The Best Fast Cheap Defenders on FIFA 23 Ultimate Team

Creating the perfect meta team for FIFA 23 Ultimate Team can be expensive. But it doesn’t have to be.

There are plenty of viable defenders you can purchase cheaply to help improve your FIFA 23 Ultimate Team.

This article will identify the best fast, cheap defenders on FIFA 23 Ultimate Team. We have selected cheap options for Gold, Silver, and Bronze players, so there are sure to be options on this list that suit any player’s budget.

Cheap Fast Gold Defenders

Firstly, let’s focus on gold defenders that you can pick up for a steal. Because these cards are gold, you might think they automatically cost a lot. However, there are some gold cards you can get your hands on for a reasonable price if you look in the right place.

Ritchie De Laet

The first player to make this list is Ritchie De Laet, a right-back who plays for Royal Antwerp FC. Ritchie has an impressive pace at 83, but he is also a very cheap option for your team.

As a Belgian international, he would add excellent team chemistry if your team consisted of other top players, such as Kevin De Bruyn or Romelu Lukaku. 

Alongside his impressive speed statistics, he also has very good defending and physicality statistics, making him an ideal selection for the FIFA 23 Ultimate Team meta.

Key Statistics:

  • Pace: 83
  • Acceleration: 80
  • Sprint Speed: 86
  • Defending: 73
  • Physicality: 78
  • Estimated cost: 300

James Justin

If your team is mainly built up of English nationals, James Justin is a great budget choice for your team.

For starters, he has an 81 pace score and offers plenty of attacking support down the left, with a 72 dribble score. Playing in the English Premier League, Justin offers excellent chemistry options for most players who prefer using Premier League superstars in their team. He is a strong defender with a 73 rating and also has a 77 stamina rating, allowing him to get up and down the wing for most of the game.

Key statistics:

  • Pace: 81
  • Acceleration: 77
  • Sprint Speed: 85
  • Defending: 73
  • Dribbling: 72
  • Estimated cost: 450

Youcef Atal

Next on the list is the Algerian right-back Youcef Atal, who is absolutely rapid. With an 88 pace score, Ata is one of the quickest defenders in the game but also one of the cheapest gold cards you can get your hands on.

Besides his incredible pace, he also has an impressive 79 dribbling score, making him a fantastic option. 

However, he doesn’t have the best defense or physicality statistics, so he won’t be the best defensive right back. But what he lacks in defensive skill, he makes up for with his pace, 4-star skills, and 5-star weaker foot statistics.

As Atal plays in Ligue 1, he is great for team chemistry for anyone with superstars like Mbappe, Messi, or Neymar in their team.

Key Statistics:

  • Pace: 88
  • Acceleration: 87
  • Sprint Speed: 88
  • Passing: 71
  • Dribbling: 79
  • Estimated cost: 300

Ben Godfrey

Regarding center backs, Ben Godfrey is one of the quickest cheap options available compared to other Gold cards. He has 82 pace overall, which is heavily influenced by his 90 sprint speed.

Godfrey is an excellent pick-up as a cheap fast defender because he also has other excellent defensive attributes, such as 76 defending and 80 physicality.

As an English national playing in the Premier League, he is sure to help any player looking to increase their chemistry score, add the best chemistry styles, and take the team to the next level.

Key Statistics:

  • Pace: 82
  • Acceleration: 72
  • Sprint Speed: 90
  • Defending: 76
  • Physicality: 80
  • Estimated cost: 1,500

Gonçalo Bernardo Inácio

If you need a cheap fast defender that also provides various other qualities for your team, Goncalo Bernardo Inacio is an excellent choice.

He has the pace required for FIFA 23 Ultimate team, with an 80 score overall, but he also has an 80 for defending and a 77 for physicality.

These statistics make Inacio an excellent option for any team on a budget that wants a fast, well-rounded defender to improve their team.

Key Statistics:

  • Pace: 80
  • Acceleration: 78
  • Sprint Speed: 81
  • Defending: 80
  • Physicality: 77
  • Estimated cost: 900

Cheap Fast Silver Defenders

Next, let’s focus on cheap fast, silver defenders you can add to your silver beast squad.

If the gold players on this list are out of your budget, increased in price, or not available on the transfer market currently, there are several silver players that you can add to your team that will also do a great job.

Hyeon Beom Ahn

If you prefer to implement formations that utilize pacy wing-backs, then you might want to consider Hyeon Beom Ahn as a cheap option for your team that provides plenty of pace down the right.

He has 84 pace statistics and is a consistent performer across passing, dribbling, defending, and physicality, making him a balanced all-round wing-back.

Key Statistics:

  • Pace: 84
  • Acceleration: 74
  • Sprint Speed: 84
  • Dribbling: 68
  • Physicality: 68
  • Estimated cost: 450

Georg Teigl

Another option for you if you like pace at right-back is George Teigl. He provides you with 85 pace, 82 acceleration, and 87 sprint speed and shouldn’t break the bank.

Alongside his excellent speed statistics, he also has a decent dribbling statistic at 65 and 71 physicality.

While he isn’t the most attacking right-back you can select, he is a fast, well-balanced defender that you can get your hands on for very little in-game cash.

Key Statistics:

  • Pace: 85
  • Acceleration: 82
  • Sprint Speed: 87
  • Dribbling: 65
  • Physicality: 71
  • Estimated cost: 750

Erick Otieno

Erick Otieno is a fantastic pick-up for any player on a budget, not least because he has an incredible pace score of 89. With 88 acceleration and 89 sprint speed, he is an excellent option at left-back for any team. He also has a 70 dribbling score and 75 physicality, ensuring he meets almost all of the meta requirements.

Unfortunately, as a Kenyan international playing in the Swedish top league, he might be hard to pair to increase Team Chemistry, but at such a low price and with such a great pace, Otieno is definitely and player you should consider for your squad.

Key Statistics:

  • Pace: 89
  • Acceleration: 88
  • Sprint Speed: 89
  • Dribbling: 70
  • Physicality: 75
  • Estimated cost: 600

Przemysław Wiśniewski

It is not always easy to find a fast center back without paying a premium fee, but one option you might want to consider is Przemyslaw Wisniewski.

Wisniewski has an 84 pace score, with 81 acceleration and 87 sprint speed. He has an okay defending score of 66 and a very strong physicality score of 78.

While his defending statistic could certainly use a buff for such a low fee and with such excellent pace, Wisniewski is a great option.

Key Statistics:

  • Pace: 84
  • Acceleration: 81
  • Sprint Speed: 87
  • Defending: 66
  • Physicality: 78
  • Estimated cost: 1,400

Lukas Klünter

Another excellent silver center back you could consider for your team is Lukas Klunter. Like Wisniewski, he has an 84 pace statistic, 83 acceleration, and 85 sprint speed. However, unlike Wisniewski, he has a slightly higher defending statistic at 71. 

He is less physical, with a 68 physicality statistic, but he is a German international, which makes it easier to add chemistry with other top players.

Key Statistics:

  • Pace: 84
  • Acceleration: 83
  • Sprint Speed: 85
  • Defending: 71
  • Physicality: 68
  • Estimated cost: 1,500

Cheap Fast Bronze Defenders

Finally, if you’re looking to make a bronze team, there are some fast bronze defenders that you can consider adding to your team. 

As you would expect, the other attributes of these players are not quite as strong, but their pace helps you get out of a lot of tough spots, and they are perfect for the FIFA 23 Ultimate Team meta.

Allan Arigoni

When selecting a bronze defender for next to no money, you might think you wouldn’t be able to find a fast player. However, Arigoni breaks that thought immediately, with a 90 pace statistic, including 91 acceleration and 90 sprint speed.

He also has a respectable physicality score of 71, although his defending statistic leaves lots to be desired at 58.

However, with such blistering pace, he is sure to get himself out of many potential defending errors when up against almost any striker.

Key Statistics:

  • Pace: 90
  • Acceleration: 91
  • Sprint Speed: 90
  • Defending: 58
  • Physicality: 71
  • Estimated cost: 250

Tyler Magloire

Another rapid bronze defender that you can get for a low fee is Tyler Magloire, who plays for Northampton in England. He has an 89 pace statistic, 89 acceleration, and 89 sprint speed.

Like Arigoni, Magloire has a 71 physicality and a 60 defending statistics.

Magloire is sure to offer plenty of pace at the back, but don’t expect him to be able to play out from the back, as he has very poor dribbling and passing statistics.

However, Magloire ticks many of the boxes you need for an excellent Ultimate Team player for a cheap pick-up.

Key Statistics:

  • Pace: 89
  • Acceleration: 89
  • Sprint Speed: 89
  • Defending: 60
  • Physicality: 71
  • Estimated cost: 400

Florian Heister

Next on the list is one of the cheaper bronze right-backs you can pick up that has plenty of pace. Heister has an 88 pace score, 90 acceleration, and 87 sprint speed.

Pleasingly, he also has relatively good dribbling and physicality numbers, although his defending and passing scores drop below 60, which is not ideal.

For a bronze pick-up, though, Heister has fantastic speed and plenty of other attributes that make him a valuable player for your team.

Key Statistics:

  • Pace: 88
  • Acceleration: 90
  • Sprint Speed: 87
  • Dribbling: 67
  • Physicality: 62
  • Estimated cost: 250

Ibou Touray

As a cheap bronze left-back, Ibou Touray is a great pick-up as he has 84 pace, with 82 acceleration and 85 sprint speed. 

Tourney also has a solid dribbling score of 62 and a good physicality score of 68. However, his passing and defending are only 56, so try to use a chemistry style to improve these statistics if you can.

If you can, you will have an excellent left-back at your disposal for very little money.

Key Statistics:

  • Pace: 84
  • Acceleration: 82
  • Sprint Speed: 85
  • Dribbling: 62
  • Physicality: 68
  • Estimated cost: 300

Gift Links

As a cheap bronze left-wing-back, Gift Links is phenomenal going forwards. You will struggle to find any bronze defenders at this price that have an 85 pace score with 87 acceleration and 83 sprint speed, and 74 dribbling.

If you can use chemistry-style cards to increase his passing to ensure he can produce the end product going forward, Links can be a fantastic addition to any team.

However, his defending statistics are very poor, so you might need to factor that in when you make your other defensive selections.

Key Statistics:

  • Pace: 85
  • Acceleration: 87
  • Sprint Speed: 83
  • Dribbling: 74
  • Defending: 50
  • Estimated cost: 200

Final Thoughts

In summary, there are plenty of affordable defenders in FIFA 23 with pace to burn.

Head to the transfer market and see if you can pick up any of these players for a good price, and ensure you select players that match your team’s chemistry.

For the cheaper players on this list, you can hide some of their weaknesses using the best chemistry styles in FIFA 23 Ultimate Team.

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