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Best midfielders in FIFA 22 Career Mode: Top prospects and cheap players

The battle in the centre of the pitch is one of the most important in football, so here are the best midfielders you should sign in FIFA 22 Career Mode.



Two FIFA 22 midfielders behind logo

FIFA 22 Career Mode gives fans the chance to act out their ultimate fantasy – building a club from scratch. This means players will be looking for the best midfielders to drive their new FIFA 22 Career Mode team to success. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

While Ultimate Team has grown into the FIFA series’ biggest draw, Career Mode remains an absolute favorite among fans.

This year, the ability to build an entire club from the ground up has the community particularly excited.

After the stadium is in place and the kits have been designed, attention will turn to fill out the actual squad. The middle of the park is where games are won and lost, so here are the best midfielders you should sign in FIFA 22 Career Mode.

Real Madrid players celebrating

Best midfielders in FIFA 22 Career Mode

A strong midfield is just as important in FIFA as it is in the real sport. In many ways, the engine room is what shapes the team you are looking to build.

Picking the right combination of midfielders is vital, whether it be a defensive-minded enforcer to sit in front of the defense, a playmaker who can pull strings, or someone more box-to-box who can do it all.

Finding the right man for the job can be a tricky business, but luckily there is plenty of world-class talent in FIFA 22 to your midfield, a force to be reckoned with.

While we’re still waiting for EA to officially reveal the player ratings for FIFA 22, these are the midfielders we’re expecting to be the very best in Career Mode.

Player NamePositionAgeClubPredicted Rating
Kevin De BruyneCAM30Manchester City91
Bruno FernandesCAM27Manchester United89
Kai HavertzCAM22Chelsea86
Marco ReusCAM32Borussia Dortmund85
Alejandro GomezCAM33Sevilla85
Toni KroosCM31Real Madrid88
Luka ModricCM35Real Madrid87
Paul PogbaCM28Manchester United86
Marco VerattiCM28PSG86
Frenkie de JongCM24Barcelona85
N’Golo KanteCDM30Chelsea89
Joshua KimmichCDM26Bayern Munich89
Fabinho CDM27Liverpool88
CasemiroCDM29Real Madrid88
Jordan HendersonCDM31Liverpool86

Best young midfielders

The key to any successful Career Mode is planning for the future. Buying a world-class player might work in the short term, but how will the team look in two or three seasons’ time?

This is why it’s important to look at young prospects when dipping into the transfer market for the best Midfielders in FIFA 22 Career Mode so that you can grow and develop them into the stars of tomorrow.

FIFA 22 is packed with plenty of midfield wonderkids for you to snap up, so here are the very best that you should try and sign. We’ll update his list with potential ratings once we get our hands on the game.

Player NamePositionAgeClub
Jamal MusialaCAM18Bayern Munich
Giovanni ReynaCAM18Borussia Dortmund
Luka RomeroCAM16Lazio
Phil FodenCAM21Manchester City
Jude BellinghamCM18Borussia Dortmund
Eduardo CamavingaCM18Real Madrid
Ryan GravenberchCM19Ajax
Xavi SimonsCM18PSG
Sandro TonaliCDM21AC Milan
Maxence CaqueretCDM21Lyon

Best cheap midfielders

If we’re being completely honest, a lot of the players we’ve listed so far will take a lot of investment if you’re going to bring them in.

But, of course, not every signing has to break the bank. Sometimes a new player is needed to be a reliable backup or a short-term replacement after someone was poached by another club on deadline day.

It can be difficult to scout the right player when you’re working on a budget, so here are some great cheap midfield options that won’t cost too much.

We’ll update this list with prices once FIFA 22 is released.

Player NamePositionAgeClub
Manuel LanziniCAM28West Ham United
Emil ForsbergCAM29RB Leipzig
Florent MolletCAM29Montpellier
Jesse LingardCAM28Manchester United
Thiago MendesCM29Lyon
Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainCM28Liverpool
Ander HerreraCM32PSG
Sergio OliveiraCM29Porto
Sebastian RudyCM31Hoffenheim
Tiemoue BakayokoCDM27AC Milan
Mohamed ElnenyCDM29Arsenal
Kunde MalongCDM26Olympiacos
Julian BaumgartlingerCDM33Bayer Leverkusen
Steven NzonziCDM32Roma

Those were our guides on the best midfielders you should sign in FIFA 22 Career Mode this year, no matter what it is you’re looking for.

For more on FIFA 22, check out our similar guides for goalkeepers and defenders in Career Mode.

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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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FIFA 22 Team of the Week: TOTW 1 & featured players

TOTW is back again in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, and we’ve got everything you need to know about how it works – including the latest squad.



Chelsea players celebrating in FIFA 22

EA has revealed that the Team of the Week is returning to FIFA 22 Ultimate Team. This time, however, they’re addressing some long-running fan complaints. Here’s how FIFA 22 TOTW will work.

Ultimate Team remains the most popular mode in the FIFA series. One of the many reasons for this is how it incorporates real-world football into its addictive gameplay loop through special cards, such as Icons or the new FUT Heroes.

One of the mode’s oldest special items is the Team of the Week, which offers players a weekly batch of new upgraded cards to help build out their squads. We’ve got everything you need to know about FUT TOTW right here.

We’ll be updating this hub with the latest FIFA 22 TOTW, so be sure to check back here every week.

FIFA 22 striker Erling Haaland


The very first FIFA 22 TOTW is here, and it’s full of big names. Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah is one of the standouts after his display in the win against Leeds.

Meanwhile, Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich is the joint-highest rated, following the German champions’ strong to the season.

Ivan Toney is the featured TOTW. His card has been boosted from 76 to an impressive 84.

Check out the full squad for TOTW 1 here:

  • Mohammed Salah (Liverpool)
  • Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
  • Thiago Silva (Chelsea)
  • Edin Dzeko (Inter Milan)
  • Ivan Toney (Brentford) – Featured TOTW
  • Vinicius Jr. (Real Madrid)
  • Yassin Bounou (Sevilla)
  • Luis Diaz (Porto)
  • Ismalia Sarr (Watford)
  • David Garcia (Osasuna)
  • Francesco Caputo (Sampdoria)
  • Marco Faroni (Hellas Verona)
  • Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen)
  • Timo Horn (FC Koln)
  • Pedro Rebocho (Lech Poznan)
  • Ludovic Blas (FC Nantes)
  • Jens Toornstra (Feyenoord)
  • Habib Diallo (Strasbourg)
  • Ola Kamara (DC United)
  • German Berterame (Atletico de San Luis)
  • Douglas Vieira (S-Hiroshima)
  • Yukhym Konoplia (Shakhtar Donetsk)
  • Blair Turgott (Ostersunds)

What are TOTW cards in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team?

Team of the Week items are special cards that boost stats based on that player’s performance in the previous week of real-world games. Any player awarded an in-form will see both their ratings and in-game stats get a permanent increase.

Every week, EA unveils a 23-man squad of the stars who had the best games in the previous domestic or international fixtures round. They could be awarded for a last-minute winner in a big game or a heroic performance from a goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet.

Each TOTW is available in packs for an entire week until it is replaced by the next squad on the following Wednesday. Player’s can not receive an in-form two weeks in a row.

While the in-form card is in packs, it replaces the base version of that player. The normal card will return to packs when that TOTW is over.

AC Milan player dribbling the ball in FIFA 22

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team Featured TOTW

In FIFA 22, EA has addressed fans’ complaints that TOTW items are often quickly rendered useless by the other promotional cards added to the game throughout the year.

Every week, one player will receive a special Featured TOTW card. These players will receive a larger boost than the rest of the squad in an attempt to make them more desirable to those building their teams.

To qualify for this additional stat-boost, the player must have a base card that is under 80-rated and not have any other performance-based card in packs – such as a Ones to Watch.

Screenshot of Jude Bellingham card.

When is the TOTW released?

Historically, EA announces the latest TOTW every Wednesday so that any Monday night games can be considered.

Historically, the announcement comes at 10 AM PT / 2 PM ET / 6 PM GMT, although TOTW 1 arrived a couple of hours earlier.

We’ll update this post with an exact schedule as and when it is available.

Team of the Week pack in FIFA 21

For more on FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, check out the top player ratings and our guide on which strikers you should buy.

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