The Best Young Players FIFA 2021 – Career Mode

Posted on May 24, 2021

If you are a fan of FIFA’s Career mode, then there is no doubt that part of your time will be spent looking for the best young players FIFA 2021 has available. There is no more fulfilling feeling in the game than finding a potential superstar and polishing them up to become a true gem of world football.

In Career Mode, you get the option to manage and play your team through an entire career based in the FIFA 21 framework. You can elect to play as a player, or manager, or both and a big part of the managerial part of the game is to find those best young players FIFA 2021 has on offer, and to snap them up at the best price possible for your club.

The big difference between Career Mode and Ultimate Team is that in Career Mode, your players can age and improve in ability, or as they get older, reduce inability over that time. A number of factors come into play into how quickly your player will improve and what kind of level they will improve too.

FIFA 21 Best Players
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Little wonder then that Career Mode managers always want to find the best young players FIFA 21 can offer so that they can build their teams for the longer term. Especially, if you are managing a team with a relatively small budget.

So what we have done, as we did last year, is to take a look at the current version of FIFA and to go through the list of different positions in the game. For each position, we have given you a number of different options for the best young players FIFA 2021 have available in those positions. Some are familiar faces you will recognize from the 2020 version of the game. However, there are also a number of new faces in this updated list too.

As with last year, our team selection is based on a simple 4-3-3 formation and we have offered you three different options for each position in that team. All information shown is correct at the start of FIFA 2021 Career Mode.

Potential Rating

The key thing to note for wonderkids and young players is their potential rating. This is a guide as to how good a player could become for you, however, the rating is not set in stone. A player can improve beyond their potential rating up to a maximum value of 99, if they perform superbly, train well, and gain experience in the team.

Similarly, if a player doesn’t play often, doesn’t train well, or does not feature much in the team then they may well only reach a level of ability some way below that potential.

The Best Young Players FIFA 2021 Has Available

Goalkeepers

FIFA 21 Best Players
© EA Sports Gianluigi Donnarumma

1. Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan)

  • Age – 21
  • Overall – 85
  • Potential – 92
  • Price Tag – £37 Million

It’s no surprise to see Donnarumma top of our list of best young goalkeepers in FIFA 2021. He was the best in 2020 and nothing has changed. The AC Milan and Italy international is a hot commodity in the game, but you need deep pockets in order to prize him away from the San Siro.

2. Maarten Vandevoort (Genk)

  • Age – 18
  • Overall – 68
  • Potential – 87
  • Price Tag – £1.4 Million

Another player that makes a return to the list in 2021 is Genk’s youngster Maarten Vandevoort. A young keeper with excellent potential, he has the ability to progress swiftly from his current skill level. In real life, he has made 15 appearances for Genk so far in his fledgling career.

3. Lucas Chevalier (Lille)

  • Age – 18
  • Overall – 61
  • Potential – 83
  • Price Tag – £425,000

If you are at a club in Career Mode where big money transfers are not possible, then a good low-value option is Lille youngster Lucas Chevalier. With small wage demands and decent potential, he is a keeper worth spending a little cash on especially as a backup initially to a more experienced player.

Right Back/Right Wing Back

1. Jeremie Frimpong (Celtic)

  • Age – 19
  • Overall – 70
  • Potential – 86
  • Price Tag – £3.2m

The 19-year old right back is a capable full back or wing back and he has a lot of upsides. His price isn’t too excessive for most Career Mode managers and he has the potential to develop into a very talented full back over the years.

FIFA 21 Best Players
© EA Sports Sergino Dest

2. Sergino Dest (Barcelona)

  • Age – 19
  • Overall – 75
  • Potential – 86
  • Price Tag – £9m

In real life, Barcelona spent a good chunk of cash to sign USA international Dest from Ajax. A marauding right back who is the most expensive option in this list but who has plenty of time to develop from being a very good player, into a great one.

3. Neco Williams (Liverpool)

  • Age – 19
  • Overall – 67
  • Potential – 85
  • Price Tag – £1.4m

A full Wales international, Williams has proven to be a capable deputy for Trent Alexander-Arnold (who topped this list last season) at Liverpool. Good going forward, but perhaps a little suspect on the defensive side of the game, but he can develop into a very solid top-level performer.

Left Back/Left Wing Back

FIFA 21 Best Players
© EA Sports Alphonso Davies

1. Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich)

  • Age – 19
  • Overall – 81
  • Potential – 89
  • Price Tag – £20.3m

After a superb season for Bayern last year, Davies has seen his stats massively boosted this time around and he is now very much one of the elite left back players in the game. Aged just 19, that means he commands a very big price.

2. Owen Wijndal (AZ Alkmaar)

  • Age – 20
  • Overall – 77
  • Potential – 86
  • Price Tag – £11.3m

If a budget of over £20m is too much for your bank balance in Career Mode, then a cheaper option is AZ Alkmaar full back Owen Wijndal. The youngster has already made over 60 appearances for AZ and has been capped seven times by the Netherlands at the age of just 20.

3. Luca Netz (Hertha Berlin)

  • Age – 17
  • Overall – 63
  • Potential – 86
  • Price Tag – £675,000

Netz broke into the Hertha Berlin side in January and has managed to make 11 appearances in the first team aged just 17, scoring one goal in the process. A tall, fast left back, he has the potential to go on and become a superb player and is available at a budget price.

Central Defenders

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© EA Sports Matthijs de Ligt

1. Matthias De Ligt (Piemonte Calcio)

  • Age – 20
  • Overall – 85
  • Potential – 92
  • Price Tag – £44.6m

Matthias De Ligt plays for Piemont Calcio (Juventus) in FIFA 2021 and the Dutch defender remains one of the most expensive and talented defenders in the game. He has huge potential and will develop into one of the world’s best defenders given the right circumstances.

2. Ozan Kabak (Schalke 04)

  • Age – 20
  • Overall – 77
  • Potential – 87
  • Price Tag – £11.7m

The powerful Turkish centre half has joined Liverpool on loan in real life for the second half of the season and is settling in nicely at Anfield. Tough, powerful, and uncompromising, he is a good alternative if De Light is beyond your transfer budget.

3. William Saliba (Arsenal)

  • Age – 19
  • Overall – 74
  • Potential – 87
  • Price Tag – £9m

Saliba has spent the last couple of years on loan at St Etienne and Nice after joining Arsenal. A couple of years back. A tall and rangy centre half, Saliba is excellent in the air and is also very comfortable with the ball at his feet.

4. Bright Arrey-Mbi (Bayern Munich II)

  • Age – 17
  • Overall – 60
  • Potential – 86
  • Price Tag – £385,000

For a bargain price option with plenty of potential, who can also play at left back, Bright Arrey-Mbi from Bayern Munich’s second string team is a fantastic value choice. He has played Champions League football for Bayern this season and is very highly rated in the Bayern reserve squad.

5. Leonidas Stergioi (St Gallen)

  • Age – 18
  • Overall – 67
  • Potential – 86
  • Price Tag – £1.4m

The young Swiss centre half has already played 70 times for his club. Comfortable on the ball and excellent in the tackle, he makes up for a lack of height with excellent ability to read the game and excellent positional play.

6. Josko Gvardiol (Red Bull Leipzig)

  • Age – 19
  • Overall – 69
  • Potential – 86
  • Price Tag – £1.8m

Red Bull Leipzig paid over €16 million to secure the services of Gvardiol and in real life the youngster has spent the season on loan at Dinamo Zagreb, playing 20 games so far. An U-21 star at the age of 17, he is rated as being one of the best Croatian defenders in a generation.

Defensive Midfielder

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© EA Sports Sandro Tonali

1. Sandro Tonali (AC Milan)

  • Age – 20
  • Overall – 77
  • Potential – 91
  • Price Tag – £16.7m

Rated by many as the natural successor to Andrea Pirlo in that holding midfield role for Italy, Tonali was snapped up by Milan from Brescia on loan, costing $10m initially with an option to buy for a further $15m. That makes his in game price of £16.7 million look good value.

2. Maxence Caqueret (Lyon)

  • Age – 20
  • Overall – 7
  • Potential – 87
  • Price Tag – £10.8m

The 20 year old midfielder is another product of the excellent Lyon youth academy and he has made 34 appearances for the first team, 26 of those this season as he has matured into a regular selection in midfield under Rudi Garcia.

3. Marco Kana (Anderlecht)

  • Age – 17
  • Overall – 65
  • Potential – 85
  • Price Tag – £900,000

A versatile young Belgium U21 international, he can play centre back, defensive midfielder or as a central midfielder. He has made 22 appearances for Anderlecht over the past couple of seasons and is rated as one of the top prospects in Belgium.

Central Midfielder

FIFA 21 Best Players
© EA Sports Tiago Almada

1. Thiago Almada (Velez Sarsfield)

  • Age – 19
  • Overall – 70
  • Potential – 86
  • Price Tag – £3.2m

A diminutive number 10 who in real life plays as a creative midfielder or occasionally as a winger, his relatively low price, allied to a high potential makes him a very popular target for many teams in Career Mode where he can develop into a real future star.

2. Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund)

  • Age – 17
  • Overall – 69
  • Potential – 88
  • Price Tag – £1.9m

Don’t expect Jude Bellingham’s rating and price to stay the same when we hit FIFA 2022. The talented youngster is already a full England international and has already broken into the Dortmund first team after a superb first season with the German club.

2. Eduardo Camavinga (Rennes)

  • Age – 17
  • Overall – 76
  • Potential – 88
  • Price Tag – £10.8m

Camavinga made our list last year as a 16-year-old that was already making a big name for himself in French football at Rennes. Unsurprisingly, he had a big upgrade for FIFA 2021 but he is still a great value prospect at just over £10m for the right team.
Attacking Midfielders

3. Takefusa Kubo (Real Madrid)

  • Age – 19
  • Overall – 75
  • Potential – 89
  • Price Tag – £13.1m

The 19-year old has already made 11 international appearances for Japan and is spending this year out on loan at Getafe. His high initial rating makes him an ideal choice for most sides looking for a young attacking midfielder ready to start, but also more than capable of developing further.

4. Riqui Puig (Barcelona)

  • Age – 20
  • Overall – 75
  • Potential – 88
  • Price Tag – £11.3m

The talented midfielder has broken into the first team picture at Barcelona this season under Ronald Koeman making 21 appearances across all competitions scoring one goal so far. He is an intelligent, attacking midfielder who is very creative.

5. Yusuf Demir (Rapid Vienna)

  • Age – 17
  • Overall – 64
  • Potential – 85
  • Price Tag – £880,000

A great value option if you don’t have the biggest of budgets, Demir is a creative, goalscoring attacking midfielder who can also play as a winger and who has notched a hugely impressive 6 goals in 27 appearances for Rapid Vienna so far in his career.

Right Midfielder

FIFA 21 Best Players
© EA Sports Jadon Sancho

1. Jaden Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)

  • Age – 20
  • Overall – 87
  • Potential – 93
  • Price Tag – £62.6m

If you have got a big bank account burning a hole in your pocket, then England and Dortmund star Jaden Sancho is a great option One of the most expensive options in the game, he doesn’t come cheap but he will offer you top quality in right, left and attacking central midfield.

2. Facundo Pellestri (Penarol)

  • Age – 18
  • Overall – 71
  • Potential – 87
  • Price Tag – £4.4m

Snapped up by Manchester United in real life, Pellestri is still available at his former club Penarol in FIFA 2021. A right-footed midfielder or winger, he is tricky, creative and very quick. Currently out on loan at Alaves in real life gaining first team experience.

3. Mohammed Daramy (FC Copenhagen)

  • Age – 18
  • Overall – 67
  • Potential – 85
  • Price Tag – £1.4m

In real life the speedy Daramy tends to play on the left or as a striker, but in FIFA 2021 he is also able to play as a right midfielder and he is a great value option there for a team looking for a quality youngster that can develop into a future star.

Left Midfielder

FIFA 21 Best Players
© EA Sports Pedri

1. Pedri (Barcelona)

  • Age – 17
  • Overall – 72
  • Potential – 88
  • Price Tag – £5.4m

It’s not often you can pick up a regular in the first team at Barcelona for a bargain price in FIFA 2021, but Pedri is precisely that. Despite the fact he has been a regular first team starter for Barca this season, he is available at a great value £5.4 million in the game.

2. Bakary Saka (Arsenal)

  • Age – 18
  • Overall – 75
  • Potential – 88
  • Price Tag – £10.8m

Saka is another player that despite being valued at over £10 million in FIFA 2021, he will be due an upgrade in the new game. He’s still a fantastic option for left midfield, right wing or even left wing back and even at that price represents excellent value for money.

3. Giovanni Reyna (Borussia Dortmund)

  • Age – 17
  • Overall – 68
  • Potential – 87
  • Price Tag – £1.7m

A very talented option as a young left winger who can learn the ropes and develop into a future world star. The USA international has broken into the first team picture at Dortmund this season in an exciting front four alongside Haaland, Reus and Sancho.

Right Winger

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1. Fabio Trincao (Barcelona)

  • Age – 20
  • Overall – 78
  • Potential – 91
  • Price Tag – £18m

Snapped up by Barcelona from Braga last season, Trincao is a very talented winger with excellent ability on the ball. He is still developing as a player but given the right environment he can develop into a world-beater for you in the years to come.

2. Joelson Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon)

  • Age – 17
  • Overall – 69
  • Potential – 87
  • Price Tag – £1.9m

The Guinea-Bissau born winger can play down either flank, and his play down the right hand wing in particular has earned him comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo. Already on the radar of a number of top clubs around Europe, he should break into the Sporting first team more regularly next season.

3. Harvey Elliott (Liverpool)

  • Age – 17
  • Overall – 65
  • Potential – 85
  • Price Tag – £990,000

When Liverpool signed Harvey Elliott from Fulham as a 16-year old, many wondered if he would fulfil the undoubted potential. Sent out on loan to Blackburn this season, he has been superb for Rovers in the Championship and no doubt he will be due an upgrade once FIFA 2022 is released.

Left Winger

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© EA Sports Vinicius Jr

1. Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid)

  • Age – 19
  • Overall – 80
  • Potential – 93
  • Price Tag – £24.8m

If money is no problem for you then a great option at left winger is Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr. A naturally left footed Brazilian with flair and skill, he is also a very good finisher and has plenty of scope to develop into a real world-beater in the game.

2. Ansu Fati (Barcelona)

  • Age – 17
  • Overall – 76
  • Potential – 90
  • Price Tag – £13.5m

Although struck down by injury this season, Fati’s stock rose on the back of some superb performances last season for Barcelona as a 16-year-old. A huge talent and one that can develop into a mainstay of any top team in Career Mode.

3. Jeremy Doku (Anderlecht)

  • Age – 18
  • Overall – 71
  • Potential – 88
  • Price Tag – £4.4m

A player that is already on the radar of many top sides across Europe, Doku is a supremely talented winger who can play down either flank. Snapped up by French club Rennes in real life at the start of this season, the French club spent €26m on his services, which makes him great value in Career Mode.

Central Forward

FIFA 21 Best Players
© EA Sports Joao Felix

1. Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid)

  • Age – 20
  • Overall – 81
  • Potential – 93
  • Price Tag – £28.8m

Rated by many as one of the best young strikers in world football, Joao Felix’s price in Career Mode is well below the £100m+ Atletico spent on him in real life. A clever striker who is equallu adept at creating goals, as well as scoring them.

2. Jonathan David (Lille)

  • Age – 20
  • Overall – 77
  • Potential – 88
  • Price Tag – £14m

The Canadian international averaged a goal every two games at Gent and has continued his fine scoring form into his time at Lille. He has netted 11 goals in his first season in Ligue 1 and his pace and finishing ability mark him our as a real threat.

3. Reinier (Real Madrid)

  • Age – 18
  • Overall – 71
  • Potential – 87
  • Price Tag – £4.4m

The Brazilian youngster is on loan at Borussia Dortmund from Real Madrid, where he has made 12 appearances and scored a goal this season. The youngster tends to play a deeper lying role as a central forward or attacking midfielder.

Striker

FIFA 21 Best Players
© EA Sports Erling Haaland

1. Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)

  • Age – 19
  • Overall – 84
  • Potential – 92
  • Price Tag – £40.5m

Strange as it may seem to have a 19 year old player rated at 84 overall and 92 potential, but you could argue that compared to others, Erling Haaland is under-rated. One of the next superstars of world football and if you can afford the £40.5m to sign him, then get him.

2. Evanilson (FC Porto)

  • Age   – 20
  • Overall – 73
  • Potential – 87
  • Price Tag – £8.1m

Signed by Porto from Fluminense, the young Brazilian has taken a year to break into the first team picture at the Portuguese side but has done so well this season netting three goals in 11 games in the league.

3. Fabio Silva (Wolves)

  • Age – 17
  • Overall – 69
  • Potential – 85
  • Price Tag – £1.9m

Silva also made it onto our list for strikers last year when he was a 16-year old at FC Porto. A big money move to Wolves followed and while he hasn’t yet shone for his new club, at £1.9 million in Career Mode, he is an excellent long term prospect for many clubs.

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