FIFA 22 Defenders: Fastest Left Backs (LB) to Sign in Career Mode

Whether it’s bombing forward or spinning and tracking back, these are the fastest left backs in FIFA 22.

In modern football, owning quick defenders, and particularly speedy full-backs, has never been so important and this is reflected in FIFA 22 Career Mode, where a fast backline can be the difference between a good team and a great team. 

Over the last decade or so, FIFA gameplay has rewarded pace more than any other attribute. So, having left backs that can burst up the wing and match the pace of opposing attackers is vital if you’re to perform your defensive and attacking duties. 

These are those ultimate left back speedsters that you should sign in FIFA 22.

Choosing the fastest left backs in FIFA 22

This article focuses on the fastest left backs (LBs and LWBs) in the game, with Adryan Zonta, Alphonso Davies, and Zaidu Sanusi being amongst the best in FIFA 22.

We have ranked these speed merchants on their pace rating and the fact that their favoured position is left back or left wing back.

At the bottom of the article, you’ll find a full list of all of the fastest left backs (LB and LWB) in FIFA 22.

Alphonso Davies (96 Pace, 82 OVR)

Team: Bayern Munich
Age: 20
Pace: 96
Sprint Speed: 96
Acceleration: 96
Skill Moves: Four Stars
Best Attributes: 96 Sprint Speed, 96 Acceleration, 85 Dribbling

As well as being one of the most talented young footballers in the world, Davies also holds the mantle of being the fastest left back on FIFA 22, boasting a blistering 96 sprint speed and 96 acceleration.

Bayern Munich’s Canadian wing back not only provides his side with serious pace, but he also possess the skillset to overpower the opposition both in attack and defence. Given his dribbling ability, it’s not a surprise that Davies can operate at left midfield, which is very useful for managers wanting versatility from their defenders.

Signing a talent such as Davies isn’t easy, and his £90.7 million release clause may prove to be a stumbling block if you’re not one of the wealthiest clubs on the planet. However, the way that Davies can dominate games suggests that you should make a move if you can.

Adryan Zonta (93 Pace, 81 OVR)

Team: RB Bragantino
Age: 29
Pace: 93
Sprint Speed: 93
Acceleration: 92
Skill Moves: Two Stars
Best Attributes: 93 Sprint Speed, 92 Acceleration, 91 Stamina

He may not be a real player outside of FIFA, but as a potential signing in Career Mode, Adryan Zonta has the pace and endurance to make him a valuable member of your defence.

The Brazilian’s 93 sprint speed makes him quicker than the vast majority of forwards and wingers in the game, but it’s his 91 stamina that makes him standout from his wingback contemporaries. With his, he can maintain his unrivalled effort for 90 minutes across the entire season.

At 29 years of age, Adryan Zonta’s physical attributes may start to deteriorate, so if you want to benefit from his searing pace and brilliant engine, it may be worth acting sooner rather than later. To get RB Bragantino to part with their star wing back, you will have to shell out £36.8 million, which is a fair bit of money for a 29-year-old.

Theo Hernández (93 Pace, 84 OVR)

Team: AC Milan
Age: 23
Pace: 93
Sprint Speed: 94
Acceleration: 92
Skill Moves: Three Stars
Best Attributes: 94 Sprint Speed, 92 Acceleration, 90 Stamina

Theo Hernández is not only one of the brightest left back prospects in FIFA 22 with his 90 potential, but he’s also one of the fastest in the game with 94 sprint speed.

The Frenchman’s greatest qualities are, arguably, his pace and physicality, although his quality on the ball makes him a very well-rounded modern full-back who adds great value at both ends of the pitch, whether it be for AC Milan or the French national team.

Hernández signed for Milan for a fee just shy of £20 million from Real Madrid in 2019. However, if you wish to sign him in Career Mode, you’ll have to stump up an eyewatering £102.1 million to trigger his release clause. You can try and sign him for less, but realistically there’s a fair chance that most clubs will be priced out of a move for one of the world’s best left backs.

Zaidu Sanusi (93 Pace, 76 OVR)

Team: FC Porto
Age: 24
Pace: 93
Sprint Speed: 93
Acceleration: 92
Skill Moves: Two Stars
Best Attributes: 93 Sprint Speed, 92 Acceleration, 91 Jumping

Nigerian left back Zaidu Sanusi has recently made a name for himself in European football for Portuguese powerhouse Porto. His blistering speed has been causing all sorts of problems for opposing sides in domestic and continental competitions.

Sanusi signed for Porto for just €4 million from Santa Clara in the summer of 2020. He immediately cemented himself as their first choice left back in Liga NOS and the Champions League – making 41 appearances during the 2020/21 campaign.

In FIFA 22, Sanusi is just as impressive, with 93 sprint speed, 92 acceleration, and high-high work rates, making him a dream to have at your disposal in Career Mode. The 24-year-old is yet to hit his peak in-game, so snapping him up for £27.4 million might be your best bet for securing an elite and rapid left back.

Matt Hatch (92 Pace, 55 OVR)

Team: Central Coast Mariners
Age: 20
Pace: 92
Sprint Speed: 92
Acceleration: 92
Skill Moves: Two Stars
Best Attributes: 92 Acceleration, 92 Sprint Speed, 67 Agility

He may not be the most complete left back at this stage, but Matt Hatch does have the very important skill of being a rapid defender, which stands him in good stead in FIFA 22.

His 92 sprint speed and 92 acceleration offer more than enough pace to handle the physical threats of the opposition. At only 20-years-old, he’s got the potential to greatly improve his mental and technical attributes in Career Mode.

An ideal signing if you’re managing a lower league team in your save, you can pick up the young Aussie for £484,000 and his wages will be extremely cheap, too. Hatch is definitely an option for teams working with a very tight budget. 

Ferland Mendy (92 Pace, 83 OVR)

Team: Real Madrid
Age: 26
Pace: 92
Sprint Speed: 92
Acceleration: 91
Skill Moves: Four Stars
Best Attributes: 92 Sprint Speed, 91 Acceleration, 89 Stamina

After missing out on France’s World Cup-winning squad in 2018, Ferland Mendy has cemented his place as one of France’s best defenders after a couple of very impressive seasons at the Bernabeu.

Blessed with raw pace, and an equally outstanding gas tank, Mendy’s in-game ratings of 92 sprint speed, 91 acceleration, and 89 stamina make the Real Madrid standout one of the most overpowered and physical full backs in this year’s FIFA.

Mendy will only improve, and the French international can reach a potential 86 overall. Still, to profit from Mendy’s services, you’ll need to pay £79.5 million on top of a very steep wage commitment.

Leonardo Spinazzola (92 Pace, 83 OVR)

Team: Roma
Age: 28
Pace: 92
Sprint Speed: 91
Acceleration: 94
Skill Moves: Four Stars
Best Attributes: 94 Acceleration, 91 Sprint Speed, 84 Crossing

One of the breakout stars of Euro 2020, before his untimely injury, Spinazzola has emerged as one of the world’s most effective and fastest left backs in whichever system he plays.

His wand of a left foot causes all sorts of problems for opposition defenders, as illustrated by his in-game 84 crossing rating, but his 94 acceleration and 91 sprint speed are perhaps more useful for FIFA players. Spinazzola represents that rare blend of physicality and technique.

Starting Career Mode saves at Roma, Spinazzola is affordable with a release clause of £48.2 million. At 28-years-old, though, you may struggle to get more than a couple of seasons out of the Italian before he begins to decline. So, he’s better suited to teams looking for a short-term left back solution.

All of the fastest LBs and LWBs on FIFA 22 Career Mode

In the table below, you’ll find all of the quickest LBs and LWBs in FIFA 22, sorted by their pace rating. 

Name Overall Potential Pace Acceleration Sprint Speed Age Position Team
Alphonso Davies   82 89 96 96 96 20 LB, LM Bayern Munich
Adryan Zonta   81 81 93 92 93 29 LWB, LB RB Bragantino
Zaidu Sanusi 76 83 93 92 93 24 LB FC Porto
Theo Hernández  84 90 93 92 94 23 LB AC Milan
Matthew Hatch 55 69 92 92 92 20 LB, LM Central Coast Mariners
Ferland Mendy 83 86 92 91 92 26 LB Real Madrid CF
Leonardo Spinazzola 83 83 92 94 91 28 LWB, LB, LM Roma
Johan Mojica    74 74 91 90 91 28 LB, LM, LWB Elche CF
Cohen Bramall  65 68 91 92 91 25 LB Lincoln City
Paulo Otávio   76 77 91 90 91 26 LB, LM VfL Wolfsburg
Rico Henry 74 79 91 92 91 23 LB, LWB Brentford
Fran García   72 83 90 89 90 21 LB, LM Rayo Vallecano
Douglas Carvalheira  74 74 90 90 90 33 LB Flamengo
Kyohei Noborizato  71 71 90 90 90 30 LB Kawasaki Frontale
Érick Aguirre   73 80 90 90 90 24 LB, LM CF Monterrey 
Jayden Oosterwolde 66 80 90 89 91 20 LB, CB FC Twente
Aníbal Chalá  68 72 90 89 91 25 LB Club Atlas
Ayman Ben Mohamed   66 67 90 90 90 26 LB, LM Le Havre AC
Yasir Al Shahrani   75 75 90 92 88 29 LB, RB Al Hilal
Ronaldo Esler   79 79 89 90 89 21 LB, LM Fortaleza
Koki Anzai   70 73 89 90 88 26 LB, RB Kashima Antlers
Arne Sicker 66 71 89 90 89 24 LB SV Sandhausen
Adrià Pedrosa   75 82 89 89 89 23 LB, LWB RCD Espanyol de Barcelona
Ryan Giles 69 79 89 87 90 21 LWB, LW Cardiff City
Hassane Kamara 77 78 88 89 88 27 LB OGC Nice
Richard Ofori 67 67 88 89 88 28 LB FC Vizela
Jérôme Roussillon 77 77 88 87 88 28 LB, LM VfL Wolfsburg
Alexandro Bernabei    70 82 88 86 90 20 LB, LW, LM Club Atlético Lanús
Francisco Ortega    73 80 88 87 88 22 LB, LWB, LW Vélez Sarsfield
Álex Moreno    78 78 88 87 89 28 LB, LWB, LM Real Betis Balompié
Germano Cuba   74 74 88 84 92 25 LB, CAM, LM Palmeiras

If you need a speedster left back to provide a surging attacking weapon and who can turn on a sixpence to catch crafty wingers, get one of the fastest FIFA 22 left backs listed above.

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