FM 2012 player profile – Axel Witsel

FM 2012 Central Midfielders

written by Darren Smith



Axel Witsel

Age: 22

Position: MC

Club: Benfica

Nationality: Belgian

Value: £6.25 million

Price tag: £18.75 million (in patch 12.2)

Axel Witsel’s profile in 2011 (after starting new game, patch 12.2)

Axel Witsel’s scouting report from Ryan on Man Utd

Axel Witsel’s profile aged 27 in the year 2016

Axel Witsel’s career history until 2016

 This FM 2012 player profile of Axel Witsel shows one of the most versatile players in FM 2012. Witsel starts the game with some nice attributes and develops very well. He excels with his knowledge of the game and mental attributes that lead to mega consistent and reliable performances. While the Belgian has good technique and good physical attributes he doesn’t shine in any one area and this can lead to him dimming around more flairful and audacious players. What I am saying is that while Witsel is brilliant and a great buy, he will never be man of the match over the likes of Hazard, Pastore and Neymar etc etc.this kids quality comes with small touches and reliable passes but not a lot more. Every team needs this sort of player but £18.75 million may be a little expensive.

Best buy rating: 8/10

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Pedro Silva
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A lot of talent in the Belgium national team. Too bad that it seeams that they can’t translat that to results in real life. Maybe it’s the coach.

Courtois, Kompany, Vermaelen, Vertoghen, Witsel, Fellaini, Defour, Hazard, Lukaku, Mertens showing up in PSV.

Individually, they’re probably on of the best european squads. Also in FM2012.

Witsel is been playing really well in Benfica this year, Hopefully, he’ll get a rise in FM2013, in tackling, marking, and especially strenght.

N. Loureiro
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Teams need players like Witsel, Box-to-Box midfielders that go on about their work unnoticed and occasionally produce a flare of pure geniality. Witsel, Kwadwo Asamoah, Alex Song Sergio Busquets, Ramires and Marouane Fellaini are the type of players that get their teams ticking but hardly reap the rewards because some of their team-mates include Pablo Aimar (Witsel), Di Natale (Asamoah), Robin Van Persie (Song) or Iniesta/Messi/Xavi/Fabregas in the case of Busquets. Oh and Pedro, nice to see a fellow portuguese around these parts :D Don’t mean to pry but you also forgot Nacer Chadli, Jelle Vossen and Toby Alderweireld –… Read more »
Matt Skeer
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Hey Pedro what training schedule do you use to get your players this good ?

Heresy
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I still remember Witsel’s horrific tackle on Wasilewski. I’ve had some strong prejudice against the wonderkid since then. He does look good though. Only concern would be his tackling and perhaps stamina. And of course his price as well. There are better players out there available for less.

Also, why does he have so few league appearences?

Pedro Silva
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That tackle was blown out of proportion. From what I’ve seen here in Portugal (and we the fans of Benfica, were afraid of that side of Witsel) he’s not really an agressive player. I actually think he sometimes should be more agressive in the tackling. Haven’t seen a bad tackle from him this year. He was quite young when it happened, probably left a mark on him. He’s very calm player in the field. He has an excellent ball control, extremely hard to get the ball away from him, uses his body wonderfully (sometimes he does this so many times… Read more »
Pedro Silva
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Normally, Witsel is a starter player, so I play him on the harder games (Champions league, difficult first league games, etc). So for the easy games i use the backups. I like to give the same amount of minutes to my back up players that I give to my best players. So if Witsel has 1500 minutes, his back up will have around 1400 minutes. The only difference will be that Witsel plays difficult games, and the back up will have the easy ones. I think it is a good way to develop the youngsters. As they get better, they… Read more »
Heresy
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Thanks a lot for the insight!

I know Witsel was just 18 or something when the incident happened and I’m glad he’s learned from his mistake. But still, both lower leg bones broken… and I’m Polish, so it’s only natural for me to take Wasyl’s side to this ;)

And kudos to your development skills :) It’s great to hear that 11-17 league games is enough (with cup and european games it would probably be something around 30-35 appearences, right?).

Cheers.

Marko
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Can you share Darwin Quintero,Carlos Villanueva and Oussman Daraggi atributes,i had these in my Al-ain save, and they are brilliant!

John S.
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This kid could have been better than he is now irl. He had a major set back because of that tackle on Wasyl. He only got back to his best form 6 months before Benfica bought him. And like Pedro said the tackle was blown way out of proportion. It was his first red card in his Pro career. And truth be told this tackle only got on the internet because of the fact Wasyl broke his leg. Tackles like this happen a lot, fortunately they don’t have the same outcome most of the time. Look at Wasyl himself, before… Read more »
Heresy
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I never thought he meant to break Wasyl’s leg and I haven’t been following his career prior to that incident so I didn’t really know him. It was a very poor decision and an even poorer execution, it has to be said. Not much luck involved either. I don’t regard him as a bad player and I’m happy to hear he’s doing well. Both players learned from that experience which is a mild consolation. I just can’t seem to forget it’d happened and whenever I see Witsel, the tackle is the first thing that comes to my mind, and not… Read more »
John S.
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:-) I’m Polish but i have been living in Belgium for the majority of my life. One thing about the Polish squad i don’t like is that Germany seems to pick up their best players time and time again. Podolski, Klose, Borowski,… and so on!! Damn Germans!! :p

John S.
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Oh and if they don’t go shopping in Poland they’ll go to Turkey instead!!

Heresy
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Well, if Poland were performing better on the international stage, I’m sure we’d secure those players for our own squad. But all 3 of them have been living in Germany either their entire life or since they were kids, they were raised and trained there and it’s only natural for them to accept Germany’s call if they’re eligible and have potential to succeed with the team. I’m more disappointed with the Frenchies. The likes of Koscielny have little chance of making into the first national team for any meaningful matches and they still choose that country to play for. It’s… Read more »
N.Loureiro
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All the turkish players and polish players (as well as Boateng, Khedira, Marin and Gomez) on the german national team are germans until said otherwise, and there are many reasons. 1)They were born in Germany. Some of them are second/third generation turks like Ozil, Ekici, Tasci or Emre Can. 2) I am lead to believe that Podolski, Klose and Trochowski are ethnically german – or maybe it’s just Miro, I dunno. 3) All of them grew up exposed to german society (rules, norms, values, etc) thus making them more german than their base nationality. Podolski himself says that Koln is… Read more »
Heresy
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1 minor correction: both Klose and Podolski were born in Poland to polish parents (apart from Klose’s father who had German roots I think) but the parents took the oportunity and emigrated from the then-communist Poland. Both Klose and Podolski speak more or less fluent polish as well. It’s really up to the parents to breed the love for the country of origin into a young lad’s mind. I don’t suppose Klose nor Podolski were exposed to that much. I don’t want to say it’s a bad thing. Just stating a fact. And I understand their willingness to play for… Read more »
N.Loureiro
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Like I said, huge germany fan here. While your assessment on Klose and Poldi seems spot-on, the Boateng Brothers is a different kind of mess. They were indeed raised separately seeing as how they do not have the same mother. Boateng Sr, first Married Kevin-Prince’s mother and walked out on them when the boy was a couple of years old to later start a relationship (marry) with mid-high class german woman, the mother of Jerome Boateng. The brothers were raised in worlds apart with Kevin-Prince being raised in a poor area of Berlin (think projects) while Jerome was brought up… Read more »
N.Loureiro
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actually projects is not the proper word, more like a block like from the movie Attack the Block

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