FIFA 21 Career Mode: Best Cheap High Potential Centre Backs (CB)

Want a centre back with high potential but don’t want to pay wonderkid prices? These bargain CBs cost less than £1 million.


In Career Mode, one of the best ways to build a team on a small budget is to invest in cheap players with high potential ratings.

Then, every time you play the cheap player with high potential, you enhance your investment as they’ll become a better player for your team and be worth more in the transfer market.


Here, we’re looking at the best cheap centre backs with high potential that you should look to sign in FIFA 21’s Career Mode.

Choosing FIFA 21 Career Mode’s Best Cheap Centre Backs (CB)

The primary factor considered when compiling our list of the best cheap centre backs was the release clause: every player here can be signed for £1 million or less.

From there, we’ve selected the players with the best potential ratings (POT), enabling you to invest your transfer budget into players with high ceilings. Every player on the list has a potential rating of at least 78 POT.

We excluded players who are out on-loan as they’ll likely increase in value over the course of the season, and free agents aren’t included among the best cheap CBs of Career Mode on FIFA 21.

For a full list of ALL our best cheap high potential centre backs (CBs), please look at the table towards the end of the page.

Bright Akwo Arrey-Mbi (60 OVR – 86 POT)

Team: FC Bayern II
Age: 17
Best Position: LCB, CB, RCB
Overall/Potential: 60 OVR / 86 POT
Value (Release Clause): £850,000 (£937,000)
Wage: £450 per week
Best Attributes: 78 Jumping, 71 Strength, 70 Sprint Speed

Still only 17-years-old, Bright Akwo Arrey-Mbi has been on the books of top professional clubs for years, moving from Norwich’s youth set-up to Chelsea in 2014, and then to the under-19 ranks of Bayern Munich last season.

This season, Arrey-Mbi has been pulled up to FC Bayern II to play in the third tier of German football. The Kaarst-native was given a shot in the line-up immediately, featuring at left back and centre back.

Arrey-Mbi offers the perfect combination of having a cheap release clause and an incredibly high ceiling, making the CB with a 60 overall rating a must-buy for clubs on a smaller budget.

After signing him for a mere £937,000, your Career Mode team may be able to make use of his decent ratings of 78 jumping, 71 strength, 64 standing tackle, 61 sliding tackle, and 70 sprint speed.

Daniel Hoyo-Kowalski (59 OVR – 81 POT)

Team: Wisła Kraków
Age: 17

Best Position: LCB, CB, RCB
Overall/Potential: 59 OVR / 81 POT
Value (Release Clause): £600,000 (£687,000)
Wage: £450 per week
Best Attributes: 76 Jumping, 71 Agility, 70 Strength

Born in Barcelona, signed to Wisła Kraków, Daniel Hoyo-Kowalski made his debut for the Ekstraklasa side towards the end of the 2018/19 campaign, starting a match despite only being 15-years-old.

Since then, he’s been given several more first-team opportunities, including a start in the Polish Cup at the beginning of this season. Hoyo-Kowalski has also been a regular in Poland’s youth teams.

The Spanish-Pole ranks as one of the best cheap centre backs to sign in Career Mode thanks to his 81 POT and £687,000 release clause.

Hoyo-Kowalski may only have an overall rating of 59 OVR, but his 76 jumping, 71 agility, 66 acceleration, 66 sprint seed, 61 sliding tackle, 66 standing tackle, and 63 sliding tackle make him a usable CB in some leagues.

Bećir Omeragić (60 OVR – 80 POT)

Team: FC Zürich
Age: 18

Best Position: LB, LCB, CB, RCB, RB
Overall/Potential: 60 OVR / 80 POT
Value (Release Clause): £575,000 (£882,000)
Wage: £600 per week
Best Attributes: 76 Jumping, 73 Sprint Speed, 68 Acceleration

Bećir Omeragić is the most experienced player, in terms of first-team games, on this list, having already played 28 games for FC Zürich and now standing as one of the first names on the team sheet.

His performances for the Super League club have earned him a call-up to the Switzerland national team. While he didn’t get onto the pitch, the teenager was in the September 2020 squad to play Ukraine and Germany.

As a potential cheap CB for your Career Mode team, Omeragić offers decent starting attributes that will allow him to play a first-team role for many teams.

The Swiss defender’s highlight attributes include his 61 standing tackle, 60 interceptions, 60 sliding tackle, 73 sprint speed, 68 acceleration, 76 jumping, and 68 strength.

Melayro Bogarde (58 OVR – 80 POT)

Team: TSG Hoffenheim
Age: 18

Best Position: LCB, LDM, CB, CDM, RCB, RDM
Overall/Potential: 58 OVR / 80 POT
Value (Release Clause): £550,000 (£668,000)
Wage: £1,200 per week
Best Attributes: 74 Balance, 72 Jumping, 67 Agility

Melayro Bogarde knows what it’s like to be a prized young centre back, with TSG Hoffenheim willing to pay over £300,000 to bring him over to Germany from the Feyenoord youth ranks.

As an under-17s European champion, Bogarde has certainly proven himself in the youth ranks. Now, following his Bundesliga debut towards the end of last season, Bogarde has become a part of the Hoffenheim first-team, regularly coming along as part of the matchday squad.

With a release clause of £668,000 and 80 POT, the young CB on the cusp of playing regular Bundesliga football is one of the best cheap centre backs to sign in Career Mode on FIFA 21.

While the Dutchman’s overall rating is rather low, his 72 jumping, 74 balance, 67 stamina, 62 short passing, and 64 interceptions bode well for his future as a developing defensive player.

Christian Marques (58 OVR – 80 POT)

Team: Wolverhampton Wanderers
Age: 17

Best Position: LCB, CB, RCB
Overall/Potential: 58 OVR / 80 POT
Value (Release Clause): £550,000 (£653,000)
Wage: £450 per week
Best Attributes: 68 Jumping, 65 Stamina, 64 Strength

Despite only being 17-years-old, Christian Marques has already moved between four clubs. Having started at FC Dübendorf, he moved to SC YF Juventus, then to Grasshopper Club Zürich, and finally Wolverhampton Wanderers for around £500,000.

Initially joining the under-18s set-up of the West Midlands club, Marques impressed a great deal and is now a mainstay in the under-23s line-up – even playing as the captain on occasion.

The young Swiss comes into FIFA 21 as one of the best cheap CBs to sign, costing only £653,000 to gain access to Marques’ decent 80 POT.

As you’d expect from a player with a 58 overall rating, Marques doesn’t boast too many lofty attribute ratings. Still, his 63 composure, 68 jumping, 65 stamina, 64 strength, and 60 defensive awareness show that he’s strong in all of the right places.

All the Best Cheap High Potential Centre Backs (CB) in FIFA 21

In the table below, you can find all the best cheap centre backs that cost less than £1 million and have a potential overall rating of at least 78 POT.

NameAgeOverallPotentialRelease ClausePositionTeamBest Attributes
Bright Akwo Arrey-Mbi176086£937,000CB, LBFC Bayern II78 Jumping, 71 Strength, 70 Sprint Speed
Daniel Hoyo-Kowalski175981£687,000CBWisła Kraków76 Jumping, 71 Agility, 70 Strength
Bećir Omeragić186080£882,000CB, RBFC Zürich76 Jumping, 73 Sprint Speed, 68 Acceleration
Melayro Bogarde185880£668,000CB, CDMTSG Hoffenheim74 Balance, 72 Jumping, 67 Agility
Christian Marques175880£653,000CBWolverhampton Wanderers68 Jumping, 65 Stamina, 64 Strength
Robin Tihi186179£802,000CBAIK76 Strength, 71 Jumping, 66 Sprint Speed
Jamie Hamilton185779£545,000CBHamilton Academical73 Jumping, 72 Strength, 61 Stamina
Marco Burch195979£662,000CBFC Luzern77 Jumping, 69 Strength, 69 Balance
Murat Sipahioğlu185878£675,000CBMKE Ankaragücü70 Jumping, 69 Standing Tackle, 63 Acceleration
Kévin Boma175978£650,000CBAngers SCO66 Standing Tackle, 62 Jumping, 61 Heading Accuracy
Francisco Flores186178£908,000CBSan Lorenzo de Almagro67 Jumping, 66 Heading Accuracy, 64 Stamina
Piero Martín Hincapié185878£563,000CBClub Atlético Talleres70 Jumping, 67 Stamina, 66 Balance
Lenny Lacroix175878£621,000CBFC Metz74 Jumping, 68 Balance, 63 Sprint Speed
Ramón Juárez196078£889,000CB, RBClub América78 Strength, 73 Stamina, 73 Jumping
Cheikh Cory Sene195978£709,000CBRacing Club de Lens83 Strength, 65 Jumping, 65 Aggression

If your Career Mode club doesn’t give you much money to play with, consider investing less than £1 million in one of the best cheap CBs with high potential shown above.

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