Being Irish and a United fan doing Keanes icon swap was a no brainer. So after around 50 games what I can say he really controls the middle of the park with his positioning and his passing, the best of any midfielder I've used so far, as good as the likes of Pirlo who I've used in a few drafts.
His tackling and aggression are noticeably true to his stats, but be of mind that he does get outmuscled by the likes of Fabinho and Sissoko in 50/50s, don't expect him to be a beast. That said he does win a lot of ball, mainly because he is one of those CDMs that is always is in the right place at the right time hunting down CAMs and covering for over committed fullbacks.
His dribbling is extremely workable and mixed in with an impeccable first touch and laser passing he will rarely lose the ball if you play him right. I used Fabinho for a while and found him a little bit sluggish with the ball by comparison, Keane is much closer to the likes of Allan, though not quite so nimble. His pace isn't too bad, he feels faster than the stats suggest but I would definitely recommend to put a shadow on him. I would say he feels like exactly 85 pace with shadow and in around 77 without.
The best thing about him is his passing is insane, he has cropped up with plenty of assists for a CDM, played some amazing 40 yd defence splitting through balls and lofted balls over the top, I've not used a player who can equally pass and defend as good as Keano. The other great thing about this card is his stamina, even at the end of the game when he's tiring he doesn't feel much different and is still tirelessly chasing down attackers and taking great touches.
His shooting is not great, I took a few shots with him and they all hit the target but the keeper easily saved.
Finally I would say one thing to like about this card is he feels exactly like his real life counterpart, tidy in possession, great touch, great passing and puts in great tackles. He's not going to be the best CDM in the game, he's not godlike, but he's extremely good hence the 4.5/ 5. He does everything I pretty much want from a CDM, if he was a bit faster he might be 5/5, but then sometimes fast CDMs tend to overrun the ball and Keane feels very controlled and will suit players who like build up play.
Can be outmuscled by larger midfielders
Roy Keane 90
In my squad, I needed an Icon to slot in to the box-to-box midfield role, whether it be an attacking style CDM in a 4-2-3-1, a RCM in the 4-1-2-1-2(2) or a box to box CM in the 3-5-2. The two options presented by EA in the form of Icon swaps were 89 Gerard, or 90 Keane. During the first season of Icon Swaps, I picked up 88 Nesta (who now isn't needed in my team, or the preferred choice over 25k CB options) so my options were further limited. If I'm being totally honest, I'm not sure that Gerard could possibly be better than Keane, aside from his pace. I've made an odd decision in the chemistry style I've used on Roy Keane, applying a Deadeye for more precise short passing, better long passing through the vision stat and most importantly +15 finishing and + 10 on an abysmal 65 shot power stat. This allows him to finish chances in and around the box, which my 86 IF Wijnaldum, who previously played the same role in my side, often struggled to. After using this chemistry style I see no reason to change, he moves quickly over short distances, makes strong tackles, and has the strength and aggression to hold his position in midfield. I highly doubt I will be changing him out until TOTS unless some insane content gets dropped. I highly recommend this card for the 15 Token price point over any other option if you need a box to box midfielder. I'm certain he would be a crazy CDM with the right chem style, either a shadow or engine most likely.
Ssup guys! Probably i write this review too early but i suppose to think that i played enough games with Keane to write it. I'll try to do it short. I needed someone on cdm to close this position and help me to improve my hybrid squad. Keane is the best option for center of the squad. He is fast enough for cdm, he is very strong and the most needed thing is that he is always in the right place like de jong. Kante doesn't have this skill. He is always somewhere close to the most dangerous places of the offence. He can steel every ball and what i rly like in this card is that he is same ruthless as he was in the real life. He will kill for you're club. There is only two minuses. 1st - agility. He feels heavy. Not like Nesta but something between. But it is not a big problem. He is one of the best cdm in the game because of the defending and strength. And second con is that sometimes ball just jump away from him in to the legs of the offensive player. Same problem have all good players at this position. I don't know why but the same thing was with kante and viera. I don't know why but it's true. So i recommend this card because he is one of the greatest CDM's players in the game and im sure that he can be in ur squad till the end of the game. And also he can helps u in offence. He has good passes and shooting. Not as Gullit but much batter than Kante.
- shooting(for cdm)
- passing(something like de jong)
- pace(enough for cdm)
- agility(not a really minus but u will fell it in the first games)
I want to preface by saying that I'm in no way a top 100 pro player, I'm a simple guy who likes to skill and have fun. Realistically in the hands of a pro, I think this is the meta CDM for a passive player who can afford a few missed interceptions.
(4231 ingame) After going through the painful grind to attain the 15 icon swaps needed for Keane, I was excited to try out a potentially end game cdm in my team. Slapped on a shadow, Cm -> CDM position change, and straight into division 4. 5 Games later and my opinion is extremely mixed...
Pace: To start let's talk about his pace. It was good. Was he as rapid as a Kante or Allan? No. Was he as fast as his shadow stats suggested? No. He felt 72. Bang on. Jockeying with Keane felt great, he felt agile enough and quick enough to manually cut and redistribute the best of passes. 7/10
Shooting: Short and sweet. Didn't get into any finishing positions to even test his 70 finishing. Long shots felt weak and, while they were on target (even going as top corner as top corner can be), aren't good enough to beat any keeper. 5/10.
Passing: The greatest part of this card from my experience. Pirlo-esque. Passes were extremely accurate and powerful. Will not be disappointed in that. Corners were taken with Keane and they were fairly average. 10/10
Dribbling: If agility and balance were not considered a dribbling stay, then yhis would be a solid 8/10. Great ball control and felt extremely composed in high-pressure scenarios. However, his stiff nature felt as if it hindered his ability to defend and, more importantly for a Keane card, muscle of short and agile players. Overall decent but lacking. 7/10.
Defending: I was super disappointed in this. With a shadow bringing 3/5 of his defensive stats to ~99, you would think this would be lights out incredible. Nope. The main fault with this card is his positioning. Keane either sat up at cam, lb or slotted in as a 3rd CB. Never once did I feel confident in his positioning. When Keane was in position, he never tackled in a manner that suggested he has 99 stand tackling. Missed tackles, not out-strengthing the likes of Wijnaldum and Ozil. This felt wrong and frankly, I feel as if it was so poor I must've been playing poorly. Overall A 7/10 cause he still did make some wonder tackles, the problem was his consistency. The heading was also meh...if he was talked he was winning it.
Physical: I'll make this one quick. His aggression was incredible, always tackled with 100% effort even if that meant he missed horribly. No player I've faced can get this man off the ball if he is shielding it. Stamina was great, can play all game. 8.5/10.
Overall, I fell as if he has the potential to be an amazing CDM, but his inconsistent defending and positioning ruins what could be the best CDM in the game. Whilst I cannot comment on Ballack's icon swap card, this still beats Pirlo in my opinion as a CDM or as a playmaking cm. If there is an option to revisit the review I shall. If I cannot edit it I will write a second review after 50 games of online rivals and champs if my opinion changes.
- Aggression and Stamina
- Missing and overcommitting to tackles
To start this review of i want to say that i worked very hard for this card, i am not a very good fifa player. My highest finish in fifa 20 so far is gold 2. I got him from Icon Swaps, where it was between him or ballack because i nedded a quality midfielder. So far i have played around 200 games with him, and i have enjoyed him to some extent.
What makes this card play good is his aggresion and his tackling, he wins almost all tackles he goes for, and he can easily bully almost any player. But however, this card is SOOO slow, he feels like a truck turning, and for all the work i did for him would way rather have put my time into gerrard or ballack. For a 90 rated Icon he does not stand out AT ALL. I've been playing him alongside sissoko, and honestly, sissoko is 5 times better considering the price difference. I just got the acuna card and holy sh*t he is 20 times better than any midfielder i have ever used.
He tackles extremely well and is confident enough on the ball
He is aggresive and tries chasing down loose balls often
He has 2* skill moves
3* star weak foot
feels like a truck turning
Does not stand out as an amazing player