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FIFA 23 Best Young Centre Backs to sign for Career Mode

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When it comes to building a strong team, starting at the back with FIFA 23 best young centre backs is always a good way to go. You can't lose if you don't concede a goal, but to do that you need to lock in on the centre back position.

While the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Thiago Silva are brilliant, they are super-expensive and coming to the end of their careers. That makes them a less-than-smart investment, but getting players with years ahead of them and some growth is going to give you the edge.

These players are likely to be even better come EA Sports FC, so you can use this list to crib up for next year too!

All ratings correct as of 21 April, 2023

FIFA 23 best young centre backs for career mode

What makes someone eligible for this list? Well, firstly they have to primarily play centre back. Midfielders or full backs who can fill in at centre back aren't included here. We want natural, primary-position centre backs only. The second part is age. We are only looking at players that start FIFA 23 career mode aged between 20 and 24. Those younger than that fall into the wonderkid centre backs bracket, while obviously anyone older than that has aged out!

Virgil van Dijk in FIFA 23
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There is a whole generation of athletic and talented centre backs coming through at the moment. You will be hard-pressed to pick between a lot of these players, and while some are at massive clubs, there are several who will be looking for a new challenge.

We've listed these by considerating what they can do right now but also how high their potential is. You might disagree with our list, but this is who we think are the best young centre backs in FIFA 23 career mode!

Fikayo Tomori (OVR 84 - POT 88)

Team: AC Milan

Age: 24

Nation: England

Chelsea fans were devastated when Fikayo Tomori left Stamford Bridge in 2021 on loan to AC Milan. That loan deal included an option to buy, and Milan didn't hesitate to pull the trigger on a £25 million move. The young Englishman has been brilliant for the Rossoneri since joining.

Fikayo Tomori in FIFA 23
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THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY - Chelsea fans miss Tomori

In FIFA 23 Tomori is a physical specimen. He's got 90 sprint speed, 84 strength, 83 jumping, and 80 acceleration. He can keep up with all but the fastest strikers, and out-muscle most of them too. He's obviously great without the ball, with 89 standing tackle, 86 defensive awareness, and 85 interceptions, but he can pick a pass too (73 short passing) and is decent in the air with 83 heading accuracy, though at 6'1" he isn't dominant in the air.

Eder Militao (OVR 84 - POT 89)

Team: Real Madrid

Age: 24

Nation: Brazil

Militao moved to Madrid in 2019 after a two-year spell at Porto. He's bedded into the team at Madrid well and become a key part of their defensive solidity recently.

In FIFA 23, Militao is a versatile CB that can also cover both fullback positions, but his quality is much deeper than that. As you would expect from a Brazilian, he is comfortable on the ball with 79 short passing and 74 ball control, but he is also an athletic player. His 88 sprint speed, 86 stamina, and 79 strength make him a force at the back.

He's also very good aerially despite his 6'1" frame, with 87 jumping and 87 heading accuracy.

William Saliba (OVR 83 - POT 89)

Team: Arsenal

Age: 21

Nation: France

After two years out on loan, William Saliba finally got his debut for Arsenal and quickly proved himself to be a brilliant young centre back. His quality and physicality is reflected in FIFA 23.

William Saliba in FIFA 23
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FAN FAVOURITE - Saliba has become a star in the Premier League

Saliba starts career mode with a terrific set of attributes. He's got 87 strength, 86 sprint speed, and 83 reactions to compete with forward physically. His defensive attributes are strong, with 87 standing tackle, 85 defensive awareness, and 85 interceptions, but he can also move the ball with 83 short passing.

Ronald Araujo (OVR 83 - POT 89)

Team: Barcelona

Age: 23

Nation: Uruguay

Barcelona has a few quality young defenders, but Ronald Araujo is the best of them. The Uruguayan centre back is another strong ball-playing defender who can be a threat at set pieces.

In FIFA 23 career mode Araujo has 86 strength, 85 sprint speed, and 81 reactions to compete for balls over the top. His defensive attributes are strong too, with 84 standing tackle, 84 sliding tackle, and 82 defensive awareness, while his 85 heading accuracy gives him an aerial edge.

Alessandro Bastoni (OVR 84 - POT 89)

Team: Inter

Age: 23

Nation: Italy

Inter's team is shedding players in real life, but in FIFA 23 they remain strong thanks to the quality of Alessandro Bastoni at the back.

Alessandro Bastoni in FIFA 23
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Another physical centre back, Bastoni has 86 reactions, 82 strength, and 81 stamina. He lacks some of the speed of others, but makes up for it with 88 standing tackle, 87 defensive awareness, and 87 interceptions. He is also terrific on the ball, with 82 long passing and 78 short passing.

More FIFA 23 best young centre backs

Player Team Age OVR POT
Matthijs de LigtBayern Munich228589
Jules KoundeBarcelona238489
Sven BotmanNewcastle228388
Josko GvardiolRB Leipzig208289
Lisandro MartinezManchester United248388
Cristian RomeroTottenham Hotspur248388
Dayot UpamecanoBayern Munich238387
Nico SchlotterbeckBorussia Dortmund228287
Ibrahima KonateLiverpool238188

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