BEST FOOTBALL MANAGER 2022 RIGHT-BACKS

BRIEF PROFILES ON SOME OF THE BEST YOUNG RIGHT-BACKS IN FM22

We cover youth football and we love Football Manager. We’ve combined both to compile a list of the young right-backs that you should start scouting on your FM22 saves. These aren’t necessarrily “best”, but they’re interesting prospects for clubs across the spectrum of football. They’re players that we like in real-life that look good in FM22.

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LAST UPDATED: APRIL 5, 2022

DODÔ

Shakhtar Donetsk's Dodô

DATE OF BIRTH

17/11/1998 (22)

POSITIONS

RB

CLUB

Shakhtar Donetsk

NATIONALITY

Brazil

VALUE

€35M – €105M

Dodô's FM22 attributes

Dodô is an aggressive, attacking right-back whose game is underpinned by very strong physical attributes. And you’ll pay for it too, with a price tag around the 70 million for the Shakhtar Donetsk defender.

But you get what you pay for; he’s a tour de force down the right side with good strength and pace, as well as dribbling and technique – and the very underrated long throw attribute that can turn throw-ins into corner-like scenarios.

If you are looking for a Champions League level right-back that can fit right into most systems, he will be a very solid option that should be with you for many seasons.

PIERRE KALULU

AC Milan's Pierre Kalulu

DATE OF BIRTH

05/06/2000 (21)

POSITIONS

RB, CB

CLUB

AC Milan

NATIONALITY

France

VALUE

€9.8M – €29M

Pierre Kalulu's FM22 attributes

Pierre Kalulu is an excellent, versatile defensive player. And, at around €20 million, comes at fantastic value to bolster your stocks as a defensive utility. Naturally a right-back or a centre-back though, Kalulu probably suits a wide-centre back or right full-back role best.

Outside of a strong pace attribute, Kalulu has a lot of attributes in that 12-15 range that are ripe for developing further as he gets more minutes under his belt.

For a cheap, but European level option, there is probably not a better option out there than Kalulu, and he is certainly a player you could flip on for profit to pursue a target with a higher ceiling down the line.

TARIQ LAMPTEY

Brighton's Tariq Lamptey

DATE OF BIRTH

30/09/2000 (20)

POSITIONS

RB, RWB, RW

CLUB

Brighton & Hove Albion

NATIONALITY

England

VALUE

€49M – €146M

Tariq Lamptey's FM22 attributes

Tariq Lamptey is insanely fast. At the start of your save, that’s about all he has going for him, alongside a pretty high work rate and dribbling stat. But Brighton’s diminutive right-back has bucketloads of potential to round out his game and become an attacking force despite his size.

His ability to play any position across either flank is a bonus, especially if you are looking to play with inverted wing-backs, or need a winger to stretch the opposition back four with pure speed.

At €55 million though, he is very much on the expensive side for a player that will ultimately be a project at least for the first season or two. However, if you are desperate for an English player, then consider him.

TINO LIVRAMENTO

Southampton's Tino Livramento

DATE OF BIRTH

12/11/2002 (18)

POSITIONS

RB

CLUB

Southampton

NATIONALITY

England

VALUE

€31M – €93M

Tino Livramento's FM22 attributes

If you are a Premier League team looking to stay within those pesky registration rules, Tino Livramento is a fine option not just for the present, but for developing into one of the best right-backs in the world in the future.

Not only that, Livramento can play across the backline and can even be played as a right winger if required. He brings high level athleticism to your squad, as well as strong technique, dribbling and first touch, making him an excellent player for ball-dominant teams.

He won’t be cheap to sign from Southampton, setting you back around €55 million, but he is a set-and-forget option that will be a European level by the time you can sign him (after the first season).

WHAT ARE FOOTBALL MANAGER WONDERKIDS?

Wonderkid is a cliché term that’s synonymous with Football Manager. They’re young prospects – usually aged 16 to 18 – 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 RIGHT-BACK IN FOOTBALL MANAGER 2022?

Ideally, a good right-back will be a player that can do everything – defend adeptly, attack effectively, pass and cross dangerously.

You will need an athletic player, especially in the modern game. You need to have a right-back that can cope with athletic wingers and pose a threatg going forward, especially if you’re managing a team at the highest levels.

HOW TO FIND THE BEST RIGHT-BACKS IN FOOTBALL MANAGER 2022?

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 scout nations (rather than regions/contintents) for the best young centre-backs by defining their criteria – specifying under-23, four-start potential, etc. Alternatively, just scour the Scouted Football website!

HOW TO DEVELOP YOUNG ATTACKING MIDFIELDERS IN FOOTBALL MANAGER 2022?

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.

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Manchester City’s João Cancelo and Kyle Walker are ranked as the best right-backs in Football Manager 2022 in terms of current ability. César Azpilicueta and Jesús Navas are as well.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Achraf Hakimi are the best young right-back in Football Manager 2022. In terms of potential, Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey and Tino Livramento at Southampton are two of the best.