Long post... tried to answer most of the questions made by Vickingo and Jurgens. Also tried to reach values for numbers i didnt knew how to rate and tried to justify some others with more arguments or examples.
"thats literally a world class CM?"
Yes, answered that before, at the same time most others CMs are more active in their TW than Paredes, so its easier for the others CMs to play, but Paredes can still be more dangerous or relevant to a match than them as he try to be more direct in his plays, he isnt a high possession type of player.
"roma would never have let him go if he was that well balanced"
They sold Salah to Liverpool. Money talks. He was a sub. Other things outside of the field that we dont know that happened? He wasnt suited for Roma system or players? Other reasons?
"We all seen him in serie a for years, he wasn't that good"
He`s 24 now and since 2015/2016 season in Empoli he showed at least talent in some of the areas that have been upgraded, since that season he`s been showing improvement in every area of his game, while thats not the best source his ratings have been increasing since 2015/2016 (with more playing time): https://www.whoscored.com/Players/93700 ... ro-Paredes
I also made some notes about a little bit of the player he was since 2015/2016 with the limited footage that heres available.
2015/2016 Empoli -> already showed his talents for passing and dribbling, but didnt had the "power" abilities developed as today, since that season he showed some abilities of sliding.
2016/2017 Roma -> Huge improvement in power areas over last season, already showed that 85 SP, huge increase in LPS.
2017/2018 Zenit -> Another improvement in power areas mainly strength, solidified himself as threat in Set Pieces, developed (?) a nice acceleration, a world class CM with low TW, great tackling technique, huge curve, also increased his SPS, etc ...
If anything he was overlooked.
"Probably he isn't that "fast"?"
Whie is true he isnt fast, his short burst of speed that he is able to do in the first few meters are very good, worthy of yellows, there are a few examples out there but i didnt bothered too much of making a gif, but hes very able of doing that with some consistency, its his highlight in speed department, 80 acc at least, there is one example in the gif list at the end of the post, either its on-ball or off-ball hes able to hit this 80 acc.
His final speed is decent, he can hit that 78 or just stop at 74, but overall he is faster than a 74 player and that 76 TS was good imo.
His ability to make turns are in a range of 77 to 81, but i think 79 is a good spot for him to sit on, Paredes is way more agile than Toni Kroos or Bale, hes not that sluggish.
My original number for DS was 78, but at the same time i liked the 74 number here, so i changed my number to 76, when he wants he can hit that 78 DS, but for consistency 76 is a good number.
"75-67 yeah is too much to his att/def combo"
Not my fault that paredes is very good in real life regarding his defensive abilities and mainly his whole tackling technique, at the end of the post i posted some examples of him, he looked to me very imposing in 1v1 against other players too, i dont doubt if i started doing some comparison against other players i would increase that number even further, after all that was a little bit conservative at my part. About his atk, i stand my previous comments he has so much resources to be dangerous and his general ideas are good, sometimes he does some noob moves but overall he has good ideas and its a number that could even be higher, its not a player that opponents would like to get the ball so much, at the same i would like to say that he looks way more confident than he was before, i guess hes feeling more confortable at doing risky things and playing his game at Zenit than before, his overall vision of the field is quite noticeable and when he feels the opportunity he does not exitate to try it, when he is on he is able to hit many key passes in a match and the more i think about it the more i see his attack higher, give space and he will punish you with a cross/pass. Not a dumb player in any side of the field.
"But well probably that defence plus the stars is too much, yeah."
Again, he looked very imposing in 1v1 to me, and i risk to say his tackling is better than the others CMs in Zenit.
"About the rest of the set I see nothing wrong atm."
To solidify some of my numbers or ideas and even talk a little bit about some others i havent:
Curve: Some examples below of his curve, consistencywise hes at least to do those at least once if he gets the opportunity, there are even more evidence to the curve number i chose and it could be even higher, no reason to keep it that low.
FKA: I counted manually at least 4 FK shots that hit the post, plus some others well placed shots that either got near the goal or the keeper defended, he could have scored at least 5 goals this season easily, hes a threat at FKs from a considerable range, this is one atribute that i think i was way too much conservative, i think he can sit here at 85.
LPA: forgot to add that he has the tendency of doing early crosses when he has the opportunity to do it, and i received 2 good comments about his LPA/LPS, 1- his crosses remembered me the ones that KDB does ; 2- His LPA looked similar to a Bonucci with mid 80s LPS ; another thing is that his maximum LPS is close to 90s.
Sta: another atributte i didnt touched and i dont think its needed, hes much active when it comes to defensive moments than offensive ones, his total energy is decent and it doesnt look like he gets tired at 90 mins, he follows the flow of play either way, nothing much to add or any change in the number.
DA/TECH: good thing i skipped making any suggestions at those, but yeah hes very classy with the ball and deserves those high values, tech can be a little bit "shaky" sometimes and can be decreased to 85 but he still a high tech player, DA is his standout ability here, search for his goal against Real Sociedad to see what hes capable off.
Ment: An atribute that i havent talked too much before, but while he is very relaxed he looks to me very confident, for the last minutes of matches while the team is chasing for a goal and with his skill set hes kinda of abused or the perfect player for those moments as he can do early crosses/corners/free kicks/passes that can turn the table over, tbh i dont even know what would be a good number here but he isnt shitty or someone who actives beast mode in difficult matches or moments but he looked mature enough.
Aggression: at 70 his aggression is the same as Casemiro/Fernandinho and hes more willing to join the attack than both, while he doesnt join the box as i said before, he moves quite a good amount of times at least 3/4 of the field and at the edge of the box, it all comes to who and how he is deployed, he`s still not a green but i guess good value is needed here, 72 was a good pick comparing other players, 1 point higher than nzonzi for example, way below most agressive Cms..
TW: I stand out with my comments before about his TW being in a relaxed way and that he sometimes drops backs to receive the ball, he can display some interesting movement when hes deployed with different players, showed some nice interactions with his teammates specially on the defensive end, lets say his TW defending is very high, offensively he can be very intelligent when moving without the ball, but overall his frequency isnt that high, i`m with a 74 here, still on whites.
Con: I dont know about that before Zenit, but at Zenit hes being very consistent in his game, doing about the same thing that he does every match, id say his biggest change between good and bad matches are in his TW, as he doesnt put that much effort to make himself available for pass and isnt getting the ball as he should.
1-touch star: any special reason to not add it? hes more than capable of sending incisive long passes by 1-touch.
I tested him a little bit in the game and i liked most of the results, but i have mixed feelings about AGG/TW because i dont have Zenit and his style in-game changes when deployed with different players (realistic?), but i tried to use some logic in it and i won`t argue if someone with more experience gives a diferent value to replicate his style.
Video analysis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5LZv3Qei9U
LPA + LPS:https://j.gifs.com/nrqM7W.gifhttps://j.gifs.com/VPx8ZW.gif
FK + Curve:https://j.gifs.com/l5oKEg.gifhttps://j.gifs.com/jq4REW.gifhttps://j.gifs.com/L8y9Lg.gif