After playing almost 300 games with Delaine’s league SBC card (actually liked that card really much, bit expensive tho), I was really happy that EA had released a new French LB from league one. Seeing his 5* in SM and WF made me even more convinced to get this card. At the end I spent about 60K because of some players in my clu??
After 10 games of WL my conclusion about this card is a positive one, he’s really agile, great strength (85 with Anchor), fast (95 with Anchor), defending was decent but could be better and his
passes have been above decent too.
I’ve also changed him in-game to CM a couple of times, where he scored a goal. You could even play him CM/CDM. Overall a great card!
I'm doing this review after 26 games with 86 Amavi. It may be a bit soon but as he is available for a limited time, you may find it interesting to see a quick review before you (eventually) miss this card.
Well well well, what can I say about Jordan Amavier (Amavi + Vier = a southern french word to say "P*nis")? When he joined Marseille, he stood up quickly and benched Patrice Evra. Although last year he was completely shit, he slowly got a better level this season.
The main goal of this Fut Birthday promo is to release cards and give them a boost with a maximum WF and/or Skills stars upgrade. Considering the poor choices made in the cards released on packs (another Mbappé card, Hazard because he already has a big SBC, and overpriced PL cards made to sell FIFA Points such as Rashford) , I got a bit excited when EA released this Amavi as an SBC.
Although the requirements are a bit too much for an 86 rated LB, this card is hella fun to use, really effective as a defender (with GUARDIAN CHEMSTYLE), and it also allowed me to put back in my squad Future star Bouba Kamaramos (which made happy the fully biased Marseille Fan that I am).
PACE: Amavi's pace feels quite right, his 90 pace feels like an 90 pace, his reaction allows him to wake up quite early and anticipate the opponent's passes and dribbles. When I use the DPad to make him go forward with Zanetti, his runs are really interesting.
SHOOTING: I didn't have the opportunity to shoot a lot with him, the only shooting stats I can review are his Penalty and Shot Power stats, and both are quite decent for a LB.
PASSING: This is where I got a bit dissapointed but not surprised. When it comes to easy passes, it works well especially with his 5* WF. But because of his 72 vision and his 79 composure with Guardian, his passing becomes a bit inconsistent under pressure. However, his long passing is a bit better that it looks.
DRIBBLING: with the GUARDIAN chemstyle, his dribbling is absolutely fun and good. His 5* skills make him unpredictable, his Agility, Reaction and Balance allow him to recover quickly if he misses a tackle, and win the ball back in small spaces. Sadly, his composure is not that great and 80 dribbling is not that high for a 5* skiller. That is why, for me, the only interesting chemstyle for this card is GUARDIAN.
DEFENDING: The good thing with the GUARDIAN chemstyle is that it provides the best Interception and Defensive Awareness boost among all the chemstyles. Amavi's defending is almost Endgame, the only con is that the highest Defensive Awareness you can get is 90, and that, with his High/Med workrates, forces me to manually control him in defense. Thankfully, he is agile and quick, and his 96 interceptions help a LOT. Finally, his heading is quite accurate when it comes to crosses interceptions and head passes so I can start a new counter attack, but it is sometimes inconsistent (all headers are inconsistent in FIFA 20 so i can't really blame him for that).
PHYSICAL STATS: This is one of the main reasons why I completed this SBC. I used 86 Schultz before him, although he was a beast on defense and really quick, his low stamina at this stage of the game killed it. Amavi's overall physical stats are exactly what I need from a Fullback ==> High Jumping (95), high Stamina (91), and 80+ Strengh and Agression. These stats are close to 85 Mendy's stats, so you know that it is more than enough.
If you have to choose between 86 AMAVI and 85 Futmas MENDY:
Amavi wins easily at Defensive attributes, he has a way better agility and his balance makes him stay more on his feet (plus he has 5*5*). But you defo need to boost his composure and his dribbling stat --> only one interesting chemstyle for him (guardian)
Mendy's composure is better and his vision makes him a better and more consistent passer. Also, his Acceleration is a bit better than Amavi's. But his defending is way below Amavi's.
Comparing both of these cards' value: Amavi wins because he is less than half of Futmas Mendy's price (140k versus 307k+), has better defending and 5*5*. But it is still slightly expensive, considering that we are almost in April and you can save 140k and use regular Mendy or any other LB while waiting for cheaper and/or better option, or for TOTS.
Defensive stats: Interception, overall tackling
His physical stats, especially his stamina
Great Agility and Balance
A fun to use 5* skiller that reminds me of Marcelo
His pace is decent and feels great with his high reaction
He is a French LB from the Ligue 1 (there are no good French options in this league) --> interesting linking options especially if you use French defenders (including a perfect link with 87 Kamaramos)
Better value than 85 Ferland Mendy
Close to endgame defenders...
...but not an endgame defender, as his Defensive Awareness needs a huge boost
Low vision, his passing should have been a bit better
Only one chemstyle that gives him the boosts that he needs : Guardian (so you can't really boost his pace or his passing...)
Value for money is not that great if you don't have a stacked club. The SBC's requirements are a bit too much, as this cards would have been better as a grinding option like Fut Birthday Bellarabi.
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