Despite the doubts I had about this card and despite what people were writing about this guy, I decided to give him a go, so I completed the SBC. I did play him on 7 chem in 11 games of div 4 and he scored 2 goals from the lb position. There's a lot to talk about, so let's get right into it.
As expected, pace is god-like and there's no need to improve this department at all. Nobody runs past him, even if the opposition player has a 2-3 m head start, he just catches up with him and either bodies the players to oblivion or tackles him.
While shooting is not fantastic, he can shoot. The 72 finishing is not great, but the 85 shot power compensates for it very much and makes his shooting, even without a chem style, as I used a sentinel on him, reliable. At least on his left that is. I would recommend the gladiator chem style if you want to play him on the left wing in a 3-5-2 formation or the dead-eye if you want to play him as a left mid in any other formation.
Passing, for a full-back at least, is acceptable. Apart from fk accuracy (which is irrelevant) and long passing, he makes decent passes and through ball passes to other players. Don't expect much else from him though. I found his crossing to be quite good, even though he didn't get a single assist.
While not perfect, his dribbling is very good. Yes, his reactions and composure are not up to par, but I've used gold Alphonso Davies from day 1, which has similar composure and reactions and I didn't have a single problem with his dribbling. I would say Adama has better overall dribbling than him.
Defending is good, especially for a pacey lb like him. Didn't have any problems here at all.
Physicality is 100% the best part of this card. With 88 heading accuracy and 88 jumping, while being 5'10", he didn't struggle to win headers from corners, so no worries here. If you slap a sentinel on him and play him on full chem, he'll have 90 ha and 95 jumping, so I reckon he'll be very good from headers (at least most of the time). Had him on balanced and as expected from the h/h wr, he was running up and down the left flank all game and his fitness at the end of the games was quite good, so no problems with stamina. His strength is phenomenal. A 96 pace lb with 90 strength should be illegal. He pushes everyone of the ball no matter the height and strength of that player. Definitely the best part of the card. Aggression is not bad and he fights for the ball very decently.
So my thoughts about this card are quite mixed. While he is the best lb from the prem, I would argue that for his price he should be at least the 2nd best non-icon lb after RTTF Davies, but he is not. Gold Mendy is very similar to this card: not the same pace, but still good, not very good shooting, but he's a lb, very similar passing and maybe even better just because of the long passing and similar defending. Adama beats him on dribbling and physical, but Mendy is 150-160k cheaper and has the 5* wf while being French, so the value is much better in my opinion. If you have a prem team and really need a lb, as there aren't many good choices in the prem, do it, it's a big W, but that's where it ends. I think this guy is possibly the 3rd best non-icon lb after gold Mendy and RTTF Davies, but I haven't tried many lb's, so take this with a pinch of salt. This guy is quite overpriced and I absolutely don't recommend him outside prem teams.
Shooting (if you play him at lb)
Defending (considering he is a pacey lb)
Physical, especially strength
While passing is acceptable, for 220k he should at least have better passing than Mendy
this is my first review and my english is not the best, so pls don't hate.
Let's move on to adama. I swapped him ingame with alex moreno (frezze), so he played as a cb and I have to say he's the best cb in the game. He played against Mbappe and Rashford and other players. Not even Mbappe had a chance. He's so fast and strong. His defending is good enough too. I can't say much about his shooting, but the passing was good for a cb. He also carried me to div 1. When you think about to play him as a cb, just do it. In my opinion he's worth the 200k.
Okay, first of all, I want to say I'm going to try to be the most fair possible. I've used Adama as a CDM for the past 7 games in a 4-2-2-2 formation, with a gladiator chemistry style, because it gives him a nice +15 finishing and a +10 shot power boost, aswell as better defending stats. I use him in a more attacking role, as he is in pair with valverde, a more defensive minded player. I'm not going to lie, in these game the stats may look better than he really performs, because I have focused more on using and watching how Adama plays than playing as a team. In those 7 rivals games, he has gotten 8 goals and 7 assists. Before you come hear saying I'm a Division 10 player, I want to clarify I'm a Division 4 and Gold 2 player. The best things from Adama are his pace, of course, he is the fastest player in the game, his high strength, which gave him what he needed to get past the defenders, and I also liked his shooting and dribbling. But not everything was incredibly good. His stamina, at 83, is pretty low for the role I give him, and at the end of the game he is always way too tired. He sometimes feels a bit clunky when that happens, and as he is too fast sometimes when driving the ball it goes way too far from him and the defender steals it. One thing I expected to be way worse was his passing, but he has given a lot of key passes and many of them ending as a goal. About his shooting, the only thing I have to say is that if you shoot with his left foot from a central position, you will almost score every single chance. His shooting is pretty decent, and with his high pace and strength you will be able to have a lot of chances with him. In the devensive side, he was also great. With him being so fast he could recover his position almost every time even though he always attacks, and he can catch up the fastest strikers you can think of almost every time. His sliding tackle was just beautiful, as he stoped the opponent's striker many times from scoring an easy goal. Even though, don't try to pass or to shoot with his right foot, because he is just horrendous in that aspect.
In overall, I think he is worth it if you can complete him for less than 150k, and only if you can use him as a midfielder. As a winger his defending stats would be completely wasteed and I didn't like him as a left back because he has incredible attacking stats that aren't well exploited there. Maybe he would be decent as a cb, but High/High workrates aren't ideal for the position, but incredible for a balanced .midfielder
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