FIFA 23 wonderkids: The 30 best young defenders

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith Updated: 2 Oct 2022 16:23 BST 4 min read
Alphonso Davies playing for Bayern Munich, 2022/23

Bayern Munich and Canadian wonderkid Alphonso Davies and RB Leipzig and Croatian star Josko Gvardiol are the highest rated young defenders in FIFA 23.

The Bundesliga prodigies both have a potential rating of 89 in FIFA 23's career mode, which is one of the most popular game modes in EA Sports' video game.

Davies has been handed a base rating of 84 in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team, career mode and kick-off, while Gvardiol is slightly lower at 81 rated. However, they both have the potential to reach 89 rated in career mode.

As well as being the highest rated defender aged 21 or under, Davies is also the second highest rated player using this criteria in the entire video game.

He has enjoyed a hugely successful rise to the top of world football following his move from his native Canada to Bayern in 2019. Davies has seen his base rating increase by two from his 82 rated card in FIFA 22.

Gvardiol was rated 75 in FIFA 22, with his plus six rating testament to his eye-catching performances in the Bundesliga in the 2021/22 season.

Paris Saint-Germain full-back Nuno Mendes, Ajax centre-back Jurrien Timber and Sporting CP centre-back Goncalo Inacio all have the potential to become 88 rated cards in career mode, with the latter originally rated 79, and the former two both rated 80.

Arsenal star William Saliba is also rated 80 in FIFA Ultimate Team, but on career mode he has the potential to reach the heights of an 87 rated card. The Frenchman has the same potential as Benfica youngster Antonio Silva, who starts as a 69 rated card.

William Saliba is rated 80 in FIFA 23, but could become 87 rated in career mode

William Saliba is rated 80 in FIFA 23, but could become 87 rated in career mode

Jeremie Frimpong, Wesley Fofana, Castello Lukeba, Rayan Ait Nouri and Giorgio Scalvini are all able to reach 86 rated in FIFA 23 career mode.

Piero Hincapie, Benoit Badiashile, Sergino Dest, Vandersin and Malo Gusto are among several players with a potential rating of 85.

Quentin Merlin and Micky van de Ven complete the top 30 defenders aged 21 or under with the highest potential in FIFA 23.

The 30 highest rated young defenders in FIFA 23

PlayerTeamFIFA 23 Base RatingFIFA 23 Potential Rating
Alphonso DaviesBayern Munich8489
Josko GvardiolRB Leipzig8189
Nuno MendesParis Saint-Germain8088
Jurrien TimberAjax8088
Goncalo InacioSporting CP7988
William SalibaArsenal8087
Antonio SilvaSL Benfica6987
Jeremie FrimpongBayer Leverkusen8086
Wesley FofanaChelsea7986
Castello LukebaOlympique Lyonnais7686
Rayan Ait NouriWolverhampton Wanderers7686
Giorgio ScalviniAtalanta7086
Piero HincapieBayer Leverkusen7885
Benoit BadiashileAS Monaco7785
Sergino DestAC Milan7785
VandersonAS Monaco7685
Wilfried SingoTorino7685
Aaron HickeyBrentford7585
Malo GustoOlympique Lyonnais7585
Tino LivramentoSouthampton7585
Tanguy NianzouSevilla7385
Luca NetzBorussia Monchengladbach7385
Eric GarciaFC Barcelona7784
Odilon KossounouBayer Leverkusen7584
Adrien TruffertStade Rennais7584
MoratoSL Benfica7484
Anthony RouaultToulouse7284
Levi ColwillBrighton & Hove Albion7084
Quentin MerlinFC Nantes7084
Micky van de VenVfL Wolfsburg6984