FIFA 20 best young players: Career mode’s top strikers, midfielders, defenders and goalkeepers

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Goal takes a look at the potential abilities of some of the world’s best wonderkids in Career Mode on the latest version of the football game

Career Mode has been revamped and upgraded for FIFA 20, with the player database also getting a refresh for the launch of the new game.

This will give FIFA fans the chance to start a new career with their favourite team, turning them into league and continental champions thanks to clever moves on the transfer market and astute management to develop young players into superstars.

Goal has compiled a list of the best young players in FIFA 20, selecting those aged 20 or under who have the highest potential rating. The lists below are sorted by potential and current ability and also divided by position.

Each player is listed by their primary position, but all the positions they can play in are shown. This means that Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu, currently on loan at RB Leipzig, is in the defenders section but can play both centre-back and as a defensive midfielder.

Every player with a high potential rating is shown here, including many lesser-known stars who may be willing to move to smaller clubs if you are playing a long career by starting outside the top flight. Players will need plenty of gametime to develop and reach their full potential. Substitutes and reserves are unlikely to improve if they are not playing.

PO. = Position(s)

CR = Current Rating

PR = Potential Rating

VA. = Value

*Clubs listed are the clubs the players are assigned to in FIFA 20 Career Mode, while ages shown are the age at the start of Career Mode

FIFA 20: Best Young Goalkeepers

NameAgeClubPO.CRPRVA.
G Donnarumma20AC MilanGK8592£35.6m
A Lafont20FiorentinaGK7988£13.2m
A Lunin20Real MadridGK7688£9.7m
M Vandevoort17GenkGK6585£875k
Luis Maximiano20Sporting CPGK7284£4.1m
A Plizzari19AC MilanGK6684£1m
G Bazunu17Man CityGK5984£250k
Diogo Costa19PortoGK7083£2.5m
K Grabara20LiverpoolGK6783£1.3m
A Muric20Man CityGK6782£1.2m
C Fruchtl19Bayern Munich IIGK6582£850k
G Couke20GenkGK6582£850k
C Olses18Racing ClubGK6282£450k
M Roffo19Boca JuniorsGK6282£500k
L Chevalier17LilleGK5982£261k
M Svilar19BenficaGK6881£1.2m
K Scherpen19AjaxGK6781£1.2m
I Meslier19LorientGK6681£1m
M Carnesecchi19AtalantaGK6581£850k
Inaki Pena20BarcelonaGK6481£725k
L Plogmann19Werder BremenGK6381£575k
J Schendelaar18AZ AlkmaarGK6580£800k
L Ureta20O’HigginsGK6380£600k
N Shinton18Club BruggeGK6280£450k
J Pourtau19EstudiantesGK6280£500k
S Bajic17Saint-EtienneGK6080£300k
Dani Martin20Real BetisGK6979£1.2m
G Poussin20BordeauxGK6679£925k
R Vodisek20GenoaGK6679£925k
R Majecki19Legia WarsawGK6679£900k
Moha Ramos19BirminghamGK6479£750k
Joao Virginia19EvertonGK6379£600k
A Akbulut18TrabzonsporGK6379£575k
A Trubin17Shakhtar DonetskGK5979£250k
L Unbehaun18Borussia DortmundGK5979£250k
P Dahlberg20WatfordGK6878£1m
G Couke20GenkGK6778£950k
J Markovic17Slavia PrahaGK6578£675k
M Travers20BournemouthGK6478£775k
C Sanchez19Sporting GijonGK6378£600k
R Hoffmann20Bayern MunichGK6378£600k
D Horkas20Dinamo ZagrebGK6278£525k
M Bulka19PSGGK6078£350k
K Klaesson18ValerengaGK6078£325k
E Balcombe19BrentfordGK6078£350k
S Laiton19AuxerreGK6078£350k
L Ntumba18DijonGK5878£200k
L Ingolotti19AldosiviGK5878£200k
T Vettorel18CittadellaGK5878£200k
J Blazquez19TalleresGK5878£200k
L Kasten19WolfsburgGK5878£200k

Gianluigi Donnarumma starts FIFA 20 as an excellent shot-stopper but can develop into the world’s best after a few years. His potential rating of 92 is higher than the best current ability of any other goalkeeper in the game, with Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak rated 91 in this year’s version.

Porto’s Diogo Costa had been one of the best bargains at the goalkeeper position as he could become 86 rated at the launch of FIFA 20, but recent database updates have seen him receive a downgrade to his potential ability, meaning 83 overall is his target potential. An excellent option could be Manchester City’s Gavin Bazunu, who may be available to teams outside the top division due to his low current ability and age.

FIFA 20: Best Young Defenders

NameAgeClubPO.CRPRVA.
M de Ligt19JuventusCB8593£41.8m
T Alexander-Arnold20LiverpoolRB8590£41.5m
I Konate20RB LeipzigCB7988£15m
D Upamecano20RB LeipzigCB7788£11.9m
W Saliba18ArsenalCB7488£3.9m
A Davies18Bayern MunichLB, RM, LM7388£6.5m
D Zagadou20Borussia DortmundCB, LB7986£13.6m
A Hakimi20Real MadridLB, RB7986£13.2m
J Kounde20SevillaCB7786£9.7m
E N’Dicka19Eintracht FrankfurtCB7686£9.2m
B Kamara19MarseilleCB7586£8.8m
R James19ChelseaRB, CDM7386£5.7m
J Todibo19BarcelonaCB, CDM7186£4m
B Badiashile18MonacoCB7086£3.1m
E Ampadu18ChelseaCB, CDM6786£1.2m
N Armini18LazioCB6686£1.1m
Diogo Dalot20Man UtdRB, LB, RM7585£8.4m
P Retsos20Bayer LeverkusenCB, RB, LB7585£8.4m
Z Vanheusden19Standard LiegeCB7485£7.7m
O Kabak19SchalkeCB7485£7m
M Aarons19NorwichRB7285£4.4m
Nuno Tavares19BenficaLB, RB7085£3m
N Cozza20MontpellierCB, LWB6985£1.8m
Montero20Atletico MadridCB6885£1.6m
J Panzo18MonacoLB, CB6685£1.1m
H El Kababri19AnderlechtRB6585£900k
A Zagre17PSGLB, CM6285£550k
K Hoever17LiverpoolRB, CB6285£550k
M Sarr20NiceCB, LB7684£8.8m
T Tomiyasu20BolognaCB, CDM7384£5.3m
A Bastoni20InterCB7284£4.3m
D Maresic19Sturm GrazCB7284£4.2m
N Perez19Atletico MadridCB7084£3m
J Bogle18DerbyRB6984£1.7m
L Kelly20BournemouthLB, CB6884£1.6m
S van der Berg17LiverpoolCB6684£1m
J Vagnoman18HamburgLB, LM, RB6584£900k
O Solet19LyonCB6584£925k
Diogo Leite20PortoCB7283£4.2m
C Dagba20PSGRB, RWB7283£4.1m
K Ruegg20ZurichRB, CDM7283£4.1m
Emerson20Real BetisRB7183£3.3m
Ruben Vinagre20WolvesLWB7083£2.7m
Diogo Queiros20PortoCB6883£1.6m
M Salisu20Real ValladolidCB6883£1.6m
L Mbe Soh18PSGCB6783£1.2m
L Itter20FreiburgLB6783£1.3m
J Beyer19Borussia M’gladbachRB, CB6783£1.3m
Eric Garcia18Man CityCB6683£1.1m
C Cuesta20GenkCB6683£1.1m
I Diveev19CSKA MoscowCB6683£1.1m
Apa19Real ValladolidRB, RM6683£1.1m
Nuno Mendes17Sporting CPLB6483£700k

New Piemonte Calcio signing Matthijs de Ligt has a current and potential ability to match his real-life price tag and is unlikely to be put up for sale by the Old Lady in FIFA 20 Career Mode.

The Serie A side is referred to Piemonte Calcio in FIFA 20 due to an exclusive naming rights deal the club has with EA Sports’ rivals Konami for Pro Evolution Soccer. 

RB Leipzig centre-back pairing Ibahima Konate and Dayot Upamecano may be more willing to move clubs in Career Mode, while Dan-Axel Zagadou’s versatility makes the Borussia Dortmund defender an interesting target.

Bayer Leverkusen’s Panagiotis Retsos is similarly appealing as he can play anywhere across the backline, but is the same price as Manchester United’s Diogo Dalot and may be out of some club’s budgets. Benfica’s Nuno Tavares is a more affordable option with a value of £3 million.

Monaco’s Jonathan Panzo has received a boost to his current and potential ratings since the release of FIFA 20 and can now reach an overall rating of 85. He is on loan at Cercle Brugge during the first season of Career Mode, but could be a bargain buy during the next transfer window.

FIFA 20: Best Young Midfielders

NameAgeClubPO.CRPRVA.
J Sancho19Borussia DortmundRM, LM8593£49.5m
K Havertz20Bayer LeverkusenCAM, RM8493£43.7m
S Tonali19BresciaCDM, CM7590£11.4m
E Camavinga16RennesCM7290£6m
P Foden19Man CityCAM, CM7689£14.5m
Pedri16Las PalmasLM, RM, CAM7289£5.4m
A Urzi19BanfieldLM7189£5.2m
M Odegaard20Real MadridCAM, RM, CM8288£27.5m
Kangin Lee18ValenciaCAM, LM, RM7688£11m
A Maier20Hertha BerlinCM, CDM7688£11.9m
N Zaniolo19RomaCAM, CM, RW7488£10.6m
M Ihatteren17PSVCAM7388£7.2m
T Almada18Velez SarsfieldCAM, LW, ST7288£5.7m
T Kubo18Real MadridRM, CF, CAM7088£3.2m
E Palacios20River PlateCM, RM, CAM7787£12.3m
D Rice20West HamCDM, CB, CM7787£11m
Ferran Torres19ValenciaRM7587£10.1m
Y Verschaeren17AnderlechtCAM, RM, LM7287£5.3m
Riqui Puig19BarcelonaCM7187£4.4m
A Hlozek16Sparta PrahaLM, ST, RM7087£3.1m
B Saka17ArsenalLM, RM7087£3.2m
C Pulisic20ChelseaRM, LM7986£15.8m
F Valverde20Real MadridCM, LM, CDM7786£11.9m
T Adams20RB LeipzigCDM, RWB7686£9.7m
W McKennie20SchalkeCM, CB, CAM7686£11m
A Mac Allister20BrightonCAM, CM7586£11.3m
M Guendouzi20ArsenalCM, CDM7586£10.1m
R Sessegnon19SpursLM, LW, LB7586£9.7m
Florentino19BenficaCDM, CM7586£8.8m
G Chakvetadze19GentLM, CAM7486£8.8m
M Mount20ChelseaCAM, CM7486£8.8m
Paulinho18Bayer LeverkusenRM7186£4.3m
D Szoboszlai18Red Bull SalzburgCAM, RM, CM7186£4.3m
G Maroni20SampdoriaCAM, LW, ST7186£4.4m
H Traore19EmpoliCAM, CM7086£3.3m
C Ferreira19River PlateCM, CAM7086£3.3m
M Gibbs-White19WolvesCM, CAM7086£3.3m
A Gomes18Man UtdCAM, CM, LW6886£1.6m
P Pomykal19DallasCAM, CM, RM6886£1.7m
J Sands18New York City FCCDM, CB6686£1.1m
Gelson Fernandes20BenficaCM7685£10.6m
S Chukwueze20VillarrealRM, CF, RW7685£10.6m
K Diatta20Club BruggeLM, RM, ST7585£9.7m
J Larsen20Borussia DortmundLM7585£9.7m
I Hagi20GenkCAM, LW, RW7485£8.4m
H Wolf20RB LeipzigCAM7485£8.4m
M Diaby19Bayer LeverkusenLM7485£8.4m
D McNeil19BurnleyLM7385£6.2m
M Shaparenko20Dynamo KyivCM, CDM, CAM7385£6.2m
Jota20BenficaLM, RM, CF7285£5.3m
Tete19Shakhtar DonetskLM, CAM7285£5.3m
D Lainez19Real BetisRM, LM, CAM7285£5.3m
A Palaversa19Man CityCM, CDM, CAM7185£4.4m
Fernando20Shakhtar DonetskLM7185£4.4m
Miguel Luis20Sporting CPCM7085£3.4m
B Soumare20LilleCM, CDM7085£3.4m
R Vargas20AugsburgRM, LM7085£3.4m
A Almendra19Boca JuniorsCM, CDM6985£2m
Sergio Gomez18Borussia DortmundCAM, CM, LM6885£1.6m
M Pellegrini19EstudiantesLM, CM, RW6885£1.7m
Daniel Braganca20Sporting CPCM6885£1.7m
R Gravenberch17AjaxCM, CDM6785£1.3m
M Caqueret19LyonCM, CDM6785£1.4m
Y Adli18BordeauxCM, CAM6685£1.2m
R Matondo18SchalkeRM, LM6585£1.2m
L Da Cunha18RennesLM, RM6585£1.1m
Marcos Antonio19Shakhtar DonetskCM6585£1m
L Agoume17InterCM6385£700k
A Perea18Atletico NacionalCDM, CM6285£550k

The Bundesliga’s top two young players are also FIFA 20’s best midfield prospects. Both Kai Havertz and Jadon Sancho can reach 92 overall, but have pricetags to match their high ceiling and clubs will need to break the bank to sign them.

Thiago Almada was linked to Man City in real life as one of South America’s most exciting young players. He will also be hugely in demand in FIFA 20 as the 18-year-old midfielder can also play up front and on the wing and is valued at less than £6m at the start of Career Mode.

Rennes’ Eduardo Camavinga is a new addition to the FIFA 20 database, having turned 16 in November. The French teenager has one of the highest potential ratings of any player in the game and is worth over £3m at the start of the game despite his age.

FIFA 20: Best Young Forwards

NameAgeClubPO.CRPRVA.
K Mbappe20PSGST, RW8995£82.3m
Joao Felix19Atletico MadridCF, ST, LM8093£24.6m
Vinicius Jr18Real MadridLW7992£19.8m
E Haaland18Red Bull SalzburgST7990£18m
Rodrygo18Real MadridRW, LW7790£12.3m
Ansu Fati16BarcelonaLW, RW7390£8m
M Boadu18AZ AlkmaarST7588£10.4m
C Hudson-Odoi18ChelseaRW, LW7388£7m
P De la Vega18LanusRW7088£3.2m
V Osimhen20LilleST7687£12.2m
F Trincao19BragaRW, LW7387£7.7m
J David19GentCF, ST, CAM7387£7.5m
Gabriel Martinelli18ArsenalST, LW, RW7387£7.5m
M Greenwood17Man UtdST, RM7187£4.2m
J Doku17AnderlechtRW6987£1.9m
S Esposito16InterST6787£1.4m
Rafael Leao20LilleST7586£10.1m
J Kluivert20RomaLW, RW7586£10.1m
M Kean19EvertonST7586£10.1m
Brahim19Real MadridLW, RW7386£6.6m
A Pinamonti20InterST7186£4.4m
G Plata18Sporting CPLW, RW7086£3.2m
J Hurtado19Boca JuniorsST7086£3.4m
Fabio Silva16PortoST7086£3.2m
J Carranza19BanfieldST6886£1.7m
A Gouiri19LyonST6886£1.7m
P Pellegri18MonacoST6786£1.4m
B Saka17ArsenalLW, RW6686£1.1m
C Stengs20AZ AlkmaarRW7485£8.4m
M Cunha74RB LeipzigST, CAM7485£8.4m
R Nelson19ArsenalRW, LW7285£5.3m
T Weah19LilleST, LM6985£2m
M Barrow20AtalantaST6985£2m
A Kutucu19SchalkeST, CF, RW6885£1.7m
J Ferreira18DallasST, CM, CAM6885£1.9m
J Arp19Bayern MunichST, LM6785£1.4m
J Alvarez19River PlateST6785£1.4m
A Marin18Dinamo ZagrebLW, RW, CAM6685£1.2m
R Brewster19LiverpoolST6585£1m
E Smith Rowe18ArsenalLW, RW, CAM6585£975k
R Piccoli18AtalantaST6485£900k
T Parrott17SpursST6485£875k
Mollejo18Atletico MadridRW6485£900k
F Amuzu19AnderlechtLW7084£3.3m
Abel Ruiz19BarcelonaST, LW6884£1.7m
J Sargent18Werder BremenST6784£1.4m
E Nketiah20ArsenalST6784£1.4m
D Jastrzembski19Hertha BerlinLW, LM, CAM6684£1.2m
W Guebbels17MonacoST6484£800k
A Idah18NorwichST6384£750k
A Isak19Real SociedadST7483£7.7m
C Gakpo20PSVRW, LW7283£5m
A Olsen19BolognaRW, ST7283£4.5m
B Mbeumo19BrentfordRW, ST, RM7183£3.7m
S Wamangituka19StuttgartST7083£3m
M Romero20PSVST6983£2.2m
I Aliseda19Defensa y JusticaLW, RW, ST6983£2m
S Plaza20Real ValladolidST, LW6983£2.1m
A Barreal18Velez SarsfieldRW, LW6883£1.7m
H Evjen19Bodo/GlimtRW6883£1.7m
L Nmecha20WolfsburgST, RM, LM6783£1.5m
Pedro Neto19WolvesCF, RW, ST6683£1.3m
L Traore18AjaxST6683£1.2m
L Foster18MonacoST6583£1m
T Chong19Man UtdRW, LW, RM6583£1m
E Smith Rowe18ArsenalLW, RW, CAM6583£1m
Sergio Camello18Atletico MadridST6583£1m
L Pintor18LyonST, LW6483£850k
G Middleton19RangersLW6483£900k
Rafael Camacho19Sporting CPRW, LW6483£900k
D Sikan18Shakhtar DonetskST6383£700k

Once again, Kylian Mbappe is one of the best players in the game and has the potential ability to match. He’s rated 89 overall at the start of Career Mode, so will be expensive or almost impossible to buy for nearly every club.

Joao Felix is a new arrival at Atletico Madrid and thus they will not be willing to sell him during the first transfer window, but Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood may be available for a reasonable fee and can be developed into one of the best strikers in FIFA 20.

When FIFA 20 was launched, new Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland was a Career Mode bargain and had an asking price of less than £2m, but recent database changes have seen his current and potential ability improve massively and he’s now worth almost £18m.

There is great value to be had in many of the strikers with 86 potential ability, especially if you are willing to throw them in at the deep end early in the game despite their relatively low current ratings. 

-Goal

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An Entrepreneur, Corporate Communications Executive and Philanthropist. Editor-in-Chief of www.233times.com. A Senior Journalist with Ghanaian Chronicle Newspaper. An alumnus of Adisadel College where he read General Arts. He holds first degree in Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ghana; Political Science (major) and History (minor). In 2015, he won a £35,000 postgraduate scholarship to study MSc Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Energy with Public Relations (PR) at the Robert Gordon University in the United Kingdom. He is a 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow who studied at Clark Atlanta University in USA on the Business and Entrepreneurship track. His mentors are Rupert Murdoch, Warren Buffet, Sam Jonah, Kwaku Sakyi Addo and Piers Morgan

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