With full backs becoming increasingly important in the modern game, especially in attacking areas, we’ve shortlisted the best left backs in Career Mode so that you can take full advantage of the precocious, and often game-changing, talent that these young defenders bring to the world of football.
Choosing FIFA 22 Career Mode’s best LBs and LWBs
This article focuses on the hottest left back prospects in the game with Alphonso Davies, Theo Hernández, and Nuno Mendes being amongst the best in FIFA 22.
We have ranked these prospects based on their overall rating, the fact that they’re under 23 years old, and because their favoured position is either at left back or left wing back.
At the bottom of the article, you’ll find a full list of all of the best young left backs (LB and LWB) in FIFA 22.
Theo Hernández (84 OVR – 90 POT)
Team: AC Milan
Wage: £44,000 p/w
Value: £53.8 million
Best Attributes: 94 Sprint Speed, 92 Acceleration, 90 Stamina
As the only left back to boast a potential rating of 90 on FIFA 22, AC Milan’s Theo Hernández, who is currently rated 84, is the ultimate modern full back.
Blistering 94 sprint speed and 92 acceleration matched by 90 stamina underpins the Frenchman’s greatest qualities – his pace and physicality. He’s not, however, just a pace merchant; Hernández’s 84 crossing and 83 dribbling complements his 80 sliding tackle, proving that he’s an incredibly valuable player at both ends of the pitch.
Hernández joined last season’s Serie A runners-up after a transfer fee just short of £20 million from Real Madrid in 2019, which now appears to be outstanding business from the Italian giants. Having scored seven goals and six assists in 33 league games last year, Hernández is one of the world’s premier defenders and will no doubt add to his single international cap in the very near future.
Alphonso Davies (82 OVR – 89 POT)
Team: FC Bayern München
Wage: £51,000 p/w
Value: £49 million
Best Attributes: 96 Sprint Speed, 96 Acceleration, 85 Dribbling
At an 82 overall, and with the potential to reach an 89 rating in Career Mode, Bayern’s Alphonso Davies has made his name as one of the hottest prospects in the world.
Davies is the quickest defender in this year’s FIFA with 96 in both sprint speed and acceleration, offering users a massive advantage in both attack and defence which is tactically ideal in-game. The Canadian can unsurprisingly also be used at left midfield to best capitalise on his 85 dribbling, 85 agility, and 4-star skill moves and weak foot.
After a prodigious start to his career at Canadian MLS outfit Vancouver Whitecaps, Davies has evolved into a superstar wing back for the Bundesliga champions, amassing 35 appearances last season in all competitions. Davies often saves his best performances for the Canadian national side and his nine goals in only 25 caps suggests that the 20-year-old will be one of the biggest names in football, both domestically and internationally, for years to come.
Renan Lodi (81 OVR – 86 POT)
Team: Atlético Madrid
Wage: £42,000 p/w
Value: £31.4 million
Best Attributes: 85 Acceleration, 85 Agility, 84 Stamina
As an already established top-tier left back, Renan Lodi still has room to develop in this year’s FIFA, as outlined by his 81 overall and 86 potential.
Besides being a goal-scoring threat, Atlético’s first choice left back can do it all as illustrated by 81 crossing, ball control, dribbling, and curve. 79 sliding tackle, 78 standing tackle, and importantly 84 stamina also means that Lodi can fulfil his defensive duties for the full 90 minutes.
Athletico Paranaense sold their star defender in 2019 to Atlético Madrid for £18.5 million, and since then Lodi has cemented his place as Brazil’s long-term left back option after impressive performances in the Champions League for Atléti, and this summer in Brazil’s unsuccessful Copa América campaign. At 23, Renan Lodi is approaching his peak; a peak which could see him become one of Europe’s most talented full backs.
Welington Dano (81 OVR – 81 POT)
Team: Atlético Mineiro
Wage: £27,000 p/w
Value: £23.7 million
Best Attributes: 89 Stamina, 83 Agility, 83 Curve
At only 21, Welington Dano’s 81 overall and potential makes him an ideal signing for any ambitious club on this year’s Career Mode.
Bombing up and down the left touchline will be more than achievable, with Dano’s 89 stamina ensuring that he can perform at the highest intensity throughout the full duration of every game. When he does get forward, you can expect menacing crosses too: 83 curve and 82 crossing should give your attacking options every chance of capitalising from the Brazilian’s positive wing play.
It’s worth noting that Welington Dano isn’t a real player; he’s one that FIFA have created, but that’s no reason to avoid signing the Brazilian, as his high rating still makes him a very handy pick up.
Pervis Estupiñán (79 OVR – 85 POT)
Team: Villarreal CF
Wage: £25,000 p/w
Value: £22.4 million
Best Attributes: 83 Sprint Speed, 81 Acceleration, 80 Standing Tackle
Ecuador’s Pervis Estupiñán has quietly become a tremendously talented left back – as outlined by his 79 overall rating and impressive 85 potential.
The pacey Villareal star has plenty of strings to his bow: 80 standing tackle, 79 sliding tackle and crossing, and 78 short passing are his standout attributes in conjunction with his 83 sprint speed and 81 acceleration. Estupiñán really is a complete modern left back.
Estupiñán began his professional career in Ecuador, but after being sold by Watford to Villareal for just shy of £15 million, despite never making a senior appearance in English football, the 15-time Ecuadorian international showcased his considerable talent in La Liga and the Europa League. After those performances he is considered one of the most promising left backs in the world in FIFA 22.
Owen Wijndal (79 OVR – 84 POT)
Team: AZ Alkmaar
Wage: £9,000 p/w
Value: £21.5 million
Best Attributes: 86 Stamina, 85 Sprint Speed, 84 Acceleration
As one of the Eredivisie’s star defenders, Owen Wijndal has become a superb potential signing on FIFA 22 with an overall rating of 79 and a potential of 84.
A physical left back, Wijndal is quick and energetic. A stamina rating of 86 paired with 85 sprint speed and 84 acceleration signifies this, whilst his high attacking work rate implies that the flying Dutchman will be a constant influence in the final third.
Wijndal is a very successful product of the AZ Alkmaar youth academy and six assists in the Eredivisie last campaign has caught the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs. Dutch fans know what Wijndal is capable of after eleven solid appearances for the national side, but this is just the beginning of what appears to be a very bright future for him, both in real life and potentially in your Career Mode save.
Nuno Mendes (78 OVR – 88 POT)
Team: Paris Saint-Germain
Wage: £7,000 p/w
Value: £24.9 million
Best Attributes: 88 Sprint Speed, 82 Acceleration, 82 Agility
PSG’s on-loan youngster Nuno Mendes is already a quality left wing back at 78 overall, but he looks set to develop into a world-leading defender in your save if he can reach his 88 potential.
The Portuguese left wing back is typical of many elite defenders in this year’s game – he’s fast. 88 sprint speed speaks for itself, although Nuno is a very well-rounded young defender as his 76 standing tackle, 75 ball control and 74 crossing suggests.
Sporting CP loaned Nuno Mendes to PSG this summer, which could be a career-defining move for the 19-year-old starlet. He notched just a single goal and a single assist in Sporting’s title-winning season last campaign, but he impressed in those outings and has already earned seven senior caps for his native Portugal.
All of the best young LBs and LWBs on FIFA 22 Career Mode
In the table below you’ll find all the best under 23 year-old LBs and LWBs in FIFA 22, sorted by their potential rating.
|Alphonso Davies||82||89||20||LB, LM||FC Bayern München||£49M||£51K|
|Renan Lodi||81||86||23||LB||Atlético Madrid||£31.4M||£42K|
|Welington Dano||81||81||21||LB, LM||Atlético Mineiro||£23.7M||£27K|
|Pervis Estupiñán||79||85||23||LB, LWB||Villarreal CF||£22.4M||£25K|
|Owen Wijndal||79||84||21||LB||AZ Alkmaar||£21.5M||£9K|
|Borna Sosa||77||82||23||LWB, LM||VfB Stuttgart||£12.9M||£20K|
|Caio Henrique||77||81||23||LB, LM||AS Monaco||£12M||£32K|
|James Justin||77||83||23||LWB, LB||Leicester City||£13.3M||£55K|
|Faitout Maouassa||77||80||22||LB||Club Brugge KV||£11.6M||£18K|
|Vitaliy Mykolenko||76||83||22||LB||Dynamo Kyiv||£12.5M||£731|
|Miranda||76||84||21||LB, LWB||Real Betis||£13.8M||£13K|
|Mathías Olivera||76||84||23||LB, LM||Getafe CF||£13.8M||£18K|
|Federico Dimarco||76||81||23||LWB, LB, CB||Inter||£9M||£50K|
|Adrien Truffert||75||83||19||LB, LW||Stade Rennais FC||£9.9M||£16K|
|Oscar Dorley||75||82||22||LB, LM, CM||SK Slavia Praha||£9.5M||£688|
|Domagoj Bradarić||75||81||21||LB||LOSC Lille||£7.3M||£17K|
|Adrià Pedrosa||75||82||23||LB, LWB||RCD Espanyol||£9M||£12K|
|Álex Centelles||75||85||21||LB||UD Almería||£10.3M||£7K|
|Ryan Sessegnon||75||84||21||LWB, LM, LB||Tottenham Hotspur||£10.3M||£38K|
|Aihen Muñoz||74||81||23||LB||Real Sociedad||£6.9M||£17K|
|Mitchel Bakker||74||81||21||LB||Bayer 04 Leverkusen||£6.9M||£22K|
|Omar Richards||74||82||23||LB, LWB||FC Bayern München||£7.7M||£34K|
|Rayan Aït Nouri||73||84||20||LWB, LB||Wolverhampton Wanderers||£5.6M||£30K|
|Francisco Ortega||73||80||22||LB, LWB, LW||Vélez Sarsfield||£5.2M||£9K|
|Gabriel Gudmundsson||73||82||22||LB, LM||LOSC Lille||£5.6M||£18K|
|David Raum||73||80||23||LB, LM||TSG 1899 Hoffenheim||£5.2M||£17K|
|Gerardo Arteaga||73||80||22||LB||KRC Genk||£5.2M||£9K|
|Jamal Lewis||73||80||23||LB, LWB||Newcastle United||£5.2M||£21K|
|Antonee Robinson||73||80||23||LB, LWB||Fulham||£5.2M||£28K|
|Melvin Bard||72||82||20||LB||OGC Nice||£4.2M||£12K|
|Fran García||72||83||21||LB, LM||Rayo Vallecano||£4.3M||£9K|
|Liberato Cacace||72||83||20||LWB, LB, LM||Sint-Truidense VV||£4.2M||£7K|
|Viktor Korniienko||71||82||22||LB||Shakhtar Donetsk||£3.4M||£430|
|Luke Thomas||71||81||20||LWB, LB||Leicester City||£3.4M||£28K|
|Callum Styles||71||80||21||LWB, CM||Barnsley||£3.4M||£15K|
|Kevin Mac Allister||71||80||23||LB, RB, CB||Argentinos Juniors||£3.4M||£6K|
If you want the best LBs or LWBs to improve your FIFA 22 Career Mode save look no further than the table provided above.
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