Yep, he is indeed a deep sitting DMF, like a P04 – Anchor Man
, a bit like Busquets. I dont see him as a SW at all, he just goes to the defensive line to cover some space or more often to receive passes from the CBs, but he is not static, participates considerably in attack. So yeah, he is now much more defensive minded. Also I dont think he will play as SM never again, he is so slow for it.
About long pass, for me he is LPS>LPA, he delivers some balls from deep positions, did'nt make it bad at my eyes so far, although he does'nt try it so often because the team playstyle is to make grounded passes, if convenient.
It's also incredible the ease he scores in his NT, like here
(showing some ST) and this
crazy middleshot, and he only shot 1 time so far and both matches.
His advantage in heading it's notable too, he isnt really tall, often he make agressive runs to the area in corners and somehow gets to head the ball, that is style that I dont really know how to replicate with stats, maybe there is a card for it.