I was thinking more a 73/74 for defence, something along the lines of kevin thompson, with a 75 in aggression. That way he'll play the holding role more life-like while also trying forward runs when off the ball.
For the most part they look spot on so far. Passing, agility and maybe response are the ones I'm gonna keep an eye on over the next few games, check out how fluidly he changes direction in the video below.
Granted youtube isn't the most accurate source, but it's worth a look.
Yes, one standout thing of him is his ability to turn his/the balls way out of close combat situations. For passing I'm unsure as he is unconsistent here. One day he rapes Zaliukas and Bouzid with one pass and another day keeps overhitting them. I agree with defending as he tends to stay really deep and overall - breaks up defenses as often as Charlie Sheen pukes.
He is the Charlie Adam of our team and should have been sold to get a decent centre back for Mulgrew. A total Hollywood player, even looks like one and made for the moment. I do not rate him anywhere near Davis, Ledley, Brown or Ki. Goes to ground too often, gets caught on the wrong side of his man as he is dragged towards the ball, misses too many tackles and is a far worse tackler than Brown. And he can't pass or shoot the ball constantly well, he has to be the Beckenbauer and do this
Usually 9 of 10 times he fucked it up. Annoying, frustrating player who seemingly only turns on against the bigger teams - even if he forgot that last sunday and was a major factor in our second half onslaught.
Defence: 65-66 - His positioning is not really good, Brown and especially Ledley are miles ahead of him here. He usually attacks the first man on the ball, usually dives in and this is bad, bad positioning sense for a supposed defensive midfielder. There was always the comparison of Scott Brown and a headless chicken within the Celtic support but I never figured that out. If N'Guemo was a donkey, Kayal is King Kong.
Balance: 85 - on the same muscle level as Scott Brown. Our squad lacks fitness and pace but we seem to get stimulated by massive upper-body strengths as Brown, Maloney, Commons, Hooper and Kayal all developed this while giving pace away. Stamina: 84 - Hard to rate as he is usually subbed. Either because injured or either because in danger of a second yellow card. But till the 60ths minute, his engine keeps running so I would keep this value. We usually tire badly in general, as seen against Rangers, Atletico Madrid, Sion and others. Fitness does not work well with boozing. Unless you are Scott Brown Response: 83 - Good, quick anticipation and reactes quickly to new situations. Realises more than others when to intercept a ball and were. Short Pass Accuracy: 76 - He is capable of being the Hollywood passer. Not more, I think this would be best shown by raising his passing values while massiv decreasing his team work value. Short Pass Speed: 79 - quick passes. Shot Power: 85 - Maybe result of our over-muscling in general, he has a cannon shot. Goes missing in 7/10 cases but sometimes scores a wonder goal. Like Charlie Adams. Header: 75 - strong in the air for such a small guy. But not a match for McCulloch, Lafferty or anybody of the Rangers offence. Teamwork: 75 - As statet earlier, he is woeful at consistent passing but has the ability to pick out a good pass. Nothing more.