Required to provide both a creative outlet and solid defence, full-backs have evolved into key two-way players on the field.
Finding a decent left back can be a gruelling task, especially for teams without much of a transfer budget in FM22. So here, we’re looking at the highest current ability (CA) left backs available for a cut-price transfer fee.
Choosing the best bargain left backs (DL & WBL) on FM22
We’re looking at the best bargain left backs, with Jesús Gallardo, Eugenio Mena, and Wilson Manafá among the top-rated in FM22.
The players on this page have been chosen based on their high current ability, with the minimum being 130 CA. They also had to possess a positional rating of at least 18 at left back, have wages under £15,000 per week, and a transfer value of £4 million or less.
At the foot of the page, you’ll find a full list of all of the best bargain left backs (DL & WBL) in FM22.
Eugenio Mena (137 CA / 137 PA)
Team: Racing Club
Current Ability / Potential Ability: 137 CA / 137 PA
Wage: £10,000 p/w
Best Positions: DL, WBL, AML, ML
Best Attributes: 16 Natural Fitness, 15 Stamina, 15 Decisions
Potentially costing just £900,000 and boasting a 137 CA and 137 PA, Eugenio Mena is definitely a bargain left back, and a versatile one at that – he’s able to play every position on the left flank.
The attacking left back loves getting forward to employ his 14 crossing and 13 vision and create opportunities for the team’s strikers. When he’s on the back foot, Mena uses his 12 tackling, 15 positioning, and 15 anticipation to great effect, retrieving the ball before pushing up the field.
The 32-year-old played 20 games for Racing Club last season, managing just three assists, as his side finished runners-up in the Copa de la Liga. The journeyman has had a much steadier international career. Since making his debut in 2010, the Chilean has won 65 caps, scoring three times and assisting six more.
Fabrizio Angileri (136 CA / 136 PA)
Team: River Plate
Current Ability / Potential Ability: 136 CA / 136 PA
Wage: £9,000 p/w
Value: £3.8 million
Best Positions: DL, WBL, ML
Best Attributes: 15 Stamina, 15 Crossing, 14 Pace
At 27-years-old, Fabrizio Angileri has plenty of playing time left in his career. He also possesses 136 CA and 136 PA, plus he could be available for just shy of £4 million, presenting good value for money.
This bargain left back can be deadliest from the byline, using his 15 crossing and 14 vision to whip balls into the path of your strikers. Angileri is a hard player to get the best of defensively due to his 14 positioning, 13 marking, and 11 tackling attributes, which make him more than capable of dispossessing players.
Fabrizio Angileri has always played his football in his native Argentina. Having started his career with Godoy Cruz, his good form and eye for an assist caught the attention of Argentine Primera División giants River Plate, signing for them in 2019 for £1.8 million.
Jesús Gallardo (136 CA / 144 PA)
Current Ability / Potential Ability: 136 CA / 144 PA
Value: £3.6 million
Best Positions: DL, WBL, AML, ML
Best Attributes: 16 Work Rate, 15 Stamina, 15 Bravery
Jesús Gallardo’s 136 CA and impressive 144 PA make him an appealing option at left back – without mentioning his £3.6 million value and versatility down the left wing.
Benefitting first and foremost from his 16 work rate, Gallardo will use this and his 15 stamina to tirelessly work up and down the pitch all game, utilising his 13 crossing, 13 passing, and 12 dribbling. His 13 tackling, 13 positioning, and 13 anticipation are great defensive ratings for a bargain player.
Currently playing at Mexican club Monterrey in the Liga MX Apertura, whom he signed for in 2019 for £4.64 million from UNAM Pumas, Jesús Gallardo initially developed his talent at Jaguares de Chiapas. Last season, Gallardo ended the year with a CONCACAF Champions League winner’s medal.
William Tesillo (134 CA / 135 PA)
Team: CD León
Current Ability / Potential Ability: 134 CA / 135 PA
Wage: £11,000 p/w
Value: £1.2 million
Best Positions: D (LC)
Best Attributes: 16 Natural Fitness, 15 Positioning, 15 Teamwork
With a value of just £1.2 million and a 134 CA and 135 PA, William Tesillo can be of use to almost any side.
Tesillo’s 16 natural fitness can keep him raring to go all season long, with his 15 teamwork meaning that the Colombian can work seamlessly with his defensive partners. This is enhanced by his 15 marking and 14 anticipation attributes.
The 31-year-old plies his trade for Mexican side CD León, having signed from Colombian top-tier team Independiente Santa Fe. Last season, Tesillo won both the Liga MX and the Leagues Cup, contributing two assists in his 42 games after filling in at centre back for the majority of the season.
Wilson Manafá (133 CA / 136 PA)
Team: FC Porto
Current Ability / Potential Ability: 133 CA / 136 PA
Wage: £5,000 p/w
Value: £3.7 million
Best Positions: D (RL), AMR, MR
Best Attributes: 17 Acceleration, 17 Natural Fitness, 16 Pace
Costing around £3.7 million at the age of 26-years-old, Wilson Manafá’s 133 CA and 136 PA make him one of the best bargain left backs to sign in FM22.
This Portuguese left back is blessed with 17 acceleration and 16 pace. When combined with his 16 stamina and 15 work rate attributes, he makes for a tireless runner up and down the wings. That said, his nine crossing, 12 passing, and 11 vision leave a lot to be desired.
Our first bargain playing in Europe, Wilson Manafá plays for FC Porto in Liga NOS. The 26-year-old has become a prominent feature in Porto’s backline, playing 48 games for them last season, picking up four assists in the process. If he keeps improving his form, an international call-up may not be far away for the left back.
Toño (132 CA / 135 PA)
Team: SD Eibar
Current Ability / Potential Ability: 132 CA / 135 PA
Wage: £12,000 p/w
Value: £1.6 million
Best Positions: DL, WBL
Best Attributes: 16 Acceleration, 16 Pace, 15 Stamina
Toño can set you back as little as £1.6 million for his 132 CA and 135 PA, making the Spaniard incredibly cheap for a player of his talents.
The attacking left back has impressive speed in his locker, sporting 16 acceleration and 16 pace, with 15 stamina enabling him to outlast tiring opponents. He also makes an exceptional tackler, using every bit of his 12 tackling, 11 positioning, and 14 teamwork.
Toño has spent his entire career in his native Spain, with SD Eibar signing the 31-year-old on a free transfer in the last summer transfer window. Limited to a bit-part role last season, Toño played 17 games last season, creating three goals in this time and helping his team to avoid relegation from La Liga.
Paulo Otávio (132 CA / 136 PA)
Team: VfL Wolfsburg
Current Ability / Potential Ability: 132 CA / 136 PA
Wage: £14,000 p/w
Value: £3.4 million
Best Positions: DL, WBL
Best Attributes: 16 Acceleration, 16 Pace, 16 Determination
Despite being seventh on our list of the best bargain left backs to sign in FM22, Paulo Otávio could be one of the top picks if you combine his age, his 132 CA, 136 PA, and £3.4 million value.
Otávio is another left back who possesses great speed, boasting 16 acceleration and 16 pace. Combine this with his 16 determination, 13 crossing, and 13 dribbling, you get a very capable player going forward. The Brazilian can get the best of most attackers by utilising his 15 tackling, 13 marking, and 13 positioning, but his 16 aggression can be both a blessing and a curse, with him possibly attracting a lot of yellow cards.
The 26-year-old Otávio had a long journey before he was featuring for Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, starting in his native Brazil for second-tier side Coritiba FC. Playing 30 games last season, the defender set up three goals for the German team. He also collected 11 bookings and a red card, with the left back eager to fight for results.
All of the best bargain left backs (DL & WBL) on FM22
In the table below, you’ll find all of the best cheap left backs (DL & WBL) in FM22, sorted by their current ability (CA).
|Eugenio Mena||137||137||32||DL, WBL, AML, ML||Racing Club||£10,000||£900,000|
|Fabrizio Angileri||136||136||27||DL, WBL, ML||River Plate||£9,000||£3.8 million|
|Jesús Gallardo||136||144||26||DL, WBL, AML, ML||Monterrey||£14,000||£3.6 million|
|William Tesillo||134||135||31||D (LC)||CD León||£11,000||£1.2 million|
|Wilson Manafá||133||136||26||D (RL), AMR, MR||FC Porto||£5,000||£3.7 million|
|Toño García||132||135||31||DL, WBL||SD Eibar||£12,000||£1.6 million|
|Paulo Otávio||132||136||26||DL, WBL||VfL Wolfsburg||£14,000||£3.4 million|
|Jan Bořil||132||132||30||D (RL), WB (RL)||Slavia Prague||£5,000||£3.3 million|
|Gaetano Letizia||132||137||31||D (RL), WBR||Benevento||£10,000||£3.8 million|
|Simone Bastoni||132||144||24||DL, WBL, M (LC)||Spezia||£3,000||£2.9 million|
|Nuno Sequeira||132||135||30||DL, WBL||Braga||£5,000||£3.6 million|
|Nacho Martínez||131||145||32||DL, WBL||Valladolid||£12,000||£900,000|
|Tim Leibold||131||132||27||DL, WBL||Hamburger||£14,000||£1.3 million|
|Christian Fuchs||131||145||35||D (LC)||Charlotte Independence||£5,000||£250,000|
|Fredrik Bjørkan||131||145||22||DL, WBL||FK Bodø/Glimt||£800||£1.8 million|
|Jorge Sánchez||131||145||23||D (RL), WBR||Club América||£10,000||£2.9 million|
|Anthony Jung||130||135||29||D (RLC), WB (RL)||Werder Bremen||£8,000||£1.3 million|
|Vieirinha||130||150||35||D (RL), WB (RL), AM (LR), M (RL)||PAOK||£9,000||£400,000|
|Milton Casco||130||137||33||D (RL), WBL||River Plate||£12,000||£800,000|
|Anaitz Arbilla||130||132||34||D (RLC), WBR||SD Eibar||£2,000||£1.1million|
|Jetro Willems||130||140||27||DL, WBL||Greuther Fürth||£13,000||£3.9 million|
|Loris Benito||130||130||29||DL||Free Agent||N/A||N/A|
If you need a bargain left back as a backup or for a developing team, you’ll be sure to find a good one in the table above.