Welcome to the FM wide centre back role guide. This role is not available when used in a two-player pairing. You need at least three players at the centre for assigning a defender with wide centre back role.
Also check out:
- Central defender FM role.
- Ball playing defender FM role.
- FM libero role.
- FM no nonsense centre back role.
FM wide centre back role definition:
The main job of the wide centre back is to stop the opposing attackers from playing and to clear the ball from danger when required.
However, unlike standard central defenders, the wide centre back is encouraged to stay wide in possession and support the midfield more like a fullback.
With defend duty, a wide centre back is more lika a traditional centre back in a back five. They will provide support in wide areas at times, but from deep. Less likely to overlap or underlap and more likely to provide a diagonal backwards passing option.
Support duty wide center back is willing to make a overlapping and underlapping runs to create 2 vs 1 situations.
With an attack duty, wide centre-back is willing to make regular overlapping and underlapping runs to create 2 vs 1 situations, and also has a higher tendency to dribble with the ball.
Wide centre back is a half central defender half full back. Therefore it needs totally different skill set.
So, you need to find a defender with both good defending skills, speed, and crossing. They are hard to come by though.
Preferred player traits of wide centre-back players:
- Brings ball out of defence.
- Marks opponent tightly.
FM 22 Wide Centre Back Recommendations
Best centre back wonderkids and the world class players, top 5 below.
FM22 Best Centre Backs
- Ruben Dias: Best centre back of 2022.
- Eder Militao: Second best.
- Presnel Kimpembe: Makes a difference with his amazing physique.
- Mohammed Salisu: Young Ghanaian player from Southampton.
- Mohamed Simakan: Second Mohamed of our list.
FM22 Best Centre Back Wonderkids
- Kaiky: Best centre back wonderkid.
- Giorgio Scalvini: 1,94 Italian wonderkid.
- Illia Zabarnyi: Ukranian star of Dynamo Kyiv.
- Gonçalo Inacio: 20 yo Portuguese super star from Porto.
- Ben Nelson: Promising youngster from Leicester U23.