With the amount of attacking quality in modern football, signing the right centre back is key.
With VAR scrutinising every tackle in the modern game, it’s crucial that your centre back remains calm under pressure, until the opportune moment to strike.
In addition, centre backs must be able 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.
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)
Club: Inter Milan
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)
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.
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)
Club: Atletico Madrid
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)
Club: Bayern Munich
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)
Position(s): CB, LB
Club: Bayern Munich
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)
Club: Borussia Dortmund
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.
Davinson Sanchez (OVR 83 – POT 87)
Value: £25.1 million (£48.3 million)
Wage: £82,000 a week
After just one season with Ajax, Sanchez moved to Tottenham in the summer of 2017 for a fee of £36 million. Since then he has made 82 appearances for the North London club, helping Spurs achieve consistent Champions League football.
The Tottenham centre back has a potential of an 87 overall rating and with his 83 defending and 81 physicality, there’s no reason he can’t challenge for a starting spot in your Career Mode team immediately.
Jonathan Tah (OVR 83 – POT 88)
Club: Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Value: £26 million (Release clause: £46.1 million)
Wage: £59,000 a week
Jonathan Tah has been a prospect world class centre back for the last few years; but now the German is 23-years-old, he will have to start showing substantial improvement if he’s going to fulfill his potential. Tah has been at Leverkusen since he was just 19, and has earned eight caps for his country
With a potential rating of 88, Tah is a wise investment in FIFA 20 career mode. His height of 6ft5 makes him an imposing figure on the field; coupled with his 83 defending stat, the German is an intimidating site for any attacker.
Alessio Romagnoli (OVR 83 – POT 89)
Club: AC Milan
Value: £26.8 million (Release clause: £51 million)
Wage: £40,000 a week
Alessio Romagnoli has been at AC Milan since 2015, after the Italian club paid Roma a massive £22.5 million fee for the centre back, who was just 20 years old at the time. Since then, Romagnoli has already made a staggering 155 appearances for AC Milan and has earned himself 10 international caps.
Romagnoli has a strong defending stat of 85 and an impressive potential of 89. The Italian is valued at nearly £30 million, which seems a reasonable price for a young defender with substantial first team experience.
Presnel Kimpembe (82 OVR – 87 POT)
Value: £22 million (Release Clause: £42.4 million)
Wage: £66,000 a week
After working his way up through the youth system, Kimpembe made his first team debut for the PSG in March 2015. Since then he has helped the French champions win 4 consecutive Ligue 1 trophies and was part of the French World Cup winning squad; impressive accolades for a 23-year-old.
If you activate his £42.4 million release clause and pay his £66,000 a week wage demands, you can expect to secure the services of a capable defender. Kimpembe possesses an 88 aggression rating and 84 strength rating, meaning he won’t be overcome in many 1v1 tussles.
All the best young centre backs (CBs) on FIFA 20
|Milan Skriniar||24||CB||Inter Milan||Slovakia||86||90||£43.1m||£78k|
|José Giménez||24||CB||Atletico Madrid||Uruguay||85||89||£37.4m||£61k|
|Niklas Süle||23||CB||Bayern Munich||Germany||85||90||£38.3m||£101k|
|Manuel Akanji||23||CB||Borussia Dortmund||Switzerland||83||88||£26m||£67k|
|Jonathan Tah||23||CB||Bayer Leverkusen||Germany||83||88||£26m||£59k|
|Alessio Romagnoli||24||CB||AC Milan||Italy||83||89||£26.8m||£40k|
|Éder Militão||21||CB||Real Madrid||Brazil||81||88||£18.9m||£92k|
|Victor Lindelöf||24||CB||Man Utd||Sweden||81||87||£18.5m||£85k|
|Mario Hermoso||24||CB||Altetico Madrid||Spain||80||87||£15.8m||£40k|
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Another great way to utilise your Career Mode transfer budget is through contract expiry signings.
Players who are in the final six months of their contract can be signed on pre-contract agreements for free, meaning you don’t have to exhaust your entire budget to bring in top-class players.
Head here for everything you need to know about contract expiry signings and which top talents are available for pre-contract agreements in FIFA 20.
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