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Best defensive mids to sign in Football Manager 2022

A strong presence in central midfield can be the engine of any dominant side, offering aid to the backline and helping control the flow of the match. If you're searching for players to build the spine of your team in your FM 22 save, here are the best defensive midfielders to sign in Football Manager 2022.
Best defensive mids to sign in Football Manager 2022
Football Manager 2022 is now live and ready for you to start your managerial journey.

Long-time players might try their hand at a daunting task, perhaps looking to hoist a league or European trophy. Football Manager beginners may opt for a more simple challenge, promotion to a higher league or a top four finish.

Regardless of the club you chose to command, a strong midfield will be crucial to your success, or lack there of. And on that note, here are the best defensive mids to sign in FM22.

Football Manager 2022 best Defensive Midfielders
Defensive midfielders can provide the necessary toughness and graft that your squad needs in Football Manager 2022. (Picture: Sports Interactive)

The best DMs in Football Manager 2022

There are many places to search when looking for defensive midfielders to sign to your FM22 squad. Where you shop for players often depends on the transfer balance you have.

This list will outline some of the best youth, out of contract, as well as the world-class defensive midfielders in FM22. No matter what you have to spend from a transfer budget perspective you should be able to find a player or two that fits the ethos of your team.

Best out of contract CDMs in FM22

These are defensive midfielders who are now out of contract. They can sign for your club without a transfer fee when searching for players to fill out your squad.

  • Idriz Voca - 24 - Kosovo
  • Jack Wilshere - 29 - England
  • Ezequiel Cirigliano - 29 - Argentina
  • Ljubomir Fejsa - 32 - Serbia
  • Nigel de Jong - 36 - Netherlands
Football Manager 2022 out of contract defensive midfielders
Jack Wilshere was once a highly-touted player, but injuries have altered the trajectory of his career. Sign him back up for an affordbale price and see if you can get a tune out of him. (Picture: Sports Interactive)

Best young CDMs in FM22

The wonderkids in the number six spot, some of these players will come fairly cheap, others will require massive transfer price tags, but their overall value should continue to increase as they gain more experience.

  • SandroTonali - 21 - A.C. Milan
  • Oliver Skipp - 20 - Tottenham Hotspur F.C.
  • Boubacar Kamara - 22 - Marseille
  • Albert Sambi Lokonga - 21 - Arsenal
  • Maxence Caqueret - 21 - Lyon
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Oliver Skipp plays the game well beyond his years, and still has room to improve in your FM22 squad. (Picture: Sports Interactive)

Best CDMs in FM22

The very best CDMs in world football, these players will all be expensive signings, both in their wages and transfer fees.

  • Joshua Kimmich - 26 - Bayern Munich
  • Casemiro - 29 - Real Madrid
  • Fabinho - 28 - Liverpool
  • Sergio Busquets - 33 - FC Barcelona
  • Fernandinho - 36 - Man City
Best DMs Football Manager 2022
One of the top players in world football, Joshua Kimmich is capable of putting in 10/10 shifts both as a defensive nidfielder and fullback alike. (Picture: Sports Interacitve)


For more Football Manager 2022 information, including player guides and bargain buys, check out our dedicated FM22 page filled with the best content to help build out your team.

Featured image courtesy of Sports Interactive.