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Best defenders in FIFA 22 Career Mode: Top prospects & cheap players

Good defenders can be the difference between winning and losing, so here are the best ones you should sign in FIFA 22 Career mode.



FIFA 22 defenders behind logo

FIFA 22 Career Mode gives fans the ultimate freedom of building a club from the ground up, meaning managers will be looking for the top talent to keep things tight at the back. We’ve put together an in-depth guide of the best FIFA 22 Career Mode defenders you should sign.

Even though Ultimate Team remains the FIFA series’ biggest draw, Career Mode is also a favorite among the community. Taking control of your favorite team and leading them to glory has always been one of FIFA’s greatest appeals, long before packs and coins.

In FIFA 22, EA has gone even further by adding the ability to create a club from scratch, which makes picking out the right players even more important.

A team is only as strong as its defense, so here are the top defenders you sign in Career Mode.

Trent Alexander Arnold from FIFA 22 gameplay trailer

Best defenders in FIFA 22 Career Mode

While attackers get the headlines, a strong defense is vital to the success of any team – real-life or virtual.

Centre backs are about sheer stopping power and provide the foundation for the rest of the starting 11 on. Meanwhile, the full-backs can inject some much-needed pace into both defense and attack.

These are the defenders we’re expecting to be the best in FIFA 22 Career Mode. We’ll update this list with official ratings once they are revealed by EA.

Player NamePositionAgeClubPredicted Rating
Raphael VaraneCB28Manchester United86
Virgil van DijkCB30Liverpool90
Sergio RamosCB35PSG87
Ruben DiasCB24Manchester City87
Kalidou KoulibalyCB30Napoli87
Trent Alexander-ArnoldRB22Liverpool87
Daniel CarvajalRB29Real Madrid85
Kyle WalkerRB31Manchester City84
Jesus NavasRB35Sevilla84
Joao CanceloRB27Manchester City85
Alphonso DaviesLB20Bayern Munch 84
Andrew RobertsonLB27Liverpool87
Jordi AlbaLB32Barcelona86
Luke ShawLB26Manchester United84
Nicolas TagliaficoLB29Ajax84

Best young defenders in FIFA 22 Career Mode

The main aim of any Career Mode is to end up with the world’s best players in your club, but this doesn’t always happen overnight.

Thanks to the development system found in the mode. Sometimes it’s a better move to think long-term and sign a youngster will bags of potential, then watch them grow into a rock at the back.

These are the wonderkid defenders you should look to sign in this year’s Career Mode. We’ll update this list with ratings, potential and price once we get our hands on the game.

Player NamePositionAgeClub
Jules Kounde CB22Sevilla
Edmond TapsobaCB22Bayer Leverkusen
Wesley FofanaCB20Leicester City
Josko GvardiolCB19RB Leipzig
Jarrad BranthwaiteCB19Everton
Max AaronsRB21Norwich City
Sergiño DestRB20Barcelona
Reece JamesRB21Chelsea
Tariq LampteyRB20Brighton & Hove Albion
Timothee PembeleRB18PSG
Brandon WilliamsLB21Manchester United
Nuno MendesLB19Sporting CP
Rayan Aït-NouriLB20Wolves
Bukayo SakaLB19Arsenal
Noah KatterbachLB20FC Koln

Best cheap defenders in FIFA 22 Career Mode

While watching a prospect blossom into a world-beater is satisfying, it does often come at a cost. Like in the real game, teams will demand huge transfer fees for their best players and their young talent.

If you’re at a club that isn’t quite at the top just yet, or you’re just looking for a solid backup, paying big bugs might not make sense. Thankfully, there are plenty of options in defense that won’t break the bank.

Once again, we’ll update this list with prices as soon as they are available.

Player NamePositionAgeClub
Joel MatipCB30Liverpool
Jonathan TahCB25Bayer Leverkusen
Salif Sane CB31Schalke 04
Luiz FelipeCB24Lazio
Tyrone MingsCB28Aston Villa
Vladimir CoufalRB29West Ham United
Oscar de MarcosRB32Athletic Bilbao
Kevin MalcuitRB30Napoli
Serge Aurier RB28Spurs
Davide SantonRB30AS Roma
Layvin KurzawaLB28PSG
Sead KolasinacLB28Arsenal
Kieran GibbsLB31Inter Miami
Jordan AmaviLB27Marseille

Those were our guides to the very best defenders to sign in FIFA 22 Career Mode, whichever gap you’re trying to fill.

For more on all things FIFA 22, check out our similar guide to the best goalkeepers you should sign in Career Mode.

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FIFA 22 Ultimate Team: Best midfielders you can buy

EA is back with another round of FIFA Ultimate Team action. Here are the best midfielders you should add to your FIFA 22 Ultimate Team.



Chelsea players behind FIFA 22 logo

The much-anticipated release of FIFA 22 is finally here. EA’s annual football franchise is back, and so with it comes Ultimate Team, so here are the best midfielders to buy in FIFA 22.

Picking an Ultimate Team can be a huge decision for many FIFA players as they want to try and create one chemistry-rich team that they can stick with for ages. At the same time, others will chop and change the game’s best players to test everyone out.

In either scenario, having the best players in each position can truly make an unbeatable Ultimate Team. Now that the official FIFA 22 player ratings are out there, we’ve put together our list of the best of the best FIFA 22 Ultimate Team midfielders you’ll need.

Best midfielders in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

fifa 22 ultimate team best midfielders

There will be many players with tasty overalls to consider, but not all of them fit the mold of an “Ultimate Team.”

In the middle of the park, you need players that can fill in for marauding full-backs, have the presence to help out defenders at corners, and even make those long-bursting runs forward to pick up some goals.

As the ratings are now official, these are the players that will dominate the midfield in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team.

Player NameClubPositionRating
Bruno FernandesManchester UnitedCAM88
Bernardo SilvaManchester CityCAM86
Marco ReusBorussia DortmundCAM85
Alejandro GomezSevillaCAM85
Phil FodenManchester CityCAM84
Kevin De BruyneManchester CityCM91
Leon GoretzkaBayern MunichCM87
Luka ModricReal MadridCM87
Frenkie de JongBarcelonaCM87
Paul PogbaManchester UnitedCM87
N’Golo KanteChelseaCDM90
Joshua KimmichBayern MunichCDM89
CasemiroReal MadridCDM89
Wilfred NdidiLeicester CityCDM85

Best cheap midfielders in FUT 22

We won’t lie. Some of these players will be pushing seven digits in terms of their value, maybe even greatly surpassing it considering they could be the best FIFA 22 Ultimate midfielders.

So until you can rack up some coins or pray to the heavens that you get some pack luck on your side, you’ll need some cheaper alternatives in the meantime.

The football scene has some great prospects at the moment and lots of players who will receive a nice overall boost thanks to their performances at Euro 2020.

fifa 22 ultimate team best midfielders

Barcelona’s hot prospect Pedri boasts great dribbling ability and passing potential. Given his age, FIFA may do him dirty and give him reduced stamina, but he could be one to watch.

Also, players like Everton’s Allan and Doucoure should be decent all-around options, not too expensive, and ideal for chemistry. You can also never rule out Renato Sanches, especially as he’s just won Ligue 1 and played for Portugal in Euro 2020.

For more on FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, check out our list of the best goalkeepers you should buy, best strikers you should buy, and the confirmed Ones to Watch cards.

Also, let us know which midfielders you’ll be using in FIFA 22 on our Charlie INTEL Facebook Page and Charlie INTEL Twitter Page!

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FIFA 22 Ultimate Team: Best defenders you can buy

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team has landed, and we’ve picked out our predictions for the best defenders to fill out your squad this year.



FIFA 22 defenders stood in a line

FIFA 22 has arrived, and football fans are gearing up for another round of Ultimate Team. Here are our predictions for the best defenders you should pick in FUT 22.

Crafting the perfect Ultimate Team can take a lot of work. It usually involves hours of experimenting to find the right combination of players and chemistry to be a success in FUT Champions.

What goes without saying is that having the best players in each position is vitally important to being competitive when faced with high-skilled opponents.

Now that we can see the full slate of player ratings, we’ve picked out the defenders we’re expecting to dominate this year’s FIFA.

Best defenders in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

FIFA 22 defender passing the ball

Even though it’s the strikers that tend to grab the headlines, keeping things tight at the back is just as important. That being said, like most years, not every top defender in the game will fit the game’s meta and be able to cope with the talented attackers they will have to deal with.

Defenders need to have the intelligence to read the game when opponents are in position, but also have the speed to recover when a pacey forward inevitably beats the offside trap.

With EA unveiling the full lineup of player ratings, these are the best center-backs on the market in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team.

Player NameClubRating
Virgil van DijkLiverpool89
Sergio RamosPSG88
Ruben DiasManchester City87
Raphael VaraneManchester United86
Milan SkriniarInter Milan86
Aymeric LaporteManchester City86
Kalidou KoulibalyNapoli86
Giorgio ChielliniJuventus86
Stefan de VrijInter Milan85

Best cheap defenders in FUT 22

Laporte in FIFA 22

Some of the defenders we’ve listed there are probably going to set you back a few coins, especially in the early weeks when the Transfer Market is still taking shape. In this case, you might be seeking cheaper options.

Edmond Tapsoba has plenty of pace for his modest 81 ratings and will link nicely to the great selection of Bundesliga defenders. Kostas Manolas is also notoriously reliable in the early game, but his Greek nationality keeps his price from breaking the bank.

In the Premier League, Antonio Rudiger and Tyrone Mings make a neat partnership that doesn’t cost too much. The Chelsea man for his solid pace, and the England star for his complementary aerial ability and strong left foot.

For more FIFA 22 Ultimate Team guides, check out our picks for the best goalkeepers and midfielders you should buy.

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FIFA 22 Ultimate Team: Best goalkeepers you can buy

Picking the right shot stopper in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team can be a tricky business, so we’ve put together the best goalkeepers you should try.



FIFA 22 Ultimate Team Best goalkeeper

With FIFA 22’s worldwide release just around the corner, many will soon be turning their attention to their next Ultimate Team campaign, so here are our predictions for the best goalkeepers to aim for once FUT finally drops.

FIFA 22 is finally here, and the community is eager to get off to the perfect start in this year’s Ultimate Team. The full list of player ratings is now in the wild, and players can begin plotting out their perfect squad to achieve FUT glory.

Goalkeepers are always a vital part of any squad, and picking the right man between the sticks can be the difference between winning and losing. Here are the best FIFA 22 Ultimate goalkeepers you should look at when you get your hands on FUT 22.

Best goalkeepers in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team Best Goalkeepers

It can be tough to find the perfect goalkeeper to fit a team. You have to consider which stats are most important to you, whether it be reflexes, kicking, or something as simple as height.

This year, EA have given keepers a big update with improvements to the AI and a fresh batch of animations to help them make those crucial saves. So much so, some beta players were reporting they were too overpowered.

Considering this, particularly early in the game, going for one of the highest-rated FIFA 22 Ultimate Team goalkeepers who fit in chemistry-wise could be the way to keep things tight at the back.

These are the top 10 best goalkeepers in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team:

Player NameClubRating
Jan OblakAthletico Madrid91
Manuel NeuerBayern Munich90
Marc-Andre ter StegenBarcelona90
Gianluigi DonnarummaPSG89
Thibaut CourtoisReal Madrid89
EdersonManchester City89
Keylor NavasPSG88
Wojciech SzczesnyJuventus87
Hugo LlorisSpurs87

Best cheap goalkeepers in FUT 22

Especially when you’re first starting, one of the world’s best goalkeepers might be slightly out of budget. If this is the case, it pays to look at some cheaper options for FIFA 22 Ultimate Team goalkeepers while grinding out coins.

That’s not to say this will leave your defense vulnerable, as plenty of lower-rated players have become staples of pro teams for one reason or another. Nick Pope was a prime example in FIFA 21, who was keeping the likes of Alisson out until the final weeks.

At 82 rated, West Ham’s Alphonse Areola is a solid cheap option thanks to his impressive all-round stats and French chemistry links. Likewise, Barcelona’s Norberto Neto is a great temporary stopper while you farm for coins.

We’ll update this section with a full list of the best budget options for FIFA 22 Ultimate Team Goalkeepers when the Transfer Market takes shape.

For more on FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, take a look at our guide on how FUT Champions works this year, and the latest Team of the Week.

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