FM22 Best Wonderkid Centre Backs: The DOMINANT stars to lead your side for years to come

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If you have a solid defence and are hard to beat, it puts you in a very good position to go and win matches.

Finding young defenders in Football Manager 2022 will be very important, getting in that talent who can marshall your players for years to come.

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Read on to find out who the best wonderkid centre-backs are in FM22.


Defining wonderkids

As many of you will know, a wonderkid is a player under the age of 19 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.

Josko Gvardiol (CA 135 - PA Range 150-180)

FM22 Josko Gvardiol
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POWER AND PACE - Gvardiol has the physicality to become special

Age: 19

Club: RB Leipzig

Value: £72-£88 million


Wage: £20,500 a week

Josko Gvardiol could prove to be one of the most popular choices at centre-back on the game, with his incredible speed and strength making him a tough man to pass.

You'd best bring the war chest though, as you could be paying upwards of £70 million for such top talent.

Tanguy Nianzou (CA 128 - PA Range 150-180)

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TOP GUY - Nianzou will be dominant at the back

Age: 19

Club: Bayern Munich

Value: £28-£34 million


Wage: £66,000 a week

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 defenders in the game.

Goncalo Inacio (CA 136 - PA 157)

FM22 Goncalo Inacio
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PORTUGUESE PRESENCE - Inacio is a solid all-rounder

Age: 19

Club: Sporting CP

Value: £20-£26 million


Wage: £9,000 a week

An injury has put him out of action at the moment, but up until that point, Goncalo Inacio had worked hard and secured a regular starting spot at Sporting.

If you bring him to your club expect a solid, ball-playing centre-back who can handle any situation.

Devyne Rencsh (CA 126 - PA Range 140-170)

FM22 Devyne Rensch
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WHEREVER MAN - Rensch can play all positions at the back

Age: 18

Club: Ajax

Value: £13-£16 million


Wage: £16,250 a week

It's always exciting to see the talent produced by Ajax, and Devyne Rensch is going to be special.

He can play anywhere along the backline, and at 5'10" you may prefer putting him on the right or in a back three.

Illya Zabarnyi (CA 125 - PA Range 140-170)

FM22 Illya Zabarnyi
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TOP PRICE - For such a talent we think the asking price is great

Age: 18

Club: Dynamo Kyiv

Value: £26-£35 million


Wage: £6,250 a week

Totally solid at everything you need defensively, Illya Zabarnyi will be one of the best picks in the game.

He could also be your go-to option if you can't afford Gvardiol, being less than half his price.

Taylor Harwood-Bellis (CA 122 - PA Range 140-170)

FM22 Taylor Harwood-Bellis
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MANCHESTER MAN - You need to convince Taylor to leave his boyhood club

Age: 19

Club: Anderlecht (on loan from Manchester City)

Value: £15.5-£25 million


Wage: £10,000 a week

Taylor Harwood-Bellis is getting valuable game time on loan away from parent club Manchester City, unable to break into a newly strengthened backline.

If you plan to make a move for him it should be done sooner rather than later, as he is set to improve into one of the best.

Timothee Pembele (CA 110 - PA Range 140-170)

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ANOTHER SUPER GENERATION - France have their defence sorted for years

Age: 18

Club: Bordeaux (on loan from Paris Saint-Germain)

Value: £4.7-£7.4 million


Wage: £4,900 a week

Timothee Pembele 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?

Nnamdi Collins (CA 95 - PA Range 140-170)

FM22 Nnamdi Collins
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PACE WITHOUT POWER - Collins will need to hit the weights

Age: 17

Club: Borussia Dormund

Value: £6.4-£9.4 million


Wage: £6,500 a week

Nnamdi Collins definitely has the speed to match any striker, but he may lack the strength to battle it out with players.

Still only 17, he could develop into one of the best around if you get him training well.

El Chadaille Bitshiabu (CA 92 - PA Range 140-170)

FM22 El Chadaille Bitshaibu
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HOW WILL HE MEASURE UP - Still a lot of development needed for this giant

Age: 16

Club: Paris Saint-Germain

Value: £4-£8.8 million


Wage: £675 a week

It's quite a mouthful, and you may not have heard of him, but El Chadaille Bitshiabu could be the rock at the back your team needs.

He is still very young so his development will need careful nurturing, but at 6'5" he can make sure crosses don't reach their destination.

Wisdom Amey (CA 90 - PA Range 140-170)

FM22 Wisdom Amey
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GIVE YOUTH A CHANCE - At 15, Amey will need a lot of training

Age: 15

Club: Bologna

Value: £210,000-£2.1 million


Wage: £220 a week

The youngest on our list at 15, don't let his age put you off, as Wisdom Amey could reach a very high ability.

He looks set to become a strong, no-nonsense centre-back, and he could be a part of your squad for over 20 years.

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