I've got a lot to say about this set, and why this move happend and what it means.
This set has alot of things nailed, but it has a lot of strange aspects to it, as well as flat out inaccurate values, overall it paints James as a completely differnt beast than he is.
Why did James fall out of favor with Zidane? There is a multitude of reasons, but the main reason that I see is that James is not the sort of player that Zidane wants for his frontline up. And it has a lot to do with his apparent flaws. If you look at all the attacking creative players favoured by Zidane, they all follow a very specific pattern, fast with the ball, good at breaking on the counter, good at retention, tricky, good at taking on players and drawing attention to them. Then you have James, who on paper is all of these things, but in reality, hes fails at most of them and ultimately is a player that slows down the play. James is not a winger, hes not a dribbler, hes not a speedster. He is an *AM essentially whos technically supreme and his game revolves around creation and 90% of that comes from passing and a lot of the reason why 90% of it comes from passing, is due to his awkwardness and lack of fluidity that forces him into releasing early. I'll go into this in more detail later.
For bayern followers who aren't really familar with James, you'd look at this set and think. Excellent DA, 86 DS, 83 BB, 86 agi... this is the perfect heir to Ribery. Nope, nope, nope. They are nothing alike at all. Now this is not to say James will not succeed at bayern, he is an excellent player, he just isn't in the mold of your typical winger that Bayern so heavily relies upon, he isn't a winger at all, this set is extremely misleading and I plan to address all of these issues.
Back to what I said earlier about how James is all of these things on paper, but in reality isn't. You see, hes a misleading player. He could have the ball on the spot, and do a 180 twist thats super slick and fast, you'd think mids 80's agi.
But the reality is that while he has the occasional movement like this, overall he is awkward and extremely 1 footed. When he needs to use agility, acc, or ds, he can't really do it. Anytime hes in a position where people are coming at him, he doesn't have the mobility to do much else other than release the ball, or dribble off to the side. He has decent physicality, hes even decently fast, but he can't put it to use in pressured situations, his body appears to be very cumbersome. Just out right awkward. Hes not gonna be taking players on at speed, hes not gonna be trying to jink in and out of players, hes not gonna try burst anyone, he won't really try dribble you either.
All that being said, his DA is actually excellent, really tight and slick control, but he doesn't have the physicality to help him use it. Like I said, awkward, slow, extremely 1 footed, he also isn't particularly strong. Actually while I'm on that, if he was 83 BB combined with the rest of his relatively poor movements, that BB could be his saving grace and he could fall back on it to hold up play regularly. And while he does this from time to time, he tends to avoid it and just release it as players close him down. When he does get into confrontations, he goes down a lot. Don't see a player anywhere near that solid.
So he has great DA, but he just doesn't have much other tools to help him use it. He is capable of very nice control, like I said, hes a technically supreme player, it's just his awkwardness that lets him down. I'd say hes quite capable of showing 94 da, but it tends to be lower for the reasons stated. I'd drop him to low 90's best.
I've talked a lot about his downsides, but he has many, many up sides. Hes an extremely technically complete player, excellent passing, great vision, great shooting, insane volleys, good first touch thats really only let down by his lack of mobility. He has good forward runs and takes up dangerous positions in the box, hes very smart and recognizes his limitations, so you'll see some great DA if hes forced into a corner, or if he has space, but other than that you won't really see much out of him dribble wise. All in all, hes a modern day AM, moving out to the left wing and getting into the box... AM/SS hybrid with left wing tendencies, a creator with killer instinct and some good shooting ability.
Regarding the lack of mobility I talked about and how hes a misleading player; Yes, he can show good DS on counters, even something like mid 80's, when he has space and no one pressing him down. And yes, he can show good agility, even speed. The problems arise when he has to use it, he can't. Any pressure on him and these aspects to his game dissapear. It's very limiting to him, and this has a lot to do why he fell out of favor when Zidane took over, he slows down the game and is very poor at breaking on the counter compared to the rest of Madrids offensive roster.
It's very easy to create a James in game, that is capable in all the areas that I mentioned he regularly falters in. And I think this is really key to replicating him in game. At first I kept him an 81 DS, and 80 ACC. But the more I watched, the more I'd see his inability, and overall outright failure to capitalize on key situations where a player who had that mobility, would make use of it without out hesitation or any problem, to change the game. And for these reasons, I feel it's quite necessary to give him very harsh values, to limit him as he is limited in reality, otherwise you'll end up with the perfect player with no weakness, a player who Zidane would have started every game without fail.
Actually, if you look at Isco and James as it stands, whats the difference? Isco is basically superior in everything technical, while James beats him in everything physically. But only the technicality being better in Iscos favor is right, as James doesn't really beat Isco in any other aspect physically regarding being on the ball. Isco carries the ball with speed so well, hes so evasive and tricky, super slick in his body movements no matter what pressure is on him, even holds off players better than james and goes to the ground less than James, something really needs to be done about that stat wise. Those are some of the key aspects that saw a resurgence for Isco under Zidane, while James saw the exact opposite. I mean just look at Isco's role during the UCL final, it's the antithesis of James, James could not play that role, it's just not how he is.
I just want to stress here, while I put James down a lot in this post, it's just to show that he has very clear flaws, but he is an excellent, excellent player and a very exciting signing for Bayern. But he needs to be used right. And this makes me wonder what the intent is with him? Muller plays best in the hole, James plays best in the hole, or even better further back. James signing seems kind of like a slap in the face to Muller. Or is he going to be playing out wide, and just a tactical change, opting for a technically complete and creative wing option, rather than a fast wing wizard like bayern usually play? Maybe ancelotti will even try to convert him like he did with pirlo
Who knows, will be interesting to see how this move develops. Hes an extremly dangerous player and should be a real asset to Bayern.