FIFA 20 Career Mode: Best young Left Backs (LB & LWB) to sign – Grimaldo, Lodi, Firpo & more

There are plenty of talented young attacking fullbacks out there, but which one suits your team?

Michael Wicherek by Michael Wicherek

The fullback position has completely transformed in recent times, with players who fill the role being expected to attack just as well as they defend.

A good wingback has the capability to make or break a team and you only have to look at the output of the best fullbacks to understand why (think Trent Alexander-Arnold and his massive number of assists fro Liverpool).

Luckily for you, we’ve outlined the best left backs (LB) and left wing-backs (LWB) on FIFA 20, so you can make the best choice for your squad.

Note that the cards below display FUT ratings, whereas the most up-to-date Career Mode ratings are displayed next to the player names.




How to choose the best young left backs (LB & LWB) for FIFA 20 Career Mode

This list looks at the best young left backs available on FIFA 20 Career Mode.

These players are selected if they are aged under 23 at the beginning of the 2019/20 season and must have the potential to reach 80 overall. These players must also begin Career Mode with an overall of at least 75 making them ready for first team football from the outset.

With FIFA 20’s new dynamic potential feature, players who perform well for long periods can improve their potential which is something to remember when splashing the cash on young players.

Grimaldo (OVR 83 – POT 87)

Age: 23

Position: LB

Club: Benfica

Country: Spain

Value: £26.6 million (Release Clause: £55.1 million)

Wage: £16,000

Grimaldo’s 90 Stamina and 85 Pace make him an attacking threat who can cover every inch on the left flank. 81 Free Kick Accuracy also make him a danger from set-pieces and the 23-year-old is available for £55 million, however, with good negotiations you may be able to lower this price to secure the services of an excellent left back.

Ben Chilwell (OVR 80 – POT 85)

Age: 22

Position: LB

Club: Leicester

Country: England

Value: £16.7 million (Release clause: £31.1 million)

Wage: £62,000 a week

Leicester defender Ben Chilwell established himself in Gareth Southgate’s England squad following a superb 2018/19 season. The 22-year-old has consistently turned out solid defensive displays and provides an attacking threat with excellent crossing ability.

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Not the quickest player on this list (78 sprint speed), Chilwell makes up for it with 87 Stamina and high attacking and defensive work rates, earning himself the Engine trait. With the potential to reach 85 overall, he can be a quality left back for years to come in FIFA 20 Career Mode.


Renan Lodi (OVR 79 – POT 87)

renan lodi base card

Age: 21

Position: LB

Club: Atletico Madrid

Country: Brazil

Value: £14.9 million (£33.4 million release clause)

Wage: £32,000 a week

A relatively unknown quantity before his summer move to the Spanish capital, Renan Lodi has shown plenty of promise and looks to flourish under Diego Simeone’s tutelage.

Pace, skill and stamina describe Renan Lodi on FIFA 20 as he can burst past his opposite number with 86 acceleration. His defensive attributes can be trained which can see quick improvements to a very promising talent.

Junior Firpo (OVR 79 – POT 85)

Age: 22

Position: LB, LM, LWB

Club: Barcelona

Country: Spain

Value: £14 million (Release clause: £31.4 million)

Wage: £99,000 a week

Barcelona signed promising left back Junior Firpo for just £16 million in the summer, making him unavailable to sign on Career Mode until after the first transfer window has closed. Firpo will have to bide his time at the Spanish champions as Jordi Alba still occupies the starting spot, however the 23-year-old is one to keep your eye on!

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Pace (85) and Crossing (81) are Firpo’s standout qualities on FIFA 20 as he can add real quality to your team in the final third of the pitch. With a release clause of a shade over £30 million, Firpo can be an astute piece of business for your club.


Oleksandr Zinchenko (OVR 79 – POT 86)

Age: 22

Position: LB

Club: Manchester City

Country: Ukraine

Value: £14 million (Release clause: £28.6 million)

Wage: £82,000 a week

Originally signed as an attacking midfielder, Oleksandr Zinchenko made the left back spot his own under Pep Guardiola following the numerous injuries to Benjamin Mendy. The Ukrainian’s quality on the ball allows him to join City’s attacks and provide plenty of ammunition for the team’s big hitters.

Zinchenko possesses 83 Short Passing, 82 Crossing and 82 Ball Control making him an outstanding technician from the left side of defence. These abilities also allow him to fill in elsewhere when required and he can prove to be a valuable squad player on Career Mode.

Luke Shaw (OVR 79 – POT 81)

Age: 23

Position: LB

Club: Manchester United

Country: England

Value: £12.2 million (Release clause: £24 million)

Wage: £77,000 a week

English left back Luke Shaw is yet to fulfil his potential since his move from Southampton to Manchester United for £30 million back in 2014. Shaw showed glimpses of his talent before his horrific injury following a challenge from Hector Moreno and has been plagued by injuries ever since.

On FIFA 20, Shaw is a powerful and reliable left back with 81 acceleration and 77 strength making him a very physical defender. 

Alphonso Davies (OVR 77 – POT 88)

davies base card

Age: 18

Position: LB, RM, LM

Club: Bayern Munich

Country: Switzerland

Value: £11.3 million (Release clause: £20.8 million)

Wage: £18,000 a week

He may be just 18 years old, but Alphonso Davies has done superbly at left back for Bayern this season, with Alaba covering the centre half role. 

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He already makes for a great option on FIFA 20 with 95 acceleration, 77 dribbling and 75 defensive awareness. His 88 potential rating means Davies is one of the best buys in Career Mode.

Theo Hernandez (OVR 77 – POT 83)

Age: 21

Position: LB

Club: AC Milan

Country: France

Value: £9.9 million (Release clause: £18.8 million)

Wage: £22,000 a week

Theo Hernandez is pretty much the all-rounder you want at left back. The Frenchman has 93 sprint speed, 78 dribbling, 78 crossing and 79 sliding tackle.

At six feet tall, Hernandez is quite the defensive presence – if you work on his defensive abilities he makes for a fantastic signing for under £20 million.

Kieran Tierney (OVR 77 – POT 86)

tierney base card

Age: 22

Position: LB

Club: Arsenal

Country: Scotland

Value: £11.3 million (Release clause: £23.6 million)

Wage: £50,000 a week

Kieran Tierney hasn’t had the most ideal start to life at Arsenal – the club suffered under Unai Emery for the first half of the season and once Arteta looked to be turning things around, Tierney picked up a nasty injury.

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Nevertheless, the young Scot has a wicked 86 potential rating and already possesses 89 sprint speed, 85 stamina and 82 aggression – well worth the £23.6 million investment.

Mathias Olivera (OVR 76 – POT 84)

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Age: 21

Position: LB, LM

Club: Getafe

Country: Uruguay

Value: £9 million (Release clause: £20.7 million)

Wage: £13,000 a week

Getafe’s Uruguayan young gun is another great option at left back. At 6 foot tall, with 83 sprint speed, 80 stamina and 76 strength, Mathias Olivera has the physical attributes to be a brilliant defender.

If you work on his technical abilities, Olivera can reach his 84 potential rating, becoming a formidable force on your left flank. He’ll set you back just over £20 million and you’ll likely have to increase his wages.

All the best young left backs (LB & LWB) on FIFA 20

Ben Chilwell22LBLeicesterEngland8085£16.7m£62k
Renan Lodi21LBAtletico MadridBrazil7987£14.9m£32k
Junior Firpo22LB LM LWBBarcelonaSpain7985£14m£99k
Oleksandr Zinchenko22LBMan CityUkraine7986£14m£82k
Luke Shaw23LBMan UtdEngland7981£12.2m£77k
Alphonso Davies18LB RM LMBayern MunichSwitzerland7788£11.3m£18k
Theo Hernandez21LBMilanFrance7783£9.9m£22k
Kieran Tierney22LBArsenalScotland7786£11.3m£50k
Mathias Olivera21LB LMGetafeUruguay7684£9m£13k
Aaron Martin22LBMainzSpain7683£8.6m£19k
Ruben Duarte23LBAlavesSpain7681£8.1m£16k
Ghislain Konan23LBStade ReimsIvory Coast7581£7.2m£19k
Youssouf Kone23LBLyonMali7582£7.7m£37k
Iago22LB LMAugsburgBrazil7483£7.2m£15k
Adria Pedrosa21LB LWBEspanyolSpain7484£7.2m£14k
Vitaliy Mykolenko20LBDynamo KievUkraine7483£7.2m£450
Owen Wijndal19LBAZ AlkmaarNetherlands7484£7.2m£4k
Braian Cufre22LB LWBVelez SarsfieldArgentina7481£6.3m£10k
Maximilian Mittelstadt22LB LMHerthaGermany7483£7.2m£17k
Matt Targett23LB LWBAston VillaEngland7481£6.3m£32k

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Michael Wicherek

First console: PlayStation 2 / Favourite Game: Modern Warfare 2 / Currently Playing: FIFA 20