Full-backs are increasingly important in the modern game and you need to make sure you’ve got some reliable ones on Football Manager 2023.
When it comes to left-backs, there are some excellent players available for good prices this year, with one deal in particular standing out from the rest. Stay tuned.
Here are the best left-backs to sign on FM23 on any budget.
Let’s start this off nice and simple. If you’ve only got a small budget to work with, don’t even hesitate to dip into the free agent market to pick up Ghoulam. He’s undoubtedly the best player you’ll find without breaking the bank.
Failing that, Spanish veteran Tono is an excellent alternative to Ghoulam.
He may be 34, but Balenziaga is still a servicable option on the left. He’ll cost you £2.7m which, for a player of his calibre, isn’t bad at all.
A few years younger than Balenziaga, you’ll have to pay £4.7m to take Mojica out of Villarreal.
Veteran Mena is a nice mix of 13s and 14s on his stats page and can be picked up for as little as £300,000.
Ghoulam is the guy at this price point, but if you’re looking for something a little different, Espanyol’s Pedrosa could be your guy. What sets him apart from the rest in his nice potential, meaning the 24-year-old could actually grow into a top-tier player pretty quickly. A smart risk for £3.1m.
For £3.3m, you can pick up Giesselmann, who is one of very few options at this price point who could hold their own in a top division.
Ristic brings 16 crossing to the table and could be a valuable weapon for a smaller side at £2.1m.
Comfortable both on the left and in the centre of defence, Tesillo actually brings some really nice stats for his £1.5m price tag.
£2.1m is a surprisingly good price for Sanusi, who is only 25 years old and on a long-term contract.
Grimaldo’s expiring contract means he’s available for as little as £12.5m, which is a fantastic price for somebody of his quality.
Marusic might be a right-back by trade but he’s just as comfortable on the left. His £14m price tag shouldn’t scare you off at all.
Sandro’s wage demands are massive but he’s still a top player who is well worth his £11m asking price.
22-year-old Garcia might not be a top option just yet but he comes with some really nice potential and can be picked up for just £8.5m thanks to his release clause.
£6m for Moreno is a steal. He’s an excellent full-back on low wages, so whether you want him as a starter or a backup, you shouldn’t hesitate.
Left-back deals don’t come better than £11.5m for Galan. The 27-year-old is flirting with elite status but comes with such an affordable price tag. There are better players available but not represent this sort of value for money.
Taking a gamble on Henrique’s potential will cost you £11.5m, which is a little steep but something to consider.
At 32, Hector is a nice defend-first option for left-back. His £5.75m is affordable but you’ll need a decent wage budget to bring him in.
17 crossing for Biraghi, who can play either as a full-back or a wing-back. He’s also a free-kick specialist and definitely worth a look at £12.5m.
Another excellent deal is the £12.5m it would take to land Dimarco from Inter. With nice potential, the 24-year-old will soon be an elite talent.
If you want to blow your budget on a left-back, Hernandez is a very nice option. He’s one of the best on the game and his £47.5m asking price isn’t exactly out of the question.
33-year-old Alba is the best full-back you’ll find without going completely crazy with your money. He’s available for £26m but obviously isn’t the most long-term option.
Bernat’s £13.25m fee is as good as you’ll find at this price point, but to be honest, you’re better off scrolling up and going in for Galan.
£19m is about right for Pedraza. He’s a top player who could still get a little better.
You can lure Shaw out of Manchester for £27m, which is actually a good price for someone of his current ability. Still, he’s no Galan.
The best value for money at this price point comes with Guerreiro. Because of his expiring contract, you can land him for a nice price of £32.5m. That being said, his current ability is the same as Galan, who is £21m cheaper. You’ve been warned.
Lyon took advantage of Tagliafico’s bargain status with Ajax and will now sell him to you for £24m. That’s not cheap, but it’s pretty fair.
If you want a top, top left-back in your ranks, Gaya is your man. He’s a stand-out talent when it comes to current ability and his £44m asking price is a bit of a steal.
If you can’t be bothered with negotiating, Acuna comes with a £39.5m release clause.
A real athlete with some excellent mental stats, Mendy can be yours for £44.5m (but don’t sign him and definitely sign Galan.)