FM 2012 player profile – Albin Ekdal

FM 2012 Central Midfielders

written by Darren Smith

Albin Ekdal

Age: 21

Position: MC/AMC

Club: Co-owned by Cagliari and Juventus

Nationality: Swedish

Value: £2.5 million

Price tag: £5.6 million (£2.8m to both Cagliari and Juventus in patch 12.2)

Albin Ekdal’s profile in 2011 (after starting new game, patch 12.2)

Albin Ekdal’s scouting report from Ryan on Man Utd

Albin Ekdal’s profile aged 26 in the year 2016

Albin Ekdal’s career history until 2016

This FM 2012 player profile of Albin Ekdal is that of a wildly underrated player according to his scout reports above. The Swedish playmaker develops into a wonderful midfielder with bags of ability. His passing, first touch, technique and general mental attributes develop to make Ekdal one of the best. He also has decent physical attributes and as you can see, Pedro has really gotten the best from him.

Best buy rating: 8/10

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  • comment avatar N.Loureiro February 22, 2012


    TO think that I let cagliari take him…although…I use use box-to-box midfielders and one defensive midfielder (Pirlo) as deep-lying playmaker. Ekdal is probaly better off at Cagliari.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 22, 2012

      Yeah he would develop better there as first team football is vital.

  • comment avatar case February 22, 2012

    i really should have posted my rants about the mc/amc’s here; not in muhammed demirci’s profile.

  • comment avatar RedDevil February 22, 2012

    Another nice profile! I would be greatful if you could upload more DC profiles? There are so many great MC/AMC/ST profiles, would love if you could put up 1, cheers. :)

  • comment avatar rui pereira February 23, 2012

    can some one tell me if kevin de bruyne turns out to be a good player , because he have god tatical and mental attributes but he lacks in physichal and in the real life he sign for chelsea.

  • comment avatar Arrin March 28, 2012

    He is fantastic had him for Lazio and now trying to get him to come to Everton with me very good player

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 28, 2012

      Yeah he is a good midfielder and develops nicely too.

  • comment avatar Tijmen Stronks March 30, 2012

    Looks like a great CM for any team. Similar to Badelj and Poli.

    But Darren, wouldn’t it be better to holiday one game and get the screenshots from that save. I mean, Pedro can train any average player to a top player. I’m sure that if he would train Ganso, Neymar, or Gotze etc. They would be a lot better than their screenshot are now.

    (Sorry for my English, but you understand I hope)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 30, 2012

      I actually disagree, no one can take ANY player and make them great…also I think people come here to see what players will be like if they are trained and treated well, so that is why I try to offer such profiles as Pedro has provided, what Pedro has done anyone can do. But most of the profiles here are from my saves where the CPU has managed the players as I can’t get human raised profiles for a lot of the players I report on, if I could I would…purely because profiles taken from the CPU’s management show the player short of his potential.

      • comment avatar Tijmen Stronks March 30, 2012

        I agree with that and I know it’s impossible to train everyone who’s in this list. But Valencia was trained a lot better than Hazard, but everyone know that Hazard has more potential. So actually it’s giving a wrong view on this players.

        • comment avatar Darren Smith March 30, 2012

          What you’re not considering is that all the players Pedro’s profiles are featured in start with a poor current ability, and the CPU almost never develops them to a decent level…if not for those profiles I wouldn’t even profile these players as their future profiles wouldn’t be good enough. The CPU always develops players with good CA well but hardly ever manages to develop the ones with large PA but limited CA.

  • comment avatar dame April 7, 2012

    where and how can i get this black/red skin ?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith April 7, 2012

      The screenshot above is from another gamers save so I don’t know where he got that from. Maybe try searching through google.

  • comment avatar vp April 11, 2012

    darren is juventus a good team to train ?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith April 11, 2012

      I’ve never tried a game with them so not sure. But I’d imagine so, I personally am not keen on the Serie A but if you’re they’d be good to play with.

  • comment avatar AzurA April 14, 2012

    Which training schedules were used to develop this player ?

  • comment avatar Commiebear October 9, 2012

    Got him for my squad as I was looking for someone to step into soon-to-be-aging Arteta shoes. I actually had bags of money to spend (35MM thereabouts?)on anyone, but specifically chose him as he seemed to fit my demands best. Playing him in as a DLP either in CM or DCM positions. Perfect fit. He doesnt score or assist much playing so deep, but from what i can tell he gets the job done and is a vital link between attack and defense.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith October 9, 2012

      I think a lot of games fall into the trap of assuming that a player isn’t doing well because he isn’t scoring, assisting or getting massive ratings. Obviously its vital to have players that don’t do all that or it means you will have no one behind the ball, the link between defensive, midfield and attack is vital and as you’ve said can connect the spine of your time…just unfortunate that these roles never gain much credit in terms of player ratings.

      • comment avatar Commiebear October 9, 2012

        That’s actually a great point. I wish CM positions, especially the ones that are withdrawn and more defense oriented, would get recognition or their own rating values. I would assume that for CMs and DCMs the stats that should weigh in more are passes, completed, interceptions, tackles, headers, in about that order practically scratching out the purely offensive ones such as goals and assists.

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