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The 10 best FC 24 CDM players and top alternatives

From Rodri to Casemiro, Lena Oberdorf to Amandine Henry here are the best FC 24 CDM players in EA's latest PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch game.

EA FC 24 best CDM: Casemiro and Kimmich

The destroyers of the midfield, the best FC 24 CDM players are mighty shields that protect their defensive line. As masters of interception and distribution, the top central defensive midfielders in world soccer are elite at not only breaking up attacks, but at beginning their own by pinging balls from deep within their own half out to their awaiting attackers.

Picking out the sports game’s most dominant CDMs from our EA FC 24 ratings list, this guide will give you the full rundown on who the best CDMs to use in FC 24 are – be it in EA FC 24 Ultimate Team or even EA FC 24 Career Mode. We’ll also be offering up some top picks outside of the top 10 that can either dominate the opposition, or serve as more budget-friendly options if you don’t have the UT Coins or Career Mode dollars to stump up for the top talents.

Best FC 24 CDM

The best FC 24 CDM players are:

  • Rodri – 89
  • Casemiro – 89
  • Joshua Kimmich – 88
  • Lena Oberdorf – 87
  • Sandro Tonali – 86 
  • N’Golo Kanté – 86
  • Thomas Partey – 85
  • Amandine Henry – 85
  • Declan Rice – 85
  • Keira Walsh – 85

Rodri has gone from strength to strength with Manchester City since signing with The Citizens back in 2019. A man at the height of his powers, as part of last season’s treble-winning side, it’s unsurprising that Rodri is the best CDM in FC 24.

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It also shouldn’t come as a surprise that both Joshua Kimmich and Casemiro closely follow Rodri in the ratings. Both players have continued to showcase the highest level of play within the role, despite the latter’s move to Manchester United last season placing them within an entirely new environment.

While most of the players on this list are journeyed stars, 21 year-old Lena Oberdorf is making waves over in the Frauen-Bundesliga with Vfl Wolfsburg. Having been blessed with the Bruiser PlayStyle+, Oberdorf is the strongest player on the list, both in terms of Physical stat and PlayStyle.

Finishing off the top five on the list, let’s head back to the Premier League. Newcastle United’s recent acquisition of AC Milan star Sandro Tonali – a fan-dubbed ‘Pirlo regen’ – was met with the talented Italian getting yet another rating lift this year. With the potential to become one of the very best, we could see FUT cards this year that bring him into ‘Gullit Gang’ territory.

EA FC 24 CDM top alternatives

While the world’s best CDMs have, for the most part, gradually worked their way to the top of the soccer world, there are plenty of players – some younger, some operating primarily in other positions – who are more than viable alternatives. They include:

  • Patri Guijarro – 88
  • Georgia Stanway – 84
  • Kobbie Mainoo – 62

While Barcelona Femení’s Patri Guijarro isn’t quite a physical enforcer like others in our list – she is a CM by trade, to be fair to her – her Long Ball Pass PlayStyles+ trait makes her the perfect piece in a counter-attacking side. Popping Guijarro in a double-pivot and letting her cook will see those pacey wingers of yours flourish when an opposition attack breaks down deep into your third of the pitch.

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Similarly to Guijarro, Bayern’s Georgia Stanway is another great CDM option with a PlayStyle+ – this time Pinged Pass – that will get your forwards on their bikes. Additionally, if you’re looking to play Harry Kane up top in FUT, there’s already two chemistry points of parity between the England internationals.

Finally, we have Kobbie Mainoo, who is an absolute dream pickup for FUT managers with England/Premier League squads. While he starts as a lowly 62-stat Bronze card, when kitted out with the best FC 24 Evolutions he quickly becomes an 83 Overall beast – check out FUTWIZ for his fully-evolved stat breakdown.

The importance of CDM players in EA FC 24

A number of the best EA FC 24 formations – including the 4-2-3-1 and 4-1-2-1-2 – make use of at least one CDM. Sometimes you may see a more defensive CDM set up next to a box-to-box CM that plays in a more advanced position, similarly to how Arsenal set up with Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka last season.

CDMs are pivotal to maintaining a strong defensive shape, orchestrating attacks, and linking the defense and midfield, making them an important asset to any soccer team utilizing a system that incorporates them.

And that’s our rundown of the best EA FC 24 CDM ratings and alternatives. As some of soccer’s brightest stars begin to fizzle out, others are on the ascendancy as they approach their peaks.

Before you go, be sure to familiarize yourself with the FC 24 PlayStyles utilized by each of these players. When trying to snag a bargain on top FUT talent, make sure you’re using the FC 24 Web App to ensure you never miss out on the best players in one of the best soccer games. See you on the pitch.