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FIFA 23 Best Right-backs

Profiles on some of the best right-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 right-backs that would be suitable signings on your FIFA 23 Career Mode saves. From Trent Alexander-Arnold to Malo Gusto, these are some of the best young RBs in the game.

Of course, if you are looking for older players, we have you sorted too, with a collection of the ten highest overall right-backs at the start of your save. Also, have a look through the rest of our website for more young players to sign.

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

There are a few key methods to develop right-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 Right Back Development Plan

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

Balanced – The all-round option that will see your right-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 right wing-back instead of a right-back, then there are more options to choose from.

Balanced – The all-round option that will see your right 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 right-backs in FIFA 23 Career mode?

Trent Alexander-Arnold23Liverpool8790
Kyle Walker32Manchester City8585
Reece James22Chelsea FC8488
Achraf Hakimi23Paris Saint-Germain8487
Kieran Tripper31Newcastle United8484
Dani Carvajal30Real Madrid8484
Juan Cuadrado34Juventus8383
Jesús Navas36Sevilla8383
Ricardo Pereira28Leicester City8383
Noussair Mazraoui24Ajax8286

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

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold playing for Liverpool

There shouldn’t be any surprises seeing Trent Alexander-Arnold at the top of this list. It’s no exaggeration to say that the Liverpool right-back is one of the best creative players from right-back in the history of the sport at just 23.

In FIFA 23 Career Mode, at 87 overall and with the potential to reach 90, he is one of the best passers in the game, with 92 crossing being the standout. If you play with a big striker, having Alexander-Arnold at right-back is a no-brainer.

Reece James

If Trent Alexander-Arnold is the standard bearer of creative players from right-back, then Reece James is the same for physically dominant ones. He combines it with his willingness to get forward and impact the game in the penalty area too.

Headline stats of 81 pace, 82 passing, 82 dribbling, 80 defending and 81 physical tell you all you need to know about James. He is dominant all over the pitch, and with the potential to reach 88 overall, he is a no-brainer choice to fill your right-back vacancy.

Achraf Hakimi

Achraf Hakimi is the right-back to pick if you are looking for raw pace. 91 acceleration and 93 sprint speed make the Moroccan an asset both in attacking and defensive transition.

He is no slouch in other aspects of his game either, especially as a dribbler. 4 star weak foot and skills are always nice too.

Malo Gusto

Malo Gusto playing for Lyon

Year on year, the Olympique Lyonnais academy churns out talent after talent. Now there’s 19-year-old right-back Malo Gusto, who has settled into his role as starting right-back at one of France’s biggest clubs with relative ease.

In terms of his in-game attributes, 84 acceleration and 87 sprint speed stands out, especially since he has 10 overall points to add. There isn’t much else to his game, but as he develops he should add more weapons.

Tino Livramento

It was a shame to see Tino Livramento succumb to an ACL injury last season, but nonetheless, his first season as a professional in the Premier League was a major success, with the former Chelsea academy player acclimating to the level instantly.

With a potential to grow from a 75 overall to an 85 overall player in FIFA 23 Career Mode, he will grow into a pacy right back with good dribbling and solid defensive attributes.

Aaron Hickey

After leaving Hearts to join Bologna, it only took a short stint in Serie A for Premier League teams to come snooping around. And in the summer of 2022, Brentford took the plunge, bringing Aaron Hickey back to the UK; this time in the Premier League.

Hickey is a good ball-carrying full-back, as evidenced by his strong dribbling stats for a 75 overall. He is also quite two-footed, and has been bestowed with 5 star weak foot in the game, meaning you can probably play him at left-back quite effectively too.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kyle Walker, Reece James, Achraf Hakimi and Kieran Tripper are the highest-rated right-backs in FIFA 23 Career Mode.

Beyond Alexander-Arnold, James and Hakimi, Malo Gusto, Tino Livramento and Aaron Hickey have three of the highest potential ratins for young right-backs in FIFA 23 Career Mode.

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