Finding a top left back on FIFA 17’s Career Mode is tough to find a very expensive. But many of the world’s best are yet to hit their peak, so it may be worth looking at a few youngsters you can go on and be the best there is. RealSport has a look at the Best Young Left Backs on FIFA 17, all of whom are 23 and under.
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Alex Grimaldo (OVR 77 – POT 86)
With left back Grimaldo showing so much promise at Barcelona, it was a surprise they let him leave for Benfica, but with Jordi Alba at the Spanish champions, the now 20-year-old Alex Grimaldo wasn’t going to get much playing time in Catalonia. After a settling-in period in Portugal, Grimaldo is now a regular for the champions, having made 10 appearances already this season. On FIFA 17 he can offer you 87 acceleration, 85 sprint speed and 84 agility as well as being a ‘corner specialist’ and ‘taking finesse free kicks’. With a long contract in the capital, he will set you back as much as £17 million on Career Mode, with £29,000 wages.
Jose Gaya (OVR 80 – POT 85)
Valencia may be struggling in La Liga, but that is no fault of Jose Gaya’s. At just 21, he has represented his club 75 times, and it won’t be surprising if the Spaniard seeks pastures new at the end of the season. He has great pace on FIFA 17 with 90 sprint speed and 85 acceleration, but it no stranger to getting balls into the box with 84 crossing. His ‘injury prone’ trait may turn you off him, along with his £23 million price tag. His wages of £36,000 are on par for left backs of his age and ability.
Wendell (OVR 78 – POT 85)
With Marcelo and Filipe Luis still battling it out for the left back spot for the Brazilian national team, it may be a while before Wendell gets a runout, but the fact he has just received his first call-up shows how much promise he has. The 22-year-old has represented Bayer Leverkusen over 75 times in the past three seasons, and if he continues to develop in this fashion, he could challenge David Alaba as the world’s best. He has 87 acceleration, 87 aggression and 86 sprint speed on FIFA 17, with a cost of nearing £20 million. His wages are standard at £36,000.
Abdul Rahman Baba (OVR 78 – POT 85)
Baba Rahman had a tough time of it at Chelsea as he had just as many good performances as bad ones at Stamford Bridge last season. He has since gone out on loan to Schalke, but with Antonio Conte bringing in Marcos Alonso, don’t expect 21-year-old Baba to be back with the Blues. He has 86 sprint speed, 85 acceleration and 80 crossing on FIFA 17, and should cost you less than £15 million should he not move to Schalke permanently, with his wages costing £32,000.
Jetro Willems (OVR 79 – POT 84)
It was a surprise to everyone that Jetro Willems made the Dutch Euro 2012 when he was just 18, and he has been a regular for the national side ever since. The PSV Eindhoven man hasn’t kicked on too much since then, but still be only 22, he still has plenty of time to flourish. He has 90-rated jumping, 86 balance and 85 crossing on FIFA 17, and with him being in the last year of his contract, he will only cost you around £8 million to sign. His wages of £18,000 make him a player you have to consider.
Lucas Digne (OVR 79 – POT 84)
Paris Saint-Germain, Roma on loan, Barcelona. An interesting path for Lucas Digne, but with his ability and potential, he is the perfect understudy to Jordi Alba at the Spanish champions. An impressive 42 appearances at Roma last season showed parent club PSG what they were missing, but only time will tell whether the 22-year-old will come back to haunt the French side. He covers the basics on FIFA 17, with 81 sliding tackles, 80 short passing and 80 sprint speed. He does have a long contract at Barca, so he will cost you near £25 million to sign. His wages of £36,000 don’t give you enough incentive to make the big purchase.
Djibril Sidibe (OVR 79 – POT 84)
It’s sometimes useful to have a full back who can operate on both sides of the defence, and that is Djibril Sidibe’s most useful ability. Despite being a right-footer, his preferred position is at left back, where he likes to cut in and join attacks. The 23-year-old brings 83 stamina, 82 jumping and 79 sliding tackles on FIFA 17, with a long contract probably ruining your chances of signing him. The French international will cost near £25 million to sign, plus wages of £43,000.
Dalbert (OVR 77 – POT 84)
Not a name you will be familiar with, but with OGC Nice now on the rise, he is someone you should look at as you progress on Career Mode. The 22-year-old arrived from Portuguese side Vitoria in the summer but has since made 10 appearances for his new side. The Brazilian can play left back, left midfield as well as left wing-back, so someone to consider if you are thinking of playing three or five at the back. He has the ‘speedster’ speciality on FIFA 17 due to his 91 acceleration and 90 sprint speed, whilst also offering 84-rated stamina. But once again, a long contract means you will have to dig deep into your pockets to secure him, with a price-tag of around £20 million. His current wages are only £720, so that could tempt you in.
Jordan Amavi (OVR 76 – POT 84)
Few will feel Jordan Amavi deserves an 84 potential on FIFA 17, but given he has played over 70 games for Nice and Aston Villa at just 22, he deserves it. With just £720 current wages, he is a tempting buy, but his transfer fee will be around £13 million. He offers 81 jumping, 79 acceleration and 79 sprint speed.
Federico Mattiello (OVR 72 – POT 84)
In the ‘serial climber’ section is Juventus youngster Federico Mattiello. The 21-year-old only featured four times whilst out on loan at Chievo last season and is perhaps one of FIFA’s more questionable high potential players. You can use this to your advantage by signing the left or right back for less than £5 million, and £14,000 wages. He will give you 79 acceleration, 79 sprint speed and 79 stamina, as well has having the ‘long shot taker’ trait.
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