Best defensive midfielders to buy in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

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Playing a DM or two in a pivot is very popular in FIFA 22, as it provides a solid base for your team to launch attacks and keep things tight at the back. We are exploring your options for this vital position.

FIFA 22 is just around the corner, due for release on October 1st, which means it's almost that time, that time when you start over with your Ultimate Team; buying a batch of packs and scouring the market for bargains while trying to build the most competitive team possible.



These first few weeks are perhaps the most exciting of the entire season, unexpected restarts or a fresh new face can leave an indelible look and feel to your team and so it's important to try to have the players that match. your style of play or complement others you find on your team.

One of the most important positions to fill in an Ultimate Team is who will fill the defensive midfield position(s). The DM position sets the tone for your entire team; you can go for a one-man wrecking ball a la N'Golo Kante, or play two-man and pair that type of player with someone with a bit more finesse in their game like Marco Verratti.

Henderson may have had a season with injuries, but he's still a world-class defensive midfielder. (Photo: EA Sports)

Now, of course, you're highly unlikely to start your season with these two in the middle of the park, but that doesn't mean you can't find players with similar attributes, if not at the exact same level. Our guide to the best FIFA 22 Ultimate Team DMs features a number of options - across a range of price points and playstyles - to help you make the best choice in this crucial position.



The best defensive midfielders to buy for your FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

Initial FIFA 22 ratings are not yet known, these are not expected until the end of September, but we are still able to put together a list of goals based on last season's ratings and taking into account performance real this season.

We will of course update this page with the appropriate ratings and prices, as well as any players we have overlooked, when this data becomes available.

Best World Class DMs to buy for your FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

These are the absolute best DMs to buy in FIFA 22, they'll be expensive - if you can even find one on the open market - but get one and you'll fly.

N’Golo Kante – Chelsea (87)

Is there a better defensive midfielder in the world? The answer is no. (Photo: EA Sports)

Marco Verratti - Paris Saint-Germain (87)

Verratti was an integral part of the Italy squad that dismantled England in the Euro final. (Photo: EA Sports)

Fabinho – Liverpool (87)

Fabinho will play an important role in Liverpool's season as they aim to regain the title. (Photo: EA Sports)

Joshua Kimmich – Bayern Munich (87)

Jack-of-all-trades and master of many, Joshua Kimmich is now one of the best footballers in the world. (Photo: EA Sports)

Jorginho - Chelsea (86)



Jorginho achieved a European double with the Champions League and the European Championship ending up in his trophy cabinet. (Photo: EA Sports)

Notable mentions:

  • Casemiro – Real Madrid (86)
  • Rodrigo–Man City 85
  • Jordan Henderson – Liverpool (84)
  • Sergio Busquets – FC Barcelona (86)
  • Wilfred Ndidi - Leicester (85)

Best mid-tier DMs to buy for your FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

These players are either on their way or at the end of their careers, what is clear though is that they are still the best choices for the DM position.


  • Marcelo Brozovic - Inter (85)
  • Idrissa Gueye – Paris Saint-Germain (84)
  • Axel Witsel – Dortmund (84)
  • Fernando Reges - Seville (84)
  • Charles Aranguiz – Leverkusen (83)
  • Blaise Matuidi – Inter Miami FC (82)
  • Denis Zakaria - M'gladbach (82)
  • Konrad Laimer – RB Leipzig (82)
  • Martre de Roon - Atalante (81)
  • Lucas Torreira - Atletico Madrid (82)

Best Cheap DMs To Buy For Your FIFA 22 Ultimate Team

Some absolute bargains here, each boasting one of the FIFA 22 meta stats for DMs, namely; great physical stats, decent pace, and solid defense.

  • Pierre-Emile Højbjerg - Tottenham (80)
  • Nemanja Matic – Manchester United (80)
  • William Silva de Carvalho – Sportif (80)
  • Granit Xhaka - Arsenal (80)
  • Matías Vecino – Inter (80)
  • Maximilian Arnold – Wolfsburg (80)
  • Yann M'Vila
  • Tiemoue Bakayoko – Napoli (79)
  • Scott McTominay – Manchester United (79)
  • Kalvin Phillips – Leeds United (79)

Check out our dedicated FIFA 22 hub for guides, news, leaks, patch notes and lots more content!

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