Often the unsung heroes of the team, the holding midfielder is vital to success in modern day football. Shielding the defence whilst distributing the ball to more creative players and maintaining possession is a staple of this role.
With the likes of N’Golo Kanté and Joshua Kimmich being the poster boys for this role, this article will provide you with all of the best young defensive midfielders in FIFA 22’s Career Mode.
Choosing FIFA 22 Career Mode’s best wonderkid defensive midfielders (CDM)
This article will list all of the brightest up-and-coming stars who play the defensive midfield role, with Declan Rice, Xaver Schlager, and Boubacar Kamara featuring among the top spots.
To make this list, the players in question must be at most 23-years-old and play the CDM role in FIFA 22. From here, we choose them based on which ones have the highest overall rating.
At the bottom of the article, you will find a full, detailed list of all of the best defensive midfielders (CDM) in FIFA 22.
1. Declan Rice (82 OVR – 87 POT)
Team: West Ham United
Wage: £60,000 p/w
Value: £37 million
Best Attributes: 84 Stamina, 83 Interceptions, 83 Stand Tackle
A key player in Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 team, Declan Rice finds himself with an 82 overall and 87 potential rating in FIFA 22.
With all of the attributes needed to be a successful CDM in FIFA 22, Rice has 83 interceptions, 83 stand tackle, 82 aggression. These help to make Rice a formidable opponent in the middle of the park and mean that he’s tough to get past.
Off of the back of consistent performances for West Ham in the Premier League, Rice became the top choice in midfield for the London side, making over 150 appearances since his debut in 2017. The stalwart midfielder has worked hard to make himself one of the main contenders to be in the international side, having already been capped 26 times at the time of writing.
2. Boubacar Kamara (80 OVR – 86 POT)
Team: Olympique de Marseille
Wage: £26,000 p/w
Value: £27 million
Best Attributes: 83 Aggression, 83 Interceptions, 81 Composure
Coming through the ranks at Marseille, Boubacar Kamara has gone from strength to strength since making his professional debut in 2016. In FIFA 22, Kamara is hot property, and with a potential ability of 86, it doesn’t come as a surprise that top clubs are battling it out to secure his signature.
The Marseille-native has made over 100 appearances for his boyhood club, and is one of the key players in the squad. With 83 aggression, 83 interceptions, 81 stand tackle, and 80 slide tackle, the young Frenchman is a perfect fit for the CDM role.
With his contract expiring in 12 months at the start of your Career Mode in FIFA 22, you may well be able to get Kamara for less than his £56.7 millionillion release clause if you act quickly enough.
3. Xaver Schlager (80 OVR – 84 POT)
Team: VfL Wolfsburg
Wage: £45,500 p/w
Value: £23.5 million
Best Attributes: 85 Stamina, 85 Aggression, 83 Interceptions
Bringing a more old-school approach to the defensive midfielder role, Xaver Schlager is a true anchor in front of the Wolfsburg defence, excelling at mopping up possession and distributing to more creative players.
With 82 stamina, 85 aggression, 83 interceptions, and 81 reactions, the young Austrian makes life difficult for the opposition when they try to break through the midfield. Possessing good passing ratings is also a good trait to have in a defensive midfield role, and Schlager has this in abundance in FIFA 22.
Having already made 230 appearances for club and featuring 24 times for country, Schlager will be available for you to sign from the get-go in FIFA 22 Career Mode. Likely to cost you upwards of £30 million, this young holding midfielder would be a wise investment as he approaches his 84 potential rating.
4. Bruno Guimarães (79 OVR – 84 POT)
Team: Olympique de Lyonnais
Wage: £44,500 p/w
Value: £21 million
Best Attributes: 84 Stamina, 84 Short Passing, 82 Vision
Signed by Lyon in January 2020 for £18 million, Bruno Guimarães had impressed in the Brazilian First Division after helping Atlético Paranaense to the Copa Sudamericana in the 2017/18 season. Guimarães is a creative player in the CDM role.
With impressive 84 short passing, 82 vision, 82 long passing, 80 ball control, and 90 composure, the young Brazilian has the right attributes to be a key cog in your midfield.
Having already represented his country three times, Guimarães is proving to be a real contender to be Brazil’s number-one man in midfield for years to come. In FIFA 22, the Olympic gold medallist plays very smoothly, and with a potential overall of 84, he would be a solid signing for your team in Career Mode.
5. Teun Koopmeiners (79 OVR – 84 POT)
Team: Bergamo Calcio
Wage: £35,500 p/w
Value: £21 million
Best Attributes: 85 Penalties, 84 Stamina, 83 Long Pass
After joining Atalanta, known as Bergamo Calcio in FIFA 22, Teun Koopmeiners ranks as one of the best young defensive midfielders in FIFA 22 thanks to his 79 overall rating.
With 83 long pass, 82 short pass, and 76 vision, this youngster is not only a great passer of the ball – with 75 standing and sliding tackle stats – but the left-footed midfielder also has the stats to immediately improve your squad in Career Mode.
After Frank de Boer handed Koopmeiners his first senior cap in October 2020, the Castricum-native has gone from strength to strength, with a lot of expectation on the Dutchman’s shoulders. In FIFA 22, though, he will be unavailable for a transfer until the January transfer window, having only just arrived in Serie A.
6. Boubakary Soumaré (78 OVR – 85 POT)
Team: Leicester City
Wage: £59,000 p/w
Value: £23 million
Best Attributes: 83 Stamina, 81 Strength, 79 Ball Control
After playing a key role in Lille’s historic Ligue 1 victory in the 2020/21 season, Soumaré arrives at the King Power Stadium as a well known youngster with bags of potential.
With 83 stamina, 81 strength, and 77 aggression, Soumaré is the work horse that your team needs. Capable of playing the ball using his 79 short pass and 78 long pass, or using his physicality, this young Frenchman would be a fantastic signing in FIFA 22.
Yet to be awarded his first senior cap for France, Soumaré will be hoping to build on his impressive start to his life with The Foxes, and gain the nod from head coach Didier Deschamps for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.
7. Ibrahim Sangaré (77 OVR – 84 POT)
Team: PSV Eindhoven
Wage: £12,500 p/w
Value: £17 million
Best Attributes: 90 Strength, 82 Stamina, 81 Interceptions
The Ivorian international, Ibrahim Sangaré, finishes off the list of very best young CDM players in FIFA 22. The youngster, who plays his football in the Eredivisie for PSV Eindhoven, could be the rock in your midfield that you need.
With a whopping 90 strength, weighing 170lbs and standing at 6’3”, Sangaré will add some much needed security to your defensive line. His 81 interceptions, 76 defensive awareness, and 72 reactions will add to your FIFA 22 team in a way that not many others can.
Having made his international debut at just 17 years of age, the Abidjan-native joined PSV from Toulouse in 2020. Sangaré has gone on to become a key component in PSV’s side. Available for transfer from the start of your FIFA 22 Career Mode, this is one player that you should not miss out on in the first transfer window.
All the best young defensive midfielders (CDM) in FIFA 22 Career Mode
Below is a table that has been created for you to easily find the best CDMs in FIFA 22 Career Mode, sorted in order of their overall rating.
|Manuel Locatelli||82||87||23||CDM, CM||Piemonte Calcio (on-loan from Sassuolo)||£66,000||£38 million|
|Declan Rice||82||87||22||CDM, CM||West Ham||£60,000||£37 million|
|Boubacar Kamara||80||86||21||CDM, CB||Olympique de Marseille||£26,000||£27 million|
|Xaver Schlager||80||84||23||CDM, CM||VFL Wolfsburg||£45,500||£23.5 million|
|Bruno Guimaraes||79||84||23||CDM, CM||Olympique Lyonnais||£44,500||£21 million|
|Teun Koopmeiners||79||84||23||CDM, CM, CB||Bergamo Calcio||£35,500||£21 million|
|Boubakary Soumaré||78||85||22||CDM, CM||Leicester City||£59,000||£23 million|
|Ibrahim Sangare||77||84||23||CDM, CM||PSV Eindhoven||£12,500||£17 million|
|Douglas Luiz||77||82||23||CDM, CM||Aston Villa||£42,000||£13 million|
|Edson Alvarez||77||83||23||CDM, CB||Ajax||£12,000||£14 million|
|Tyler Adams||77||83||22||CDM, RWB||RB Leipzig||£43,500||£14 million|
|Sandro Tonali||77||86||21||CDM, CM||AC Milan||£22,000||£20 million|
|Matteo Guendouzi||77||84||22||CDM, CM||Olympique de Marseille (on-loan from Arsenal)||£26,000||£18 million|
|Pape Gueye||76||83||22||CDM, CM||Olympique de Marseille||£24,500||£13 million|
|Sander Berge||76||82||23||CDM, CM||Sheffield United||£20,000||£10 million|
|Mahdi Camara||75||80||23||CDM, CM||AS Saint-Étienne||£20,000||£7 million|
|Oliver Skipp||75||85||20||CDM, CM||Tottenham||£39,500||£10.5 million|
|Moncayola||75||85||23||CDM, CM||CA Osasuna||£17,500||£10.5 million|
|Alex Kral||75||83||23||CDM, CM||West Ham||£38,500||£10.5 million|
|Frank Onyeka||75||81||23||CDM, CM||Brentford||£29,500||£7.5 million|
|Ladislav Krejci||74||81||22||CDM, CB, CM||Sparta Praha||£14,500||£7 million|
|Kephren Thuram||74||82||20||CDM, CM||OGC Nice||£15,500||£8 million|
|Florentino Luis||74||83||22||CDM, CM||Getafe (on-loan from SL Benfica)||£16,000||£8 million|
|Gustavo Assuncao||73||85||21||CDM, CM||Galatasaray||£23,500||£36.5 million|
|James Garner||69||84||20||CDM, CM||Nottingham Forest||£13,000||£2.9 million|
|David Ayala||68||84||19||CDM||Estudiantes de La Plata||£2,400||£1000K|
|Eric Martel||66||84||19||CDM||Austria Wien||£2,500||£750K|
|Romeo Lavia||62||85||17||CDM||Manchester City||£651||£300K|
Above is the list of all of the best young defensive midfielders in FIFA 22 Career Mode, so be sure to use it to secure your long-term holding midfielder.
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