So prior to the review, I completed the SBC with the hopes of reaching Elite 2 (Currently Elite 3) by a strong midfield on stay back instruction. I do not support the meta of this game, and review the cards as best compared to other players I've used.
My expectations from such CDMs are high in terms of their defensive positioning and the strength in tackling (Best has been TOTY Kimmich so far). I personally don't require much agility of my CDMs as long as the player does not feel like they are lagging behind. Martinez felt rather smooth to use, especially with L2 tracking. His defensive positioning is on point, tracking the opponent attackers runs to actually 'cut passing lanes' as instructed. But his outstanding ability in my opinion, is his tackling animations. He is 6.4", so his reach combined with his 92 acceleration and 99 sprint speed with shadow is so far that he gives you an extra 0.5 - 1 seconds to attempt tackling the opponent, almost always preventing cheap bridges or runs by the likes of Mbappe. His 99 strength and aggression also ensure that he will keep possession after the tackle, giving your team the needed space and time to get into position. If you play long ball, you will find this is very helpful.
However, I found that his limits are tested when he faces PIM Cruyff, Prime Pele, and TOTS Neymar or others alike EA's superhero fanboy style cards that seem to defy logic (As a TOTS CR7 user, I have never seen such bs as the three names I mentioned earlier). So in all honesty and with due respect, if you are not very confident in your tackling and physical game and wish to rely on the card's ability to lift you in competitive divisions or WL games, I would not recommend this card. But if you are confident, and you just need robust power and a card that will allow you to play out your style on the pitch, he will do a great job and that much I can guarantee. In 2 games, he made 18 successful tackles out of 22 of which some saved me the games, and he made it almost until the 80th minute mark in both. Read the caution tab
Caution: His 85 stamina feels like 70 -75 and if you play with 2 CMs, he will burnout like crazy and you will have to sub him to keep up with Renato Sanchez or Essien.
- Physical Strength +++
- Tackling Animations +++
- Sprint Speed +
- Height (Reach in tackles) ++
- Defensive Positioning +++
- Acceleration !
- Agility (In case you expect very silky gameplay from CDMs) !!
- Stamina !!!