If the opposition don’t score, you'll be able to’t lose, so stick some these bargain centre-backs facing your ‘keeper and observe the goals tail off.

It’s declared attack is the better form of defence, however if you take on the pitch on FIFA 18 with two strikers in the midst of your back four, we guarantee you’ll leak goals.

With that at heart, we’ve scoured the transfer market inside game’s Career Mode for 10 centre-backs who won’t cost the earth. All of them are available to buy inside first transfer window once you start a new save, and even though the prices quoted are the types we negotiated together with the selling clubs, you may be able to do better by chucking in a very sell-on clause or sending a farmer of your own from the opposite direction.

Yaroslav Rakitskyi (Shakhtar Donetsk)

Ukraine’s most successful club in the 21st century has unearthed some terrific talent in recent times, launching the careers of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Willian and Fernandinho and others, but Yaroslav Rakitskyi has remained using the side he joined as being a youngster. As centre-backs go he’s not the tallest, however with a mean free-kick, a knack for scoring from distance, along with an eye for some time pass to select his impressive tackling and defensive stats, there’s far more to his game than merely stopping opposition strikers. Shakhtar will need €18m for that 27-year-old international, but his varied skills and the fact that he'll push out and play being a defensive midfielder if required makes him value for money for money.
Niklas Stark (Hertha BSC)

Hertha’s Niklas Stark is ‘only’ rated 78 overall today, nevertheless the 22-year-old carries a big future in advance of him. The fact that he’s sometimes deployed to be a defensive midfielder should supply you with an idea in the kind of centre-back he's, but it’s his potential of 85, not his flexibility, that you’re buying. That means he’ll amount to €17m, however, if you’re hunting for a ball-playing defender who is able to read the sport as well as he is able to tackle, Stark’s your man. With acceleration of 75 and sprint speed of 78 he’s also one on the faster centre-backs about the game, just don’t expect him to take care of Gareth Bale entirely flow.
Davide Astori (Fiorentina)

Astori could possibly be 30 years old already, but you’ll find it difficult to find a more reliable centre-back intended for €20m. The Fiorentina defender will cost around €4m below that, but considering he’s reasonably quick you ought to still get some good seasons from him before he begins to decline. With both standing tackles and marking rated at 85, plus 86 for interceptions and 80 for reactions, he’s the level of defender who wants to stay on his feet. He’s competent in lieu of impressive while using ball, but as protection on your goalkeeper he’s got the many right attributes.
Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

Standing at 1.98m tall this Danish giant definitely will add some presence to your defence that’s with a lack of height. With a strength stat of 94 and heading accuracy of 86, Vestergaard generally is a threat within boxes, however with just 46 for sprint speed, you’ll must be careful to never get caught about the break. That said, which has a long-passing stat of 80 he won’t should stray too far from defence to contribute when moving forward. €15m needs to be enough to convince Gladback permit the 25-year-old leave – and considering there’s scope for him to boost by about five points overall you’ll certainly see a roi if you decide to make the most further in the future.
Yeray Álvarez (Athletic Club)

In the past several years, Aymeric Laporte continues to be the centre-back most regularly linked which has a move away from Athletic. Now that he’s arrived at Manchester City, the Basque club could be safe inside knowledge that they’ve got a ready-made replacement from the shape of Yeray. That is should you not buy him. €14m gets a good young defender who reads the action well, but they can put in a very strong sliding tackle when necessary. He’s decent with all the ball at his feet too, and with all the potential to reach 84 overall, he’s only getting better.
Eric Botteghin (Feyenoord)

South American footballers are traditionally recognized for their technique and flair, when it comes to defending, Feyenoord’s Brazilian centre-back is much more beast than beauty. Botteghin’s strength of 91 is his standout stat, but 83 for marking, standing tackles and interceptions cause him to a serious obstacle for that opposition to acquire past. Standing 1.93m tall along with 82 for jumping he’s also seriously tough to beat within the air. The reigning Dutch champions will require €12.5m with the 30-year-old with the exceptional wage demands shouldn’t hurt you wallet either.

Jeffrey Gouweleeuw (FC Augsburg)

Jeffrey Gouweleeuw is usually Dutch in this he’s technically gifted and carries a surname that’s challenging to pronounce. With 84 for interceptions and 76 for too long passing you can easily push him up into midfield without worrying, but he’s best looking at the goalkeeper, with 81 for standing tackles, 79 for marking and 74 for sliding tackles. A 69 for acceleration and 76 for sprint speed put him one of the quicker centre-backs in existence, sufficient reason for 77 for very long shots and 72 for shot power there’s no harm in him which has a pop if your ball falls to him about the edge on the opposition’s box. He’s yours for €11m.

Iván Marcano (FC Porto)

With the Porto man’s contract expiring at the end in the current season, now’s the best time to nip in and get one on the Primeira Liga’s best defenders for just a knockdown price (or, if you're able to wait, attempt to sign him over a free at the end on the first season). A fraction over €10m provide an experienced, no-nonsense centre-back, with 82 for standing tackles, interceptions and aggression, hence the opposition will quickly learn whose ball it can be. Good stats for jumping (90) and heading accuracy (83) cause him to a threat at corners and 74 abbreviated passing means you can rely him and keep the ball moving too.
Marek Suchý (Basel)

Some of Europe’s best players spent time at Basel within their formative years, including Ivan Rakitic, Mo Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri, even though Marek Suchý will not be up there with those guys, he’s been consistently impressive with the Swiss club. The Czech international will run you just over €9m, however with 82 for strength, 80 for standing tackles and 78 for marking, he’s got hidden skills to say himself in a good amount of defences and he’s not bad with all the ball at his feet either. A solid rearguard addition to the team cheaply.
Damien Da Silva (Caen)

With a year left to own on his contract, it is possible to head into negotiations for Caen’s Damien Da Silva having a pretty strong hand. Ignore any release clause and give around €7m to acquire the French side to market, or hang on and try and pick him up on the free in January. The 29-year-old has strong defensive stats in general, with 80 for standing tackles, 79 for marking, and 78 for sliding tackles and interceptions. Throw in 78 for strength, 82 for aggression and 79 for heading accuracy and you’ve got a solid all-rounder who, despite his age, continues to have the potential to boost by a point overall.

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