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FIFA 23 Best Left-Backs

Profiles on some of the best left-backs you can sign on FIFA 23 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 FIFA 23 Career Mode saves. From Alphonso Davies to Fabiano Parisi, these are some of the best young LBs in the game.

If you’re looking for older players, we have you sorted too, with a collection of the ten highest overall left-backs at the start of your save. If you want more left-backs to sign, browse the rest of our website.

How do I develop left-backs in FIFA 23 Career mode?

There are a few key methods to develop left-backs in FIFA 23. Firstly, they need to play senior minutes and get good match ratings in matches. Obviously, this needs to be balanced with your need to win games but getting them on the field as much as possible is vital.

If you can’t give them minutes, then consider sending them on loan. However, when loaning players, ensure that you are sending them to a club where they will play senior minutes, or you risk further stunting their growth.

Next, focus on doing well in training drills and earning good ratings. Generally, you should be able to play through each drill a few times, do them well, and then you should be able to subsequently simulate the sessions and earn a similar grade. However, if your grades start to fall, you should take control of your drills again to boost your ratings back up.

Lastly, and very importantly, is your player development plan. Development plans determine what kind of skillset you want your player to develop for their role in your team.

FIFA 23 Career Left-Back Development Path

For left-backs, there are five development paths to choose from:

Balanced – The all-round option that will see your left-backs develop all their attributes with no real particular focus.

Wide Back – The wide back will focus on more traditional full-back attributes. Crossing will obviously be important, as well as long passing and ball control, and then agility and balance as they push up the wing. On the defensive side of the game, their slide tackling, defensive awareness, defensive work rate, interceptions and stamina will all be developed.

Attacking Wide Back – Attacking wide backs will play a more modern attacking style. Their focusses will be heavily slanted towards the attacking half of the field; sprint speed, acceleration, stamina, vision, crossing, short passing, ball control, curve and slide tackling, as well as attacking work rate, will be the main areas of development.

Inverted Wide Back – Inverted wide backs will look to push into midfield, and so their development will require very different things to the wide back role. Their development will centre around ball control, vision, dribbling, sprint speed and acceleration, while on the defensive side of the game you will see improvement in their interceptions and standing tackle, as well as their stamina. Your player’s weak foot will develop too.

Defensive Wide Back – A defensive wide back will be the most reserved option for your full-back’s development. They will aim to improve their strength, aggression, standing tackle, defensive awareness, heading accuracy, interceptions, stamina, reactions, and defensive work rate. They are the ultimate defensive utility.

How do I develop right wing-backs in FIFA 23 Career mode?

If you play with a left wing-back instead of a left-back, then there are more options to choose from.

Balanced – The all-round option that will see your left wing-backs develop all their attributes with no real particular focus.

Wing Back – The wing-back is very similar to the wide back but trades out some defensive utility for a better offensive threat. Crossing, long passing, short passing, attacking work rate, balance, agility, slide tackling, stamina and strength are the key attributes a wing-back will develop.

Attacking Wing Back – The attacking wing-back is the ultimate attacking weapon from the back. They will focus on developing skill moves, dribbling, ball control, stamina, short passing, curve, crossing, vision, acceleration and sprint speed to become a force down the wing, as well as defensively.

Inverted Wing Back ­– The inverted wing-back plays a little bit further up the field than the inverted wide back, and therefore swaps out development of their vision and standing tackling for long shots and balance. Outside of that, the two roles are the same, focussing on sprint speed, acceleration, short passing, ball control, dribbling, interceptions, stamina and weak foot.

Defensive Wing Back – The defensive wing-back role is quite similar to the defensive wide back. However, due to the nature of the more advanced positioning, there are some slightly different demands, trading out acceleration and heading accuracy for slide tackling and long passing. Outside of that, the defensive wing-back will develop defensive awareness, interceptions, defensive work rate, standing tackling, strength, stamina and aggression.

Who are the best left-backs in FIFA 23 Career mode?

João Cancelo28Manchester City8888
Andrew Robertson28Liverpool8787
Theo Hernández24A.C. Milan8590
Marcos Acuña30Sevilla8489
Jordi Alba33FC Barcelona8484
Alphonso Davies21Bayern Munich8484
Ferland Mendy27Real Madrid8383
Leonardo Spinazzola29Roma8385
Ben Chilwell25Chelsea8386

We’ve split this section into three left-backs that can start for your teams straight away, and three left-backs that are good options for the future:

Alphonso Davies

Alphonso Davies playing for FC Bayern München

The ultimate fast, technical left-back: it’s Alphonso Davies. 96 acceleration, 93 sprint speed, 87 dribbling, 84 ball control… need we say more? Throw in 4 star skills and 4 star weak foot and you’ve got the total offensive package.

If you can go one step further and get him to his maximum 89 potential, you will have the most destructive counter-attacking left-back in the game – or you can use him as a left-winger.

Nuno Mendes

Not far behind Davies in the speed stakes, although lacking the same elite technical ability, is Nuno Mendes. He is slightly more rounded in other parts of his game, while still wielding 90 acceleration and 89 sprint speed.

He is a slightly cheaper and more defensive minded option, with more room to grow when you take him from an 80 to an 88 overall.

Rayan Aït-Nouri

While he is certainly behind the level of Nuno Mendes and Alphonso Davies, Rayan Aït-Nouri is nonetheless an interesting cheaper left-back option. He has decent pace, decent dribbling and decent defensive qualities.

He has 10 overall points to grow too, meaning at his max he should get close to the level of Mendes and be an effective choice. All the foundations are there, he just needs the time and development to reach the level of the aforementioned options.

Luca Netz

Luca Netz playing for Borussia Mönchengladbach

Pinched from Hertha BSC by Borussia Mönchengladbach a couple of years ago, FIFA love Luca Netz. He was one of the highest potential full-backs in last year’s game, and little has changed for this year’s version.

The German youth international has everything you need from a left-back: a solid athlete, stand-up tackler and dangerous crosser. He starts with a solid base overall too, making him a worthwhile option if you’re managing a smaller club.

Calvin Bassey

Calvin Bassey’s reputation grew enormously during Rangers’ run to the Europa League final – enough to secure him an interesting move to Ajax in the summer of 2022. It’s certainly not a well-trodden path from players to leave Scotland to join Ajax, but it is a testament to the level Bassey played at last season.

And in the game his unique skillset is well reflected, with his pace and strength clearly key features of his game. His defensive qualities are probably a little underrated in the game, but with 10 overall points to add, he has the potential to be a very dominant two-way left-back – he has high/high work rates and 90 stamina to help with that.

Fabiano Parisi

Fabiano Parisi has been a bit of a late-bloomer, finally bursting onto the scene with Empoli in Serie A last season at the age of 21. Now there are links to some of Serie A’s biggest clubs, while he is also pushing for national team selection in a position of weakness for Italy.

In terms of his in-game skill set, nothing stands out, but he doesn’t have any major weaknesses either. He is probably one to park on loan and let someone else get him closer to his 83 potential if you have another left-back option in your team.

João Cancelo, Andy Robertson, Theo Hernández, Marcos Acuña and Jordi Alba are the highest-rated left-backs in FIFA 23 Career Mode.

Nuno Mendes and Rayan Aït-Nouri are high-level left-backs in the making. In terms of pure growth potential, the likes of Ian Maatsen and Carlos Augusto Rojas are hidden gems in the market.

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