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23 Oct 2019

FIFA 20: Top 10 Left Backs (LB & LWB) to buy on Career Mode & Ultimate Team - Alba, Robertson, Marcelo & more

FIFA 20: Top 10 Left Backs (LB & LWB) to buy on Career
Mode & Ultimate Team - Alba, Robertson, Marcelo &
more

If you're looking to splash some cash on one of the best defenders in the game, look no further.

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Jordi Alba (OVR 87 - POT 87)

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Andrew Robertson (OVR 85 - POT 89)

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David Alaba (OVR 85 - POT 85)

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Alex Sandro (OVR 85 - POT 85)

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Marcelo (OVR 85 - POT 85)

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Alex Telles (OVR 84 - POT 86)

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Grimaldo (OVR 83 - POT 87)

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Lucas Digne (OVR 83 - POT 86)

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Nicolas Tagliafico (OVR 82* - POT 84)

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Jerome Roussillon (OVR 82 - POT 83)

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All left backs above 80 OVR on FIFA 20

Playing as a full back is the most physically demanding position on the football pitch. They are asked to mark, block, track back and intercept in defence, while also having the athleticism to get forward and cross balls into the box.

Keep an eye out for defenders with solid pace, crossing and defending attributes, or you risk getting caught out on overpowered counter-attacks in FIFA 20.

We look at the best-left backs you can sign on the game, with these lefties the best players you will want to have on both Career Mode and Ultimate Team.

Jordi Alba (OVR 87 - POT 87)

Age: 30

Position: LB

Club: Barcelona

Country: Spain

Work rate: High/Medium

Best Stats: 92 Jumping, 91 Acceleration, 90 Sprint Speed

Career Mode Value: £36 million (Release clause: £73.8 million)

Wage: £216,000 a week

FUT Price: 63k PS4 / 58k Xbox One

Jordi Alba is a technically gifted, pacey attacking left-back, having transitioned from a left winger. His reliance on his pace and stamina allows him to get involved in both offence and defence, making him such a huge asset to Barcelona.

Alba has been a permanent fixture in the Barcelona starting team for some years now, thanks to his blistering acceleration (91) and awareness of the gameplay

Andrew Robertson (OVR 85 - POT 89)

Age: 25

Position: LB

Club: Liverpool

Country: Scotland

Work rate: High/High

Best Stats: 94 Stamina, 89 Crossing, 86 Sprint Speed

Career Mode Value: £39.2 million (Release clause: £75.4 million)

Wage: £113,000 a week

FUT Cost: 55k PS4 / 56k Xbox One

Andrew Robertson’s pace, energy and passing ability make him one of the best young left-backs in the world, and he is yet to reach his full potential.  One of Scotland’s top prospects, Robertson has also firmed his place in Liverpool’s starting side, helping them on their way to a Champions League Final win this year.

Besides his impressive pace statistics, Robertson’s tackles (83), ball control (81) and dribbling (78) set him apart from other less talented ball handlers, and justify his staggering release clause.

David Alaba (OVR 85 - POT 85)

Age: 27

Position: LB

Club: Bayern Munich

Country: Austria

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best Stats: 86 Sprint Speed, 85 Free Kick Accuracy, 85 Shot Power

Career Mode Value: £34.2 million (Release clause: £59 million)

Wage: £122,000 a week

FUT Cost: 42k PS4 / 43k Xbox One

David Alaba has played for German giants Bayern Munich for many years, joining their youth team back in 2008. The versatile defender can play a variety of roles, ranging anywhere from centre back to central or left midfielder.

Known for his pace (86 sprint speed), Alaba also has the ability to fire dangerous long shots along with his useful set piece ability (85 free kick accuracy).

Alex Sandro (OVR 85 - POT 85)

Age: 28

Position: LB, LM

Club: Piemonte Calcio (Juventus)

Country: Brazil

Work rate: High/Medium

Best Stats: 91 Stamina, 85 Sprint Speed, 84 Sliding Tackle

Career Mode Value: £29.7 million (Release clause: £49 million)

Wage: £140,000 a week

FUT Cost: 81k PS4 / 75k Xbox One

Alex Sandro is a quick, energetic and offensive-minded defender, who is also a strong tackler and a good reader of the game. He arrived at Juventus in 2015, with his role in the side unchallenged since.

Besides his 91 sprint speed speed, Sandro also has quality crossing (84) and tackling (84), making him a well-rounded full-back aware of his defensive responsibilities.

Marcelo (OVR 85 - POT 85)

Age: 31

Position: LB

Club: Real Madrid

Country: Brazil

Work rate: High/Low

Best Stats: 92 Ball Control, 89 Crossing, 89 Dribbling

Value: £25.2 million (Release clause: £51.7 million)

Wage: £185,000 a week

FUT Price: 27k PS4 / 27k Xbox One

Marcelo is one of the most reliable left backs we have ever seen, with the Brazilian as comfortable on the ball as anyone else on the pitch. That said, now aged 31, the defender is under competition from new signing Ferland Mendy (OVR 80).

Marcelo’s control on the ball (92), coupled with agility (85), and dribbling skills (89) see him often beat opponents in one-on-one situations with flair and extravagant step-overs. Prepare to pay an awful lot of FIFA coins to get this Brazilian legend in your squad.

Alex Telles (OVR 84 - POT 86)

Age: 26

Position: LB

Club: Porto

Country: Brazil

Work rate: High/High

Best Stats: 91 Stamina, 89 Crossing, 87 Curve

Value: £29.7 million (Release clause: £61.6 million)

Wage: £20,000 a week

FUT Price: 5k PS4 / 6k Xbox One

Alex Telles is a hard-working, solid wing-back and if it hadn't been for competition from Marcelo, Alex Sandro and Filipe Luis (OVR 85 on FIFA 19), he would have far more than just one Brazil cap to his name.

Known for being a talented dribbler (83 ball control, 82 dribbling). Telles can also put on the burners throughout the 90 minutes (91 stamina).

Grimaldo (OVR 83 - POT 87)

Age: 23

Position: LB

Club: Benfica

Country: Spain

Work rate: High/Medium

Best Stats: 90 Stamina, 86 Acceleration, 86 Balance

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

Wage: £16,000 a week

FUT Price: 3k PS4 / 4k Xbox One

Similar in stature to Barcelona’s left-back Jordi Alba, Grimaldo is the archetypal modern full-back. At just 23, expect the Spaniard to make a switch to one of Europe's top clubs in the coming years.

His main strength lies in his ability to attack; possessing incredible balance (86), acceleration (86) and dribbling ability (84), Grimaldo is one of the best value for money defenders in the game.

Lucas Digne (OVR 83 - POT 86)

Age: 25

Position: LB

Club: Everton

Country: France

Work rate: High/Medium

Best Stats: 92 Jumping, 85 Crossing, 85 Stamina

Value: £25.7 million (Release clause: £50.7 million)

Wage: £87,000 a week

FUT Price: 8k PS4 / 9k Xbox One

Lucas Digne hasn’t missed a beat since replacing Leighton Baines at left back for Everton in the 2018-19 season. He is known for his willingness to engage in aerial duels, the young Frenchman also loves firing crosses and passes across the opposition’s area.

Digne possesses some impressive attributes, most notably for his interceptions (83), reactions (83) and ball control (83), and you can acquire this well-rounded left-back for around £40 million on Career Mode.

Nicolas Tagliafico (OVR 82* - POT 84)

*Increased to 83 OVR outside of FUT

Age: 26

Position: LB

Club: Ajax

Country: Argentina

Work rate: High/High

Best Stats: 91 Stamina, 86 Jumping, 84 Aggression

Value: £21.2 million (Release clause: £31.2 million)

Wage: £24,000 a week

FUT Price: 5k PS4 / 5k Xbox One

Ajax’s Argentinian left-back Nicolas Tagliafico made quite an impression last year, gaining a spotlight in the Champions League with Ajax’s impressive performances.

Tagliafico is known for having incredible stamina (91) and flawless technique (81 composure), and at 26, he is on the cusp of his prime.

Jerome Roussillon (OVR 82 - POT 83)

Age: 26

Position: LB

Club: Wolfsburg

Country: France

Work rate: High/Medium

Best Stats: 90 Sprint Speed, 87 Acceleration, 84 Stamina

Value: £20.3 million (Release clause: £35.9 million)

Wage: £51,000 a week

FUT Price: 13k PS4 / 10k Xbox One

Only hardened Ligue 1 followers are aware of Jerome Roussilon’s ability, but he could be a perfect fit for your squad. France’s talented players in the left-back position (Lucas Hernandez, Benjamin Mendy, Layvin Kurzawa, Lucas Digne to mention a few) have stopped Rousillon from earning international recognition, but his peak still lies years ahead of him.

Roussillon has been gifted with a stocky physique coupled with blistering pace (89), making him a nightmare to deal with in physical duels over a 90 minute period.

All left backs above 80 OVR on FIFA 20

Player Pos Age Club Country OVR POT V W FUT
J. AlbaLB30BarcelonaSpain8787£36m£216k60k 55k
A. RobertsonLB25LiverpoolScotland8589£39.2m£113k52k 54k
D. AlabaLB27Bayern Austria8586£34.2m£122k42k 40k
Alex SandroLB LM28PiemonteBrazil8585£29.7m£140k79k 74k
MarceloLB31Real MadridBrazil8585£25.2m£185k27k 26k
A. TellesLB26PortoBrazil8486£29.7m£20k3k 6k
GrimaldoLB23BenficaSpain8387£26.6m£16k3k 4k
L. DigneLB25EvertonFrance8386£25.7m£87k8k 9k
N. TagliaficoLB26AjaxArgentina8384£21.2m£24k5k 5k
J. RoussillonLB26WolfsburgFrance8283£20.3m£51k12k 10k
N. SchulzLWB LM LB26Borussia DortmundGermany8283£20.3m£74k4k 4k
A. KolarovLB33RomaSerbia8282£9m£47k2k 2k
GayàLB24Valencia Spain8186£18.9m£31k1k 2k
L. ShawLB23Man UtdEngland8184£18m£87k2k 2k
M. AlonsoLB LWB28ChelseaSpain8181£13.5m£104k2k 2k
M. NérezLB LM31Free AgentUruguay8080£0£0n/a
W. DanoLB LM31CruzeiroBrazil8080£9.5m£31kn/a
F. MendyLB24Real MadridFrance8086£16.2m£104k39k 30k
M. HalstenbergLB27RB LeipzigGermany8081£13.1m£48k2k 2k
BernatLB LM26PSGSpain8083£14.4m£68k3k 3k
B. MendyLB24Man CityFrance8085£15.8m£86k4k 4k
F. GhoulamLB28NapoliAlgeria8080£11.3m£59k1k 2k
IsmailyLB29Shakhtar DonetskBrazil8080£10.8m£9003k 3k
R. RodríguezLB CB26MilanSwitz.8083£14.4m£38k1k 2k
AntunesLB32GetafePortugal8080£8.1m£25k1k 1k
D. RoseLB LWB28SpursEngland8080£11.3m£81k1k 2k