BEST FIFA 22 LEFT-BACKS
BRIEF PROFILES ON SOME OF THE BEST YOUNG LEFT-BACKS IN FIFA 22 CAREER MODE
We cover youth football. For all you FIFA players, we’ve picked out a few of our favourite young left-backs that would be suitable signings on your Career Mode saves. From Alphonso Davies to Aaron Hickey, these are some of the best young LBs in FIFA 22.
You can find our best and most detailed reports in the Scouted Football Handbook, our quarterly magazine in which we profile 25 of the world’s best up-and-coming talents, with additional features and interviews also included.
Of course, if you are looking for older players, we have you sorted too, with a collection of the ten highest overall LBs at the start of your save.
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WHO ARE THE BEST LBs IN FIFA 22?
|João Cancelo||27||Manchester City||87||88|
|Theo Hernández||23||A.C. Milan||84||89|
|Alphonso Davies||20||Bayern Munich||84||89|
|Raphaël Guerreiro||27||Borussia Dortmund||84||84|
WHO ARE THE BEST YOUNG LBs IN FIFA 22?
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FIRST-TEAM LEFT-BACKS IN FIFA 22
95 pace? That’s enough speed to interest any FIFA player. Add in 86 dribbling, along with a number of high passing defensive and physical attributes, and you have one of the best young left-backs on the planet: Alphonso Davies.
He obviously won’t be cheap. But at 20 years of age, Davies has more than a decade of world class output ahead of him. Unbelievably, he can still improve a further five overall points. Can you get him to 99 pace?
After a difficult spell at Real Madrid, Theo Hernandez has spent the last few seasons reinvigorating his career, moulding himself into one of the most damaging attacking left-backs in Europe at AC Milan.
He has one of the most well-rounded set of attributes you will see for a full-back, with incredible pace and physicality, matched equality by his defensive, technical and passing quality. He even has a pretty decent (and very powerful) shot on him.
A revelation at Sporting in their first title winning season in almost 20 years in 2020/21, Nuno Mendes has backed those performances up with equally good ones after a big money move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2021.
Smaller and less physically dominant than Theo Hernandez, Mendes is a more technical player with more room to grow after a few seasons of development at your club. He will also come at a lower price tag, allowing you to focus resources on other parts of your squad.
YOUNG LEFT-BACKS FOR THE FUTURE IN FIFA 22
Álex Baldé is a young speedster in the making. He has the makings of an excellent dribbler too. At age 17 when you start your save, you are investing in a player that has already featured for the Barcelona first team, and is a regular for their B team in the Spanish third division.
He has some glaring weaknesses in terms of his size and also physicality, but the upside as a technical, fast wing-back could be a good fit for your system depending on what you play. He is worth keeping an eye on.
After breaking into Hearts’ first team as a 16-year-old, Aaron Hickey has since made the best of a move to Serie A with Bologna, emerging as a first-team regular at age 19 and continuing to show weekly improvement.
A low finishing stat seems harsh considering the Scottish defender’s goalscoring record in Serie A, but outside of that he is a high energy player with solid technical qualities and the magical five-star weak foot. There’s a lot to work with.
Over 1,000 senior minutes for Borussia Monchengladbach at age 18 is nothing to be sneezed at. After moving across from Hertha Berlin in 2021, Luca Netz has been a regular contributor either from the start or off the bench.
At the start of your FIFA 22 Career Mode save, Netz has no real clear standout attribute, but he does have huge room to grow. He looks a more traditional defensive left-back with good tackle stats as well as good crossing, so keep that in mind when considering investing in the German.
WHAT ARE FIFA WONDERKIDS?
Wonderkids are what every Career Mode manager looks for in FIFA. They’re young prospects – usually aged 16 to 19 – that have elite-level potential in the game. Freddy Adu is a prominent example for older managers, while Youssoufa Moukoko is a current case. They’re the superstar youngsters that are must-buys on every save.
But it’s also subjective. A wonderkid at Accrington Stanley is completely different to a wonderkid at Manchester City. Essentially, the surroundings dictate the status.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD LEFT-BACK IN FIFA 22?
A lot of FIFA gameplay is reliant on speed, meaning you ideally want a fast and agile left-back that is capable of dominating an entire flank by himself, much like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Achraf Hakimi do.
If you can find an all-rounder left-back, you’re in business. Having someone that can contribute to every phase of the game, not just specialise in one or two aspects, will make your team much more balanced.
HOW DO YOU FIND THE BEST LEFT-BACKS IN FIFA 22?
You can do so by utilising the player search tool, which enables you to specify the certain variables you’re looking for in your player – from age to specific attributes.
Make the most of your scouts, too. Send them to look for the best young left-backs by defining their criteria – specifying under-23, four-start potential, etc. Alternatively, just scour the Scouted Football website.
HOW DO YOU DEVELOP YOUNG LEFT-BACKS IN FIFA 22?
As always, pathways are paramount. You have to make sure that your youngsters have access to meaningful minutes at the appropriate levels. If you have a first-team ready talent, phase him into the team gradually, during pre-season ideally.
If your prospect needs a bit more polishing, the loan system is a valuable tool. But pathways to senior level minutes are key. Assess your youngsters on a case-by-case basis, decide what they need, and enact your decision.
The highest rated left-backs in FIFA 22 are Andy Robertson, Lucas Digne, Jordi Alba, Marcos Acuña, Luke Shaw, Raphaël Guerreiro and José Luis Gayá.
AC Milan’s Théo Hernández is the highest-rated under-23 left-back in FIFA 22 Career Mode. After that, it’s Alphonso Davies, Renan Lodi, Owen Wijndal, Nuno Mendes and Faitout Maouassa.