Best budget Premier League centre-backs, left-backs & right-backs

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    FIFA 22 is now finally here! The game is available to play on a 10- hour trial via EA access from the 22nd of September.

    Those who have pre-ordered the Ultimate Edition of the game can then start playing the full game from the 27th of September, whilst the full game is out for those who buy the standard edition from the 1st of October.

    One of the biggest selling points of the FIFA franchise is, of course, Ultimate Team. This is a game mode within FIFA that allows players to create their ultimate team, hence the name, through buying players on the transfer market within the game, earning them through objectives or buying packs with either FIFA points or in-game coins.

    Best budget Premier League players on FIFA Ultimate Team

    The key to having a successful Ultimate Team throughout the game cycle generally starts with an effective budget team.

    The Premier League is one of the most popular leagues to build your starter team with, due to the number of quality players across the division.

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    And now, ahead of the full launch of FIFA 22, 101 have put together a series of articles to inform you of the best budget Premier League players on FIFA 22 Ultimate Team.

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    Best budget Premier League centre-backs & full-backs

    This article will highlight the best cheap Premier League centre-backs and full-backs on Ultimate Team this year.


    Junior Firpo, Leeds (78 rated)

    Junior Firpo should be one of the better budget left-back options this year if you cannot afford the likes of Kieran Tierney and Sergio Regulon.

    Firpo has all of his passing, dribbling, defending and physical stats in the 70s, with 80 stamina also solid.

    The only drawback with Firpo is that his 81 pace is not the best. But this can be improved upon with a chemistry style.

    James Justin, Leicester (77 rated)

    James Justin’s base card is a left-wing-back, but it should only cost around 200 coins to convert him to a left-back.

    And, like Firpo, Justin has a decently well-rounded card, with one more pace than the Spaniard. He also has a four-star weak foot and is fairly tall for a left-back at 6ft.

    Maxwel Cornet, Burnley (75 rated)

    The final budget left-back you may wish to sign is Maxwel Cornet of Burnley.

    The Ivorian is the fastest of the three left-backs on this pitch with a very respectable 86 pace.

    However, Cornet’s main drawback is his 67 defending, though this can be improved upon with the sentinel chemistry style.


    Nelson Semedo, Wolves (80 rated)

    Nelson Semedo, whose base card is a RWB but can be converted to a RB for cheap, is a very well-rounded card for such a low-rated player.

    75 defending should be fine for an early game full-back and he will be helped out by his impressive stamina and jumping.

    Semedo is also a capable dribbler and has decent short passing and crossing.

    Ryan Fredricks, West Ham (76 rated)

    Ryan Fredricks’ defending and physical attributes are lower than Semedo’s.

    However, what makes Fredrick an attractive option is his 91 pace, which should allow him to keep up with most forwards early in the game cycle.


    Caglar Soyuncu, Leicester (80 rated)

    The main plus points of signing Caglar Soyuncu is his 76 place and his 84 standing tackle, which is one of the most important stats for a centre-back.

    He is also fairly strong and aggressive and has acceptable shorting passing at 76.

    Soyuncu has a four-star weak foot, which will help when playing out from the back. He does only have a medium defensive work rate though, which is not ideal.

    Davinson Sanchez, Tottenham (79 rated)

    Davinson Sanchez is a very similar card to Soyuncu and the pair would likely make a decent centre-back duo early game.

    Where the pair differ, however, is that Sanchez’s weak foot is much worse at two stars, though he does have a high defensive work rate.

    The Colombian’s standing tackle is also slightly worse at 80, but his overall defensive stats are solid so that should not be too much of an issue.

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    Nathan Ake, Manchester City (78 rated)

    If you are a player who likes to have one right-footed and one left-footed centre-back in your side, then Nathan Ake is likely to be your best left-footed option.

    The Dutchman’s 76 pace, 81 standing tackle and medium/high work rates make him a good option early on.

    The main issue with Ake, though, is his physicals, with his strength only 76 and aggression only 72.

    Wesley Fofana, Leicester City (78 rated)

    Wesley Fofana is the only non-rare centre-back on this list. So, in theory, he should also be the cheapest.

    Fofana has a fairly similar card to Ake, though he does have slightly better physicals and is a bit taller at 6ft 3.

    One thing to be aware of when looking at Fofana is his medium defensive work rate.

    Ezri Konsa, Aston Villa (78 rated)

    Ezri Konsa is the fastest centre-back on this list with 73 acceleration and 81 sprint speed. So, if you are all about pace, he is probably your man.

    However, if you do opt for Konsa, you will be gaining pace but also sacrificing some defensive/physical abilities as he only has 77 strength and 77 stand tackle.

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    Premier League table

    # Team MP D P
    1 Chelsea FC 5 11 13
    2 Liverpool FC 5 11 13
    3 Manchester United 5 9 13
    4 Brighton & Hove Albion 5 3 12
    5 Manchester City 5 10 10
    6 Everton FC 5 3 10
    7 Tottenham Hotspur 5 -3 9
    8 West Ham United 5 4 8
    9 Brentford FC 5 3 8
    10 Aston Villa 5 1 7
    11 Watford FC 5 -2 6
    12 Leicester City 5 -3 6
    13 Arsenal FC 5 -7 6
    14 Crystal Palace 5 -3 5
    15 Southampton FC 5 -2 4
    16 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 -3 3
    17 Leeds United 5 -7 3
    18 Newcastle United 5 -7 2
    19 Burnley FC 5 -6 1
    20 Norwich City 5 -12 0
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    Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 4
    Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
    Benrahma, Said West Ham United 3
    Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 3
    Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 3
    Lukaku, Romelu Chelsea FC 3
    Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 3
    Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 3
    Gray, Demarai Everton FC 3
    Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 3
    Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 3
    Greenwood, Mason Manchester United 3
    Ings, Danny Aston Villa 2
    Saint-Maximin, Allan Newcastle United 2
    Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 2
    Fornals, Pablo West Ham United 2
    Torres, Ferran Manchester City 2
    Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 2
    Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 2

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