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Christopher Nkunku FIFA 22 Career Mode
Name Christopher Nkunku
Club club RB Leipzig
Nation nation France
League league Bundesliga
Skills 4
Weak Foot 3
Intl. Rep 2
Foot Right
Height 179cm | 5'10"
Weight 72
Revision Headliners
Att. WR Med
Def. WR Med
Added on 2021-12-31
Origin Headliners
R.Face
B.Type Lean
Age 24 years old
ID 232411
Club ID 112172
League ID 19
Pace
87
Acceleration
89
Sprint Speed
86
Shooting
84
Positioning
89
Finishing
84
Shot Power
90
Long Shots
86
Volleys
67
Penalties
73
Passing
90
Vision
90
Crossing
90
FK. Accuracy
84
Short Passing
92
Long Passing
89
Curve
90
Dribbling
92
Agility
92
Balance
90
Reactions
84
Ball Control
93
Dribbling
93
Composure
86
Defending
78
Interceptions
78
Heading Accuracy
67
Def. Awareness
78
Standing Tackle
81
Sliding Tackle
79
Physicality
78
Jumping
71
Stamina
89
Strength
76
Aggression
71
Physical
Mental
Skill
Chem. Style
0
Base stats
In game stats
Seasonal Stats
ico
19
Matches
ico
9
Goals
ico
7
Assists
ico
0
O.Goal
ico
0
Yellow
ico
0
Red
ico
1
Sub in
ico
7
Sub out
ico
6
Matches
ico
7
Goals
ico
0
Assists
ico
0
Yellow
ico
0
Red
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ST
85
RW
90
LW
90
CF
89
RF
89
LF
89
CAM
90
CM
89
RM
90
LM
90
CDM
84
CB
78
LB
84
LWB
85
RB
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RWB
85
FUTBIN Player Review

Headliners Nkunku Review

Welcome to yet another promo… The Headliners entered packs this weekend (well, except for Ramsdale) with a new Team based on an old idea celebrating the early achievements of players from around the world.  For me, Headliners have always been one of my favorite cards.  I love the gamble and speculation on the 4 matches win streak, the gamble of picking up a player before a match… and it is these gambles that have lost me so many coins on Headliners but certainly raised anticipation and focus on leagues and matches I would otherwise overlook.  Christopher Nkunku is definitely not a player I have overlooked this year and even if I didn’t follow the Bundesliga, the massive influx of FUT cards bearing this man's name and face would have made his early achievements inescapable anyway.  Yet, for me, these real life performances have not transferred over to pixelated versions of previous Nkunku cards I have used.  While I see the Frenchman in some opponent’s squads I just haven’t found the same spark in my own test drives.  I was hoping this weekend would be different and decided to really focus on the attacking abilities that the Red Bull man can bring to the table.  With that in mind, only a HUNTER would do as I played Nkunku as the False 9 ST in my 4-2-2-2 formation.  Nkunku finally rose to the occasion all weekend long in the following squad:   

Starting Formation:


 
In-game Formation:
 


 

Overall

Rating: 9.5/10
Pace Rating: 9.5/10
Dribbling Rating: 9.5/10
Shooting Rating: 9/10
Passing Rating: 9.5/10
Physical Rating: 8/10
Defending Rating: N/A

While my choice saw Nkunku in a very advanced position I actually think it worked perfectly given a lot of this card's assets. While I know playing Nkunku as the central CAM in my 4-2-3-1 would have also led to success, it was uncanny how well this card suited the False 9 role.  The link up play was quick, accurate and lethal… while at the same time offering overlapping runs that you would expect from your strikers creating a lot of problems for my opponents.  While I mentioned not enjoying previous versions of this card, this review completely changed how I view the possibilities of future Nkunku cards as he continues to have a fantastic season. 

Main Statistic - Pace/Dribbling

Pace Rating: 9.5/10
Dribbling Rating: 9.5/10
Height: 179cm | 5’10

I have always felt that previous Nkunku versions felt clunky and were a key contributor to why I disliked the cards.  He was never slow in terms of top speed, but certainly never felt quick either.  Now, with the 99 ACCELERATION, 96 SPRINT SPEED, 92 AGILITY, 90 BALANCE, 93 BALL CONTROL & 93 DRIBBLING I can say without hesitation that this card flies around the pitch.  I can see why people would be playing Nkunku as a CAM and maybe even as a CM but for me, the 89 STAMINA was enough of an issue as a False 9, never mind with more defensive responsibilities.  Even as it was there are a few clips (especially the last one before the end credits) where you will see the False 9 instructions mixed with the Med | Med work rates causing Nkunku to track back and win the ball… before using all of his quickness to rocket up the pitch and eventually finish off the well-earned chance.   

Main Attribute - 3 STAR WEAK FOOT

Passing Rating: 9.5/10
Shooting Rating: 9/10
Weak Foot: ★★★
Traits: Outside Foot, Finesse Shot

It is bad to say, considering I was running the review, but it wasn’t until 5 matches in that I realized Nkunku only had a 3 STAR WEAK FOOT.  I am not sure why I was so sure it was 4 but truthfully he gave me no reason to question it.  The 94 FINISHING, 95 SHOT POWER, 86 LONG SHOTS, 82 VOLLEYS and even 3 STAR WEAK FOOT all had one thing in common… they all outperformed the labelled statistics by quite some bit.  The 18 goals and 5 assists from a deeper role paint the picture of how lethal of an operator this card can be.  For me, one of the biggest differences to the past few reviews was how accurate the 92 SHORT PASSING & 89 LONG PASSING felt in game and drastically helped in connecting the play together in confined spaces.      

Value/Coins & Good vs. Bad

Value/Coins Rating: 5/5
Good vs Bad Rating: 5/5

Lots going on with this price tag but I would go ahead and say that it is good value just as it is at 446k.  However, you have to consider all of the free packs that will be coming the way of those that opened at the start of Headliners promo which is sure to bring the price of this card down.  Additionally, if you are looking down the line at a potential upgrade then I am afraid it will likely have to come in the shape of informs as Red Bull face Bayern within their 4 game window… even more unfortunately, is the placement right at the end, which is already into February.  Lots to consider in terms of coin loss, but not much in terms of value… it is definitely there.  

Two small concerns… 1. I already mentioned the abysmal stamina that I experienced in a more forward role and can only imagine this being compounded by the stress of midfield positions 2. For a slightly bigger card, I would have expected a more solid performance on the ball… which also raises questions about just how efficient a midfielder Nkunku could be. 

Closing Words

Entertaining review.  Entertaining cards to watch.  Leaving more questions about the direction I want to take my squad in the end.  Nkunku was a nice addition and a good reminder that you can’t expect every card to just feel the same as those in the past.  I truly believe that this Nkunku card has entered the conversion as a serious performer moving forward and when you can link with the likes of Signature Coman there are a lot of options to give Nkunku a chance in your own squads.  It is a must try for me.  Hoping you are safe and well.  Cheers for reading.   
 

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by IVIae, 03-01-2022

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5.0
Headliner Knunku review
By Vcaze11, 12-01-2022

He's the perfect box-to-box player. I play 4-4-2 with the LCM on stay back while attacking and the RCM on balanced (Nkunk). And he's the perfect player for that role. The main stats for this position is pace and dribbling and alright defending, passing and physical(sespcially stamina and he has 89 so that's good). His stats are pefect for the role and he plays just like that in game.

Pace: You want 85+ pace on you CMs at this stage and his 87 is great, so with a shadow it's almost at max. I had his Rulebreaker and it's also great but a little outtated now if you play a lot and have much coins.

Shooting: Not that important imo, even though he will come to a decent amount of shooting locations as he's on balanced. But his shooting is really good for a CM so that's just a positive.

Passing: 92 short passing and all other stats are also really good. Didn't feel anything wrong with his passing and that'a a great review.

Dribbling: You want like 88+ on your box-to-box CM and his 92 is really good. Felt really good on the ball.

Defending and physical: Good/good enough for you box-to-box. You wan't high 70s+ for your box-to-box CM and that's exactly what he has. Nothing to complain about here, he's doing exactly what he's supposed to to.


Usually headliners/upgradable cards are overpriced/very overpriced compared to their current stats bacuse they have chances to be upgraded but I really think this card is worth this price even if he weren't to be upgraded. He's that good

Dribbling and the fact that that he's so perfect for that box-to-box role. Havin NO con apart from 4* WF says a lot.

The ONLY con is the 4* WF but that's not a problem imo.

Formation: 442
Position: CM
Games: 25
GPG: 0.32
APG: 0.48
5.0
Overall
4.5
Value
4.0
GC
4.0
Stamina
Pace (9/10)
Shooting (5/10)
Passing (8/10)
Dribbling (9/10)
Defending (7/10)
Physicality (6/10)
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