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The 10 best young defenders in FIFA 20 Career Mode

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Written by Jake Tucker
Attackers win games but defenders win titles. If you're looking to shore up your backline on FIFA 20, these are the bright young CBs to look out for.
If you're hoping to win matches in FIFA 20, you're going to need some solid centre-backs. After all, your central defenders are going to have to square off against some of the best goal scorers in the business.
These guys are your main line of defence, and if you want to have a successful run at the FIFA 20 Career Mode, you're going to want to recruit a couple of young CBs to give you a killer defence for several seasons as soon as they reach their peak.
Scouting out the defenders of the future can be a bit of a daunting task, but we've dug into the cream of the 20-24 crop, so buy these guys and sit them on your bench, ready to go into your first-team once FIFA 20's best defenders start to decline.
Not all of these options are cheap, but they are going to pay off over the next few seasons. So, pick someone in your budget and snap 'em up...

Milan Skriniar (OVR 86 - POT 90)

Inter's Milan Skriniar is one of the strongest defenders on the game
Inter's Milan Skriniar is one of the strongest defenders on the game
Value: £43.1 million (£76.5m release clause)
Wage: £180,000 a week
Club: Inter Milan
Position: CB
Age: 24
Milan Skriniar has put in work in real-world football, snagging numerous caps for Slovakia and over 100 Serie A appearances, earning a role as a regular starter in Inter Milan's defence for the entirety of the 18/19 season, when the team conceded just 33 goals all season.
This is astounding, and it's earned him an overall rating of 86 and a potential rating of 90. This guy is probably the strongest on the list, even if you're going to need a big budget to land him. The good news is that buying him isn't just an investment: he can slot into most teams straight away and should make a big difference to your team's fortunes.

Clement Lenglet (OVR 85 – POT 89)

Barelona's Clement Lenglet is commanding in the air
Barelona's Clement Lenglet is commanding in the air
Value: £37.4 million (£79.5 million release clause)
Wage: £154,000 a week
Club: FC Barcelona
Position: CB
Age: 24
Lenglet is another first-teamer, making 45 appearances for Barcelona this year, part of which took the Spanish behemoths to La Liga champions for a second consecutive year, in addition to winning Spain's Super Cup. He's made a real impact in his first season, and he could be yours.
While his overall rating in-game is 86, he's got a lot going for him: he has a pace of 75 that makes him one of the fastest centre-backs out there, making him ideal as a get-out-of-jail-free card if you get caught unaware and need someone to charge in for a last-minute interception or frantic re-positioning. He's got a potential score of 89, so he could grow to be a constant in any team if you can pay the steep costs.

Jose Gimenez (OVR 85 – POT 89)

Jose Gimenez is a powerhouse who would be a worthy addition to most teams
Jose Gimenez is a powerhouse who would be a worthy addition to most teams
Value: £37.4 million (£79.5 million release clause)
Wage: £61,000
Club: Atletico Madrid
Position: CB
Age: 24
A regular for Atletico Madrid ever since he first signed in 2013, Gimenez has a lot of experience for a 24-year-old centre-back IRL, and even started in the Europa League final in 2018 when Atletico won the competition. Not to mention the 56 caps he's alrrady snagged for Uruguay, too.
This probably explains his overall rating of 85, and the potential rating of 89 is nothing to sniff at either. Gimenez is well-suited to defence, with defensive stats of 86, and picking him up — again, pricey — is akin to building a little wall around your box for the next 8 seasons.

Niklas Sule (OVR 85 – POT 90)

Niklas Sule is an absolute powerhouse in FIFA 20
Niklas Sule is an absolute powerhouse in FIFA 20
Value: £38.3 million (£66 million release clause)
Wage: £101,000 a week
Club: Bayern Munich
Position: CB
Age: 23
Sule has been tearing up the Bundesliga since he signed with Bayern back in 2017, having been part of the lineup that has snagged two Bundesliga titles, two German Super Cups and a German Domestic Cup.
Another pacey defender, Sule brings an overall ability score of 85 to the table with a pace rating of 72, with the opportunity for things to grow into an overall of 90.

Lucas Hernandez (OVR 84 – POT 89)

Bayern Munich's Lucas Hernandez has huge potential on FIFA 20
Bayern Munich's Lucas Hernandez has huge potential on FIFA 20
Value: £31.2 million (£53.9 million release clause:)
Wage: £97,000 a week
Club: Bayern Munich
Positions: CB, LB
Age: 23
Another Bayern Munich defender, Hernandez has just signed up with the German giants for a whopping £72 million over the summer.
He's probably going to need a season before you can even think about signing him, but he's one of the best defenders on our list: with 81 pace, 83 defending and a potential score of 89, he's a great pick up if you can wait around for him. He can also play, with a little less success, as a left back, making him a great choice to bolster your team.

Manuel Akanji (OVR 83 – POT 88)

Dortmund's Manuel Akanji has an overall potential of 88
Dortmund's Manuel Akanji has an overall potential of 88
Value: £26 million (£44.8 million release clause)
Wage: £67,000 a week
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Position: CB
Age: 23
This Swiss central defender has made a hell of an impact since signing with Dortmund at the start of 2018, snagging 40 Bundesliga appearances to wrestle a spot on the first team.
He can do the same for you, bringing his impressive 78 pace and 83 defensive stats to your lineup. His overall score is 83 right now, but it's the potential 88 that gets him a spot on the team.

Davinson Sanchez (OVR 83 – POT 87)

Davinson Sanchez can more than hold his own against the strongest strikers
Davinson Sanchez can more than hold his own against the strongest strikers
Value: £25.1 million (£48.3 million release clause)
Wage: £82,000 a week
Club: Tottenham
Position: CB
Age: 23
Sanchez has been a solid part of Tottenham's lineup ever since he signed for the North London club in 2017. He's made 82 appearances for Spurs since, and he's been dominant for the team.
In FIFA 20 terms, he's going places. He's got a potential 87 rating and starts with an 83 defending and 81 physicality. You want a defender with strong physicality somewhere, because eventually you're going to need to tussle with a big midfielder, and you need a defender that can take it on the nose and win these one on one battles.

Jonathan Tah (OVR 83 – POT 88)

Bayern Leverkusen's Jonathan Tah has world class potential
Bayern Leverkusen's Jonathan Tah has world class potential
Value: £26 million (£46.1 million release clause)
Wage: £59,000 a week
Club: Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Position: CB
Age: 23
Jonathan Tah is a solid centre-back that has been playing for Leverkusen since he was 19, earning eight caps for Germany. Honestly, in the real world, he's underselling his world-class potential somewhat, but he's just 23 and still has time.
In FIFA 20, however, he brings an overall rating of 83 to your team with a potential ability of 88. His defending stat is a very respectable 83, and he's 6ft 5, so he should be winning most balls for you in the air, and bringing some physicality to your backline as well.

Alessio Romagnoli (OVR 83 – POT 89)

AC Milan's Alessio Romagnoli is a solid CB with strong potential
AC Milan's Alessio Romagnoli is a solid CB with strong potential
Value: £26.8 million (£51 million release clause)
Wage: £40,000 a week
Club: AC Milan
Position: CB
Age: 23
10 caps, 155 appearances, Alessio Romagnoli has been good for AC Milan since he joined in 2015, after he joined from Roma for a fairly impressive £22.5 million.
This Italian will set you back around £30 million which might seem like a lot for an overall stat of 83, but he has a potential overall stat of 89, and he's got a defending stat of 85, so he'll make a solid, if fairly plain, addition to your team in a few seasons.

Presnel Kimpembe (82 OVR – 87 POT)

With 88 aggression and 84 strength, Kimpembe is a bulldog at the back
With 88 aggression and 84 strength, Kimpembe is a bulldog at the back
Value: £22 million (£42.4 million release clause)
Wage: £66,000 a week
Club: PSG
Position: CB
Age: 23
Kimpembe has form: after working his way up through the youth system Kimpembe stepped up to the first team for PSG in March 2015. Since then he's helped the French team win four back-to-back Ligue 1 trophies, and was part of the French World Cup side that were crowned champions back in 2018. Not bad for a 23-year-old.
Kimpembe is another defender that you can send head-to-head with anyone daring to step into your box. With 88 aggression and 84 strength, he's a bulldog at the back, and if you're willing to activate his £42.4 million release clause and can meet the £66,000 a week wage demands, he's a great opportunity. 82 overall is low, 87 potential isn't much better, but his physical stats are superb.