FIFA 21 Premier League Defenders



A goalkeeper task is made easier if in front of him are quality central backs. Their function is to stop the opponent from getting dangerously close to your team’s goal.
Virgil van Dijk NetherlandsLiverpool
Joe Gomez EnglandLiverpool
Davinson Sánchez ColombiaTottenham
Aymeric Laporte FranceManchester City
Nathan Aké NetherlandsManchester City
Antonio Rüdiger GermanyChelsea
Eric Bailly Ivory CoastManchester United
Fernandinho BrazilManchester City
Rúben Dias PortugalManchester City
Victor Lindelöf SwedenManchester United
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On a centre back, two attributes assume particular importance on their performance: defending and physical.

A player with good at defending will have higher chances of dispossessing the opponent and avoid him reaching his box. The physical attribute measures how likely the players are to win possession with their body.
Virgil van Dijk NetherlandsLiverpool90
Aymeric Laporte FranceManchester City87
Thiago Silva BrazilChelsea85
Toby Alderweireld BelgiumTottenham85
Fernandinho BrazilManchester City84
Joe Gomez EnglandLiverpool83
Joel Matip CameroonLiverpool83
Harry Maguire EnglandManchester United82
Antonio Rüdiger GermanyChelsea81
Davinson Sánchez ColombiaTottenham81
Rúben Dias PortugalManchester City81
Çağlar Söyüncü TurkeyLeicester City80
David Luiz BrazilArsenal80
James Tarkowski EnglandBurnley80
John Stones EnglandManchester City80
Jonny Evans Northern IrelandLeicester City80
Kurt Zouma FranceChelsea80
Victor Lindelöf SwedenManchester United80
Willy Boly FranceWolves80
Andreas Christensen DenmarkChelsea79
Ben Mee EnglandBurnley79
Chris Smalling EnglandManchester United79
Conor Coady EnglandWolves79
Eric Bailly Ivory CoastManchester United79
Nathan Aké NetherlandsManchester City79
90Virgil van Dijk NetherlandsLiverpool91
87Aymeric Laporte FranceManchester City88
85Toby Alderweireld BelgiumTottenham87
85Thiago Silva BrazilChelsea86
84Fernandinho BrazilManchester City85
83Joel Matip CameroonLiverpool85
83Joe Gomez EnglandLiverpool83
81Rúben Dias PortugalManchester City83
82Harry Maguire EnglandManchester United82
81Antonio Rüdiger GermanyChelsea82
81Davinson Sánchez ColombiaTottenham82
80John Stones EnglandManchester City82
80Jonny Evans Northern IrelandLeicester City82
79Andreas Christensen DenmarkChelsea82
80James Tarkowski EnglandBurnley81
80Victor Lindelöf SwedenManchester United81
79Chris Smalling EnglandManchester United81
79Nathan Aké NetherlandsManchester City81
80Çağlar Söyüncü TurkeyLeicester City80
80Kurt Zouma FranceChelsea80
80Willy Boly FranceWolves80
79Ben Mee EnglandBurnley80
79Nicolás Otamendi ArgentinaManchester City80
80David Luiz BrazilArsenal79
79Conor Coady EnglandWolves79
90Virgil van Dijk NetherlandsLiverpool86
82Harry Maguire EnglandManchester United85
81Rúben Dias PortugalManchester City84
80Kurt Zouma FranceChelsea84
80Willy Boly FranceWolves83
78Leander Dendoncker BelgiumWolves83
78Jack O’Connell EnglandSheffield Utd82
87Aymeric Laporte FranceManchester City81
81Davinson Sánchez ColombiaTottenham81
79Chris Smalling EnglandManchester United81
79Sokratis GreeceArsenal81
75Pablo Marí SpainArsenal81
83Joe Gomez EnglandLiverpool80
81Antonio Rüdiger GermanyChelsea80
80Çağlar Söyüncü TurkeyLeicester City80
78Yerry Mina ColombiaEverton80
77Issa Diop FranceWest Ham United80
77Jamaal Lascelles EnglandNewcastle Utd80
76Mamadou Sakho FranceCrystal Palace80
76Mohammed Salisu GhanaSouthampton80
75Dan Burn EnglandBrighton & Hove80
75Tyrone Mings EnglandAston Villa80
85Toby Alderweireld BelgiumTottenham79
84Fernandinho BrazilManchester City79
80James Tarkowski EnglandBurnley79
83Joe Gomez EnglandLiverpool82
76Fikayo Tomori EnglandChelsea80
90Virgil van Dijk NetherlandsLiverpool76
81Davinson Sánchez ColombiaTottenham74
79Eric Bailly Ivory CoastManchester United74
79Nathan Aké NetherlandsManchester City74
80Victor Lindelöf SwedenManchester United72
77Mason Holgate EnglandEverton72
76Diego Llorente SpainLeeds United71
76Robin Koch GermanyLeeds United71
81Antonio Rüdiger GermanyChelsea70
80Çağlar Söyüncü TurkeyLeicester City69
75Ben White EnglandBrighton & Hove69
80John Stones EnglandManchester City68
79Chris Smalling EnglandManchester United68
75Adam Webster EnglandBrighton & Hove68
75Juan Foyth ArgentinaTottenham68
80Kurt Zouma FranceChelsea67
79Sokratis GreeceArsenal67
78Leander Dendoncker BelgiumWolves67
76Mohammed Salisu GhanaSouthampton67
75Calum Chambers EnglandArsenal67
79Andreas Christensen DenmarkChelsea66
75Tyrone Mings EnglandAston Villa66
75Marcos Rojo ArgentinaManchester United66
The Best FIFA 21 Premier League Defenders
We don’t have to explain why Van Dijk is our favourite, right? He is the one. Joe Gomez is clearly the best teammate to play with him. Strong and with good defending skills, he is also one of the fastest centre-backs on the planet – only two gold CBs are faster than him.

Davinson and Laporte are the best alternatives to the Liverpool duo. The City’s Centre Back defends better and is much better with the ball on his feet. However, we can’t resist to Davinson’s pace. After these two, our preferences go for Aké, Rüdiger and Bailly, for this order. They are very similar but the new City defender is better to start the construction of the attack.

The last three are not as good as the first ones, but they may be useful depending on your needs. It’s the case of Fernandinho, a centre back with skills that you won’t find in anyone else.


A goalkeeper task is made easier if in front of him are quality central backs. Their function is to stop the opponent from getting dangerously close to your team’s goal.
Kyle Walker EnglandManchester City
Trent Alexander-Arnold EnglandLiverpool
Nélson Semedo PortugalWolves
Aaron Wan-Bissaka EnglandManchester United
Ricardo Pereira PortugalLeicester City
João Cancelo PortugalManchester City
Héctor Bellerín SpainArsenal
Ryan Fredericks EnglandWest Ham United
DeAndre Yedlin USANewcastle Utd
Reece James EnglandChelsea
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Defending and pace are very important attributes for any right back.

As defenders that they are, they should have good defending capacities. This reduces a team’s risk of conceding. A flanked game tends to be faster than a game based in the middle of the field. The players that fill these spaces need to be fast, both penetrating defensive and attacking moves of the team.
Trent Alexander-Arnold EnglandLiverpool87
Kyle Walker EnglandManchester City85
Ricardo Pereira PortugalLeicester City85
Azpilicueta SpainChelsea84
Aaron Wan-Bissaka EnglandManchester United83
João Cancelo PortugalManchester City83
Nélson Semedo PortugalWolves83
Matt Doherty Republic IrelandTottenham81
Héctor Bellerín SpainArsenal80
Serge Aurier Ivory CoastTottenham80
Séamus Coleman Republic IrelandEverton79
Davide Zappacosta ItalyChelsea78
Vladimír Coufal Czech RepublicWest Ham United78
George Baldock EnglandSheffield Utd77
Kenny Tete NetherlandsFulham77
Reece James EnglandChelsea77
Ainsley Maitland-Niles EnglandArsenal76
Cédric PortugalArsenal76
DeAndre Yedlin USANewcastle Utd76
Diogo Dalot PortugalManchester United76
Frédéric Guilbert FranceAston Villa76
Joel Ward EnglandCrystal Palace76
Jonjoe Kenny EnglandEverton76
Manquillo SpainNewcastle Utd76
Ryan Fredericks EnglandWest Ham United76
84Azpilicueta SpainChelsea84
83Aaron Wan-Bissaka EnglandManchester United82
85Ricardo Pereira PortugalLeicester City81
87Trent Alexander-Arnold EnglandLiverpool80
85Kyle Walker EnglandManchester City80
79Séamus Coleman Republic IrelandEverton79
76Joel Ward EnglandCrystal Palace78
83João Cancelo PortugalManchester City77
83Nélson Semedo PortugalWolves77
80Serge Aurier Ivory CoastTottenham77
77Kenny Tete NetherlandsFulham77
81Matt Doherty Republic IrelandTottenham76
80Héctor Bellerín SpainArsenal76
78Davide Zappacosta ItalyChelsea76
75Matthew Lowton EnglandBurnley75
76Frédéric Guilbert FranceAston Villa74
76Jonjoe Kenny EnglandEverton74
76Manquillo SpainNewcastle Utd74
75Luke Ayling EnglandLeeds United74
78Vladimír Coufal Czech RepublicWest Ham United73
77Reece James EnglandChelsea73
77George Baldock EnglandSheffield Utd72
76Cédric PortugalArsenal72
75Kyle Walker-Peters EnglandSouthampton72
76Diogo Dalot PortugalManchester United71
85Kyle Walker EnglandManchester City92
83Nélson Semedo PortugalWolves92
76DeAndre Yedlin USANewcastle Utd92
76Ryan Fredericks EnglandWest Ham United92
80Héctor Bellerín SpainArsenal87
83Aaron Wan-Bissaka EnglandManchester United86
83João Cancelo PortugalManchester City86
85Ricardo Pereira PortugalLeicester City83
76Ainsley Maitland-Niles EnglandArsenal83
75Matty Cash EnglandAston Villa82
78Vladimír Coufal Czech RepublicWest Ham United81
87Trent Alexander-Arnold EnglandLiverpool80
77Reece James EnglandChelsea80
77George Baldock EnglandSheffield Utd79
76Diogo Dalot PortugalManchester United79
80Serge Aurier Ivory CoastTottenham76
76Cédric PortugalArsenal76
78Davide Zappacosta ItalyChelsea75
76Frédéric Guilbert FranceAston Villa75
75Kyle Walker-Peters EnglandSouthampton75
77Kenny Tete NetherlandsFulham74
81Matt Doherty Republic IrelandTottenham73
76Manquillo SpainNewcastle Utd73
76Jonjoe Kenny EnglandEverton71
79Séamus Coleman Republic IrelandEverton70
The Best FIFA 21 Premier League Defenders
The best choice is pretty obvious. Kyle Walker, who has been featuring on our guides since FIFA 13, is still the fastest one despite his age. He is also the stronger and on the Top 5 for defence. What else do you need?

Were you expecting to see Trent Alexander-Arnold in the top of this list? No, you won’t see him there because he doesn’t even have a solid second place. He is the most complete right-back of this league but he lacks in pace and, as you know, later or sooner is all about pace. Thankfully, Nelson Semedo is a new addition. The extra speed he has makes the difference between him and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

The Portuguese army also counts with Ricardo Pereira and João Cancelo, decent alternatives to the first ones. We also have highlighted Héctor Bellerín but pay attention to his defensive work rate to not be surprised in-game. He is the weakest player physically but balanced enough in the rest of the stats.


Left backs have exactly the same role of their team mates on the other flank. In other words, they try to make a winger’s job hard and participate in the team’s offensive manoeuvres.
Alex Telles BrazilManchester United
Andrew Robertson ScotlandLiverpool
Reguilón SpainTottenham
Luke Shaw EnglandManchester United
Lucas Digne FranceEverton
Kieran Tierney ScotlandArsenal
Patrick van Aanholt NetherlandsCrystal Palace
Benjamin Mendy FranceManchester City
Konstantinos Tsimikas GreeceLiverpool
Emerson ItalyChelsea
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Defending and pace are very important attributes for any left back.

As defenders that they are, they should have good defending capacities. This reduces a team’s risk of conceding. A flanked game tends to be faster than a game based in the middle of the field. The players that fill these spaces need to be fast, both penetrating defensive and attacking moves of the team.
Andrew Robertson ScotlandLiverpool87
Alex Telles BrazilManchester United84
Lucas Digne FranceEverton84
Reguilón SpainTottenham82
Ben Chilwell EnglandChelsea81
Benjamin Mendy FranceManchester City81
Jonny SpainWolves81
Luke Shaw EnglandManchester United81
Marcos Alonso SpainChelsea81
Ben Davies WalesTottenham80
Oleksandr Zinchenko UkraineManchester City80
Danny Rose EnglandTottenham79
Emerson ItalyChelsea79
Enda Stevens Republic IrelandSheffield Utd78
Kieran Tierney ScotlandArsenal78
Ryan Bertrand EnglandSouthampton78
Sead Kolašinac Bosnia And HerzegovinaArsenal78
Aaron Cresswell EnglandWest Ham United77
Arthur Masuaku Congo DRWest Ham United77
Charlie Taylor EnglandBurnley77
Patrick van Aanholt NetherlandsCrystal Palace77
Konstantinos Tsimikas GreeceLiverpool76
Marçal BrazilWolves76
Matt Targett EnglandAston Villa76
Abdul Rahman Baba GhanaChelsea75
87Andrew Robertson ScotlandLiverpool81
84Lucas Digne FranceEverton80
81Luke Shaw EnglandManchester United80
84Alex Telles BrazilManchester United79
81Jonny SpainWolves79
82Reguilón SpainTottenham78
80Ben Davies WalesTottenham78
81Ben Chilwell EnglandChelsea77
81Benjamin Mendy FranceManchester City77
81Marcos Alonso SpainChelsea77
80Oleksandr Zinchenko UkraineManchester City77
79Danny Rose EnglandTottenham77
78Ryan Bertrand EnglandSouthampton76
77Charlie Taylor EnglandBurnley76
79Emerson ItalyChelsea75
77Aaron Cresswell EnglandWest Ham United75
76Marçal BrazilWolves75
78Enda Stevens Republic IrelandSheffield Utd74
78Sead Kolašinac Bosnia And HerzegovinaArsenal74
76Matt Targett EnglandAston Villa73
78Kieran Tierney ScotlandArsenal72
75Abdul Rahman Baba GhanaChelsea72
75Kieran Gibbs EnglandWest Brom72
77Patrick van Aanholt NetherlandsCrystal Palace71
75Brandon Williams EnglandManchester United71
76Konstantinos Tsimikas GreeceLiverpool87
78Kieran Tierney ScotlandArsenal86
77Patrick van Aanholt NetherlandsCrystal Palace86
84Alex Telles BrazilManchester United85
82Reguilón SpainTottenham85
77Arthur Masuaku Congo DRWest Ham United84
87Andrew Robertson ScotlandLiverpool83
79Emerson ItalyChelsea81
75Brandon Williams EnglandManchester United81
81Benjamin Mendy FranceManchester City80
81Luke Shaw EnglandManchester United79
84Lucas Digne FranceEverton78
78Ryan Bertrand EnglandSouthampton78
75Abdul Rahman Baba GhanaChelsea78
81Jonny SpainWolves77
81Ben Chilwell EnglandChelsea76
75Kieran Gibbs EnglandWest Brom76
79Danny Rose EnglandTottenham75
78Enda Stevens Republic IrelandSheffield Utd75
76Marçal BrazilWolves75
80Ben Davies WalesTottenham73
80Oleksandr Zinchenko UkraineManchester City73
78Sead Kolašinac Bosnia And HerzegovinaArsenal73
76Matt Targett EnglandAston Villa72
77Charlie Taylor EnglandBurnley70
The Best FIFA 21 Premier League Defenders
Andrew Robertson used to be the first option to the left side of the defence of every Premier League squad. However, with the addition of Alex Telles, he has now competition. In fact, the Brazilian defender is slightly better than Robertson. He scores more goals and is also slightly faster. If you can’t afford them, Reguilón is also a quality choice who deserves to be on this list of the best FIFA 21 Premier League Defenders.

In a lower level, you should also add Lucas Digne and Kieran Tierney to your notes. The first one is slow but more capable in the rest of the other skills. The other, despite his rating, is fast and strong (only Sead Kolašinac is stronger than him).

There is also a special mention to Konstantinos Tsimikas. He’s only 76 rated but he’s the fastest one. If all you want is pace, then you should try him.