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02 Dec 2020

FM21: Best Centre Midfielders (DM, MC, AMC) - De Bruyne, Silva, Pogba & more

If you want to succeed in FM21, you'll need a strong midfield.

Having a solid central pairing is so important. An AMC who can dictate the play up top and a box-to-box DM who can clean up any counter attack opportunities.

Here are the best of the best in FM21.

Best FM21 Central Midfielders

As we've alluded to in the title of this article, we are looking at any midfielder who's primary position is one of the three central midfield spots.

Whether it's DM, MC or AMC, if they are at the top of the rankings, they will feature in this list.

We are focusing solely on the players Current Ability (CA) in order to ensure that we bring you the very best players from the beginning of your FM journey.

Kevin de Bruyne (CA 188)

De Bruyne FM21

Age: 29

Club: Manchester City

Position: MC, AMC, MR, ML

Best Attributes: 20 Vision, 18 Decisions, 18 Passing

Value: £86M

Wage: £230k p/w

The top-rated midfielder in FM21 should come as no surprise to you, it's Manchester City's Belgian genius, Kevin de Bruyne.

The 29-year-old has some incredible attributes, including a maxed-out 20-rated vision, which means if you can see a pass is available, KDB can too.

With 18-rated passing and 18-rated vision there is no-one better to orchestrate your attacking set up. That is highlighted by his £86M value.

Toni Kroos (CA 170)

Kroos Fm21

Age: 30

Club: Real Madrid

Position: MC, DM

Best Attributes: 20 Passing, 19 Corners, 18 First Touch

Value: £53M

Wage: £325k p/w

De Bruyne is by far and away the best MC in FM21, with the 170-rated Toni Kroos the second best in his role.

The 30-year-old still has plenty of life left in him at the home of the Spanish giants, and, with 20-rated passing, he'll be dictating the tempo of the game for years to come.

His value is significantly less than that of KDB, but his wages are significantly higher.

David Silva (CA 168)

David Silva FM21

Age: 34

Club: Real San Sebastian (Real Sociedad)

Position: AMC, MC, M/AM L, M/AM R

Best Attributes: 19 Technique, 19 First Touch, 18 Dribbling

Value: £6.75M

Wage: £91k p/w

He may not be at the Etihad Stadium anymore, but David Silva remains one of the very best central midfielders for yet another year.

The Spaniard moved back to his homeland with Real Sociedad in the summer and has continued his fine form over in La Liga.

Picking him on FM21 will be tough given his age and newly transferred status, but could a Sociedad save be on the cards?

Luka Modric (CA 168)

Modric FM21

Age: 34

Club: Real Madrid

Position: MC, AMC

Best Attributes: 19 Passing, 19 First Touch, 18 Technique

Value: £5.5M

Wage: £300k p/w

Another Madridsta who remains near the top of the rankings for yet another FM year is Luka Modric.

The 34-year-old still has plenty of life left in his legs yet, with a 19-rated first touch and 19-rated passing heading the way in terms of his best attributes.

His value is reflective of his age, however his extortionate wages will price most out of a deal.

Paul Pogba (CA 167)

Pogba FM21

Age: 27

Club: Manchester United

Position: MC, AMC

Best Attributes: 19 Technique, 18 Flair, 18 Balance

Value: £60M

Wages: £300k p/w

Paul Pogba has struggled to for consistency in the last couple of years, but he's still pretty good on FM!

A 167-rated CA means that Pogba still has the potential to fit into most midfield setups in the world and, with a 176 Potential Ability (PA) the Frenchman still has room to grow.

He won't come cheap though.

N'Golo Kante (CA 165)

Kante FM21

Age: 29

Club: Chelsea

Position: DM, MC

Best Attributes: 20 Tackling, 20 Teamwork, 20 Work Rate

Value: £60M

Wages: £300k p/w

The best out and out defensive midfielder in FM21 is yet again, N'Golo Kante.

The 29-year-old is hitting his peak years and, with a maxed-out 20-rated tackling, he certainly still has the ability to break down those counter attacks.

£60M seems steep, but he's still got plenty left to give. We'd try talk down that £300k p/w wage though.

Philipe Coutinho (CA 165)

Coutinho FM21

Age: 28

Club: FC Barcelona

Position: AMC, AML, ML, MC

Best Attributes: 19 Technique, 18 Dribbling, 18 Vision

Value: £57M

Wage: £400k

The final name in the top-seven midfielders in FM21 is Barcelona's Philipe Coutinho.

The Brazilian is back at the Camp Nou after a very successful loan spell with Bayern Munich, with the former Liverpool man back in the Catalonian sides plans under Ronald Koeman.

His value and wage are a bit too high for our liking though, there are better options out there in FM21.

All the best CMs in FM21

Player Age Club Position CA Value Wage
Kevin De Bruyne29Manchester CityAMC188£86M£230k
Toni Kroos30Real MadridMC170£53M£325k
David Silva34Real San SebastianAMC168£6.75M£90k
Luka Modric34Real MadridMC168£5.5M£300k
Paul Pogba27Manchester UnitedMC167£60M£300k
N'Golo Kante29ChelseaDM165£60M£300k
Philipe Coutinho28FC BarcelonaAMC165£57M£400k
Fernandinho35Manchester CityDMC164£5.75M£180k
Miralem Pjanic30BarcelonaMC164£48.5M£275k
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic25S.S. LazioMC164£47M£105k
Koke28Atletico MadridMC163£52M£275k
Mateo Kovacic26ChelseaMC163£59M£150k
Sergio Busquets32BarcelonaDM162£31.5M£275k
Bruno Fernandes25Manchester UnitedAMC162£63M£100k
Marco Verratti27Paris Saint GermainMC161£49M£250k
Leon Goretzka25FC Bayern MunichMC161£48.5M£175k
Ivan Rakitic32SevillaMC161£27.5M£115k
Luis Alberto27S.S. LazioAMC160£39.5M£81k
Joao Felix20Atletico MadridAMC159£50M£165k