Hey, I've used this beast of a player in a number of formations(4-3-2-1, 4-2-3-1, 4-1-2-1-2, 4-2-2-2 and 3-5-2) and I have to say he really is class, pair him up with a centreback with some passing(Like Kompany or Vermaelen) and you will have a complete defence.
In futhead Skrtel get's 87 as defender-rating, this is due to 87 strength, 93 agression, 87, interceptions, 88 marking, 88 standing tackle and 84 in sliding tackle. Combine that with 191 cm/6'3 + 88 heading, 76 jumping and powerheader-trait and you have the perfect defender. He also have perfect work-rates
He is not a great passer of the ball, with his 54 vision, 66 long passing and 68 short passing, but pass it to the ball-playing centreback, your goalie, one of the backs or a cdm/cm who can make a more advanced pass and you'll be safe. 68 short passing is fair enough if you don't make the pass complicated.
I have probably used Skrtel in around 120-130 games combined.(But BPL-squads get's boring quite quick because that's all you'll meet in div 1, so I don't have the exact number because I've sold him and bought him again several times)
64 Ball Control: Feels about right, maybe a little higher, not really a stat he needs as he is a really old-school defender who is there to win the ball and get it to a more advanced player. He has OK ball control in-game though. Feels like: 70
41 Crossing: Crossed with him once after a failed corner and won't do it again. He belongs in the box and not at the flank. Feels like 10
46 Curve: Tried after a corner aswell. Actually scored, but it was from close range, if you use it to place the ball he should be able with a bad curverating, but I would never try a curveshot from far out because he simply doesn't have the skill to perform one. Feels like 46
48 Dribbling: About right, can feel a little sluggish, but again, his job isn't to go forward, I'd rather try to run past an opponent than trying to dribble with my Skrtel. Feels like: 48
49 Finishing: Not to deadly, even from short range. Feels like: 49.
38 Free Kicks: Never ever tried a freekick with him and I won't either.. Feels like: -
88 Heading: Absolutely superb headers from corners and defensively, scores a lot of goals offensively and stops a lot of crosses. Rarely(if ever) been beaten in the air with Martin. Feels like: 92.
66 Long Passing: I don't really use him for long passing, but when I have I've witnessed him spread some balls to the flanks with great accuracy, but it sometimes ends up as an unnecessary throw aswell: Feels like: 68
49 Long Shots: Tried his long shot once and it ended up as a corner, but if you can shoot in UT, most players will get close to a goal from 16-25 yards. Feels like: 65
88 Marking: A stat that many people don't pay attention to in-game. He really handles the Welliton's and the Eto'o's Well because of this stat, he lies closely to them and uses his strength to not let them past. Feels like: 90
60 Penalties: Tried him in one or two close penalty shoot-outs, I usually hit the green bar even with the goalies so to me 60 is great, an ok sized green bar, but for people who aren't as secure of hitting the green bar(or struggles with lag) I'd reccomend you use someone else. I never use him unless it's a shootout because even though he is a fair penalty-taker I like to have him in the back 'cause if the goalie saves it I would be vunreable on counters. Feels like: 60.
68 Short Passing: Feels a little higher actually, but as aforementioned I never use him to make advanced passes. Use him to pass to a more advanced player and the other player will do the work. Feels like: 72
64 Shot Power: To poor shot power to use him regularly for long shots, as i stated above, I've taken one long shot with him that i got a corner from. I suspect that if you try him from 35-40 yards his shot would barely make it to the keeper. Feels like: 62
84 Sliding Tackle: Don't really use slide tackles, but the one or two times I've had to he's hit the ball. Feels like: 84
88 Standing Tackle: Stand-out stat, one of the stat's he really excels at and by far one of the most important for a cb. If Skrtel comes close to the ball he'll get the ball. Feels like: 92
60 Volleys: Never tried it. Feels like: -
70 Acceleration: One of the reasons he is underused, if he had higher acceleration he'd be used way more. Feels like: 72(Combined with his strength it's still very good)
65 Agility: Not agile at all, the agility stats is why most people find him sluggish. But again, Skrtel's game isn't running with the ball or making those fancy passes, it's about making it simple. Feels like: 60
63 Balance: I believe this stat is quite irrelevant for the way I use him as I rate it mostly for strikers taking a shot at goal.(But I think a player needs less if he's taller). Skrtel rarely falls over and due to his great strength and height he doesn't really need more balance than 63. Feels like: 65
76 Jumping: One of the reasons of why he is so good, most players that are that tall have bad jumping, but Skrtel leaps high over the ground which is vital for those aerial duels in both penalty-areas. Feels like: 82
77 Reactions: Might look like one of his weaknesses and sure enough, sometimes he reacts to late, but most commonly he will react to it and get there before the opposition. Feels like: 80
72 Sprint Speed: Quite good actually, he is no Silva/Chiellini, by no means. But he is fast enough to cover the room behind the defence and because I only use him for defending he will usually have higher stamina than the oppositions forward and catch up to them. Feels like: 75(78 towards the end of the game)
80 Stamina: One of the stat's that are misunderstood the most in FUT. All IFs have 80 in stamina and this is they're matchform. I usually use him when he is 93 and higher. Because he is a defender he could've played 4-5 games without rest, but because I change the whole team I usually use him in 3.(And he has around 95 stamina after the 3 games). Feels like: - (As aforementioned, you control the players stamina.)
87 Strength: The reason why he doesn't need more pace. You might think you'll do fine with the boring David Luiz against opponenents speedsters up top, but although David has more pace, he does not have the ability in pulling the opposition back like
Skrtel has. 87 strength is what makes he feel faster and keep up with these strikers. Feels like: 90
93 Aggression: Generally I like players with less aggression as it sometimes makes him go out of position, but combined with strength and interceptions it really makes him a great player, he intercepts those poor passes and start up my attacks after he's intercepted it. Feels like: 90
45 Positioning: Positions great if he's up for a cross after a corner, but with high-low you don't get to test this ability to often. Feels like: -
87 Interceptions: The reason I tolerate Skrtel's high aggresion, he will go after a ball due to his high aggression and 87 interceptions means that more often than not, he will reach it. The combination between aggression and interceptions really goes hand in hand in this card and he is really an interceptionmachine. Feels like: 92.
54 Vision: Yeah, don't make those fancy passes. Feels like: 50
So that's my stat by stat review of IF Skrtel. I really do prefer him above OP defenders like Kaboul, Luiz and M'bia who seems to only have half a brain. I really rate Martin over players like Hummels and Ramos(Although they're ball-playing defenders) and NIF Pepe and Ogbonna.
IMO he feels really like a more defensive IF Pepe(Martin is a better header, whilst Pepe intercepts the ball better.)
To summarize: If you like to have an actual defender, Skrtel(IF or NIF) is perfect for you, but i reccomend you'll pair him with more advanced passers around him. He is the perfect defender in the BPL if you want a defender to intercept and do the dirty-work defensively and just lie around the defence and make those tackles.
Great aggression and interceptions
Great header, both defensively and offensively
Great standing tackle.
Sometimes out of position due to a little to high aggression, but usually get's the ball ot get's home again before it get's to dangerous
Not a great passer of the ball
I gave Martin 10/10 because he is the perfect defender at what he does, but due to a little poor passing I'd give him 9/10 if I had expected him to be a complete defender.(You don't need him to be, you can pair him with Kompany or Vermaelen..)
I used him in my 2nd team: http://www.futhead.com/fifa/squads/5069062/#squad-player
A team i really reccomend, the left side is for defending(with the exception of Taarabt) whilst the right side is for combining and getting those offensive runs. You can see that I paired him with Kompany, Enrique, Mikel and Lloris around him who all are excellent at hitting short passes and one of them will always be open so just pass it to one of them. I feel 4-2-3-1 is the perfect formation for him because you have fullbacks and cdm's to slow the opposition down 'till Skrtel can make a tackle.
Reccomendations for CB-partner as I don't fully agree with the No 1. review here.
1: IF/NIF Kompany. Great pace and passing, the complete package.
2: IF Koscielny: Great pace, great work-rates and great short passing, lack's a little strength, but as the ballplaying defender, it's much more vital that Skrtel has tha strength.
3: IF Daniel Agger: Great defensive stats and great passing, lacks the pace to be no 1 or 2 as I feel that Skrtel needs to be partnered with a faster CB. Fantastic passer though. Pain in the ass work-rates
4: Thomas Vermaelen: Great left-foot, distributes the ball well, feels faster and great defensive stats.
5: IF Coloccini: Great defensively, good short and long passing, only lacks tha pace to compliment Skrtel perfectly.
6: Jan Verthongen: Fast and one of the best defensive passers in the BPL, but some stats makes me think he would be greater as as CM than as a CB, because he is not the greatest defender..
Used some time on this and although there are many other reviews on IF Skrtel here, I'd appreciate if you'd leave a like.
Sorry if my english is bad, im norwegian and although I speak good english, the written version often get's weird because we have different syntax.
Cheers and enjoy the defending machine that is IF Skrtel. (Enjoy tha clean sheets!)