Best Defensive Midfielders to Sign in Football Manager 2024

Best defensive midfielders to sign in FM24

Best defensive midfielders to sign in FM24

Only a week to go before Football Manager fans can get the latest edition of the game and start a new save in FM24. We are trying to get you close to the game as much as possible through our guides that cover the best players for each position. In this one, we give you the best defensive midfielders to sign in Football Manager 2024.

The best defensive midfielders in the world are not included here. Instead, we offer the ones with the best combination of price, rating, potential, and age. This means you won't see names like Rodri, Declan Rice, or Joshua Kimmich on this list.

Take a look at our Football Manager 2024 wonderkids list, and find out who are the fastest players in FM24. Now, let’s check out the best defensive midfielders to sign in Football Manager 2024.

Best defensive midfielders to sign in Football Manager 2024

The defensive midfielder position is a complicated one because there are numerous roles in the position, such as a Ball Winning Midfielder, Anchor, Half Back, Regista, Roaming Playmaker, Deep Lying Playmaker, and Segundo Volante.

However, if your player possesses a strong foundation of passing, tackling, work rate, stamina, positioning, and decision-making, then they should suit most roles.

Kalvin Phillips

Tackling: 16

Marking: 13

Passing: 15

Best defensive midfielders to sign in FM24
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Kalvin Phillips in FM24

Phillips is desperate for playing time, which he doesn’t get at Manchester City. Although one of the most expensive players on this list at £44m, Phillips is a great ball-wining midfielder with 17 Work Rate and 16 Determination. His mental attributes are fantastic.

Bryan Cristante

Tackling: 15

Marking: 12

Passing: 16

Cristante is easily the most complete and one of the best defensive midfielders to sign in Football Manager 2024. A good technician (16), excellent in the air with 17 Heading and 16 Jumping Reach, Cristante is also dangerous from a distance with 16 Long Shots. He’ll cost around £32m.

Xaver Schlager

Tackling: 16

Marking: 13

Passing: 15

Schlager is a versatile defensive midfielder who doesn’t get tired with 16 Stamina and 16 Natural Fitness. His other strong attributes are Determination (17), Work Rate (17), Teamwork (16), Concentration (16), Bravery (16), and Aggression (16). Schlager also offers plenty of 14s and 15s, and all this for around £30m.

Ali Al Musrati

Tackling: 14

Marking: 13

Passing: 16

Al Musrati has a release clause of £25.5m, which is an excellent value for money. He is a tall DM (193 CM) with strong mental traits, such as Composure (17), Concentration (16), Positioning (16), and Vision (16).

Guido Rodríguez

Tackling: 18

Marking: 14

Passing: 14

Best defensive midfielders to sign in FM24
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Guido Rodriguez in FM24

The most expensive player on the list at £54m asking price, Guido Rodríguez is also the best tackler on it. Not only he is a defensive monster, but Guido is also a good passer (14) with a solid first touch (15). Additionally, his impressive Positioning (18), Teamwork (17), Work rate (16), Determination (16), and Anticipation (16) make him one of the best defensive midfielders to sign in Football Manager 2024.

More defensive midfielders to sign in FM24

Player Name
Club
Tackling
Marking
Passing
Florentino Luís
Benfica
18
14
13
Wílmar Barrios
Zenit
15
18
13
Atakan Karazor
VfB Stuttgart
15
13
15
Salis Abdul Samed
RC Lens
15
14
14
Rolando Mandragora
Fiorentina
14
12
15
Marten de Roon
Atalanta
17
14
13
Pathé Ciss
Rayo Vallecano
15
13
13
Claudio Baeza
Toluca
14
15
15
Lucas Romero
León
14
15
12
Josip Mišić
Dinamo Zagreb
16
10
17
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