FIFA 20 Career Mode: All the best Wonderkid Centre Backs (CB) to sign – De Ligt, Ampadu & more

These defenders will provide the backbone to the words best clubs in the years ahead.

Here we discuss the best wonderkid centre backs in EA Sports’ new edition of FIFA – these players are the cream of the crop, and could become the Virgil van Dijks or Thiago Silvas of tomorrow.

The players are aged 19 or younger at the start of FIFA 20 Career Mode and have the highest potential upsides of all the youngsters.

Note that meeting objectives for the club, and putting in strong performances on a weekly basis will see these players improve their ratings and move towards their potential – which can even be surpassed.

Matthijs de Ligt (OVR 85 – POT 93)

Age: 19

Positions: CB

Club: Piemonte Calcio (Juventus)

Country: Netherlands

Work rate: Medium/High

Best stats: 85 Heading Accuracy, 84 Jumping, 83 Reactions

Value: £45 million (Release clause: £80 million)

Wage: £67,500 a week

Matthijs de Ligt joined Serie A champions Juventus from Ajax for £67 million during the summer, and the 20-year-old has the quality and strength to become the best in the league.

De Ligt’s athleticism and remarkably high dynamic potential rating on FIFA 20 will give him the opportunity to compete with the likes of Sergio Ramos and Giorgio Chielini.

William Saliba (OVR 71 – POT 88)

Age: 18

Positions: CB

Club: Saint-Etienne (on loan from Arsenal)

Country: France

Work rate: High/Medium

Best stats: 76 Strength, 76 Interceptions, 74 Jumping

Value: £4 million

Wage: £4,500 a week

Having signed for Arsenal in the 2019 Summer transfer window, William Saliba will remain at Saint-Etienne on loan for the year, giving the 18-year-old Frenchman a fantastic opportunity to develop his game and prepare for Premier League football next season.

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Arsenal acquired Saliba for a fee of £27 million, which heavily surpasses his £4 million value in Career Mode, making him one to snipe for once his loan deal is over.

Jean-Clair Todibo (OVR 71– POT 86)

Age: 19

Positions: CB, CDM

Club: Barcelona

Country: France

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 83 Strength, 76 Jumping, 72 Composure

Value: £4.4 million (Release clause: £10.5 million)

Wage: £29,000 a week

Jean-Clair Todibo signed to Barcelona in the January transfer window, and made his debut for Barcelona in a La Liga match against Huesca in a 0–0 draw in April, earning a lot of praise for his performance.

Todibo’s value has increased exponentially since FIFA 19 was released last September, and it is likely to continue increasing as he puts in solid performances. If your squad is crying out for a physical, composed centre back for a bargain, look no further.

Boubacar Kamara (OVR 75 – POT 86)

Age: 19

Positions: CB

Club: Marseille

Country: France

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 77 Aggression, 77 Composure, 77 Long Passing

Value: £9 million (Release clause: £18.5 million)

Wage: £13,500 a week

Despite attracting attention from numerous top flight clubs over the summer (such as PSG’s Sporting Director), Boubacar Kamara will remain in Marseille for the 2019-20 season.

The young French defender is extremely confident on the ball, with his composure and long pssing stats sitting higher than the average centre midfielder, at 77. Kamara’s release clause stands at the £18 million mark, which is a steal considering the 19-year-old’s OVR of 75.

Evan N’Dicka (OVR 76 – POT 86)

Age: 19

Positions: CB

Club: Eintracht Frankfurt

Country: France

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 78 Strength, 78 Heading Accuracy, 77 Marking

Value: £10 million (Release clause: £18 million)

Wage: £13,500 a week

The 19-year-old Evan N’Dicka has been a revelation for Eintracht Frankfurt since he joined the club in 2018, winning the Bundesliga’s ‘Rookie of the Month’ award in February after starting 22 games straight.

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The talented French U20 posesses excellent positioning and awareness stats, and has the pace to get himself out of trouble when he is tricked. His notable 86 dynamic potential rating is based on the player’s current ability and his desire to improve as a centre back.

Ethan Ampadu (OVR 67 – POT 86)

Age: 18

Positions: CB, CDM

Club: RB Leipzig (on loan from Chelsea)

Country: Wales

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 74 Jumping, 70 Short Passing, 68 Balance

Value: £1.25 million

Wage: £3,000 a week

After getting plenty of opportunities for Chelsea under Antonio Conte, Ethan Ampadu was sidelined by Maurizio Sarri, despite making his Wales debut aged 17. As a result he has been loaned out to RB Leipzig, looking to become another British player to excel in the Bundesliga.

The 18-year-old Ampadu as 74 jumping, 70 short passing and 68 balance stats to make up his 67 overall, which can grow to a bright potential of 86.

Benoit Badiashile (OVR 68 – POT 85)

Age: 18

Positions: CB

Club: Monaco

Country: France

Work rate: Low/High

Best stats: 79 Strength, 71 Jumping, 69 Heading Accuracy

Value: £1.25 million (Release clause: £3.9 million)

Wage: £4,450 per week

Benoit Badiashile made his professional debut last November with Monaco in a 4–0 Ligue 1 loss to PSG, going on to make 26 appearances in all competitions in the campaign

This physically imposing defender’s most impressive stat is his 79 Strength, which will make him a nightmare to compete with. Valued at £1.25 million, he is also one of the biggest steals to feature in this piece.

Zinho Vanheusden (OVR 74 – POT 85)

Age: 19

Positions: CB

Club: Standard Liege

Country: Belgium

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 76 Marking, 76 Standing Tackle, 75 Sliding Tackle

Value: £7 million (Release clause: £13 million)

Wage: £6,200 a week

Arsenal were in serious talks over the summer with Zinho Vanheusden but were snubbed by the player, who only had eyes for the first division side Standard Liege.

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Vanheusden’s most impressive stats tell us that he plays in the style of an old-school centre back. Focusing mostly on positioning, marking, standing and sliding tackles, the Belgian creates a physical problem for opposition attackers on a weekly basis. Expect to see his rating improve as the season progresses.

Ozan Kabak (OVR 74 – POT 85)

Age: 19

Positions: CB

Club: Shalke

Country: Turkey

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 84 Jumping, 80 Strength, 77 Sliding Tackle

Value: £7 million (Release clause: £14.5 million)

Wage: £10,500 a week

Ozan Kabak is Shalke’s physically imposing Turkish centre back, who signed for the club in June 2019 as a 19-year-old.

What stands out most about Kabak’s defensive skills is his positioning. He is able to anticipate crosses and passes early on, taking up a necessary position. His 84 Jumping stat makes him a menace in aerial duels, and his 80 Strength enables him to establish dominance over smaller attackers.

Tiago Djalo (OVR 66 – POT 84)

Age: 19

Positions: CB

Club: Lille

Country: Portugal

Work rate: High/Medium

Best stats: 79 Strength, 68 Agility, 66 Sprint Speed

Value: £1.1 million (Release clause: £2.9 million)

Wage: £4,500 a week

Lille picked up Tiago Djalo from AC Milan for £4.5 million in the summer of 2019 and has adjusted to life in northern France well.

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The Portuguese starlet is a balanced defender, praised for both his strength (79) and agility (68). Despite a Sprint Speed rating of just 66, the centre back has already made a handful of appearances for his club, and looks to be an integral part of their future.

Full List of Wonderkid CBs above 83 POT

Player AgePosOVRPOTClubCountryVW
M. de Ligt19CB8593PiemonteNetherlands£45m£67k
W. Saliba18CB7188Saint-EtienneFrance£4m£4.5k
J. Todibo19CB
B. Kamara19CB7586MarseilleFrance£9m£13.5k
E. N’Dicka19CB7686Eintracht FrankfurtFrance£10m£13.5k
E. Ampadu18CB
6786RB LeipzigWales£1.25m£4.5k
B. Badiashile18CB6885MonacoFrance£1.25m£4.2k
Z. Vanheusden19CB7485Standard LiegeBelgium£7m£6k
O. Kabak19CB7485ShalkeTurkey£7m£10.5k
T. Djalo19CB6684LillePortugal£1.1m£4.5k
J. Panzo18CB6584MonacoEngland£1m£1.7k
N. Armini18CB6684LazioItaly£1m£2.6k
S. van den Berg17CB6684LiverpoolNetherlands£1m£900
O. Solet19CB6684LyonFrance£1.1m£7.2k
L. Mbe Soh18CB6783PSGFrance£1.3m£4.5k

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