- Standing tackle
- Short passing
But what defenisve midfielder should you pick up for your FIFA 21 Ultimate Team? To help you out we have compiled a list of 8 top DMs, across a range of prices, and from the top 5 leagues to give you an idea of who you could pick up.
Please note: All prices are taken from FUTBIN's database and are subject to change.
The best DMs in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team
Fernando Reges - Sevilla FC
Reges isn't your typical Brazilian footballer, where some create with rainbow-flicks and samba samba football, Reges on the other hand is much more comfortable putting a stop to all of that.
This guy is a beast, with 82 Stamina, 71 Strength, and 85 Aggression coupled with his strong defensive stats mean getting by this guy isn't easy.
A relatively cheap price make him a great pick-up.
Lucas Torreira - Atlético de Madrid
Staying in Spain but a player with a slightly different player profile is Uruguay's Lucas Torreira formerly of Arsenal but now plying his trade at Atlético de Madrid.
Toerreira has everyone you need in a great CDM including some good speed helping him get up and down the field and quickly close down attackers. Great Balance and Agility stats help him nip the ball from the trickiest attackers.
Marten de Roon - Atalanta
Marten de Roon is a cool, calm and collected CDM. Great densive stats, tall in height and capable on the ball make him a reliable anchor-man.
Konrad Laimer - RB Leipzig
The Austrian CDM is as solid as they come in the defensive department, however, he shines as a speedy defensive midfielder with great Pace to compete against almost any fast-moving strikers in the game.
His great stamina also ensures he'll never run out of gas even going into the final minutes of a tense match.
Denis Zakaria - Borussia Mönchengladbach
Zakaria is a complete package when it comes to CDM's, not only he has well-rounded defensive and physical statistics, his pace will make sure you can keep in check speedsters like very few defensive midfielders can.
Perhaps his biggest weakness is his poor jumping and could be beaten in the air by a lot of competitors, but while the ball is on the ground, he's a sure bet to start in almost any team.
Eric Dier - Tottenham
Tottenham's very own Eric Dier is a cheap bargain of a CDM to add to any up and comer player in FIFA Ultimate Team.
He's not fast enough to be considered a top-tier candidate as a reliable defensive midfielder, but for less than 1,000 Coins you can get yourself a good squad player with defensive utility and psychically powerful to use as a substitute.
Fred - Manchester United
Now, before you scoff at us, listen up, Fred is a high priced commodity, and the market value is completely justified in this case.
His pace is decent enough to keep him in contention with top of the line defensive midfielders, but where he shines is on his ability to mix great defensive stats such as Interceptions and Standing Tackle with his technical capabilities, proving him a key element for any player that wishes to use a passing style of play.
Thomas Delaney - Borussia Dortmund
For our final pick, the Danish CDM is perhaps one of the best bargains in the entire game, regardless of position. Not only his cost in a cheap bracket, oscillating between 1,000 and 1,200, but he excels at almost every key stat a defensive midfielder should shine at.
Physical, good defensive prowess, and very good speed stats make of Delaney a must-have for virtually any FUT squad in the world.
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