FIFA 22 best young defenders: The top 50 DEFs on Career Mode

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The foundation of long-term success in football is often built on a solid defence and that is no different in FIFA 22.

Indeed, the fact that the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Ruben Dias and Harry Maguire have commanded such significant transfer fees in recent years shows just how important defenders are in the modern game.

So, to help you on your way to glory in the new game, Goal takes a look at the best young defenders on FIFA 22.

PO. = Position(s)

CR = Current Rating

PR = Potential Rating

VA. = Value

*Clubs listed are the clubs the players are assigned to in FIFA 22 Career Mode, while ages shown are the age at the start of Career Mode

FIFA 22: Best young defenders

1A Davies20Bayern MunichLB, LM8289£49m
2Nuno Mendes19PSGLWB, LB, LM7888£25m
3J Gvardiol19RB LeipzigCB, LB7587£10.8m
4W Fofana20LeicesterCB7886£24.9m
5Eric Garcia20BarcelonaCB7786£18.5m
6Goncalo Inacio19Sporting CPCB7686£12.9m
7J Timber20AjaxCB, RB7586£9.9m
8L Stergiou19St GallenCB6786£2.2m
9S Dest20BarcelonaRB, RM7685£13.3m
10J Bogle20Sheffield UtdRWB, RB7485£7.7m
11D Rensch18AjaxRB7385£6m
12M Vuskovic19Hajduk SplitCB7285£4.3m
13T Nianzou19Bayern MunichCB, CDM7185£3.6m
14A Bella Kotchap19BochumCB7185£3.6m
15L Netz18Borussia M'gladbachLB, LM6885£2.5m
16L Geertruida20FeyenoordRB, CB7684£13.3m
17B Badiashile20MonacoCB7684£13.3m
18W Saliba20ArsenalCB7584£9.9m
19J Frimpong20Bayer LeverkusenRB, RWB7484£7.7m
20T Lamptey20BrightonRWB, RB7484£7.7m
21M Guehi20Crystal PalaceCB7384£5.2m
22O Kossonunou20Bayer LeverkusenCB, RB7384£5.2m
23R Ait Nouri20WolvesLWB, LB7384£5.6m
24M van de Ven20WolfsburgCB, LB6884£2.6m
26J Branthwaite19EvertonCB6884£1.8m
27A Truffert19RennesLB, LW7583£9.9m
28Manu Sanchez20Atletico MadridLB7383£5.6m
29L Cacace20Sint-TruidenseLWB, LB, LM7283£4.2m
30Eduardo Quaresma19Sporting CPCB7183£3.6m
31H Siquet18Standard LiegeRB, RWB6983£2.7m
32M Dardai19Hertha BerlinCB, CDM6983£2.7m
33Z Laci18AEK AthensCB6883£2.2m
34B Omeragic19ZurichCB, RB6783£2.2m
35A Dedic18RB SalzburgRB, LB6683£1.8m
36L Colwill18HuddersfieldCB6683£1.7m
37R Tagir18Istanbul BasaksehirCB6583£1.5m
38A Gomez19Club AtlasLB, CB6383£1.1m
39V Barco16Boca JuniorsLB6383£1.1m
40R van den Berg16PEC ZwolleCB5983£580k

Bayern Munich's Canadian star Alphonso Davies is rated as the best young defender on FIFA 22 in terms of potential and his transfer value reflects that reputation. The pacy left-back loves to get forward and has the added versatility of being adept as a left midfielder too.

PSG full-back Nuno Mendes is another versatile youngster and follows Davies in terms of high potential, with RB Leipzig's Josko Gvardiol, Leicester City centre-back Wesley Fofana and Barcelona's Eric Garcia completing the top five.

Of course, you will have to stump up plenty of cash if you wish to lure the aforementioned stars with a transfer on Career Mode, but there are plenty of highly-rated young defenders who are priced much lower in the game.

St Gallen's Leonidas Stergiou is considerably cheaper than Fofana, for example, but boasts the same potential ability. The only issue is that his current ability is lower and so he will require a bit more attention and game time in order to reach his peak.

Boca Juniors left-back Valentin Barco is one of the youngest players to ever play for the Argentine giants and is already on the radar of Europe's top teams - he can be signed for just a few million on the game.

Dutch centre-back Rav van den Berg - brother of Liverpool's Sepp van den Berg - could be one of the biggest bargains on the game, with a potential rating of 83 and initial value of £580k.

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