Football Manager 2022: Top Bargain Left Backs (LB) to Sign

We’ve got all the best cheap left backs (DL & WBL) on FM22 for you to sign.


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
Age: 32
Current Ability / Potential Ability:
137 CA / 137 PA
Wage:
£10,000 p/w
Value: £900,000
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
Age: 27
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)

Team: Monterrey
Age: 26
Current Ability / Potential Ability:
136 CA / 144 PA
Wage:
£14,000p/w
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
Age: 31
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
Age: 26
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
Age: 31
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
Age: 26
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).

PlayerCAPAAgePositionTeamWage (p/w)Value
Eugenio Mena13713732DL, WBL, AML, MLRacing Club£10,000£900,000
Fabrizio Angileri13613627DL, WBL, MLRiver Plate£9,000£3.8 million
Jesús Gallardo13614426DL, WBL, AML, MLMonterrey£14,000£3.6 million
William Tesillo13413531D (LC)CD León£11,000£1.2 million
Wilson Manafá13313626D (RL), AMR, MRFC Porto£5,000£3.7 million
Toño García13213531DL, WBLSD Eibar£12,000£1.6 million
Paulo Otávio13213626DL, WBLVfL Wolfsburg£14,000£3.4 million
Jan Bořil13213230D (RL), WB (RL)Slavia Prague£5,000£3.3 million
Gaetano Letizia13213731D (RL), WBRBenevento£10,000£3.8 million
Simone Bastoni13214424DL, WBL, M (LC)Spezia£3,000£2.9 million
Nuno Sequeira13213530DL, WBLBraga£5,000£3.6 million
Nacho Martínez13114532DL, WBLValladolid£12,000£900,000
Tim Leibold13113227DL, WBLHamburger£14,000£1.3 million
Christian Fuchs13114535D (LC)Charlotte Independence£5,000£250,000
Fredrik Bjørkan13114522DL, WBLFK Bodø/Glimt£800£1.8 million
Jorge Sánchez13114523D (RL), WBRClub América£10,000£2.9 million
Anthony Jung13013529D (RLC), WB (RL)Werder Bremen£8,000£1.3 million
Vieirinha13015035D (RL), WB (RL), AM (LR), M (RL)PAOK£9,000£400,000
Milton Casco13013733D (RL), WBLRiver Plate£12,000£800,000
Anaitz Arbilla13013234D (RLC), WBRSD Eibar£2,000£1.1million
Jetro Willems13014027DL, WBLGreuther Fürth£13,000£3.9 million
Loris Benito13013029DLFree AgentN/AN/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.


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