Want to get to know the best FM22 players in this year’s entry? The phrase “best players, best teams” sounds like a European Premier League stadium, but even the most cynical would take great comfort in the idea of getting a chance of the perfect squad over the rest of the world.
Likewise, whether it’s uber clubs or promising projects, having the best FM22 teams run it is also tempting. Let’s turn your attention to all these shiny things.
The best FM22 players
Edward Mindy, 29
Revelation in Chelsea. Lampard’s best job as coach for the Blues was to bring the Senegalese stopper from Rennes. He has the best combined saving ratio in a league crowded with goalkeeper talent. At some point he will have a bad spell, and how he recovers from it will be the difference between being a good ranger and being one of the greats.
Trent Alexander Arnold, 23
The data doesn’t lie. It can lead to obfuscation and analysis in various ways, but they don’t care about popularity or club loyalty. You may hate Liverpool, but he’s statistically the best full-back in the world right now, according to six dozen algorithms.
Virgil van Dijk, 30
If you think the Dutchman is overrated, I can only point out Liverpool’s contrasting seasons with and without him. He was the missing piece in Klopp’s squad, turning the work-in-progress into one of Europe’s best players and eventual champions, and when he missed last season the Reds looked sad.
Robin Dias, 24
There wasn’t much wrong with his performances with O Glorioso, but you have to give Guardiola credit for realizing that Dias was the missing piece at City, and that Dias was one of the best defensive players in the world. Also, he somehow persuaded Benfica to take Otamendi in a partial exchange, exchanging an old escort for a Porsche.
Alphonso Davies, 21
He was born in a refugee camp, dedicated to the greatness of the Golden Globe. Canadian Davies is not on the FIFA cover yet, but it’s only a matter of time. With the wingback being a hot topic in FM22, fill the left wing with 69kg of speed and dazzle.
N’Golo Kanti, 30
In 2016, the joke went, Where does Leicester play for Kante? in the middle. And on the left. And on the right. Since then he has become the European and world champion. He’s also only 5’6″. Amazing.
Kevin De Bruyne, 30
“Full Football Player” and an auxiliary machine. He’ll probably have peaked, or maybe just a dip in his form, but he’ll mark any midfield, anywhere, for years to come. He may be seen as a key player at Manchester City, but Pep isn’t sentimental – just see how he handles Sterling now. But is your digital simulation that hard?
Erling Haaland, 21
78 goals in 80 matches with clubs and internationals since the beginning of 2019. Goal per match. The idea that it might improve with age is terrifying.
Kylian Mbappe, 22
He’s a bit obvious, but he’s looking for a transfer from PSG. Unlike Neymar Jr, his pay isn’t exactly obscene, and if you can inspire him on true consistency, rather than constant frustration, you won’t be stopped.
Mohamed Salah, 29
God at his peak. Some may grumble about his chance-to-goal ratio, but Liverpool’s 105 of 155 cannot be ignored at the time of writing. The saga of Al-Masry’s contract at Anfield flirts with… Can you benefit from his club’s economy?
Youssef Mukoko Age 16
Yes he is FM22 Wonderkid. Yes he is a child. Yes, this is supposed to be the best ever, etc., but I’ll let my intuition speak for itself here.
The best difference
The best FM22 teams to manage
With Barcelona in all kinds of trouble and Real Madrid the perpetually poisoned trophy, Colchoneros is the best option in La Liga. The team is strong in every department, expectations are reasonable, Wanda Metropolitano is huge and fresh… The question is, can you inspire the team as Simeone did?
If your goal is to rally the best talent in the world, then the Reds are not the team for you. They started FM22 with a meager budget as scouts howl about Mbappe and the oil money goes elsewhere. But, if you find that the buying spirit to win in the transfer market is the least interesting part of the game, then Liverpool is for you. There is a classroom in every center and some really hot guys are chomping a bit and ready to step in. The expectations of the board are ridiculous, frankly, you were asked for two finals and a Premier League win in your first season, so the challenge is fierce.
Build an empire. Yes, the Scottish Premiership is narrow-minded, but the potential is huge, with virtually guaranteed Champions League status every season. It’s a job for those smart enough in the transfer market to explore Van Dijks and Édouards at knockdown prices. With the team in the rebuilding phase, they are all ready for you to put your personal stamp on everything they do. Be dominant in the league, tactically savvy in Europe, and grow from there.
The German giant is okay. They are currently overwhelmed with talent, perhaps the best striker in the world. Keep Haaland and whatever is possible, although the judicious reinvestment of his inevitable transfer fee also offers the possibility of building Bayern Munich’s killing machine.
The money is infinite. Neymar Jr, Mbappe, Messi, Draxler, Ramos, Di Maria, Donnarumma, and Herrera. If you don’t win everything you should be ashamed of yourself…but it’s not that easy, is it?
Late entry, here, as unbelievable sums of money pour into Sports Direct Insurance Family Arena. Either you find something endearing or unbearable, or people call the football club, a “project.” However, if you want mega millions later, you’ll have to install Magpies now, with their rather uninspiring team.