On Career Mode it is important to get in a dominant centre back you can trust to marshall your defence, giving you solid foundations to build from.
Read on to find out who the best young centre-backs on FIFA 22 are.
Defining Best Young Centre Backs
These centre backs will all be aged 23 or under at the start of FIFA 22 Career Mode.
They may be expensive but will be worth every penny if they fulfil their potential and grow into the world-class players they could become.
Matthijs de Ligt (OVR 85 - POT 91)
Value: £65 million (Release clause: £111 million)
Wage: £70,000 a week
Matthijs de Ligt is rightuflly the most expenisve player in this list, with a potential of 91 OVR.
If you want to sign the Dutchman in FIFA 22 Career Mode, it could be worth waiting a few seasons for his contract to run down before approaching the player.
Jules Kounde (OVR 83 - POT 89)
Value: £46 million (Release clause: £105 million)
Wage: £28,000 a week
Jules Kounde is one of the most sought after centre backs in Europe right now, with Chelsea missing out in the summer for the 21-year-old.
The Frenchman has brilliant pace and defending stats in FIFA 22, which are key for any top defender in the game.
Eder Militao (OVR 82 - POT 89)
Value: £49 million (Release clause: £109 million)
Wage: £112,000 a week
It may be hard to convince Real Madrid to sell Eder Militao in FIFA 22, with the Brazilian becoming a key member of the defence after Ramos and Varane both left.
If you can manage to sign Militao, the centre back will provide great cover in defence with his outstanding pace.
Cristian Romero (OVR 82 - POT 87)
Value: £36 million
Wage: £44,000 a week
Currently on loan at Spurs, Cristian Romero is more of an old school CB.
He isn't the best on the ball, but where he lacks there he makes up for with solid defending stats, including a lot of Argentinian aggression!
Dayot Upamecano (OVR 82 - POT 90)
Value: £55 million (Release clause: £102 million)
Wage: £60,000 a week
If you want to sign Dayot Upamecano in FIFA 22 you'll have to wait a season, given the Frenchman has recently moved to Bayern Munich.
However, with the potential of reaching 90 OVR, Upamecano could be worth the wait and the hefty price tag!
Edmond Tapsoba (OVR 81 - POT 88)
Value: £42 million (Release clause: £79 million)
Wage: £42,000 a week
Edmond Tapsoba will cost over £40 million in FIFA 22 Career Mode, however, the tall defender could dominate in defence for years!
The Leverkusen player has been subject to interest across Europe this summer, so you'll need to get in quick before somebody snaps him up.
Alessandro Bastoni (OVR 80 - POT 89)
Value: £38 million (Release clause: £73 million)
Wage: £66,000 a week
A mainstay at the back for title winners Inter Milan, Alessandro Bastoni received a massive +5 upgrade to his previous rating.
He lacks a bit of pace but is solid apart from that, and at 6'3" can tower above most strikers.
Sven Botman (OVR 79 - POT 85)
Value: £22 million (Release clause: £46 million)
Wage: £23,000 a week
After just one season of senior football on loan, Sven Botman signed for Lille and started all but one of their title-winning season.
Again, a slower, more old school defender, which is reflected in his lower potential.
Maxence Lacroix (OVR 79 - POT 86)
Value: £28 million (Release clause: £54 million)
Wage: £36,000 a week
The man that many FUT players want at the back, Maxence Lacroix is a rapid CB with 93 Sprint Speed.
It's not just pace with him though, he backs it up with great defensive attributes, which will only improve over the seasons in Career Mode.
Wesley Fofana (OVR 78 - POT 86)
Value: £25 million (Release clause: £52 million)
Wage: £49,000 a week
After putting in some eye-catching performances at the start of his Leicester career Wesley Fofana looked a really exciting prospect.
However, he got hit with a couple of injuries, the most recent of which means we have yet to see him this season.