A quick opinion, but Rodri is a fantastic holding midfielder. For context, I got an untradeable Kante back in November that I have used until this Rodri came out. His 6'3 frame is such a bonus to a similar play style. I keep my CDM on drop between defenders and Rodri does an amazing job of pushing up and staying back at the right times. With his pace and defending very little gets by, and when he pushes up he's in the right place at the right time to finish just about any loose ball.
- 4-star WF
- Can be a tadbulky when moving, but hasn't cost me anything
So here goes, my first review! This guy... I completed him today and started playing with him... He is very, very good! I do not have the strongest PL squad, but this guy definitely improved the entire defensive line. I don't know where to start...
I'll go from stat to stat, starting with PACE. His pace is seemingly not the highest. With a shadow chemstyle, I can boost it up to the low 90's and let's be honest. This does the job for a CDM.
Personally, I haven't used him much in front of goal, but whenever he has the chance, he gets in the right position. 86 positioning really shows when needed.
His passing... This is where it gets interesting... I used mid Guardiola before (unfortunately this was my Icon Swaps 2 pack) and Pep's passing is good. But then there is TOTS Rodri. He rather makes the pass when not. His high passing stats, in combination with 90 vision and 91 composure makes his passes unstoppable and very deadly even when under pressure.
The biggest downside is probably his dribbling. He 'feels clunky' as some people would say, but I think the right terms would be 'heavy tank'. He is very strong on the ball, but definitely not the most agile kid in class. 3* skill moves is nothing special, but does the job for a (free) CDM.
This definitely is compensated by the defending stats. Especially with a shadow chemstyle, his defending is near enough perfect. His standing tackles are something I have never seen before. This is what makes him much MUCH better than all versions of Guardiola combined. Also his 4* weak foot comes in clutch when needed!
As well as his defending, his physicals are really clean. 96 stamina is amazing in combination with 92 strength. 86 aggression is high enough to rely on. Also his 6'3" (191 cm) and average body type are really nice for a strong guy.
Another flaw would be the absence of any traits. Finesse shot would make him a better B2B for example.
All in all, he is really noticeable on the pitch and makes a big impact. The card is fairly easily obtainable and therefore very worth your time in my honest opinion. For me, he is "The tall Kanté", or "The Spanish Guardiola".
- High key passing stats
- Near perfect defending (with a shadow)
- 4 star weak foot
- Shooting is too low to be a B2B in my opinion
- Agility & balance
- Aggression could be higher
- Lack of traits
Despite having a full Serie A squad I decided to grind Rodri as I am a city fan. I didn't start him in any game but brought him on as a sub every game.
He has very good pace and his passing is outstanding. Considering his height and body type he very good with the ball. As he's 6'3 the 78 jumping wasn't really noticeable. He is a beast at defending and has a very good reach as he's tall.
He also has good attacking AI, and he managed to score a goal for me.
Overall I will say its a must do card, as you can always chuck him in an SBC if you dont like him.
4* weak foot
3* weak foot ?
Shooting could have been better
I've been looking for a solid defensive midfielder who can play a bit for ages. I've used Kante since day one really, I've tried Kimmich, Gundogan, Wijnaldum, Fer amongst many more but I always went back to Kante because of his balance and agility when jockeying. Kante just always seemed to be where you wanted him but I always found he was quite poor on the ball which is why i've been looking for someone else. I done the objective and picked up Rodri and honestly, he is exactly what i've been looking for. Quick, strong, great on the ball, his tackling is mental, so well timed and powerful. Usually leaves the opponents players decked, positionally really sound and has that overpowered jockeying ability that Kante does. A genuine superstar. Do the objective, you wont regret it.
I have always been a big fifa fan, have been playing since fifa 16 but started playing FUT seriously around march of fifa 20 and of course I play it seriously rn. I have never really done an objective for a player so rodri is my first and all I can say is that it was 100% worth it. not only was it fun to grind, but its a very useable card with a shadow or anchor. sometimes his passing has been a problem but it is not a big deal. I am an Everton fan so I am disappointed that Allan was not involved in TOTS 21 because he had a great season but rodri deserves one too. Once again, worth the grind and a good player if you apply a pace upgrade.
Dribbling at times
3* SM but not big deal