Wondering who the best £4.0m defenders are for FPL 2021/22? There may not be many options as things stand but the best ones are highlighted in this article.

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Who are the Best FPL £4.0m Defenders?

The £4.0m price point is only available for defenders and goalkeepers in Fantasy Premier League. It is a great spot to use to save a bit of money and invest more into your starting 11.

If you are picking a £4.0m defender, you have to make sure it's your third substitute and your other two subs are sure starters at the very least.

Under no circumstance should they be in your starting 11 or as your first substitute.

We should never have to use them unless they are nailed on starters for their club because they are mostly a means to bolster the rest of your squad.

Although this spot in your squad should only be looked at once you have assembled the rest of your team, it should still be researched and we should aim to pick the best one. I would value the best £4.0m defenders as those who have the best chance of starting.

We have had some £4.0m gems in the past such as Aaron Wan Bissaka (£5.5m) who was a first-team starter for Crystal Palace in the 2018/19 season.

He ended up with three assists, 12 clean sheets and 120 points in total. Phenomenal value!

Therefore, it definitely pays to look into the £4.0m defenders. This season though, at the moment this price point looks like a barren wasteland.

There doesn’t look to be any likely starters but options could emerge due to injuries or any of them moving to different Premier League clubs.

Another factor in picking the best £4.0m defender in FPL is that the best pick is more likely to either increase in price or not go down, thus preserving our team value.


Why Pick £4.0m Defenders? 

As I mentioned earlier, if you are going for a £4.0m defender you have to make sure you have sufficient cover.

You will most likely be playing with a premium defender, mid-priced defender and two rotating £4.5m defenders. This would be in either a 3-4-3 or 4-4-2 formation with four solid defenders and perhaps rotating attackers.

It allows you to upgrade, for example, Jack Harrison (£6.0) to Raphinha (£6.5m) or Che Adams (£7.0m) to Ollie Watkins (£7.5m).

Sometimes it can offer you a clear upgrade on a single player which is worth sacrificing one spot in your squad.

Seeing as you would play Ollie Watkins or Raphinha almost every Gameweek you own them, the same cannot be said for the fifth defender.

The expected points by opting for this strategy far outweighs going for a playing fifth defender and downgrading a starting 11 player.

The Best £4.0m Defenders in FPL - Gameweek 1

Brandon Williams (£4.0m) – Manchester United

The 20-year-old only made four appearances last season with two starts. He is likely to warm the bench again this season if he stays at Manchester United.

However, there have been talks of a possible loan move to Southampton for the youngster who would be an ideal replacement for Ryan Bertrand (£5.0m) who joined Leicester City on a free transfer.

He mainly plays as a left-back but can also play on the right hand side. This makes him an attractive option if he ends up joining the Saints. The fact he can cover both sides increases his chance of starts.

The interest in him from Ralph Hassenhutl has been there for a while. The Austrian tried to sign Williams last season but to no avail, which shows he is very likely to be a first-team player if they manage to accquire him.

Newcastle United and Norwich have also shown interest in the Manchester United player and you would imagine he would be a first-team regular for them too.

If he stays at Old Trafford, I don’t see him getting much game time whatsoever with Luke Shaw (£5.5m) and Alex Telles (£5.0m) as first and second choice left-backs.

However, a loan move to the aforementioned clubs would make him a fantastic pick so it's definitely worth keeping an eye on him from now until the season starts.


Brandon Williams Stats. best £4.0m defenders GW1

Brandon Williams Stats

Javier Manquillo (£4.0m) – Newcastle United

The Spanish full-back played the most minutes (822) from the current £4.0m defenders last season. He made 13 appearances with 10 starts.

He is currently the highest selected £4.0m defender in FPL at 11.9% ownership. As things stand, he is probably the safest option.

Manquillo started the first three games of last season but then fell out of favour. He has had sporadic starts ever since, missing six games through injury.

Last season Steve Bruce adopted a five man defence with Jacob Murphy (£5.0m) as a right-wing back. Meanwhile Emil Krafth (£4.5m) is the only other natural right-back in the squad other than Manquillo.

However, the Swedish defender is set to leave Newcastle United this summer which leaves Manquillo as their only right-back.

In theory, this is great news but it’s very likely Bruce will play the same formation which means Murphy will get the nod ahead of the Spaniard.

I think Manquillo will get a fair amount of minutes and should get the start if the Toon go with a back four.

Yet he is still second choice and it would probably take an injury to Murphy for him to be a solid starter. But for a £4.0m defender, it's as good as we can get right now.


Javier Manquillio Stats. best £4.0m defenders gameweek 1

Javier Manquillo Stats


Neco Williams (£4.0m) – Liverpool

Neco Williams is another player who has been speculated for a move away this summer. With Trent Alexender Arnold (£7.5m) as competition, he’s not likely to oust Trent or gain any game time from him.

He has attracted interest from Aston Villa, Wolves, and Southampton and the youngster has stated he wants to move to get more playing time.

The right-back only made six appearances last season with three starts and is likely to see a similar amount of minutes this season if he stays at Anfield.

If he gets his desired move however, the Welshman will instantly be on our radars as he won't be going to another club to just sit on the bench.


Neco Williams Stats. best cheap fpl defenders

Neco Williams Stats


Andrew Omobamidele (£4.0m) – Norwich City

Andrew Omobamidele is a promising 19-year-old centre-back. He played the last eight games of the Championship season due to injuries to teammates Ben Gibson (£4.5m) and Christoph Zimmerman (£4.5m) and really impressed.

This is what his beaming manager Daniel Farke had to say about him:

“It was a big, big challenge and task without any first team experience to step up and to come into the crunch time period of the season. I am pretty, pretty pleased with him.

"To come into a team who desperately needs to win each and every point in each game and then to deliver with this consistency is pretty remarkable.

"When I think about the attacking players teams like Bournemouth and Watford have, okay it is not perhaps Manchester City and Liverpool, but they definitely had Premier League quality."

Judging by his performances and his managers appraisal, Omobamidele is clearly in Farke’s good books.

Although I don’t think he will start the season as first choice, I believe the Canaries boss won't have any hesitation including him if current centreback pair Grant Hanley (£4.5m) or Ben Gibson sustain an injury or go through a rough patch.

Omobamidele also started in the pre-season friendly against Lincoln so I reckon he is one to keep an eye on for now. I would be keen on hearing more comments from Daniel Farke in the coming weeks also.

Conclusion - FPL £4.0m Defenders

Similar to the £4.5m forwards, we don’t have any nailed on £4.0m defenders. At the moment, the four mentioned above are the best from the pack so I'd advise you to select one of them if you're looking for a defender at this price.

I would be keeping a close eye on proceedings from each of the respective teams. The aim is to pick the one who is most likely to be a starter or get the most minutes come Gameweek 1.

If I was going to pick one at this moment in time, it would be Javier Manquillo as he is the one with the most Premier League experience and is most likely to get more starts than the rest.

I really hope we see at least one of Neco Williams or Brandon Williams make the move to another Premier League club.

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