FIFA 20 Career Mode: All the Best Young Centre Backs (CBs) to sign – Skriniar, Lenglet & more

Looking for a defensive rock to build your team around? There's no getting past these players.

When it comes to centre backs, having a player who isn’t phased by who they come up against is key.

With VAR scrutinising every tackle in the modern game, it’s crucial that your centre back remains calm under pressure, striking at the opportune moment.

In addition, centre backs are required to have the capability to play out from the back and therefore must be able to pick out the right pass.

Luckily, FIFA 20 has plenty of young talents available for you to sign in Career Mode.

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Choosing the best young centre backs (CBs) on FIFA 20 Career Mode

Here we are looking at the best centre backs aged between 20 and 24 years old.

These defenders are yet to reach their peak, but are on the cusp of breaking into the top-class level of centre halves, with some having already done so.

They will be expensive, but will undoubtedly be worth every penny over the next eight or so years.

For a full list of ALL the best young centre backs (CBs) on Career Mode, look at the table at the end of this page.

Milan Skriniar (OVR 86 – POT 90)

Age: 24

Position(s): CB

Club: Inter Milan

Country: Slovakia

Value: £43.1 million (Release clause: £76.5 million)

Wage: £180,000 a week

At just 24-years-old, Milan Skriniar is already a well-seasoned centre back. The Slovakian has 114 Serie A appearances and has earned 23 caps for his country (debuting at just 21-years-old). He was a regular starter in Inter’s back three last season, and, despite finishing fourth, Inter only conceded 33 goals all season; the second lowest goals conceded in the league behind Juventus.

The defender is already a fan favourite and it’s going to take a substantial fee to secure his signature. But with an overall rating of 86 at just 24 and an incredible potential rating of 90, any fee you pay for Skriniar is well worth it.

Clement Lenglet (OVR 85 – POT 89)

Age: 24

Position(s): CB

Club: Barcelona

Country: France

Value: £37.4 million (Release clause: £79.5 million)

Wage: £154,000 a week

Barcelona clearly rate the young Frenchman, Lenglet, paying over £32 million for him when he was just 23-years-old. The centre half has repaid their faith in him, making 45 appearances for Barcelona, 23 of which were in La Liga. With Lenglet’s help, the Spanish giants were crowned Spanish champions for a second consecutive year, also winning the Spanish Super Cup. Not a bad first season for the 24-year-old Frenchman.

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Lenglet has a defensive rating of 86 and a pace rating of 75, so he’s fairly fast for a centre back. He’s valued at £37.4 million which doesn’t seem so steep considering he could reach an overall rating of 89.

Jose Gimenez (OVR 85 – POT 89)

Age: 24

Position(s): CB

Club: Atletico Madrid

Country: Uruguay

Value: £37.4 million (Release clause: £79.5 million)

Wage: £61,000 a week

After signing from Danubio FC in 2013, Gimenez made 20 appearances in his second season with Atletico at just 19 years of age. Ever since then he has been a regular name on the team sheet and even started in the Europa League Final in 2018, which saw Atletico crowned champions. With 56 caps for Uruguay, Gimenez is over experienced for his age, explaining his overall rating of 85.

With defending stats of 86 and a potential of 89, Gimenez would be an ideal signing for your Career Mode squad and could be the linchpin of your defence for the next seven or eight years.

Niklas Sule (OVR 85 – POT 90)

Age: 23

Position(s): CB

Club: Bayern Munich

Country: Germany

Value: £38.3 million (Release clause: £66 million)

Wage: £101,000 a week

Having worked his way up through the Hoffenheim youth system, Niklas Sule impressed in the Bundesliga, earning himself a £22.5 million transfer to Bayern back in 2017. Since then he has won two Bundesliga titles, one German Domestic Cup and two German Super Cups.

At 23 years old with a potential of 90 overall he is the perfect acquisition for any career mode manager, especially with 86 defending and a decent pace rating of 72.

Lucas Hernandez (OVR 84 – POT 89)

Age: 23

Position(s): CB, LB

Club: Bayern Munich

Country: France

Value: £31.2 million (Release clause: £53.9 million)

Wage: £97,000 a week

Lucas Hernandez had a successful career at Atletico, making regular appearances in the 17/18 La Liga season and starting for the Europa League champions in the final. He only made 14 appearances last season, but this did not deter Bayern Munich, who bought the French centre back for a whopping £72 million over the summer.

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You may have to wait a season to sign Hernandez, having just made a move to a new club. However, his stats suggest he is worth the wait. With 83 defending and 81 pace, Hernandez would be extremely useful in combating any speedy attackers; not to mention he has a potential rating of 89.

Manuel Akanji (OVR 83 – POT 88)

Age: 23

Position(s): CB

Club: Borussia Dortmund

Country: Switzerland

Value: £26 million (£44.8 million)

Wage: £67,000 a week

Since moving from Basel in January 2018, Akanji has made 40 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund in under two years, marking himself as a regular starter. Incredibly, Akanji only received one yellow card in 25 Bundesliga appearances in the 18/19 season, reflecting a fantastic level of discipline with is a rarity in modern players.

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The Swiss centre half could be yours for around £40 million, bringing his 83 defensive rating and notable 78 pace to your team’s back line.

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  1. What about Matthijs De Lift? Age 20, rated 85 and max potential of 93, £33m fee and £60k per week wages and you don’t mention him???