Have been watching since beginning of the season, and can't say i'm overly impressed with Matuidi. He's for sure team orientated, always looking to get on the ball early on and distribute horizontal balls, but playmaking* is too much. He doesn't orchestrate or dictate plays. He's no different from makelele in this aspect only he's a tad more adventurous with his passing and forward runs. Would lower defence by 1pt. I don't think he's reached that level yet. Glad to see he has no covering*, he doesn't shield the CBs like he should, often running out of position to close down an attacking player, often leaving gaps behind. Passing stats are quite generous. Actually I think a stat-for-stat comparison with M'Vila is in order
M'Vila is more accomploshied in the holding role. So long as he has covering*, having a lower defence stat is ok but not by 2pts I don't think. M'Vila IMO shows better awareness and reading, IMO he should have a higer response of the two. M'Vila is technically superior IMO, with a more refined touch and control. His current calues are fine, I would only lower Matuidi to sit lower.
As for passing, IMO M'Vila is better both in long and short, in terms of speed/range and accuracy. M'Vila's current SPA and SPS are fine, so maybe lower Matuidi keeping SPS higher. Not sure about long passing values but I rate M'Vila as LPA @ 82
and LPS @ 84
. Curling is too much, higher than Payet? From his passes/crosses, it shouldn't even be in yellows. With his current LPA/LPS/curling he should be on corner or freekick, not payet.
So, in sum:
Defence @ 73
BB @ 82
Acc @ 82
- good burst, he's not easy to run around or past.
Response @ 81
Agility @ 78
- for such a short and light, not very deft or graceful in his movements.
SPA @ 79
SPS @ 81
Curling @ 79
Tech @ 80