Do stats improve slowly in this years version?
Yes, it is definitely slower this year. And while Agility is possible to improve this year, it is really slow. Most typically "natural born" abilities are very hard to improve it seems, while other more technical abilities seems easier.
This is not confirmed knowledge, it is just my impressions after playing a few seasons on several different players.
My current BAL:
Archetype: Conductor (Evenly focused on passing, dribbling and speed)
Special Abilties: Classic Number 10, Shoulder Feints (Working on speed merchant)
Quite small at 1.70m, fairly quick the first few meters but average speed.
He is fairly agile, and his passing and dribbling skills are just above average.
His best ability is his technique.
I became "indispensable" to Catania in the final stage of the season. 16 goals and 13 assists in the debut season is satisfactory, 4th place in Serie A.
Diego Milito is Serie A top scorer with 24 goals for league winners Inter, and I am assist leader with 13.
I am currently torn between going to Atletico Madrid, Tottenham or simply staying with Catania for another season.