Must-buy players on football manager 2013 – the defenders

by Mystical Mike

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

This week Unibet bring us author of “Football Manager stole my life…” Iain Macintosh and his must-buy players for Football Manager 13.

Here is Iain’s list of best buys in the new game consisting of a lot of unknowns and a few more well-known faces.

GK – Tim Krul

Newcastle’s chubby-faced Dutch stopper should be at the top of your shortlist if you’re a big club in need of an imposing presence between the sticks. Though his handling (13) is curiously low, his reflexes (18) and aerial ability (16) more than make up for it. He’s only 24 as well, so he’s going to improve in the future.

DR – Gokhan Gonul

As lovely as it is to lead a sequined troupe of prancing show-ponies, sometimes everyone needs an utter git in the defence. Fenerbahce’s Gokhan Gonul is perfect for this. His technique (12) isn’t bad at all, but it’s his determination (17), work rate (16), pace (15) and aggression (16) make him the perfect guard-dog for those tricky left-wingers.

DL – Razvan Rat

For some reason, Shakhtar Donestk go completely mad at the start of FM13 and stick a host of excellent players on the transfer list. The pick of the bunch is Razvan Rat. Yes, he’s 31, but his pace (15) and stamina (15) still hold up and he’s a set piece specialist too. You should be able to snap the Romanian up for around £2.6m – an absolute steal.

DC – Toby Alderweireld

If you’re the kind of manager who likes to play the ball out from the back, you simply have to take a chance on Ajax’s Toby Alderweireld. One of the best talents in a golden generation of Belgians currently invading Europe’s superpowers, this 23-year-old can tackle (15) and head (14) to a more than reasonable level, but it’s his passing (17) and creativity (12) that make him such an interesting option. Are you brave enough to put a beauty where a beast should be?

DC – Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik

If you like to shackle opposing strikers, you should try and sign Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik from Stade Rennais as soon as possible. The Cameroonian is quick (15) enough to keep up with most players and he can mark (17) anyone out of the game. He’s as strong as well (17), so you can lash him on to anyone and watch as they fade out of the game.

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