The ball-playing defender (BPD) brings together modern football. With the ability and confidence on the ball, the BPD allows managers to build play from the back. In this post, we provide a downloadable shortlist of wonderkids that can play in the BPD role. This shortlist has been created by FM Wonderkids who has kindly given us permission to share here on FM Base. You can donate to FM Wonderkids at his PayPal.

Football Manager's Definition of a BPD

The main job of the ball-playing defender is to stop opposing attackers from playing and to clear the ball from danger when required.

However, unlike normal central defenders, the BPD is encouraged to launch defence-splitting through balls from deep to generate counter-attacking opportunitiesClick to expand...

Players included in this shortlist include (you'll have to download the shortlist to see the full list):


Jean-Clair Todibo


Lisandro Martinez


Jules Koundé


Felix Uduokhai


Chris Mepham

To download this BPD shortlist, please click on the link below

​Once you have downloaded the shortlist place the file in the following locations (if there is no "shortlists" folder, simply create one):

C:\ Users \ <username> \Documents \Sports Interactive \Football Manager 2020 \ Shortlists \ Click to expand...
/ Users / <username> / Documents / Sports Interactive / Football Manager 2020 / Shortlists / Click to expand...

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