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Wide Centre-back

FMInside Mar 13, 2023 Last modified: 23 Dec 28,323 views

A closer look at the Wide Centre-back player role in Football Manager.

What is a Wide Centre-Back?

Football Manager states: The main job of the Wide Centre-Back is to stop the opposing attackers from playing and to clear the ball from danger when required. However unlike standard central defenders, the Wide Centre-Back is encouraged to stay wide in possession and support the midfield more like a fullback.

The Wide Centre-Back is available on a Defensive ,Support and Attack duty.

A true hybrid defender

A Wide Centre-Back operates as a central defender but has the ability to drift wide and participate in attacking moves. The Wide Centre-Back is a true hybrid between a central defender and a full-back (or wing-back), as they have the responsibility of defending while also contributing to attacking play.

When do I pick a Wide Centre-Back?

This player role is ideal when you want to play in a formation with three defenders and love to see your defenders moving into the midfield. They have the ability to cover ground between the defense and the midfield and with a more attacking duty they will even move further up the pitch. With their movement they are able to create overloads in the wide areas, stretching the opponents defense and therefore creating space for other players to move into.

Which attributes does a Wide Centre-Back need?

The Wide Centre-Back requires a combination of defensive and attacking attributes. They need to have strong tackling and marking abilities, as well as being physically imposing. They should also have good anticipation and positioning skills, as well as the ability to read the game well.

In terms of attacking attributes, the Wide Centre-Back should have good dribbling, passing, while good crossing abilities are seen as a big pro. They should also have a high work rate, as they will be required to cover a lot of ground throughout the game.

Defense Duty

Key Desirable
Crossing Dribbling
Heading Aggression
Marking Bravery
Tackling Composure
Positioning Concentration
Jumping Reach Decisions
Stamina Work Rate
Strength Pace

Support Duty

Key Desirable
Crossing Aggression
Dribbling Anticipation
Heading Bravery
Marking Composure
Tackling Concentration
Positioning Decisions
Jumping Reach Off the Ball
Pace Work Rate

Attack Duty

Key Desirable
Crossing Aggression
Dribbling Anticipation
Heading Bravery
Marking Composure
Tackling Concentration
Off the Ball Decisions
Jumping Reach Positioning
Pace Work Rate

Wide Centre-Back player traits

Player traits are actions a player will more likely perform during a match than others.They don't give him extra abilities, but will affect his decision making. A player trait can be learned through individual training or through mentoring.

The best player traits for a Wide Centre-Back are those that emphasize their defensive and attacking abilities. The following traits are essential for a successful Wide Centre-Back:

  • Brings ball out of defense
  • Marks opponent tightly

Wide Centre-backs in FM24

A selection of good or interesting Wide Centre-Backs in FM24 based on their current ability and Key attributes for this player role.

  • RAT
  • name
  • age
  • sell value
  • POT
  • 74
  • ReinildoDL, DC, WBL, AMLDL, DC, WBL
  • 29
  • € 20,318,580
  • 76
  • 76
  • DaniloDR, DL, DCDR, DC
  • 31
  • Not for sale
  • 78
  • 72
  • Ben DaviesDL, DC, WBLDL, DC
  • 30
  • € 70,234,110
  • 73

To Conclude

In conclusion, the Wide Centre-Back is a modern addition to the centre-back position that offers a unique blend of defensive and attacking abilities. When picking a Wide Centre-Back, it is essential to look for a player with strong defensive and technical attributes, as well as the right player traits.


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