Top Speed: 79
Dribble Accuracy: 82
Dribble Speed: 79
Short Pass Accuracy: 83
Short Pass Speed: 80
Long Pass Accuracy: 85
Long Pass Speed: 81
Shot Accuracy: 67
Shot Power: 81
Shot Technique: 69
Free Kick Accuracy: 67
Keeper Skills: 50
PLAYER INDEX CARDS:
P02 - Anchor Man
P06 - Pinpoint PassDEF/RES
His positioning and tackling has improved but he's still not the most solid defensively, still makes some stupid mistakes while his positioning is still a bit suspect so it's only a small raise. His performances in pre-season and versus Stoke were promising though so he could possibly go up more after next season.
His current RES value is too harsh though. Mikel has always been good reader of the game and intercepting has always been his strongest point defensively. He's worthy of a 83 imo for sure.BAL/STA
Despite being a DM, Mikel isn't the type to go on many physical challenges so his strength isn't on constant display but he's so strong and he's got terrific balance. I've seen so many players trying to knock him down but hardly anyone succeeds and therefore need to commit a foul. But since he's not the type to outmuscle players and more the 'unmovable' type, I went with a small raise and like how he it feels in game.TS/DS
Brought up his TS a bit as he's got decent pace over distance, slightly better than a 78 suggests. Sometimes I feel his ACC can go up a bit too but I'll leave that as it is for now. And brought up his DS because his current value made him a bit too slow when making those runs on the ball he sometimes does. AGI/DA/TECH
Obi's pretty agile for a guy of his size, turns pretty quick and smooth. Far better than a 77 and after testing him I liked him best with a 80.
His DA is also far better than his current value. He lacks the pace and agility to be much of a dribbler but he has displayed some pretty impressive close control from time to time, even in some reasonably tight spaces, and I find him more impressive than the likes of Lampard and Ramires.
Mikel has a very good and pretty classy first touch. There's more than just one point gap between him and the likes of Ramires and Yaya Toure and simply a easy 83 imo.SPS/LPA/LPS/TW
Brought down his SPS because he doesn't a lot of pace in his passes and mostly passes to players only a few metres away from him.
His LPA is just too low. Mikel's a very good long passer and has proved so constantly, plays the right into the player's path. Finds the wings from deep positions with ease and is close to Lampard in terms of accuracy. His long passes are floaty though so that's why his LPS is pretty low.
And his link-up play, distribution and ability to read the moves of his team mates is better than an 81 suggests. Mikel's very good at this and has an important role in Chelsea's build-up play from the back.Cards
-Mikel's definitely not the Gattuso-type so I removed Enforcer. His style is far too relaxed and 'lazy'
-Removed Passer as he simply doesn't deserve it.
-Removed Covering as Mikel's the type to just sit deep in front the defence at all times and doesn't really cover the empty spaces left by his team mates, which is perfectly reflected with the Anchor Man card.