FM 2012 player profile – Kevin Strootman

FM 2012 Central Midfielders

written by Darren Smith

Kevin Strootman

Age: 21

Position: MC

Club: PSV

Nationality: Holland

Value: £2.9 million

Price tag: £5.5 million (in patch 12.2)

Kevin Strootman’s profile in 2011 (after starting new game, patch 12.2)

Kevin Strootman’s scouting report from Ryan on Man Utd

Kevin Strootman’s profile aged 26 in the year 2016

Kevin Strootman’s career history until 2016

This FM 2012 player profile of Kevin Strootman shows a real general and tempo controlling central midfielder. Strootman could walk into most top flight clubs and have an instant impact, he is a player that really knows the game and enjoys fantastic mental attributes. The screenshots above show the Dutchman’s development but only at 80% as he can grow beyond this level. To get a player that can average a rating of 7.39 with Serie A’s Inter Milan over four seasons notching up 36 assists is very attractive, but to get him for £5.5 million makes the deal a no brainer IMO.

Best buy rating: 9/10

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  • comment avatar Nelson Costa Inácio May 8, 2012

    It’s a shame that he has only 9 on flair, otherwise he will be a great advanced play maker, maybe that’s the reason why his rating is 2,5 stars.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 8, 2012

      Maybe, but the scouts are rarely accurate first time with their reports…especially with real life players…thats mainly as they’re misleading due to the scouts comparing the player in question with the best players already at the club.

      • comment avatar Nelson Costa Inácio May 9, 2012

        That’s true, I have some players that a initially a rating of 4 stars and then drop 3,5 or 3 stars, because the club has now a better player.
        The scout reports give a general value of the player and 2,5 stars is a medium player, that with a specific sort of values can be very good for some roles.
        If this have a better flair level, he will a great advanced play maker.

  • comment avatar Benjy May 8, 2012

    Wow this is creepy. Me and my dad were only talking about him for Man United in real life on Saturday. It’s great to see how well he can develop (with potenetial for more).

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 8, 2012

      He is a wonderful prospect for sure, very commanding in the middle.

  • comment avatar Mike May 8, 2012

    Hey Darren, are you sure you can buy him for 5.5million right from the off. PSV weren’t interested in selling him to me on the past patch straight away and on your scout screenshot of the 12.2 patch, it says he has ‘no intention of joining our club at this time’?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 9, 2012

      On my save that has large database but not he Dutch leagues loaded he is available for £5.5 million every time at the start on patch 12.2. I don’t pay attention to whether the player wants to move away or not as that is down to the reader

  • comment avatar Rodrigo Rodrigues Dos Santos Junior May 9, 2012

    Indeed, i had a game made in network with 2 of my friends ,we was played in holland and i took psv. strootman also like labyad, wijnaldum and toivonen are impressive playters for that level.labyad and wijnaldum are nice amc and ,toivonen an amost complet striker ,and strootman a good midfielder.
    Darren i think you should make reports for labyad and for winjaldum i am curious how was developed in your saves.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 9, 2012

      Labyad has not developed enough and we have already profiled Wijnaldum which you can find within the wonderkids list.

  • comment avatar tom May 11, 2012

    I found Labyad a very good player…however he is seriously hampered by injuries…in two seperate saves i have signed him and his injury prone-ness is quite high based on my experience…

  • comment avatar wafa May 11, 2012

    Labyad is better midfielder than Strootman

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 11, 2012

      You can’t compare the two as they are completely different types of players, its almost like comparing a winger with a striker as their jobs on the pitch would be completely different.

  • comment avatar El Shantonio June 27, 2012

    I had an amazing experience with Labyad, got his value up to over 10 mil while he was still 22! And that after I had at least three bad experiences with the same player. Creativity 18, passing 17, very quick, great pace…and in three seasons he only missed 5 games or so, believe it or not. Guess he is one of the most random talents on fm12. Like Joel Valencia in my experience so far, never seen him become even a decent player in any of my saves, let alone world class like the screenshot you have on his profile. Alas, as I said, Labyad can become an amazing advanced playmaker.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith June 27, 2012

      I’m sure he can and I don’t doubt that, but without the screenshots we won’t profile a player, thats what separates us from the rest…anyone can offer names on a long irrelevant list but we want to do more…must admit it holds us back a little from time to time :)

  • comment avatar El Shantonio June 27, 2012

    OK, I got the screenshots, can you just tell me how to put them up? Not the most intelligent question probably, I know :)

  • comment avatar El Shantonio June 27, 2012

    Figured it out. Downloaded PicPick and as soon as I get the screenshots on image shack, I’ll send you a very good profile of Labyad and amazing profiles of Fierro and Romario. And you keep up the good work :), the site is excellent!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith June 27, 2012

      OK, Karl will take a look at them when he has time. Thanks.

  • comment avatar Saksham June 29, 2012

    Which position he is best at? DLP or BWM?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith June 29, 2012

      As I seem to say a lot, a players role comes more down to your tactic than the player…you cannot adjust a players role for the actual player and expect to do well as that means your tactic has no structure nor set goals. I’d say he can play either so choose based on your tactic, but if any maybe the DLP role best.

  • comment avatar Saksham June 29, 2012

    Actually I have Joe Allen, Cleverley and Pogba playing at DLP. I needed a strong player at BWM. I play Norwood/Carrick there. So can you suggest anyone mate?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith June 29, 2012

      Kara or Nkoulou would work well.

  • comment avatar Saksham June 30, 2012

    Which attributes mainly I should look at while searching for a BWM?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith June 30, 2012

      Just go into the tactics screen, then the player instructions and click on the player that will be BWM, the attributes that are highlighted are the important ones.

  • comment avatar Cole July 12, 2012

    I need a strong deep-lying and/or advanced playmaker CM for my arsenal team. (Mikel Arteta getting too old) I’ve looked at strootman, badelj, poli, and kroos. Who would be your recommendation from these?

  • comment avatar Clodoaldo September 13, 2012

    Can’t seem to decide between Strootman, Jenssen, Ekdal, and Poli… The player I go with needs to be a versatile DLP (as they all seem to be), contributing to both defense and attack. Sometimes the player will be partnered by a BWM (support) with excellent mental stats and not much speed (5-2-1-2 Napoli style formation), but most times the central midfield partner will be Bertollacci, another pretty versatile mid (4-4-2 diamond formation). I see Bertollacci as the more offensive of the two mids (due to dribbling & finishing), so the DLP needs to feed him and my 3 most offensive players with the ball, and pick up some of the defensive work. I am leaning most towards Jenssen at the moment (his only negative stat in my book is the shocking jumping ability, which wouldn’t be a problem at all if my midfield wasnt already really short – still, not a biggie), but he is the eldest of the lot, and will see minimal stat improvements. Even though Strootman is 2 years younger, he seems to already be relatively close to his potential as well (though my scout could be wrong). Ekdal apparently has the most developing to do, followed closely by Poli. Ekdal is very good except for his physical stats, with his biggest disadvantage compared to the others being acceleration (even though jumping is excellent). Poli is excellent too, but just lacking in those mental stats that you cannot train, and which should help in defense and field coverage, especially when compared to Strootman. Any thoughts? How would you rank these guys in terms of DLP performance & future growth? Thanks!

    • comment avatar Clodoaldo September 13, 2012

      Forgot to mention I saw that Strootman has “plays short simple passes” in his favoured moves, which does cause a little concern. This of course would do wonders for his “score” after a game as he will probably have upwards of 90% completed passes every single time, but the AMC and 2 strikers waiting for him to feed them the ball could struggle…or not? I have no idea, never had a player with a preference for short passes as a playmaker. How does it work out?

      • comment avatar Darren Smith September 13, 2012

        Its as simple as it suggests, Strootman will always prefer the short passing option to the long. As for who to go for it seems you have answered your question if you forget about the jumping which for a DLP isn’t vital, go for Jenssen I’d say.

  • comment avatar Felipe Schelb September 27, 2012

    Darren, i play 4-2-3-1. i need a partner for A. Vidal in CM and I have unlimited funds. I want a young player (25 max) thinking about strootman or fellaini. Can you tell me who to buy?
    thanks. (1 season\Man U)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith September 27, 2012

      I’d personally go for Fellaini due to his strength and power, but Strootman may be better if you want someone better on the ball and at picking a pass or controlling the flow of the game.

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