Welcome to our list of the best defenders by position in Football Manager 2017. If you want to have immediate access to the list please scroll down and skip our guide about these defensive positions in FM17. The table at the end of this article includes all the defensive positions, ie: sweepers, centre backs, left backs, right backs, wing backs left and wing backs right.
FM 2017 Sweepers
The sweeper is one of the most important defence positions. A good sweeper has both strong leadership skills and good character. The sweeper makes sure that the other defenders coordinate well and they do not get carried away. The sweeper makes sure that they stay within their defending positions or fall back as soon as possible.
The sweepers in FM17 also help to make sure that the defenders play fair. The sweepers are tasked with keep the goal secured at all times. He does that by playing in such a way that he gives the defenders time to recover anytime they are caught off guard. He, therefore, must stay behind the other defenders.
FM 2017 Centre Backs
In Football Manager 2017 the central defenders are critical to the scoring strategy as well as the defending strategy of the team. They play right in front of the goal. In cases where they have successfully made a counter attack and broken through the opposing team, they can make an offensive. They however need to fall back with speed after that.
They are well built, which help them to withstand the pushing that is common when defending. Passing the ball is an essential skill for this position because it helps them to work with the strikers or midfielders. They are required to make strategic crosses immediately they have possession of the ball.
FM 2017 Left Backs and Right Backs
The Left and Right Defender is another important position in the defence strategy of any team in Football Manager 2017. The defenders at these positions work to secure the right and left sides of their half of the field. They engage the strikers and the midfielders of the opposing team to ward off any attack.
They stop attacks from the centre, right or left side of the field is stopped. They also play an important attack role of their team by directing balls from the sides of the field to their team’s midfielders or strikers. They are, however, in most cases need to maintain their defending positions to successfully defend their goal area.
FM 2017 Wing Back Left and Wing Back Right
The Wing Back Left and Wing Back Right as the name suggests refers to the positions that are on the sides of the field. The players who play in these positions need to have both strength and skill. They must ensure that when the team needs to score, they keep the ball in the field.
They have to work hard to keep the ball from rolling off the pitch and bringing it to then attacking forward players such as the striker and the midfielders. They have to defend against attacking midfielders who may want to sneak through the sides of the field to score or pass the ball to the strikers.
Overall, defenders need to be strong and very tactical in the way they defend their goal. They need to act fast and use their skills to keep wing attackers from their goal area. They also make long passes to the midfielders or strategically placed strikers.
Football Manager 2017 Best Defenders
|Name||Age||Position||Club||Nationality||Evolution (in 2022)|
|Tin Jedvaj||20||DC DR||Bayer Leverkusen||Croatian||View Profile|
|Blas Riveros||18||DL||FC Basel||Paraguayan||View Profile|
|Alessio Romagnoli||21||DC||AC Milan||Italian||View Profile|
|Jairo Riedewald||19||DC||Ajax||Dutch||View Profile|
|Dayot Upamecano||17||DC||AS Saint-Etienne||French||View Profile|
|Reece Oxford||17||DC||West Ham United||English||View Profile|
|Lucas Hernandez||20||DC||Atletico Madrid||French||View Profile|
|Alejandro Grimaldo||20||D/WBL||SL Benfica||Spanish||View Profile|
|Rick van Drongelen||17||DC||Sparta Rotterdam||Dutch||View Profile|
|Toni Lato||18||D/WBL||Valencia||Spanish||View Profile|
|Niklas Sule||20||DC||TSG 1899 Hoffenheim||German||View Profile|
|Andreas Christensen||20||DC||Borussia Monchengladbach||Danish||View Profile|
|Hector Bellerin||21||DR||Arsenal||Spanish||View Profile|
|Ertuğrul Ersoy||19||DC||Bursaspor||Turkish||View Profile|
|Jonathan Tah||20||DC||Bayer Leverkusen||German||View Profile|
|Eoghan O'Connel||20||DC||Celtic||Irish||View Profile|
|Jose Luis Gaya||21||DL||Valencia||Spanish||View Profile|
|Luke Shaw||21||D/WBL||Manchester United||English||View Profile|
|Mauricio Lemos||20||DC||UD Las Palmas||Uruguayan||View Profile|
|Jose Maria Gimenez||21||DC||Atletico Madrid||Uruguayan||View Profile|
|Vallejo||19||DC||Eintracht Frankfurt||Spanish||View Profile|
|Kurt Zouma||21||DC||Chelsea||French||View Profile|
|Dael Fry||18||DC||Rotherham United||English||View Profile|
|John Stones||22||DC||Manchester City||English||View Profile|
|João Cancelo||22||D/WBR DL MR||Valencia||Portuguese||View Profile|
|Daniele Rugani||21||DC||Juventus||Italian||View Profile|
|Matthijs de Ligt||16||DC||Ajax||Dutch||View Profile|
|Jetro Willems||22||D/WBL||PSV||Dutch||View Profile|
|Diego Llorente||22||DC DR||Malaga CF||Spanish||View Profile|
|Victor Nilsson Lindelöf||21||DC DR||SL Benfica||Swedish||View Profile|
|Abdul Rahman Baba||21||D/WBL||FC Schalke 04||Ghanaian||View Profile|
|Kenny Tete||20||D/WBR||Ajax||Dutch||View Profile|
|Jorge Meré||19||DC||Real Sporting de Gijón||Spanish||View Profile|
|Issa Diop||19||DC||Toulouse FC||French||View Profile|
|César Montes||19||DC||Monterrey||Mexican||View Profile|
|Presnel Kimpembe||20||DC||Paris Saint-Germain||French||View Profile|
|Matt Miazga||20||DC||Vitesse||American||View Profile|
|Chidozie Awaziem||19||DC DM||FC Porto||Nigerian||View Profile|
|Jeremiah St. Juste||19||DC DM||SC Heerenveen||Dutch||View Profile|
|Rubén Duarte||20||D/WBL DC||RCD Espanyol||Spanish||View Profile|
|Federico Giraudo||17||D/WBL||Torino||Italian||View Profile|
|Lukas Klostermann||20||DC DR||RB Leipzig||German||View Profile|
|Jérémy Gélin||19||DC DM||Stade Rennais FC||French||View Profile|
|Nico Elvedi||19||DC||Borussia Mönchengladbach||Swiss||View Profile|
|Federico Mattiello||20||D/WBR MR||Juventus||Italian||View Profile|
|Davinson Sánchez||20||DC DM||Ajax||Colombian||View Profile|
|Cameron Borthwick-Jackson||19||DL DC||Wolverhampton Wanderers||English||View Profile|
|Jordi Calavera Espinach||20||DR||CD Lugo||Spanish||View Profile|
|Pablo Maffeo Becerra||18||D/WBR||Manchester City||Spanish||View Profile|
|Almamy Touré||20||DR DC||AS Monaco||Malian||View Profile|
|Olivier Boscagli||18||DC||OGC Nice||French||View Profile|
|Mamadou Doucouré||18||DC||Borussia Mönchengladbach||French||View Profile|
|Malang Sarr||17||DC||OGC Nice||French||View Profile|
|Çağlar Söyüncü||20||DC||SC Freiburg||Turkish||View Profile|
|Aitor Buñuel Redrado||18||D/WBR||CA Osasuna||Spanish||View Profile|
|Felix Passlack||18||D/WBR MR AMR||Borussia Dortmund||German||View Profile|
|Benjamín Kuscevic||20||DC||Universidad Católica||Chilean||View Profile|