i was planning on posting Fabi in my alt. thread, but given the recent circumstances, i say FUCK IT!
anyways, to get the ball rolling, this set (the one in the first post) represents the Arsenal Fabi with some minor tweaks, or better said fixes from his EPL.
Mike, you just highlighted the main changes i had in mind, so here it goes:
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- Registered Position: AMF
Other Positions: CMF, SS
Defence: 64 *
Top Speed: 75
Response: 81 *
Dribble Accuracy: 83 *
Dribble Speed: 78
Short Pass Accuracy: 88
Short Pass Speed: 86
Long Pass Accuracy: 84
Long Pass Speed: 83
Shot Accuracy: 84 *
Shot Power: 79 *
Shot Technique: 77 *
Free Kick Accuracy: 77
Aggression: 83 *
Mentality: 78 *
Keeper Skills: 50
Teamwork: 84 *
Injury Tolerance: B
Weak Foot Accuracy: 6
Weak Foot Frequency: 6
★ Tactical Dribble
★ Playmaking *
★ 1-on-1 Scoring
* = it means that i'm dwelling on this and/or still testing as i'm quite aware that it has a BIG influence on his overall movements and will be the main points of my explanations
DEF - from what i know, on more offensive players (when talking and working with lower values, 60's and so) it's more of a tendency to defend or better said just drop back while the team is defending, rather than to defend properly and how deep they drop when receiving the ball. Even though he's mostly deployed as an attacking midfielder or sometimes even as a strange looking false forward, Fabregas regularly drops deep to receive the ball, and since we ruled out AGG out (for how far forward/deep a player plas...), DEF is the only stat which influences such things. But, of course it is a double edged sword as the stats primary influence is defending, but it's quite rare you'll see an AMF defending properly even with a higher value due to his position it'll just make him drop deeper in build up. As i'm starting to repeat myself here, i'll assume my point was made
RES - another thing which came to mind when watching the game of the Barca Fabregas is that he's now far more offensive, and as said, plays a more advanced role, his forward runs are more and more often, especially the late runs in the area (which are already influenced with *Reaction, but somewhat with RES as well) but a higher RES might help as well on the offensive phase and will increase the frequency of runs in the box as well, to a lesser degree.
DA - seriously, never ever have i though of him as a player with 85+ DA, he just fails to show that on his runs with the ball (while sprinting of course), he simply isn't cut out for such things and that's why we rarely see him doing it (and he's aware of that as well), the distance between the ball and his foot isn't quite impressive and he's lost a fair share of balls this season on his "adventurous" runs, his close control is impressive, but as said a zillion times, all players have a fixed value when not sprinting.
SA - tremendous finishing ability which he's been demonstrating since his early Arsenal days, i'm quite surprised we've been so conservative with him (on his accuracy), give him space and he'll score (similar to VdV when he was at his best, but a bit worse than him), he's able to find the corners regularly as well.
SP - he doesn't shoot from outwide, and since he's playing in teams which, well, don't shoot outside the box it's really unnecessary for him to have yellow SP as the tendency to shoot with a yellow SP is quite bigger than with a green SP from outside the box and given his relatively high SA he'll shoot far too often, which he simply doesn't. it's quite simple actually. he could even sit a bit lower...
ST - IMO often misunderstood for poor accuracy, while the thing is, he simply can't shoot under pressure or with a man next to him, he may hit them half decently from a bit awkward situation, but struggles to put any kind of power on then and bobbles them quite often when shooting in the box with a man on his back.
AGG - this is simply testing, more advanced position, more AGG, more runs at the defence, more AGG, not much to add, apart that coupled with higher DEF works quite well
MENT - far from the authority figure he was at Arenal, this season he lost his head and became completely anonymous for large chunks of the game and it's almost became a synonym for him. And not to forget that his head tends to drop down when the team aren't at his best, losing, winning, it doesn't matter, if the team doesn't play well, you won't really see him doing anything on his own, far from that guy who dragged the whole team on his back the last couple of seasons
TW - as already said, his movements this season have been far from pleasing, and somewhat limited given that he's got less freedom than he had at Arsenal, the primary playmaking is reserved for the regular three man squad of X, I and B. Not really that much to add here...
Playmaking - the thing i'm dwelling the most on, he certainly doesn't deserve it this season, and certainly not in the current system and team he's playing on. He's miles apart from a playmaker, and with that his movements are far more restricted and he's more inclined on, well everything, apart from attacking, which doesn't suit him atm.
EDIT: forgot to add the lower SP explanation, added now.