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Attacking play may be the most exciting part of Fifa for most of us, but that doesn’t mean we don’t need a rock at the heart of our defence. These young centre halfs will make your backline their own for years to come on Fifa 14.
Our list begins with one of the game’s most impressive centre backs. The Juventus man starts with an 80 rating and can improve into the low 90′s. He is a fantastic all round centre half, possessing great pace for a centre back, but also fantastic strength and tackling attributes. He can deal with an attacking threat that relies on speed, or those teams that like to cross it in to the big man up top.
A glimmer of hope for our ailing English defense, you will find Dier rocking and rolling at Sporting Lisbon. He starts of with a rating in the low 70′s but that rises rapidly so its good to acquire him early if you want value for money. Adapts at playing the holding role in midfield as well as being a commanding centre half, he has a fantastic shot and range of passing as well as all the tackling and aerial abilities you would expect. These skills make him the perfect man to lead the next generation of ball playing English defenders and can lead a squad of young players if you’re looking to build for the future in career mode
Playing in Chelsea’s English youth system but representing Holland at international level, Ake has one of the highest potential growth out of any of the players on this list. He starts off with a 67 rating but he progresses rapidly with game time and easily hits the mid 80′s if managed correctly. Quick, with a decent tackle, all of his attributes increase immensely and once he starts to develop he can be left with quickness only matched by some strikers. Perfect to pick up on loan if you’re looking for a Championship promotion push, try and negotiate a fee for purchase at the end of the season as this man’s value and rating will only go up and up.
Not one of our lists would be complete without a Brazilian wonderkid. Luiz starts off at Nautico in Brazil but will move on Quick. The only man on this list who rivals Ake for potential growth, he can be picked up relatively cheap on a permanent deal so he is another one who is perfect for a championship promotion push. A season at that level playing week in week out will have him more than ready for the top level. His rating starts off at 67 but that can rocket to as high as 85. Unlike others on this list he doesn’t have exceptional speed for a centre back but it is still decent. Perhaps most amazingly, he starts with jumping already in the 90′s, making this 18 year old a serious set piece goal threat.
Our next name on the list is another Brazilian teenage wonderkid. The PSG man won’t be available in the first transfer window but if you can get him early before he fully breaks into the side then DO NOT PASS THE OPPORTUNITY UP! Very solid to start with, Marquinhos has high attributes for interceptions, strength aggression, tackling, basically everything you need to be a fantastic ground defender. His aerial ability will grow over time ensuring that by the time he reaches his early 20′s you have the world’s best centre back. Make no mistake, this man can slot into your team from the get go and will be a rock solid force in your team for a good 15 years of dominance.
Most of the big clubs have a strangle hold on the quality young centre backs, but you can find the final name on our list strutting his stuff at FC Basel. Steady if unspectacular to begin with, Fabian begins Fifa life with a 71 rating, so more than capable at second tier level or in the lower reaches of the Premier European leagues. He is good value for money and is a fantastic option if you need to invest money in other, more glamorous areas of the team, while still keeping things tight at the back. A real all round defender like many on this list, Schar has decent passing and shooting stats as well as all the usual defensive areas locked down to keep your sheets nice and clean, while providing a real danger to dirtying your opponents.