Best young players in career mode in FIFA 21

Turn them into world beaters.

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There are many different ways that you can approach FIFA 21’s Career Mode. If you have plenty of money, you can go straight after the superstars in the game and look for instant glory, or you can take a gamble on one of the young players that comes through the game’s scouting system. However, if you’re looking to build for the future, there are always plenty of youngsters around the world that will take a little bit of time to develop. Still, these players should become better as your teams make it further into career mode. 

Some young players will be available for cheaper as they start off at a lower overall stat, but finding something within your price range will be easy. You just need to wait for them to flourish. Here are the best players in each position aged 21 and under, and their potential ratings in FIFA 21 Career Mode.

Goalkeeper

  • Gianluigi Donnarumma – AC Milan – OVR 85, Potential OVR 92
  • Luís Maximiano – Sporting CP – OVR 78, Potential OVR 88
  • Andriy Lunin – Real Madrid – OVR 75, Potential OVR 87
  • Maarten Vandevoordt – KRC Genk – OVR 68, Potential OVR 87
  • Alban Lafont – FC Nantes, on loan from Fiorentina – OVR 78, Potential OVR 84

Center back (CB)

  • Matthijs de Ligt – Juventus – OVR 85, Potential OVR 92
  • Dayot Upamecano – RB Leipzig – OVR 79, Potential OVR 90
  • Edmond Tapsoba – Bayer 04 Leverkusen – OVR 78, Potential OVR 88
  • Ibrahima Konaté – RB Leipzig – OVR 78, Potential OVR 88
  • William Saliba – Arsenal – OVR 74, Potential OVR 87

Left back (LB) / Left wing-back (LWB)

  • Alphonso Davies – FC Bayern München – OVR 81, Potential OVR 89
  • Nuno Mendes – Sporting CP – OVR 72, Potential OVR 87
  • Luca Pellegrini – Genoa – OVR 72, Potential OVR 86
  • Rayan Aït Nouri – Wolverhampton Wanderers, on loan from Angers SCO – OVR 71, Potential OVR 86
  • Owen Wijndal – AZ Alkmaar – OVR 77, Potential OVR 86

Right back (RB) / Right wing-back (RWB)

  • Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool – OVR 87, Potential OVR 92
  • Emerson – Real Betis – OVR 78, Potential OVR 88
  • Jeremie Frimpong – Celtic – OVR 71, Potential OVR 86
  • Sergio Dest – FC Barcelona – OVR 75, Potential OVR 86
  • Reece James – Chelsea – OVR 77, Potential OVR 86

Defensive Midfielder (CDM)

  • Sandro Tonali – AC Milan – OVR 77, Potential OVR 91
  • Gustavo Assunção – Famalicão – OVR 74, Potential OVR 86
  • Mattéo Guendouzi – Hertha BSC, on loan from Arsenal – OVR 77, Potential OVR 86
  • Florentino Luís – AS Monaco, on loan from SL Benfica – OVR 76, Potential OVR 86
  • Declan Rice – West Ham – OVR 79, Potential OVR 86

Central Midfielder (CM)

  • Federico Valverde – Real Madrid – OVR 83, Potential OVR 90
  • Jude Bellingham – Borussia Dortmund – OVR 69, Potential OVR 88
  • Eduardo Camavinga – Stade Rennais FC – OVR 76, Potential OVR 88
  • Riqui Puig – FC Barcelona – OVR 75, Potential OVR 88
  • Maxence Caqueret – Olympique Lyonnais – OVR 75, Potential OVR 87

Central Attacking Midfielder (CAM)

  • Kai Havertz – Chelsea – OVR 85, Potential OVR 93
  • Martin Ødegaard – Real Madrid – OVR 83, Potential OVR 89
  • Thiago Almada – Vélez Sarsfield – OVR 73, Potential OVR 89
  • Florian Wirtz – Bayern 04 Leverkusen – OVR 68, Potential OVR 88
  • Rayan Cherki – Olympique Lyonnais – OVR 67, Potential OVR 88

Left Midfield (LM) / Left-Wing (LW)

  • Vinícius Jr. – Real Madrid – OVR 80, Potential OVR 93
  • Ansu Fati – FC Barcelona – OVR 76, Potential OVR 90
  • Marc Cucurella – Getafe CF – OVR 81, Potential OVR 89
  • Pedri – FC Barcelona – OVR 72, Potential OVR 88
  • Bukayo Saka – Arsenal – OVR 75, Potential OVR 88

Right Midfield (RM) / Right-Wing (RW)

  • Jadon Sancho – Borussia Dortmund – OVR 87, Potential OVR 93
  • Trincão – FC Barcelona – OVR 78, Potential OVR 91
  • Rodrygo – Real Madrid – OVR 79, Potential OVR 90
  • Mason Greenwood – Manchester United – OVR 77, Potential OVR 89
  • Farran Torres – Manchester City – OVR 81, Potential OVR 89

Center Forward (CF) / Striker (ST)

  • Kylian Mbappe – Paris Saint-Germain –  OVR 90, Potential OVR 95
  • João Félix – Atlético Madrid – OVR 81, Potential OVR 93
  • Erling Haaland – Borussia Bortmund – OVR 84, Potential OVR 92
  • Jonathan David – LOSC Lille – OVR 77, Potential OVR 88
  • Evanilson – FC Porto – OVR 73, Potential OVR 87