I got him in my red picks and decided to try him out as a cdm, replacing 90 rated Pep Guardiola that i got from my prime icon pack. I first doubted that he'll be a better cdm than Pep, mainly because his sprint speed and jumping stats are abysmal. but after 15 games in WL, he is a total game changer. His defending does not feel inferior to Pep's and he excels at every other department.
His passing are without a doubt one of the best in the game, just amazing! At cdm, he is able to perfectly distribute the ball to my forwards.
He holds the ball well, feels quite agile despite his low agility stat. And with his 99 acceleration with a shadow chem style, he can chase anyone to put up pressure when u make a mistake in defending, but note that you will have to switch to your other players because ultimately, he will get outpaced in about 2-3 seconds. (enough time for you to use other players to chase your opponent, or cut passing lane)
His sprint speed can also be a problem when you defend against counter attack. I use him to take corners, just so that other players will take care of defending against a counter attack. If you have high pace defenders, this will not be too much of a problem.
He is a really good box to box midfielder, i mostly use him on stay back while attacking, but when im chasing a goal, i have him on join the attack and he can contribute a lot up the field.
Overall TOTSSF Kroos have been amazing for me. He is an all rounder midfield that can attack and defend. He is a much better player than 90 rated Pep Guardiola, and even a lot better than 91 rated Veron. For a 96 rated player that cost less than 200k, he is a relatively cheap player that will improve your squad.
On a personal note, I feel that it is only good to play him at cdm, if you have really fast CBs and FBs to cover behind him.
- 99 Acceleration (shadow chem style) makes up for his low sprint speed.
- Long shots
- Defends quite well
- 5* Weak foot
- Sprint speed