This FM24 Best young centre backs to sign article will be split in two. The first part will look at just who the top centre backs are, while the second part will focus on more attainable players who are at lower-tier teams or could be considered genuine bargains. This should help those who want to play as top teams as well as those on the hunt for the next great bargain.
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Top 5 Best Young Centre Backs in FM24
Will only be available to the absolute best of the best and richest teams but William Saliba is the kind of player who can fortify your defence for years to come. He even has room to grow which would eventually see him become one of the best defenders in the world regardless of age.
Matthijs de Ligt
The Dutch defender has already lined out for some of Europe’s most notable clubs at the age of 23. He’s only slightly worse than Saliba to start the game and has the potential to improve even further.
Newcastle United had to fend off other major sides to pick up Botman and there’s a reason why they fought so hard. He’s a pretty good defender off rip and can join the elite tier of CBs within a couple of seasons
Despite starting a step or two behind some of his peers, Fofana has the potential to become one of the best defenders in the game. His ceiling is right up there with William Saliba’s which could make it worthwhile to deal with the growing pains.
Possibly the only defender on this initial list that you can actually buy, and even then he’ll set you back a pretty penny. Guehi has Premier League experience and has been a standout for Crystal Palace at the age of 22. His potential rating is right up there with Botman’s so he could be a solid “cheaper” option for a long-term top CB.
Best Young Centre Backs in Football Manager 2024 – Affordable/Budget
The CB market in FM24 is insanity so most young defenders with good potential like Beraldo, Diomande, Zabarnyi, Lukeba, and others will cost upwards of 50 million. I’ll be doing my best here to keep the names somewhat affordable depending on the size of your club.
Real Valladolid’s right-footed CB is a solid discount option for a young CB. He’s already a good passer of the ball which is a necessity in the modern game. He’s also got solid pace and first touch along with a high ceiling for potential.
A left-footed CB from Montpellier, Esteve could be the perfect partner to someone like Boyomo to slot in as the left-sided centre back. He’s got a ridiculous 16 pace to begin the game with 15 strength and the ability to pass the ball. His potential is quite high so he’s got a lot of room to grow into a top defender.
Akoemeah is a project. You will need to give him time to develop but at his best he can stand out as one of the best defenders in the world. He’s got natural athleticism which will only become better with time and a decent passing range for a 17-year-old. If given time to develop properly he could be a massive bargain.
Urko Gonzalez de Zarate
A combined CB and CDM, Zarate is a multi-faceted weapon at 21 years of age. He currently plays for Real Sociedad and has all the skills to become a first-choice defender with a 15 passing rating, 15 positioning, and decent pace.
While not the most attractive option on paper, Oumar Solet could be a great purchase in an inflated market. His ceiling isn’t quite as high as some of the players in this article but he will be right underneath that top tier of CBs. His strengths lie in his physical attributes and passing ability. Take a punt on Solet and you could find yourself a real diamond in the rough.
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