic savic).
Pace feels fine
Doesn't win as many headers as he should
Abdoulaye Doucouré: WHAT A PLAYER!
In my opinion he's one of the best CDM's in the game, because of his strength and controlling abilities. I think too many people underestimate this mans importance in a team and if I compare him to players like Fabinho and Kanté I can only say he's just better. Fabinho has a great card and defensively he might be almost as good, but Doucouré outclasses him in all the other stats, except for pace (can be fixed with a Shadow chem style). Kanté may feel a bit better in-game, but in my opinion he's just not tall enough. Likewise, Doucouré can be used as a Long Shot Specialist, as he has some great stats for Long Shots and Shot Power, which Kanté hasn't.
His French nationality makes him linking wise almost as strong as Kanté, because I believe there aren't that many usable Chelsea in the game (Hazard, Willian IF, Marcos Alonso Live maybe). Would I recommend you to do this SBC? Yes, of course (due to the fact you get some good packs as well).
I did this SBC myself during the Future Stars Event and I would like to recommend you to wait for such an event as well before you the SBC's.
I hope this review might help you decide and in advance sorry for my English (I am not a native speaker).
- Great shooting for a CDM.
- Overall passing.
- Dribbling and Ball Controll.
- Superb defending and physical stats (his stamina allows him to run continuously).
- Maybe Acceleration and Agility
Where should I start with this card. Obviously we wanted a lot more from the Premier League SBC but Doucoure is an Absolute Unit. He immediately shows himself in game due to him being an absolute ball magnet. If the ball comes within a 3 feet radius around him he will intercept, tackle, or pressure the ball off the opponent. He also surprisingly has good dribbling in order to make the quick exit from the back to counter. His passing out of the back is good as he feels like a very composed player but long balls over the top will not necessarily work 10/10 times. Obviously, his work rates are a little let down because he tends to attack up the pitch farther than other CDM's even on stay back, but if given the green light to shoot he can bang in powerful long shots or at least put them on target in positions that only an insane save could stop. He is not the fastest player as he will not be able to chase every attacker like Kante does, but merely just stays in position so that when attacked at he will poach the ball from the attacker with a cracking tackle. Overall, the price tag is very looming as you will spend over 300k on him and will most likely not make any money back from the packs, but he is a top class CDM that I highly recommend you do if you can afford him and fit him in your team.
Defensive Positioning (Easy Interceptions)