(DIV 1 RIVALS) My goodness I don't even know where to start. This card was only going to be on it's way when he got 2 informs and kept balling out, so I was only waiting. A bit overpriced yes, but he is an absolute game changer on the field. Worth it if you can lay the money down in my opinion. His shooting is priceless with a hunter, as well as his ability to get in behind with the added pace. The finesse shot trait makes it even more convenient to go for the curlers and hi top bins (89 curve!). When he picks the ball up in the middle of the park, his dribbling is just spot on. No matter what direction you go, how fast you turn, or what skill move you do, he is very composed on the ball whilst maintaining his speed. He'll last all game given the 87 stamina which is more than enough for a CAM at this time of the year. His passes are very reliable and he just feels very responsive everywhere everyhow on the field. There are better options for coin value and worth, but Nkunku is all the difference if you've got the money.
Finesse Shot trait - will curl it top bins!
Dribbling - composed whilst maintaining agility and coordination on the ball.
Pace - feels way quicker than 86, animations and body type have something to do with it but very rapid.
Reliable Passes - feels nice and composed on his passing, really quick, sharp, and smooth with every touch and pass.
3 * Weak Foot - sometimes it can be inefficient but his outside foot shot trait more than compensates for it.
i saw this card and i knew i had to get him after submitting his gold his fif and his rb and sif into him i used him in champs he was bloody amazing so good at dribbling but also kante like at defending in champs and div 1
I tried it from CDM with kante so that Nkunku was a bruno fernandes style and he defends quite well
I have also tried it from CAM and it is good but I recommend putting a hunter for this position so that it shoots better
Good pass, He shoots well because of his trait
His dribbling is very good due to his agility, he literally moves how he wants
Weak foot, This man doesn't even use his left to get on the bus
Christopher Nkunku was one player I used at the start of Fifa and never got the opportunity to use him again since then. I had to skip his rule breakers card since my team was on a different direction and man I did regret not doing him. However, I recently finished his POTM owing to some great reviews from my friends and I managed to finish his sbc for around 100k and I have to tell you, the amount of value this card has is insane. This is my review of POTM Nkunku based off around Division 1 Rivals and Champions Play off's this week which accounted to around 15 games in total.
Positional Versatility -
I tried Nkunku in 3 different positions, as a Left back with Rulebreaker Davies playing as a CM in a 4-1-2-1-2, as one of the CDM's in a 4-2-3-1 with POTM Fofana and also as the Right CAM in a 4-2-2-2. The first thing you notice about the card is how effective he was in various positions on the field. I used a Hunter playing him as a CAM and Anchor when i switched him to Midfield or Right back in some games. The pace and the dribbling make the card so smooth in game and his passing is very good. He was able to pick out strikers with driven passes or first time through passes with ease. At CAM was where I got to experience his shooting the most and wow, that curve on his card makes a world of difference. As the right Cam, I was able to cut in with ease and find the top right corner on most occasions with the finesse shot and his positioning means at CAM, he will always be there as a passing option inside the box.
As a Central midfielder and a Right back, his defensive stats really kick in. His pace coupled with his dribbling and composure makes the card very good at CM and his physicality is noticeable in game as he can easily bully wingers, win tackles and make key interceptions in midfield. I would definitely recommend pairing Nkunku with someone physical and with H/H work rates to make up for his M/M work rates in midfield. As a Left back, he was a solid option and his work rates M/M really shine in that position. The AI will never push him too forward giving you an extra man there if you get caught in the counter attack on the left flank and he has a more than decent cross even on his weaker foot due. His pace combined with his good defensive and physical stats make him a more than decent fullback on both flanks giving you options to use cards like Rule Breaker Davies or Rule Breaker Trent Alexander Arnold in midfield.
His best position for me personally was at CM. I played him as a Box to Box CM with another midfielder who either has H/H or M/H work rates but he is a solid option at CAM as well. His height, dribbling, pace and physicality is perfect for the Meta as a central midfielder especially when he is paired with someone taller and more physical.
M/M Work rate -
Coming to the noticeable negatives on the card are his 3* weak foot which isn't too bad if you play him at CM or as a fullback but if you plan to use this card exclusively as a CAM, You may want to avoid his left foot in clutch situations. Some may not prefer his M/M work rates and I will admit that at times it may feel like the player does not do much in game but with instructions, you can fix his M/M work rates. I tried the card with different instructions and finally at CM where i played the majority of games with the card, I preferred to leave him on Balanced. Overall, i can assure you his work rates are not a deal breaker in game.
Final Thoughts -
Is the card worth it? Yes if you can afford him. Regardless of division or level, he fits in very well with the meta and his card personally was a game changer in Division 1 and Playoff's for me His nation is a big plus in squad building and there are some good meta cards in the Bundesliga to link him as well. Overall, POTM Nkunku is a solid option at this stage of the game and will stay in your team for many games if you finish him. If you own his Rule Breakers card, I would suggest you sit this sbc out because the difference in stats in game will not be very noticeable. Recommended chem style - Hunter at CAM and Anchor at CM/CDM.
- Positional Versatility.
- Very quick in game.
- Strong Passing.
- Defensive and Physical stats make him a very well rounded card.
- Nation is a big plus in squad building.
- Work Rates depending on your style of play.
I was very happy to see this SBC and did it immediately, unfortunately it was the biggest mistake i did in this season of Fifa. He feels like a gold Fabinho, his passing skills are so bad i can't believe it. He feels slow, weak and unusable at all. His M/M WRs causes he can completely disappear from the pitch. I can't find him while attacking and also can't use when defending. Save your coins and your fodders because he is simply doesn't worth it. I use Rulebreaker Parejo for the same position and he feels so much better at everything and he was 200k cheaper. Buy any gold midfielder in the game, they won't be any worse. I can only hope there will be a patch what will change anything about him, for this price it was a robbery. Thanks EA, you did a great job again.