Best Young Centre Backs in FIFA 20

If you’re hoping to have a long and successful career mode in FIFA 20, it’s important to have one eye on the future and assemble the best young players with the potential to develop into the stars of tomorrow. Unless your squad is already loaded with talent, one of the key positions you’ll be looking to strengthen will be central defence. Below is our list of the best young centre backs in FIFA 20 that you can’t afford to miss out on in your career mode save:

10. Evan N’dicka

Age: 19

Club: Eintracht Frankfurt

Country: France

Rating: 76

Potential: 86

At 1.92 m, N’dicka is an imposing figure at the back for Eintracht Frankfurt. After progressing through the ranks at Auxerre, the French youngster made the move to Frankfurt in the summer of 2018 and quickly established himself as a first-team regular. His 86 potential rating in FIFA 20 is a testament to the incredible season he had last year having been nominated for the rookie of the year award in the German Bundesliga. His overall rating in the game is 76 alongside encouraging stats like 75 standing tackle, 78 strength and 73 sliding tackle.

9. Weston McKennie

Age: 20

Club: Schalke 04

Country: United States

Rating: 76

Potential: 86

Signed from FC Dallas in the MLS, McKennie spent a solitary season in Schalke 04’s youth team before being promoted to the first team. Showing plenty of promise and calmness beyond his age, he featured for the German club’s first team 25 times in the 2017–18 season. Tall, strong and versatile, McKennie has been deployed as a defensive midfielder for both club and country despite being primarily a central defender. He is rated 76 in FIFA 2020 with 86 potential and his key in-game abilities include 82 heading accuracy, 92 jumping and 83 strength.

8. Jules Koundé

Age: 20

Club: Sevilla FC

Country: France

Rating: 77

Potential: 86

Koundé is another one of France’s army of young promising centre-backs who have taken Europe by storm. Progressing through the ranks of French club Bordeaux, Koundé spent two seasons in the first team before making a big-money move to Spanish club Sevilla. Skillful and a good reader of the game, he is also a great passer of the ball which makes him a true gem of a player. If his 86 potential in FIFA 20 is anything to go by, he’s expected to take bigger strides in his career and reach new heights over the next few seasons. He starts with a solid overall rating of 77, and has great defensive attributes like 79 defensive awareness, 79 standing tackle and 78 heading accuracy.

7. Dan-Axel Zagadou

Age: 20

Club: Borrusia Dortmund

Country: France

Rating: 79

Potential: 86

After coming through the ranks at French club, Créteil, Zagadou opted against signing a new deal after his contract ended in 2017. Instead, the French defender joined Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer and has since featured regularly for the first team despite being just 20. Strong and a great tackler, Zagadou is also a great header of the ball and has scored 3 league goals for the German club since his debut in 2017. Rated 79 in FIFA 20, Zagadou is already good enough to start games and should get even better in a few seasons with his potential rating standing at 86. His in-game attributes include 86 standing tackle, 80 sliding tackle and 92 strength.

6. Jean-Clair Todibo

Age: 19

Club: Barcelona

Country: France

Rating: 72

Potential: 87

After being promoted from the Toulouse’s youth team to the first team, Todibo only played 10 games before agreeing to join Barcelona on a free transfer. Able to play as a defender and midfielder, Todibo is another French youngster who seems to have a bright future ahead of him. His passing and ability to read the game has been praised by coaches and teammates alike. His overall rating might be 72 at the moment, but an 87 potential suggests he has a promising future. His most impressive in-game abilities are 83 strength, 76 jumping and 72 composure.

5. Declan Rice

Age: 20

Club: West Ham

Country: England

Rating: 78

Potential: 87

Declan Rice was in sensational form last season establishing himself as an important member of West Ham’s first team. His performances earned him a nomination in the Premier League Young Player of the Year list and he was named Player’s Player of the Year for the Hammers. Able to play in defense and across the midfield, Rice has been identified as one of England’s most promising players having already appeared in 7 games for the national team. He is rated 78 overall in FIFA 20 with his potential standing at an impressive 87. His best in-game attributes are 79 standing tackle, 77 interception and 78 sliding tackle.

4. William Saliba

Age: 18

Club: AS Saint-Étienne

Country: France

Rating: 74

Potential: 88

Yet again, a French youngster makes it to this list. Despite being just 18 years old, William Saliba is already one of the best defenders in the French Ligue 1. Playing his first full season as a professional last year, he was signed by Arsenal and immediately loaned back to Saint Etienne for the remainder of the season. With the season he’s had, 88 potential is no less than he deserves in FIFA 20. His overall rating stands at 88 while his in-game abilities include defensive awareness 75, interception 77 and strength 78.

3. Dayotchanculle Upamecano

Age: 20

Club: RB Leipzig

Country: France

Rating: 77

Potential: 88

Yet another young Frenchman on the list and like his compatriots, Upamecano’s talents are visible for all to see. Since bursting onto the scene in 2017 after completing a move from Red Bull Salzburg, Upamecano has been a familiar face in the Leipzig starting lineup. After another impressive season last year, Leipzig reportedly rejected a bid from Arsenal to keep him on their books. With his potential in FIFA 20 standing at 88, and with an impressive 77 overall rating, many expect the French star to complete a move to a bigger club sooner rather than later. His in-game attributes include 88 strength, 84 standing tackle and 88 jumping.

2. Ibrahima Konaté

Age: 20

Club: RB Leipzig

Country: France

Rating: 79

Potential: 88

Ibrahima Konaté’s path shares huge similarities to Upamecano. He plays for Leipzig as well, was signed in 2017 and also plays for the French U-21 team. Forming a strong partnership with his compatriot, Konaté is part of a defence that has impressed many by their discipline and impressive footballing skills. Just like Upamecano, his potential rating in FIFA 20 is 88 while his overall rating is 79. His most impressive attributes in the latest version of the game are 85 standing tackle, 83 strength and 84 sprint speed.

1. Matthijs de Ligt

Age: 19

Club: Juventus

Country: Netherlands

Rating: 85

Potential: 93

Unlike most players on this list, de Ligt is already being regarded as one of the best players in the world. After a phenomenal season for Ajax which saw him reach the UEFA Champions League semi-final with, de Ligt completed a big-money move to Juventus. Still, just 19, the Dutchman plays with composure and guile that is far beyond his years. His 85 overall rating in FIFA 20 is no less than he deserves, while his 93 potential is only fair for a player who has already captained a big European club by the age of 18. His most impressive stats in FIFA 20 are 85 heading accuracy, 86 defensive awareness and 88 strength.

Conclusion

There is no doubt that some of the players on this list are already good enough to start games for your side FIFA 20 team. With huge potentials alongside their impressive overall ratings, you simply can’t afford to not have one or them in your career mode team.