FM22 Best Young Defensive Midfielders: Rice set to become the BEST around

Acting like a shield for the defence and connecting the backline with the front, defensive midfielders will play a crucial role for your side in Football Manager 2022.

There are a few brilliant young talents already around in the position, with more coming through to challenge for the best.

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Read on to find out who the best young DMs to sign in FM22 are.

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Defining Best Young DMs

Not as fresh-faced as wonderkids, we're classing 'young' as players 23 or under on your first FM22 save.

From ready-made stars to players waiting to make their breakthroughs, there's something on this list for everyone. Just make sure you swoop in before another European titan gets there first.

Federico Valverde (CA 160 - PA 168)

FM22 Federico Valverde
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REAL PACE - Valverde has the legs to get across the pitch

Age: 23

Club: Real Madrid

Value: £61-£95 million

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Wage: £66,000 a week

Top of the list is Real Madrid player Federico Valverde, and it's only a matter of time before he takes over from one of the older midfield three.

With incredible pace for a DM, he can cover the ground and save your team from getting countered too easily.

Manuel Locatelli (CA 153 - PA 167)

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BOX-TO-BOX - This man won't just stay back and defend

Age: 23

Club: Zebre [Juventus] (on loan from Sassuolo)

Value: £28-£44 million

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Wage: £91,000 a week

He may be on loan at Zebre (Juventus), but they've already decided to make that a permanent deal, so you'll be waiting to get hold of him if you want to sign the Italian.

Not just a defensive midfielder, he is a great box-to-box player, who can find the right pass just as easily as stopping attacks.

Declan Rice (CA 152 - PA 170)

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RICE RICE BABY - Is there a future England captain here?

Age: 22

Club: West Ham United

Value: £66-£82 million

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Wage: £60,000 a week

Already captaining his club and getting regular starts for England, Declan Rice looks like a future captain for the country too.

Mobile and a solid wall in front of the defence, he will work hard for the team and could be the captain your club needs.

Bruno Guimaraes (CA 139 - PA 160)

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FANCY FEET - Bruno Guimaraes will bring some flair at the back

Age: 23

Club: Olympique Lyonnais

Value: £42-£55 million

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Wage: £42,500 a week

Get in a bit of Brazilian class with Bruno Guimaraes playing a holding role.

He doesn't lack defensive ability, but where he excels is being comfortable on the ball and playing out from the back.

Martin Zubimendi (CA 138 - PA 153)

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GET ME OUT OF HERE - Give Zubimendi the move he deserves

Age: 22

Club: Real San Sebastian (Real Sociedad)

Value: £45-£55 million

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Wage: £21,500 a week

Physically a great all-rounder, Maritn Zubimendi is another man who is great at being a deep-lying playmaker.

Although he is playing in La Liga, he will be wanting a move to a bigger team, so could you be the manager to make that deal?

Jon Moncayola (CA 137 - PA 152)

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BARGAIN BUY - Make a swoop for this £13 million man

Age: 23

Club: Atletico Pamplona (Osasuna)

Value: £13-£21 million

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Wage: £17,250 a week

You could get quite a bargain here, with Jon Moncayola available for as little as £13 million.

He has very solid attributes, without being outstanding in any, making him a very steady player in midfield.

Frank Onyeka (CA 137 - PA 152)

FM22 Frank Onyeka
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RUNNING FOR DAYS - Onyeka has top stamina to match his work rate

Age: 23

Club: Brentford

Value: £37-£45 million

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Wage: £30,000 a week

One of the players that has made Brentford a surprise package this season, Frank Onyeka is an engine in the middle.

If you want someone to hunt down the ball tirelessly with pace and power, before offloading it to your creative stars, look no further than Onyeka.

Douglas Luiz (CA 137 - PA 155)

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RETURN TO THE TOP - Douglas Luiz will want to sign for a top side again

Age: 23

Club: Aston Villa

Value: £38-£61 million

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Wage: £50,00 a week

Once a Manchester City player, that shows what a classy customer you have on your hands, even if City did end up letting him go.

Strong on the ball and in regaining it, Douglas Luiz may fancy a move to a bigger club once again.

Boubacar Kamara (CA 136 - PA 159)

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SOLID DEFENDER - Don't worry about getting broken down with this man around

Age: 21

Club: Olympique de Marseille

Value: £24-£39 million

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Wage: £43,500 a week

Equally happy at centre-back or defensive-midfield, that shows how solid the cover will be that Boubacar Kamara can give you.

Being composed and with good passing has seen him in midfield, just don't expect him to be an attacking threat.

Oliver Skipp (CA 135 - PA Range 140-170)

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NEVER SKIPS TRAINING - A hard worker that could reach the top of the game

Age: 20

Club: Tottenham Hotspur

Value: £29-£47 million

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Wage: £25,000 a week

After helping Norwich to the Championship and being included in the Championship Team of the Year, Oliver Skipp returned to parent club Tottenham and has been trusted by both of their managers to play a first-team role.

Another who is best at breaking up the play and passing the ball on to more creative players, Skipp could become special.

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