The best young players in FIFA 23 Career mode

Which hot prospects have the highest potential?

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When playing as a manager in FIFA 23’s Career mode, you’re in it for the long haul, and smart managers know to invest in young talent early on. Buying a ready-made superstar every time is too expensive, even for the biggest clubs, so you’re often better off buying young players with a lot of potential. Below are 12 of the best young attackers, midfielders, defenders, and goalkeepers in FIFA 23.

Related: The highest-rated attackers in FIFA 23

Attackers

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Ansu Fati
Age: 19
Position: LW
OVR: 79

One of the hottest prospects in Spanish Football, Ansu Fati is already being compared to his Barcelona forebear Lionel Messi.

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Charles De Ketelaere
Age: 21
Position: ST/LW
OVR: 78

Belgium just won’t stop producing great footballers lately, and Charles De Ketelaere is the latest in a long line. He joined AC Milan for €32 million in August 2022, the highest fee ever paid for a Belgian top-flight player.

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Noni Madueke
Age: 20
Position: RW
OVR: 77

English winger Noni Madueke reportedly models himself on Cristiano Ronaldo but turned down an offer from Ronaldo’s former club Manchester United, in favor of a move to Dutch side PSV Eindhoven.

Midfielders

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Florian Wirtz
Age: 19
Position: CAM/CM
OVR: 82

This young Bayer Leverkusen star has already made his first appearances for the German national team at the tender age of 19. He’s known for his workrate and attacking mindset.

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Jude Bellingham
Age: 19
Position: CM/LM
OVR: 84

Bellingham is both Birmingham City’s youngest ever first-team player and the youngest ever goalscorer for Borussia Dortmund. No wonder his international appearances for England are in double figures when he’s still in his teens.

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Pablo Gavi
Age: 18
Position: CM/LW/RW
OVR: 79

It’s difficult to decide which Barcelona and Spain hot prospect is the most exciting, Ansu Fati or Pablo Gavi. But Gavi, being even younger, is garnering rather more attention. Buy him now, and he’ll be an asset to your team for many seasons to come.

Defenders

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Alphonso Davies
Age: 21
Position: LB/LM
OVR: 84

Canada is generally better known for its hockey players than its football stars, but Bayern Munch’s Alphonso Davies is a notable exception. He’s one of the best attacking fullbacks in the world already and is yet to unlock his full potential.

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Joško Gvardiol
Age: 20
Position: CB/LB
OVR: 81

If you’re looking for a young player with pure defensive prowess, then look no further than RB Leipzig and Croatia center-back, Joško Gvardiol.

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Jeremie Frimpong
Age: 21
Position: RB/RWB
OVR: 80

Another young star from Bayer Leverkusen, this one Dutch right-back Jeremie Frimpong. He’s as much of an attacker as a defender, covering the full length of the pitch at lightning pace.

Goalkeepers

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Giorgi Mamardashvili
Age: 21
Position: GK
OVR: 78

Mamardashvili was still playing for Georgian side Locomotive Tbilisi when he was spotted by the eagle-eyed talent scouts at Valencia. Since signing for the La Liga club in 2021, he’s been named Discovery of the Season by Spain’s leading sports newspaper, Marca.

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Gianluigi Donnarumma
Age: 23
Position: GK
OVR: 88

Already a superstar for both Italy and AC Milan, it’s hard to believe Gianluigi Donnarumma is still only 23. At his current rate, he might even surpass the legendary Gianluigi Buffon.

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Gregor Kobel
Age: 24
Position: GK
OVR: 83

Alongside Jude Bellingham, Gregor Kobel is one of the most promising young stars at Borussia Dortmund, and already has his first international cap for Switzerland under his belt.