At the highest level, football is looking to move away from the old stereotype of defenders – particularly centre-backs – as needing to be very tall. Now, aspects like speed and passing ability are becoming increasingly coveted.
However, in FIFA 20, there are certainly some benefits that come with having a player or two who are much taller than any of the opposition players. With a player who clocks in at 6’4’’ or above, you have yourself a clear cut target man on set-pieces and someone to rely on when aerial balls threaten your box.
As you would assume, the vast majority of the tallest players in FIFA 20 are centre-backs. What we’ve decided to do here is identify the tallest player who plays at right wing-back (RWB), right-back (RB), centre-back (CB), left-back (LB), and left wing-back (LWB).
At the bottom of the article, there is also a complete list of the tallest defenders in FIFA 20.
Henrik Dalsgaard, Height: 6’4’’ (RWB)
Best Positions: RWB, RB, RCB, CB, LCB, LB, LWB
Body Type: Normal
Henrik Dalsgaard made his way to the English Football League going on three seasons ago now, but his 6’4’’ frame from the right side of defence is already famed in the Championship.
A regular feature for Brentford at right-back, and sometimes featuring at centre-back, the lofty Dane had three goals and eight assists for The Bees by his 96th appearance.
In FIFA 20, Henrik Dalsgaard is listed as a right wing-back (RWB), but he can play anywhere along the backline and maintain his peak overall rating.
The 29-year-old’s high-medium work rate comes in handy a lot, and for a 6’4’’ defender, Dalsgaard boasts decent acceleration at 74, sprint speed at 78, and interceptions at 75. However, what is a bit disappointing is the Dane’s 71 strength, 70 jumping, and 62 heading accuracy.
Tosin Adarabioyo, Height: 6’5’’ (RB)
Team: Blackburn Rovers
Best Positions: RB, LCB, CB, RCB, LB, LDM, CDM, RDM
Body Type: Lean
Currently on loan from Manchester City to Blackburn Rovers in the Championship, Tosin Adarabioyo managed to break into the first team earlier in the season and has since held onto his starting role.
Through his first 13 games for Blackburn, the lanky Englishman helped to keep three clean sheets while predominantly being used at centre-back, but he has also featured at right-back in this campaign. He notched his first professional-level goal this season, scoring an 88th-minute equaliser with his head against Sheffield Wednesday. Blackburn went on to win that game 2-1.
As it goes for the tallest defenders in FIFA 20, Adarabioyo is the tallest player who can play at right-back (RB). His strength is at centre-back (CB) with a maximum 69 overall rating, but he only slips off a few points at right-back (RB) or left-back (LB).
Adarabioyo has decent base stats as a tall 21-year-old that he can develop as he builds towards his 80 potential. His strengths are in his 74 composure, 66 ball control, 76 strength, 70 jumping, and 65 heading accuracy.
Matt Casey, Height: 6’8’’ (CB)
Best Positions: LCB, CB, RCB
Body Type: Lean
Still only 20-years-old in real life – starting FIFA 20 as a 19-year-old – Matt Casey is yet to break into the Portsmouth first team.
He has featured in three professional games for Pompey, with all three showings coming in the EFL Trophy last season. This season, though, Casey has only notched one outing with the first team, at home to Crawley Town in the EFL Trophy, remaining on the bench throughout.
In FIFA 20, Matt Casey does hold the honour of being the joint-tallest defender in the game. Tied with Mikkel Mena Qvist and Abdoul Ba (see both below), Casey has a lower overall rating right now at 54, but his potential rating is greater at 71.
With height being his primary asset right now, Casey doesn’t offer much else as the tallest defender on FIFA 20 bar his 69 strength and 51 heading accuracy. He does, eventually, develop into a fair but very tall centre-back (CB).
Dan Burn, Height: 6’6’’ (LB)
Team: Brighton & Hove Albion
Best Positions: RB, RCB, CB, LCB, LB, LDM, CDM, RDM
Body Type: Lean
Dan Burn has become a crucial part of the Brighton & Hove Albion set-up, but it was only quite recently that he began getting starting reps in his optimal position.
For the first six games of the season, Burn started at centre-back, and at left midfield on one occasion. Although he is without a Premier League goal or assist so far this season, Burn has been a crucial part of the Brighton backline, now clearly more comfortable at left-back.
Dan Burn is one of the tallest defenders in FIFA 20 but is drastically undervalued at left-back (LB). He’ll still tote a 66 overall rating, which is pretty good for a 6’6’’ defender, but his bias in the game is at centre-back (CB).
With 74 aggression, 71 interceptions, 69 standing tackle, 69 sliding tackle, 72 defensive awareness, and 89 strength, Burn is certainly a classic, stay-at-home full-back. He’s rather useful in the attacking end too – not for his 51 dribbling and 50 crossing – but for the Englishman’s 74 heading accuracy.
Josh Earl, Height: 6’4’’ (LWB)
Team: Preston North End
Best Positions: LWB, LB, RB, RWB
Body Type: Normal
Josh Earl joined Bolton Wanderers out on loan to start the season, putting in a cameo performance in the team’s first League One game of the season.
Recently, the now 21-year-old has been able to see some first-team action, playing the full 90 minutes against Bristol Rovers and MK Dons at centre-back – both of which resulted in clean sheet victories. However, against Accrington Stanley, Earl was sent off 14 minutes in, and then Bolton lost 7-1.
Equally good at left-back (LB) or left wing-back (LWB), Josh Earl is one of the tallest full-backs in FIFA 20. Despite his 66 overall rating, the English defender boasts lofty ratings of 85 for sprint speed, 82 for aggression, 73 for strength, 73 for standing tackle, 76 for stamina, and a 71 in acceleration.
Starting FIFA 20 as a 20-year-old, Earl boasts decent base stats, making him a fairly good and rather tall left wing-back (LWB) when he reaches his 76 potential rating.
Those are the tallest defenders in FIFA 20 at each defensive position. Here’s the full list of the absolute tallest defenders in FIFA 20, regardless of their positional bias along the backline.
|Mikkel Mena Qvist||CB, LM, ST||54||6’8”||26|
|Pape Abou Cisse||CB||74||6’6”||23|
|Dan Burn||CB, LB||73||6’6”||27|
|Gordan Bunoza||CB, LB||69||6’6”||31|
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