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FIFA 20: Who are the best defensive midfielders?

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Find out here who are the current best and young defensive midfielders in the FIFA 20 career mode based on their overall ability, potential and market value.

Criminally one of the most under-appreciated roles in football, a defensive midfielder is the nucleus of most teams. He has to be well-versed in the ugly side of the game, intelligent, athletic and great at interceptions. So what should we look out for in FIFA 20?

There are several attributes that can help you settle on a defensive midfielder in tackling, interceptions, strength and stamina. Being able to help out in attack would be an additional bonus. Especially regarding short and long passes.

But these men usually prioritise helping the defence above anything else. It makes sense when you take their big defensive stats into account.

Past greats to excel in the role include Claude Makelele, Patrick Vieira and Gennaro Gattuso.

Who is the best defensive midfielder in FIFA 20?

N’Golo Kante is the best defensive midfielder in FIFA 20 with a current ability of 89. The highly-rated Chelsea star has always been lauded for his performances despite his small frame. Therefore, it’s no surprise to see him out on top.

The Frenchman’s strongest stats in the game are in stamina (97), reactions (93), interceptions (92), balance (92) and stand tackle (91). Don’t let his appearance fool you either, as he’s got an aggression rate of 90.

Out of the 10 best defensive midfielders in FIFA 20, Rodri and Wilfred Ndidi represent the best value for money. Both are still just 23, meaning they can offer years of quality service. Although Fabinho wouldn’t be a bad call either if you’re willing to match Liverpool’s valuation.

Best CDM’s in the game

  • CR = Current Rating
  • POT = Potential Ability
  • (*L) = On loan
PlayerAgeClubCRPOTValueWage
N’Golo Kanté29Chelsea8989€59.5m€230k
Casemiro28Real Madrid8889€61m€280k
Sergio Busquets31Barcelona8888€49m€280k
Fabinho26Liverpool8689€49m€135
Rodri23Man City8589€45.50€145k
Axel Witsel31Dortmund8585€31.5m€105k
Fernandinho34Man City8585€14.5m€170k
Wilfred Ndidi23Leicester8488€36.5m€95k
Idrissa Gueye30PSG8484€26.5m€110k
Blaise Matuidi33Juventus8484€20.5m€135k

Other defensive midfielders who may be worth checking out in FIFA 20 are Denis Zakaria (82), Tomas Soucek (81), Marcos Llorente (81) and Lucas Torreira (81).

If you fancy a bargain, however, checking out the future defensive midfield stars in the next page might be of interest.