Part of the indomitable Spain side that won 3 consecutive international tournaments, touted to be one of the most intelligent midfielders of his generation, this Liverpool and Real Madrid legend was a force of nature.
The SBC is fairly expensive, coming in at a price of 398.3K coins and needs 8 segments to unlock the card.
The card itself is incredible, with key stats and characteristics such as:
- 94 Acceleration and 92 Sprint Speed with his Controlled AcceleRATE type will make him very fast over moderate distances
- Amazing shooting with 90 in all in game stats and an impressive 99 in Shot Power and Long Shots
- Near perfect ball distribution with 98+ in all in game stats bar his paltry 97 Freekick Accuracy and the Swerve Passes and Flair Pass Traits
- He is incredibly smooth on the ball with 99 Ball Control and Composure, 97 Balance, 96 Reactions, 92 Dribbling and 89 Agility
- 97 Defensive Awareness and Standing Tackle, 96 Interceptions and 92 Sliding Tackle makes him solid in defence
- 97 Stamina means he won’t need to be substituted for 90+ minutes
- 93 Strength and 94 Aggression will allow him to be extremely physical both in offensive and defensive duels
- 5-Star Skill Moves and Weak Foot allow him to make the best of his high stats and have every trick up his sleeve on the pitch
- Medium/High workrates are perfect for a defensive midfielder
His ideal position in game would be as a secondary CDM in a 4-2-2-2 or a 4-2-3-1. Playing in a pivot with a more physical oriented CDM will allow him to fully lock up shop with his defending and be the creative outlet, carrying the ball and creating chances as well as finishing them.
He has a similar player profile to that of Premium FUTTIES Marcos Llorente and Level Up Renato Sanches. He’s not quite the player that these two are, they offer a bit more physicality and dynamism to the game but they don’t have his ability on the ball, all three of them being the epitome of what you need from a creative midfielder in a pivot.
The card does have a couple drawbacks such as:
- Being 6’0 with 86 Jumping and 82 Heading Accuracy makes him poor in the air
- His Average body type will make him slightly clunky while turning
What Chemistry Style to use for Cover Stars Icon Xabi Alonso?
The suggested Chemistry Style for Cover Stars Icon Xabi Alonso is: ANCHOR. The balanced boost in Pace, Defending and Physicals rounds up all the card's strengths and allows him to flourish in that secondary CDM role.
Cover Stars Icon Xabi Alonso: Complete or Yeet?
398.3K coins for any card in August is a little hard to recommend given how many incredibly cheap options we have available. But, even as we head into EA Sports FC 24, this card stands clear at the top of the pile of secondary CDMs, being second to none which is why despite the price this SBC is worth it. My verdict: Complete!
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