FM23: Best Young Defensive Midfielders

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The defensive midfield spot can be one of the most important on the field. The player, or players, are tasked with shielding the back line and offering some added stability to the team, while also being asked to contribute on the ball. For those of you in search of defensive midfielders to sign in Football Manager 23, I have compiled a list of the best young defensive midfielders to pick up in the new game.

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Best Young Defensive Midfielders in FM23

Moises Caicedo

Brighton & Hove Albion man Moises Caicedo is already showing his quality at the highest level. He’s just 20 years old to start any save and can waltz right into most starting elevens. Locking this one down might give you your starting DM for a decade to come.

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Brazil’s Serie A serves up another excellent young player in this year’s game. Danilo has already been subject to interest from Arsenal and it’s no surprise why. He is equally comfortable winning the ball as he is playing a great pass. He’s so good that he can easily play the CM spot but offers the most utility at the DM spot.

Noah Mbamba

Versatility is the name of the game as Mbamba can play as a defender, defensive midfielder, or as a central midfielder. He’s got the raw skills and physical attributes to be an excellent player if given the time to develop.

Lucas Gourna-Douath

Picking off youngsters from the Red Bull group feels like a cheat code but it is essential to success. No list of the best young defensive midfielders is complete without Red Bull Salzburg’s new recruit. He was already a regular in Ligue 1 before his club got relegated and is now plying his trade with one of Europe’s most exciting young teams.

Eduardo Camavinga

This is a rather obvious one. Camavinga is one of the crown jewels of Real Madrid’s current young core, and for good reason. The teenager has strength, pace, strong tackling, and strong passing stats from the start of any save. In time, he will be the best DM in the game and makes any fee look like a bargain.

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