A guide for the best value FIFA 21 Defenders in the Premier League to help you build a back line without draining your FUT Coins.
There are many different ways to set up a defensive shape in football. A back three, four flat across the back, or at times even the ultra-defensive back five.
Different managers use different formations to fit their personnel and play-styles. But make no mistake about it, every successful team starts from the back, and FUT is no different.
While highly rated Defenders and TOTW cards are ideal for your back line, they're simply too expensive for most players to afford in the early months of FIFA 21.
Bargain Premier League Defenders in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team
We'll take a look at the Premier League to find some of the best value purchases to build your defensive structure. Center Backs, Left Backs, and Right Backs, with a 5k FUT Coins price limit.
Best Premier League Center Backs (under 5k)
Three Central Defenders to organize your defensive structure.
Joel Matip (83 Overall)
Liverpool - 3.3k/4k FUT Coins (PS/Xbox)
Quite possibly the most favorable position in world football, Matip has the privilege of playing alongside the great Virgil van Dijk. He's a big, strong Center Back standing 6'4'' with 80 Strength and 84 Aggression.
He certainly lacks for Pace, but his 85 Defensive Awareness should have him in the correct position most of the time.
Harry Maguire (82 Overall)
Manchester United - 1.8k/2.6k FUT Coins (PS/Xbox)
United's big money signing from the 2019 Summer transfer window, Maguire's 80 Million Pound move was actually more than what Liverpool paid for Virgil Van Dijk. He fits the bill of the classic English CB, big, strong, and never afraid to fly into a challenge.
Like Matip, he isn't very quick, but his 82 Defending and 85 Physicality ratings will have him winning tackles and muscling the opposition off the ball. This card also carries 86 Heading Accuracy, which will play nicely on set pieces given his 6'4'' frame and 84 Jumping rating.
Rúben Dias (81 Overall)
Manchester City - 1.5k/2k FUT Coins (PS/Xbox)
Signed during the Summer transfer window, the young Portuguese Center Back has only logged one appearance for Manchester City. But the former Benfica standout is certainly a talent.
He's great defensively with every statistic rated 81 or higher giving him an 83 Defending rating. Dias carries a 4 star Weak Foot which should aid gamers intent on playing the ball out from the back.
Best Premier League Left Backs (under 5k)
Left-footed aces to aid your defense and attack alike.
Lucas Digne (84 Overall)
Everton - 4.5k/6.4k FUT Coins (PS/Xbox)
Coming off a very successful campaign with Everton in 2019/20, Digne is one of the better Left Backs in the Premier League. His 84 overall rating is both effective defensively as well as getting forward.
80 Passing, including an 87 Crossing rating will allow you to set up teammates for tap-in finishes. And an 80 Defending rating with 83 and 84 Standing and Sliding Tackle solidifies the left side of your defense.
Benjamin Mendy (81 Overall)
Manchester City - 3.2k/3.7k FUT Coins (PS/Xbox)
The older of the Mendy brothers, Benjamin is a pacy Left Back who offers dynamic athleticism and ability in the final third. His 87 Crossing with 80 Curve will allow gamers to swing in dangerous balls to awaiting Strikers.
77 Dribbling, 77 Defending (with 80 Sliding Tackle) and 77 Physicality means this is a well-rounded Left Back card. It will certainly fill the role until players can raise funds for a bigger purchase.
Marcos Alonso (81 Overall)
Chelsea - 1k/1.1k FUT Coins (PS/Xbox)
One of the most consistent Premier League Left Backs of recent years, Alonso is a reliable purchase. He's a good all-around footballer and offers FUT managers a bit of everything.
75 Shooting, 78 Passing, 77 Dribbling, 77 Defending, and 79 Physicality are all respectable numbers for a LB. He offers bonus value on set pieces with 86 FK. Accuracy and a natural left footed delivery.
Best Premier League Right Backs (under 5k)
Specialists to fly up and down the right hand side of the pitch.
César Azpilicueta (84 Overall)
Chelsea - 3.9k/4.8k FUT Coins (PS/Xbox)
Another of the bookend Chelsea fullbacks, Azpilicueta is an extension of the coach on the pitch. His 85 Defensive Awareness rating would suggest as much.
84 Defending should sure up the right side of your defensive structure for the time being. Look to utilize his 80 Long Passing rating to play Strikers and Wingers in over the top.
Serge Aurier (80 Overall)
Tottenham Hotspur - 900/1.2k FUT Coins (PS/Xbox)
Never lacking for ability, rather awareness and decision making, Aurier is an enigmatic talent. He's a strong and dynamic athlete capable of changing the game from his RB position.
81 Crossing, 82 Sliding Tackle and 86 Aggression can all be useful down the touchline with his 76 rated Pace. His most impressive stat is 92 Jumping, which should allow you to win your fair share of aerial duels.
Séamus Coleman (79 Overall)
Everton - 750/800 FUT Coins (PS/Xbox)
Coleman is a solid all around RB, not a game-breaker, but he'll do a job. He carries respectable stats around the board and a high Work Rate both offensively and defensively.
You'll want to make use of his 82 Standing Tackle and 80 rated Sliding Tackle. So be sure not to set his player instructions to Get Forward, it will help out with his mere 72 Stamina rating.
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