With this voting we have completed the defense of the Football Manager 2017 Team of the Season. A total of 750 votes have helped us to pick the 4th and final defender in our 4-3-3 formation. Whilst we are looking ahead to pick our favourite midfielders, it’s now time to reveal the winner of the 5th Team of the Season voting!

Matthijs de Ligt


  • 38%

Jesus Vallejo


  • 27%

Jonathan Tah


  • 35%


Wow that was close! These three defenders are all highly appreciated by the fans and the finish was a very close call. In the end the winner is Matthijs de Ligt with a total of 38% of the votes. German defender Jonathan Tah followed the young Ajax defender with a total of 35%. Jesus Vallejo finished in third place with a total of 27% of the votes.

De Ligt appeared in Football Manager 2016 for the first time and the young defender continued his status in FM17. His potential grew even bigger and De Ligt is considered to be one of the best young defenders in the game. We have simulated tons of saves for experiments and on almost every occasion De Ligt will end up at one of the biggest clubs in Europe. We have seen him at Real Madrid, Chelsea, AC Milan and Manchester United.

Football Manager 2017 Team of the Season

Are you interested to see which other positions are filled? Make sure to check our overall page for the Football Manager 2017 Team of the Season.