I vaguely recall him from that U-20 World Cup in Canada, he seemed very much a young Pirlo, very precise passing and offensive paymaking abilities, but in the same way not outstanding as a ball winning DMF (can't recall exactly but was he not paired with a pure destroyer type ?). Pirlo as a veteran in the role is rated what DEF ~70?
Well yeah could use a decrease but I find him very good at dispossesing, obviously it wasn't his function and also it wasn't his best attribute but I think it was quite overlooked just because all his great technical abilities and the way he used to dictate the early play of the team...used to love his style back then...even when his mentality has been always shit and his fighting spirit quite bad the guy knew how to steal the ball. Probably his attack could be worse as well...smth like 68-71? Just to make him more balanced...here I found three quick tackles from him:
I don't know guys, I see him very good at dispossesing taking into account he's not a "defensive" type player...his slide tackle was probably his best characteristic back then, and watching those vids, even more.