As football continues to evolve, the importance of full-backs grows and it should be no different on FIFA 20.
Having a good goalscorer and solid centre-backs will make your life a lot easier, but being secure on the wings is just as important.
Although wingers and wide midfielders will take priority in the attack, having players to overlap can change a game. Or for those who use narrow formations, full-backs will be doing a lot of the attacking out wide.
But, they also need to be capable of defending – unless you’re very much a “I’ll score more than you” player. So who is the best full-back for you and your budget on FIFA 20 Career Mode?
We’ve taken a look at some of the best options across an array of transfer fees to make your job just a bit easier in the first window. We only ask for a thank you in your press conferences after the league has been won.
Best cheap full-backs on FIFA 2020 Career Mode (Under £1m)
Ki-Jana Hoever (Liverpool)
Where better to start than a Liverpool right-back. No, not that one. Ki-Jana Hoever is 17 years old but has already been tipped to rise to the very top of the game, and it’s something that has been transferred over to FIFA 20.
Hoever starts FIFA 20 with a lowly overall rating of 62 but has decent pace, good defending, dribbling and passing. Already he’d be a good addition to any lower league club. But the big selling point is his growth, reaching a potential overall of 85 – and you’ll have him for a long time if you strike early. Valued at £550k in the first window, you can get Hoever for just £580k and laugh all the way to success.
Nathan Ferguson (West Bromwich Albion)
Remaining in England, if you want the most coverage for your money, Nathan Ferguson is the defender for you.
Recognised as a centre-back on FIFA 20, the teenager is capable of playing on both left and right sides of the defence. He starts with an overall rating of 67 and has respectable stats across the board – except in attack, so use your other full-back to go forward – and can rise to 83. There will be better players for full-back but given his utility, Ferguson is a must-buy for the lower league clubs. Valued at £1.3m, with 12 months left on his West Brom contract, you can get Ferguson for around £850k.
Josha Vagnoman (Hamburg)
Moving over to the German second division, there’s a little gem by the name of Josha Vagnoman.
The 19-year-old starts FIFA 20 with a rating of 66, but boasts pace of 84, 72 physicality, 64 standing tackle and 64 crossing. An all-rounder, the best thing about Vagnoman is that he has the potential to grow to 85 and become one of the better full-backs in Career Mode. He is valued at £1.1m and has a release clause of £2.45m but with good negotiation skills you can still get him for around £950k.
Best lower mid-range full-backs on FIFA 20 Career Mode (£1m-£10m)
Robert Gumny (Lech Poznan)
If you like your full-backs to run, Robert Gumny is your guy.
The 70-rated right-back has 88 pace and 85 stamina meaning he will be able to keep up with opposition wingers throughout with 69 standing tackle and 65 sliding tackle. But he will also be contributing to the attack himself, with 64 crossing and 66 dribbling. And these numbers will only improve if he reaches his potential overall of 84. Valued at £3.2m, if you’re working on a tight budget don’t be tempted by his release clause of £6.3m as Gumny can be bought for £4.2m
Nuno Tavares (Benfica)
Another high-energy full-back with the ability to both attack and defend, Nuno Tavares represents a slightly more expensive option.
Rated 73 at the start of FIFA 20, the Portuguese left-back – also capable of playing on the right – has 87 pace, 84 staming, 72 standing tackle and 73 crossing. The 19-year-old also has 74 dribbling and will grow to 85 overall if developed properly, making Taveres an exciting prospect for those looking to play a long FIFA 20 Career Mode. He is valued at £5.5m and has a release clause of £12m, but you should be able to get him for half of that – £6m.
Reece James (Chelsea)
Returning to England, Reece James’ FIFA 20 edition mirrors the expectations of him in real life.
The 20-year-old starts FIFA 20 with an initial rating of 73 and decent all-round stats. He is capable of defending with 75 standing tackle and 76 physicality, is decent on a set-piece and will cause problems for defences with 74 crossing and 73 dribbling. Then there’s his potential to grow to 86 overall and the ability to play in defensive midfield as he did for Wigan Athletic last season. Valued at just £6m and yours for around £8m, strike quick before in-game Chelsea realise the player they have on their hands.
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Best upper mid-range full-backs on FIFA 20 Career Mode (£10m-£20m)
Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City)
Another player who doesn’t seem to be as appreciated by his team on FIFA 20 Career Mode is Oleksandr Zinchenko.
The Ukrainian has been a good utility player for Pep Guadiola in real life and has seen that pass over to FIFA 20, where he is listed as a left-back. With an initial rating of 78, Zinchenko boasts good all-round stats including 81 crossing and 82 short passing. He also has the potential to rise to 85 becoming another solid full-back. But, Man City apparently don’t really value this on FIFA 20 Career Mode, allowing you to buy him for his value of £11.5m.
Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig)
A solid defensive option, Lukas Klostermann is one to sign if you like to keep things tight at the back.
The German international has the ability to play right-back, left-back and right wing-back, making him an option for those of you who like the three-man central defences. Kicking off with an initial rating of 79, including 83 pace and 79 defending, Klostermann can rise as high as 85 in Career Mode. If that’s something you desire, then Klostermann can be bought for £15m – just £1m higher than his initial value but significantly lower than the release clause of £26.6m.
Youcef Atal (OGC Nice)
One of the best attacking full-backs to have in FIFA 20 Career Mode, if you like to overload the flanks, then sign Youcef Atal.
The Algerian’s initial rating of 78 is accompanied by 90 pace, 82 dribbling, 77 crossing, 74 finishing and the ability to play at right-wing. But that doesn’t mean he cannot defend, with an average rating of 71 including 75 standing tackle. That’s before we mention his four-star skill moves, five-star weak foot and his potential overall rating of 86. Valued at £11m, the right-back can be yours for around £17.5m and will be worth every penny.
Expensive full-backs on FIFA 20 Career Mode (£20m and above)
Ben Chilwell (Leicester City)
Leicester City have been fabulous in the Premier League this season and Ben Chilwell has been a big part of their success. He’s not too shabby on FIFA 20 either.
The Englishman has an initial rating of 79 but boasts decent stats across the board except for his shooting, but you won’t be using him to do that. Instead, he’ll be causing problems through his 77 crossing and 78 dribbling while also keeping things tight at the back with 81 tackling. These will only rise if he reaches his potential of 85. Chilwell is initially valued at £14m, but you will have to fork out around £20m for his services.
Alejandro Grimaldo (Benfica)
Moving onto one of the already-established full-backs, Alejandro Grimaldo is one of the top left-backs in FIFA 20 Career Mode.
His initial rating of 83 is bettered only by three players, and with it comes excellent attacking stats including 84 crossing and 85 curve. Grimaldo is also capable of rushing down the wings with 85 pace, 84 dribbling and 90 stamina. His defence could do with some work, though at 77 it is still respectable. In FIFA 20 Career Mode, Grimaldo has the potential to grow to 87, only bettered among non-generated players by Andrew Robertson. Grimaldo is valued at £27m but you will need to spend around £40m for him.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
From one of the best left-backs in the game to one of the best right-backs, if you’ve got money to spend on full-backs, go for Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Like Grimaldo, Alexander-Arnold’s initial rating of 83 is only bettered by three others in his position but his potential of 89 is second to none. The Englishman has ridiculous passing stats including 91 crossing and 86 long passing but accompanies that with 83 standing tackle – proving he can defend. Valued at £28.5m, Alexander-Arnold can be yours for £47m, a substantial amount of money but definitely worth it.