14 Oct 2021 1:47 PM +00:00

FM22 Wonderkid Centre Backs: Move for these youngsters and reap the rewards

A good defender is the backbone of any successful team, and in FM22 you're certain to need tough tacklers at the back.

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The demand for young defenders is growing, and we've got ten CB's who can marshall your defence for years to come in FM22.

Defining wonderkids

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As many of you will know, a wonderkid is a player under the age of 21 with a high potential ability.

From players you can capture on loan to stars that you can splash mega-money on, this list has your FM22 shortlists covered.

Wesley Fofana

Club: Leicester City

Value: £20 million

FM21 CA/PA: 138/165

DATA DRIVE - FM22's new Data Hub will allow you to keep track of your player's progress
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DATA DRIVE - FM22's new Data Hub will allow you to keep track of your player's progress

One of the most highly-rated youngsters in world football, Fofana is already playing at the highest level.

His high potential rating makes him an appealing prospect for Champions League clubs, could you swoop in and help the young defender stamp his mark on the beautiful game?

William Saliba

Club: Marseille (on loan from Arsenal)

Value: £10 million

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FM21 CA/PA: 130/170

ATTACK FROM THE BACK - FM22's brand new wide CB role allows your defenders to join the attack
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ATTACK FROM THE BACK - FM22's brand new wide CB role allows your defenders to join the attack

There's an embarrassment of riches in the French youth setup, and Saliba is no exception.

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Currently on loan at Marseille from Arsenal, the young defender is certain to go far in the game.

With a potential of 170 and all the attributes to become a top-class defender, is it time that the Gunners started utilising this wonderkid?

Eric Garcia

Club: Barcelona

Value: £20 million

FM21 CA/PA: 135/165

ON THE MOVE - Eric Garcia swapped Manchester City for Barcelona this summer
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ON THE MOVE - Eric Garcia swapped Manchester City for Barcelona this summer

No wonder Pep Guardiola seemed reluctant to let Garcia leave, but Manchester City's loss is certainly Barcelona's gain.

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A clever defender with top mental and physical attributes, Garcia would certainly flourish alongside an experienced head.

Whether you're rebuilding Barcelona or searching for the next star, Garcia should be right at the top of your thoughts.

Luis Binks

Club: Bologna

Value: £200,000

FM21 CA/PA: 117/160

A rather unknown entity with a high ceiling, Binks is a player that many lower-end Premier League clubs should be tracking.

Now playing for Bologna in Serie A, Binks is a lower value wonderkid with bags of potential. Could you swoop in and pick up one of the bargains of the century?

Tanguy Nianzou

Club: Bayern Munich

Value: £2 million

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FM21 CA/PA: 119/180

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KEEPING TRACK - FM22 will allow you to request specific stats from your analysts

A diamond hiding in the German giant's ranks, Tanguy Nianzou looks set to be a wonderkid once again in FM22.

His unrivalled physical stats make him an appealing option for any club looking for a dominant centre-half. It's hard to doubt that Nianzou is one of - if not the most - exciting wonderkid defender in the game.

Jarrad Branthwaite

Club: Everton

Value: £7 million

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FM21 CA/PA: 123/160

Whether you're trying to take him on loan, or signing him with a view of becoming a future starter, Branthwaite looks to have all the attributes to develop into a quality Premier League defender.

Branthwaite is definitely a player you should have on your FM22 shortlist, as he could become a star for both club and country.

Timothee Pembele

Club: PSG

Value: £500,000

FM21 CA/PA: 105/170

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One of the youngest on this list with one of the highest potential ratings, Pembélé is a player who should undoubtedly be on your shortlist.

Quick and dynamic, the young French defender is destined for great things, could you be the one to snatch him away from Paris and develop him into a superstar in FM22?

Armel Bella-Kotchap

Club: VFL Bochum

Value: £70,000

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FM21 CA/PA: 115/170

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Bella-Kotchap is everything that German football fans love. Strong, physical, and with plenty of scope to develop, Bochum's centre back should be right at the top of your list for FM22.

With all the attributes to become the next Jerome Boateng, it's down to you to develop Bella-Kotchap correctly and turn him into one of Europe's best defenders.

Nathan Ferguson

Club: Crystal Palace

Value: £8 million

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FM21 CA/PA: 125/160

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FINAL COUNTDOWN - FM22's Deadline Day feature will keep you immersed in the transfer drama right to the end

One of the priciest options on this list - as well as being one of the most dynamic - Nathan Ferguson is a physical force ready to compete in the Premier League.

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Able to play as a D (R), Ferguson is built in the same ilk as Joe Gomez, but he could potentially eclipse him in terms of ability.

A guaranteed star for the future, you need Ferguson in your team.

Benoit Badiashile

Club: Monaco

Value: £6 million

FM21 CA/PA: 125/170

Another Frenchman with the ability to be a superstar, surely you can snap one of them up and make them your own?

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Badiashile already has a good current ability rating, and that's only set to rise with the right development.

There are many exciting prospects on this list, but Benoit Badiashile might just be the best.

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