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Best defensive midfielders to buy in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

Playing one or two DMs in a pivot is very popular in FIFA 22, as it provides a solid base for your team to launch attacks and keep things tight at the back. We explore your options for this vital position.
FIFA 22 is just around the corner, scheduled to release on 1st October, which means it is almost that time again, that time when you start afresh with your Ultimate Team; buying a bundle of packs and scouring the market for some good deals as you attempt to build the most competitive team you possibly can.

Those initial few weeks are perhaps the most exciting of the entire season, unexpected pick-ups or a fresh new face can leave an indelible look and feel to your squad. It is, therefore important to try to get the players that fit your playstyle or complement others that you find in your squad.

One of the most important positions to fill in any Ultimate Team is who will be taking up the defensive midfielder spot(s). The DM position sets the tone for your entire team; you may opt for a one-man wrecking ball a la N’Golo Kante, or play two and pair that type of player with someone with a bit more finesse to their play like Marco Verratti.

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Henderson may have had an injury hit season but he is still a world-class defensive midfielder. (Picture: EA Sports)

Now, of course, you are very unlikely to be starting your season with those two in the middle of the park but that doesn’t mean you can’t find players with similar attributes, if not exactly at the same level. Our guide to the best DMs in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team provides a number of options -- across a range of price points and playstyles -- to help you make the best choice in this crucial position.

The best defensive midfielders to buy for your FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

Initial ratings for FIFA 22 are not yet out, with those not expected until late September but we are still able to put together a list of targets based on last season’s ratings plus taking into account that season’s real-life performances.

We will, of course, update this page with the proper ratings and prices plus any players that we overlooked, when that data becomes available.

Best world-class DMs to buy for your FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

These are the absolute best DMs to buy in FIFA 22, they will be pricey -- if you can even find one on the open market -- but get one and you will be flying.

N’Golo Kante - Chelsea (87)

Best DM in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team
Is there a better defensive midfielder in the world? The answer is no. (Picture: EA Sports)

Marco Verratti - Paris Saint-Germain (87)

Best defensive midfielders in FIFA 22 ultimate team
Verratti was an integral part of the Italy team that dismantled England in the Euro final. (Picture: EA Sports)

Fabinho - Liverpool (87)

best dm FUT 22
Fabinho will be a huge part of Liverpool's season as they aim to regain the title. (Picture: EA Sports)

Joshua Kimmich - Bayern Munich (87)

best CDM for FIFA 22
The jack of all trades and a master of many too, Joshua Kimmich is now one of the best footballers in the world. (Picture: EA Sports)

Jorginho - Chelsea (86)

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Jorginho did a european double with both the Champions League and European Championship ending up in his trophy cabinet. (Picture: EA Sports)

Notable mentions:

  • Casemiro - Real Madrid (86)
  • Rodrigo - Man City 85
  • Jordan Henderson - Liverpool (84)
  • Sergio Busquets - FC Barcelona (86)
  • Wilfred Ndidi - Leicester City (85)

Best mid-tier DMs to buy for your FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

These players are either on their way up or at the tail end of their careers, what is clear though is that they are still top choices for the DM position.

  • Marcelo Brozovic - Inter (85)
  • Idrissa Gueye - Paris Saint-Germain (84)
  • Axel Witsel - Dortmund (84)
  • Fernando Reges - Sevilla (84)
  • Charles Aránguiz - Leverkusen (83)
  • Blaise Matuidi - Inter Miami FC (82)
  • Denis Zakaria - M’gladbach (82)
  • Konrad Laimer - RB Leipzig (82)
  • Marten de Roon - Atalanta (81)
  • Lucas Torreira - Atletico Madrid (82)

Best cheap DMs to buy for your FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

Some absolute bargains here, each possessing one of FIFA 22’s meta stats for DMs namely; great physical stats, decent pace, and solid defending.

  • Pierre-Emile Højbjerg - Tottenham (80)
  • Nemanja Matić - Manchester United (80)
  • William Silva de Carvalho - Sporting (80)
  • Granit Xhaka - Arsenal (80)
  • Matías Vecino - Inter (80)
  • Maximilian Arnold - Wolfsburg (80)
  • Yann M'Vila - Saint Etienne (79)
  • Tiemoué Bakayoko - Napoli (79)
  • Scott McTominay - Manchester United (79)
  • Kalvin Phillips - Leeds United (79)

Check out our dedicated FIFA 22 hub for guides, news, leaks, patch notes and loads of other content!